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Imperial Valley press. (El Centro, Calif.) 1907-current, September 14, 1907, Image 2

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THE LAND FRAUDS
Papcn Rndmg Themes for
Many Stories
Frequently do the .city papers
give more news as to land frauds
in the Imperial Valley. They are
bound that the valley shall not
be allowed to ro ahead peacefully
to its destined greatness. All of
which may be the greatest of
blessing to us. There may have
been in the past a misuse of the
land privileges and if so, there is
, no better time than now to open
up the matter and have it settled.
It never can be accomplished so
« easily as now and less innocent
people will suffer now than later;
it is even doubtful if any inno
cent man or woman will suffer
at the present time.
It is apparent that someone
has been busy in this valley.
The Press is of the opinion that
fif there are cases of fraud they
j should be dealt with, but it can
not countenance wholesale con
testing. A great many settlers
. may be contested and still be
.able to hold his land, but it en
tails an unnecessary expense up
on him that he is not able to
stand and should not be subjected
:to. But, if as it would seem,
v there are a few people, principal
ly non-residents, who are grab
rbing land in large quantities
. they should be checked right now.
In one or two* instances it has
5 been intimated that the land of
fice at Los Angeles was inciting
• contests, but this is absolutely
r without foundation and entirely
*• erroneous. The land office has
• only its business to attend to and
has no interest in contests what
soever. The men in the land of
.fice want to see this country go ;
•• ahead as fast as possible and!
would in no was lend their as
• sistance either by word or action
to such work. They are men: of
high character and are entirely
- above anything of that kind, and
:itis a decided injustice to inti
-jnate such.
The following is a clipping
from a Los Angeles paper and
tells of recent doings in that line
I El Centro Machine Shops
and Planing Mill
The Holton Power Co. has the best
equipped Machine Shops in the
.„ Imperial Valley. First class work-
1 men employed. Blacksmithing,
US v Repairing and Machine work done
4^ promptly and at a reasonable price %
;J5 t E. FROJVIIYiE, flaster Mechanic.
i5 All K^ i n ffl Qnf /
I Machine and Mill Work
at the Los Angeles oftic<f:
Many rumors ftfid much semi-official
activity continues with reference to the
repeated charges of big land frauds in
the Imperial valley.
For several weeks L. R. Glavis of^
the government land office at Oakland^
has been making a quiet investigation
of the conditions there.
None of his findings were made pub
lic.
Tuesday Sigel E. Skinner, one of the
early complainants, who has been carry
ing on n private investigation, disclosed
many charges of fraudulent entries and
illegal acts with reference to land titles
in the valley. He instances many al
leged j/iolations of law, giving names
and" locations. In one case he charges
that 2000 acres have been illegally
fenced in and the public prevented
from makihg entries on it.
The holders. Skinner says, have gone
so far as to burn the houses of two
squatters who took up locations on
the land. They also threatened to
shoot any intruders.
The charges will assume the shape of
testimony in the first land contest case
from the Imperial valley, which is
scheduled to be heard before the re
ceiver of the Los Angeles land office
November 4th.
Space Offered for Exhibit
The Imperial county board of
supervisors are in receipt of a
communication from the Los An
geles chamber of commerce rela
tive to the placing of guide posts
on the desert part of the county
where travelers likely to get lost
and lose their lives for the want
of water. Guide posts would di
rect a wanderer to a watering
place, which are quite numerous
on the outer edge of our irrigat
ed section.
*The chamber of commerce also
very generously offered space to
Imperial county in -the chamber
of commerce hall, and invited
the new county to make use of
the same. This is a place prob
ably frequented by more visitors
than any other in Southern Cal
ifornia and would be of great
benefit to our people.
For a Sprained Ankh
A spained ankle may be cured in
about one-third unusally required, by
applying Chamberlain's Pain Balm free
ly, and giving it absolute rest. For
sale by El Centro Drug Store.
