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Imperial Press Published every Saturday at Imperial, San DUgo County, Cat. I. ■■ .1 i , .—... fjrnry C. H«d, (idlter and ttISHSQfr SUBSCRIPTION: 0»e \t# .... $USO ShMMtki J5 Al>l>K!-:SS: lumaiAt PkKSS, Imper ial. San Diepx> County, Calif. Saturday. June 15, Wl. HEADGATES OF IMPERIAL CANAL ARE PERFECTION The past ten days have been a severe test for the head gates of the Imperial canal. Hut while the test has been a severe one, it has been most satisfactory in ev ery respect. The headworks and canal, although new and fresh, remained uninjured throughout the recent heavy floods of the Colorado, withstanding the se verest strain to which they could be subjected. The California Development company had built a strong levee between the river and the canal to keep out any floods even at the high water mark, and had exten ded the levee to the south to pre vent any ordinary flood water from entering the Salton chan nel. For several days, however, the river was at a point which sent a large stream of water down the channel independent of that going through the headgates, but did no damage. The river has been several feet higher this year than is usual, but has now receded and all danger is past. Some damage is reported on the Arizona side both to the ca nal works and to crops. Some people being forced to seek high lands. The Imperial canal was con structed in a substantial way by a man who knows bis business from a to izzard. Water is now flowing in the canal through the Cameron camp and farmers who are putting in feed crops about Cameron are en abled to get water for irrigation purposes. - — rr. BUILD THE ROAD It is settled that a mass meet ing will soon be called io take action upon the question of build ing a railway to connect this city with Imperial and the New River country generally, says the San Diego Union of the 7th. The Union is confident that upon the showing to be made at that meet ing the people of San Diego will decide that the plan is both prac ticable and desirable, and that they will heartily support the project in every way in their power. The Union believes, however, that the agitation of this impor tnnt question should not be con* fined to this city, but should be carried on throughout San Diego county, especially at the places along the' proposed lineornenrit. At these it would Ih\.woll to have mass meetings, at which the cit izens will be given an opportuni ty to acquaint themselves with the details of the proposed un dertaking, and to take steps to render all the assistance of which they are capable. The need of the proposed rail way is conceded on all sides. tiiis is a branch of the subject that calls for no consideration. The chief question is one of ways and means. These will be forth coming, and the road will be built, provided the people take harmo nious and vigorous action to that end. WILL THE RAILROAD BE BUILT? This is a hard question to an swer — so hard indeed that few men would care to shoulder the responsibility of answering it — either yes or no. It now begins to look, however, like the road to '■ connect this country and San Diego is in a fair way of becora l ing a reality. At a meeting of the railroad committee of the chamber of commerce, held in San Diego last Saturday, at which a large num* \ ber of progressive business men j of the city were present, an im- I portant step toward putting the long-talked-of and much-needed | road through. According to j press reports the business men who took part in this meeting are of the kind that accomplish what they attempt and the word to fail is unknown to them. The city and county have long felt the need of such men as these becom interested in this railroad propo sition, and now that these gen tlemen are showing a willingness to push the matter it certainly behooves every citizen of the county to co-operate with them and lend every assistance in their power. There is little doubt but that San Diego would long ago have had a railroad to the cast had there not been so many who are always watching for an op portunity to throw cold water on any progressive enterprise. The necessity of a railroad from San Diego through this part of the county is no longer discussed. With the proper sup port from the people of fhat city the road is an absolute certainty. With the road built San Diego would profit by the business of a section of country that in pro ductiveness is unsurpassed on the continent. Whether this part of of the county shall be tributary to San Diego will be determined by the support, the citizens give the railroad project. Imperial prcoo I Kmkboff'Cuzmr | | Will & Lumber (g, | X whol.s.li ... I m iwi RFR oo «°S'o." tH ' f A RETAIL DIALERS IN L.WIVIUUI I ... MILL WORK 0 ® i A O S YARDS AT . . ~... - . *±i. San p ioro. WNott.Ai. Main Office Cor. Alameda & Macy Sts w LOS ANOII.It. MAIN Of MC« 0 POMONA. PAIADINA, | _ AlU^m CO OAI & *=* lamanoa. a/u»a. covina. LUo MlNbtLbo, V/AL. 0 © Wm. E. Smvtiik. president of the National Irrigation Congress, is in San Diego attending the railroad meetings and speaking in the interest of the Imperial country, uniting his efforts with General Manager Fergusson. A KKCBNT writer from San Diego in the Kamona Sentinel seeks to retard immigration into the Imperial country by pointing the poor man to the disadvanta ges he will be "up against" when he leaves his old home to go to the desert. When this gentle man stated that this land is pcr fectlv worthless without water, (a fact that is universally known ) he failed to add ♦.hat water is now flowing in the canal; and when he stated that the water rights cost $11.25 per acre, he failed to add that the land costs $1.25 per acre, making a total of $12.50 an acre, which is the cheapest land with water right ever offered in Southern Califor nia, and that the payments of these water rights are scattered over a period of six years, thus bringing it in easy reach of the poorest of men who have the en ergy to get-up-and-go. In stat ing that the white man stands little chance at working for wag es he was perhaps not aware of the fact that more than 300 men and teams are now em ployed in the country, receiving recompense at the rate of $5.50 per day, and that a laboring man has never applied for work here without getting it. Perhaps this gentleman knows of a coun try where land and water is cheaper and wages better but if he does he is saving the informa tion for his bosom friends — he didn't give it to the public. Wk acknowledge the receipt of an invitation to attend the four teenth annual Basket Picnic of the Pennsylvania Society of Southern California, which is being held today, 15th, at I^ong Beach. The invitations were presented to the society by the Coulter Dry Goods Co. of Los Angeles. The design is artistic and striking while the printing is very neat. VALLEY Or THE NILE Continued front ltr»t page. one dollar an acre to j>a y each year for the water if two feet deep over the acre should !k? used. • • I need not add that ftiich price* for water are not \*** ftihle except under Mich a f^reat irriga tion ■Yatetn an i» here inaugurated. Work v«d |>ay for men and teams, utainlv :» r four-horse team*, will Con* tinuc for yearn. It will require nix million feet of lumber to provide for weir*, drops and distributors, and hun dred* of mile* of ilitchet arc to 1r? made. Teams to haul lumber and freight, make ditchc», plow, cultivate, harvest and the like of that will be re quired, and settlers can meet their payment* for land ami water and live well from thenc earnings. from the Salt River Valley A personal letter front Mr. F. Leigh ton dated at Phoenix June 5, contains the following new* itcmn of crop con ditioii.n in that *ection: We are getting a little dry over here in the Salt River Valley. Farmer* have the first crop i>f hay harvested and arc now cutting the second crop. The !ir*t crop was the heaviest for year?*. Melon- arc juat coming on and prom imc to be good. Times arc better that one year ago, and every man who wants work has little trouble to find it. Turn the Imperial canal over into thin valley and we are all right. JUST BffOßf GOING TO PRISS W. F. Holt, after a business trip of several days to I.oh Angeles and Keil lands. returned to Imperial Thur»dav. Mm. 11. L. Front arrived here Wed ucftday from San Diego. She will ftpend the balance of tint year in Im perial with her daughter, Mrs. 11. C. Kccd. I. \V. (tlcanon, who was in thin coun try several day* hint week, left for his home in Riverside last Sunday. Hifthop JohiiHou and Rev. Henry 11. RcHtarick are expected to arrive here today from Loh Angeles. Millard F. Hudnon left here last Saturday for I*o* Angeles. He goen from there to Oakland, where he will vinit hi* family several day*. J. K. Drown of the firm of Brown Bros., representing the Imperial Laud company at San Bernardino, was here latter part of last week. The work of construction on the lumber sheds of Holt Bros, wait com pleted Thursday and yesterday the force of workmen was transferred to the work of constructing the Christian church. At a meeting of the board of super visors last week M. I*. Hudson was ap pointed justice of the peace and Wen ley I'atton constable for the Imperial township* K. J. Patterson of Kast Highland*, was in the Imperial country latter part of last week, with a view to locating land here.