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VOL. VII THE SAN DIEGO EXCURSION The Imperial Valley Thoroughly Inspected by The San Diego Chamber of Commerce The special train bearing the mem bers of the San Diego chamber of commerce, over a hundred strong, ar rived at Imperal last week Friday night. They had come to their back country, of which the mest of them had heard but never saw. The truth to tell, they were not In the least prepared for wtiat they were to see: The magnitude of this great valley, the richness of its soil and the many prosperous farmers were certain ly such a revelation to them that it took time to recover from the shock. These peopie discovered In less than two days that right at their door lies an agricultural, dairy and fruit country, which Is destined :o practically double the state productiveness In these lines, Why, they never dreamed of such a thing. CtrUlnly the had been told about It. but they thought It was a dream. The visitors Inspected Imperial Sat urday morning and then as many as could be accommodated by the rigs furnished were Immediately driven to the farming country tributary to El Centro. They were driven over this part of the country pretty thoroughly and it was here they received their flrsf impression of what the valley real ly is. About noon the train moved up from Imperial to El Centro and at the same time the rigs began to arrive from the country and all to^k dinner at the Hotel El Centro. It speaks well for this hotel that It was able to accommodate the large crowd, when It had been, previously Informed that the visitors would take dinner In the dining car. whlcn proved to be a false report. More than two hours were spent in looking over the town of El Centro. Everyone visited the opera house and were certainly surprised. They had previously been lead to believe that Imperial was the only place in the val ley of any consequence, and to find here such substantial store buildings, such a fine opera house, the best of ho els. the mammoth Ice plant the new up-to-date creamery, the canta loupe packing sneds, the machine shops, the foundations for other large buildings completed and woik being rusned toward completion, wonderment could be read In their faces. At nearly 3 o'clock In the afternoon the train started to Holtville. The power house and power canal were ob jects of special interest. The visitors were told that a good view could be had of the surrounding country from the Alamo hotel bilcony and In less than thirty minutes the balcony was crowded with Interested people. The people of Holtville furnisher rigs for those wno wished to drive out. Tnis trip was not a part of the ex cursion and the Eastslde visit was due to tne courtesies of the Holton Inter- Urban raiiwa.. which kindly lurnished an engine and took tne excursion train In charge, tnereby giving the people an opportunity of seeing this prosperous town and country. Upo'i tne return to El Centro !n the evcint g itie tra n was delivered back again to tiio S. P. road and~was taken lo l.nprial tor asnori time. At about EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY. MAY 25 1907 10 o'clock the excursionists were brought back through here and taken t) Calexico, where they awoke on Sunday moynlng. At the Internation al Gateway they visited until noon, viewing the country from the balcony of the hotel, visited In a foreign coun try and learned more of the south part of our big country. At about 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon the train arrived at Brawley, where the remainder of the day was spent. They fell In love with the place, and once rriore you could see that ques tioning look in their faces. Brawley had been busy. They welcomed the strangers to their town with a confident air. With politeness they told that here was anvher place where things grew and that they did not have to bor row stuff to make an exhibit. They proved it. They led their guests to the windows wherein were displayed their products and at the curb were teams in waiting to show them the fields close to town. After getting their first good Impres sion In the surrounding country of El Centro, followed up with what was seen at Holtville and in the country north of Calexico, it was pleasant that the visit ors from San Diego should leave witn a vivid recollection of the true value of this country of ours as Brawley would Impress upon their memory. This excursion will prove to be of great value to both the valley and to San Diego. Out of the one hundred prominent men who came, It Is safe to s>y that ninety-five understand the lay of the land In the Imperial valiey. They