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Imperial Valley Press
Official Newspaper of Imperial County and City of El Centro
Hitor Allen Kelly
Business Manager Lewie Havermale
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Entered as second-class matter March 3, 1906, at the postofllce at El
Centro, California, under the act of Congress of March 3, 1879.
The Imperial Valley Homestead is a weekly paper purport
ing to be the official organ of the Tanners' Union, edited by the
secretary of that body. The editor has been a pessimist on the cot
ton question from the start, and lately he has acquired the hallu
cination that he is engaged in a controversy with The Press over
the results of this year's planting. Evidently he is an editor of
about 22 calibre, as his method of making out a case is to misrepre
sent what the other fellow says and meet it with a distortion of
any facts he can twist to his purpose.
The Press has said and reiterates that properly cultivated cot
ton fields in Imperial Valley will produce two bales to the acre.
That statement is endorsed by old cotton-growers and is justified
amply by the results obtained this year by planters who did not
know the method of cultivation requisite to highest production un
der irrigation. The 22-calibre editor pretends that The Press
kas announced the result of this year's planting as two bales to the
acre, which is a false pretense. He presents to his readers what
he calls "cotton facts really all wool and a yard wide", but his
facts are as far from the truth as his garblings of this paper's at
titude. These are his "facts" :
"Now for one instance of the actual results attained. The
80 acre crop raised by Stone Bros, at Mesquite Lake amounted
to 30 bales of 500 pounds each, or 15,000 pounds. At 13 1-2 cents
per pound, this would bring actual returns of $2,025. So far,
■rery little money has been received by them from sale of seed for
stock food. Returns to be expected from second picking are prac
tically nothing. To sum up: ComPRESSed, fancy hot-air re
sults, 160 bales, $10,800. Actual results in real money, $1175 net
Mr. Stone was incensed when he saw that statement and he pro
nounced it utterly untrue. He said: "I planted cotton on sixty
acres of new land late "in June. The land was dry, the planting
was late and the July irrigation was late. There was a stand on
only fifty acres and that was neglected. The third irrigation was
omitted entirely by my employes and I discharged the whole out
fit for disobeying instructions. When I returned to the valley in
October it was too late to save the crop and I did not expect to get
any cotton. Half the crop dropped from the stocks and the whole
field seemed to have been ruined by neglect. But the plants made
cotton, and I picked thirty-two bales. On a small part of the up
per end of the field the crop was a bale and a half to the acre. The
rest was so poor that I had fo'pay $1.25 a hundred for picking. My
total expense of growing the crop was $1,435 and I paid $600 for
picking. That makes a total expense of $2035, andl kept strict ac
count of every cent expended. My receipts for the thirty-two bales
which I sold at thirteen and a half cents a pound, are $2160, and
I have the seed to the good. Had I been here to see that the crop
was taken care of, I should have picked at least eighty bales. The
facts/are that I thought the field was a total loss and I came out
more than even.
"Gotton is the best thing that ever was brought to the valley.
There is more money in it than in any other crop. Next year I
shall put in eighty acres and see that it is attended to properly.
The danger is that some farmers will put in more than they can
take care of and make a failure of cotton-growing, just as some
made failures with melons. The sensible thing to do is to put in
small acreage and give the crop careful cultivation and attention."
It will be noted that the statement of fact made by Mr. Stone,
who may be supposed to know at least as much of his own affairs
as does the boll weevil that has crept into the Farmers' Union, is
quite different from the version printed in the paper that sees only
calamity in cotton-growing. . \
SETTLEMENT IN SIGHT
Final adjustment of the affairs of the company that supplies
water to the Imperial Valley has been made possible by the ap
pointment of a receiver and, in naming W. H. Holabird as that
officer, Judge Cole, we believe, made the best possible choice. The
Southern Pacific has had all the responsibility for the irrigation
system ever since it began helping the financially crippled C. D.
Co. with loans and taking its stock as security, but there are other
creditors and there have been conflicting interests that have made
it difficult for the chief creditor to adopt and follow a definite pol
icy in management of the business. Doubtless the railroad people
would like to get out of the water business and turn the canal
system over to the water users, and there is some prospect now
that a way to do that may be found when the court shall have
wound up the C. D. Cos. affairs and satisfied its creditors.
In the meantime, Col. Holabird, with the financial backing
of the railroad, will be able to put the canal system into good con- 1
dition and safeguard the water service with permananet struct
tures at points of control, and he is qualified by experience and
, proved ability to do that work at the least cost. Also he will man
age the affairs of the company, in its relations with the settlers
of the valley, on a rational and fair business basis.
