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VOL. IX. MESQUITE LAKERS SOLVE OLD PROBLEM Division of Unwieldy District Promises Better Water Service Water Stock Available For Arid Por- tion of Number One — Proceeds to Be Applied to Construction of Per manent Work to Replace the Sharp's Heading Structure. A conference was held in Los An geles last Monday by the Incorporat ing directors of the Mesqulte Lake Mutual Water Company with Mana ger Cory of the California Develop ment Co., and an agreement as to disposition of water stock and con struction of distributing system was reached. The plan proposed by Mr. Cory was entirely satisfactory to the representatives of the settlers of Mes quite Lake, and the new company will perfect its organization and contract with the C. D. Company for its sup ply of water. The organization of a new water company in the Mesquite Lake dis trict is a matter which concerns the owners of land and water stock throughout the valley. If a new company is successfully organized, 1(5,000 shares of the capi tal stock of Imperial Company., Xo. 1 will pass to the California Develop ment company and be sold for the •use of landowners of No. 1 who are without sufficient stock to irrigate their holdings. There is an urgent demand for this stock. Filings have been made and much money ex pended In improvements on lands for which no title can be obtained from the government until water is avail able and the lands irrigated. Imperial Water Co., No. 1, with 100, 000 shares of stock, was incorporated to water an area of 160,000 acres of land. The by-laws of the company provide and the directors demand that each acre irrigated shall be covered by one share of water stock. The entire issue of 100,000 shares has been purchased and applied to lands, and there yet remain 60,000 acres within the boundaries of No. 1 for which there is no stock. At the annual meeting held in the month of January, 1908, Mr. Gleason offered a plan of increasing the capi tal stock of No. 1 that was promptly voted down by the assembled stock holders. An election for the purpose of in creasing the capital stock of No. 1 was called in October, 1908. There was not a quorum of stotckholders present. At the annual meeting of stockhold ers in 1909 the proposition of increas ing the capital stock of No. 1 was again submitted and lost. There have been repeated demands upon the Board of Supervisors to es tablish a county rate at which water may be obtained from the canals by landowners not owning water stock. A proposition has also been discus sed of forming a mutual company with in^Mo. 1 territory, for the purpose of watering lands now without water. The plan suggested was to condemn an easement through No| 1 laterals and have water delivered to the sep arate companies through one distrib uting system. Since the stockholders refused to consider favorably any of the schemes offered or suggested for increasing the water supply of No. 1 the pro posed plan of reducing the territory watered by No. l's agency is meeting with favor among stockholders out side the proposed new district, as well jik those within. In addition to furnishing " water (Continued on page 8) Official Poper of Imperial, County oticl City of 131 Ccntro. EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1909. RAILROAD WASHED OUT Heavy rains on Thursday In the north end of the valley caused two washouts on the railroad west of Im perial Junction; one of 130 feet in length between the junction and Sal ton, and one of 80 feet between Sal ton artd , Mecca. No trains came through from the west Thursday night, and no mall from Los Angeles reach ed valley points Friday morning. Re pair outfits were rushed to the breaks, and the line was restored on Friday afternoon. NEW DAILY AT IMPERIAL Imperial is to have a new dally newspaper to be called the Imperial Daily News. Business men of the city have subscribed for stock and are backing the enterprise. VALUATION OF EL CENTRO Assessor's Books Show That It Has Doubled in a Year. The figures of City Assessor Havens just completed, show a flattering in crease in El Centre's valuations. The figures are as follows: Real estate (other than town lots $251,735.00 City and town lots 490,695.00. Improvements 139,660.00 Personal property 98,529.00 Cash 1,900.00 ' The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, August 9th, as a Board \>t Equalization and will- remain in ses sion for two weeks. The total assessed valuation last ' year amounted to $448,605.00. The figures this year show an increase of over 100 per cent. SAN DIEGO VOTES BONDS Million and a Quarter to Be Spent by County in Road Building. Hy a vote of .5620 to 1280 the tax payers of San Diego county approved the issue of $1,250,000 in bonds for the purpose of constructing a system of 448 miles of highways. The money voted will be expended under the 'direction of a Highway Commission composed of E.W. Scripps chairman; A. G. Spauldiug and John I). Spreckels. END OF A LIQUOR CASE The case against Heil, former drug clerk for Helms & Pellett, in which the defendant was convicted before Recorder Tout of keeping a place in which liquor was sold, has been re versed on