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VOL. I. AN INLAND EMPIRE Most Extensive Irrigation Enter prise Ever Undertaken In the United States Half Million Acres of Fertile Land Made Desirable for Settlement —The Desert Conquered Garner Curran of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, was a member of the editorial party which visited Imperial and the country adjacent thereto re cently. Mr. Curran, like all of the other members, returned to his home Receives fresh supply of water through New river channel during June high water from the Colorado "full and ruuning\oVer" with enthus siam concerning this country. The following is in part what Mr. Curran said of the country and work being done here: The geographies of the present day are being changed so rapidly that they should be issued annually. Wars of conquest are changing the continents. Railroads and modern inventions are penetrating unexplored territories and revealing possibilities of untold wealth. But the greatest change in the map of the United States that has occurred since its formation, excepting by con quest or purchase, will be made by the reclamation of the so-culled Colorado Desert. Asa desert it has laid dormant for centuries. But by means of American ingenuity und American capital this IMPERIAL, CAL., SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1901. immense tract of land will be made to produce vegetation sufficient to sup port a small sized empire. Realizing that the press is the best educator of the public the Imperial Land company, the California Devel opment company and others interested in this great project invited the edi tors of Southern California to make a trip to personally investigate what was being done in this irrigation scheme. • * * • * » Everyone in the party had been through the boom period, and there is probably not a boom town nor big development project in the state, but what some member of that party was interested in. Everyone started out with a natural prejudice against this big enterprise, made stronger by the BLUE LAKE— B miles southwest of Imperial recollections of personal losses in what they supposed to be similar schemes. Every one of the party today, how ever, is determined to secure land in that section, if they have not already done so. This is the strongest en dorsement that could be given to the enterprise. * « * * * * Two pile drivers and a large force of men are at work making the perma nent headgates. Below these gates the party found row boats in which they embarked and were taken eight miles down the canal to see the steam dredge at work. This immense ma chine has cost over $20,000, and can handle 3000 cubic yards of dirt every twenty-four hours. The bucket holds about three tons of dirt and digs and dumps a load every fifty or sixty sec onds. Three different crews are at work, so that the machine is operated night and day. An acetylene gas plant has been constructed upon the upper deck of the dredger which fur nishes abundant light at night. • # ♦ * » • The first three miles from Flowing wells was through sand, the typical desert land. The balance of the twen ty-eight miles to the town of Imperial, and all the rest of that entire section of the valley, was the rich al luvial deposits of the Colorado river, made during the past ages. The sur face of the country is very level, gen erally free from gulches or any other kind of uneavennesa that would re quire much expense to overcome. At Imperial we found S.W. Fergus son, general manager of the Imperial Land company, with his daughther, his son Paul and wife. " These four people devoted their whole time for the next three days to our entertain ment. Probably an excursion party was never better treated under such difficult surroundings. But not a hitch occurred. Every moment was well spent to the best advantage, and not a single disappointment marred the program. Mr. Fergusson proved to be a mine of information to the pencil pushers, and it seemed that questions could not be asked fast enough. Every visitor was immediately struck with the re markable fairness of the answers. There was no attempt to conceal any thing. The lowest temperature was given at 19 degrees, too low for citrus fruits. The hottest spell was found to be in June and July, with temperature frequently at US degrees. This is not any worse than 100 degrees on the Pacific coast, owing to the great dry ness of the atmosphere. The wind storms were sometimes severe, but not as frequent as generally supposed. The valley being from fifty to seventy miles wide enables the air currents to spread out and lose much of their force, while at Indio, the air being forced down the mountain pass, and confined to a small space, moves with a force that is sometimes terrific. LEGALLY DEAD YET ALIVE A Man Endeavoring to Establish His Existance After having been legally "killed" and buried, Mortimer Montpetit of Walla Walla, is engaged in an effort to have himself restored to life by due process of law. Montpetit a few years ago worked on a ranch near Walla Walla and was a frequent visitor to that city. One evening, after having been in town all day, he suddenly disappeared. A few months later a man was found dead in a warehouse that had been de stroyed by fire. The body was identi fied as that of Montpetit and the lodge at Starbuck was notified. The lodge ordered a firstclass funeral and a nice headstone was erected over the grave. When Montpetit returned he took down the headstone, but has not yet succeeded in having the records changed. He has now invoked the aid of the courts. He was visiting in Ohio when officially buried in Walla Walla. NO. 4.