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AT IMPERIAL TOWNSITE The Development of a Great Water System With Good land and an Abundance of Water the Possibilities of this Section Can Hardly be Imagined Kditor hberle of the Downey Cham pion, who wa* here recently, tells of his trip in the following: After a refreshing night's sleep ye editor was out of bed at 5:30 o'clock Thursday morning enjoying the mag nificent view of mountain and plain. View of Hcadgatesof Imperial Canal frcm below the Gates, taken at the time of opening, Tuesday, May 15, 1901. A lofty mountain range in the form of a mule's shoe encircles this valley in all directions, except to the southward, thr valley reaching in that direction to the Gulf of California, about «><> miles below the international bound ary line, 16 miles south of Imperial. Westward from Imperial the foothills are 12 or 15 miles distant and north* ward in the direction of Flowingwell about 3" miles. The sun rose bright and clear; no fog here obscures the morning huh before us, a broad treeless plain, level ed and cleared by nature's hand, ready for the waiting plowman when tb,e needful water comes. Heyoud the en circling mountain range in the back ground, the phantom lakes ami shady groves of the mirage of yesterday had vanished at we gated upon the scene at thisearlv morning hour. To the southward a solitary buttc Imperial Press. ride* from out the plain. Signal Mill nearer and to the went, complete* tho enchanting picture of the real. Hut |f>, a* the nun climb* to the sky the mirage i* appearing again. Here and there and all around, a* if by the magic of a sorcerer's wand, the stately grove* of rich green tree* and cool water* of thr phantom lake* lend deeper enchant* mcut to the scene. The call to breakfast found im with sharpened appetite* from our cool morning's *troll. A splendid break fast, then all aboard the stage* for the /('•mile drive planned for the day. The smooth land that stretches out in every direction from Imperial changes as we drive southward to what in de signated as hummock laud. The soil loses much of the adobe character of the land alxnit Imperial. The hum. mocks are mound* of lighter soil that, driven liv the winds, have collected around the oi limps of bushes, covering nearly all of them completely. The hummock lands are considered the best under this irrigation system. A 12 mile ride brings us to Cameron lake, a body of fresh water two miles long and one-half mile wide, depend ant on the overflow water from the Colorado river. Fi*h were plentiful and also thousands of wild fowl. Here we found a camp of graders that were preparing to move to another lo cation along the line of ditch. Six miles further along we come to Salton camp, where another large force of men and teams, using Fresno scrapers, were at work. At this i>oint, close to the boundary line, we had a fine view of the completed canal, 70 feet wide on the bottom with banks 10orl2 feet in height. Three and one-half miles above this point the canal receives the water turned into the Saltou river 55 "WaUr is King- fare Im Its Kingdom." IMPERIAL. CAL., SATURDAY, JUNE 8 t 1901. mile* above from the big head canaU near the point where the big dredge wan at work when we paid our visit Tuesday. About eight mile* of thin main canal wa* completed in the direc tion of Cameron lake, and a hand somer piece of excavating we have never seen. Rapid progress wa* be ing made daily. A steam excavator will noon be on the ground, which will greatly sjH»rd th«r work. At this point a 12 fool lateral canal paralleling and within a few feet of the main canal, and another lateral of the name dim ensions reaching out at right angle*, will take the water from the big canal for distribution to the laud. A large force of men and teams with plow* and *cra|>ei» were rapidly pushing the work. C. K. Kockwood, chief engin eer of the construction company, is sujKrrtending the work in progress here. For several miles the iron monu ments marking the boundary line bet ween the United States and Mexico are visible from the road towards Cameron lake. Returning towards Cameron lake we lunched inamesquitc grove on the Mexican side of the line. Miss Fcrgusson daughter of Mr. S. W. Fergussou. and Mrs. Pergutson, wife of Mr. Fergusson's son, who had over taken us with their carriage and well filled lunch baskets, soon had table cloths spread on the ground and a nice substantial lunch served thereon. Kditor J. \V. Jeffries, representing the I«os Angeles Times, gallantly built the camp tire and assisted the ladies to prepare the coffee. The teams were watered and well fed and allowed a good noon rest. Resuming our jour ney, a drive of a few miles brought us back to Cameron lake, eight milen further to the west, we stopited a few minute* at IndianwclU, on the hank* of NVw river -an adobe house — which was quite a large hoately when built, over fifty year* ago, and u*ed as a Mage station on the Hutterficlri route from San Diego to Yuma. crossing the dry bed of New river we continued our cour*c to Hliic lake. Along New river i* a dense growth of large and thrifty mesquite tree*, which yield large crop* of jinvjuitr beaun, a nour ishing food for man or beast, and equal to grain in fattening qualities. The Indian* gather large quantitie* of these bean* and sell them to the white* for horse feed. Our drive brought v* within four or five mile* north of Signal Peak, a pic turesque mountain rising from the plain and a noted landmark for travel er*. Illue lake, eight mile* to the westward of Lake Cameron, i* a fine body of pure, soft water, covering an area of several hundred acres, also fed from the overflow of the Colorado. Fish and wild fowl are plentiful here. A rattlesnake, the first reptile we "had seen on our journey, was lying mo tionless near the water's edge. Kditor Williams, of the Whittier Register, a most consistent and conscientious rep resentative of that strictly temper ance city, having a great dislike for "snakes, in his boots*" or any where else for that matter, took the driver's whip and after taking more chances with the reptile than we would care to take with such a poor weapon, return ed to the stage with the rattles for a trophy of the trip. Hack from/ the lake a few yards is a tent saloon, which seems to find enough custom to make it profitable from the patronage of travelers and laborers of the Ditch Company. A band of several hundred Continued on page 5" NO. 8.