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VOL. VI NEW JUDICIAL DISTRICT Ordinance Creating Same Will Be come Effective on the 25th of this Month At the last meeting of the board of supervisors an ordinance was passed creating a new judicial township In the Imperial valley. A portion of the Im perial and Sllsbee townships was taken off to make the new one. This action was done by the board after It had been duly petitioned by the voters of the new township. The reason cited by the petition was that the township of Imperial was so large that it caused a great deal of Inconvenience to a ma jority of the petitioners at times when the attention of township officers was most needed. The ordinance creating the town ship of El Centro becomes effective on the 25th day of March. A justice of,the peace and constable will be ap pointed at the next meeting of the board of supervisors and then we will have a full fledged judiciary of our own. R. H Huddle, of Sllsbee, was a visitor In El Centro, Thursday. C. E. and E. E. Pearsall, of Braw ley, were visitors In El Centro yester day. P D. Trowbrldge, of Manchester, lowa, and Mrs. Jessie B. Armstrong, of Greeley, .owa. were In El Centro this week. Mr. and Mrs. Otis Alldredge, of Mt. Vernon, Ind., were In the valley this week and were registered at Hotel El Centro. G. E. Hammer, of Allendale. Mo., has been visiting in El Centro this week. He Is a property owner in the Imperial valley and comes out every winter to look after his Interests. He says he Is very well pleased with his Investment here as he considers he has more than doubled his money. J. A. McCanse and wife, of Pome roy, Washington, are In El Centro, this week. Mr. McOanse owned some property in the valley sYne time ago, but sold It because at \he time he thought his wife could no\ live here. He says he would have made a good piece of money if he had held on to the land till now. He may re-Invest again before long. ' James M. B. Irvine, of the Electric Appliance company of Los Angeles, was In El Centrojthe first of the week, having stopped off on his return trip from the Arizona territory. Mr. Ir vine Is very much interested In the fu ture of the Imperial valley and the longer he stayed the more enthusiastic he became. His father Is a promin ent capitalist of Phoenix, owning sev eral large business blocks there, who shortly expects to make this place a visit, possibly with a view to Investing to some extent. A. S. Glasgow, representing the General Electrlcjcompany of Los An geles, was in the valley this week and made quite an extended visit at El Centro the first of the week. This Is the first visit of Mr. Glasgow and he was agreeably surprised at the advance ment the valley had made, especially In the electric line*. He showed his marked pleasure at the substantial manner the Holton Power company were putting In their works throughout the valley. Never In such a new country did he see so little temporary work as there Is here. EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY, MARCH 16 1907 PRICES GOING UP Land Values are Increasing and Im proved Farm Harder to Secure. That the news of the shutting off of the Colorado river from flowing to the Salton sea, is spreading rapidly and Is becoming every day more apparent by the number of people who are coming to the valley to Investigate our resour ces and Invest their money in farm lands and city property. Every train to the valley brings many newcomers and a great many more who have been here before, but have come back, knowlpg this- to be the land of promise, where the productiveness of the soil Is greater than any other and where land values are bound to Increase more rapidly than we at present dream of. In fact, the price of land is advancing now, there being only a few snaps left on the market, and they will, either be bought up or taken off at a early date. Practically every hotel in the valley has a large number of land seekers and the land agents are kept busy showing the strangers over the country. At the Hotel El Centro this week there have been several parties from the middle west and east and Ira Aten and D.H.Chaplin have had their rigs con tantly on the go. The complaint among the land agents is that they are having difficulty in finding improved lands for sale. Most of the prospect ive buyers want improved farms and the Imperial valley farmer who has a well 'improved piece does not like the Idea of parting with such a good thing, even though he can get a good price for It. Methodist Services The first religious service by the Methodist people will be held next Wednesday evening, March 20th. at 7:30. The meeting will be held at the Franklin ; building; Cbas. Went worth, of Imperial, will preach and ad minister the sacrament of the Lord's supper. The public Is cordially Invited and those desiring can join the charter list of members, as the list will be held open till that time. Strangers welcome. Geo. W. Blair, of Ottumwa, lowa, was among those who were this week looking the country over with a view to Investing. • AND THE IMPERIAL PRESS IMPERIAL VALLEY WANTED TO KNOW SUNDAY SCHOOL CONVENTION Will Be Held at Imperial, March 23d in the Methodist Church The Valley Sunday School conven tion will be held at Imperial, March 23d. It was first set for to-day, but Inasmuch as some of the more im portant speakers could not be present at this time it was decided to postpone the convention to accommodate their convenience. Representatives of all the Sunday Schools will be present and arrangements for splendid speak ing and singing are being made. Hugh C. Gibson, of Los Angeles, secretary of the State Sunday School will be present. The meeting will be held at the Methodist church and should be well attended. The dance to be given by the Eagle lodge next Monday night promises to be a brilliant affair. The El Centro orchestra of five pieces has been se cured to furnish the music and the floor of the hall is in excellent condi tion for dancing. Each member and officer