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VOL. IX. AID OF CONGRESS SOUGHT BY SETTLERS Proposed Act For Protection of Innocent Purchasers of Claims County Chamber of Commerce En dorses Bill and Urges Passage — Plan of Reorganization of Chamber Submitted to Constituent Bodies — Advertising Campaign In Progress. An adjourned meeting of the Coun ty Chamber of Commerce was held In El "Centro last Tuesday. A proposed act df, Congress, prepared by the edi tor oV. the Press, was presented for the chamber's consideration and was approved by the body and its passage urged. The bill, which has been sent to 'Senator Flint and the California representatives, Is as follows: ' ■;'//. AN ACT/ . For Relief of Bona Fide Reclaimers of Desert Lands. . •Be It enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Unit ed States of America In Congress as sembled, That an act entitled "An act to provide for sale of desert lands in certain States arid Territories," ap-. proved March 3, 1877, and amended March 3, 1891, is amended by adding thereto the following section: Section 9. That the records of the Land Office shall be conclusive evi dence of the .validity of a desert land entry when the claim passes by as signment to a qualified entryman, and no defect of original entry shall im pair the right to final certificate and patent of an Innocent purchaser (with out notice) of such assignment, pro vided such assignee shall have com plied in good faith with the require ments of this act. i Copies of tile bill have been sent to Governor Gillett for his approval, to the Los Angeles Chamber of Com merce and to the United States Sena tors who recently visited 'the valley and pledged their aid in securing re lief 'for the harassed settlers. Chairman Carter reported that Miss Glfford had been engaged to continue her work for Imperial County in Los Angeles until next May, the' Board of Supervisors having made the desired appropriation for advertising. He re ported also that no arrangement had been made for sending a demonstra tion car through the ! South, as the railroad people had not found a way to make concessions not In conflict with the rules of the Inter-State Commerce Commission requiring the payment of eighteen fares for a special car. Fur ther efforts will be x made to get the car on the road, as the railroad of ficials are much Interested in the plan and desire to cooperate in advertis ing Imperial Valley In the cotton states. The matter of reorganizing and in corporating the Chamber was discuss ed and the secretary was instructed to write to the various city chambers, outlining the plan and requesting them to consider it and be prepared to present their conclusions at the next meeting. It is proposed to make the body representative of the peo ple of the county generally, Instead of being composed, as at present, of delegates from local bodies, and a general meeting of citizens of the county will probably be called to or ganize the new chamber. . H Acting on the proposal to make the secretary a salaried officer, who shall give all hlB time to the work, was postponed until the next meeting. An advertising proposition from the Sun set Magazine was declined, it being deemed too late in the season to ob tain satisfactory results. George A. Carter and J. Hi.Para zette were named' as members of the permanent committee on railroad rates composed of representatives „pf . the nusineßß Men's Protective Associa tion, the Farmers' Union and the Chamber of Commerce. NATIONAL BANK BUILDING P. B. Fuller, president of the El Centro National Hank, has the con tract for furnishing the material for the street frontages of- the two-story building to be erected for this bank at the northeast corner of Fifth and Main Btreets. The material is an ar tificial stone with a granite facing, while the trimmings wll be of white Official Paper of Imperial County and City of Bl Contra. stone. Within the ensuing week the crushed granite will begin to arrive at El Centro and the contracting com pany will manufacture the blocks on the building site, shipping In all the necessary material. The' rear a)nd division walls will be of valley brick, and the walls of the two materials will rise together. It is expected that brick-laying on this building will be started by the middle of January. CHRISTMAS AT EL CENTRO Churches and Sunday Schools Have Special Programmes for Holi day and Santa Claus Appears The Methodist Sunday School Christmas entertainment was held in the church last night. A Christmas tree was laden with gifts for the school attendants and the room was hand* somely decorated with the Christmas colors. Santa Claus appeared and dis tributed the gifts. A programme of music and recitations was given. At the Holt Opera House the Chris tian Sunday school celebrated on Christmas eve with a pleasing pro gramme of music and exercises by the Sunday school pupils. Santa Claus op erated an old Holland windmill, and from a trough poured forth the gifts for the youngsters. Tomorrow at each of the churches Christmas sermons will be delivered. Today El Centro will be practically deserted. Everybody who can get away will be bound for Holtville, where the Christmas fiesta for the valley will be held. One of the big features will be the free turkey din ner for everybody. The Holton Inter-Urban Railroad Company has made special prepara tions for caring for passengers and has engaged a coach from the Southern Pacific in addition to its own equip ment. SEEKING