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Published Saturday .of each week, at
Imperial, SanDieg-o-cotmty, California
HENRY C. REED, - - Editor and Manager
One year - - - - $1-50
Six Months - - • - -75
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ial, via Flowingwell, Calif.
Application made to enter at the Postofluv ul
Flowingwell. Cal., an second-Clan* matter.
Owing to delays in getting a build
ing ready for the housing of the print
ing plant, we were unable to issue the
first number of the" Phkss as early as
The paper will be. published Satur
day of each week in the interest of
Imperial, the Imperial country and the
people of the country, unr special aim
being to give the public all the re
liable information that can be obtained
regarding this country and progress of
the enterprise being carried on here.
No effort will be spared on our part
to make the Pkkss. second to none in
the Southwest, and to make it a credit
and benefactor to this section of the
country. To this end we ask the co
operation of all the people of the Im
perial country, and .of those interested
here. ■•: ••■ ■-.. .
Mr. H. P. Wood, secretary of " the
''hamber of Commerce, who is per
haps doing more than any other man
in the county to bring before the peo
ple the vast resources of San Diego
city and county, and who accompanied
the* Imperial Editorial Party to this
section last week, is author of the fol
In a small corridor back of the
Senate Gallery, in. the Capitol build
ing at Washington, may be seen
Moran's great painting of the canon
of the Colorado. Viewing this for the
first time one is greatly impressed by
the greatness of the artist who trans
ferred this marvelous scene to can
vas; but, believing that in the economy
of nature nothing is done without pur
pose, one can but ask why is it that
the restless energy <if moving water
has chiseled out this great gorge, con
stantly tearing away and grinding up
boulders and earth, in its onward
course through coutless ages past; it
surely was not that man might wonder
and exclaim at the beauty and gran
deur of the scene. .No, it was for a
grander and nobler purpose. That
all wise Being, whose works we rever
ence, was but slowly developing a
plan to provide homes for a favored
race. The arm of a great sea pene
trated far inland from the western
slope of what we have called the
American Continent; its purpose being
fulfilled, a bar of sand and silt was
thrown across the gulf, the waters of
the stream diverted and slowly through
thousands of years the best parts of
the soil along the course of the mighty
stream were patiently carried and
dropped on this reclaimed land,
changing the salty marsh into a fertile
plain, * then having completed this
work the waters again ploughed a
channel into the gulf, wasting into
the sea. A long period of waiting fol
lowed, but at last the time has come
and the men have" been found to car
ry into effect the plans of Providence.
Within a short time the waters of the
Colorado river will cease their useless
Imperial prcoa
career and provide the means for |
awakening into life this great and
favored land which a decade hence :
thousands of people will call home. :
Let all honor and credit be given to [
R. C. Rockwood, George Chaffey and
S. W. Fergusson, who have been chosen
among all men to complete this great [
and beneficent industry.
H. P. Wood. ■
They say that some men are marble
hearted, cold-blooded, and callus, but
beneath the vest of Millard F.Hudson,
the geniel manager of the Hotel Im
perial, there beats a big, warm heart.
We arrived in the town of Imperial
Sunday, March 22, and registered at
the hotel for a week, and, although
the facilities for accomodating guests
in the new town are limited, we were
made to feel ourselves perfectly "at
home," and were indeed very comfor
table. The morning of the following
Tuesday Mr. Hudson harnessed Bill
and Dick to a vehicle and invited a
party, of which we were happy mem
bers, to go for a drive over some of the
country. He took great pains to ex
plain everything of interest, which
made the trip an instructive as well as
entertaining one. The following is an
account of the the daj's outing by one
of the number:
One lovely morning late in march
a party of six started from the new
town of Imperial, on the Colorado
desert, for a trip to Blue lake. For a
distance of .several miles we drove on
over level, unbroken country, with
little vegetation save an occasional
Greasewood bush with its bright yel
low blossoms. Before us the mirage
pictured a lake. Beyond the lake Sig
nal mountain, across which the Inter
national Boundry Line between two
countries runs, loomed up in its beauty
and grandeur, seemingly so near,
yet miles away. Over lake and moun
tain lingered the beautiful blue light
characteristic of this country. Off to
our right were one or two small tracts
of blown out lands. As we drew near
the lake four tents came to our view,
one we had been told was a saloon,
but if any one of the party felt in
clined to stop for a glass ot beer the
temptation was resisted, and we pro
ceeded on our way through a grove of
mesquit trees < f the loveliest foliage.
We reached the lake, which is about
eight miles from town, at 10:30. This
lake, three quarters ot a mile in length
and half mile in width, bordered with
mesquit trees, which hang gracefully
over its banks, alive with fish of
different varieties, sea gulls, ducks,
and other fowls swimming over it's
surface, was a b.>dy of " water very
pleasant to the eye. Blue lake is one
of a series of lakes along the New
river, which are filled with water
through the year, though only getting
their supply of water periodically from
the Colorado river during the June
high water. Notwithstanding their
beauty, their remoteness from the
beaten path has made them unknown
to the present population of Southern
California, tho they were probably
well known to the older generation,
for they are on the line of the old
Butterfield stage route from Los An
geles to Yuma. Two miles from Blue
lake, on this stage route just men
tioned, and on the west side of New
river, are the ruins of Indian Wells, a
stage station, at one time a good sized
adobe house. Numerous names carved
in the walls showed it to beapicnicing
place. As we found no water for our
horses there, we drove back to the
lake .and stopped near a butcher's
camp, the large collection of beef
hides spread about showed that he had
carried on a flourishing business. We
settled ourselves in the shade, and did
ample justice to the lunch Charlie, the
excellent cook at the hotel, had given
us. About two o'clock we turned our
faces homeward, making good pro
gress, as the wind, which commenced
blowing about the time we started,
came from the right direction to help
son our way. We reached Imperial
at 3:30 with good impressions of the
Imperial country, and pleasant recol
lections of our little outing.
