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Imperial Valley Press.
Division of Unwieldy District
Promises Better Water
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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-
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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

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