CITIZENSHIP January S is the date set by Judge Franklin J. Cole for final hearing in the application for admission to citi zenship of Joseph Novotney, ' native of Austria, and resident of Brawley; David Carlson, native of Sweeden, and resident of Imperial, and How ard Moudry, native of Bohemia, and resident of Holtville. ANOTHER HOLTVILLE SALE Sales of ranch lands in. the vicinity of Holtville are becoming frequent. One of the latest is the sale of the R. C. Powers land northeast of Holt ville, to Thomas Prim, brother of J. M. Prim, the hog raiser. The price was $50 per acre. H. C. v ßeasley has also sold his Tanch property, adjoin ing the Powers place, for $8000. BOOZE CLUBS OUTLAWED Appellate Court Suspects Fraternal Organizations That Sell Liquor. . The Appellate Court holds in the Upland liquor case that the sale of liquor by a club to its members is a violation of a no-license city ordin ance and that the Supreme Court de cision in the California Club case does not apply to evasions of prohibitory laws. The court's remarks on the sub ject are applicable to the outfit that set up the blind pig In Eagles' Hall In El Centro. ' The Appellate Court Is willing to accept at its face value all the pream ble of the constitution of the brother hood about its great,. moral purposes, etc., "but we cannot overlook," con tinues the court, "those other pur poses appearing in the articles of Incorporation, it is supicioua that the fraternal organization should ,' be or ganized In a prohibition community, and have a bar set up at the^ very outset. "When complex and intricate ma chinery is introduced to accomplish that which, from its very nature, does not require It, we naturally 'assume that such ÜBe was intended to cover up something. If the caso were be fore us on appeal, we would say that there was abundant evidence to Bup port a finding of an intent to evade the law. The use ot the written or der, the deposit of the ticket, does not change the nature of the transac tion/ • EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1909. JAPANESE GROWERS OF IMPERIAL COTTON Osaki Mills' May Send La borers to Cultivate Large Acreage Representative Instructed to Contract For. Crop or to Lease Land and Grow Cotton In Imperial Valley For the Kanegafuchi Spinning Company of Japan. One of the most important develop ments of the past few days in the Imperial Valley cotton industry is the information received by The Press that the most extensive manufacturers of cotton goods in Japan have, taken a direct personal Interest In the new industry and may engage extensively in the growing of Imperial valley cot ton next season. . • The recent visit of the Japanese Imperial Commissioners to Imperial Valley for ah inspection of the cotton crop and local conditions was a rev elation to this party. One of its mem bers was N. Takatsujl, president of the Kanegafuchi Spinning Company, of Osakl, Japan. This is the largest cot ton manufacturing concern in the 'Or ient, and has control of a major 1 part of the 100 cotton miljs at Osakl. After his visit here and an Inspec tion of the harbors at San Pedro and San Diego, Mr. Takatsujl left in' Los Angeles his personal representative with instructions to come to Imperial valley. and secure contracts on large acreages of cotton next season, or else to secure land leases direct and make plans for putting In a large crop under the representative's own super vision. In the latter case it is prob able that ' a colony of Japanese will be brought down from Ix)s Angeles to handle the crop. The statement was made by Mr. Takatsujl, while on this tour of In spection, that his companies alone could use all the cotton that could be grown in Imperial valely next year. x BEGINS COTTAGE BUILDING E. Sampson Starts Two House on Ol ive Street, to be Followed by Five Others This Winter B. Sampson, a recent comer to El Centro from Los Angeles, bu* for the ..past twenty years a resident ot Chey enne, Wyoming, has seen, the great ived for more rental properties in this city, and this week started the erection of two cottages, to lie follow ed by at least five others as soon as the work can be handled. Mr. Sampson has purchased two Bis* at the northeast comer of Fifth and Olive streets. The cottages now In course of building will have front ages on Olive street. Later he ex pects to erect two cottages with front ages on Fifth street, and three more on Olive street. The two started wIU have, three- rooms, bath, screened porch rooms, and will be fitted wl ( j electricity, gas and sewtfr connec tions. Mr. Sampson believes that the busi ness buildings of. El Centro are far ahead of the residence districts, and that there is ample field for exten sive building of cottages here. Under the supervision of Contrac tor J. L. Travers, the addition to the Holton Power Company's ice plant has been going up. The walls are up on three sides of the structure, while, the placing of frame work is in progress on the northerly side. : , Mr. Travers is building a cottage for George T. Irvln, at Seventh and Orange streets, and as Boon as this Is completed Mr. Irvln will move from his ranch to El Centro. Prof. Edwards, principal pt the grammar schools. Is having a cottage erected for his own home on the north side of Brighton avenue, be tween Fifth and Sixth streets. M. C. lioswoiih Is completing a handßome bungalow on hiu tract of land fronting on Fourth street and smith of Hell avenue. v William Egerer Is having complet ed