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VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 30.
(By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
"Off ag'in! On ag'in! Gone
ag'in!" but not "Flannigin,"
for this time it is the local
board of costs review!
There is again a vacancy on
After all that has been said,
it now develops that former
Assistant Manager Lawson is
not to serve on the local
This information comes
like a clap of thunder from a
clear sky, and yet it is never
theless true, for I get the in
formation direct from Chair
man Fleming, and he got it
from Dr. ElwoodMead, chair
man of the general board of
review, now looked upon as
the real head of the entire U.
S. Reclamation Service!
It is more than likely that there are
two reasons why Mr. Lawson is not
to serve as a member of the local in
quisitorial body first, because he did
not want to shoulder the burdens of
the former manager, and second, be
cause he was chosen by the Denver
officials of the U. S. R. S. without
consulting Dr. Mead, they evidently
still laboring under the delusion that
"whatever they say goes." It looks
to me like they "woke up the wrong
At any rate, Mr. Lawson is not to
serve, and the interesting and import
ant question now is, who is to be the
new man? First it was Manager Sel
lew. He was very unceremoniously
bounced off the job, as well as out of
the U. S. R. S. Then Mr. Baldwin was
named; but a few days thereafter he
was relieved of the task and assigned
to other duties. It was from him,
while he was here on a recent visit,
that I got the information that the of
ficials in Denver had informed him
that Mr. Lawson was to take his place.
Chairman Fleming has been here
since Sunday in company with Everett
P. Teasdale, as the second member of
the local board, impatiently awaiting
the arrival of Mr. Lawson so they
could get down to actual work on the
Yuma project affairs. No later than
yesterday morning a telegram came
from Mr. Lawson saying that it would
be ten days before he could reach here.
Dr. Mead, as chairman of the general
board of costs review, was immediate
ly communicated with by telegraph by
YUMA, ARIZONA THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1915.
Chairman Fleming and Mr. Teasdale,
and, to their surprise, the word was
flashed back that the third man had
not yet been appointed, but that the
appointment would be announced in
a day or two.
so, there you are!
Funny, isn't it? Seems like some-
body tried to -slip one over'' on Chair-
man Mead, and that he wouldn't stand
for it. can you blame him? well, i
it iooks very mucn line Dureaucra- lie WOTK.
cy," so bold.y inaugurated under the tj rpcUPA Yuma Ute Snn-Ballinger-Newell
regime, is just about rte reaCheOY UITia late oUn-
on its last pegs, if, indeed, it has not day night. Bright and early
already been kicked squarely in the um- Monday morning he and Mr.
bilicus. All of you will remember that Teasdale, together With Mr.
a week or ten days ago the PUcuou McConnell, of the local U. S.
was made in these columns that the q q . ., , .
rattling of old dry bones soon to be K- VlSlted important parts
heard would remind you of a tin-can, of the WOrk On the Bard Unit.
"filled with rock-tied-to a country dog's Yesterday morning was de
tail." That prediction still goes! vnrpH nlmnQr P.vp.lncivftlv rn n
Secretary Lane knew exactly what
he was doing when he ordered these
public hearings in order to ascertain
what has been going on throughout
the Reclamation service.
Thus far only two out of the 32 pro-
jeuus iictvts UKtm Luuiuugmy iu vesugciL-
s x i i at T, 1 i.: L
rnorAiicrn nr imrnornror.
ed-Carlsbad and Phoenix, with Ele- mi. rucbi maue a nip iu auui-
phant Butte now holding full sway in tional important points of the
ei Paso. The findings of the board Bard unit and, naturally, he
at Carlsbad were so stringent that they plied many questions tO the
may well be caUed sensational The actj s t v
management had been so rotten down , . , . a a
there that the board recommended a niS or tnat was Clone, and
refund to the water users of about one- how much it COSt, etc., all 01
third the money charged against the which goes to show that the
project. At Pnoenix the investigation chairman of the local board
developed the fact ;ttat the "overhead is determined to familiarize
charges" amounted to about one-third , . ir . , lUHmmww,
of the many millions that have been himselt With even the Small
spent on the Salt River project! just est details connected with the
what the recommendations to Secre- Yuma project.
tary Lane were, no one yet knows, for Early this morning, Chairman Flem
the findings were in the nature of a ing took a notion he wanted to see
"sealed verdict." It is common report, the rock quarry from which much of
however, that several millions of dol-
lars will be saved to water users.
