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BUSY DAYS FOR CIBOLA • SURVEY OF PROJECTED IRRIGA TION SYSTEM TO START THIS MONTH—RANCHERS ORGANIZE STOCK COMPANY. - CIBOLA, Ariz., Aug.s.—Consider a valley of, roughly, twenty-five thou sand acres organized into an irriga tion district; -take the residue of its people remaining through the heat of a southwestern Arizona sum mer; segregate them as a meeting of the Board of Directors of the irriga tion district; shake them together as a hungry bunch around a picnic dinned table; assemble them as a mass meeting of citizens and, ( finally, convene them as stockholders of «.. newly organized stock company, and throw in the death throes of the largest rattle Snake ever seen in Ci hola, for amusement, on the sidt as it were, and you have a pot-pour ri of events sufficient to make i day memorable and the heat then of forgotten. Not so bad—eh? Perchance not, Roderigo! By the Lord ’Arry there are more things ’appen in Cibola than are dreamed of in thy Philoso phy ’Oratio! Tht day was Monday, July 28th, the date of the third meeting of the board of directors of the Cibola Val ley Irrigation District. The occa sion was marked by the most enthu siastic and public-spirited meeting thus far held in the valley. The Board Meeting. The board in session passed reso lutions, in effect, as follows: Appointing C. A. Lindeman, of \ u ma, Ariz., attorney for the district. Fixed the salaries of the officers of the district, and of the employes on the survey crew soon to be put in the field. Aulhorized the expenditure of funds for the purchase of supplies needed in the survey. Authorized the survey to com mence as soon as supplies can be received in the valley. The board meeting then adjourn ed. Next in order of business was the picnic dinner. The only mat tei of the moment around the tables was the stowing away of provisions aud we certainly did some stowing! The Citizen’s Mass Meeting. At the mass meeting plans were discussed relative to the supply of hay and grain needed when con struction work is started on the canal system. This discussion took the trend of ascertaining whether or not it would be possible to place a thousand acres under cultivation at once, to raise barley hay or alfalfa It was the opinion of some that, it will be possible to raise all neces sary feed in the valley, thereby i> ducing the cost of same to contrac tors and secure lower contract rate*- on the construction work. Others held that feed could be imported cheaper when considering the ex pense of placing one thousand con tiguous acres in shape for plant lug. Finally an industrial commit tee was appointed to investigate th« subject in detail and report to a mass meeting w'hich will be called the latter part of August. The com mittee follows: Edw. DeWein, chair man, A. D. Nelson, secretary, Leo Frankenberg, Carl M. Bishop, John Nonmiels, L. R. Birch. A petition was sent ot the coun ty 1 oard of supervisors to appoint John Scribner as road supervisor of the district, in order that needed road improvements may be made ai once. Arrangements were also made to place the roads of the valley in shape for automobile. This work will b done by the people at the.ir own ex pense. The labor thus volunteered by the citizens will exceed the am ount appropriated by the county. The county will thereby receive above three hundred dollars worth of work for an expenditure of one hundred and fifty dollars. A party of automobile tourists en route from San Francisco to Phoe- n j x and the east will pass through Cibola during August, proceeding via Quart zsite and Bouse. Captain Sin clair of Parker and Ehrenberg has established a ferry using his power boat and a barge. The assessment of twenty five cents per acre is due August 25, but sufficient funds are already in the THE PARKER POST hands of the treasurer to permit im mediate progress of the survey. The Cibola Development Company. A stock company to be known as the Cibola Development Company, was organized w'ith an initial sub scription of one hundred and twen ty-one shares of stock. The char ter members, in meeting assembled, elected A. D. Nelson temporary chair man, and Chas. F. Jackson tempor ary secretary. A committee was ap pointed to draft a set of by-laws; and the temporary organization contin ued to the next meeting. The first meeting of the stockholders of the Cibola Development company then adjourned to meet at the call of the chairman. The record of the results accomp lished in a gathering such as relat ed above necessarily falls short of conveying the earnestness, enthus iasm and public spirit displayed. The people are agog, so to speak, over the outlook for the future. It looks bright and rosy—not too rosy —jus a nice pink rosiness