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ties. The company proposes to obtain water by building
a diverting dam twenty or thirty miles up the Green river
from the first upper acreage and carry the water by grav-
ity ditches and flumes down either side of the stream to
the land. The company proposes to spend $5,000,000 to
put water on this land.

Articles of incorporation of the T. H. Dodd Irriga-
tion Company of Hayden have been filed with the secre-
tary of State. The company is capitalized at $1,040. The
company will engage in a general irrigation business.

E. T. Merritt of Salt Lake and W. T. Chamberlain
and P. H. Lund, an irrigation engineer, both of Denver,
have taken over a tract of 10,000 acres of fruit land 106
miles west of Grand Junction, in the Green River valley,
and have begun the construction of a sub-irrigation plant.

The irrigation project in the Pecos Valley, under the

direction of F. A. Hornbeck, land commissioner of the

Orient Railroad, has been completed and water from the
Pecos river turned on to 25,000 acres of land.

The Secretary of the Interior has withdrawn from
entry for all purposes all of Sections 13, 14. 23. 24, 25
and 26 in township 4 south, range 11 west, Uinta Special
Meridian, Utah. The lands thus included are necessary
in the construction of the Strawberry Valley reservoir
as they contain materials required for the Strawberry

It is reported that work will begin on the Spanish Valley
irrigation project as soon as the 8,000 acres of government
land, which it is to irrigate, are segregated under the Carey
act. The project, which is to cost in the neighborhood of
$750,000 is fully financed.

Work has been commenced on the Bountiful-Stone Creek
Irrigation Company's project on the south bench above Boun-
tiful. The company"s object is to conserve the water of
Stone Creek, and to this end 18,000 feet of eight inch pipe
will be laid.


The Pasco Reclamation Company is disposing of large
tracts to eastern buyers. Many of the purchasers will settle
immediately to improve their land, while others are taking
advantage of the improvement contract offered by the com-
pany, which agrees to plant trees and care for them until
ready to bear.

Members of the Sandy Irrigation Company met recently
at Sandy and elected the following officers for the ensuing
year : W. W. Wilson, president ; Charles Linden, vice-presi-
dent; A. M. Nelson, treasurer; David E. Greenwood, secre-
tary, and Peter Hanson, director.

The Western Land Irrigation Company of Centralia has
filed water rights with the county auditor for one cubic foot
of water per second from Scatter Creek. According to the
document filed, the company is to use the water for irrigat-
ing prairies.


The Secretary of State of South Dakota has issued
a charter to the Southwestern Land and Irrigation Com-
pany, having headquarters at Huron. The company is
capitalized at $100,000.

The Porto Rico Railways Company, Ltd., has em-
ployed the Ambursen Hydraulic Construction Company
of Boston, Mass., as engineers for the construction of a
dam 125 feet high and 350 feet long for impounding stor-
age water for their present hydro-electric power plant
near San Juan. Work will commence immediately.

The secretary of the interior has awarded contract to
the Illinois Steel Company of South Chicago, Illinois, for
1850 tons of 60 pound steel rails for use in constructing a
branch railroad to Arrow Rock Dam, Boise, Idaho, irriga-
tion project. The contract price is $64,306, f. o. b. cars, South

Irrigation is to be fully tested out in Central West Texas.
The Stamford interests have installed machinery fifteen miles
below Stamford and are using the Brazos River as a source.
They have ditched for irrigation some fifty acres of land. If
this first experiment is satisfactory, they will experiment on
a very large scale.

D. Clem Deaver, an Omaha man, has been chosen to pull
the lever of the mighty Shoshone project dam just completed
in Wyoming by the United States Reclamation Service, which
will put in operation one of the most wonderful irrigation
services in the world. The great event will be held June
23rd, almost an even five years after the day on which the
dam was started.

One of the big irrigation projects in the northwest part
of South Dakota, which has not been receiving the attention
of the Big Belle Fourche project, but which will be a work of
considerable magnitude of itself, is a project on the Little
Missouri in Harding County, which will care for a large
acreage in the valley of that stream.

Indicating that Yakima Valley irrigation plants have
passed their experimental stages and that permanent work is
being installed, 85,000 feet of concrete pipe is being manu-
factured and installed in the Yakima Valley this year by the
Cement Products Company, three plants being kept in

A big irrigation well, recently completed on the ranch
of A. D. and Paul E. Walker, north of Fowler, Meade
County, Kansas, tested to flow 60,000 gallons per hour and is
jteadily increasing. It is in the famous alfalfa district of
eade County and will irrigate half a section of alfalfa.


