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board and to be in such amount or amounts and in such insurance companies as may be prescribed by the board. The board shall have power in its own name to insure and keep insured against fire all buildings or other improvements on any of the lands under the control of the board, and any contract of insurance heretofore made by the board is hereby ratified and confirmed. The board shall likewise have the power in any contract of purchase under which the board purchases lands as authorized in this act, to provide for the return by the board to the owner so selling to the State of any insurance premiums or taxes which may have been paid on said property by such owner, or for which such owner may have become obligated to pay, and any such agreement or contract of purchase heretofore made by the board is hereby ratified and confirmed. SEC. 21. No allotment sold under the provisions of this act shall be transferred, assigned, mortgaged, or sublet in whole or in part, without the consent of the board given in writing, until the settler has paid for his farm allotment or farm laborer's allotment in full and complied with all of the terms and conditions of his contract of purchase. SEc. 22. In the event of a faiure of a settler to comply with any of the terms of his contract of purchase and agreement with the board, the State and the board shall have the right at, its option, to cancel the said contract of purchase and agreement and thereupon shall be released from all obligation in law or equity to convey the property, and the settler shall forfeit all right thereto and all payments theretofore made shall be deemed to be rental paid for occupancy. The board may require of the settler such mortgage or deed of trust or other instrument as may be necessary under the terms and conditions of the contract of purchase in order to adequately protect and secure the board. There may be included in such contract of purchase, mortgage, deed of trust, or other instrument any conditions with reference to sale of the property or reconveyance back to the board or notice of such sale or reconveyance as may in the discretion of the board be required to be so included in such contract of purchase, mortgage, deed of trust, or other instrument, in order to so adequately protect the said board in the premises; and any such contracts of purchase, mortgages, deeds of trust, or other instruments heretofore executed are hereby confirmed. The failure of the board or of the State to exercise any option to cancel, or other privilege under the contract of purchase for any default shall not be deemed as a waiver of the right to exercise the option to cancel or other privilege under the contract of purchase for any default thereafter on the settler's part. But no forfeiture so occasioned by default on the part of the settler shall be deemed in any way, or to any extent, to impair the lien and security of the mortgage or trust instrument securing any loan that it may have made as in this act provided. The board shall have the right and power to enter into a contract of purchase for the sale and disposition of any land forfeited as above provided, because of default on the part of a settler, and this right may be exercised indefinitely without the necessity of advertising. SEC. 23. Actual residence on any allotment sold under the provisions of this act shall commence within six months from the date of the approval of the application and shall continue for at least eight months in each calendar year for at least 10 years from the date of the approval of the said application, unless prevented by illness or some other cause satisfactory to the board : Provided, That in case any farm allotment disposed of under this act is returned to and resold by the State, the time of residence of the preceding purchaser may in the discretion of the board be credited to the subsequent purchaser. SEC. 24. The power of eminent domain shall be exercised by the State at the request of the board for the condemnation of water rights and rights of way for roads, canals, ditches, dams, and reservoirs necessary or desirable for carrying out the provisions of this act; and on request of the board the attorney general shall bring the necessary and appropriate proceedings authorized by law for such condemnation of said water rights or rights of way, and the cost of all water rights or rights of way so condemned shall be paid out of the land settlement fund hereinafter provided for. The board shall have full authority to appropriate water under the laws of the State when such appropriation is necessary or desirable for carrying out the purposes of this act. SEC. 25. For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act the sum of $260,000 is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the State treasury not otherwise appropriated. Of this amount, the sum of $250,000 shall constitute a revolving fund to be known as the “land-settlement fund,” which is calculated to be returned to the State with interest at the rate of 4 per cent per annum within a period of 50 years from the date of the passage of this act, on the daily balances representing the amounts drawn out of such fund and thus depleting the fund to an amount less than