delectable enough to be appreciated. And be ing rosy does'not mean that, in vul gar parlance, the town is being painted red —far from it. It means that we are moving forward in a perfectly sane and healthy manner with prosperity looming large ahead A. D. N EIGHTY ACRES APIECE. Unofficial information in regards to flie proposed restoration to private entry of about 120,000 acres of pub lic land n Imperial county indicates that Congressional legislation will be necessary before it will be possible for homesteaders to secure new lomes in that part of the Imperial Valley. Under the present homestead laws it, is possible for a homesteader to secure as much as 160 acres of land, b it it is believed that the report; of J W. Whitten, chief law clerk in the General Office at Washington, will recommend that the amount available to each settler be reduced to eighty acres. Two reasons are ad . anced for this change in the law r , to relate to this project alone. One in that the land is very valuable, much more so than ordinary govern ment land, and it is the policy of the land department to have as many settlers as possible take possession of the unoceopied territory. It is not believed that there will he any Oklahoma “rush” for locat ions, with the firing of a pistol to mark the beginning of a wild chase i.i r a farm. The lottery system will probably be employed by the govern rnent, and all will be served alike. Some time will be set apart within which time entries may be made and when all the land is taken up names written on cards will he drawn) from a hat and the lucky ones will get the choice locations. This is a detail, how T ever, that must yet he worked out. —Los Angeles Times. HALF BALE IN TEXAS. WASHINGTON, D. C., Aug. 4 —“ln 12 Texas cultivated 10,927,000 acr es in cotton, secudiug eleven tweuty iifths of a bale per acre, one of the best averages of recent years, mak ing a total of 4,850,000 bales,’ said Frank A. Briggs of Dallas who is here on a visit. Had the Texas cotton growers made die average per acre as did Ihe induf> i rial congress contestants the Texas crop would have amounted to 11,- “64,000 bales. The total crop of the United States for 1912 was 13,820,- 000 bales. Texas could have cut. its < otton average in half and produced die same number of bales under in dustrial congress methods. The same process of reasoning can be used with reference to other crops, for there is no reason why the farmers of the state cannot average in the acre yield what 5,000 farmers have averaged under the same condition. “Last March more than 7,000 far mers representing nearly every county in the state, had registered as con testants in model form work. By the time the list is closed there will; be fully ten thousand. These ten thos and men will increase their acre pro duction fully 100 per cent, if last year’s records are equalled. Each one | will have a benificial influence on ! every farmer in his neighborhood, j Benefits coming to the state, its ! business interests, and to the citi- j zens cannot be estimated Results j have proved that the average Texas J farm is mined not cultivated,and that the present total production of cotton, corn, wheat, osts and other farm com* modities should be secured fromi one half the acreage used. .PARKER, YUMA COUNTY, ARIZONA. SATURDAY, AUGUST 9. 1913. MANY CROPS YIELD WELL SETTLER ON LAND AT PARKER MAY PROFITABLY PLANT COT TON, ALFALFA, MELONS, FRUIT, GRAIN OR TRUCK GARDEN. The abundant sunshine, fertile silt soil and plenteous water from the Colorado river this combination which makes the Parker valley and Ihe other valleys of the lower Colo rado the most productive agricultur al land in the entire country—make it possible to raise such a great var iety of crops that it is still very much a question as to which of the products of tliis region is the best money-maker for the farmer. In the Yuma valley, a hundred miles below the Parker country, a rancher has just made the claim that he raised 1,200 pounds of alfalfa seed to the acre in a single cutting. That is equivalent to a gross return of about $l5O. A few such records as that would easily put this land cm a par with the thousand-dollar an-acre citrus land of Southern Cal Ifornia. Ranchers in the Imperial valley are growing rich raising cantaloupes. In the Cibola valley the bee men are getting the greatest returns. In (lie Palo Verde valley cotton and alfalfa are fighting it out for first place with both crops yielding from s‘»s to sloo an acre net returns. The experience of farmers in all of these places will be at the dis vasal of the settler in the Parker \ alley where the conditions for cul tivating the land are the same. Aside from the crops mentioned there are numberless others which are being raised