a four-room cottage on Commer cial, street, between Seventh and Eighth Btreets. He will occupy this house next week. Judge' Franklin J. Cole has built an addition to his residence on Main street, between Seventh and Eighth streets. An addition Is to made to the rear of the Royal Cafe, on Main street, to provide more room for this ex panding business. . ■ ' Work will be started within a few days on the construction of a galvan ized iron building to enclose the gas converters, etc., at the new gas plant, in the Industrial section of El Cen tro. REAL ESTATE LIVELY Demand For Residence Lots in El Centro Becomes Active. Ownership of El Centro real estate Is proving so attractive that the orig inal townsite is now well sold out. During the past few days numerous sales have been made of town prop erties, and in several cases residences will be erected at once. The El Centro National Bank has purchased from J. W. Colson two lots on the north side of Main street, ad joining the bank property at Fifth and Main streets. This gives the bank a property, exclusive of its reserva tion for its own building, sufficient to place a 50x75 foot building on the Fifth Street frontage and one of sim ilar size' on the Main street frontage. It is probably that a building will be erected. on this property during the ensuing season. -This, in connection with the new home of the El Centro National Bank, to be erected this sea son, will make a substantial addition to El Centro's business center. I. A. Morgan has purchased two lots at Seventh and Orange streets, and on one has erected a cottage for ren tal. Adjoining the Morgan lots, Mr. Allen has purchased property and will build this winter. Thomas banders, a recent comer from Texas, who has purchased the eighty-acre Holly ranch, on the Dah lia canal, has bought rive lots on the n^»rth. side of ' Olive street, between Fifth and Sixth streets. W. H. Mann, -station agent for the Southern Pacific, has purchased a lot on the north side of Olive street, op posite the residence of J. Stanley Brown, and will at. once erect a bun galow. R.*H. Richardson, leader of the El Cenrro Band, has purchased a lot at the southeast corner of Seventh and Commercial sUp-is, and will buil'l there. — ' Mr. Cole, father of Judge Franklin J. Cole, has purchased a lot on the north side of Broadway, between Sev enth and Eighth streets, and will erect a handsome residence for his own home. Robert Fansher has bought a lot on the north side of State street between Sixth and Seventh streets. GAS SYSTEM PROGRESSES Laying of Service Pipe in El Cen tro Will be Completed by Last of the Year. Satisfactory progress is being made in the construction of the Imperial Valley Gas Company's plant at El Centro and the laying of its dis tributing system. The gas converters, boilers, etc., are all in place, the large tank is com pleted and ready for commission, and such good progress has been made in the distributing system that the work in El Centro will be completed by the last of the year. Immediately thereafter the force of men that has been engaged on this work will be placed at the task of digging a ditch for the pipe from El Centro to Imperial, on Imperial av enue. - This must be completed before the Imperial system Is constructed, as each section Is tested out by com pressed air pressure at the plant be fore the ditch is closed. The prospect Is tnat the company will be ready to furnish gas for do mestic use by the first of February. Officials of the company state that they have received a cordial response to the canvass for customers and near ly every house on the south side of Xl Centro will have gas service, while other sections have taken advantage of the offer to make free connections with the consumer's stoves if contracts are made now. * WATER WORKS PLANS ADOPTED BY BOARD Engineer Estimates Cost of Construction of System at Fifty-Eight Thousand. Trustees and Advisory Board Agree That Bond Issue of Sixty- Nine Thousand Will be Sufficient to In* stall Municipal Water Plant In El Centro. Engineer Sondereggers' report on a municipal water system was accept ed by the city trustees last Tuesday night and a resolution of Intention, to call an election on the question of issuing bonds to the amount of $69 000 was Introduced and laid over for passage next Tuesday night. The general plan presented by the engineer contemplates a series of set tling basins, pumping station and pressure tower on the Balcom tract west of the Date Canal, a ten-inch main on Eighth street, an eight-Inch main on Main street, six-Inch pipes to close the circuit of the old town site and four-inch pipes In the other streets. Mr. Sonderegger advised that the pipes be laid in the streets rath er than in the alleys and gave reasons that were convincing to the board. He advised the installation of two pumps, one to be operated by electric power and the other by a gas engine. The electric motor would be used or dinarily, and in case of Interruption of the power or need of increased head for fire purposes, the gas en gine could be put into use quickly. The engineer estimated the cost of construction of the system, includ ing engineering expense, at $58,000. Land for the basins and pump sta tion costs $5000 and water stock $2500, making a total of $65,500. The trustees and the advisory board agreed that It would be advisable to add $3,500 for contingencies and make the bond issue $69,000. It is proposed to issue bonds in denominations of $1000 and to