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Arizona sentinel Yuma southwest. (Yuma, Ariz.) 1915-1916, September 23, 1915, Image 6

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(By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
If you want to see a sight that you
-will probably never have another
-.chance to see, and if you want to smell
something that will remind you of
"Ordinance No. 4," for all the balance
of your natural born days, just get
aboard the U. S. R. S. motor car and
ask the conductor to put you off op
posite the C. D. Company's diversion
danx, at Andrade!
Then walk to the dam, about 300
yards, and see with your own eyes
that the mighty Rio Colorado is now
completely dammed up at that point!
Not a drop of water flows below the
dam! The stream has been compjete
ly diverted into the C. D. Company's
canal and is being conveyed to Im
perial valley water, . sand, silt and
And, -.what's the result?
Fish, by the hundreds and thou
sands of tons, fish enough to feed the
European armies, more fish than the
human eye ever before rested on at
the same time, are floundering about
in the mudholes, or left high and dry
on the sands, greet the eye as far
as you can see down the river and
this, too after thousands and thou
sands of 10-, 20-, and 30-lb. salmon
and other species have .been buried
in trenches, dug for that purpose by
theG. D. Company's workmen.
And yet, with all this precaution to
guard the public health of that locali
ty, the "fishy stench" actually made
me think I was again reading "Ordi
nance No. 4" when I visited the diver
sion dam yesterday afternoon in com
pany with Mr. O. P. Taylor, the mov
ing picture man, who took a series of
fine moving pictures of the diversion
dam, the canal intake, the suction
dredger, Indians catching the half-exhausted
fish and in fact a birds'-eye
view of the whole surroundings.
The Colorado keeps falling. Never
before in its history has it been so
low at this season of the year as it
is at the present time, and the flow
being so sluggish the sand and silt
is settling to such an extent al the
way from the diversion dam to Yuma
that before another rise the bedvof the
river will more than likely have raised
sgveral feet, which will greatly eng
hance the danger of overflow when
the annual high water reaches Yuma
next spring.
On Monday of this we.e.k there was
Yuma project, and the sooner that is
done the better it will be for Imperial
But, above all things else, the pre
sent low stage of the river shows the
absolute foolishness of attempting to
construct a "high-line canal" to con
nect with the siphon canal for the
purpose of irrigating the Imperial
county lands above the C. D. company
system. If such a scheme were now
in vogue they would not have water
enough up in those sand dunes to wet
a canary's whistle, let alone irrigate
216,000 acres additional to the acre
age already under cultivation in Im
perial valley, for Yuma project gets
the water first, C. D. Co. second, and
then what is left would go to the sand
dunites. As a matter of fact it would
be absolutely criminal to undertake
such a scheme until a comprehensive
system of water storage can be de
vised somewhere above Yuma. Im
perial valley now requires every drop
of water in the Colorado, and then
H. F. Moore, Deputy, Commissioner'
of Fisheries, at Washington, has now
written a very interesting history of
"Oysters: The Food that Has Not.
'Gone Up.' " Mr. Moore tells us that
the earliest American settlers sussist
ed largely upon oysters, and that the
Indians along the coast were scientific
enough to prepare them in the dry or
smoked state, which enabled them to
barter them in the interior of the
On the Damariscotta River in
.Maine, where not a single oyster is to
be found, there is a mound containing
7,000,000 bushels of shells. The natu
ral oyster beds were threatened with
destruction and this" resulted in the
oyster culture, which has developed
until about one-half of the oysters
produced in this country, and nearly
two-thirds of the value of the product,
are derived from artificial beds. In
1911 planters spread 17,000,000 bushels
of young oysters, shells and gravel
over their 500,000 acres of oyster
farms; and they harvested a crop of
over 15,000,000 bushels of oysters,
worth to them approximately $10,-000,000.
O The man who does not enjoy O
O himself in his busiuesn will never O
but 2700 second-feet of water in thej know what happiness is. O
Colorado at Yuma, and it has remain-!0 The limit ot rest is verv soon O
ed around the 3000 mark ever since. reached, nd then misary follows O
This is equivalent to about 6,000 acre-! fast-
feet per day, including sand, silt and0o0O00O000O0O000
everything else, and in view of the
fact that all of this is now flowing in- SEES PATRONS BEFORE
to-the Imperial canal, farmers of the OPENING THE SCHOOL
Yuma valley who get water from La-i Prof- s- J- Anker, of Los Angeles,
guna's "settling barn," where 50 perhas st arrived in Yuma, and will
cent of the silt is removed by the said I l)en the Bard school on next Mon
settling process, can readily appreci- dav- He win be at the,Bard school
ate what their Imperial-valley neigh-nouse a11 dav Saturday for the pur
Tjors are "up against" from the silt 5DOse of conferring with either parents
standpoint. or PuPiIs wuo want to discuss school
It only goes to substantiate what j matters with him. Professor Anker
I said some time ago and that is j taught the Bard school last term,
that Imperial valley must, in self pro- '
lection, eventually get its water from' Post cards at Yuma News Co.
