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The magnitude of the great project
referred to at>ovc cannot he appreci
ated at first flash. It muni needs be
fttudied to be appreciated in full, and
then its magnitude i- almost appall
Five hundred thousand acres of land
;ih rich a» the Nile delta, and stretch
ing away from horizon to horizon in
reachcH an level ait the surface of a
peaceful lake.
A canal flowing water sufficient to
float a good-sized ship, rich in fertiliz
ing clement*, and supplied at a price
that make* it the cheapest irrigation
project in the arid went.
A development project that run well
into seven figures, and with potential
possibilities that can be scarcely
Such, in brief, in the Imperial Land
and water enterprise.
The editorial party, after seeing the
sources of the water supply designed
for the Im|xrrial settlement, bade fare
well to hospitable Yuma and at Flow
ing Well, where the special car wan
run on the sidetrack, and breakfast
eaten at the hotel. Then the party
wan loaded into stage* and driven to
the town of Imperial, twenty-eight
miles due south. For three miles the
way was over typical desert sands, and
then the rich alluvial noil which marks
the Imperial region wan struck. Thin
in a sedimentary deposit, accumulated
from ages of overflow from the Col
orado river. It in here that the Grand
Canyon of the Colorado has been de
posited, and deposited, too, with an
eveness that is a real marvel. The
slope of the land is toward the north,
about four feet to the mile, which af
fords a good irrigating grade. There
is practically no sand in the soil, which
in place.* ban almost an adobe con
sistency. Wherever water had touched
it, the most luxuriant growths had
Iktch produced.
Imperial in a city, in embryo. Al
though it in a child of but a night's
growth, it yet given evidence of being
started on the right lines. Hotel Dia
dem haA appointments ample for all
present needs. There is a well-stocked
general store, a black-smith shop, and
that ever present factor of civilization,
a newspaper. A Chiistian church,
now almost completed, and a telephone
line built by W. F. Holt, a banker of
r.lobe, Ariz., in completed from Flow
ing Well to Imperial.
Lovely lakes
A dodo is not much rarer in South
enf^alifornia than is a lake. Two
were visited on Thursday, and they
were very considerable sheets of water
too. The first of these visited was
Cameron Lake, which every spring re
ceives sufficient water from the over
flow of the Colorado through Salton
river to last until the next year. It is
hedged about by a dense growth of
large ntesciuitc trees, which came about
us near being forest primeval as one
Imperial Press.
finds in this semi-arid region. The
lake was alive with fish, which were
dying for want of a fresh supply of
water. Wild fowls abounded, and
quail were numerous about the bush.
After lunch had been served just
across the Mexican line, Him* Lake
was visited. This covers about
twenty acres, and the water is clear
and pure. Wild ducks, geese, curlews
and other water fowl fairly swarmed
over the surface of the water, and an
abundance of fish waited hungrily for
bait. It was certainly a fine field for
the sportsman.
Col. S. W. Fergusson, manager of
the Imperial Laud Company, is a man
accustomed to handle large enterprises
He constructed the canal system of the
Kern County Laud Company, which is
the largest in the United States. Its
main canal is 300 miles long, and its
laterals24oo miles long. He was in
strumental in settling the government
lauds of San Luis Obispo county, and
has had charge of great land enter
prises at Mill Valley, Merced, Paso
Kobles and Merced. And he declared
that in none of these is there so great
possibilities as iti the main Imperial
The main canal is 70 feet wide at
its bottom, ami about 7 feet deep.
Water sharps are welcome to the task
of figuring up how much water the
canal can carry. The laterals also
will be large enough for all demands.
Altogether, there are 500,000 acres
of tillable laud under the Imperial
canals, and C. K. Kockwood the chief
engineer of the company, declared
that there was available water and
carrying capacity for a million and a
quarter acres.
Time alone can test the possibilities
of this great tract of watered lind.
Its projecters do not claim that it is
a climatic paradise, but they do affirm
that no finer climate exists eight
months in the year, and that the other
four are no warmer than the Salt Riv
er valley of Arizona orFresno. To
the writer, alfalfa growing, with the
twin business of stock raising would
seem to be the great coming industry
for Imperial. The cheap lands— s2,so
an acre, bought from the government
and an abundant water supply at $11.
25 an acre, would seem to make this
industry peculiary profitable. The
near future may see it a great sugar
beet producer, with an immense fact
ory to care for them. -Irrigated grain
growing is among the possibilities,
raisin grapes, figs and deciduous fruits,
which ripen six- weeks earlier than
hereabouts, offer many an oppor
tunity. Cotton may also be cultivated;
certainly soil and climatic conditions
are favorable.
