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Imperial Valley Press.
OL. VI WILL BE CONFLICT iys Smith, Unless Reclamation Ser vice Takes Up Private Canal System II Representative Smith has received I communication from Southern Call- Brnlaris, urging that the government Ike over the private Irrigation system Bar Yuma. The reasons given by He signers are that the administration ■ the water system is bad and that It B ght to be remedied. The same per- Bns have appealed to Secretary Hltch- Bck to take possession of the private H.ter system, and either make it part H the Yuma Irrigation project or abol g> It altogether. Smith says this Is a By indication of what may be expected ■he reclamation service Inaugurates HlrrigationH Irrigation system in Imperial valley, [■the territory already covered by the jflllfornla Development^company sys- IBd. A conflict Is Inevitable, he says, Ml he earnestly hopes that the joint |H erne will not be tried In the Imperi |Aalley. Smith says he will , confer |Bi Senator Fllntto see If they can a agree on some ground concerning |B Colorado proposition. His idea Is Bthe house to pass the bill as re ified from the public lands commit. H Saturday, and then have a confer ee with the senate. Flint and Smith llßld both be on the conference com rSee, probably, and a compromise |}Hngement may be made. A Visit to Silsbee H party of El Centro ladles wen; M to Sllsbee last Saturday afternoon 8 big bus to attend a meeting of the t Be. T. U. at that place. Those of jpMiarty were: Mrs. W. W. Masten, PflM> El Tuttle< MISS Ak " a Tuttle> fe:B L. H. Cooper, Mrs. Dr. Bickhell. |^fl DeGraff. Mrs. J. G. Newton, h 1 Royce, Mrs. G. Havens and son, f- Bis, Mrs. J. A. Miller, of Brawiey, p^Bp. O. Parsons. L '-Be ladles were taken out and I jRn the river and were then royally [ Stained at supper by Mrs. Pyle, I /'■which they adjourned to the i^isB 1 ' nouse ' wnere a ' ar 8 e crowd had I'^flred to hear an address y by Mrs. f ifl Miller. A splendid literary pro- Li JB was rendered and wajs enjoyed I t JBnsely by those present. f- "Hr ' a(^' es returned Saturday even- I - B moonlight, feeling well paid for I; jßrip and generous hospitality ac l " Hpthem ty the people of Silsbee. | 'f^Bdiller stayed over Sunday and 1./. Bsed the Sunday school. She Is II pleasant lady and an ardent I ~flt or * ne cause °f temperance I B a * orce^ ul and P' easln g taker. More Pig Business I r^--.J|V. Baker, who owns a fine ranch X* Bihort way southwest of El Cen | ■s' just sold the last f a dozen I whbred Duroc-Jersey boars he I Hsed. The demand for these llis been beyond Mr.. Baker's ex f i3Zi H 3ns « nlne °* them selling for $15 i 'Bid the remaining three brought I Blece. Three of the' $15 ones t Bken to Brawiey. These were i |g Pigs. Death of Miss Gulick I" WJr home, 3 miles southwest of I f Buss Jessie Gulick departed this r Hlay, Feb. Ist, at 9 p m., after 1 Bllness of pneumonia. As an I Int. active lady In the home and | remmunlty she had few equals. I Btful>B tful> winsome leadership In the > Ischool endeared her to all the I n and scholars. Here her loss |" Keenly felt and her place most [ Bto fill. EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 1907 BAND ORGANIZED Permanent Organization Perfected and Officers Elected Tuesday • Night The formal organization of the El Centro city baud was perfected Tues day evening as follows: President, R. H. Clark. Vice-president, John Norton. Secretary, M. A. Stover. Treasurer, F. A. Grlswold. Director, Prof. A. Scarpa. Honorary president, D.H. Chaplin. Messrs. Scarpa, Stover and Stanton were appointed to draft by-laws and report at the next reoular meeting of the organization. Under the leadership of Prof. Scar pa, the boys are making marked prog gress and they have many reasons to feel encouraged In the result of their efforts. Several new players have re cently joined and more will be added within the next few weeks. At the meeting Tuesday night It was decided to give a' concert one week from Sunday and an Interesting program Is being prepared for that oc casion. The band has been organized only about three months and the people of El Centro should give. the boys all the assistance and encouragement possible, all of which Is certainly mer ited. ' The program for the concert will be printed In next week's Issue of the Press. Colorado River Qage Taken At Yuma Daily mean gage hel-ht anch* dis charge of the Colorado river at Yuma, Arizona for week ending February 2, 1907: Date Gage Height Discharge January 27 19.80 f 13,800 January 28 19.70 13;200 January 29 19.60 12,700 January 30 19.60 12,700 January 31 19.65 ' 12,700 February 1 19.55 12,400' February 2 21.55 25.700 Reclamation Service. Incendiarism Fires from what seems to>be of _ in cendiary origin has occurred at Fr|n/n lake this week. The houses and hay belonging to J. L. Forrester and Harry Buesell have been burned and totally destroyed. These ypung men were occupying land In that neighborhood with the intention