appeal and dismissed by the Superior Court. The complaint was defective, the record bristled with egregious errors committed by the court and the trial was worse than a farce from beginning to ena..That the law was violated in the drug store there was no shadow of doubt, but the prosecution bungled Its case hopeless- Iv. THE PRICE OF HONEY July 2 the Holtville Tribune printed a news Item regarding an offer of 10 cents a pound for Imperial Valley Honey submitted by parties In Ger many. The Tribune's informant, a member of the Hee Keepers' Afisocla j tion, stated that he was present when the letter* from Germany was read. Later the Tribune learned that he was mistaken regarding the price offered and hastened to rectify the error In the next Issue of the paper, July J>. It seeniH the "German" who read the letter was weak in hU Deutsch and made a blunder. Five | cents Is a good price for honey in i ton lots. • »v. EGYPTIAN COTTON IS GROWING FINELY Experimental Plantations In spected by Experts From . Yuma Station. Los Angeles Capitalists Keenly Inter ested in Imperial Valley's New In dustry — Cotton First Grown on Des ert Twenty- Five Years Ago. An inspection of the Egyptian cot ton plantations in Imperial Valley was made a few days ago by W. A. Peterson and T. H. Kearney, who have charge of the station maintained at Yuma by the Bureau of Plant Indus tries of the Agricultural Department. Small areas were planted by F. G. Havens, W. E. Wilsie, E. E. For rester, Mr. Stanley at Brawley, and a few others with seed supplied oy the Yuma station. The total area in Egyptian cotton is something less than ten acres, and the planting is purely experimental, although the seed is be lieved to have been acclimated at Yuma. , The government officers went through the fields especially to detect and remove hybrid stocks, and they found a few in some of the patches. Generally the plants were in splendid condition, promising satisfactory re sults of the experiment of growing Egyptian cotton in this region. It is the desire of the Bureau to induce the planters in this valley to grow only the Egyptian variety of cotton as the Colorado desert region is the. only part of the United States in which that variety can be grown successfully and it is worth twice as much per pound as upland cotton. If Egyptian and other cottons are grown in the same region they will hy bridize. Most of the upland cotton fields are in first rate condition, and if the planters hit the right system of irri gating there will be a good crop , of cotton this year. It looks now as If the product would amount to nearly a thousand bales, making reasonable allowance for the failures of inexper ienced planters. Even five hundred bales would be a highly successful outcome of the experiment. The ex act acreage has not been computed, but from the data available, it is safe to estimate that between 1000 and 1500 acre* were seeded. Where the I. os Angeles papers got their stories of 5000 acres of ' Egyptian cotton in Imperial valley can only be guessed. The first step toward the establish ment of cotton growing as a perman ent Industry In Imperial Valley is be ing watched with keen interest by ; men of affairs in Los Angeles. When j they meet an El Centro man, they | interview him about , cotton and want' all the details. A party of half a doz en big bankers In Ix)s Angeles caught an El Centro man early this week and made him talk cotton until he was spitting lint. They said aner relieving the aridity of their victim: "You peo- 1 pie show us five hundred bales of cot ton this year, and we will show you a cotton mill in l-os Angeles just as soon as one can be built. We will manufacture cotton "goods for the Oriental market and ship theu from San Pedro." It Is known to or remembered by but few persons that the suitability of this region to cotton-growing was demonstrated nearly a quarter of a century ago. The pioneer cotton planter of the Desert of the Colorado was Mrs. Martin Marsh, wife of the lios Angeles contractor and politician. Martin Marsh kept the hotel at In dio In INS.", and Mrs. Marsh planted all sorts of things In the back yard. She found some queer seeds In a freight car and planted them to find out what they were, and the result was the growth of some thrifty cot ton plants at Indio. The Southern Pacific made an exhibition of Callfor liian products in London in the fall of 1885, and Mrs. Marsh's cotton plants were Included in the exhibit. So London knew twenty-four years ago that cotton could be grown on the desert of the Colorado. • STATION AGENT FOR HEBER The Southern Pacific has decided to give Heber a station and an agent, and as soon as arrangements are completed the agent will be appointed and assign ed to duty at that point. Heber has become a shipping point of consider able importance, and the establish ment of an agency fs in response to requests made by the Heber Chamber of Commerce. WANT M'GURCK'S MONEY Alleged Heirs of the San Diego Miser Turn Up in Squads. Settlement of the $500,000 estate of the late Edward McGurck was begun in the Probate Court' at. San Diego last Tuesday. Sixty-one claimants from many parts of the United States and several from