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VOL. IX. SENATE COMMITTEE PROMISES RELIEF Visiting Statesmen Discuss Problems of Reclamation With Valley Settlers Senator Carter Applauds Protest Against Land Office Practices and Senator. Jones Says ValJey Does Not Need Reclamation Service — Direc tor Newell Willing to Aid. / • Senator Thomas H. Carter, of Mon tana; Senator F. E. Warren, of Wy oming, and Senator W. L. Jones, of Washington, have, assured the set tlers of Imperial Valley that they will do what they can to expedite the settlement of all questions of title and to procure such modifications of the land laws and practices of the Land Office as may be required "to protect the bona fide reclaimer of desert land from harrassment and blackmail. The assurance was given in public speeches and private conversation last Saturday night at a reception given to the visiting statesmen in the Oregon Hotel at El Centro. Sena tor Carter is chairman and the oth ers are members of the Senate Com mittee on Irrigation, and they have the power to make their promises good. Senator Carter took for a text the following declaration, printed upon a card and presented to each guest by the El Centro Chamber of Commerce: "The settlers of Imperial Valley ask from the Government only clear ti tle to the lands they have reclaimed from the desert, which connotes pro tection against frivolous and specula tive contestors. They find that the existing land laws offer premiums^ojn perjury, theft and blackmail. Th«jy think the cases affecting land titles and claims in this 'region should be trlod by a court or, a commissioner in this county, and not by a clerk in LO3 Angeles. They look to Congress for a square deal, and are confident that it will be given to them when the people's representatives in Wash ington become acquainted with exist ing conditions." The senator began by saying what everybody says first, — that the Im perial Valley is a revelation of un dreamed possibilities of reclamation — and he paid the usual compliments to the people on their energy and en terprise in tackling a region "dedi cated to desolation through the ages." He left the impression, without def inately Committing himself, that he regarded favorably the proposal that the government supplement the wprk already done by constructing a high' line canal, and he put himself on rec ord as opposed to the taxation of possessory rights that may be taken away from the settler on technicali ties. The government, he said was "hypercritical, over-exacting and un just in its treatment of settlers on' the frontier" and he was glad to find the people of Imperial Valley willing and ready to protest against the in justice of being subjected to needless delays and hardships. The system of the land department, he asserted, was inherently wrong and was born of the theory that every man seeking to acquire a piece of land was a scoun drel per se. In conclusion, Senator Carter said: "Your people should have their titles, and that without delay." Senator Warren also promised as sistance in correcting defects In the land laws and said the people of the valley could appeal to him and bis colleagues as to ' their own represen tatives. He said he had tried and would continue his efforts to pro cure modifications of land office prac tice and ameiidments to land laws compelling contestors of claims to give bonds for the costs of proceedings and t h- expenses pf contestees. There was nothing equivocal about Senator Jones' remarks on the propos al that the Reclamation Service take over the valley canal system. He eaid: "I find, that in inoifc places whero the government has charge of reclamation work, thrf people wish It hadn't. There U no necessity for the government taking charge of irriga tion here." . . W. F. Holt told the senator* that the valley may need come govern ment aid in ' solving the problem of control of the Colorado river and ir rigation of tbe whole delta. He quot* , Official Paper of Imperial County and City of El Centro. p<\ eminent authorities on land val ues, who had estimated the future value of the delta, under a compre lif3nßivG/ system of Irrigation, at $350, 000,000, and said he believed he could see even greater possibilities with out overworking an optimistic tem perament. The present actual value of $30,000,000 had been . created out of nothing in ten years, and this year the valley would send $3,000,000 worth of products to market. It was plain to all that not one tenth of the pro ductive capacity of the delta region had been developed. Director Newell, of the, Reclamation Service, said in part: "There seems to-be some fear that the