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Imperial Vall©y Press Official Newspaper of Imperial County and City of El C«ntro ' "PUBUBHED*EVERY "SATURDAY Manager c « F " Haydert Sto? Allftn K «"y Associate Editor AI *_LLL'_l* *_^^1* H " v^___l subscription" • O»e Year » 1 -*J Bin Months °2 Three Months *® Kagle Copies ° 5 — wXtCiTthIFsIJBSCRIPTION DATE ON TOUR PAPER The number of our paid circulation and rates of advertising will be furnished on application. All remittances and communication* should be addressed to the Imperial Valley Press. ■ Entered as eecond-class matter March 3, 1906. at the postofflce at El Centra. California, under the act of Congress of March 3, 1879. MOUNTAINS FROM MOLE HILLS. The cases against residents of Imperial Valley, indicted by a Federal grand jury for alleged fraudulent transactions in desert land assignments, have been set for trial before Judge Wellborn in September, and the brass-band prosecutors are making as much noise as possible to attract attention to their own wonderful zeal and efficiency. In order to get the cases to trial at all, it was necessary to hold that any assignment of a desert land claim prior to issue of final certificate is illegal and that the practice of the Land Office in en couraging and accepting such assignments has not been warranted by law. Judge Wellborn so ruled on the demurrers, and the cases now go to trial on their merits. The defendants in these cases may have violated the strict letter of law in their land operations, but even if they be guilty as charged, there is nothing to warrant the representations made by the prosecution through the newspapers. Some one, presumably a government prosecutor, has procured publication in the Los Ange les Examiner of a grossly perverted statement of the cases, in which it is asserted that the defendants are implicated in "one of the most gigantic swindles in government land attempted in years," being charged with "conspiracy to defraud the government out of 32,000 acres of land in the Imperial Valley." There is only one way to characterize that sort of stuff; it is forthright lying. The area of land involved is magnified more than twenty times to begin with. There are not 1500 acres affected by the cases in court, and the defendants are not charged with having acquired even that area. The present owners of the land are not the defendants and are not even suspected of having acquired the land improperly. |T The scatter-gun charge that there has been any "gigantic" land swindle or grab in Imperial Valley is false and malicious, and the government officers responsible for publication of the sensa tional matter know it to be false. Those officials have been follow ing the San Francisco plan of trying the case in the newspapers for their own glorification. It is significant that they have been un able to work any of their sensational self-advertising through the Los Angeles Times of late. That paper sized up their little game some time ago and declined to be used further as a big stick for the hammering of Imperial Valley. The persons indicted may or may not have used illegal meth ods in their speculations in desert land entries, but it is the pre sumption that they are innocent until their guilt shall be proven in court. To presume guilt and then base upon that illegal presump tion wholesale allegations of land grabbing is an outrageous per version of law and of fact. Imperial Valley has enough government inefficiency to contend with at best and objects emphatically to being used as a football by a lot of noisy political job-hunters posing as imitators of Teddy the Terrible. PREDATORY CONTESTANTS. Certain persons, who make a business of ferreting out defects in land titles and bringing contests to take land away from bona fide reclaimers and innocent purchasers, have acquired evil repu tations in Imperial Valley and have been denounced loudly, public ly and unceasingly as undesirable citizens. One of that class was run out of the country last year, and others are in continuous trouble in the criminal courts. It is commonly charged against them that they pervert to purposes of blackmail the law that holds out inducements to private citizens to exercise functions that should be exercised by government officers. The law relating to contests was intended to protect the pub lic domain against grabbers, but it is admirably adapted to the purposes of predaceous prowlers and is used too often to facilitate confiscation of the property of honest, industrious citizens. It is a vicious law because it excites avarice and makes rascals of citi zens whose greed swamps their moral principles. Nat all land contests are pernicious. Where fraud and per jury have been employed to further the ends of speculators, the man who contests the entry may serve public interests. Probably Siegel Skinner, the most notorious contestor in the valley, has brought but few frivolous or extortionate contests and has been abused more than he deserved. However that may be, there are others more deserving of condemnation from an ethical stand point. The man who attempts to get possession of an improved farm by taking advantage of a purely technical defect in title to oust the owner and confiscate the fruits of his labor is a predatory despoiler. He may be acting under sanction of the letter of the law, but he is none the less contemptible in the estimation