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Imperial Valley Press.
VOL. VI STARTED TO BUILD Construction Work Commenced This Week on New Ice Plant A large force of men was put to work on the new Ice plant this week and a substantial showing has already been made. Material Is arriving every day and the transportation companies will now be the only cause for delays, If any should happen in the final com pletion of this mammoth building. Bricklayers, carpenters and machin ists are as busy as can be and already the walls of the engine room are well under way and the frame work for the freeztfig room has been raised. Two or three cement floors are already placed and the plans of construction are so arranged that one set work men can follow Immediately upon the work of another and thus Insures :he rapid completion of the structure. The machinery, which was shipped nearly a month ago. should arrive at any time now and as soon as it is here workmen will proceed to install It. At thlsMme Ib is Impossible to say just, when the making of ice will com mence, b.ut from the number of men now at work and the way material is arrtvlng it does not seem as though the date will be as late as last year. An Address at Silsbee Mrs. Dr. Miller, of Brawley, w 11 ad dress the_ people of Silsbee, Saturday evening, Feb. 2d, on The Design of the W. C. T. U. The address will be followed by- a social entertainment. Everybody cordially Invited. The reg ular meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held at the parsonage Saturday af ternoon at 2:30. Mrs. Miller will be present and a full attendance is desired. Mrs. Miller will also address the chil dren Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Government Seeds Congressman S. C. Smith has caused to be sent to this office a large number of government seeds to be distributed free to the farmers of Im perial vslley. They can be had by calling at the Press office or if you wish, drop a postal card to Imperial Valley Press and a large package, containing a package each of peas, lettuce, radish, muskmelon and mus tarfl. will be mailed you. Don't go without a garden for the want of seeds. Directors Hold Meeting The directors of the El Centro Can taloupe Association rield a meeting here Thursday. There was no busi ness of Importance tefore the meeting and the day was spent In fixing up the company's books and closing up the work of the past year. ""** A special meeting, however, has been called for all cantaloupe growers and prospective growers for Saturday, February 2d. at 1 o'clock. This meeting should be well attended, as it Is an important one for the man who Intends to grow melons. Parties here are In receipt of the senate document relating to the lower Colorado matter, which Is one of the most Interesting little pamphlets. It contains all of the telegrams that pass ed from President Roosevelt and E. . H. Harrlman, of the Southern Pacific company, together with many photo graphs of the damage done by the high water. It certainly Is complete with realistic facts and should be quite a valued possession. A Dr. Bond was over from HoIWITIeT Thursday. He and Mr. R. A. Holt have a fine ranch on the Eaststde and are doing some extensive Improve ' ments. EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 1907 STRICT INSPECTION The Inspection of Valley Cattle Will be More Strict in the future An effort Is being made to rid Cal- Iforr.la cattle of the Texas fever tick, therefore there Is a demand all over the state tor a more careful Inspec tion and a rigid enforcement jof the law. The following letter from County Live Stock Inspector W. E. Selleck will explain Itself and will also show that provisions will be made for dipping tanks that cattle may be prop erly treated when they arrive, If not accompanied with a clean bill of health: San Diego, California, Jan. 21, *07. Mr. J. C. Blacklnton, • El Centro, California. Dear Sir: I had expected to get out there this month to see you, but have been un able to do so, as there was so much unfinished business with the stock here. I have been requested that you continue your appointment in the same way that you have been, but I wish you to be very particular to see that there are no ticks on the cattle that are driven from the desert to market and wish you to let •me know when they are driven and the route they will follow and notify me of the same. Also notify me If they undertake to move any cattle without settling the fee for examination. Do not issue a certificate for same unless settled for and do not allow any stock moved without certificate. I will be out as soon as possible and we will take up the work of having dip tanks put in for the protection of the