government is going to ram the Laguna dam , down your throats, but there is no ground for such a suspi cion. The government is not a knight-errant, going about looking for someone to be aided in spite of him self. The Reclamation Service was asked to determine the possibility of building a canal from the dam into the vafTey. Such ■ a canal is possi ble, but it will bet expensive and you must decide whether or not you want to build it. Nobody is going to build it for you. If we can be of service and you want our aid, we shall be glad to cooperate. You are the judges and you pay the bill. The question of how the canal system shall, pass into the hands of the peo ple is one that remains to be solved. I hold that the land served must own the canals eventually." The senators came into the valley by way of the heading over the line of the Inter-California railway and saw the main features of the irriga tion system. Their special train ran from Calexico to Brawley and back to El Centro by daylight, and they went to Holtville by motor and saw where the cities of the valley get their light and power. At the Hotel Oregon they met many citizens of the county and pumped information out of them, and in the evening they were the guests of W. F. Holt at dinner. They intended to go to Imperial after dinner, aud the speaking was cut short to enable them to start early, but their train, could not be moved until after midnight and they were averse to facing a chill wind in au tomobiles. The senators said they were too tired to make the trip, and they turned in early and went on their way as soon as the law per mitted the train c^ew to work. Accompanying' the senators were: F. H. Newell, D. D. Henney and L. W. Hill, of the Reclamation Service; C. S. Fee, N. R. Martin and H. W. Smith, of the Southern Pacific; W. F. Holt, a reporter of the Chicago Record -Herald, an official reporter and an assistant sergeant-aUarms. DEMONSTRATION TRAIN Project Under Way For Sending Out Through Southern Cotton Belt Car of Valley Products. One of the most interesting pro jects for publicity discussed at the meeting- of the\ Imperial County Chamber of Commerce, v^ast Wednes day, was that of sending out through the cotton belt of the South a car fltted up with a display of cotton and others Imperial Valley products, |in charge of two attendants; who will be able to give interesting talks on the valley and its resources and op portunities. It. is believed that a campaign of this kind during the , ensuing three months would bring a great tide of immigration to Imperial Valley, and especially would bring the experienc ed cotton planters of the South, to en gage in the new industry here. It is said that the Southern Pa cific Company has Indicated its will ingness to assume the burden of transportation if .the valley Chamber of Commerce will fit up the car and furnish the proper attendants. The project wua .'considered so fa vorably by members of the Chamber of Commerce that George A. Carter its president, was made a committee to investigate and determine a definite plan of action. HAND CRUBHED Forest Frye, a brakebeam tourist, had his hand crushed between the bumpers of freight itacs at a point on the main line of the Southern Pa cific in Imperial county, 1 the flrHt of this week. He was takeu to Yuma for surgical attention, and Imperial county will foot the bill. EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1909. GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA'S VISIT TO IMPERIAL VALLEY Comes With Carloads of Capital and Conservative Energy to Aid in the Development of the American Nile and Recog nizes Wondrous Possibilities of the State's Youngest County. Three Million Dollar Company to Begin Oper ations Below the Line Under W. F. Holt's Management. A carload of capital and construc tive energy came into Imperial Val ley this week and got as busy as a dynamo in a power house. W. F. Holt brought the load in his private car "Francisca". There were really two carloads, an extra Pullman being coupled to the "Francisca" to carry the overflow. The cargo consisted of the Governor of California and stock holders of the Inter-California Land Company, representing a capital of $3,200,000 invested in a project to de velope and colonize 32,000 acres of rich delta land just over the ( Mex ican boundary in the domain of the C-M Company. The syndicate was organized by that human dynamo, Gen. M.,H. Sher man of Los Angeles, and the members made it a condition of investment that the affairs of the company should be managed by the "Little Giant of Imperial Valley", W. F. Holt. Mr. Holt, .therefore, is president and gen eral manager of