The Lake Chelan Land Company, which is promoting the
Wapato irrigation project, has purchased the Peter and John
Indian allotments on the north shore of Lake Chelan and the
Methow Valley Irrigation Company has secured the consent
of all the heirs of the Antoine allotment, seven miles north-
east of Chelan, to the sale of that tract to the Methow com-

Water has been turned on by the irigation companies in
the locality of White Bluffs and electric power is on the wires
of the Pacific Power and Light Company for the private
pumping plant. The Hanford Irrigation Company started its
big pumping plant at Coyote Rapids, ten miles above White
Bluffs, at midnight March 20th and water reached the White
Bluffs irrigators over the company's local distributing system
at 9:00 o'clock Friday morning.

The general storm which visited the North Platte Valley
on April 29-30 was of enormous benefit to the farmers. It
put the soil in proper shape for spring planting and gave the
winter wheat and alfalfa the good wetting needed. Spring,
opens on the North Platte project with the settlers in general
cheerful and hopeful and hard at work on their farms. The
prospects for good crops are bright. At the present time the
canals are supplying 26.000 acres. Extension work has been
going forward during April on the High Line Canal and the
additional sites. One hundred men and teams are constantly

Boys and young men in the Kansas agricultural college
are getting practical experience this term in the class of irri-
gation and drainage. In addition to the regular instruction
the students see the work now in progress on a tract of land
adjoining the college farm.

Work of straightening the Little River in Oklahoma
Territory, which traverses Pottawatomie County from east to



west is started. The total cost will be $250,000. It is esti-
mated that 26,000 acres of land, now virtually worthless, will
be made tillable.

Eight thousand dollars will be spent by the state of
Kansas and the federal government upon irrigation experi-
ments in the western part of that state this summer. Experi-
ments will be carried on at Garden City under the direction of
government irrigation experts.

Nearly 1,000 acres of land which is under the Aber-
deen-Springfield Canal was filed on at a sale held in
Springfield on October 27th. The original tract embraced
80,000 acres, and with this sale the remaining acreage,
which has not been taken up, is reduced to 8,000 acres.
Value is added to the land by the fact that no reservoir
is used to store water to cover this tract. It being the
first Carey Act project in the state of Idaho, it has water
rights which only the drying up of the Snake river can
hinder. Water is taken direct from the river through a
well constructed canal for many miles to the south, where
it is diverted into two canals, one carrying the water over
the high land and the other to the lower lands.

an owner of a reservoir desires to use the bed of a
stream for carrying stored water, he must notify the
State Engineer in writing, giving the date when it is pro-
posed to discharge the water, its volume in acre-feet
and cubic feet per second, the point of discharge and
the names of persons and ditches entitled to its use.
A special deputy will then be appointed by the State
Engineer to adjust the head gates of all ditches not en-
titled to stored water in such manner that those having
the right to use the water shall receive the volume to
which they are entitled. For the purpose of delivering
the stored water the deputy may, with the approval of
the State Engineer, employ as many assistants as may
be deemed necessary.

The Consolidated Reservoir and Irrigation Company
has taken over the holdings of the Big Valley Irrigation
Company, the Grand Falls Lake and Reservoir Company
and the Grand Falls Mutual Irrigation Company, all sit-
uated in western Texas. The consideration was about

Work is being rushed on the big canal of the Valley
Reservoir Irrigation Company, which is to water the
lands about Chapin, Texas. Five cars of machinery for
An act to provide for the safeguarding of the rights the pumping plant were unloaded recently and are being

of persons conserving public waters in reservoirs and
prohibiting the misappropriation of such waters, was in-
troduced in the House of Representatives of Utah re-
cently by Rock M. Pope. The bill provides that wherever

placed in position as quickly as possible.

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Come to

the Fertile Northwest!

Hilton & Company, of Powell, Wyoming, were the
lowest bidders for the construction of the north canal of
the Belle Fourche irrigation project in
South Dakota. This canal will run twenty-
four miles from the Owl creek dam to the
Newell district.

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vegetables, grains, grasses, alfalfa, cattle
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non- irrigated sections. Free Govern-
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CMinnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho. Washington,

Oregon here lies your chance along the Scenic Highway

in the Land of Fortune. Don't delay write today.

A. M. CLELAND, Gen'l Pats'r Agent

61 Broadway, St. Paul, Minn.

Northern Pacific Ry

At the annual meeting of the Browns-
ville Irrigation Company of Brownsville,
Texas, the following officers were elected :
A. W. Gardiner of Houston, president : Lon
C. Hill of Harlingen, vice-president ; A. W.
Wood, Brownsville, secretary and treas-

Reclamation work at Project spur,
.about 20 miles from Hazen, Nevada, has
.been commenced by a party of 30 men
'under the direction of U. S. Engineer Til-
Hnghast. Work will be started on the dam
'as soon as spring opens, when it will be
^necessary to employ a large force of men.

