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   Brownsville Daily Herald (Newspaper) - August 18, 1908, Brownsville, Texas                                ROWNSVILLE DAILY HERALD VOL XVII NO39 BROWNSVILLE TEXAS TUESDAY AUGUST 18 1908 SINGLE COPIES 5 CENTS Bale Your Alfalfa and Sorghum We have just received a car load of STEEL BEAUTY Baling Presses manufactured by The Whitman Agricultural Co St Louis The Whitman Presses have been victorious throughout the world in every contest STEEL BEAUTY Press is an allsteel frame Press Simple in Dcsigun and easily operated JRjipid and Powerful in its Work It has the Largest Capacity with the least required horsepower possible Telescopes short for moving oil road The STEEL BEAUTY Is practically iiidestructable Our prices and terms are very reasonable A card will bring a complete catalog describing this press SAN JUAN SUGAR PLANTATION SOLD CELEBRATED PLANTATION IN HTDAIGO COUNTY IS BOUGHT BY COLORADO CAPITAL ISTS LA LOMITA IRRIGATED LANDS FOR SALE Soome weeks ago we published as an advertisement an estimate on onions grown on 107 acres of land in the win ter of 1007 and 1908 land adjoining La Lomita Ranch by W P Stites Ed Pullinn W E Nickerson and Ed C DustLn Secretary of the South Texas Onion Growers Association This estimate was made in May while the Onions were In transit Since then W P Stites and W E Nickerson hae received return on their shipments from the 43 acres which they cultivated Mr Dustin and Mr PuHian have not yet re ported results of their 64 acres The 43 acres reported on by Messrs Stites and Nicker son show the results in a year when the markets were un favorable of careful cultivation good and careful packing and early marketing of Bermuda Onions The 43 acres pro duced to 34 car loads containing 17001 crates netting the growers the commission men the crate men and the railroads Reduced to one acre each acre paid net to the grower to the commission to the crate men and to the railroads The net results of the above work are as follows These two men came here less than a year ago with two teams and a few hundred dollars lit money rented 43 acres of Irrigated land at per acre paid their total living expenses labor bills rent cost of crates freight and all other incidental expenses amounting to a little over and for the one years work put in the bank something over CONWAY HOLT Mission Hidalgo Co Texas FOR YOUR 8 Lawn and Garden 8 o o o o o o We have everything that is needed in Mowers Reels Hose Nozzles and Revolv ing Lawn Sprinklers be sides all kinds of Garden Tools and Implements in this line procured here is from the best manufacturers and is the best of the kind made handle no inferior goods 0 O o BROWNSVILLE o HARDWARE COMPANY Price Close to Quarter of a Million From this Planta tion Took Prize Over all Others at St Louis Has New Project o OF QUALITY AND STYLE Largest and Most Complete Stock in South Refrigerr tors Gasoline Oil end Wood Cook Stow OFFICE FUPJV1TURE ETC ETC HANCOCKLAMB FURNITURE CO Brownsville O o o o LAND BAJKGAIN For of 120 acres and another 84 acres adjoining separ ately or together Resaca with never failing water through Heavy timber mesquite and ebony none being cut on it for twenty years and will more than pay for clearing Ten miles from Brownsville four miles from St L B M railway and one mile from survey for projected railroad from Brownsville to San Antonio Reas onable price and Box 413 Brownsville Texas tf The health authorities ol Chicago in common with those in many other cities are waging a vigorous war on the house fly The celebrated San Juan Sugar plantation in Hidalgo county belong ing to Sheriff John Closner of that county embracing 7000 acres of land with GOO acres in cultivation 400 of which is planted with sugar canewith the large sugar mill belong ing to the plantation has been sold by him to several Colorado capitalists The exact price paid has not been made public but is admitted by the interested parties to be in the neigh borhood of a quarter of a million dollars The sale has been pending for some time and was consummated last Saturday being made through the American Calonization company of this cityMr Closner will give pos session of the plantation soon reserv ing only his growin cane and alfalfa fa This is one o fthe most important land sales made in this valley in some time The purchasers expect to push immediate development of the property They are men of ex perience in irrigation being interest ed in the beet sugar industry North ern Colorado where they live is the enter of the richest and best develop ed beet sugar district in the United States From Ft Collins their home may be seen the smoke from six large sugar mills valued at to each The sugar beet industry has raised the value of lands in their section from to per acre in five years Naturally such men could easily discover in our valley lands greater opportunities for the sugar industry for cane here yields two or three times the tonnage anil fully as great a percentage of sugar as beets The San Juan Plantation which these capitalists have bought was one of the earliest developed cane planta tions in the Hio Grande valley and it has become justly famous for its line quality of sugar and large yield per acre Mr Closner began plant ing cane here fifteen years ago from which he at flrst manufactured what is commonly known as piloncillo but afterwards he put in a fine sugar mill and manufactured the product of his fields in sugar Some of tlip first cane planted on the plantation still being harvested and making a paying yield of sugar It was from this cane that Mr Closner made the sugar that took the gold medal at the St Louis Worlds exposition in competition with cane from all over the world including the famous Eva plantation of Hawaii owned by Glaus Sprecldes the great sugar king of Hawaii This achievement of the Lower Rto Grande Valley product attracted the attention of sugar men from every land and will resurt in bringing much more capital here to develop the sugar industry and make this valley the greatest sugar produc ing area in America It is the intention of the purchasers to increase the capaacity of the pump ing plant already on the plantation and greatly increase the acreage of cane the coming winter They will also enlarge the capacity of the sugar mill Adjoining their cane fields is some two thousand acres of land that will also be put under irrigation by canal and will be devoted to sugar cane the land being sold only to cane planters The canal already in operation on the tract will be extend ed to cover the