valley, In which I hope to have your hearty co-operation. / Yours truly, W. E. Selleck, V. S., County Live Stock Inspector. Temperance Lecture The lecture on temperance by Rev. Ellsworth Leonardson, State chairman of the Prohibition party, was very in teresting, as evidenced by the large audience present. The school room was completely filled. Dr. Leonard son threw new light on an old subject In a way to drive home truths in a convincing manner. Mrs. M. E. Tuttle presided. Music was furnished by the El Centro band. A subscription Is being circulated ttr aid In securing and maintaining a free reading room In El Centro. This should be subscribed to liberally for a convenient place to drop Into and read one's favorite magazine or paper Is of benefit to all of us and it helps mater tally to while away the time outside of working hours; especially is this true of the man who Is at work and has no home of his own where he may spend the evenings. Sam Webb and his crew are at, work on the Holtvllle wagon bridge and expect soon to have It safe for teams to cross. / M. P. Harris, the constable at Holt ville, was In El Centro yesterday. Roy L. Rumsey, of the El Centro Department store, Is back from a visit at El Cajon, looking as happy as a lark. He says that new boy of his Is a bouncer. I>-Hr Chaplin Is visiting In L< Angeles. A number of the young folks of El Centro attended the dance at Imperial last night. AND THB IMI'HKIAI. PRUSS MASS MEETINGS Mass Meetings Are Held in All The Valley Towns To-Day A telegram received this week from Congressman S. C. Smith has caused mass meetings to be called In each of the Valley towns for Saturday, Janu ary 26th, to discuss the two bills before congress and to give an expression of opinion, as to which Is preferable. The following Is Congressman Smith's tele gram: "To the San Diego County Water Users' Association: The senate committee reports the Flint bill. Newell estimates the cost of Laguna dam at $2,000,000 to be borne by 70,000 acres In Arizona and 20,000 In Yuma res ervation, the remainder by your valley. The cost of ' the canal system Is estimated at $6,000,000 on the California side for comple tion in four years. If the roue through the hills with tunnels Is decided upon, the cost and time will be much greater. Can get no amendment of statement as to credit allowed settlers for expend itures made for water rights or canals and no priority of appropri ations. The reclamation service Insists it must have a perfectly free hand. It intimates that an entire new system will be built. The house committee reports a bill authorizing the secretary of the interior to aid In closing the break and put the levee in a safe condition. It estimates the cost at a half million dollars, but a million and a half are appropriat ed to meet all emergencies. This leaves the question of the nation al Irrigation system for next con gress. I may have to accept an amendment that expenditures for repairs of the last break and levee will be borne by the public and private land in your valley. Would people agree to pay? Which bill Is preferred? Please consult val ley fully and wire at my expense. [Signed] S. C.-SMITH, M.'C." Yesterday another telegram from Congressman Smith shows that he has not been idle and sends good news for all the people of the valley. Word recehjeji-Jwrrrrfn? other towns indicate ffiatat the meetings today the Flint bill will be endorsed. The following is from Congressman Smith: Washington, D. C, Jan. 24.— H. L. Peck, Imperial, San Diego County, California. I saw the President today and explained na ture of land and water Interests In your valley, He promised that before the new system was begun he would Instruct Reclamation Service to do everything possible to preserve present rights of farm ers. Saw W. T. Herrln yester —3ay^ He assured^ me Harrlman Interests woyld-eonsult your peo ple^amTendeavor to have Recla mation Service perfect irrigation system at least expense for your people If government undertakes Please advise me fully. S S. C. SMITH. Chicken dinner February Ist. Ev ery bodycome. Help get an organ for the Sunday School. Go to the chicken dinner, Feb. Ist. Wayne Wllsle has been quite sick this week. WORD TO SMITH A Portion of the Valley People Are Informing Smith of Their Wishes Those who are In favor of and are working for government ownership for the Imperial valley have been sending postal cards to Congressman S. C. Smith, asking him to favor the Flint bill. Printed postals have been dis tributed throughout the entire valley. The cards read as follows: "Hon. S. C. Smith. U, S. House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. Sir: As one of your constituents and a resident of the Imperial Valley, 