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Imperial Valley Press.
VOL. VI BREAK IS CLOSED And Business Picks Up Immediately. All the Towns Feel Pulse Quicken . Now that the Colorado river is again under control and practically the only draw back the Imperial valley has had to contend with Is at wst done away with, it Is expected- tha\ a great revival of business will take place. It was but natural that , a spirit Vrf depression should possess the people* of the valley during the period of uncertainty that enveloped us. for some time, but never theless the courage of our people Is not easily weakened and improvements have been steadily going on In everjj section of the valley. New buildings have been going up In every town and new acreage has been put into crops In every vicinity. But now the time has, come when things will move much more rapidly. Those who were rather timid before will come to the front with enthusiasm and will do all the more because of their former lack of confidence that the river will be shut out. The hotels of the valley are already enjoying larger lists of guests and ev eryone who comes here from the out side Is looking for a piece of \ land. The cantaloupe growers feel in the best of spirits; in fact, their optimistic view of the situation seems to be infec tious, for Heber has symptoms of the fever and an additional acreage of the famous Imperial valley cantaloupes will quite likely be planted there. The greatest activity In building Is going on at El Centro and the crying need of the contractors here Is for more help. The ice plant is being rushed to completion, the creamery is needed, .the new power plant for the . Holton Power Co. is yet to be buiM, new cottages are under way. . Of course with the shutting oif of the water comes so many riarrargs ments tha4 Inconveniences will be c perienced. The water for Irrigation will now have to come through the ce ment headgate and the intake to this will have to be dredged out and the main canal leading from the gate will have to be deepened, all of which takes time, but not of long duration. It is believed that ten days or two weeks will see a sufficient amount of water running again to supply all needs. The Irrigation water at present is not particularly Inadequate, but the Holton Power company, which furnishes light and power throughout the valley, is suffering for the want of water to run Its turbine, consequently all the towns of the valley ate discomoded alike. There is never any water used for power when there is a likelihood that such use would cause a shortage of Ir rigation water. Colorado River (jage Taken At Yuma Dally mean gage .hel ht and dis charge of the Colorado river at Yuma, Arizona for week ending February 9, 1907: Date Gage Height Discharge February 3 , 22.40 31,300 February 4 21.50 26.600 Februarys 21.10 24.400 February 6 20.65 19.200 February 7 20 35 17,900 Fetruary 8 19,000 February 9 v "> 2a9§ 20,500 ■.'* v Reclamation Service. VW.-N. H. B. PearsonW rented the corn ier <tf flee room overuio b>nk for the Headquarters of Cru|ebfleld.'& Wool iofe/cantaloupe merchaWs of PUtsburg. EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 16 1907 ARE SIGNING IP Cantaloupe Association Met Tuesday and Members Commenced Sign ing Contracts On Tuesday the board of .directors of the El Centro Cantaloupe Growers' Association disposed of considerable Important business in executive ses sion, winding up all unfinished business In readiness for the active work now under way of planting. Immediately following this the asso ciation membership met, nearly every member being present. The contract between grower and the shipping asso ciation provoked 'some discussion on th= point of time of delivery of melons to the shed, this being set at 5 o'clock p. m. It is thought, however, that delivery time can be materially extend ed when summer conditions can be fully explained to the receiving com pany. In all other points the contract was approved and members present started the signing of the agreements. The acreage signed ranges from 5 acres to 40 acres, with a number leav ing that open until they have finished planting. Several of these will exceed 50 acres. As indicative of El Centro enterprise many town lots will soon be adorned with the trailing melon vines and will add their quota to i the ship ments of the El Centro association. The lure of the melon and its profits appeals alike to staid citizen and school boy. Band Concert (The El Centro band will give an open air concert here on Sunday after noon, beginning at 4 o'clock. The fol lowing Is the program which will be rendered: * • Part 1. 1. March, Under the Double Eagle . Wagner 2. Overture, Grand Religious Fanta sia Rolllnson 3. .Waltz, Annuccta Mia (dedicated to Miss Chaplin) Scarpa 4. Lir Palome, Spanish Serenade, ■L mi | | till HIMI4 M Mil ■•#••••»« 4 ifIUICI 5. March, La Francesa Costa 6. Waltz. True Love Brown 7. Fuiwral March Chopin 8. Granii Fantasia. Our Nation. Beyer AND THE IMPERIAL PRESS SHE LIKES HER UNCLE. NO COMPROMISE Flint Says He Has Not Compromised and is Not Going To "I have agreed to no compromise whatever. No compromise has been suggested and I shall entertain nothing of the sort." This positive declaration was made by Senator Flint, when hs was asked as to the probability of a compromise being reached on his bill, which has passed the senate, appropriating $2. 