with profit. Truck gardening in all its branches has proved profitable. Hog raising here where seven and eight cuttings of alfalfa are yielded to the acre has proved a mortgage-lifter for many lanchers. Others are growing in dependent, from the product of their orchards. Apricots, grapes, canta loupes and citrus fruits all yield w ell and mature for the early mar ket and high prices. Sugar beets are being raised in (lie Yuma valley and the success with which they are cultivated has caus ed the prediction that this will ul timately be one of the greatest su gar beet producing sections in the west. Wheat, barley and oats have be come staple crops and when it is remembered that a crop of grain can be matured in time to plant tin same land to cotton or another crop ihe productiveness of the soil and climate will be apparent. The success of the dairy industry is evident in ihe fact that Imperial county has in five or six years come tb be the greatest butter-producing county in California. The rancher who is so fortunate as to secure land in the valley at Parker may take his choice in the matter of crops to be raised and have the assurance of profit in any of them. LOAN MONEY TO FARMERS. WASHINGTON, Aug. 5. —Twenty- live to fifty million dollars of govern ment funds will he deposited in the National banks of the south and west, at once by Secretary McAdoo to fac ilitate the movement of crops. Feder al, State and municipal bonds and prime commercial paper will be ac cepted as security for the money, on which the banks will pay 2 per cent interest. The motive of Secretary McAdoo in accepting this policy to anticipate the! money stringency in the late sum mer and fall which invariably ac companies the marketing and move ment of crops, especially when they are unusually large, as the harvest, now beginning forecasts. Government bonds will be accepted at, par as security for the new depos its and the additional money will be placed only with banks which have taken at least 40 per cent of their authorized circulation. For the first time in history the Government will accept prime com mercial paper as security for depos its. Approved commercial paper will he accepted as security for the de i posits at 65 per cent of its face val ue and high-class State,municipal and other bonds, exclusive of Government bonds, at 75 per cent of their market ■ value. i 1 : NO FAILURE OF CROPS !ALLEN KELLY SAYS RANCHER IN IRRIGATED BELT HAS BIG AD VANTAGE OVER FARMER DE PENDING ON RAIN. \ Captain Allen Kelly, the well known writer on irrigation topics, contributes to the West Coast Mag azine a striking article entitled, “Problems Soluble in Water.” Captain Kelly says: Irrigation solves the world’s food problem. It extends the arable area makes scientific, intensive agriculture possible. Farming in the rain belt is largely gambling on the weather; in the land of little rain it is science. The farmer in New England studies the almanac, observes many things which he thinks are weather signs, and hopes there may be rain enough for his wheat and not to much for his potatoes. The farmer in what the old geography depicted as a white space dotted with black specks, and labeled “Great American Desert,’ plants any seed he chooses, gives His order for water to the zanjero, and can borrow money on the pro spective crop. That is no figure o speech; it is a plain statement ol fact. In the Imperial valley of southern California, for instance, a farmer de cides to plant a certain number acres with cantaloupe seed, and he can get from the wholesale dealei in melons an advance on his crop before the seed is in the ground. He may plant cotton, and he can bar row money from a bank on his cot ton crop when the plants are six in ches high. That is because there' is no failure of crops in an irrigated district. In the land of little rain the potential fertility of the soil and the heat of sunshine are fixed factors, and all that remains to make growth a certainty is time ly water. Irrigation gives the farmer absolute control of the only varia ble factor in the production of crops Combine with irrigation the scien tific methods of seed selection am crop treatment developed in recent years, and the productivity of an acre of land is not merely doubled, it is multiplied. For example, the rain belt farmer cuts hay once a year; ihe desert farmer harvests from six to ten hay crops a year, and he gets more hay at each cutting. Or the ir rigation farmer may take from the land in one year a crop of barley of better than a ton to the acre, and a < iop of cotton, cantaloupes, corn or almost anything else. Irrigation is making the region from ihe Missouri to the Pacific ocean ready for the coming of the millions, who are to populate the western