There is more encouragement to the people of the valley in
the receivership than in any move that has been made heretofore
toward settlement of the litigation in which the C. D. Co. has been
entangled for some years. /
The El Paso fakirs of news are busy now with Tiburon Is
land and are telling of the supposed massacre of six prospectors
and fifty soldiers by the cannibal Seris. That would be a big kill
ing to be "pulled off" by a dozen half-starved, spindle-shanked In
dians armed with bows and arrows. The real mystery of Tiburon
is that anyone believes the silly tales told of the island and its
timid inhabitants. ; .
IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESB
EVOLUTION OF INDUSTRIES
Cotton May Work a Great Economic
Change in California.
(San Krnnytsco Chronicle)
Thr cotton industry Is showing up
well in the Imperial valley, whence
the fourth carload of baled cotton has
been shipped. As readers of the
"Chronicle" know, the enterprise ia
now, and It la not to be expected
that the volume of cotton will be
Impressive all at once, but when the
Imperial cotton belt shows up at the
start with $10,000, (nearer $75,000
worth.) of good cotton, and when there
is plenty of susceptible land for more,
the prospects are certainly reassur
ing. In both Imperial Valley nnd the
adjoining Mexican district of Jalisco
an important industry is forming.
In ths connection we also note that
cotton is promised as iin export ,from
California's ten-million-dollar trade
preserve, the Territory of Hawaii. Ex
periments have proved the high value
of the product there, and now one
of the eight islands of the Hawaiian
group is to be given up to the crop
entirely. In time, the exports of cot
ton from Honolulu, joined with the
Imperial valley supply, may work
marked changes in this State.
The time for beginning is propitious.
In days past California has had
cotton mills that did not do so well.
But there was no cheap fuel, little
cheap power, and that at a distance
from railways and the market, and a
comparatively small consuming popu
lation. Now things have vitally chang
ed. Oil fuel is abundant and cheap.
Long distance transmission of electri
city made by water power is one of
the items of progress. The State and
the whole coast is settling up. We
can get before long an ample supply
of cotton within our own economic
sphere, and we can manufacture it at
a profit. On the Pacific slope is popu
lation enough to sustain the textile
end of the industry — the manufactur
ing and selling end. Then why not
This has been and is a cattle State,
a gold State, a wheat State, a com
mercial State, a wine and fruit State,
an oil State, and it may as well be
come a manufacturing State. -
NEW REALTY COMPANY
The Whiting Realty Company filed
its articles of incorporation with the
County Clerk of Imperial County this
week. The incorporators are D. G.
Whiting and A. C. Whiting, of Heber;
C. H. Dickson and Edith Dickson, of
Ventura; Cora 13. Whiting of San Ber
nardino. The capital stock is placed
at $75,600, divided into shares of $100
each; and the amount actually sub
scribed is $500, one share each being
held by the incorporators. The place
of business is El Centro. D. G. Whit
ing is one of the pioneers of Imperial
Valley and is thoroughly acquainted
with its various sections.
CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW -
The chrysanthemum show given last
Friday evening in Masonic Hall by
the Women's Ten Thousand Club was
a success. The display of flowers
was not extensive, but the varieties
shown were finely developed and the
chrysanthemum booth was beautiful.
Other booths, handsomely decorated,
provided refreshments. After an hour
of general sociability was dancing.
About $75 was netted for the depot
The Press inadvertently gave the
wrong credit last week In connec
tion with the unique Cotton King ex
hibit, which was one of the notable
features of the Imperial County Fair.
The cotton twenty-dollar piece and
general idea for the exhibit were
planned and executed by the Wilkin
son family, and the figure of, King
Cotton on his throne was the plan of
Mrs. F. W. Walte.
MORE BOOSTING LITERATURE
The Peoples' AbHtract and Trust Co.
lias Issued another series of its Im
perial county map, containing a sum
mary of "Imperial Valley Facts" that
Is certain to interest prospective set
tlers. A large number of these maps
were distributed at the recent county
fair, and others are being sent out
FRANKLIN HOTEL SOLD
The Franklin Hotel property, owned
by W. \V. Maßten, was Hold at fore
closure »ale on Wednesday of this
week, the successful bidder being the
City National Hank of LaFayette, In
diana. Mr. Masten, who la now locat
ed at Klaniath Fullu, has been in El
Centro this week, looking after his
Interest In this property. /
Ed. B. Uoyd hab Hold to Ollletipl* &
Kondlo twenty-five lots In HoltFlUe
the pant week. • ' /
See the dancing bear at Collins'.
A NOVEL WORTH READING
"Rhoda of the Underground" Tells a
Vivid Story of Days Before
One of the strongest novels of the
year and by all odds the best story
of the period with which it deals
better as a literary work and truer
than "The Crisis' — Is "Rhoda of the
Underground", by Florence Finch
Kelly, author of "With Hoops of
Steel", which Julian Hawthorne call
ea "the Iliad of the Southwest", and
of "The Delafield Affair".