were merj who are able to judge and from the many remarks whlcn were heard It was made clear that they were not slow In judging the true state of affairs as to the attitude of the different towns of the valley, their prominence and the sources of their future sustenance, which, looked at carefully at the present time, will en able any careful thinker to determine in his own mind what the future holds In store for each of them. These people came here to see an agricultural country and they saw It and they were wise enough to know WHERE they saw It. The Imperial valley holds out the hand of good fellowship to San Diego. The destinies of the two places are bound to prove great and the neighbor ly spirit should be well cultivated. The valley will welcome another visit this fall and the people of the valley should not be slow in returning this friendly call. Excursion Brevities El Centro had prepared a small ex hibit for the purpose of illustrating to the vlsltors'just how early our season really Is. E A. Gullck and E. E. Forrester were certainly very kind to bring in samples of the early products of their farms. The dlspaly was ar ranged in the office room of the Press and one striking feature was that all the cards showed the fact that all the products were raised either on an El Centro lot or else close to he town. Tne exhibit served a double purpose — tlrst, that the Imperial valley was pro AND Tllll IMPERIAL PRE3SS ductlve of early fruits and vegetables and second that El Centro was a fair representative of the Imperial valley. The many flowers brought In by Mr. and Mrs. Adam, whose place joins the townslte, would have done credit to any place In Southern California, and were greatly admired by more than a hun dred people, who visited at this office during the day. The opera house, Just receiving Its finishing touches, here at El Centro at tracted a great deal of attention. This building, along with the other large brick structures that have been erected here, showed to the visitors that It was El Centro which had the stability and progressive spirit it takes to make a town. The large quantity of lemonade fur nished by the I loltvllle people at tne Alamo hotel just "touched the spot" and the way it did appear was a caution. To find here in the valley such an elec trical power plant as they found at Holtville was considerably more than the San Diego people had counted on and then to find one of tne finest ice plants in Southern California located in the valley was beyond comprehen sion and why would have remained a mystery If the visitors had not been taken to the fields of cantaloupes in the vicinity of Brawley, Holtville and El Centro. Chas Emery, of San Diego, prob ably the best known man among the visitors, thoroughly enjoyed his trip. Mr. Emery was deputy county asses sor for the Imperial valley for two years and knows the county like a book.. He is an enthusiastic believer of the future greatness of the valley and he never tails to pay the valley a visit when opportunity offers. C. A. Scott and wire were among the prominen' people from San Diego. Mr. Scott owns several lots at Brawley and stayed over a couple of days to look alter his interests in that town. EMINENT LECTURER Dr. David Beaton, of Chicago Univer sity Extension Course to Visit Imperial Valley Rev. David Beaton, M. A., D. D.. extension 'lecturer of Chicago universi ty, is touring California and other coast states under the ausp ces of that well known institution and through t^e ef forts of the Imperial Valley Ministerial association this distinguished lecturer has been Induced to visit Imperial val ley. This is a rare treat for the valley as such men as Dr. Beaton can seldom afford to visit ottur than the education al centers and the larger cities, but be ing Interested In the future of our great valley, which, as he rightly believes, promises to become one of the great Influential centers of the southwest he consented to rearrange his tour so as to Include Imperial valley. His program for the week beginning May 26th is as follows: Sunday morning. May 26th, Imper ial M. E. cnurcn; subject "The English Bible and Social and Civic Progress." Sunday evening. May 26. Calexico; subject "the attraction ot the cross or the heroic in chrhUamty." Monday, May 27, Silsbee, "the at traction of the cross or the heroic in Christianity." Tuesday. May 28. Calexico Congre gational churcn, subject "Scotland In song and story." Wednesday, May 29. imperial, sub THE CHRISTIAN WORKERS' INSTITUTE The Imperial Valley Ministerial Union Has Arranged the Program for the Institute to be Held in El Centro, Thursday, May 30th The