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PARKER LAND ! WILL PROFIT PROPOSED RAILROAD DOWN COL ORADO WILL BRING VALLEY RANCHERS IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH MARKETS The building of a railroad down the Colorado river on the California aide from Calzona to Blythe aa planned by railroad men who are at present engaged in organizing a company for that purpose, will bring every acre of land in the Barker valley within, a few miles, at most, of a railway. Recent dispatches from California indicate that this projected railroad down the river is practically certain of becoming a reality within the next few months. The mountains that border the river on the California shore below Parker will necessitate this rqad be ing built right on the river’s bank. In fact it is planned to have it con structed on the levee which protects the Palo Verde valley for a portion oi the distance. This will mean that farmers in the Parker valley will be able to get their products to a railroad with a haul of from one to eight miles. Ferries will be necessary to cross the river but the numerous ferries now in operation on the river between the Grand Canyon and the gulf have demonstrated that freighting across the river by that means is belli simple and inexpensive. For the most part the boats now in use are cabh ferries propelled by the force of! thv current and they are capable of carry ing anything from a burro to s loaded auto truck. At the present time, and until a i nil road is built the length of th< Parker valley, ranchers on the south ern portion of the valley would have a haul of from ten to thirty-five miles to reach the Santa Fe at Parker The new road across the rivet will enable him to load his produce on a wagon in the evening, ferry it across to the railroad and get it to market the next day. Ranchers living close to the river will have a haul t>- only a mile or two. This will simplify the problem of marketing the crops that are raised, until Hie valley reaches such devel oprnent that a railroad on this sidt of the river will be justified. Tht farmer on the Parker land will be able to go ahead and plant, his orch aid or raise cantaloupes or truck garden with the assurance that h* will be able to market his products as cheaply as other Colorado river farm eis can do so. TROOPS AT CALEXICO. CALEXICO, Sept. 3.—United States soldiers arrived in Calexico this morning after a fast run from Mon terey to take places along the Inter national line for potrol duty to pre vent violation of the neutrality laws and to act as a guard in case they should lie needed for the protection of imperial Valley’s water system. The soldiers comprise Troop 1, Firs! United States Cavalry and number 61 officers and men. First Lieutenant John Symington is in command with Second Lieutenant Vankirk as medi cal officer. They arrived about 7a. m. and immediately detrained and proceeded to make canip near th* United States Custom house and the International line. This detachment is not supplied with light artillery or machine guns, hut came heavily provisioned with f»B horses, 8 mules and two quartermast er wagons. Six troopers were overcome by the heat today and Lieut. Rhinehart he came slightly affected while climbing u watch tower. They have been use to the cool coast weather and the work of making camp during the mUV day h<*at was to great for the sudden change in temperature to the men. The situation across the line re mains quite and mysterious. The fed eral detachments which have been out. to round up the Constitutionalists have so far made no reports to head quarters. Their movements are ah eofutely unknown so far as can be learned. Some believe they may have come in touch with the hands they have been sent out to capture and have made themselves part of the Constitutionalists which thought is ccorned by all close to the Federate Anyhow their movements are greatly handicapped because a share of the Federal detachment is afoot and they THE PARKER POST are traveling through a wild country, some of which is deeply cut with ra vines and covered wiht heavy growth ! of brush and is a country with which | they are poorly acquainted. RIVERSIDE COUNTY TO VOTE ON dONDS. RIVERSIDE, Sept. 3. —After hav ing visited practically every section and settlement of the county, and made in connection a thorough in vestigation of highway needs, the County Highway Commission, compos ed of VV. B. Clancy, A. P. Campbell and S. C. Evans, today submitted its report and recommended the submis sion to the voters of the county a bond issue in the sum of $1,500,000 for the building of lhe highways out