Rhoda of the Underground has Its
scene laid In southern Ohio during the
years immediately preceding the Civil
War. Its two chief characters are
a young plantation owner and slave
holder from Kentucky, and the daugh
ter of an abolitionist, who assists her
father In the work of running a "sta
tion" of the Underground Railroad.
These two are lovers drawn together
by a strong and deep mutual attrac
tion, but swayed by their Intense
convictions upon the one great ethi
cal question of those years. The
story reproduces the tense, electric
atmosphere and the expectancy with
which men each day waited for and
feared the happenings of the next.
The big events of the time, which
every now and then convulsed the
country, both North and South, cre
ate dramatic situations in the love
story. The heroine's activities In
the service of the Underground, in the
course of which she helps some of
her lover's slaves to escape to Can
ada, result in many exciting incidents
and give to the tale the thrill of
perilous adventure. Rut beneath' love
affair, abolitionist labors, and general
excitement, one feels constantly the
firm conviction of the right upon
which both hero and heroine stand,
thus symbolizing the feeling of the
two sections of the country.
Rhoda of the Underground Is Il
lustrated by the Kinneys and publish
ed by Sturgls & Walton, New York.
SHEEP CREATE A NUISANCE
Residents of the Mesquite Lake dis
trict are protesting against pollution
of the canal waters, of that district
by herds of sheep that tramp down
the ditch banks and drink out of the
streams, leaving their droppings along
the banks. Mr. Johnson, of the Mes
quite district, was in El Centro Wed
nesday seeking the issuance of a war
rant against the sheep owners, but
was informed that unless the sheep
were actually seen in the canals, not
withstanding the ditch banks were
covered with their droppings and
footprints, it would be useless to go
before a jury with such evidence. He
believes that change should be made
in the county ordinance which will
allow a conviction on circumstantial
evidence regardless of the fact that
no witness can be produced who ac
tually saw the sheep in the water.
MESERVE SELLING OUT
On account of financial difficulties
of the Meserve Clothing Company at
Redlands, it has decided to close out
its branch business at El Centro as
well as the parent store. The store
here has always done a good business
but the general, complications of the
firm demand a closing out of the en
tire properties. For this reason -a
special sale has been inaugurated this
week, and M. H. Jones has come from
Redlands to take charge of it. He ex+
pects to close out the stock within
a few days, because of the low prices
placed on every article carried.
FINE CHINA DISPLAY.
KYLE McBRATNEY HAS RE
CEIVED AND HAS DISPLAYED IN
HIS WINDOW SOME HEAUTIFI'L.
PIECES OF ROYAL DOULTON
CHINA, JUST THE THING FOR
CHRISTMAS GIFTS. DON'T FAIL
TO SEE THIS DISPLAY.
Crokinole boards at Collins 1 Store.
Write to the
Sprouse Real Estate Agency
El Centro, California
For the Truth About Imperial Valley
91.50 per Dozen. $6.00 per Hundred. $40 per Thousand. Superlative
and other berry plants. Nursery stock of all kinds.
J. B. WAGNBR, the Rhubarb and Berry Specialist
PABADENA. CALIFORNIA. \
I F. G. HAVENS, ™ L ,c
"> Formerly United States Commissioner
Correction of entries and preparation of applications for filings
within the newly surveyed townships. AH papers carefully
prepared. Work absolutely guaranteed.
Cky Clerk's Office - - El Centre, California.
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LEROY HOLT, President. Paid UD Capital
TRUE VENCILL, Vice- President. r r
R. B. MOOR 7, Vice-President. 000
J. V. WACHTEL, Jr., Cashier. \P&J 9 \J\J\J
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El Centro, California
Every accommodation consistent with conserva-
tive banking extended to customers
Ask For Prices On
Stylish r ; Serviceable Strong
SIDE SPRING TOP BUGGY
GEAR Yn Side spring, 1 >/8/ 8 inch arch axle, sand caps.
WHEELS — Sarven patent hub, 1-inch tires.
BODY— Piano box, 26x60, with boot.
SEAT — Wide and roomy, solid panel back.
COLOR — Body black; gear yellow.
TOP— 4- bow, padded quarters, cross stays in reef.
TRIMMING— Tan Leather. '
THIS IS ONLY ONE OF MANY
We Sell Agricultural Implements
Delta Implement Co.
EL CENTRO BRAWLEY HOLTVILLE
The people of Imperial Valley are
invited to call at our yards ,at either
El Centro or Calexico for all kinds
WHITE MISSION PLASTER, GOLDEN GATE CEMENT,
CRONOLITE ROOFING, REDWOOD SAWED POBTB,
BARB WIRE, BPLIT CEDAR POBTB. 11. 16 REDWOOD
BOARDB. GENERAL SUPPLY LUMBER AND MATERIAL
J. 8. Jones, El Centro Mgr. W. C. JONES, Calexico Mgr.
a.»lurdny, December 18, 1903.