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VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 34.
SECRETARY LANE'S III L
30 DAYS IS RAPIDLY APPROA
AND YET THE BOARD OF COST REVIEW HAS
ACTED UPON BUT TWO MINOR QUESTIONS;
SCHEDULE MAPPED OUT TO SEPTEMBER 4
BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OF THE REAL
BIG SUBJECTS; WHERE IS THE FAULT?
1 (By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
The board of cost review
evidently had a "warm time"
yesterday, not only because
Judge Holgate had gone to
Phoenix the night before on
U. "S. R. S. business and had
telegraphed a large sized
hunk of Salt River valley
weather back here, but be
cause the hoard had its doors
locked, "discussing serious
matters, among which is the
question of our jurisdiction
over the Indian lands," as
Chairman Fleming tersely
Putting two and two to
gether, I can readily under
stand the significance of
Chairman Fleming's 14-word
It will be recalled that on
last Saturday, Mr. Teasdale
insisted upon presenting a
Yuma Indian to the board of
. cost review in order that Ga
briel (Hammond) might toot
his. horn to the extent of say
ing that he looked upon Mr.
Teasdale as the "personal
representative" of the In
dians, and that he wanted
Mr. Teasdale to represent his
tribe in the .same capacity in
. which he represents the
i It will also be recalled that Chair--man
Fleming very wisely ruled that
if the Indians wanted to be heard
"before the board that they must ap
pear through Indian Agent Odle, be
cause of the legal fact that the Yuma
-Indians are "wards of the nation."
v- Likewise it will " be recalled that
Mr. Teasdale became very angry, and
YUMA. ARIZONA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1915.
even refused to notify Poor Lo of the
chairman's ruling, whereupon Chair
man Fleming performed that duty
In order to appease the wrath of
"the water users' member" it was
agreed there and then, in open ses
sion, that a telegram be sent to the
Indian department, at Washington, to
ascertain whether or not that depart
ment understood that the Indian
lands were to- be reviewed by the
board, and, if so, was it also under
stood that Mr. Teasdale was to ap
pear as the personal representative
of the Indians.
Quite a number of telegrams have
been received by the board since last
Saturday. Just what they contained
I do not know. But Iydq -know that
one was delivered Tuesday in open
board meeting, 'and,1 afterr,beipg read
by Chairman Fleming, he passed it,
without comment, to Mr. Baldwin and
Mr. Teasdale, whereupon the latter
remarked: , " ,
"We will see- aboutf that tomorrow
(yesterday) morning, m executive
In view of the fact that the board
locked its doors all yesterday morn
ing, and the additional fact that Chair
man Fleming said they were "discuss
ing serious matters, among which, is
the question of jurisdiction over the
Indian lands," I can very readily see
that the Indian department said "No!"
in great, big letters else why; all this
Mr. Teasdale is not a man of that
type who crawls into a hole and pulls
the hole in after him when he wins
a victory, and it would be ajng, one,
indeed, for him if he could reverse
Chairman Fleming's ruling on this In
dian question. But has he? Of that
I have my very serious doubts.
The question now arises and it's
serious, too If the Indian department
has definitely decided that it can ad-'
just all matters with the U. S. R. S.,
in which the Indians are interested,
without the aid of a-board of cost re
view, WILL THE . INDIANS BE
TAXED ANYTHING TO; COVER
THE COSTS OF THE PRESENT
! If not. then ALL THE COSTS WILL
FALL ON THE "WHITE LANDS." '
In that event, I can imagine how the
Bardites will feel when they learn the
truth! And then when they begin to
figure that each man on the "white
lands" ns paying one dollar per day
or more as long as the board lasts. I
apprehend some of them, at least, will
"go straight up in the air," and let
out a very just yell that can be heard
all the way to Washington. Possibly
that's the reason Secretary Lane tele
graphed that he wanted the board to
conclude its labors 30 days from July
2S, at which time Mr. Teasdale re
marked that he "didn't propose to be
circumscribed as to time by Secretary
Lane or anybody else," or words to
that exact effect.