000,000 for the purpose of construct ing the necessary repair work to stop the overflowing of the Colorado river at its banks and indundating land with in the boundaries of the United States. When the measure reached the house committee on irrigation the ap propriatlon was cut to $1,000,000. This amount, in the opinion of Senator Flint, will be entirely inadequate for the purposes required and he proposes to fight for the retention of $2,000,000, as passed by the senate. Representative Smith, who will have charge of the measure in the house, has made several efforts to see Speak er Cannon, in order to secure recog nition in the house for the bill, but up to the present time has been unsuc cessful on account of the Illness of the speaker. When he succeeds in get ting the bill before the house he says he will make a speech in favor of In creasing the amount of the appropria tion to $2,000,000 as provided for in Flint's bill, and if unsuccessful there, he will make a fight In conference. Both Flint and Smith will undoubtedly be on the conference committee and they will undoubtedly succeed In se curing the $2,000,000 appropriation. An Important point now Is to secure permission from Speaker Cannon for recognition to consider the bill. Bridge Across New River A bridge Is planned over New river on the country road west of town. The bridge will have one or two spans, and be so constructed and tied that In case of flood It will be raised on the piling and float to the bank. Instead of going down to the sink. The river bed will be filled Into the approaches and the grade of the banks reduced. — Brawley News. MELONS AT HEBER An Association Formed and a Good Sized Acreage will be Planted. Las>^/ednesday the farmers near Heber m\t and formed an association to be known as the Heber Fancy Melon Growers' Association, and in the neighborhood^ 250 acres of can taloupes will be planted. ' A packing house will be erected and a spur track built right away. The association has contracted with Crutch field & Woolfolk. of Pittsburgh, Pa., through their agent, H. B. Pearson, who will handle the entire crop, mak ing an advance payment of 75 cents per crete for the month of June and 50 cents per crate for July for all Fancy Standards and Jumbos, the bal ance to be paid as soon as the returns can be had. The officers of the new association are as follows: Geo. Cllne, president; W. A. Van Horn, vice-president; L. E. Srack, secretary and treasurer and Ernest Bucher and Frank Tetley. Change of Meeting The meeting of members of the Methodlstchurch called for Feb. 20th, will be held this Saturday evening, Feb. 16th. at 7 o\k>ck, at Hotel El Centro. All members of the church are urged to be present and others who feel a desire to forward those things which make for good^will be gladly welcomed, so thaKby united ef fort much may be accomplished for that which endures. S For the Library The ladles of El Centro who have worked so haroNto secure a reading room have secured the use of space In Mr. Burkett's Ice cream parlor and they are going to give 'an opening next Thursday night, February 21. Ev erybody Is Invited to come. Refresh ments will be servee and a nice time Is assured. A free will offering is so licited — bring a chair, a book or a sil ver offering. Everyone should respond to this Invitation to aid a reading room. It is needed and will be appre ciated by a large number. TO BUILD CREAMERY The Site Has Been Chosen and Build ing Will Soon Commence The Central Creamery company has. completed Its arrangements for the erection of 9 creamery at El Centro, The lots have been secured and Thurs day morning the location of the build- Ing was staked out. J. L. Travers will superintend the building; the creamery and has the lumber al t ordered. He expects to start the ce ment foundation right away. The building will be 48x48 feet and when completed and equipped will cost/ $6,000. The Central Creamery com pany is a dairymen's association, form ed for the express- purpose of building-: and conducting this creamery, believ ing that by the co-operation plan much money can be saved for the dalrymar*. The committee having the building in>» charge consists of W. A. Van Horn, Ira Aten and G. W. Nichols. Thep fully expect to have the plant in opera tion in ninety days. It will be located » on the east side of the railroad between i the ice plant and cantaloupe packing,' shed and will be close to the Southern t Pacific freight depot to soon. he.builU- A St. Valentine's Party The spirit of the Ecclesiastical mar* tyr, St. Valentine of Rome must have been pleased Thursday evening, whem a jolly crowd of young people assem bled at Hotel Franklin, upon invitations of Misses Alma Tuttle and Fannie Klnne, to do honor to the memory^ ofi. that patron saint of the love 10rn... . They found the sombreness of.- : the? school room and hotel lobby - dispelled by a lavish display of red, red hearts,, festooned, circled and scattered hither and yon, interlaced with Japanese lan terns and other articles of decoration •. that made the rooms veritable abodes • of color and beauty. With the arrive of the young people from Holtville and: Imperial the program of games was commenced and many quaint and cur ious schemes were Introduced to aid; the heart free to determine who might be the Prince or Princess Darling of the future and each new game met with gay approval until the electric; lights gave warning of approaching darkness. Then candles and lamps were> produced. Refreshments were served^ in the "other" school room and were; delightfully In keeping with the other happy arrangements for which the>. hostesses were responsible. Mesdames C. E. Paris, C. F. But tress, P. 0. Parsons and J. T. Tuttle. were patronesses of the evening.. The guests present were: Misses? Blanche Straight, Ethel Free, .' Daisy? Mead and Mabel Swindle,, of Holt— ville; Misses Elizabeth Reid and Beula. Good, of Imperial; Messrs. G. L- Dutcher. of Holtville; T. A. Atkinson*: G. A. Chllders. Chas. F. Masten, Wes^ ley Masten, Roy Shepard, Roger Webster, Chas. Staack, Fred A. Grls wold, A. W. Woods, W. L. Payne^. and Robt. P. Moore. Salton Sea Gage Tne following Is the record of the; rise of the Salton sea. near Salton* Cal.. from Feb. Ist to 7th. Inclusive,. 1907: Gage height (feet)r February 1 75.45. February 2 "".75.55 February 3 ........] 75. 60 February 4... 75 65 February $M^'^!^. "XwiirS February 6. 75.7E February 7 75.60> The above record Is furnished by- Mr. W. B. Clapp, engineer U. S. Geo^ logical survey, Los Angeles. Cal. NO. 45