of filing homesteads when the land is opened for entry again. There seemed to be no possi ble cause for a fire to originate without premeditated assistance. Methodists Organize A meeting of members of the Meth odist Episcopal church was held In th y e parlors of Hotel El Centro, Tuesday af ternoon, Feb. sth, 1907. There were present beside pastor Charles Went worth, of Imperial, ten members of the church. An organization was formed by these persons signing as charter members and proceeding to elect an official board of five trustees, four stewards, permanent secretary and treasurer. An option on location was decided by selecting lots offered by the Town site company on southwest corner, block 3. An adjourned meeting will be held at the same place. Wednesday evening, Feb. 20th, at which time all other persons In the valley wishing to Identify themselves with this organiza tion are urged to be present and sign as charter members or authorize some person to sign for them and participate In tho completion of the organization. Arrangements for services are soon to be made. AND THB IMPERIAL PRESS WILL COMPROMISE Senator Flint and Congressman Smith Reach An Agreement Senator Flint and Representative Smith have reached an agreement up on the Colorado river Improvement proposition. Both agree that the prin cipal legislation needed Is to cover three points: First, repairing the break In the river bank; second, that if the reclamation service Is to enter the Imperial valley It must take over the present Irrigation system, Instead of constructing an entirely new one; third that the reclamation service must be given authority to go upon foreign soil, when necessary to Irrigate American land. All these points would be covered In a bill similar to the original Flint bill, which would authorize the reclamation service to undertake Irrigation In the Imperial valley, but not dlreclng. It to do so, with ah amendment giving ser vice authority to extend Its activities abroad In certain cases. The kk a mount of money necessary for the protective works referred to, it was agreed be tween Flint and Smith, shall be the largest that can be obtained In confer ence. It will probably be $1,500,000, a compromise between the $2,000,000 originally asked by Flint and the $1, 000,000 provided In the bill as amend ed by the house committee. The Flint bill, as amended, will probably be passed shortly In the house, Smith and Flint can then straighten out matters in conference committee. Smith to-day introduced a, bill amending the reclamation act so that parties who have entered desert land and begun its reclamation before the government established an Irrigation project covering land so entered, shall have a water right for 320 acres, the largest entry under the desert land act, Instead of only 160 acres as the recla mation act now provides. This cov ers thejrffuation in the Imperial valley, whe&emany persons could not obtain wrffer rights for more than 160 acres under the present law, although they have been Improving 320 acres under the cesert land act. Open Air Concert The El Centro band will , give an open air concert Sunday afternoon, February 17th, commencing at 4 o'clock. Eight selections will be ren dered. Out of town people are invited to attend and hear some delightful band music. The band will be con ducted by Professor Antonio Scarpa. Cantaloupe Meeting The cantaloupe growers of El Cen tro and vicinity met last Saturday af ternoon. 'The meeting was called In order to ascertain about the number of acres of melons that would be planted this Season. According to the list as made up It appears that 500 acres or more will be put out. Ground-Is being prepared and the planting of seed will soon commence. The growers feel confident that this Is going to prove a good year and good money will result. Those who had experience last year feel sure that many obstacles which confronted them last season will be ov ercame and larger crops and better melons will go from this point. The regular, monthly meeting of Im perial Water company No. 1 was held Wednesday. The Valley Mercantile company Is making tt an object for you to trade at their store. Read their ad. else where. AUXILIARY PLANT Holton Power Company Will Build Steam Plant at El Centro The plans are In the hands of the architect and the machinery has al ready been ordered for an auxiliary steam plant for the Holton Power company to be located at El Centro. Work will be commenced on this new plant as soon as building on the Ice plant has progressed far enough to en able taking some of the workmen from that building. Some of the material Is already on the ground. It wlll'be lo cated near the Ice plant. This new power house will have a capacity of 450 kilowatts and will serve a double purpose, the primary one be ing to be in readiness to take up the work of furnishing electricity In case the water power should become dis abled, and secondly to help, the water power should it be called upon for more than Its present capacity.