said sum of $250,000, which said daily balances shall be so calculated only on the amounts so drawn out of such fund, from the date of the passage of this act. The remaining $10,000 shall constitute a fund available for the payment of administrative expenses alone until such time as other moneys are available for such purposes from the sales of land as provided for in this act. SEC. 26. The State board of control is hereby auhtorized to provide for advances of money to the board needed to meet contingent expenses to such an amount, not exceeding $5,000, as the said board of control shall deem necessary. SEC. 27. The money paid by settlers on lands, improvements, or in the repayment of advances shall be deposited in the land-settlement fund and be available under the same conditions as the original appropriation. SEC. 28. The board shall have authority to make all needed rules and regulations for carrying out the provisions of this act. SEC. 29. The board is hereby authorized to investigate land settlement conditions in California and elsewhere and to submit recommendations for such legislation as may be deemed by it necessary or desirable. The board shall render an annual report to the governor and a copy thereof to the Secretary of the Interior, which report shall be filed and printed as required by sections 332, 333, 334, 336, and 337 of the Political Code, with the exception that they shall be so filed and printed annually instead of biennially, as provided in said sections. - SEC. 30. The act of the legislature entitled “An act providing for the appointment of a commission to investigate and report at the forty-second session of the legislature relative to the adoption of a system of land colonization and rural credits and making an appropriation therefor,” approved May 17, 1915, is hereby repealed. SEC. 31. This act may be known and cited as the “land settlement act.” For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act and of the act amended by this act the sum of $1,000,000 is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the State treasury not otherwise appropriated, which sum of $1,000,000 is calculated to be returned to the State within a period of 50 years from the date of this appropriation of $1,000,000 going into effect, with 'interest at the rate of 4 per cent per annum on the daily balances representing the amounts drawn out of such appropriation, and thus depleting the approriation to an amount less than said sum of $1,000,000. The State controller is hereby authorized and directed to draw warrants upon such funds from time to time upon requisition of the board approved by the State board of control, and the State treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to pay such warrants.
The following communications were referred to the committee and
made part of the record: IMPERIAL IRRIGATION DISTRICT, El Centro, Calif., November 28, 1919. Hon. Moses P. KINKAID, Chairman Arid Lands Committee, 333 House Office Building, Washington, D. C. DEAR SIR: A committee of five members has been appointed by the Imperial Irrigation District to go to Washington on behalf of the district to urge the passage of Kettner bill (H. R. 6044), and to supplement the work done by the former committee. The substitution of new members to the committee for those having served last summer is not significant of a change in policy of the work outlined by the former committee, but merely a means of equalizing the responsibility and burden attached to such work. The time given to this work by the members is gratis, and their personal business affairs would not permit the unlimited time required. Certain amendments will be presented to the Arid Land Committee affecting the disposal of public lands under the principle of State and soldier land settlement and to provide sufficient waters therefor. This status of principles of the latter committee is identical with those of the former, including the amendments mentioned, and at the request of Mr. Libert take this occasion to so inform you.
The members of the last committee named are Mr. J. S. Nickerson, president Imperial Irrigation District; Mr. R. D. McPherrin, director of Imperial Irrigation District; Mr. O. N. Shaw, member of former committee; Mr. Walter Kibbey, representing the district, also the American Legion; and Mr. Arthur M. Nelson, representirg the district and the American Legion. Yours, very truly, J. S. NICKERson, President.
MORT RIESER Co., El Centro, Calif., January 17, 1920. Hon. RICHARD YATEs, M. C., Washington, D. C.
DEAR SIR: As a former resident of Chicago, having been born at Thirtysecond and Prairie Avenue, worked in my younger days for Morris & Co. in the stockyards, and having served in the First Regiment, National Guard, under former Capt. Al Lott and Lieut. Able Davis, and being now a resident of Imperial Valley, Calif., I am taking the liberty of writing you in the interest of the passage of the Kettner all-American canal bill (H. R. 11533), and trust you will give it due consideration for the benefit not only of Imperial Valley, but the country at large, as in times of stress it has been demonstrated that ultimately Imperial Valley can feed the United States, providing we get the additional acreage under cultivation that is now lying idle.