Down on the Rio Grande project the
board is still wrestling with the Ele-
phant Butte dam problems, the project
manager, Mr. Lawson, through the
Reclamation attorney apparently fight-
ing every inch of the ground and daily
sparring for time in order to try -to
offset the damaging testimony con-
stahtly being recorded at the public
And now comes the Yuma project!
What it promises is a plenty. Sec-
retary Lane is aware of that fact; but
he wants the truth, nevertheless, and
so does Dr. Mead, the man nearest the
throne. From all outward as well as
inward appearances this is to be the
(By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
Chairman Fleming, of the
jj b()ard Qf CQSt& revi js
permitting no graSS to grOW
under his feet in his efforts
to eventually arrive at a fair
ancJ impartial verdict as to the
t f th WQrk done Qn
J . t
the Yuma prgject, as wen as
" arrive at the proper cost or
visit with Acting Manager
ncai in uic idLLCi b uiiicc xi
Later in the day, Chairman
Cifl- Tonon1a nA
x t- . , j , . , j j.
that "700,000 cubic yards" of rock and
hum-dinger Gf them all! Dr. Mead
m et insist that Mr- Baldwin get
back on the 3olj and star on lt tm the
Jast cat 13 sKmnea. tie was here long
enough last week to learn a good deal,
and' while 1 have no means o know'
in& lt yet u is almost a certainty that
he examined the 'book accounts"
Pretty thoroughly, for when I asked
Mr Priest f he nad a cPy readv for
the Examiner, Mr. Baldwin smiled, and
then winked the other ee-
A good portion of yesterday was
sPent b Chairman Fleming and Mr.
Teasdale at Reclamation headquarters.
Priest' suggesting to him what they
needed in the line of maps, records,
limestone dust has been extracted. On
this trip, Mr. Teasdale, who is familiar
with the quarry, did not accompany
the chairman. He watched the method
of blasting the rock and loading the
cars with much interest.
When I asked him at noon today
what he thought of it he said it would
not be proper for him to make com
ment, either favorable or otherwise,
at this time, showing that he intends
to maintain a position of "strict neu
trality," from the very start.
At 1 o'clock this afternoon, Chair
man Fleming and Mr. Teasdale were
again slated to visit headquarters,
where they were to join Mr. Priest,
and the three make another inspec
tion trip over the Bard unit. But they
didn't go. It is certain that if they
had gone they would have picked a dif
ferent route from that taken yesterday
for they got stuck in the sand for
about an hour and probably would
have jbeen there yet if it had not been
that all three of them worked like
trojans to extricate themselves.
It can be seen that Chairman Flem
ing, like his fellow member, Teasdale,
is "a real live wire," and the manner
in which he has grasped the situation
is certainly indicative of the fact that
he knows what to do and how to do it.
Go to it, Mr. Chairman! More power
What Yuma wants is an early and
just settlement of this vexatious ques
tion; nor can It ever be settled unUl
it is settled right. Keep up the good
work, both you and Mr. Teasdale, re
gardless of who the third member may
be. The people of the Yuma project
are with you, and they have a right o
expect much at your hands.
All this afternoon was spent by the
two members of the board examining;
annual reports and trying to get all.
ready for the formal meeting of the.
board which certainly wilL not be de
ferred much longer.
etc., to facilitate them in their investi
gation. Armed with some of these
maps, the two members of the board
and Mr. Priest spent yesterday after
noon on a tour of inspection of the
At noon today I used the tele
phone and asked Mr. Priest if
he knew who was to take Mr. Lawson's
place on the board of costs review.- He
"No, sir; I haven't the slightest
So you see it's "off ag'in, on ag'in.
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