(Bj Benjamin FranklU Tlj)
According to authentic telegraphic
news received in Yuma this morning,
radical military changes are in pro
gress throughout those states in Mex
ico dominated by Villa and Zapata.
Contrary to reports that have been
given out to the press during the last
two weeks, Villa still holds Torreon,
and has no idea of abandoning Chi
huahua or Juarez. He is, however,
rushing an extra force of well-equipped
soldiers to Nogales, with the
avowed intention of driving General
Calles out of Sonora or utterly anni
hilating his army.
Douglas, Naco and Cananea will fall
easy prey to Villa's forces, after which
he will swing across the mountains
to Guaymas and Mazatlan, join forces
with Zapata and thence on to Mexico
That is the immediate 'plan of Gen.
Villa and his followers. Out of defer
ence to his promise to General . Scott,
Villa has recently avoided a conflict,
but in view of the depredations being
committed in Sonora by Carranza
followers, Villa has resolved first to
rid his domain of that element and
then strike a death blow at the very
gates of the First Chief.'
The next ten days will being about
a great change, according to. my in
formant. Senor Don Jesus R. Lozada, Villa's
consul here in Yuma, has been trans
ferred to Calexico. He left for his
new post this afternoon. Last night
he was tendered a farewell reception
at the Avila residence "as a token of
the high esteem in which he is held
in this city. Mr. and Mrs. James
j Hodges, the Balderas family, Misses
Margaret and Francis Hodges, Miss
Noriega, Misses Chavez, Miss Jennie
Polhamus, Mr. Nuno and the Avila
family were among those doing honor
to their departing guest.
"I am really sorry that duty calls
me from Yuma," said Consul Lozada
this morning, "for I have been most
royally treated by Yuma's citizens, all
during my stay here. And I am more
than sorry that my sudden departure
prevents me from saying 'good-bye'
to all those who have been so kind to
me. Important matters are about to
happen in Mexico, however, and I am
ordered a little closer to the border.
I hope to visit Yuma frequently,
though my new home will be in
DAVENPORT, Wash., Sept. 23
When County Prosecutor David Mc
Callum passed a horse hitched to a
railing, the animal nipped at him and
began to prance around. Struck by
the strange actions, the prosecutor
stopped and recognized a mare which
he, as a farm lad, had raised, but had
not seen for eight years. Bystanders
declared the horses recognition of the
man was unmistakable.
(By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
It is with much real pleasure that
I can announce tojthe readers of the
Yuma Daily Examiner that I am in,
receipt of the original copy of Dr.
Elwood Mead's speech, which was.
promised when he was in Yuma as
a member of the board of cost re
view for the reservation unit of the
Yuma project.
The speech should have reached
me "several days ago, but did not for
the following reasons, as explained in
Dr. Mead's personal letter to me.
Under date of Sept. 21, he writes
"My DearMr. Fly:
"T At,.tr.A 1 J.V.,.4- .
x a. in uiaucaacu iu nuuw uiai juu
did not receive my speech. It came
about in this way: I thought Mr.
Clark (his private stenographer) had
mailed it and he, thought I mailed it,
and we have both been looking at
eVery copy of the Examiner, and won
dering why it did not appear."
The explanation is satisfactory, my
dear Doctor, but don't let it happen!
Now, let me say a few. words to the
land owners on the' Yuma project:
I regard Dr. Mead's speech as the
greatest treat, along the lines dis
cussed, that has ever been given pro
ject formers! It is a masterpiece
from a deep thinker, from a master
It is exactly what I predicted it
would be, at the time Dr. Mead prom
ised to send it to me for the Yuma.
Daily Examiner.
It is not only a revelation of what
is in store for project farmers, but
a- genuine revolution of thought along
the line of state and government aid.
to those who are brave enough to go
back -to the farm, and honest enough
to attempt to make a living on the
desert lands for their love.d ones.
Dr. Mead's great speech is arranged
under nine distinct headings, as fol
lows :
1. State Aid in Land Settlement.
2. Present Methods Wasteful, Un
scientific and Most Unfair to Settlers.
3; Influence of Profits from Land
Sales on Rural Development.
4. The Need for Study of the Eco
nomic Problems of Settlement."
5. ' State Aid in Reclamation of the
Public Lands Indespensible.
6. State Aid in Land Settlement
a Success in Other Countries.
7. Conditions Favorable for Change
in America.
8. State Aid Would Entail No Ex
pense on the Public.
9. The Objection of Paternalism.
Lack of necessary time to "set it
up" precludes the possibility of its.
publication in today's issue but this
much talked-of revolutionary speech,,
this speech from the best posted-man
on irrigation in America, this great
speech of the farmers greatest cham
pion, will appear in full in the Yuma.
Daily Examiner on Saturday, Septem
ber 25, 1915.
Get ready, you valley farmers, Bard
farmers, arid everybody else interest
ed in bettering the farmer's condi
tion get ready for this great trea.
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