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Imperial Press Published every Saturday at Imptrial, San Diego County, Cat deuif C. Heed, Editor and manager SUBSCRIPTION: Om year • - • $1.50 Six Month* . . . . J5 ADDRESS: Imperial Pkrss, Imper ial, San Diego County, Calif. Application made to enter at the Postoffice at Flowlngwell, Cal., as second-class matter. Saturday, May 4, 1901. Texas has a human wonder in the person of a member of the legislature who has resigned his seat because of the "general bad character" of that body; and not satisfied with this, he is saying so many mean things about Lone Star lawmakers, that it is doubt ful whether any man in his coun ty can be induced to stand for election to fill the vacancy, says me San Diego Union. While it may be true in this case, it is certainly a departure from the general rule, for a fav ored son to be so strong in his as sertion of self-righteousness as to leave the ways of his father. About ten miles west of Im perial is found the ruins of a fort, the history of which would be remarkably interesting to the present inhabitants of Southern California were it possible to read it. It has been suggested that soldiers were perhaps sta tioned here for the purpose of protecting the U. S. mail when it was carried across this country by stage. If this be true it is forty to fifty years since this fort was in use. The very best evidence of the enterprise in any town is the ad vertising support it gives the local paper. There is but one business in Imperial that is not represented in the columns of the Press, and this is due to the fact that the said business is changing hands. The new pro prietor, W. F. Holt, is preparing an advertisement for the next is sue. If this oil business is to be con tinued at the present ratio much longer the country will be so full of holes that one can not plow. Why not make a few big holes, get the oil out and quit. It would seem that the Los Angeles Journal is walking upon holy ground without removing shoes when it concludes an edi torial by stating that "the Jour nal . -1 ways right." The new battleship Main will be launched the 30th of this month in Philadelabia. Imperial lpreea ABOUT THE SIZE OF IT The following, which is so ap plicable to this country, is taken from the Texas Farm and Ranch: Many farmers, who would oth wise have homes of their own, continue to rent and move and rent and move againt, because they cannot buy as much land as they want at prevailing prices. There is a distinct advantage in owning a large farm, just as there is in owning a large bank deposit or a large amount of valuable property of any kind. But, be cause we can't have what we want, shall we refuse to have what we can? People in the Southwest have been brought up under a cheap land and large farm system, and have been accustom ed to spreading their crops thinly over as many acres as possible, and calling it farming, and now that land is so dear they cannot practice that system, they know not haw to shape their course. The question of a large or small farm, at least, resolves itself in to an alternative — a small farm or none, and the farmer takes his choice. A farmer who has not the abil ity to get more than four or five dollars per acre from a fertile soil, should have a large farm or go out of the business; but for one who can farm land to some thing near its capacity, a small farm may be better than a large one; or, he may accumulate enough in a few years to add to his holdings all the land he can handle. A large farm affords more room for expansion, for growing crops and live stock on a large scale, and for making larger profits with less physical labor, and is adapted to the views and ability of many farmers. But there is a higher considera tion connected with the possess ion of a farm home. A man with a family of children should avoid, above all things, bringing them up to a life of vagabondage, and the best security against such a contingency is a horne — a real horne — however small or humble. A small home with independence is better than a large estate with a load of debt added. While the recent floods in the Ohio river did some damage, it did some good as well, in as much as it saved the inhabitants along the river the annual task of cleansing their cellars. At Beaumont the other day a strang er asked for time to consider a deal which involved the investment of fif ty thousand dollars cash. He was asked how much time he wanted; he replied a week. He was given two hours, with the remark that back in California if a man took two breaths before closing a deal the trade was de clared off.— El Paso Herald. Correct. We are a progressive peo ple of few words, and little considera tion for the snail, which we leave "to spin around in a circle and end where it started." Kmkboff'Cuzmr Will & Lumbtr (& WHOLESALE A.O | I | *J| QC R "VSStoS*™' RETAIL DEALERS IN LUIYIDUn ... MILL WORK san Y « R d° o A w T hol—l. Wain Office Cor. Alameda & Macy Sts LOS ANQELES. MAIN OPFICB POMONA. PASADENA. | /^ o AftJ/^CI EC Om LAMANDA. A2UBA. COViNA. LOS ANQELcSj VsAL. THE PRESIDENT'S TRAIN The special train on which the president and his party are mak ing the 10,000-mile trip to the Pacific Coast, started from Wash ington last Monday morning and is composed of an engine and seven cars. The combination baggage and smoking car Atlan tic, the dining car St. James, two compartment cars, each with seven state rooms and two draw ing rooms, the Omena and the Diana, two 12-section drawing room-sleepers, the Pelion and the Charmion, the private car Olym pia, which will be occupied by President and Mrs. McKinley. The Olympia will be used only on the trip out. The return will be made in the private car Cam pania. It will be one of the finest trains ever put upon a railroad tract. The Olympia, in which the president will come to the coast, has been used by him on several other occasions. It has five private rooms and one sofa section. Two of the rooms con tain brass beds, large mirrors, wardrobes and every convenience. The dining and observation room is located at the rear of the car. It is finished in vermillion; the private rooms in maple, mahog any and koko and the kitchen in English oak. The Campania is almost a counterpart of the Olympia. The compartment cars, in which the members of the cabi net and their wives and other guests travel, are finished in ver million, elaborately carved, and the rooms are painted in ivory and gold. The ceilings are beau tifully decorated and the uphols tering and draperies are in har mony with the general color scheme. The combined baggage and smoking car is fitted up with a barber shop, bothroom, writing cabinets and a library. Says the El Paso Herald: Kan sas has suspended the prize offer to mothers of triplets, because under a republican administra tion the crop is so prolific that it has been a heavy drain on the state treasury. Yet Kansas votes against bounties whenever she gets a chance. THE DESERT LAND [Continued from first page] is probable that, for a time at least, this will be a stock country. At any rate it is an ideal country forthe raisin grape, for the crop can be dried with no fear of loss from rain, and it is also ideal for the cultivation of the sugar beet, as the analysis has proven the soil just the proper thing for this in dustry. Barley will also do well, and competent authorities in such matters declare it an ideal country and climate for the cultivation of Egyptian, or long staple, cotton. "I could talk till yon were entirely tired out and your space entirely filled, about the possibilities of this country, but it is hardly necessary to ' dilate. We saw the country completely, east, west, north and south, and while there are some patches of it which are possi bly not the best on earth, there is such an indescribably vast amount of good land out of which can be made all that anyone could hope for in any country, that there is not a member of our party, who will not be most en thusiastic in his description of its possibilities.." HE GAVE CARNEGIE HIS START James D. Reid, the veteran telegrapher who had the distinc tion of giving Andrew Carnegie his first job as a messenger boy, is still living. In success for April, Mr. Reid recalls the inci dent which occurred fifty years ago, in the Atlantic & Ohio Tel graph office in Pittsburg, as fol lows: "He was so determined that I became interested in him at once. He seemed to have determination written on his face. His earger ness to work and learn were very noticeable. Before he had been with me a month, he asked to be taught telegraphy. When I con sented, he spent all of his spare time in practice, transmitting and receiving by sound, and not by tape. He was the third oper ator in the United States to read the Morse signals by sound." This, in Mr. Carnegies mind, was his best move. After long and successful years, Mr. Carne gie wrote of this change: "My entrance into the tele graph office was a transition from darkness to light, from firing a small engine in a dirty cellar, to a clean office where there were books and papers. That was paradise to me, and I bless the stars that sent me to be a messen ger in a telegraph office."