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Entered as second-class matter March 3d,
1906 at the postofficeat El Ceutro. California,
under the Act of Congress of March 3^ 1879.
For Public Administrator
I hereby announce ni3'self a candidate for
the office of Public Administrator of San Diego
County, subject to the approval of the Repub-
lican County Convention. P. J. LAYNE.
For District Attorney
I hereby announce myself a candidate for
the office of District Attorney of San Diego
County, subject to the approval oL the Repub-
lican County Convention.
For District Attorney ;
I hereby announce n^self a candidate for
the office of District Attorney of San Diego
County, subject to the approval of the Repub-
lican County Convention. C. C. HAINES. i
In last week's issue of the Im
perial Standard both its editor
and Mr. I. W. Gleason published
very slanderous and untrue at
tacks upon us. These matters
will be met at the proper place
and in the proper way and that
way will be far more effective
than to burden our readers with
a newspaper fight in which they
can have small interest. A
newspaper is not a personal or
gan, and the Imperial Valley
Press is, above everything else,
a newspaper. We have a work
to do in the upbuilding of this
great valley and in publishing
the news concerning its wonder
ful progress. To that work we
turned our hand and neither the
lies of Howe nor the abuse of
Gleason shall turn us- from it.
We have expressed our views on
the water question and published
our conclusions. Until the mat
ter of getting the water under
control is attended to there is not
much use in discussing the mat
ter further. At the proper time
these things will receive such at
tention as they require. Mean
time, the general welfare of the
valley and to report its splendid
development in the present and
wonderful prospects for the
future shall be our aim.
The officials of the Reclama
tion Service who were here in the
valley on June 6th and 7th ex
amining the conditions on New
river as part of a general inves
tigation of the situation on the
lower Colorado, have made their
report to Secretary Hitchcock of
the Interior Department and their
recommendations are now beino
considered by President Roose
velt. They recommend that
Mexico grant a right-of-way
through her territory to the
United States, and that tne
United States take over the Im
perial irrigation enterprise and
convert it into Reclamation pro
ject under the National.lrriga
tion Act., They point out that
the diversion of the river was
made by express authority of
Mexico and that Mexico is re
sponsible for the threatened de
struction of the Laguna darn'and
Yuma project which, the engi
neers state will occur unless the
runaway river is curbed. It is
stated that the Southern Pacific
company can secure a transfer of
the Imperial canal system to the
government whenever desired
and may do so for a mighty low
figure in order to save its own in
terests. The report has not yet
been" published in full, but
enough has been given out to
show that the Colorado is making
rapid progress in its work of
solving the problems presented in
the use of its waters for irriga
tion. It is stated that this rivei
is now the most troublesome prob
lem before the Interior depart
ment and that the government
will be forced to take steps to
swing it back to its old channel
or abandon the Yuma. project.
We do not doubt' but that the
'Southern Pacific company can
turn the river as soon as the pres
ent floods recede and we fully be
lieve they are able to put the riv
er under control but if anyone
else is going *to undertake the
job we had rather it would be
Uncle QSarn. In this way the
whole job lot of problems will be
settled at once. The river will*
be controlled, the international
features will be adjusted and a
comprehensive plan for the full
utilization of the irrigation re
sources of the entire river worked
out. Such a consummation has
been looked forward to by all who
have studied the development of
the West. It is reassuring to the
people of this Valley to know
that Uncle Sam must see that
the Colorado river is put under
control. This puts Imperial Val
ley very much in the limelight
and will attract more attention
and inspire more confidence than
anything that could happen.
No doubt the full jreport and
recommendations will be publish
ed in a few days, as well as the
reply of Mexico to the proposition
for a right of way. In*any event
it is encouraging to know Uncle
Sam needs the Colorado river re
turned to its old channel and g-ot
ten under control just as much as
the people of Imperial Valley.
When the Commissioner of the
General Land office telegraphed
to the Register of theU..S. Land
Office at Los Angeles, instructing
him to suspend all entries in the
Imperial Valley it seems that he
did not make his meaning clear.
Elsewhere in this issue will be
found a communication on the
subject, which shows that the
Register misunderstood his in
structions. What was intended
evidently was not a complete sus
pension of land office business but
simply that applications for entry
of land should be received by the
Register and suspended, pending
the adjustment of the resurvey.
And that all entries already of
record should be proceeded with
and annual and final proofs made
under the conditions of suspen
sion that have obtained in this
Valley since September, 1904.
