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Exhibit 17

Salt and fresh water molecules from the Old Salt Lake site travel around the world

This is an exhibit of (2) documents which demonstrate how salt and fresh water molecules from the Old Salt Lake site - traveled around the world.

The first document is an excerpt from a 1901 report to the U.S. Congress - the inventory of items taken to Paris by the U.S. delegation to be displayed at the International Universal Exposition at Paris in 1900. The excerpts below show in "Case 103" there was "Table salt in glass jars" from the "Redondo Salt Works, Los Angeles, Cal." So, Old Salt Lake salt made it to Paris. By the way, the Redondo Salt Works stopped producing salt the next year.

The second document is an 1889 Los Angeles Herald newspaper article which interviewed Captain Thompson about his investment in Redondo Beach. There is a lot about this article to mention, but for the purpose of this exhibit, note what Thompson said:

"Besides all this we have an ample supply of fresh water on the wharf which can be put into a ship's hold without any pumping or other trouble. To get this water we put in twenty four wells near the old Truedell saltworks. There is one of the finest pumps made at work forcing the water to a level sufficient to supply the wharf and the whole townsite. In spite of the immense capacity of this pump it is an absolute impossibility to make the slightest impression on the supply of water. It is practically inexhaustible."

He is discussing how his wharf supplies fresh water to the ships docking at the wharf. As Thompson points out, this fresh water is from the Old Salt Lake site previously owned by the Trudell's. Ships (steam and sailing) receiving the water would continue on south to San Diego, north as far as Seattle and Alaska, and even across the Pacific to Hawaii and Japan. So, Old Salt Lake site fresh water made it around the Pacific Rim. By the way, note Thompson stating that the fresh water supply at the Old Salt Lake site is "practically inexhaustible". It was exhausted within a few years.

1901, Report of Commissioner-General for the United States to the International Universal Exposition at Paris, 1900, Senate, 56th Congress, 2d Session, Document No. 232

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1889, Newspaper article, "It Is Not A Boom, But it Will Develop the Section's Resources", Los Angeles Herald, February 6, 1889

[ Article transcribed  ]

But it Will Develop the Section's Resources.

What Will Be Done at Redondo Beach, Including the Big: Hotel at that Place.

The days of wild speculation are at an end in this section, but the era of legitimate development has hardly begun. There was money made in the boom by those who knew when to stop, but there was a good deal of money lost in it by those who did not know when that cardinal point was reached. There is, however, a good deal more money to be made, from this time on, in a conservative way with no gambling chances about it, in legitimate development, than over was made in any speculation of the wild sort. This is where the fellows with no brains under their hat are missing it and are going to miss it; and, just the same, it is where the people endowed with thinking powers will make it from this time on. There are fellows standing about the streets these days who have neither the necessary judgment nor the nerve to buy the Baker block, or the Naueau if the property was offered at a price on which the rents would come to fifty per cent. If there were as much brains as money in this community, and the two factors could be brought into conjunction, dull times would not be reigning so supreme. There is any quantity of money, but it is in the hands of people who cannot see an inch beyond their nose. They dare not trust their poor obfuscated judgment as to an investment. Happily, all the community are not so blind to their own interest. It is pleasant here and there to find a man who is not following the crowd like a sheep after some stupid bell weather. Lumber is very cheap just now; labor can be had at a man's own price; all that enters into the erection of a building costs thirty-three and one third to fifty per cent, less than it did a year ago. Once in a while the news hunter in his rounds runs across a man who takes in the significance of these facts, and he finds a little corner of the sun-lit semi-tropics where industry is astir and where enterprise has its coat off and is at work.

Such a place is Redondo, and such men are the sagacious, courageous, enterprising people at its head. The boom is not burst at Redondo. Captain Thompson and his associates have no misgivings as to the outcome of this section. They fortunately did not put all their available cash into property on first payments, so that they are not now forced to relinquish it for lack of second installments. They have a princely piece of property at Redondo and at Inglewood. They are in position to develop all there is in it, and they are not seeking to sell it on promises of what they will do. They are doing such wise acts now {that their results, will, in due time, sell all the lots and acreage there may be to dispose of.

On Monday night a Herald reporter learned that

Of San Francisco was at the Nadeau, and as his pencil did some work in stimulating the boom in all its legitimate ramifications, and as this pencil had become dull in these piping times of nerveless lethargy, it occurred to him that in Captain Thompson and Redondo he might find the Anna Virumque, whereof he might sing a paean of enterprise. He found the Captain at the Nadeau and in an hour's chat brought out some such facts as these. The Captain is talking: "Yes, it is true we have a

