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THE San Dicgo-Kastcrn Railway com
mittee has been holding daily »c»
fcions lately. A finance committee ha*
been named. Thin committee couvisU
of forty of the moat prominent citizens
of the bay city, and their duty will l>e
to collect the $.50,000 to be used by the
executive committee to carry out the
preliminary work of surveying, secur
ing rights of way, franchises, subsi
dies, and general data with which to
interest capital.
The committee has completed and
presented to the public a preliminary
report of its plans. In this report the
committee treats the project as a busi
ness proposition, and says:
"After the most careful considera
tion, the committee feels that the rail
road in a feasible enterprise. Measur
ed solely upon iv merits as a financial
and commercial undertaking, it must
make the strongest appeal to capital.
Knowing that the people of this city
and county are ready to do well their
part, it is safe to say that the under
taking can surely be accomplished.
"It can be shown that the railroad is
justified by the actual demands of ex
isting traflic and by the possibilities of
future growth in the region traversed
by and tributary to it. Having con
vinced ourselves, it is necessary to con
vince outside capital that it is justified
not only as the true short line to the
orient but by the local business to be
commanded and made immediately
available as earnings. Fortunately,
we arc able to meet these severe con
ditions in the most complete and un
answerable manner.
"Already water for 100,000 acres is
flowing through the canals of the Im
perial system. Within one year from
the present time at least 50,000 acres
will be in actual cultivation. By the
time a railroad could be completed and
placed in operation it is reasonable to
supjKjsc that 150,000 acres will be in
cultivation, while water will be avail
able for 300,000 acres. What is the
significance of these facts from the
stand point of the railroad project? It
is reasonable to sup|K)Be that 75,000
acres of this area will be planted to
alfalfa. This would produce at least
650,000 tons of hay annually, Hiiflicient
to fatten 150,000 head of steers. It is
fair to presume that 75,000 acres more
will be variously planted to wheat,
barley i oats, corn, other cereals, vege
tables and root crops, for which there
is a large market on the Pacific coast.
Where will these product* be con
sumed? The major portion of the al
falfa will be fed to cattle on the
ground, but large quantities will be
shipped here to supply the local market
or be distributed along the Pacific
coast, north and south from Sail Diego,
drain will be brought here and loaded
onto ships for Liverpool, or ground in
to flour for our oriental trade. Cattle,
hogs, and sheep will be moved in large
and ever increasing numbers to he
slaughtered and shipped iv cold stor
Imperial Press.
age by steamers north and south, or
converted into canned goods by San
Diego establishments and shipped to
the oriental trade.
"Will these be surplus products? No,
they will merely supply the place of
other goods to the value of millions
now brought from Kansas and Texas,
and from the packing housos of Omaha,
Kansas City and Chicago. Vast quan
tities of such commodities which now
reach their market through the Golden
Gate will, iv obedience to the law
which demands the cheapest and near
est outlet, choose the Silver Gate in
stead. The market already exists,
but has been compelled to draw upon
the east for supplies that will now be
forthcoming from the resources of
San Diego county and its neighbor
"Aside from the products of the ag
ricultural and live stock industries,
the reclamation of these rich lands of
the Colorado delta means much to the
railroad iv passenger and freight traf
fic. The cultivation of the lands must
inevitably create one large town and
several smaller ones. Great quantities
of building material and other supplies
must be constantly brought in from
outside. To realize the meaning of
these facts we have but to refer to
other communities and their surround
ing agricultural prosperity brought
forth from the desert by irrigation.
"The Salt River valley of Arizona
and the Kern river district of California
have each in cultivation an area about
equal to that which will be in crops on
the Colorado delta as soon as the rail
road can be built. On the Colorado
delta the conditions of water supply
and ■ soil arc even more favorable,
while the climate is equally as good.
"The Salt River valley sustains the
t>nc city of Phoenix, one of the most
prosperous communities iv the west.
It has a population of more than eight
thovsaud, while across the river in the
same valley arc Tempo and Mesa City,
with a population of about 1,500 each.
These irrigated lauds and the three
communities support two railroads,
with a total length of nearly 300 miles.
One of these roads draws its annual
earnings of some $3,000 per mile, ex
clusively from the Salt Kivcr valley.