This will be quite important news
to many of our people, for the
statement given out by the Reg
ister that all land" business was
suspended has caused many of
them to neglect making the
proofs when due. This however,
will not work any hardship or
lead to any forfeiture of their
lands. The opening of the la*nds
to entry will be an advantage to
the Valley, as now land seekers
can learn exactly what they can
depend upon in the matter of
getting title to their 'lauds. With
the farmers prosperous and the
melon growers making big mon
ey investors will be attracted- to
our Valley in large numbers
again and the fact that th§y can
again file on land even though
the appjicatioj.be suspended will
help the real estate market and
add value to farm property all
over the Valley.
Cuts Back Some But Town is Now
Believed to Be Safe.
The progress of the cutting back of
New river channel has been watched
with much interest by us, and every
one has been apprehensive of the fate
of Calexico and Mexicali when the
channel should reach v those places.
So, when we learned the work of
channel making had reached there, we
went down to see how it looked. Our
first trip was on Tuesday last, and at
that time the water was practically all
drained away from the levee at Calex
ico, but the railroad yards were still
filled 'with water and mud and were im
passable. We climed up on the tower,
which is about 45 feet high, and from
that lookout could see a wonderful
sight. The old bridge across what
used to be New river, was then show
ing above tne waters, which were
moving with great rapidity. About
half a mile beyond the old bridge, and
in a direct line from where we stood
on the watchtower, we could see the
overpour of the river. At this place
the entire volume of the water gather
ed into a channel about 200 yards
wide and tumbled over a drop of at
least 15 feet, boiling and seething in a
wonderful way.
The levee at the south side of Mexi
cali was then beginning to crumble
under the mighty rush of the water and
a brisk fight was being made to stop
its cutting away.
On Thursday we went down again,
and what a transformation we beheld!
The overpour had advanced up stream
at least half a mile during the two
days, and was then in great evidence
just about the middle of the western
section of the old bridge. The water
had fallen perhaps ten feet, but this
had been accomplished by digging out
the bottom and not by any decrease in
tie amount of water. This advance
of the overpour had been accompanied
by a widening of the channel which
below it had cut out to almost a quart
er of a mile in width The lowering
of the. bottom and consequent acceler
ation of the current had played havoc
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with the southern part of Mexicala the
water having carried away the rail
road depot, the levee for more than a
quarter of a mile, and quite a number
of adobe houses. A good many more
had been and were being dismantled.
And all the frame houses in. the threat
ened part of town had been >moved.
The water had cut a course for it
self which brought the water surface
below the land surface in about this
way. Beginning at a point one half
mile above the overpour at the Cal
exico bridge the water gradually fell
below the land level, till- at the over
pour it 'was probably ten feet. So it
will be seen that the water has a fall
of ten feet in one half mile, and then
tumbles over a fall of perhaps 15 feet
more. The wa*er above the overpour
rapidly widens so that it is a half mile
The old channel of the river bears
away from Calexico to the south and
this presented an easy method of di
verting the water and stopping any
further damage. This could be done
by blasting in this old channel thus
widening and deepening it and causing
the volume of the water to pass that
way thus reducing the flow through the
new channel that was cutting out ■ in
Mexicali and stopping any further
damage at that point. This work was
undertaken while we were there and
we must say the earth trembled from
the shocks.
They would turn loose about 300
pounds of dynamite at each shot, and
the water and dirt would fly at least
500 feet high. Such heroic treatment
soon began to tell, for we saw Superin
tendent Platt and Road Master Tang
ney on Friday morning and they said
the overpour at the old bridge at Cal
exico had not cut back any since yes
terday, that the water In the channel
that was cutting in Mexicali had fallen
18 inches since last night and was
running with much less current and
that the work of blasting in the old
channel was producing the desired re
sults as. most of the water was going
around that way and it was cutting out
very fast. They also said the blasting
would be continued till this channel
carried all the water and Calexico and
Mexicali were out of all danger.
•With tne success of this work the
river channel will be at least a quarter
of a mile from Calexico and Mexicali
and both towns will be entirely safe.
But the way things looked before
the blasting was begun the outlook was
dubious. West from Calexico across
the river in Number Six the lands all
appear to be drained off but below the
line in Mexico Is still a large area of
overflowed land. We were informed
by Mr. Russell, the California De
velopment Company engineer that a
large channel runs around by Signal
Mountain and through Number Six,
carrying as much if not more water
than is passing Calexico. We also
heard that this channel is now cutting
back away up in Mexico, and racing
the Calexico channel as to which shall*
be first to tap New River opposite the
mouth of Garza slough and thus have
the honor of being the real channel of
the Colorado river. F>om the top of
that tower at Mexicali you can see a
great deal of water but you can't tell
what is going on at the bottom of it all.
We Correct all Errors of Refraction.
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