' In the system of irrigaatioh under con-
struction by the Canadian Pacific Railway,

1,586 miles of canals and ditches have been
completed, the contemplated project total-
ing 4,500 miles. The total expenditure will

,be about $16.000,000, irrigating a tract of
3,000,000 acres.

The Cotton Land & Water Company
of Tucson, Arizona, announce that work
will begin on the reclamation of 50,000
acres of irrigable land in Mojave valley,
California. Concrete channels will be built
from the Colorado river and pumping
plants will be established.

An irrigation project, which will result
in the reclamation of 50,000 acres of dor-
mant land in Elko County, Nevada, has
just been started under the direction of
Engineer Van Nagle, assistant to State
Engineer Kearney, and representatives of
the Pacific Reclamation Company. The
proposed project is for storing the waters
of Marys River and irrigating lands under
the Carey act lying east of the river and
extending across Taber Creek to the lands
irritated by Bishop Creek.

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70-Acre Cherry Orchard on the Fountain Valley Land and Irrigation Company's Project.

Fountain Valley, Colorado

The country of sunshine, fine soil,
good crops and delightful scenery

Fountain Valley, Colorado, is recognized throughout the United States as one of
the most attractive sections of the West.

This tract is located between Colorado Springs and the town of Fountain. The
section is world famed as a health resort many of the larger fraternal organizations
of the United States have established homes for their ailing members at or near
Colorado Springs.

The Fountain Valley tract is, moreover, particularly favored and its superiority
pronounced by the fact of its fine markets. Colorado Springs, Manitou, Crip-
ple Creek, Victor, Colorado City (points directly connected with this tract), and
other mining markets, to which Colorado Springs is the gateway, such as
Leadville, serve, altogether, a population of over 200,000 people. This is in addition
to the annual gathering of tourists at or near Colorado Springs, estimated at some-
thing like 200,000 people. Aside from the Fountain Valley, all of these places must
secure their supplies from distant points, such as Greeley, through Denver on the
north, or from the lower Arkansas Valley, through Pueblo on the south, thereby
giving Fountain Valley a great advantage in the matter of freight rates. This val-
ley competes successfully in the markets of Denver and Pueblo.

Alfalfa in the Fountain Valley yields larger returns in money than any other
known place in the world, due to the superior markets.

Land may be purchased in this delightful section at reasonable prices and on
favorable terms.

For finely illustrated folders fully describing this section, address

The Fountain Valley Land and Irrigation Company

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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St. Mary-of-the-Woods


For Young Women and Girls

Founded 184O
Incorporated 1S46

Empowered to confer
collegiate degrees.

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Preparatory and Finishing
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Oil and Ceramic studios. Modern languages by native teachers. Foreign Travel Course.

Resident students more than all others require frequent and invigorating out -door exercise. The
hundreds of acres of St. Mary-of-the-Woods afford ample space for horseback riding, boating,
extensive golf links, tennis and archery courts, etc. Natatorium, gymnasium, with basket ball, running
track and every desirable appliance directed by a graduate of Dr. Sargent's School of Physical Training.

For catalogue and panoramic view book, address


St. Mary-of-the-Woods, St. Marys, Vigo County, Indiana.

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Four new water power-site withdrawals, embracing 7,549
acres, were made during the month of March as a result of
the field investigations of the United States Geological Sur-
vey. A total of 1,400,571 acres now stand withdrawn for
power purposes, in the following States:


Arizona 107,550

California 53,689

Colorado 204,583

Idaho 231,698

Minnesota 3,619

Montana 126,047

Nevada 15,375

New Mexico 9,706

Oregon 161,777

Utah 347,252

Washington 80,386

Wyoming 58,889

Total 1,400,571

Two years ago last December the Government awoke to
the fact that American phosphate lands were being largely
exploited for the benefit of foreign users of this precious
mineral fertilizer, over half of the American production being
exported; also that the public phosphate lands were rapidly
passing into the hands of private owners. Large areas of
lands underlain by phosphate rock in the recently discovered
fields in the public-land states were immediately withdrawn
with a view to securing legislation which would prevent ex-
portation of the phosphate. Since then important geologic
investigations have been prosecuted and new deposits of phos-
phate discovered by the United States Geological Survey.
The area now standing withdrawn is over two and a half
million acres, containing an aggregate of many hundred mil-
lion tons of phosphate rock and having a very great potential
value to the farming industry.

To make this phosphate rock readily available as a plant
food it is necessary to treat it with sulphuric acid, thus con-
verting it into acid phosphate, or "super-phosphate," and it
is an interesting fact that at least one of the areas withdrawn
is in close proximity to the western copper smelters where
large volumes of sulphuric acid fumes are now a daily unu-
tilized by-product.

