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VOLUME XLV. NUMBER. 43.
YUMA, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1915.
. MEAD GALLS
ORDER AT 9 . M
(By B. F. Ply)
When the local board of cost review
convened this morning at 9 o'clock
Dr. Elwood Mead occupied my old seat
at the extreme end of the long table
in the center of the room occupied by
the previous local board of cost re
view. To the left was the witness
chair; to his right sat former Chair
man Fleming. Next to him Official
Stenographer Clark, my seat belnt,
Dr. Mead called the board to bir
der. He explained the object ofc the
review, and said that the signers of
the petition asking him and Mr. Flem
ing to take up the review represented
considerably over three-fourths of the
land owners of the Arizona lands in
the Yuma project. He then outlined
the general scope of the inquiry about
to begin. Attorneys Molloy and In
graham and Messrs. Bondesson
Schutz and other water users together
with Project Manager Lawson and
and Chief Clerk Stilson being inter
ested spectators, ready to testify
when called upon.
Mr. Lawson was the first witness.
He was asked to explain the itemized
statement of book accounts, particu
larly with reference to the allocation
of the costs of Laguna dam as applied
to each unit of the project. In reply,
he said the records showed that this
dam, sluiceway and regulators amount-;
ed to a cost of $15.70 per acre. In
this connection he figured the 40,000
acres in the mesa as part of the pro
ject. The distribution system, mains and
laterals,, aggregated a cost of $18.00
per acre. He estimated that it would
cost $15.i70 per acre to put water on
the mesa. This included the enlarge
ment of the main canal from the dam
to the spillway in order to get suffi
cient electric horsepower to better be
able to pump the water to the lands
on the mesa. .
The levee and river front work cost
In answer to a question put by Dr.
Mead, Mr. Lawson said the river pro
tection work should not be charged to
the project. The only reason, in his
opinion, for charging that expense to
the project was to get the project
started. orer lands are being pro
tected by such work by the govern
ment without cost to the lands, and
he could see no reason why Yuma
project should be charged with that
would favor recommending that the
Bard U. S. Experiment farm be turned
back to the project. He said he cer
tainly would, in which event it would
bring a profit to the project, whereas
it now, brings in no revenue whatever,
the water being furnished free. a
Mr. Fleming asked about those cel
ebrated horses and mules (jackasses
not included) where thev are shown
Had it been known in advance how L haye ma(Je ft profit Qf H4fiQ Mr
much of this was to have been done, gtilson gaye & detailed explanation
the project, in all probability, never Qf transaction which shows that is
would have been begun, because otthe mules and .horses were now sold
the expense of the levee, or river ,they wQU ghow a cear profit q nQt
tront worK. it win De necessary io lesg than mfi0Qf wMch wholly clear.
keep on doing this work indefinitely
To complete the entire revetment
work, he estimated roughly, would
require about as much more money as i
has already, been spent in other;
words, about $4,000,000. This, of it
self, . if charged to the project would
be equal to about $35 per acre.
Mr. Lawson gave the total acres un-
ed up that question.
Attorney Molloy asked some ques
tions pertaining to the mesa, particu-
California, and 900 acres in the Gila
valley, or about one-fifth of the total
irrigable area. The canals are now
prepared to irrigate considerably
The condition or the Colorado and
Gila rivers does not justify further
work in the Gila section. The danger
is from eroding. Not only that, but
the roads, are of such character that
ingress and egress is difficult. Hig-
water may make a cutoff, but the cut-
! off may not be permanent.
There are less than 1000 acres in
cultivation in the Gila valley subject
"The river channel," said Mr. Law
son, "is gradually filling up 'from Yu
ma to the dam, due to the increased
length of the river, caused' by constant
changes from erosions. A slight ef
fect on the river in raising its bed, is
caused by the sluicing out of the set
tling basin, but this does not material
ly affect the raising of the bed of the
river from Yuma to the dam." -
He testified that there are 258 own
ers of irrigable land living on the
farms in Yuma valley, to 145 renters.