entire tract and this will be sold in small tracts for fruit and truck growing Besides the cane and some other crops there are 150 acres in alfalfa most of which was planted last Octo ber The fifth cutting of alfalfa is now being made from this field the yield being about one ton per acre at each cutting This is selling readily in the field at per ton At least two of the purchasers of this land expect to make Texas their future home and will give their per sonal attention to the management of the property Closner expects as soon as he Continugd on page 2 BUSY SESSION OF CITY COUNCIL CITY TAX RATE FIXED FOB YEAR SAME AS LAST YEAR C5 CENTS ON VALU ATION City Attorney Reports Sale of City Water and Light Bonds to State at Matters of Importance Discussed Committees Appointed Etc A busy session of the city counci was held yesterday afternoonn at the city hall Mayor Combe presided and the following aldermen were present Browne Dworrnan Crlxell Putegnat Champion and Celaya The principal business of the meet ing was perhaps that of fixing the tax rates for the ensuing year After much discussion pro and con it was decided upon motion of Alderman Crixell to leave the total rat th same as last year namely 65 cents on the valuation This total is divided as follows Water and light bond fund 25 cents on the valuation street and bridge fund 15 cents on decided on motion of Alderman Crix ell to leave the total rate the same fund twentyfive cents on the 100 valuation While the mat ter of reducing the tax rate was con sidered in view of the fact that the values have been Increased this year yet it was decided that as the city has had and will have heavy ex penses In the way of building certain municipal Improvements and repair ing and improving the streets It would be impracticable to do so at present Mayor Combe informed the council that Alderman Tucker had been au thorized to purchase an oil tank for the city at Corpus Cnristi for the purpose of storing oil for the water and light plant The subject of the stock ordiance was discussed Some time ago the city attorney was instructed to draw up an ordinance to prohibit stock from being permitted to stray on the streets He reportedhoweverthat he found a stock ordinance already on the city statute books The existing ordiance it sems does not include the entire city limits which would be impracticable since the city corpora tion actually extends three miles each way from the city hall and includes considerable territory that Is not even laid off in streets and blocks in which sections it would be impossible to pro hibit stray stock The matter of ex tending the limits under the existing ordinance was discussed at length but no decision was arrived at Upon motion of Alderman Cham pion the proposed ordinance author izing the appointment of a street and water commission to be composed of three members of the council to transact matters pertaining to the city water and light service The mayor appointed Messrs Tucker Browne and Dworman on this com The subject of a sewer system for the city was discussed Mayor Combe informed the council that the com mittee of citizens that had been ap pointed at a meeting with officials of the St LouisBrownsville and Mexico road some time ago to consider the erection of a large modern hotel in Brownsville had found that nothing could be donein the matter until the city is provided with sewers and that it would be impossible to issue any bonds for the purpose as the city has already issued the full limit of bonds for public improvements allot ed by law under the present tax valu ations Nothing definite was decided in the matter but it was the general opinion that some definite steps must be taken to secure a sewer system soon The report of the former superin tendent of water and lights C R Moore was read by Secretary Cham pion Contractor Golrlammer was present and submitted plans for a new slaughter pen and house to cost ap proximately Alderman Dworman reported that the new York and Brownsville Improvement company through its agentJudge E C Forto had consented to allow he city the use of sufficient ground for a new slaughter pen and house on the site formerly spoken of on the resaca north of town A committee was appointed to act in conjunction Continued on page 2 Irrigation Versus Nature Why trust to the fortunes of fickle Natures rainfall for yonr harvest returns Why not farm in a country where every day is a day of field activity throughout the entire year a land whose climate soil and natural gravity canal insures the control of yonr crop production San Benito Texas in the heart of the lower Rio Grande Valley is this promised land and San Benito is celebrating its first anniversary by a har vest of bumper crops Acres upon acres of cotton alfalfa sor ghum corn millet peanuts melons kaflir corn and all crops of the North and semitropic and citrus fruits are show ing wonderful growth under irrigation One Hundred and Fourteen Miles of Irrigating Canal Laterals and Drainage Ditches water every inch of its territory and feitilizes it with Natures Own situated on main line of St louls Brownsville and Mexico Railroad Excellent shipping facilities The Town of San Benito is showing a substantial growth Best hotel in the section Many stores and homes already established Finest and largest depot Within 10 miles of Brownsville Its Metropolis PET A CHIP OF THIS AGRICULTURAL NUOGET and small tracts liberal Terms Low Kate of Interest Send for beautifully illustrated booklet which tells by pen and picture the whole story of the best agricultural proposition in Texas We give you a free Automobile ride from Brownsville to San Benito via the headgates of our BIG GRAVITY OANA3J Auto mobile leaves Miller Hotel at 9 a m San Benito Land Water Co SAN BENITO TEXAS Alba Heywood Pres and Gen Man W H Stenger Vice Pres Sam Robertson Sec E F Rowson Treas R L ifttts Atty O W Heywood W Scott Heywood Buy where you get Water lor Irrigation AT COST We have for sale 12000 acres choice lands from 3 to 7 miles east of ville on the in tracts of any size suit from ten acres up on easy terms It will pay you to investigate our proposition E F Rowson Co T5i White Front Office Brownsville Texas I I JUST RECEIVED Rubber Hose Reels Lawn Sprinklers Lawn Mowers Washing Machines I Ice Cream Freezers Garbage Cans A Nice Line Of Crockery IFree Delivery City Hardware Store P J VIVIERo Proprietor Phone 49 BROWNSVILLE TEXAS P 0 Box 375 La Donna the Mutual CanaLLands PeTAere Hallam Colonization Company Sales Managers   

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