make the first bonds payable in ten years and the last in thirty three years. It will be possible to complete the bond Issue and award contracts early in February and about four months will be required for con struction of the system. The vote in favor of accepting Mr. Sonderegger's report and going ahead with the work was four to one, Trus tee Pearson voting no because it had been intimated that. the i city engi neer, his son, was not competent to plan and construct water works. Mr. Pearson's remarks brought Trustee Hamilton to the front with a warm rejoinder. He said he had moved the employment jOf an engineer of exper ience bcause the people ~dema/ided competent engineering service and would not vote bonds unless the board employed a qualified water engineer. He was not "handing a package to Harry" in discharging what he be lieved to be his public duty. MESQUITE CLUB ACTIVE Will Open its Headquarters With Public Reception on New Year's ,Night — Officers Elected The young men's organization of El Centro, the Mesqulte Club, held an other meeting at the Holt Opera House on Wednesday evening, and took def inite steps towards opening club rooms in this city. Election of officers resulted In the selection of Webb Moulder, president; Homer Havermale, vice-president; R. P. Moore, secretary; H. JL Webster, assistant secretary; R. B. Bell, treas urer. These five compose a board' of control, which will hold monthly meet ings. It was reported that fifty men have joined the new club, and many more are In prospect, so that it Is believed the membership will reach near to the 100-nmrk. this winter. A lease has been secured on the two rooms fronting on Sixth street, In the Holt Block, and these rooms are to fitted up at once In first-class style. One of the features of the place will be mesqulte log decora tlons. A large meßqulte log will be erected before the rooms as a. sign No. 38 for the club, from which will swing an appropriate legend. The El Centro Library Commis sion will arrange to use one room as a public library, pending the building of the Carnegie Library. It is proposed to open the new club rooms with an "open house" on New Year's night, to which the public will be Invited. DOCKS IN THE VALLEY Good Sport on the Gun Club's Pre serve on the Alamo River. Ducks do not appear to be so nu merous in the valley this year as they have been in years past, but there are enough of them to keep the far mer busy hazing them out of his bar ley field and replanting what they get away with, and there is good shoot ing in the irrigated fields and along. the Alamo and New Rivers. The El Centro Gun Club has leased a section of land covering the Alamo swamp west of the railroad bridge,' put up a comfortable club house and provided boats, decoys and other ac cessories to sport, " and the members who have been on the preserve re port good flights -of birds and plenty of shooting. Shooting is restricted by the club to two mornings and two evenings in the week, and the birds are not to be disturbed at other times. It is the purpose of .the club to plant wild rice in the swamp and provide feeding grounds so attrac tive that the ducks will not find It necessary to visit the barley fields so frequently. Large areas will be cleared of tules, which will make It possible to retrieve most of the birds killed. The grounds will be posted and a keeper will see that the ducks are not molested by market hunters and poachers. / The club now has nineteen mem bers and , enough "applications to fill the list up to the limit. The secretary, who has had the luck to bring back a full bag of twenty-five birds from each trip to the Alamo this season, reports eleven species of ducks killed in the swamp by himself up to date, viz: canvas back, redhead, mallard, spoonbill, wid geon, sprig, blue-wing teal, cinnamon teal, ruddy, Mexican tree duck and American merganser or fish duck. The last named is a wanderer from the' North Pacific that came down with the cold weather last week. MARQUEZ EXECUTION DELAYED Many of the older settlers of Im perial valley were interested in the trial of Francisco Marquez, at Yuma, last summer, for the killing of Peter B. Hodges, well known In the Colo rado district. Marquez was convict ed of murder and sentenced to be ex ecuted on December 16. Execution did not take place. Attorneys for the convicted man have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court from the de cision of judge Campbell, denying a new trial. VALLEY SLEEPER PAYS WELL Southern Pacific railroad officials state that from the very first trip of the steeping cars between Los An geles and Imperial Valley have paid well, and that the business will soon justify the adding of a second car, whereas it was the general Impression among railroad men before the ser vice was Inaugurated that It would be a losing venture. OZARK STORIES IN DEMAND Large Sales of Harold Bell Wright's Books Reported by Publishers The publishers of Harold Bell Wright's novels : report a sh'lpm&it of 16,000 copies of "Dan Matthews' la ' three days of the first week in De cember and sales of 225,000 copies of "The Shepherd of the Hills' 'since Sept. 1. Mr. Wright is spending the winter in Redlands ami Is working on his story of the desert. SALVATION ARMY BERVICES Regular services will be held here after In the Salvation Army tent at the weat end of State Street. Buu day school at 8 p. m., followed br preaching. The subject ot the »er mou tomorrow will be "A Divorce Case."