of the order will wear a badge and the floor managers are determined that all present will be shown a good time. It Is a St. Patrick's day ball and no doubt many of those who at tend will sport the green. A cordial Invitation Is extended to all to come and enjoy a good dance. W. A. Van Horn called at the Press office this wfeek and gave a report of the shipment >of Swiss cheese made by the Van Horn Brothers to the Maple Grove creamery>at Los Angeles. The shipment net themv 19 cents a pound or 1 cent a pound more than they are retailing the same cheese In the towns of the valley. This proves that the ar ticle turned out by Van Horn Brothers is of a very superior quality and that It will become a great Industry there is no doubt. A competent Swiss cheese maker Is In charge and they are In creasing their output as fast as the de mand increases. Notice Rev. Wm. B. Noble, D. D. Synod leal missionary of California, will preach at the school house in El Cen tro, Sunday, the 17th Inst., at 3 p. m. The public is cordially invited to attend. NEW DRUG STORE Roy L. Rumsey Will Make Another Department to the El Centro Department Store When Mr. R. L. Rumsey was in Los Angeles last week he made com plete arrangements to add another de partment to his fast growing store and bought a full ltneQof drugs and pro cured the services of a first-class pharmacist to take charge of the de partment. The goods will be unpacked and put in place some time next week and as soon as things can be put in ord er the drug store will be formally op ened. The need of a drug store has been long felt here and a great many people will be glad to hear that the things so badly needed in this line at times can now be had without sending away for the same. This department will be under the care of Mr. James Klrksey, who comes here from Beaver, Utah, and Is very highly recommended as a druggist. He will arrive the fore part of next week and the arrangement of the store will be under his supervision. A movement Is on foot to organize a Chrlstion Endeavor society in El Cen tro and it is now proposed to get the young people together next Sunday evening at 6:30, at the school house and talk the matter over. 'A Christian Endeavor society does not . represent any particular denomination, thus en abling all people to take part. Such a society should exist here and the Press Is Indeed glad the start Is being made. All the young people and those who feel young are requested to be present at the meeting to-morrow evening and take an active part In ihe organization. Last evening Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Downing entertained at their pretty home, on Brighton street. The guests greatly enjoyed themselves at whist and other games until a late hour and were even then loth to depart. The new home of the host and hostess was admired by all Refreshments were served. The guests present were: Mes srs. and Mesdames T. B. Blanchard, L. H. Cooper, E. Fromme, C. F. Buttress, Antonio Scarpa, J. L. Trav ers. Mrs. C. E. Paris. Miss Daisy Mead. 0 B. Tout and Robt. P. L. Moore. Al Casner Is back from his San Bernardino trip. LOCAL HAPPENINGS items About People and Events In and aroond El Centro. J. W. Holllstcr, of Lordsburg. was registered at the Hotel El Centro this week. Dr. Lee Is back again from Los Angeles for a few days' visit. C. H. Sllllman and wife, of New* York, are visiting with I. P. Sllllman. president of Water company No. 5 at Holtvllle.. R. Malan, a prominent farmer of Brawley, was In town last Tuesday in attendance upon the board of trade meeting held here on that day. A reading of the gage height of the Salton sea just received from the U. S. geological survey shows that the sea has remained stationary since Feb ruary 10th, the gage registering 76.05 feet. Some of my Texas friends are here and there's more coming soon. You had better list your land if you want to sell. They are pretty sure to buy. Ira Aten Land Company, El Centro, Cal. True Venclll and Tom Atkinson were out Wednesday, trying the new Jeam they have just lately acquired. It's a dandy team all right and the boys have a right to be proud of It. Contractor Travers has commenced work on a new cottage for Chas. F. Buttress, It Is located on Brighton avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets and will cost in the neighbor hood of $ 1 000. Ira Aten has had his hands full show- \ ing farm lands to those who are con templating locating here. His big hack has been constantly on the go al 1 week. He says things are picking up materially in the real estate business. 0. E. GUlett, veterinary dentist, a nephew of W. F. Glllett, of Holtvllle. was in town Wednesday evening. He is thinking some of locating in the val ley. He went over to Holtvllle, Thurs day noon to visit with his relatives there a few days. Rev. Mr. Letson. preached at the school house last Sunday night. At next Sunday evening's meeting there will be special music, both vocal and instrumental, by Mrs. Buttress, Miss Tuttle, Professor Scarpa and Murray Stover. Passengers arriving from Los An geles the first of the week report the Salton sea on a rampage, on account of the hlgn winds that are blowing to ward the north and east. It Is said In some Instances the water would lash clear over the tracks and then swiftly run back, washing the roadbed quite badly In places, making the progress of the trains very slow and uncertain. A very pleasant birthday party was given to Master Morris Havens In honor of his seventh year, last Monday afternoon The little ones who' were present to honor the occasion were: Dorothy Masten, Viola Buttress. Ar dess and Hazle Nosier, Ruth Travers, Imogene Aten, Clark Sherman, Wayne ■ Buttress, Robert Lindsay. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Havens had been very nicely decorated, a great many large and beautiful varieties of sunflowers were to be seen In profusion and made a very attractive appearance. Re freshments were served and the little tots ate and were happy. NO. 49