lined in the report. Not so far from 300 miles of road is recommended, 100 miles of which it is proposed shall be rock macadam with asphalt surface; 105 miles sur faced with crushed rock or gravel, in accordance with the specification fol lowed by San Diego in the construc tion of her county highways, and sev enty-six miles of well constructed dirt road, to lie used in approaching and and entering the Coachella and Palo Verde valleys. The report is most comprehensive, The system proposed, in connection with the roads already macadamized, and in connection with the State high ways assured, will reach every im portant section this side of the des ert. Special care has been taken to plan connections with the system of San Diego county, already construct ed the system to be installed by Orange under recent bond issue, and the proposed system in San Bernard ino county. The latter county is planning on a joint campaign with Riverside, and it is believed the sen timent will be overwhelming in both counties for the bonds. Recognition of the growing import ance of the Coachella and Palo Verde valleys is evidenced by the plan to build a macadam road through t In- Moreno Hills and easl to Banning. From that point material on the ground, crushed rock or gravel, will utilized. LOCAL NEWS PARAGRAPHS Harry Rappaport, representing (he Stewart-Daws Shoe company, was in Parker Wednesday. W. H. Tharpe of Prescott and Edw. Ruche of Jerome, were Parker visit ors this week. F. M. Clark, a traveling salesman from Los Angeles was in town cal ling on the trade this week. D. G. Sanders of Pima, Arizona, and W. H. Feddusen of Phoenix, were among (he week’s visitors. T. J. D. Rice, a salesman fromj San Francisco, was in Parker on busi ness Wednesday. George Bathgate, an Arbuckle cof fee salesman called on the trade here this week. C. VV. Graves has just added a 10l of comfortable arm chairs to his pool hall equipment. Mr. aud Mrs. Harry Osborne re turned this week after a few days in Los Angeles. Omar L. Babcock is expected to re turn this week from Kansas City where he has been visiting. Mrs John Roberts has been sick during the pasl week. At present she is feeling much better. Mrs. Walter Nelson and children returned to Parker (his week after spending the summer on the coast, Mr. and Mrs. B, B. Brown are among those who returned from their summer vacations during the past week. R. C. Saufley returned Monday from a month’ s outing on the coast. Mrs. Saufley and children will remain, in Los. Angeles until.about October 1. * Miss Lucile Turk, who has been dangerously sick with typhoid fever during the past two months, is now able to be up. The doctor and Mrs. G. H. Mc- Ginnis returned to Parker early this week after several week’s outing at the beach resorts. Adolph Turk plans to leave next week lo resume his school work in the University of Southern California preparatory school. J. B. Ross, left Thursday night for Prescott, Mr. Ross has been in poor health for the pasl few weeks and will remain in the higher altitude un til he recovers. PARKER, YUMA COUNTY, ARIZONA. SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 6, 1913. WILL FIGHT FOR WATER IMPERIAL VALLEY AROUSED BY REPORTS OF PROJECT TO ROB COLORADO RIVER OF PORTION OF ITS WATERSHED. i (Stirred to action by the prospect j that the Henrylyn tunnel and two: other tenative water diversion pro jects will steal from the Colorado | river a considerable portion of Die | life giving fluid on which the contin : ued fruitfulness of the great Imper ial valley is dependent, the advisory hoard of the Arizona and California River Regulation Commission met in Los Angeles Thursday at. the Chamber of Commerce and deputized: Attorney ' H. VV. O’Melveney to look into the legality of these diversion schemes preparatory to calling on the govern ment for an accurate survey of the watershed of the great river. “We want to know how much L water in acre l’eet is pouring into the Colorado from its tributaries,” said Oapl . Osborne, a member of the hoard “Until we know (his accurately \v\t will not know whether the Henrylyn tunnel and the two projects will rob the Imperial valley of the water it so much needs. On the other ban if the diversion schemes are not legal there would be no good ground work on which to base an appeal for . watershed surveys.” The meeting of the board was the t first held since March, owing to a combination of circumstances, chief of which was the death of the chair man, C. B. Boothe, the moving spirit in much of the work. Nevertheless, the board, under its new chairman, Willis H, Both, got right, down to business and announced itself