The following table shows the acreage and location of the
Government's phosphate arfeas standing withdrawn from
public entry on April 1 :


Montana 33,950

Florida 37,439

Idaho 1,101,517

Utah 107,746

Wyoming 1,267,494

Total 2,548,145

The petroleum lands in the public-land states constitute
one of the most important natural resources remaining in
the hands of the Federal Government. As a result of in-
vestigations by the United States Geological Survey large
areas of these lands have been withdrawn from public entry
pending legislation needed to prevent their wasteful exploita-
tion. On April 1, 1911, these withdrawn oil lands aggregated
nearly 4,000,000 acres. The states in which they are situated
and the acreages are shown below.


Arizona 230,400

California 1,594,332

Colorado 87,474

Louisiana 414,720

New Mexico 419,901

Oregon 74,849

Utah 581,566

Wyoming 392,306

Total . 3,795,548


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The Modern Wagon


The only equipment that will stand the climate of the
irrigated district, is made of steel. You know the reason.
Wood dries out, becomes useless, and the machinery
falls apart.

Davenport Roller - Bearing

Steel Wagons

are THE wagons for the "Dry Farming" country. Not
affected by the climate. Stronger, lighter draft and more
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riveted with large steel rivets, put in hot, making the gear
parts practically one piece.

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account of parts shrinkingor drying out. The DAVEN-
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No Tires to Reset

It makes no difference what the climate is, it does not
affect the wheels on the DAVENPORT. They are made
with a tension, each spoke carrying its share of the load
all the time, whether it is on the top, bottom or side of the
wheel. The spoke heads are countersunk in the tire;
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Davenport Wagon Company,

(Continued from page 949.)

The proposal to appoint specialists who are both thor-
oughly trained botanists and men of practical experience in
range matters indicates recognition of the fact that to at-
tain the highest point of range productivity the best scientific
knowledge must be applied to the study of the problems of
forage production and utilization. As stock graze on the
range, the effect on the different kinds of vegetation differs
both with its palatability or unpalatability and with its capac-
ity to produce seed, its time of seeding, its resistance to
trampling, its manner of growth, and many other elements.

What is aimed at now is nothing less than to find out
all the things on which depend the production of the largest
amount of beef, mutton, wool, and hides on a given area.
This involves learning how both to restrict and to time the
grazing so as not to interfere with the reproduction of the
most valuable elements in the forage crop, how to prevent
unnecessary loss to feed through trampling and in other
ways, how to exterminate poisonous plants from the range,
how to prevent the loss of forage which results from the
multiplication of prairie dogs and gophers, whether it is
practicable to introduce new forage plants by direct seeding,
and many other matters. It is to look into such matters
that the grazing examiners are to be appointed.

Besides seeking to 'bring about the recuperation of de-
pleted ranges, the reduction of waste, and the development
of all range to what may be termed an artificial state of
productiveness through control of reproduction, accompanied,
it is hoped, by the introduction of new forage plants, the
studies planned will aim also at increasing the area of range
available. There is much natural grazing land in the National
Forests which can not be put to use, either because the coun-
try is too rough for stock to be driven in, because shipping
facilities are lacking, or because of a lack of water. The
construction of properly located roads and driveways and
the development of water through the building of reservoirs
or the driving of artesian wells are a part of the general
scheme of permanent improvements planned for the National
Forests. To furnish the basis for comprehensive develop-
ment of the grazing resource the range will be studied in
detail, classified according to the type of vegetation found,
and mapped by "forties." The observations made will in-
clude notes for each forty acres upon the surface, soil, char-
acter and density of vegetation, evidence of overgrazing or
under-use, presence of poisonous plants, damage by range-
destroying animals, water facilities, and accessibility. With
such data in hand it will be possible to bring about much
more intelligent and intensive use of the National Forest


640 Acres Three miles east of Canyon Ferry on the
extreme lower end of the Missouri valley and Broadwater
county, 8 miles north and east of Winston and 15
miles due east of Helena. This tract is 98 per cent
tillable, and in what is known to be one of the very
finest Dry Farming Districts in the state. Last year
an adjoining ranch made 35 bushels of wheat to the
acre. This would make an exceptionally fine wheat
ranch, and which is a bargain at the price of $20.00 per
acre, one-half cash, and the balance in five equal annual
payments, with interest at the rate of 6 per cent.

320 Acres Six miles south and east of the above
described tract which is 8 miles due east of Winston. This
small ranch is located in the heart of one of the finest
Fruit Districts in our state. A few miles north is an
orchard of 15 acres which bears large crops of apples

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