Half of Secretary Lane's "time limit"
has already passed, and what has been
done? Out of all the questions that
were submitted for consideration -by
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UWVjIUIJ .Utility .L JL J. V X1U V UXk :
acted upon the placing of all Baru
units on the $55 basis, instead of $66,
land the $1.00 per acre per year for
water, up to the time of accepting the
20-year extension act and these two
questions settled in favor of the Bard-
TTnrwT Armu iVmn
TrrvroArr, ,z xn v . 4 . . . .
HOLGATE (if the board took hisi ad
vice), the very man Mr. Teasdale so
strenuously objects to. Funny, isn't
All Ti ron 1 Viirr nnncf lrrc crfill lionrr '
Ul h--o """&.He did so very promptly, for both he
fire, because of Mr. Teasdale's objec-and Manager Priest hav
jtion to the "plan of procedure" out ' a poInt ta wM
lined by Chairman Fleming a fewleM career when haye fomed ft
-days after the board was first organ- real sweetheart-like fondness for "the
ized. Indeed the "plan" had to go j -water users' member". The corre's
to Washington before Mr. Teasdale' tj
would "touch it with a forty-foot pole,"
just for why I have never been able to,plalnt; ffled hy Mr CoQk (n(W dead
d out poor fellow) to the effect that . his.
Late yesterday afternoon, however,
upon the urgent recommendations of
Mr. Teasdale, the board adopted a par
tial schedule, as follows:
Aug. 13-14, seepage and drainage.
Aug 19-20-21, continuation of irri
Aug. 23-24, executive' session.
Aug. '5-26, S. P. contract and tele
Aug. 27-28-30, distributing system.
Aug. 31, Sept. 2, carrying system.
Sept. 3-4, expert accountant's report.
NOT YET SET: PRELIMINARY
SURVEYS, OVERHEAD CHARGES, : his surprise he found a good many of,
LAGUNA DAM AND HEADWORKS, j them were spuricas had not. .been
LEVEE, AND RIVER .FRONT PRO-. authorized. Then more letters to
TECTION! j Washington by Mr. Cook. He was
It Avill . be ' seen that the real, big persistent and prolific. Further in
things, out of which all the millions vestigation developed the information
are to be saved, are not yet definitely ( that he was. 'bug-house." Just about
set for a hearing. -It will also be seen that time three of the real "big guns" -from
the dates that the time runs a i " (Continued on Page eight)
full week over the 30 days set by Sec
"fJlbet1ar,goo watermelon against
a pumpkin that practically all of these
questions, will be settled NOT BY
THE PRESENT BOARD OF COST
REVIEW for the "wnite lands ot tne
Reservation unit, California side, " of
the Yuma project," but by the NEW
BOARD OF COST REVIEW, to be ap
pointed, and- which will have full au
thority to review ALL THE LANDS
OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT!
I'll bet another watermelon that the
new board wont talk itself out of ex
istence, either; but, that it- will rec
ommend that OVER FOUR AND A
HALF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BE
SAVED TO SETTLERS ON- YUMA
And to make it real interesting,
while the gambling mania now pos
sesses me, I'll bet that 80-acre orange
grape fruit and date farmon the mesa
against a teaspoonful of silt that Mr.
Everett Pat Teasdale isn't on the roiv
Who'll take the bet? I play no fa-
vorifes. Come on boys! Watermelons
and silt are the real "hot stuff"!
Gee, but what a "turning over'my
good friend. ? the "extinguished" ma a?
ager got at the hands of Mr. Teasdale
yesterday afternoon! I'll venturVtho
assertion that his ears burned so. bad-
ly that he didn't sleei
ly that he didn't sleep a winlc last
night. It all came about thusly:
Chief Clerk Stilson was instructed
at Mr. Teasdale's request, to produce
the letter files in "the Cook "rase "
iuuueuue uuusimuu oi a uozen or
more, letters, beginning with a com-
piace had been ruined by seepage..
He finally filed a petition containing;
the names of 32 unit holders bearing,
on the subject. The petition got to
Washington, and after considerable
correspondence, reached the "extin
guished manager", with direct orders
for him to cause an investigation
He at once detailed Mr. Kelly, the
present irrigation manager, tostart
the ball a rolling. The first thing
.l.chj mLii mc green neciuie; . did
was to call on these whose 'names
were attached to the petition, and to