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VOL. VI CAUSE EXPLAINED Why it is There is Car Shortage. Business Increases Faster Than Cars Can Be Made The management of the Southern Pacific company, claiming that the rash statements made ih relation to car shortage have almost uniformly been unjust to the Harrlman lines, has prepared a statement from figures in the office of General Manager Calvin, showing what has been- done and what Is being done to care for the Pacific coast business through Increased equip ment. ' The statement relates that dur ing the past five years the Harrlman lines have anticipated the development of the territories which they serve and have, as a matter of fact, ordered equipment further than the engine and car factories have been able to turn It out. From January Ist, 1902. to Jan vary Ist, 1907, the Harrlman lines ex pended for new equipment $60,000, 000 or forty thousand dollars for every work day In that period. They pur chased 1,194 new locomotives and 40.196 new freight cars. They now have orders In for over 14,000 other cars or 20 per cent, of their present equipment. In other words, the roll- Ing stock of the company Is to be In creased one-fifth during the calendar year if the cars can be secured. The tonnage capacity of freight cars to be delivered In 1907 Is equal to the tonnage furnished during the preceding five years. The Increase In motive power during the year Is not so great, but is very substantial, being 60 per cent, over 1902. • The most hopeful comparison Is the showing that to move a business which has increased 41 per cent, in 1907 over 1902 there will be available 66 per cent, more car capacity and 69 per cent, more locomot ye capacity than In 1902. These statements, though Illus trating In a striking way, the increase In equipment, as well as traffic, do not fully illustrate the claim of the South ern Pacific company that it is endeav oring to anticipate fully the needs of Its business. Freight business Is variable during the year on all lines and equip ment Is plentiful at certain seasons and scarce at others. The only car short age of Importance In the Harrlman lines Is In the fall of the year when hey are called on to move the traffic of a section where the chief business activity Is directly or indirectly devel oped through agricultural or horticul tural products or of timber which reaches Its height after midsummer. Briefly, these lines must carry sidings full of empty cars eight months In the year to care for the other four months. During the last four years October has been the heaviest month In freight traffic on the Harrlman lines. There has, however.' been a gradual shifting of movement so that the movements n other months Is Increasing relatively x>mpared with the crop-moving months vith the following result: rONS OP FREIGHT MOVED ONE MILE OVER THE HARRIMAN LINES! )ctober, 1904 1,201,000,000 )ctobei, 1906 1,261,000,000 fctober, 1906 1,279,000,000 Thus, In the heaviest period >f 1 906 he Harrlman lines had only 6 per ent more traffic than In 1904, but ad available to'move It, 18 per cent, lore motive power and 1 4 per cent, lore freight capacity. As for expediting movement of cars ie management of the Harrlman lines uoto the official figures to prove that lelr freight trains are by comparison EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, MARCH 2 1907 doing far better than the average in the United States and that trains are not lying idle In sidings. Other criticisms havo been made that notwithstanding the increase in car and locomotive facilities, there has been great congestions In yards and on main lines because the track room was not sufficient to care for the Increased business. In reply to these criticisms the Harrlman lines management offers the following figures: "We have since June 30th, 1902, Increased cars owned 16 per cent, car mileage 16 per cent and train mileage 17 per cent. "During the same period we have increased our main double track (two trackings) 214 per cent, and have add ed 1,100 miles or 30 per cent, to yard tracks and sidings. - "For each car owned there are 362 feet of yards and sidings compared with 322 feet four years ago." From figures on file in the general office of the Southern Pacific It Is learned that In 1906 over 240.000 freight cars were built in the United States, an increase of over 65 per cent over the average for the previous five years. Seven thousand locomotives were built In 1906 compared with an aver age of 4,300 during the preceding |flve years. Every locomotive works and car factory in the country Is working up to its limit; cars that under contract should have been delivered last sum mer to the Southern Pacific are only arriving now. That the railroads of the country have sought to make provision to meet the growing demands of traffic is am ply proven by the following figures, which show the orders placed by them for freight cars to be built each year during the period named: Year Freight care 1900 115,631 1901 136.960 lgo 2 162,596 1903 1*3,195 1904 60)806 1905 165,455 1906 .....240,503 Following is similar information re specting number of locomotives ordered : 1900 : 3,153 1901 3,384 1902.!!!!! 4,070 1903 5,142 1904 . 