as not only behind the Newiands bill, which has been introduced into Congress with appropriations of $5,000,000 a year for ten years to build reservoirs along the headwaters of the Colorado* but for a back-to-the wall fight againe any schemes which will divert need ed water from the Imperial valley. The board also reitrated, its policy of working with the Mississippi vul ley River Regulation Commission to secure government action to con ‘ struct storm reservoirs al the head waters of the* important rivers and to definitely determine water rights. The Henrylyn tunnel and the two other diversion projects under discus sion Thursday are schemes to rob tributaries of the Colorado of water for conveyance to the Atlantic sidt of the mountains. Secretary of (he Interior Lane has been quoted as in favor of a right of way for the Henry lyu tunnel, with (he stipulation that primary rights should lie reserved lo the western slope during the months of August and September, should present western slope filings be in need. The filings of the Henrylyn district on Williams Fork, a tributary of the Colorado, call for 119,000 acre feet for the season, or 19,000 acre feet more than is estimated to be going to waste on the western slope each day. Memhers of the advisory board here point out, however, that the Imperial valley will shortly be prepat , ed to absorb this 19,000 feel of wast age v.’Mhin a short time and even much more. The Henrylyn tunnel will provide water for 119,000 acres of land in the Denver territory, and will cost about $1,250,000. About $60,000 of i work has already been done on the bore. It is understood that the Henry lyn interests have further filings on 1 the headwater of the western water shed which will extend the irrigated acreage toward the Atlantic to 300. 000 acres. Chairman Booth stated that an early meeting of the board will he called to consider O’Melvey’s report on the legality of these diversion schemes. Meanwhile the extent of the two others, both of which are : shrouded in considerable mystery, | will be looked into. A. S. Prescott expects to leave for | Los Angeles this evening with his J sons, Garner and Lyle and Melvin Rid del. who has been spending the sum rner with ihe Prescott boys. Lyle will enter as senior in the University of Southern California preparatory school and Garner will enter one of the highschools. IMPROVEMENTS FOR SYSTEM Directors of palo verde mu tual WATER COMPANY VOTE ASSESSMENT WILL DOUBLE WATER DELIVERY (Palo \ erde Valley Heralt) Well, Nestor, the lofty-browed di rectors of the great Palo Verde Mut ual Water Company while duly assem bled in regular monthly convention, after due, prolix and ponderous de liberation <li<l wilfully, legally and autocratically declare and levy an assessment of three dollars a share against the stock of the P. V. M. \V. Co., thus demanding (hat you produce the universal rudder to the extent of 480 plunks for your measly, little alkalied quarter section of stump-in Tested rancho, this being a slight accretion -to the 320 silver discs which were forcibly filched from your shallow badger hole a few months ago It was an act of Roosevelt iau nerve, especially so when we consider the fact that these five supposedly ser vants of the people were aware of the common rumor that an indigna tion meeting was about to be called for the purpose of permitting the mu.* tttudinous malcontents of the valley to throw wide-open the valves of ar ticulation which have for months stop-cocked the unuttered anathemas which have longed to soar unhamp ered in clamorous and blistering ca dence throughout the length and breadth of California’s most product ive valley, and at last to focus itself with red-hot intensity where it is magnetically drawn to the iron galls of the autocratic five. Now, listen! These uncommunicat ive five do not with meek and apolo getic demeanor crave pardon nor softened judgment from the much abused stock-holder, and this in face of the fact that they did not consult the wishes, much less receive the ap probation of a single known stock holder. Without warning the man holding 0000 shares received a de mand to come across with 15,000 dollars with as little intimation of the unexpected hold-up as the-poor, devil with but twenty shares and whose paucity of blue denim causes frequent ti;iips to the marts of news to be conventionally impossible. Let us ascertain the cause of this high-fisted manner of doing things; let us delve beneath the callous hide of the taciturn directors and seek the motive. One poor, meek tiller of an adobe slough whispered behind his thin, weary hand. “Graft”, and this little