* The building 'of the new plant will necessitate the erection of another transformer station at his place and will furnish a great deal of work all the coming fall and winter. The Creamery Proposition. Major J. N. Patton, In his first con siderable effort at promoting, has proved himself a money raiser. Sat urday night last he had secured sub scriptions to the amount of $3500 which he hopes to Increase to $5000 by this Saturday night. This money is to be used for the erection of a creamery and rolling ■ mill In Holt vllle. - / The stock has been largely sud scrlbed by the farmers, who are dis satisfied with their returns from outside creameries. They are satisfied with the price obtained, but are at outs with the tests. The financing of the creamery proj ect has the solid backing" of W. F. Holt, who emphatically states that he Is with the people and will make all pa per worth 100 per cent, when he Is as sured of 200 cows in the district tribu tary to Holtville.— Holtvllle Tribune. Tho ririn rr g |ven by ;I. A. Morgan and family last night to their many friends at their home southeast of town was a very delightful affair. The house was crowded and everyone pres ent had a splendid time. Refresh ments were served with a lavish hand. Directors for Next Year The Imperial chamberjof commerce held a meeting Tuesday evening and elected the following directors for the ensuing year: H. L. Peck, R. D. McPherrln, F. M. Salisbury, F. E. Barbour, E. F. Howe W. B. Salis bury. E. J. Norrlsh. H. N. Dyke, J. B. Parazette, Leroy Holt and R. H. Ben ton. The regular meeting night of this chamber Is the first Thursday of each mon.h. SaltonSea Gage Tne following Is the record of the rise of the Salton sea. near Salton Cal., from Jan. 25th to 31st. Inclusive, 1907: Feet January 25 74.90 January 26 75.05 January 27 75 20 W cHiUC&ry W IIIIIIMIIIMMII *••*(*•■•* WiOU January 30 75.35 The above record Is furnished by Mr. W. B. Clapp, engineer U. S. Geo logical survey, Los Angeles. Cal. GROWING SMALLER The Break in the River Is Gradually Being Closed, Slowly But Sorely News from the Colorado river Is most encouraging, work Is going on steadily and rapidly and the break In the river's bank Is slowly yielding to> the efforts of man. The large force of men have narrowed the gap to about 450 or 500 feet— 3so feet less than It was, .The work has been done with the utmost. carefulness, so that It may be depended upon for all time. "In every way great progress Is being made toward the permanent closure of * the break." says the Yuma Sun. "In stead of everything going decidedly and dlscouraglngly wrong, as was the case for so great a time, fortune now seems to be favoring the courageous and persistent engineers. They have no shadow of a suspicion of failure. A band of about fifty Papago Indians reinforced the force of laborers at the heading yesterday, and a car load of mules added to the levee building equipment. The levees now consti tute the greatest danger and the work of building them is being pushed to the last possible notch. About 9,000 second feet of water, \ or almost half of the river's present: discharge, Is now going down the old! channel, while the dam Is growing very rapidly. President Epes Randolph is still on the scene and w!ll probably remain a_ couple of days longer." NewSchdtrtnouse JTljfi-boffclsof the El Centro schooll -district have been disposed of and th& plans for the new school house will be submitted to the county superintendent In the near future. The building will be located In the north part of town and will be ready for occupancy by fall. A new water company Is being or ganized, to be known* as Water com pany No. 9. Its district will lie be tween No. 6 and No. 8 on the w ( est side of New river and will comprise about 35,000 or 40.000 acres. The latest news/regarding the illness of Mrs. Vencill Is that there Is a slight change for the better. Hopes are be ing entertained. that she may recover. Frank P. Wlllard, a lawyer of Es condldo, Is In the Valley this week. He Is Improving a ranch near Heber. Demand for Workmen •^^.S^o much work is going on at El Centro and so much is planned for the future that it is impossible to securer enough men to handle it as rapidly as is desired. At no time in the history of the valley has this occurred, but: there Is certainly a scarcity of laborers here and there will be no let up to the cry for help, for the cantaloupe season Is coming on. This will Increase the demand. Building will keep right up> at El Centro. Before any one build- Ing Is finished others will be planned and commenced. The officers of the new Water Co., No. 9 are as follows: E. E. Ben nett, president: Chas. Wentworth, Vice-Presldent; H. A. F. Miller. Secretary and Treasurer^ Jflessrs. Stover, Grlswold, Moore arid Wood have purchased tents and will be at home to their friends after Sunday. They are located between State and Main streets back of the El Centro Department store. NO. 44