"And it is true that the Pacific Coast Steamship Company's vessels are to stop there on their trips up and down the Coast. No, it is not true that only the smaller vessels will touch at our wharf. For the current month about one steamer a week will call there, but after March Ist, Redondo will be put on the regular schedule, and all the steamers will call. There is plenty of water, 23 feet, right alongside the wharf at low water. The wharf is 900 feet long, there are two tracks on it, so that vessels can lie alongside and discharge right into the cars. There is no lightering, no rehandling on the wharf or elsewhere. We are at least two hours nearer Los Angeles than any other shipping point on the Coast. Passengers coming from San Francisco will be in the city two hours' time ahead of those who land at San Pedro. Those going to San Francisco may remain here two hours longer than if they were to take the steamer at the old place. Besides all this we have an ample supply of fresh water on the wharf which can be put into a ship's hold without any pumping or other trouble. "To get this water we put in twenty four wells near the old Truedell saltworks. There is one of the finest pumps made at work forcing the water to a level sufficient to supply the wharf and the whole townsite. In spite of the immense capacity of this pump it is an absolute impossibility to make the slightest impression on the supply of water. It is practically inexhaustible. It is of the softest, sweetest quality and perfectly pure. It is piped in the best cast-iron pipes, and the mains are of six inches diameter. So much for the harbor. We have bought one of the strongest and most efficient tugs on the Coast. This vessel left San Francisco this morning and will be here in a couple of days. When she arrives we shall be ready to handle and dock any ship that desires to made a landing. Here we are, theD, ready to do business at once. We are asking for a part of the business of this community, we are prepared to perform all we undertake, we can offer facilities superior to those possessed by any of our competitors. I think we will not be disappointed in our expectations.

"I never saw a place so fascinating as Redondo. From the bluff above the beach the only limit to the view is the strength of vision in the subject taking in the broad stretches of the Pacific, with the Santa Catalina and tha Santa Barbara Islands in the distance. As far as the eye can reach there is nothing to shut off that grand prospect of the boundless ocean. Turning landward, in any direction, the great mountains hem in the valley on all sides, at distances ranging from twenty to eighty miles. Between lie the rich plains of this matchless section with their orchards, vineyards, meadows and towns. Los Angeles city sits upon her throne of hills, with the great Sierra Madre range behind her, and the triple snowcapped peaks, like sentinels guarding the queenly metropolis. ''From all sides the bay and beach at Redondo are protected from winds; ocean breezes blow softly there in the hottest days in summer, and in winter the sun is so warm that surf bathing is a delight. There is a pebbly beach, clean and smooth. There is no place like it on the Coast.
"Yes, as you say, it greatly discounts Monterey. It is cold in midsummer, while Redondo is warm in midwinter.
"You are right, also, when you say that this section ought to draw as many tourists from the Gulf States, people who desire to escape the yellow fever in the Dog Days, or come from the North in winter to get out of the way of the blizzard or a degree of cold that venders life almost intolerable. In time, thousands and tens of thousands of people will come all months in the year to spend more or less of the year in this perfect climate. For this reason we are building the hotel. That is, we have the architect at work on it. He is the same man who planned the hotel at San Luis Obispo for Goodall, Perkins & Co. It will be of the same general plan as that house. He is making it change in order to adapt the new house to the surroundings at Redondo. We sent him down to look over the place, and he is now at work. When the plans are ready they will be put before the contractors and let. The house will be begun as soon, and built as rapidly, as can be done and make it a good job.
"No, we are not pressing things.

"We looked over Redondo and Inglewood. We thought well of the country and of its possibilities. We bought with the intention of developing our purchases on their merits. There was much to do in the way of getting things straight at first. Grave mistakes had been made, and we had to clear away a good deal of rubbish before we could begin cur work. We were disappointed in some of the gentlemen who at first associated themselves with us. They fell down by the way, and we were obliged to take their stock off their hands so that our enterprise might not be interrupted or postponed. Since we began we have taken no step backward, and I do not anticipate that it will be necessary for us to do so. Our plan is to go right along developing the resources of our possessions in a practical and conservative manner on the merits of what we have. I do not mean that we shall be unnecessarily slow in what we do. I think we shall earn credit for some energy in a short time. "Here is what we think we have. Yours is a section that will be as

Or Belgium. You have climate, soil, the American institutions and laws, the energy of the American people and all the factors to make this a region phenomenally productive and attractive, populous and rich. There is our shipping enterprise, our bathing facilities, our seaside health resort and our hotel. Out of these a large legitimate business may be developed. We propose to get all there is in it out. I can stand on the bluff and cast a pebble into thirty-five feet of water. Along the beach is a stretch where bathers can enjoy the surf in January as well as June. We have plenty of fresh water for a large town. The view is as pleasing as any in the world. The climate is more delightful than that of Naples. Behind us lies the most productive plain on earth,, where two crops a year is the rule, instead of one. We have to depend on the business of a large city. Los Angeles City now has close to 100,000 people in her borders. She is not going to stop growing now. Los Angeles will grow for years to come. In a short time her population will be fully double what it is now. We believe all that. We backed our opinion by purchasing the Redondo and Inglewood property. We are backing that opinion still by going right on putting more money into our venture in order to develop the latent resources which are seen in it. We shall go right, on in this line. We shall not press our property on the market for sale. We shall develop the shipping business of the place, the tourist business to the beach, the bathing and boating pleasures of the shore, and the hotel business. We shall pay for all we do as we go along, and that is about all I have to say."