the company. It is the purpose of the company to es tablish a town on the line of the railroad, probably at or near Coco pah station, and to reclaim and put into cultivation the entire tract of 32,000 acres. The land is all under the main canal of the valley irrfga tlon system and has water rights by virtue of the terms of the Mexican concession to the C. D. Co. The com pany probably will put. in cotton; sugar cane and beets *and other crops on a large scale and establish var ious industries, but the details of its operations have ( not been worked out yet. The visitors arrived at the Califor nia-Mexico ranch near Calexico on Tuesday and were entertained hos pitably by Manager Bowker. They, inspected the lands below the line during the day and had a feast of the good things of the valley at the hacienda in the evening. Wednesday morning the party came to El Centro ( and made a trip to Holtvllle, where the Governor was received by a large delegation of citizens and all the school children of the city at the station. Governor Gillett talked to the children and made friends of aU the kids in Holtville. After inspec tion of the power plant, the visitors returned' to El Centro where another delagation of school children and cit izens met the Governor at the sta- tion. The Governor climbed upon a, baggage truck and" made another lit tle speech to the youngsters, and then shook hands with all of them and talked with them as if he were the big, jolly uncle of every kid in the bunch. An informal, free-for-all reception was held in the lobby of the Ore gon, -and at noon the visitors and a few El Centrans were the guests of Gen. Sherman at dinner. There was no formal speech -making at the din ner, but there was much talk about cotton, the visitors having an* un quenchable thirst for Information on that subject. After dinner the visi tors were driven out to cotton plan tations and to ranches where they could see the products of the val ley. At 2:30 a public reception to the Governor was held in the opera house; at 6 p. in. the party dined at the Oregon, aud at. 7:40 the carloads of capital, enterprise and good-fellow ship were coupled to the northbound train and were whisked out of the valley. , J. Stanley Drown acted as chair man of the meeting at the Opera House and after some songs by the school children and music by the De- Legro Orchestra Governor Glllett was introducted by Mr. Brown and was enthusiastically received by the au dience. The Governor said: V Qov. Glllett's .Speeqh "I cannot convey to you the great pleasure I have experienced, in the last two days, In going over this uew soctlon of the State and ob serving what the people are doing here in the way of development and improvement. "When I was a school boy, study ing geography of the United States, .this section was marked on the map in large letters, 'THE GREAT AMER ICAN DESERT,' and we were taught that life could not exist here below sea level. Everything that made life miserable was found here. My child ren and children's children, when they study their geographies, will find in place of the desert the great flower garden of America. "I can look forward and see what this country is coming to. It is the roost talked of region in the United States today. Everywhere people are talking of Imperial Valley. In Sac ramento, San Francisco and Los An geles, and in the smaller places, you will hear the question asked: 'Have you seen Imperial Valley?' "This is a remarkable country.^and it is certain that it is to be one of the best cotton-growing districts in American. Nature has given to you Kere the soil, perpetual sunshine and an abundance of water to raise the crops that are necessary for civili zation. It has been said, and his tory teaches that it is true, that mud and civilization go together. "There are a great many things. I think, that the State ought to do for. .you. It should help you to work out the problems of agriculture and I. think that the State of California should come right down to the heart of this valley and establish an ex perimental station that will help all of you. We have one in Riverside, and they are established in a few other counties, and as soon as I get back to the northern part of the Slate I shall make it my business to go before the Regents of the State Uuiyersity,, over which I have the honor to preside, and tell them to get busy in this section. "I came here for the purpose of getting acquainted with you, and to see if I could learn something of this great section of the State." I did not expect to find a valley of this kind; I have been wonderfully sur prised at its material advancement and development. I