third of the continent even more den sely than the Atlantic coast region now is populated and perhaps play the last act in the world drama that wo staged when the first Aryan foot was set upon the western trail. What has made possible the build iug of the cities of the southwest? It is a common —and shallow —re- mark that Los Angeles was created by and exists because of the tourists. Not so. Irrigation explains Los An geles and all the other cities of the southland. The county is attrac tive to tourists and to homeseekers because of the marvelos results of the shipping of soil sunshine and water together. Without irrigation southern California would still be a vast cattle range, dotted with isolat ed haciendas and supporting few land barons and their feudal queros. From Kansas to California, from Wyoming to the Mexican border, re clamation of arid lands by irrigation is wiping the desert off the map,and yet the work is just begun. Millions of acres have been converted from barren waste into fertile farms by water readily available, but there are vaster areas remaining that can be reclaimed when the flood wa ters of western rivers are conserved in storage reservoirs and a compre hensive plan of stream control is carried out. That is work for the government, and away to do it is pointed out by the Newlaruls Bart hold bill in congress, the passage of which is being urged systematically by allied organizations representing the Mississippi and Ohio valleys, Arizona and California. The people of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys are not interested directly in irriga tion, but they are concerned vit- ally in river regulation and control and the same system of regulation that would protect them from disas trous inundation would, when applied to the Missouri, the Colorado and the Sacramento, make possible a vast extent ion of the irrigated area of the west. During the freshet season of the Colorado, more water runs to waste into the gulf in three days than is now used for irrigation of land along that river in an entire year. The Newlands bill proposes that fifty million dollars shall be spent in the construction of storage reservoirs on the source tributaries of the Col orado and to control the river an confine it »to a defined channe Such regulation of the Colorado would make possible the irrigation of all the arid land that could t reached by canals from the river, h swing an adequate flow of water at all seasons. The Colorado carries 450,000 second feet in its greatest flood and as little as 3,000 second teet at its lowest stage. The irrigation system already in operation on the lower Colorado use all the water of the minimum discharge, and no in crease of reclaimed area can be pro jected safely until provision shall be made for storage of flood waters and regulation of discharge. One second foot of discharge suf fices for the irrigation of 100 acres. In Imperial valley about 300,000 acres are now irrigated, and as much more land could be reclaimed if the water were available. There are about 250,000 acres —possible 300,- 000 —of irrigable land on the Mexican side, and there are 90,000 acres un der the Yuma project and 125,000 in Palo Verde and Cibola valleys, above Laguna dam. These lands alone, dis regarding other large tracts above Palo Verde, aggregation more than a million acres, require for safe and certain irrigation a minimum flow of 10,000 second feet in the Colorado Having the water, the land is cap able of producing crops to the value of $100,000,000 annually, and that i: not taking into account the possib ilities of intensive cultivation. Sure ly an expenditure of 50,000,000, dis tributed over a period of ten or a dozen years, is a small investment to insure such an increase of the national w r ealth. Indeed, the total ex peuditure proposed by the Newlands bill —$500,000,000 —is no more than the property lost in one great flood of the Ohio and Mississippi. INCREASE IN IMPERIAL. The assessed valuation of Imperial county for the present year is a little over $17,000,000, a gain of 27 per cent over last year. It is prob aole that this is the highest per ventage of gain of any other conn ty in the state. The acreage in the principal crops is as follows: Alfalfa 80,118 acres Barley 73,359 acres Cotton 16,940 acres Corn 10,560 acres Cantaloupes 7,560 acres The assessor reports 307 autos in the county, and this item alone is pretty good indication of prosperity. FEDERAL BUILDING AT YUMA. YUMA, Aug. 6. —A letter from Call Hayden, Arizona’s dilligent congress man at Washington, brings the cheer ful intelligence that Yuma county ,is now entitled to a postoffice' building. The lettf** as sent to Dr. Keteherside and by him placed in the hands of the Commercial club