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CANNOT PAY INTEREST
Lack of Ready Money and the Neces
sity of Work to be Done the
Los Angeles Examiner
The bondholders of the California
Development company are midway be
tween perplexity and panic, because,
for the first time in its ten years of ex
istence the corporation has failed to
pay the semiannual bond interest.
On the first day of this month $15,
000 was due the thirty holders of
bonds in this city. The officials of the
company decided in the latter part of
May that the interest could not be paid
assigning as a reason the lack of ready
money, and the necessity for immediate
repair of the damages done to the
lands around Calexico by the recent
overflow of the Colorado river.
The California Development com
pany, of which Epes Randolph is presi
dent and W. T. Heffernan secretary,
owns about 80,000 acres near the
Mexican line, enough water to cover
400,000 acres in northern Mexico and
aivadditional supply of water to irrigate
250,000 acres in American territory.
The extens^e canal system now brings
in $150,000 a year. ,
A number of the bondholders in Los
Angeles have become alarmed at the
action of the corporation in withholding
the interest and may demand an in
vestigation. A. H. Heber. who was
formerly the president and still is a
heavy stockholder, said yesterday:
-I am not surprised that inquiry has
been made about the company's failure
to make payments at this time. I was
Informed several days ago that the
semi-annual interest would not be paid.
My opinion is that the company will
have to be reorganized. The bond
holders are not in any great danger,
but there is no certainty about the time
when the money will be paid. There
has been altogether too mnch defective
engineering and some small jealousies
have contributed to retard the com
pany's success. H:wever, all the dif
ficulties may be adjusted in a short
From our Regular Correspondent
Bert Chaplin is taking his vacation.
Yount Bros' thresher is laying off for
The health officers say, clean up your
back yard. .
Henry Jarnigan is a Los Angeles visit
or this week.
Mr. Perry, of Heber, was an Imperial
visitor this week.
Prof. Sisson is visiting Imperial and
looking after his cantaloupes.
A great many Irnrserialites viewed the
Calexico high water, Sunday.
Messrs. Perkiss, Holland and Farns
worth have finished work with their
The Stephens Bros, were delayed on
their trip home to Texas by the trial of
C. E. Wright, of Brawley.
Mr. C. E. Scott has gone to his home
in San Diego. He has been in Imperial
looking after business affairs.
Mr. and Mrs. Mack and Mr. 0. K.
Thomas and sister went to Calexico,
Sunday, to see the work of the high
Rev. Laizure, of Calexico, who was on
his way to the mountains, stopped in
Imperial Sunday night and preached at
the Methodist church.
The eighth grade school children are
all jubilant this week over their success
in receiving diplomas, as all passed and
are ready for high school.
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Holt and family
and Mr. and Mrs. Ritner drove over to
Sharp's heading and from there to Ca
lexico, Sunday, to view she damages
done by the water.
Everybody came to Imperial the 4th
to help celebrate. It was a big day.
Speaking was in the old planing mill,
where a program was prepared and well
rendered. First we listened to music by
the ba^id. Prayer by Rev. My rick.
Song, "America," by a chorus. Read
ing Declaration of Independence by
Mrs. Sochor. Song by chorus, "Stars
and Stripes Forever." Next we listened
to the "Order of the Day" by F. C. Farr.
Mixed chorus then sang "The JStar
Spangled Banner. IMr.andMrsDeLegro
furnished the piano and violin music;
also the piano. Speaking by Mr. Brad
shaw. Then closed with music by the
band, after which the barbecue was
served. The afternoon racing furnished
great amusement for the crowd. A ball
game was played after 5 o'clock, which
resuled in a tie.
THE CHAMPAGNE MAKER.
tVTiy His Face Is Always Decorated
The Frenchman's face was back'rf
"Have you been a duelist?" . one
"No, no," the man replied. "I have
been a champagne maker." He touch
ed his face. "These honorable nicks,"
he said, "are champagne scars.
"Champagne scars," he went on," dec
orate the visages of all the workers is
the underground champagne mills of
Rheims. They are caused by the burst
ing of the bottles. 'About one bottle of
champagne in every ten bursts.