With a soil so rich and with an ab
undance of water, it will not be dtftt
cult for Imperial to soon develop its
It's a big proposition.
'Water Is King- fiere Is Its Kingdom/
Gigaotic Canal
Of Imperial Is Elected Manager
of Railroad Committee
And Will Have Charge of Preparations
For the Open ampaten—
Engineer Sent for
At the meeting of the chamber of
commerce special railroad committee,
held at their headquarters in San " Die
go last Friday, Col. S. W. Fergusnon
of this place was elected general man
ager for the railroad committee to take
charge of and carry the work through.
Colonel Fergusson is accustomed to
handling big enterprises, and the
committee is to be congratulated upon
the excellent choice. With the loyal
support of his comtnittecmen Mr.
Fergusson will no doubt accomplish
Commenting uj>on the election of
magager, the Union of last Saturday
nay H.-
It had been expected that Col. Fer
gussou would be chosen to that posi
tion, but the committee did not com
plete its business that far until yes
terday. Mr. Fergusson spoke early
about creating a salary list, and said
that he thought the manager who was
to take charge of the matter should
serve without pay until the plan was
well started. He said he would not ex
pect pay at any time. For the present,
•he did not think the position was par
ticularly desirable, and that his reason
for being willing to take hold of it was
that he knew that the building of the
road would add much to the holdings
of himself and the companies in which
he is interested on the other side of
the mountains.
After the meeting the new manager
said he did not have anything to say
at this time regarding plans. He had
some plans of what ought to be done,
but was not ready to speak much about
them until after the coming of and a
consultation with a railroad engineer
who would be known as the consult
ing engineer of the company. Such
an engineer, he said, had been sent
for, but it would not be known for a
day or two whether he could or would
come. He preffered not to say who he
was, nor to say much of the road till
he came. The colonel thought that
among the first things which would be
done would be the issuing of a pros
pectus of reasons for and advantages
of such a road as the chamber of com
merce desires to have built.
There was a meeting of the chamber
of commerce directory last night, at
which the most important thing done
was the reception of the report of
Chairman Marstou of the special rail
road committee. He told of the results
of the meetings of the committee as
already made public or as told in the
foregoing. He said that the com
mittee considered that it was acrea
ture of the chamber of commerce, and
that what they did would be reported
from time to time to the directors.
D. L. Hoover and E. Rice of Ramotia
were elected members of the chamber
of commerce.
Last night's was the last of the re
gular weekly meetings, and during the
next two months there will be but one
meeting a month. They will be held
on the afternoon of the second Friday
Of July and August. Other meetings
may be called by the president at any
Attended by a Large Crowd, Who
Were- Well Filled With Good
The first Fourth of July celebration
held on the so-called Colorado desert
was attended by a crowd numbering
from GO to 70 people—men, women and
children, and was a success from start
to finish.
The picnic and fish-fry was held at
Salton gate, about twenty miles from
this place and about eight miles from
Cameron. The location was ideal in
every particular.
The people assembled early and the
forenoon wae passed in bathing and
fishing, and right here let us say that
Catalina and Coronado fishing is not
in it along side the fishing at Salton
gate. Here, in less than one hour,
more fish were caught than could pos
sibly be fried, and the only tackle
used was the hands of the fisherman,
who just simply reached into the water
and threw out fish until the peopte
shouted enough! do stop!
At noon a dinner was spread on a
long table that certainly did much
credit to the ladies who had prepared
it, there was a plenty and to spare.
In the afternoon both instrumental
and vocal music was enjoyed; and in
the evening the fireworks.
Christiao Church
Work on the Christian church has so
far advanced as to be turned over to
the painter, and the foundation of the
parsonage was laid this week. The
church is a wooden structure 20 z 32,
and adds a great deal to the general
appearance of the town with its modest
little wooden steeple pointing the lost
toward Home. The parsanage will be
completed during this month, and early
this fall the Rev. John C. Hay, form
erly from Pueblo, Col. but who is stop
ping at Los Angeles, will move down
with his family.
Mlsslosary Kliie
Rev. J. S. Kline of the Southern
California Methodist conference, has
been appointed by his presiding elder
as a general missionary to open work
in this section of the country.
Mr. Kline was here a few months
ago and stated that the Methodist
people would build a church here in
the near future. He has a tract of
laud near town and expects to make
his home here.
Sad Death at Cameron
Mr. J. L. Taber died at Cameron
Lake at eleven o'clock last Friday
night, after a few days illness with
dysentery, which was aggravated by
hard work.
His body wan shipped to Flowing
well the following day* where it was
met by Dr. G reason, who embalmed
and shipped same to Corona, where
the family resides.
Deceased was a few days past three
score years, and leaves a wife, and a
son and daughter.
NO. 12.

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