have been in all the valleys of California, and over most all of the United States, and I have never found a valley of the size of Imperial Valley that has so much fertile soil and such great pos sibilities for development. "This is no longer the Great Am erican Desert, but it is going to be, and is rapidly becoming one of the richest section of the State of Cali fornia. • "There is no other State In the Union that can compare with the Stale of California, and Imperial Val ley will not stand second to any other section of this magnificent State." Governor Glllett closed his address with a beautiful tribute to California, with Its wonderfully varied stretch of seaboard and inlands, its favorable climatic conditions and its wonder fully productive power,, and to the high clans of its citizenship.. General Chaffee Talks Lieut. Gen, Adna R. Chaffee spoke briefly, telling of his surprise at the remarkable development of Imperial valley, although he has been more or less ' in touch with it for the past four years. lie said: "I *wan In thia valley two years ago, and lit that . time I marveled sit what had been accomplished with in such a short stretch of years. My surprise has been by this visit. Everywhere we have been. we have found great 1 .progress since the former visit; wide stretches of land have been brought under a high Btate of cultivation, and material prosperity is to be seeu on all sides. Your ranches have made wonderful development and your towns have grown In proportion. Here in El Cen tro two years ago' I saw that the foundation had been laid for a fine city. I note that you are fulfilling your' destiny and that this young city la forging ahead with great strides. "•I believe that you have yet. many avenues for advancement, and one of the chief of these at present Is the cat tk< Industry. The time should soon come when you will produce here a great stock Industry, and the cotton Industry, just established, Is to be an Important factor to this end. Like the Governor, I am deeply im pressed with the future Importance of of this great valley, destined to be come one of the richest parts of our State." Members of the party were: Qov. J. •N. Olllett, Lieut.-Gen. Adna R. Chaffee, member of the Los Angeles Aqueduct Commission; Gen. M. H. Sherman, of the Los Angeles- Pacific Railroad Company; Maj. John R. Nor ton, capitalist of Los Angeles; Al fred Holman, of the San Francisco Arganaut; Harry Chandler, business manager of the Los Angeles Times; W. W. Wilcox and Dan Johnstone, of Colton; W. F. Holt, George I. Coch raii, of the Pacific Mutual Insurance Company; Wm. M. Bowen, former president of the Los Angeles City Council ; H. J. Whitley, founder of Hollywood, and' one of the most widely known town and colony pro moters in the West; Ross Whitley, son of H. J. Whitley; O. T. Joh'nsos capitalist and owner of the Wesii^ia ister Hotel, Los Angeles; R. P. Davi^: sugar beet manufacturer; Ueorjgo V. Scott, capitalist, of San Francisco, W. H. Davis, C. H. Lancralerv W^j Mcßean and J. R. McKinnie, of Los Angeles. NOTABLE REALTY DEAL Bothwell Ranch Passes Into Posses sion of D. A. Crawford — Big Por- " tion to Be Planted to Cotton. One of the most notable realty deals of the season was closed last week, when D. A. Crawford became the pos sessor of the 1200 acres heretofore held by George W. Bothwell. The land lies northeast of Brawley. The consideration was $90,000, part of which is taken in trade, the Both well interests taking in exchange for the valley land a sixty-acre tract near Ontario, set to oranges. The entire valley ranch is "under cultivation and well improved. It has been rented to T. W. Doddell and J. C. Milner, who next season will place five hundred acres of it in cotton. They will sow 1000 acres to barley this fall. MUST NOT DIVERT WATER Directors of Number Five Adopt Reso lution Regarding Abuses of Rights Iri That District. At the last meeting of the direc tors of Water Company No. 5, held at Holtvllle, a resolution was adopted which provides that it is a breach of duty by any stockholder to whom water is delivered through this com pany for use upon land on which water stock is located to wilfully di vert any part of this "water upon other lands on which no water stock has been located. The directors provided that such breach subjects the person commit ting it to summons for a hearing be fore the board, and if the board de termines such a breach has been committed it shall assess the person so offending $5 for the first offense and $25 for each subsequent offense. The determination of the board of directors shall be conclusive upon the corporation and stockholders. Fur ther deliveries of water to the of fending stockholders - are to be de nied until the assessment is paid. The board adopted the following resolution: "Resolved, That this com pany hereby agree to pay its propor tional share of the cost of defending any suit brought by the California Development Company against Water Companies Nos. 