Thanking you for your courtesy, I am,
Yours, very truly,
EDIsoN ELECTRIC APPLIANCE Co. (INC.), Chicago, Ill., January 19, 1920. Mr. RICHARD YATEs, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. DEAR SIR: Our attention has been called to the Kettner bill, H. R. 6044, providing for the temporary financing of a canal designed to tap the Colorado River for irrigation purposes and give relief to the people of Imperial Valley, Calif., from the dependence they are now under to the Mexican Government for water supply to irrigate their lands. This seems entirely a meritorious project and one that should have the approval of all good Americans, and having taken this view of the situation, we certainly are very much interested in seeing this measure supported, and if you can consistenly do so, we would appreciate your action. Very truly, yours, JNo. S. RountREE, Assistant to President.
Congressman AUGUSTINE LONERGAN,
DEAR SIR: We have received resolutions from El Centro Post No. 25, of the American Legion of California, regarding a bill now before Congress, H. R. 6044, which is to create a soldier settlement in Imperial Valley, Calif., and to construct a canal from the Colorado River to irrigate such lands. The measure has the indorsement and support of the National American Legion, the California State American Legion, and the posts of Imperial Valley, all of which are usging its passage by Congress.
The bill is the first specific legislation asked by the legion from Congress which is in the nature of recognition of service rendered during the World War, and will serve as a valuable precedent if passed. It will furnish homes and create farms for between 5,000 to 10,000 former service men in one of the richest agricultural sections of the United States, under terms which can be easily met by the recipients. The land will be open to former service men in any State, and naturally our interest in the bill is as great as that of the people of California.
We ask that you vote for this bill, and do what you can to put it through. As Americans and members of the American Legion of Connecticut, we ask that you do what you can to help us, and as speedily as possible. Very sincerely, yours.
ARGONNE Post No. 14,
Rockville, Conn. S. B. POLENSKA, Adjutant.
BEVERLY HILLS REALTY Co.,
Beverly Hills, Calif., January 29, 1920. Hon. MOSES P. KINKAID,
ashington. 1). C. MY DEAR SUP AYIN FRIEND: I note by the Congressional Record that the Committee on Irrigation is still in good hands and I wish to congratulate you on this fact.
I am writing you, to call your attention more particularly to what is known as the all-American canal, for the Imperial Valley.
This is for several reasons a very important matter. First, it will furnish water to irrigate 400.000 acres of land that can not be supplied with water from any other source.
Irrigated, this is very valuable land, without water ii ias practically ?) value. Land of like quality under irrigation and culture now rents for as high as $50 per acre annual rental.
Under irrigation this land will furnish homes for inany people, under exceptionally favorable conditions and produce a vast amount of food and also much raw material for manufacturing purposes.
The extent of the near-by markets, will make it an easy inatter for the settler on this land to pay the Government the assessments necessary to the refund of the money necessarily employed in its reclamation and leave them a nice margin of profit besides.
There are many advantages in such settlements of prosperous people that you realize as much as I do.
I fully believe that the Government can not afford to not avail itself of such an opportunity, to place so large a number of its citizens in a position to produce surplus food.
I hope that you and the full committee will get behind this project and push it through. Please give my best wishes to any of the old crew as you meet them. Sincerely, yours,
W. A. REEDER.
SOUTHINGTON, Conn., February 19, 1920. Mr. AUGUST E. LONERGAN, M. C..
Washington, D. C. HONORABLE SIR: By the direction of the members of Kiltonic Post No. 72 of the American Legion, I herewith address you in the interest that they have to bill now before Congress, bill H. R. 6044, which is to create a soldier settlement in Imperial Valley and to construct a canal from the Colorado River to irrigate such lands.
As this is an ex-service man's proposition anything that you can do to further it will be appreciated by us. Thanking you for the interest that you will take in this matter, I am, Very truly, yours,
ALLAN G. UPSON,
Adjutant Kiltonic Post No. 72. The following list of stockholders was submitted by Mr. Mark Rose and ordered to be made part of the record :
LIST OF STOCKHOLDERS IN IMPERIAL LAGUNA WATER CO. AS GIVEN BY ITS SECRETARY
IN TELEGRAM TO MR. MARK ROSE, DATED EL CENTRO, CALIF., FEBRUARY 5, 1920.
Mark Rose, Holtville, farmer.
E. E. Bennett, Long Beach, real estate (has one soldier boy).