3,441 1905 5,491 1906 3,952 To further help in solving the so called car shortage problem the rail roads are now endeavoring to hurry cars along with a manifest system which keeps cars loaded with perish able and high-class freight on through trains and quick schedules. Every ef fort, too, Is made to utilize the equip ment capacity of the cars. Recently all the Important lines of the country, Including all the Harrlman lines, have reached an agreement to charge each other and all other lines a higher per diem rental than formerly, for the purpose not of Increasing rev enue, but to keep the cars on the move and make It an object to a line dila tory in getting cars not needed started on their way home. They have also formed a car clearing house whereby the equipment of the country Is to be treated as a unit and used to best ad vantage. Through this clearing house records are made dally of surplus cars all over the country and of the districts where they are most needed and move ment ordered accordingly. , With all these Improvements then what Is the trouble?,, The local officers of the Harrlman lines give several reasons. » One of (Continued on tPage 8) ' . • ***'.;-.: V. . " It. AND THE IMPERIAL PRESS FIESTA THE FIRST WEEK IN NOVEMBER The Time Has Been Set for the Fies- ta del Valle de Imperial The Fiesta del Valle de Imperial committee met at Calexlco last Wed nesday, to set a new date for the cele bration of the dosing of the break in the Colorado river. It was thought that as now Is our busiest season, after which will soon follow the hot weather, It were better to set the date of the fiesta for the first week In November. At that time all lines of business will have become thoroughly settled and the farmers can then best take a holi day, the weather will be perfect, every body will be hapyy and Calexlco will have had ample time to prepare for her many visitors That the fiesta will be successful Is a foregone conclu sion, for the men who have It In charge are energetic and naturally successful and they Intend to put forth their very best efforts on this occasion. Every body should do what they can to help the committee; for the signal success of this undertaking means much to the entire valley. The members of the committee present at the meeting Wednesday were: J. A. Morrison, J. B. Baker, of Calexico; R. H. Benton, of Imped al, and Dr. Greenleaf, of Holtvllle. MAKING A SHOWING The Creamery Building is fast As suming Proportions. The creamery building (s progress- Ing right along. The foundation has been laid ana the Inside walls have been nearly flhished. By Monday the walls will beUilled and Insulated with cllocell land the brick walls are likely to be begun at about the same timer The machinery commit tee of the creamery company is in Los Angeles at the present time pur chasing the machinery and it is ex pected to have t Installed by the 15th of April. At a meeting >f the Central Cream ery company here last Saturday the services of E. H. Sherman were se- cured as operator. Mr. Sherman comes here very highly recommended, he being a graduate of the Pennsyl vania State College of Dairying and has been an active butter maker most of the time since 1892. With his su perior ability It Is hoped that ' a very high grade of butter will be turned out at this place and the profits to the dairymen will be somewhat. lncreased. It has only been of late that satisfact ory results have been netted by the producers and many are Inclined to believe It has been due to the efforts of an Individual buyer who has just entered the field. This buyer, we un derstand, knows the value of the Im perial Valley produce and Is giving now what It Is worth. With the opening of the creamery In El Centro prices are expected to be better as it Is the Intention of the company to give value for valke on all trades and the producer Is eagerly looktng forward lo the time when such a business policy will begin. At the/Ice plant there are now em ployed from 35 to 40 men and a great showing ls\belng made. The cement floors In two of the storage rooms are already completed and another one will be by to-night. Brick work on the.butlding Amoving along as rapidly as material can be had. It begins to look somewhat like old times* to see the Ice plant back in Its place again. Let to An Imperial Contractor The board of tchool trustees has awarded the bullWg of Holtvllle's new school house to\Contractor Seeley of Imperial,, for the sum of $3455. The plans, which wire drawn by Ar chitect F. T. Harris, of Redlands, will provide Holtvllle with a commodious and handsome school building. The building will consist of two large rooms, one 30.6x25 feet and the other 24x36 feet. There will be folding doors between, so that the two rooms can be hrown Into one large assembly room. Both rooms will be well light ed and ventilated and everything will be completed In modern style. In the front part of the building will be a large entry hall, leading off of which will be a good sized library room. There will also be a large basement under the building. The foundation will be brick, but the building will be a wooden structure with redwood siding, shingle roof with tower crowned by a flag pole. Contractor Seeley will begin work at once, as his contract calls for the building to be completed and ready for occupancy on April 1. — Holtvllle Trib une. The Good Times Club, of Holtvllle, entertained at the home of Miss Ma belle Swindle last evening. A num ber of El Centro went over In the auto car and report a fine time. They were Mesdames C. Buttress and P. 0. Par sons; Misses Alma Tuttl& and Fannie Kinne; Mess<S-jOHasT and Wesley Masten, Chas. Stack, G. A. Childers, R. P. L. Moore. F. A. Grlswold and A. W. Woods drove ojrer. Colorado River Gage Taken At Yuma Dally mean gage helcht and dis charge of the Colorado river at Yuma, Arizona for week ending February 23. 