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8, to collect the ten per cent allowance of gross deliveries agreed upon by eald companies, and we indorse the em ployment of Judge Farr as a salary of $100 per quarter as special council for seepage and evaporation commis sion." ' W. T. mil 1b down from Redlauda this week, looking after property in terests. He will remain la El Cen iro until Tuesday. $&&£ No. 33. PRICE OF COTTON ADVANCES HALF CENT Third Carload Ready for Ship ment From El Centro to Oakland Mills Prospects of at Least Twenty Thous and Acres of Cotton Plantation in the Valley Next Year— Companies Organized to Handle Large Tracts — Los Angeles Wants Cotton. El Centro's particular show place these days is the gin and compress of the American Nile Cotton 1 Com pany, located directly east 'of the Southern Pacific railroad, a short way from the passenger station; Not a day passes but that strangers in the val ley find their way to this point of attraction, and to many the workings of a modern cotton gin are a reve lation. . " • :'v : i v :- ■'■ ':!••: The wagons loaded with ' their fleecy burdens drive into the pas sageway between the gin house and the storage sheds, and over the load is swung a metal pipe fourteen inches in diameter. . ■ Suction carries the 'cot ton from the wagon > into this pipe and delivers it to the gin, where the stands of saws pull the lint from the seed. The lint is elevated to the second floor, where it is delivered; into the compress, while the seed falls from the gin into a trough with an endless screw" and is carried to a chute that delivers it to the stor- age bins. One hundred and twenty-three bales of cotton had ' been ginned at the El Centro mill up to nobn" yes terday. Two carloads had been sent out to the Oakland Cotton Mills, and another carload ; is about ready for shipment. Many bales have been hauled ' out for temporary storage at the ranches. • ..-■, i it !• «. ; At the Meloland ranch Joseph R. Loftus has a gang of thirty- five cot ton pickers in the fields. ' Two car loads of the seed cotton per week are sent in from this ranch to ; the . gin, over the Holton Inter-Ui ban Railroad. At the Wilsie ranch, the McClan ahan and Walsh fields are presenting busy scenes, and almost daily the loads of cotton from this ranch pass through the main street of El Centro on the way to the gin. Other ranch" ers in this vicinity" are picking their crops as rapidly as possible. , L. E. Srack, secretary of .the Im perial Valley Cotton Growers' Asso ciation, yesterday received from a Los Angeles firm and order for two car loads of cotton. ; The price offered was thirteen and a half cents per pound. This "is the price offered at. present by the Oakland Cotton Mills'. The prospect for next season's acreage continues' to expand daily. It is now known that next season a large 4 planting of cotton seed I will be made An the lands south of the in ternational border, which are held by a strong syndicate of Southern Cali fornia capitalists. Brawley has * or ganized a cotton company, and those interested therein state that fully 1 1000 acres of cotton will be. planted in the immediate vicinity of that town. Calexico will have a large acreage. Holtville will doubtless stand next to El Centro in the; area devoted to this crop, and from all parts of the valley come reports of. land to be placed in cotton next spring. While there is no definite wayto determine the exact acreage of. the next Bea son's crop at this stage, it now ap pears probable it will reach fully 20,000 acres. TEBT OF THE BPITE ORDINANCE Arthur Lindley, driver for a local livery stable, waß arrested by City Marshal Bradford, Thursday, evening . while hauling a load of four barrels, alleged to be beer, through the streets of El Ceutro, on the way for delivery at the Preston & Gibson pool hall. The hearing will be before City Re corder F. G. Havens Mouday fore noon. The ordinance alleged to have been violated is notoriously invalid, having been passed by only two / trustees to "get even" on the city for the breaking up of an illicit bar conducted by themselves and the then attorney for the city, and It re mains to be seen whether the arrest was made for the purpose of getting the ordinance tested In court . or In uerauance of another Job of the dis gruntled Buzzard's Roost Btateameu.