Ireland are repre sented. ■ Judge Lewis issued an (or der naming Wednesday as the last day on which claimants could ap pear. Attorney P. J. McCormick of Spring field, 0., will claim the entire estate in behalf of the O'Brien and Burke families of Clark county, O. The executor, Carl T. Ferris, holds that the rightful heirs are Elizabeth, Michael and Edward McGurck, sister and brothers of the dead man, who re side in Ireland. Solicitor P. J. O'Hara of Newry, Ireland, is here to look after their interests. Two residents of El Centro, Mrs. F. B. Putnam and Mr. Lothian, claim an interest in the McGurck estate. SUCCESSFUL DAIRIES Examples of Profitable Farming in District Number Seven The J. A. Walton ranch in No. 7, of which T. A. Cox is foreman, is milking 19U cows, mostly Jerseys, and the returns are entirely satisfactory. A steam separator has been Installed and fourteen men are employed to do the milking and other work. Another successful dairy, also In No. 7.; says\ the Tribune, is that of G. W. Belden. The Holstein-Frlesian cow is Mr. Belden's favorite. 'Escudo, his prize cow, recently gave In seven days over 562 pounds of milk con taining 22 pounds of commercial but ter. H. J. V. Blake, another No. 7 ranch er, is milking 45 cows at the present time but is making arrangements to add 100 milkers to his herd| He is planning on keeping hogs in connec tion with his dairy, which he believes will prove profitable. r JUDGMENT AGAINST OXFORD In the Superior Court the case of Lizzie L. Smith against Clark Ox ford has been decided in favor of the plaintiff and judgment given for the full amount of her claim with costs. Miss Smith sued to recover $1000 on a land deal, and Oxford set up a counter claim of $1700. The couit found no plausible basis for the count er claim, a part of which was dis proved directly by Oxford's own wit ness, and ordered Oxford to pay Ml is Smith $1000. An attachment has been placed upon Oxford's 40 shares of wat er stock. Murder of Chinese Vice-Consul at New York believed to have been work of tongs spoking to protect slayer of Elsie Slgel. f APPELLATE COURT SUSTAINS WELLBORN Heavy Damage Award to the Salt Works Must Be Paid, Salt Company May Not Dry Up Im perial Valley For Pure Cussedness — Revised Version of - Famous In junction is Approved by Circuit Court of Appeals. The United States Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco decided this week the case of the Liverpool Salt Company against the California De velopment Company. The opinions given deal with the appeal of the G. D. Co. from the judgment of Judge Wellborn and the writ of error of the Salt Co. in the matter of injunction alleged to have been disobeyed by the C. D. Co. In the appeal of the Development Company the decree of the trial court was affirmed. It was held that the Salton Sea was flooded by the waters, of the Colorado* river owing to the negligently constructed intakes of the canals of the Development Company and the fact that it had provided no headgates to control the waters. It was on this account that the salt com pany recovered a judgment of $456, 746.23 because of the destruction and submergence of its works. In the writ of error the court held that, as a headgate had been con structed for control of the water and the water of the Salton Sink was not being appreciably increased by, the waste water which flowed into it from the Development Company's canal the injunction of the Circuit Court had not been violated. It also held that the property irri gated in Imperial Valley was valued at $10,000,000 and that the salt com pany had been paid for Us buildings and business in the judgment given. This being the fact, there was nothing left for it to claim except the freehold or tenure by which it held the sub merged land. As it was estimated that it would be fifteen years before the water now covering it completely subsided, the court suggested the land could not be worth much, as against the Interests in Imperial valley which would be ruined if restraining order were con strued as desired by the salt company. Therefore Judge Wellborn's interpre tation of his restraining order, permit ting the discharge of necessary waste water from the power and irrigation canals through the Alamo river Into Salton Sea, was sustained. TERRIFIC ADVENTURE Cougar Accidentally Shot Tumbles From Tree Upon Hunter. San Diego paper has a story of an alleged fierce battle with a mountain lion, for which Mr. T. Hartley, of Imperial, appears to be responsible. T. Hartley was hunting deer in the Cuyamaca country when he saw a mountain lion in a tree above him, evi dently lying in wait for deer. T. hartley was some startled and invol untarily he pulled one trigger of his shot gun. The gun happened to ho pointing upward and the charge struck tne lion. The animal was astonished and fell out of the tree upon Hartley, knocking him down. Both were scared half to death. Hartley arose and shot the beast again, clubbed It until the stock was broken from the gun, and then wore out the barrels on the corpse. All of which constitutes an encount er with a cougar as desperate as moat battles with that peaceable boast re ported by mighty hunters. No. 18