The total cost of operation and
maintenance on all lands in Arizona
to date has been $4S9,219.51, of which
there is a deficit of $247,760. If ah
the lands had been in cultivation, the
i larly as to why 70,000 acres on the
i Mesa were not included instead of
Mr: Lawson- sent for a large relief
map and showed that the 40,000 acres
embraced all the lencth of the mesa.
der irrigation this year as 21,109 acres leavJng out,about 30j000 acresnearest
in Arizona, and about 5,000 acres in-:tl . .
Mr. Molloy went into many ques
tions pertaining to the cost of the
project, particularly with reference to
surveys all over the project, suggest
ing that these surveys were unneces
sary because they had already been
made by the land office.
Mr. Lawson explained that the land
office did not make surveys in the
detail necessary for reclamation pur
poses, which settled that question.
It was brought out that the Wash
ington office has cost the project
$147,000; local office and general ex
pense, $300,000; $41,000 supervising
engineer; $19,000 expert engineering.
A hypothetical question put to Mr.
Lawson by Mr. Molloy, as to what
could or could not have been done
within a certain given time was ruled
out by Dr. Mead, he holding that in
the interest of time and economy it
was not necessary to press such ques
tions, for it might involve Mr. Law
son in a controversy with his superior
officers and do no particular good.
The question was at once withdrawn.
Attorney Molloy, after Mr. Lawson
concluded his testimony, addressed
the board on the question of. the "con
tract" entered into between land own
ers and the Geological Department or
the Interior Department. He made a
stroner nlea to substantiate his cnn.
cost would not have been materially tention read-ng &n ffie documents in
increased; and by using all the water the p ssession of the water ugers
that the canals are capable of, there had just got. fairly started when h
wnnln Ya I occ innli'noh'nn rr l-i - -- f a -
i 7m, V 77. tu. Board took a recess for dinner.
c wtu ,it. The board reconvened at 2 p. m.
Acgaiumg pi Biiinmary cusi Uiai is
charged against the project Mr. Law-
son designated about twenty items Q .He is thrice armed h
flint in Vila nmninn clirmlr? hi a nliornrad .
M .&W0 ns quarrel jUsl But he is thrice O
touma project, aggregating in the Q wise who ig prepared to back Ms Q
neighborhood of half a .million dol-'n n.,oi ?fi,
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Dr. Mead asked Mr. Lawson if he QOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
NEWS FROM MAXEY
(By our Special Correspondent)
J. H. Maxey, who is handling the
Tucson, Cornelia and Gila Bend rail
road with the aid of a Ford car, Pat
Sullivan and two Mexican diction
aries.will have the road completed by
the first of the year. About "all the"
work has been subbed except Jhe
bridge building. Talk about a Sunny
Jim smile, J. H. has it. We are prom
ised a ride in a new Packard!
Jim went into a barber shop to get
his nails manicured. After some time
had elapsed, the porter came in all ex
cited and said, "Mr. Jim, am dat yo
Fode cah outside If it is, yo betta
look afta it. De ants am draggin it
unda de side-walk."
The' railroad will be 43 miles long
and is hfiins' huilt from Gila to'AlO.. iu
serve the New Cornelia Mining com-
pany at Ajo. The -mine is located, and
is principally copper 50,000,000 tons
developed; 11,000,000 tons will Reach
ed with acid 'and the copper recovered
from the" solution by electricity. The
balance is sulphides and will be treat
ed by the floatation process'.' A 4,000
ton mill will be built immediately.
John C. Greenway is manager with of
fices at Warren, Arizona. M. Curley
is superintendent at Ajo, and a very,
capable man. His experience gained
on the Iron Range will lielp him to
make a success of the Cornelia. We
spent a very pleasant day with him.
Ajo is at an altitude of 1700 feet
and is in the southern part of the
state. Population of about 350, con
sisting of the mine management, the.
miners, etc. .
COTTON FUTURES ACT
New York, Oct. 13. Fe'deral Judge
Heough today decided the cotton fu
tures act unconstitutional, and ren
dered judgment in favor of Daniel T.
Hubbard, et al., in the suit to recover
damages for an assessment made and
collected by the collector of internal
LEONHARDT IG SUNK
COPENHAGEN, Oct. 13. The Ger
man steamer Leonhardt was subma
rined today in the British Baliic cam
paign to cut German supplies from
Scandinavia. The crew was taken oft
in small boats by the British war
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