"There are miles and miles of cham
pagne caves in Rheims, caves cut in
the solid limestone rock, where, in a
constant temperature of 45 degrees,
millions of bottles of wine refine and
"The workers down there smell noth
ing but champagne all day long, cham
pagne escaping from burst bottles, and
as % the turners move along the racks
each turns 35,000 bottles daily— they
are continually saluted with explosions.
Bang! And the glass splinters fly, and
a little fountain of champagne per
fumes the damp air.
"Day after day each bottle must be
turned, turned fifty times altogether,
till the sediment in it has all mounted
up and concentrated itself around the
cork. Then the corkers remove fhe
corks, let the sediment thickened wine
In the neck of the bottle blow off and
skillfully replace the cork again.
"The corkers' and turners' work is
dangerous. These men axe nearly all
scarred like me."— Kansas City Inde
WAYS OF PENGUINS.
These Birds Lay Out Home Sites and
Penguins mostly spend their lives on
the water, but when, during the breed-
Ing season, they, are obliged to seek
the shore they establish cities, many
acres often being laid out in squares,
composed of what might be called
streets, running at right angles. The
birds not only lay out their city after
picking up all the loose stones till the
whole place is as smooth as a board
Boor, but they take possession in cou
ples, each pair selecting a home site,
not to build a nest, but merely to se
cure a particular spot on the bare
The hen lays one egg, and only one,
and during the time of incubation the
male bird brings her food from the
sea or sits on the egg awhile himself
if she wants to go out and take a
swim. The lady penguins grow so fat
and sleek under the good care of their
faithful mates that they are eagerly
hunted at the breeding season.
The old birds are tough and fishy,
but the tender young matrons are in
great demand, both for their oil and
flesh. Even the eggs have an oily and
fishy flavor and taste as hens' eggs
might if cooked In parafßn. The pen
guin has vWings, like other birds, but
they are altogether too short to fly
with, though they assist him some
what in waddling over the ground.—
Nature's Perch Clamp.
"Chickens and other birds roosting on I
a perch no bigger than a lead pencil '
never fall off. Do you know why?" (i
said a farmer. |
"The tendon of a roosting bird's leg ;
is so constructed that when the leg is ■
bent at the knee the claws have to con
tract—can't open till the leg is straight- ;
ened out again. j
"Thus a chicken gets on its perch,
bends its knee to be comfortable and
with that bending locks itself, as with
a key, to the wood. It can't fall off.
Put a chicken on your finger and then
make it sit down. Its claws will clamp
your finger tight and be unable to let
go until the' bird stands up again. Na
ture, very kindly, has so constructed
roosting birds that the act of settling
down clamps them to their perch."
A well known and very prominent
English family are the possessors of a
remarkable relic in the shape of a hu
man heart preserved in a jar of alco
hol. It appears that Shelley, the poet,
feared that there was a chance of be
ing buried alive. To guard against
any such a contingency he left direc
tions that his heart should be removed
Immediately after death. The queer
relic may still be seen by any one who
visits Bascombe manor, Bournemouth,
Force of Perseverance.
There are two ways of attaining an
important end— force and perseverance.
Force falls to the lot only of the privi
leged few, but austere and sustained
perseverance can be practiced by the
most insignificant. Its silent power
grows irresistible with time. — Mme.
The idea of airtight compartments in
ships was suggested by the peculiar
construction of the nautilus. The shell
of this animal has forty or. fifty com-,
partments, into which air or water may
be admitted, to allow the occupant to
sink or float, as it pleases.
One of the most brilliant of all
Baton's masters some years ago was a
very absentminded man. He was re
ported to have been seen one day chas
ing a hen down Windsor hill in the
fond belief that, she was his hat!
Miss t Longyears— You know I have
been called good looking. Cynicns— l
dare say. The standards of beauty
Change every ten years or so.— St Louis
Post-Dispatch. ■ -
Young Doctor— He seems to have ev
ery confidence in my ability to save
him. Old Doctor— ls he delirious on
other subjects also?— Judge.
The T? on y° ur P re scrip-
J-JM tion is the doctor's
way of saying "take."
With us it means lightness
in every detail relating to
the prescriptions. It don't
mean so much to every drug-
gist but it is a sacred mark
H. A. F. MILLER
Prescription Druggist Phone 37
Second store from Bank
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