Buy a town lot, a few choice ones
left, get in before the raise. Call and
talk it over with Jauman. El Centro
Land Co. 22tf
A COUNTY JAIL
Board of Supervisors last Tuesday
Made Plans for County Jail
At the session of the board last
Tueseay the board planned a jail
for the new county and ordered
the same built.
This new building will be built
of brick and will be 32x44 feet,
25 feet high, with cement floors
and will contain fouV main cells,
1 cell for boys and 1 for women.
The sheriff's office will also be
located in this building and will
give him and his deputies very
pleasant quarters. The jail as
planned to be built is not a very
expensive » one, "the estimated
cost being only about $3500.
More Cantaloupes
There has been a considerable
increase during the last few days
in the acreage sighed up to grow
cantaloupes in the immediate vi
cinity of Imperial, the total acre
age last evening having reached
195, while it is hoped to bring
the total to 400 before the organ
ization is completed.
This will put Imperial well up
toward the front in acreage, and
it is expected to soon begin the
construction of a packing house,
which will be used for -both mel
ons and grapes during the com
ing season. —lmperial -Standard
80 acres good land in No. 5 without
water stock; price $200.00 cash. Bert
R. Chaplin, Imperial, Cal. 23tf
What Have You?
If you have any Imperial Valley lands
for sale or exchange for good Los An
geles or nearby .property, see C. E.
Jauman, El Centro, as I am making a
specialty of this. Have a splendid list
to choose from. V. E. Stockull & Co.
304 Grant bldg., Los Angeles. Mr.
Jauman is our El Centro agent. 22tf
POOL HALL
Bank Block
A nice, quiet place to spend
your leisure hour.
Soft Drinks, Lemonade,
Cigars and Tobacco -
!. E.CASNER, Prop.
* I — ] f
* *
* "Dp not put off until tomorrow that 4
*£j .■■'■ -/tr
•3* which should be done today." *
* If you are not already using *.
I Electricity f
I for Light j
1 and Power }
1 ■;> ii • *
.$ notify us to make the connection now *
-£ before the fall rush, when ev- *
-^ erybody will want work . $<
* ii • *
done at the same time. 4
I Fans and. Electric §
{ Irons for Sale I
Try one and 'enjoy real comfort at
small expense. Estimates
furnished promptly. %
| Holton Power j
I Company !
T C. E. PARIS, General Superintendent. T
% El Centro, Cal.
* L f
JI Stopped Clock
Jsy&gbt&wice a Day
You will be IfigbtEvery Day if you Pay your ; »
, fHIIc tin fl%»t*lr
DtilSt uy K.I/%%1*. . . . • ••• f« „-,••» .
/ There 's no chance of dispute over a settlement If you have a
checking' account and pay your obligations by check. Each
check Is a receipt. The endorsement upon the back of the check
Is evidence that the party received the money. A checking
account Insures you from paying a bill twice, gives you a record
of your business, puts system Into your' transactions. 1 You have
method arfd convenience In your business with a checking
account at the
Valley State Bank
61 Centro, Cal
dA GOOD WATCHU
Especially Adapted for Hard Service Sr
■ \ Seventeen fine Ruby Jewels, Adjusted to tempe-S^
compensation balance, patent micrometric E|sBfe^
regulator, handsomely damaskeened, lotted m rt7>^^
A& / s\* I solid back, dust proof, swing rinj,', Nickel or Sil-2 i-N^
Jm//s * l verine Case. Guaranteed. lisizt.liut IB Size. Mtdima 1 'X^a I
iffito^ *».oo $u.oo
ml' N. Prices on other movements^ sizes and grades are ' \M
RT-O * l equally low. \T 5 : fH
«b'\* jtfi (Charges prepaid, money refunded if not pleased,) *»$. -LM
|'\- § /C ■ Write for Complete Watch, Jewelry and Silverware A \ : fS
t^, JuT< Catalog No. 22 * It i» '«©. SJL jfiW
BROCK <& PEAGANS &^^
1 Broadway It 4th St. Jewelers Lot Angeles \J^"^

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