of all right-thinking men and can be classed only as an undesirable citizen of the most obnoxious type. IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS NEWS IN BRIEF Redding man crippled for years by rheumatism is made well by bee stings. \B — ■ %» i\ ' "■ A ™™ A Senate Irrigation Committee starts for West, going first to Washington and Oregon. n ». «* Adolphus Uuscb of St. Louis is re ported near death at his German home near Mayence. Europe alarmed by acute stage reached in dispute over Crete between Turkey and Greece. < * — x — * Eleven railway corporations merg ed into Missouri Pacific system at meeting in St. Louis. China said to have withdrawn ob jections to building of Antung-Mukden railway by Japanese. "X" ' '" W ' "#v Consolidation of Wilmington and Los Angeles is carried by handsome : majorities in both cities. Paris doctor drops bottle contain ing $5000 worth of radium in omnibus and city is searching for it. Reports from Melilla say 500 Spain ards were killed and 1200 wounded in last three days of fighting. Vv " VI" ' VI" Chinese interpreter and everyone connected with Sigel murder investi gation threatened with death. Boston suffragettes plan campaign for Jane Adams of Chicago as next President of United States. Woman head of public schools 1b Chicago declares war of extermination on fraternities and sororities. Chicago druggist to erect finest memorial on any battlefield in honor of American valor at Gettysburg. * — X — * King Edward believed to have act ed on stock market tip from J. F. Morgan and cleared million on Steel | common. . j '«v W ' Vv House passes deficiency appropria tion bill, including automobiles for Vice- President and Speaker, despite hard fight. * — * — * Fourteen-year-old lad, grandson of former Governor Waterman, invents aeroplane and makes successful flight at San Diego. San Bernardino Valley Gas Com pany takes over Lytle Creek Power Company's plant; Angelenos interest ed in big deal. •X — * — * Prospectors arrive at San Bernar dino from Death Valley with harrow ing stories of suffering endured dur ing sand storm. Citizens of El Ccntro; merchants, professional men, all who write letters: You can help advertise your city by hav- ing printed on the backs of your envelopes, at no cost to yourselves, the following matter: ; EL CENTRO is the CAPITAL of ill „ IMPERIAL COUNTY ' .*?h| ill Mi. CALIFORNIA. jrg •g s>£5 > £ .El Centre Founded 1906 "pil^a ~tgJ2 = Incorporated as City - 1908 S S.g'S < IS H GO Valuation, 1908 - - - - $453,785 ?«»£> Su3 § Valuation, 1909 $982,519 * g-» r g cvc v Population, 1909 - - - 1,500 r v ° Septic Sewer System, Water Works, Electric Light and jfl O Power, Gas Plant, Two National Banks, Grammar and High Schools, Ice Plant, Tile Works, Steam Laundry, Theatre, Cotton Gin, Machine Shops, Fifty Brick Buildings. Most Substantial and Pro- gressive City in the Southwest. No Saloops, No Slums, No Disorder. Bring your envelopes to the Press office. The Chamber of Commerce will pay for the printing. < Forty babies victim? of heat wave in New York, and other Eastern cit ies report many deaths and prostra tions from heat. Three Hindus, starving in Sacra mento jail, refusing to eat food pre pared by white men because of re* ligious scruples. Company recently organized in Los Angeles proposes to carry out great motive power and irrigation project about Lake Elsinore. _______ A A A Complaints at Washington indicate that swindlers are reaping rich har vest from prospective settlers In Yu- V ma irrigation project. Senator Cummins of iowa makes statement outlining plans of insur gents, and practically declares war on old order In Congress. ■Jr X~" X Italian consular agent of Guaymas, Mexico, says he will ship oysters for the Los Angeles market from the west coast of Mexico, next season. y y v Prospectors from Death Valley ar rive at San Bernardino and tell of fierce storm during which several lives are believed to have been lost. ■ _Jfr^ "«' '"^M^ 1 * I \ The Very Best Argument IN FAVOR OF OUR TAILORING IS THE CLOTHING WE PRODUCE. HAVE US MAKE . YOU A SUIT AND YOU'LL HAVE ONE THAT WILL PROVE ITS SUPERIORITY EVERY TIME YOU WEAR IT. YOU'LL ENJOY THE PER- FECT FIT, THE GOOD TASTE OF THE FABRIC, THE FIRM CHARACTER OF THE TAILORING. STOP IN AND BE MEASURED. YOU CAN AF- FORD MADE TO ORDER CLOTHING AT OUR PRICES. Meserves Clothing: House El Cenfcro, California Saturday, August 14, 1904: PASSENGER COACHEB The Southern Pacific Company has purchased fifty steel passenger coach os to be used on the main line from San Francisco to El Paso. They cost approximately $17,000 each and the first of the lot are now being delivered. The only wood used in their construc tion in in the window frames and seat rests. The floors are monolithic aid the cars are said to absolutely fire proof. Each car will seat eighty-two passengers. The cars are eighty-three feet six Inches In length. TEN ACRE ORANGE TRACTS Joseph it. Loftus has made arrange* ment for the subdividing of a part of the Meloland ranch Into tracts of ten acres, to be set to oranges and other citrus fruits. These will be dis posed of to investors whom Mr. Lof tus may interest in Imperial Valley property. . ■ COURT HOUSE CHANGEB Much improvement has been effect ed In the light and ventilation at the Court House by the placing of win dows in the east walls in the first a»d second stories in the rooms of the Tax Collector and the County Clerk.