arrangements for the Imperial Valley Christian Workers* Institute, that has been planned ts be held st El Centro In the month of May. are now fully made. The large new opera house Is being put In readiness, the seats having been placed and the dec orations practically finished and every thing will be all ready to accommodate the large crowd that U confidently ex ptcted to be present at the meeting. Every, town In the valley Is preparing to send a large delegation to spend the entire day, and the country will be well represented as well. The three ses sions promise to be full of good things, for much painstaking care has been taken to make the program very inter esting and helpful and entertaining. The date Is Thursday, May 30th. The accompanying program will give the public a splendid chance to under stand the nature of the enterprise. It is made of representatives of all the evangelical churches of the valley, as many as they can send. The fol lowing Items should be kept In mind: (a) A prize of iwenty-five ($25 OC) will be given to the churches of the lo cality sending the largest delegation. The delegation Is not required to be all members of the Leal churches, but the prize will be awarded in the names of those societies. (b) Dr Beaton, who comes to us for the great evening service, Is one of the finest men on the platform to day. It is mere chance that we were able to secure him, and the treat that he will give us. will a one pay the trip across the valley to hear him. (c) Anyone leaving their voice at home will be fined a shekel of gold. ject "The family life and the educa tion of the child." * Thursday, May 30th, El Centro op era house all day. At the evening session of the Cnnstian Workers' con vention of that day and date his subject will be "Fatherhood and Citizenship." The latter will be a fitting climax to this splendid course. The El Centro convention is on Me morial day. May 30 h. No one who can possibly arrange to take In these lectures and this convention can afford to miss it. A New Church The Methodist Episcopal denomina tion have started to build a church at El Centro. It is to be completed at as early a date as possible, so that services may be conducted therein. The Press Is Informed that this building now In the course of construc tion will be used as a parsonage when the real crurcn building is complete, but until then tnis will be made to answer the requirements for churcn purposes. Christian Church J. F. Tout will preach at 3 o'clock Sunday In the oid bank building. An are cordially Invited to attend. Publish the glad news and let us have the beginning of a great series of feasts for this part of San Diego coun ty. Imperial couniy. !f you please! PROGRAM For the Imperial Valley Christian Workers' Institute. El Centro, May 20: 10 a. m. Song service led by Rev. R. L. Glasby. Calexico. 10:15. Devotions led by Rev. A. E. Wright, Holtville. Special music. 10:30. "The imperative need of Bible study in the church to-day," Mrs. R. L. Glasby, Ca:exico. Echoes, Wm. Fell, Imperial; Mrs. J. Hastaln, Brawley; Mrs. Huntington McKusick, El Centro. Open discussion. Special music. Preparation of questions for after dinner hour. Musical number. NOON RECESS 1:30 p.m. Song service. Rev. R. L. Glasby. 1 :45 Recitation by Silsbee delegate 2:00 Question box, Rev. J. F. Tout. Imperial. 2:30 "Personal Evangelism," Chas. Wentworth. Imperial; Raymond Henderson, Silsbee. Echoes, Mrs. J. A^. Miller, Brawley; Clarence Morrison. El Centro. Business session. 4p. m. Young people's rally. 7:30 p. m. Song cervlce, Rev. R. L. Glasby. Devotions, Rev. A. H. Croco, Braw ley. Ladies' quartette. Imperial. Lecture, 'Fatherhood and cltlzen sh'p." Rev. David Beaton. M. A., D. D.. University of Chicago. Committees The following committees for the Christian Workers' Institute to be held at El Centro, May 30, are as follows: Decoiations — Mrs. Irvin Mrs. Moore Mrs. Sherman Nursery Department — Mrs. Paris Drinking Water and Care of TeauiB — W. \V. Masten Reception — Miss Kinne Miss Adam G. Morrison E. M. ltoyce Reports from the different parts of the Imperial Valley indicate there will bo an extra large attendance at this meeting aii'l preparation tire being made occordiugly. In one way thiu meeting will have an advantage over any other large meeting ever held in tlie valley: The hi rue and commodious Opera Mouse give*) promise of ample seating capacity for those who attt'iid the meetings. Frt'd Griswold has begun the erection of n f.mr-rt»oiu cottaga in the northwest |>Hrt i)f town. Falsehood Is so easy, truth so dlft cult.— George Eliot A itussian does not become of age until lie is twenty-six. / NO. 7