i Reached the "Desert" City at High
Noon Wednesday
I Early Wednesday morning of last
1 week the stars and stripes were raised
J to the top of the flag pole, which was a
a signal to every inhabitant that some
distinguished folk were expected to
visit the city during the day. It was
the Imperial Editorial Party, which
arrived about 12 M., and, after the us
ual shaking, brushing and dusting that
follows such trips, did ample justice to
the lunch that had been prepared for
them at Hotel Imperial.
The afternoon was passed by the
party in resting, viewing the city,
! with its beautiful (mirage) lakes of
! crystal water, seemingly in a stone's
' throw from any direction.
' Thursday was spent in driving over
! the country, the editors, with General
I Manager Fergusson as leader, leaving
! here between seven and eight o'clock
a. m., followed later by Miss E. Ber
tella and Mrs. Paul E. Fergusson,
! who took the lunch, connecting with
the party at the new camp being es
tablished at the boundry line. Lunch
ing in Mexico, they then turned toward
j Imperial, returning via Indian Well,
on the San Diego and Yuma road,
thence to Blue Lake and to the city,
; reaching here about 6 p. M.
One hour later, in the hotel dining
hall, the following bill of fare was
I served:
I spring lamb, brown saI'CK
i When the cigars were at length
brought on, and Toastmaster Alles, of
the Los Angeles Evening Express,
had paid a happy, tribute to the angels
who had prepared the noon lunch, he
offered the toast "Woman," to which
IA. F. Clark, the spring poet of the
Riverside Daily Press, eloquently re
sponded. General Manager Fer
gusson responded for the Imperial
Land company and R. C. Rockwood
for the California Development com
pampauy. A. F. Clark offered a toast,
"The Editors Have Come, Saw and are
Conquered," to which Fred Alles re
sponded: "I am not at all conquered.
I came here expecting to see the most
beautiful thing on earth, and I saw it."
C. H. Eberle, of the Downey Cham
ion, made an address, comparing the
lands here to that of the Los Nietos
valley, where a crop was raised each
day in the year, and said: "I will never
refer to this country as a desert
again." E. J. Swayne of San Diego,
made an address and said he felt more
than ever like endorsing the opinion of
the the man who told the San Francis
co minister that he didn't want togoto
Heaven because he lived in San Diego
county. Other speeches were made.
L. M. Holt told of the sugar train ex
tending from Yuma to New Orleans
and George F. Weeks of the Alameda
Daily Encinel, made a motion to ad
journ, which carried after the follow
ing resolutions were read by Fred
Alles and adopted by the party:
The editorial party invited by the
California Development company and
the Imperial Land company to visit
the Colorado river, the heading to the
Imperial Canal and the lands to be ir
rigated by such system deem it but
justice to the public to make the fol
lowing statement:
First: The Present.— lt is a recog
nized fact that the Colorado river has
for ages past poured its large volume
of water into the sea without being of
any practical benefit to mankind;
That the Colorado desert is a vast
tract of naturally fertile desert land,
which with a good supply of water
would be very productive;
That seperate these two elements are
worthless, but united they would be
productive of great wealth;
Second: The Present. — An exami
nation of the water supply, which is
practically unlimited, and the great
Colorado desert, demonstrates the fact
that the California Development com
pany has now solved the problem of
putting this water on the desert;
That the public has endorsed this
work by securing land from the Gov
ernment and water rights from the
company to the extent of over one
hundred thousand acres;
That this irrigation system is furn
ishing an abundant supply of water at
remarkably low rates for the right arid
for the water;
Third: The Fitture.--That by rea
son of this great work of reclamation
half a million acres of choice land will
be opened for settlement and Southern
California will be benefited by the ad
dition of thousands of people to our
population and millions of wealth to
our assessment rolls.
Freo L. Au,ES,
Los Angeles Evening Express;
W. S. Mbwck,
Pasadena News;
H. P. Wood,
San Diego Union;
A. F. Ci.akk,
Riverside Press;
Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper men left about eight
o'clock Friday morning for Flowiiig
well via Sunset Spring on East Side,
with G. W. Bothwell as leader, and ac
companied by R. C. Rockwood, S. W.
Fergusson, Miss E. Bertella and Mrs.
Paul E. Fergusson. The editors spent
Friday night in a sleeper side tracked
at Flowingwell, going to Los Angeles
the following day.
Out at Indio they will have great
melons and vegetables this year, and
Los Angeles may expect early gar
den productions in abundance, size and
crispness. The Indio and Imperial
countries are sure to yield prolific re
turns. One has artesian water, the
the other a canal of water broad
enough to float their products from
point to point and have an abundance
for irrigation purposes.— San Diego
Thb tenth annual meeting of the
National Irrigation Congress will be
held at Colorado Springs, Friday, July
12, immediately preceding the Trans-
Mississippi Congress, which meets at
Cripple Creek, July 17.
Thk death of Mrs. Etta Renter, who
died suddenly in Los Angeles, March
31, according to the verdict of the
coroner's jury, was due to thr Vrutal
language of her husband,

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