at the last meet ing on Monday night, is as follows: I am informed by the first assist ant postmaster general that the re ceipts of Yuma postoffice for the four quarters ending March 31, 1913, were $11,830.38. Under the rule es tablished by the committee on public building and grounds, any city or town having postal receipts exceed ing SIO,OOO is eligible for an ap propriation for the purchase of a site for a federal building. “I will he greatly obliged if you will tell me whether there are any other departments of the government represented in Yuma except the post office. I desire to ascertain how much rent is paid by the United States for all the various branches of the government service located at Yuma. Any information you can give me in regard to this matter will be greatly appreciated. 1, 1 understand that the town of Yuma owns some centrally located property. Would the town authorities be willing to donate a lot to the Uni ted States as a site for a federal building? “Yours very respectfully, “CARL HAYDEN.” PARKER MAY HAVE JAIL YUMA COUNTY SUPERVISORS IN CLUDE APPROPRIATION FOrTo- CAL BASTILE IN BUDGET FO COMING YEAR. Parker is no longer to be known as a paradise for hoboes, petty van dals and other undesirables. The days of the hungry “knight of the road.” who, in the past has pillaged and plundered the town at his own free will, are about to end so far as Parker is concerned. Yuma county supervisors have de creed that there shall be a jail here and, unless,after thinking the matter over, they become appalled at the reckless extent of their own gener osity, and have a change of heart be fore next Monday when the year’s budget is to be formally adopted, this city will become the object of a S4OO appropriation for that purpose. The budget tentatively passed on by the supervisors on July 15 in cluded S4OO for a jail building and SSO for the jail maintenance for the next year. It is understood that the county already has building lots and a cell so the entire appropriation will go into a building. This action on the part of the su pervisors is news of unusual interest to residents of Parker as the citizens of the town, after years of efforts to secure a few dollars from the hoard for this purpose, had prac tically given up hope. Members of the board made pre election promises of a jail for the tow r n two years ago but since the election have deferred action on the grounds of shortage in the county funds. During that time Parker’s residents have suffered a loss of hundreds of dollars in stolen prop erty due largely to the lack of facil ities for the storage of undesirables. REDUCTION IN EXPRESS RATES. The reduction of express rates throughout the country has been ap proved by the Interstate commerce • commision. In a decision which will he made public shortly the com mission w T ill announce its rejection of the pleas made by the express companies that the proposed rates were discriminatory and confiscatory. The public will be given the ben efit of reductions averaging from 25 to 50 per cent on packages of five pound? and under, and from 1 to 30 per cent on heavier parcels. The new rates will go into effect as soon as the decision is published. The new rates w r ill represent maxi mum charges between points. In practical operation many of the rates acctually imposed by the companies will be less .than the maximum, being regulated by competition with the ex panding government parcels post. The latter already has compelled the express companies in numerous localities to reduce their rates on mailable articles in order to compete W'ith the government. The reduction of parcel post rates in the first tw r o zones and the in crease of the weight limit to 20 pounds therein, as announced by Postmaster General Burleson, will tend to still further compel express companies to charge less than the maximum rates in such territory. PROTECTION IN DESERT. The United States has finally taken up the work of life-saving on the desert. Senator Works has sent ’ word to the chamber of commerce that his hill providing for the plac ing of sign posts pointing the way to w r at£r holes on the desert and for the protection of springs has been passed by the senate. The same bill introduced by Congressman Stephens, is pending in the house and Con gressman Stephens sent word that he expects it to be adopted soon. —Los Angeles Examiner. Even St. Peter is sometimes char ged with trying to rub things in. It was the anniversary of Eve’s ten millionth birthday, and just to jog her memory about that apple epi sode, she w r as permitted to look down on Mother Earth and gaze at the w r oinen folks promenading the streets. “My,” said Eye, “They haven’t added much to my old fig leaf style of dress, have they?” No. 14.