1 wish to assure you of my hearty endorsement of the special message of President Roosevelt on the Colorado river situation. He Is entirely right In his statement that the actual set tlers here desire the assistance of the reclamation service and 1 therefore urgently request that you use your best endeavors in favor of the Flint bill, which carries out In full the recommendations of the president." • Later in the week a 'telegram to Congressman Smith stating that such postal cards had been signed to a cer tain number, also stating the number of votes cast In the valley at the pre vious election and that the cards were on their way to Washington. In reply Mr. Smith answered as follows: "I assure you I am only anxious .to carry out the wishes of the farmers." Brawley Budget From our special correspondent. M. D. Witter, of the News, was an Imperial visitor. Monday. The Bungalow reopened last week, so Brawley once more has a good place to accommodate the traveling public Louis Lee has moved to his new home, north of town. He has just re cently bought this place from D. A. Stormer. Mr. Garber has moved his family In to the house just vacated by Mr. Lee, which was last week purchased by D. A. Stormer. The woman's club gave their annual banquet last Friday evening. Friday morning there was a large force of men put to work on the bank building and its completion will be pushed as rapidly as possible. The Brawley Mercantile company has Installed a telephone. Colorado River dage Taken At Yuma Daily mean gage hel ht and dis charge of the Colorado river at Yuma, Arizona for week ending January 19, 1907: Date Gage Height Discharge January 13 24.55 29,900 January 14 23.35 24,400 January 15 22.50 22,500 January 16 21.95 20.400 January 17 19.95 19,500 January 18 19.80 16,100 January 19 21.40 25,200 Reclamation Service. I, E. Casper Is moving his family Into theh^ifew home on Olive street. They b^ve a real pretty home'and It Is MryCasner's Intention to beautify the Wounds so as to be In keeping with the home. LOCAL HAPPENINGS Personals and Breveties About Peo ple and Events of the Valley Material for the Ice plant Is arriving dally. Don't forget the date of the chicken dinner. Will pay highest cash market price for all kinds of poultry every Tuesday at El Centro. Geo. Irvln. 42tf R. Malan and U. S. DeMoulln were down from Brawley, Wednesday, in company with Rev. Leonardson. Two car loads of dairy cows were received at this point Friday from Santa Ana. One was for B. C. Mus graves and the other for Dennis Dillon. The ladles of El Centro will servo chicken dinner. Friday evening, Feb. Ist, from six to eight o'clock, for the purpose of getting an organ for Sunday School. B. E. Nosier let the contract the first of the*week for a nice new resi dence on Brighton street. The house when complete will approximately cost about $900 or .SIOOO. Dr. E. M. Beasley. of Knoxvllle, Term., Is in the valley this week look ing after suitable property for sale. It is his intention to permanently locate at some point in the valley. Contractor Cooper has had most all / of his carpenters at work on the bank building at Brawley this week and It seems rather quiet without that contin ual sound of hammer and saw. Dr. F. M. Blnkley and Asa Dickey, i of Santa Ana, are looking the valley over with an idea of purchasing land and will probably become residents Miss Mabel Swindle, of Holtvllle, who conducts a class of music here each Monday and Thursday, is think ing some of arranging for a class In Calexlcp. Mass meetings have been called to meet at El Centro, Imperial, Brawley and Holtvllle, Saturday, to discuss the bills now before congress and to take some action regarding them. A good turnout at each meeting Is expected. I The Eagles held their first regulsfr meeting In the lodge hall, last Wed nesday night. By vote of the mem bers It was decided to change the meeting nights to the first four Thurs days of the month. Louis Knapply opened his new meat market In the Holt block, the first of the week. The furnishings and finish ings of this new market are of the first order and would be a credit to any town and being, as It Is, so centrally located, it will no doubt be well patron ized. If Indications count for anything it would seem that El Centro household ers are going to have plenty of garden products this spring and summer. Several of the families living In the south part of town have had ground ad joining them broken and will plant melons and garden truck galore. Ed. Downing Is figuring on rallsng anyway a hundred crates of canteloupes on some ground he has prepared and they ought to be nice ones. He hasn't In vited any of his friends to the harvest yet but there Is plenty of time NO. 42