1907: Date Gage Height Discharge February 17 20.40 14,900 February 18 20.40 14.900 February 19 20 35 14.700 February 20 20 20 14,100 February 21 20 55 15.500 February 22 21.25 18,400 February 23 20.95 17 200 Reclamation Service. A Gold Medal Contest The Vadles of the W. C. T. U. are making Arrangements for a Demorest gold medal contest. The names of five who hold a silver medal are known and before final ar rangements can be made at least six contestants are neenssary. Should anyone reading this notice hold a silver medal or know of anyone who does, thus making them eligible contestants for the gold medal, they are urged to make It known and thus help to make the contest a success. There Is no more effective) or Interesting way of helping on the temperance cause. Will anyone holding a silver medal address Mrs. P..0. Parsons, at El Centro. for Information In regard to plans for the coming contest. Music Sunday Afternoon The band will play Sunday afternoon March 3d, at the bank corner. Every body Is invited to come and hear the splendid music. There was a large number of out-of-town people who were present at the last open air concert and It is hoped that many more will be In attendance next Sunday. The follow ing Is the program: March. The Crackerjack N. Brown Overture. Our Nation ..Beyer Solo, Baritone, Dearie Kummer Mr. John Norton. Italian Melody Costa March. Blue Bell '....F. Marso In my merry Oldsmoblle G. Edwards Nearer my Cod to Thee L. Mason American Inno. WILL NOT PASS Flint Bill Will Not Come Up in the House and Nothing Will Be Done It Is now almost certain that there will be nothing done at this session of congress regarding the I mperlalQ valley. The appropriation for the control of the Colorado river will not be passed at this time, but there seems to be an opinion that the Southern Pacific will at some future time be refunded the amount of money It has spent In effect- Ing this last closure. The amended Flint bill passed the senate, but when It came to the house It collided with Speaker Cannon and the reason for the collision was the fact that under Its provisions all money needed for the work by Implication, was to come from direct appropriation from the public treasury and not from the reclamation fund. It is thought these appropriations would necessarily run to $8 000,000. This Is the Inter pretation which the reclamation ser vice and others put on the wording of the bill and It was that which prompted Speaker Cannon to Issue the mandate that the Flint bill should not be brought before the house out of regular order. This action is not necessarily against reclamation, but many millions of dol lars have been placed at the disposal of the reclamation service for Its work, which is yet In the experimental stage and congress Is rather reluctant about increasing the revolving fund of the service until It is ascertained what de gree of success will be attained. Just what move the reclamation ser vice will take, If any, to secure control of the valley Is now a conjecture, but whether or not anything toward such a move is contemplated, tt Is being as sured on authority that every dollar needed by Imperial valley will be avail able from Southern . Pacific sources and the irrigation system will become a model one, vlelng with government works in the .ijo'ldity of its cement structures and its canal systems, which will be greatly extended. NOW THE EXTENSION Workmen are Being Taken to Calexi (co to Work on the Yuma Line Thursday, morning a large force of men passed through here on their way to Calexlco anb\were at once put to work by Englneer\E. Jack Carrlllo, of the Southern PacltHL to extend the Imperial valley brancHvpf that system to Yuma. * This makes the third time work has been started on this extension and It Is confidently expected that It will be completed this time. * Since the cutting back of New river the route for this new line has been re surveyed and quite a change made. The line will now run farther east than before and will likely go about the cen ter of Calextco and thence south Into Lower California. When this new line to Yuma Is fin ished It Is believed by many that the Soutnern Pacific will run through trains on the Imperial valley line. It would thus have a longer but easier haul and could make better time and would not have to traverse so much barren country as It does at present. The window • displays of the El Cen tro DepartmerA Store have been at* trading considerable attention. They are very attractively arranged and decorated by A.\ W. Woods, *ne of Mr. Rumsey's able corps of helpers. NO. 47