The other and longer road, with an
nual earnings of over $3,000 per mile,
is largely sustained from the same
"Bakerstield furnishes another in
stance of the same kind. Here the
town population and cultivated land
are practically similar to those iv the
Salt Kiver valley. A few years ago,
five years previous to the oil discov
eries, the public-spirited citizens of
Dakersticld undertook to demonstrate
that the business available at that
point would alone justify the construc
tion of a railroal 300 miles to San
Francisco, at a cost of §20,000 per
mile. Their demonstration proved so
convincing that capital was quickly
"WaUr I* King-dire \* it§ Kingdom."
fouiifl to invent in the enterprise,
which proved one of the moat profit
able in the went, notwithstanding the
fact that Hakcrsficld wan already serv
ed by the main line of the Southern
"Nothing further is needed to dem
onstrate the sufficiency of local earn
ings to arise from the development of
the Colorado delta and to be made in
stantly available upon the completion
of a railroad between San Diego and
A General Round Uo of tbe Week's
Happenings in the Valley
W; P. Holt made a trip to Blue
lake and Cameron this week, and
reports everything in these sec
tions looking fine. He says he
was in a field of sorghum
at Cameron which had been plan
ted one month and part of it was
higher than his head, when he
stood among it. He also reports
corn, millet, watermelons and
other things planted since the
water was turned in, all doing
well. Mr. Holt, in speaking of
how the country is settling, said
that in driving frem Blue lake to
Cameron, a distance of about 12
miles, he saw 16 camps where
people were living on their claims,
and nearly every camp something
was growing in the way of crops,
while at others preparations were
being made to plant something.
Messrs W. G. and A. H. Rekoff,
of lowa, have been looking at
land in the valley this week.
The former already has one piece
of land near Imperial, but is so
well pleased with the outlook that
he will take another. His broth
er will probably locate land here
also. Mr. Rekoff thinks he will
may engage in the drug business
in Imperial in the near future.
Geo. W. McCaulley, proprietor
of the McCaulley Sta^e Line,
was over from Flowing Wells few
days ago, looking after his busi
ness at this end of the line. Mr.
McCaulley will at once put up
corrals and keep a change of
horses at this end, thus enabling
him to make the round trip in a
day. He expressed no little sur
prise at improvements in Imperial
since he was here a month ago.
Holt Brothers received a per
sonal letter from Huntington
McKusick of Norwalk, Cal., in
which Mr. McKusick said: "It is
my intention to go to my ranch,
a few miles south of Imperial, in
Septembsr, where I intend to sow
one ton of alfalfa seed, one hun
dred acres to wheat and twenty
five acres to barley."
The Christian church is near
ing completion, and adds much
to the general appearance of the
town. The main auditorium is
24x.V> lect, with a vestibule in
front 8 feet square. The parson
age, a 4-room cottage, is also
receiving the finishing touches,
and is on the lot adjoining the
Peter Barnes was up Monday from
Hunt's ranch, near Cameron. He re
ports everyfhing in the way of crops
about him in excellent shape. He is
working two gangs of Indians, clear
ing and preparing land for planting at
the rate of a thousand acres a week.
Mr. Barnes estimates that at least
15,000 acres will be put in cultivation
in that region this fall.
W. M. Bowles of Ash Peak,
Arizona, has been looking the
country over this week, with a
view to taking up a tract of land.
Mr. Bowie thinks some of engag
ing in the mercantile business
somewhere in the valley in the
near future.
A. T. Plath from south of town
made a trip to Flowing Wells the
fore part of the week, after a
load of form implements for use
on his ranch.
Mr. A. Sieman has been look
ing at land this week and is well
pleased with the propects here,
and will probably locate in the
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Evans were
in from their farm south of town
first of the week, and reported
everything progressing nicely in
their section.
F. F. Hall, surveyor for the
California Development company,
expects to leave for San Francis
co today, for an absence of about
one month.
The Hotel Diadem now has a
good cellar, and other improve
ments have recently been made,
which will add to the comfort of
the guests.
J. B. Hoffman was up from Cameron
Monday. He reports the crops there
as flourishing. Sorghum waist high.
He said the acreage there has been in
creased to about seven hundred acres.
A. W. Patton is now running
two S-horse teams hauling freight
to Imperial. See his new ad in
this issue.
Leroy Holt returned from Red
lands Wednesday, where he has
been for a few days visiting his
Eugene Snow has been work
ing in the blacksmith shop this
week in the absence of Mr. Pat
Harry Wilson, who has been
working in the valley for several
months past, left for Arizona this
Dr. J. C. Bluckingtou came up front
Cameron Tuesday. He has about 300
acres of feed in, which he saysisdoiug
S. B. Brown of San Bernardi
no, accompanied by a party of
three, are in the valley this week.
NO. 16.

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