monosyllable which‘first issued forth like a soft zephyr wafted through the tops of the sighing mesquites, becom ing more harsh with each reiteration finally grew in volume until it prom ised to reverberate upon the wax smeared tympanums in a mad charge through a garbage heap. But, alas, at. the psychological moment when t.lie taut vocal chords of a thousand peevish nestors turned to a dizzy pitch are about to thunder forth in one long unified, infuriated wail, it is learned that at this same secret ses sion these self-same wielders of ihe big stick did without dissenting vote authorize Ihe secretary to make out a complete and comprehensive state men t. showing every dollar received and paid out by the water company during the past year; and to print and post the same so that none may tie ignorant of the graft, the graftors or the graftees. Wouldn’t it be sad if a good, deep, probe into the core of things would develop the fact that these extravagant directors have dur ing the past year, done much work and have expended much personal mazuma for which they asked no re turn ? What have they done? When the present hoard of direc tors were elected they immediately agreed to secure the services of the best engineer that could be procured. In the minds of the pioneer reclaimers of the Southwest, there is an engineer who stands head and shoulders above the rest: and the Gods of Fortune were propitious when they decreed that the Palo Verde valley should have the services of that anan. Our enginer was asked to deliver the , goods — meaning water. And in that delivery he was asked to bring fifty percent more goods through the same already choked channel of delivery. Regardless of the kicker, it is ;i to say that the goods w T ere delivered more rapidly and in larger pack ages than ever before,, and,, for that matter more abundantly and more satisfactorily than in the near-by val leys where more time and money have been expended in perfecting a system. He—the Chief —has delivered the goods, and he is now asked to double the volume to meet the increased de mand for 1914. The Chief was present at the di rectors meeting of July 21. He pre sented a . carefully prepared state- I meat showing the work necessary to be done during the next six months. His estimate including suction dredge, pile driver, concrete intake, several miles of levee and canals, office build* lugs, telephone line, etc., called for about $200,000; and when the direc tors investigated the present avail able cash resources of the company, it was ascertained that the company lacked about $45,000 of having enough ‘ money with which to buy a postage stamp. It was also learned that the ithrep golded balls had for the pre sent been removed from the Oxnard Bank. 'No, Nestor, these cruel directors did not limit this assessment to c dollar and a half a share. It’s three dollars all right, all right; and one of them satirically remarked that by the time this assessment could be col lected a man w ould not have to pos sess a McAdooian grasp of financial necessity to form a misty conception of the reason why a small assess ment was not made. Directors Hobson and Stewart, sta ted that they did not desire to gobble up all of the glory incidental to ne gotiating all of the loans for the com pany and that they would not object t.-o any of the other directors stepping out and barrow'ing forty or fifty thousand. No one had time, however, and while all w r ere confident that there w r ere many stockholders in the valley who w r ould gladly do so, funds were not available to pay for the tele gram. 1 The engineer and directors agreed that a large, new and comparatively straight canal beginning near the : tiie sluiceway and traversing, ground that, lies west of that drift-collecting, silt-settling, velocity-checking, tule growing, million dollar settling basis known as Olive Lake and Sw'ine Slough is essential for the future agricultural development of the valley. It was decided to do this work at once, also to let con tracts immediately for a great deal of other canal and levee work. Space forbids a detailed mention of the many improvements provided for. Sufficient it is to say that the main arteries of our water system will, by the grace of God, the effort: of Clark and the mazuma of the stockholders he made and kept large enough and clean enough to provide ample flow of water in high river or low, for all present water users and others who may have scales removed from their optics in time to replace the salt, weed W'itli the cotton plant before certain corpulent and avaric ous water grabbers secure a prior right. .Nestor, this matter of paying our five dollars a year in assessments and then having no funds on hand looks hugd to you. It is hard to dig. up the coin; and there are so many, many other places on a new farm where the money is needed. Truly, this pioneer game has a small rake-off. And yet the difference betwen paying five dollars an acre for all the water you need, or two dollars for half enough water is all in favor of the five dollar assessment. And l tell you, Nestor you DID get all yo*u needed except at such times when with dire forebodings of a shortage, you with hog-like waste temporarily defeated your own ends. Mutual? You don’t know r the mean ing of the w ord!! 1 don’t think that there was much money wasted. Nearly all of you that repaired a break stole a few r d( (Continued on Page 3) : INDIANS TO HOLD FAIR r i j ‘I GOVERNMENT HAS OFFERED ‘ PRIZES FOR BEST EXHIBITS OF FARM PRODUCE.—CARNIVAL OF SPORTS. M The finest farm products that have been raised this year by the Mohave Indians will be on exhibition at the I agency next week, the occasion being an old-fashioned county fair which the redmen are holding at the, suggestion , of the Indian department. The government has made a liberal „ appropriation to be used for prizes l which wih go to the Indians exhibit ing the best specimens of farm pro , duce, stock, beadwork, and in fact , every line of activity in which the In dian is interested is to receive some award. A. C. Plake, the government far mer, and C. F. Welles agency clerk, are in charge of the affair. Aside from the prize exhibit there is to he a program of racing and games that will include everything j from pitching horse-shoes to tug-of war, and there is a special pie-eat . ing contest arranged for the boys. The prizes given will be entirely in the form of merchandise. They will include farm implements and seeds | for the men, and household utensils for the women. While this country fair scheme is a novelty to most of the Mohaves, the prospect of winning valuable prizes has aroused much interest among them. It is understood that the department will make the fair an i annual event. In this case the In dians will have an opportunity to pre pare for the occasion during the crop > • season. GROWTH OF ARIZONA. l . “Nowhere has the white man L fought a more courageous fight or won a, more brilliant victory than in Arizona His weapons have been the transit and level, the drill and dredge, • the pick and the , spade, and the enemy w r hich he. has conquered has been the most stubborn of foes —the ' hostile forces of nature. The story ’ of how r the wiiite man, within the space of thirty years, penetrated and • explored and mapped this unknown region; of how he carried law and k ' order and justice, into a section which had never had so much as a speaking acquaintance with any one of the three before; of how, realiz -1 'ing the necessity for means of com munication, he built highways of steel across the territory from east 1 to west and north to south; of how, undismayed by the savageness of the countenance which the desert turn ed upon him, he laughed and rolled up his sleeves and spat upon his hands and slashed the desert with canals and irrigating ditches, and ’ filled these canals and ditches w’ith water brought from deep in the earth or high in the mountains; and of how, in the conquered and submissive soil, he replaced the aloe with alfalfa, the mesquite with maize, the cactus with cotton, forms one of the most inspir ing chapter of our history. It is one of the epics of civilization, this rec lamation of the Southwest, and its heroes are, thank God, Americans.’’ Thus has R. Alexander Powell, F. Ri G. S., and 1 world renowmed travel writer, spoken of our Stale. STORE HAS CLOSED. F. R. Wall, representative of the ■ Los Angeles Wholesaler’s Board of Trade is in Parker this w r eek closing ■ the affairs Os the Colorado Supply i company, whose stock of goods was recently assigned to the Los Angeles organization. A part of the stock has been tak en over by. J. F. Raney, who conducts a store at the agency, and the remain -1 der of the-goods are to be closed out ; at once tb the highest bidders. The Colorado Supply company was at one time the largest mercantile firm in Parker hut was burned out three years ago and since that time its business has been conducted on a greatly reduced scale. C. E. Phelps who has been acting manager for the past fe w w eeks w ill leave to-night for his home in Los • Angeles. J'. F. Raney last week picked 72 pounds of chile peppers from a small patch in his garden. The crop is still coming on and Mr Raney says he will get a record yield. No. 18.