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VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 44.
BE SETTLED AND
By B. P. Ply
Secretary Lane has not
taken his eyes from the
Yuma project. They . are
still riveted on us, as evi
denced by the unexpected
arrival of Assistant Chief
Counsel H. L. Holgate.
In fact, Secretary Lane
does not intend to lose sight
of us until Yuma project ac
tually proves that it is the
best- reclamation project in
the United States.
Two local boards of cost
review have come and gone.
Gen. Marshall has been here
and suggested additional
river front work; Chief Mur
phy has been here to figure
out what drainage is needed
to protect the lands from
seepage and to take care of
the waste waters from irriga
tion; and now comes Judge
Holgate to untangle the
rights-of-way problems, thus
proving conclusively that
Secretary Lane wants Yuma
project matters settled all
along the line, for this the
only one of all the govern
ment projects that is blessed
with a never-failing supply
of irrigation water.
Judge Holgate will be here for a
week or more, studying the question
of public roads throughout the pro
ject. At present every farm unit is
charged up with its original acreage.
No allowance has yet been made for
roadways, which means that every
farm unit on the project is charged
too much for water aud too much foi
operation and maintenance from an
acreage standpoint, some more and
some less, according to how the road
touches their property.
It will be Judge Holgate's duty to
examine the records, charts, maps,
etc., and ascertain exactly what
amount of land has been taken, 4 or
what amount shall be taken for high
way purposes, and to see that the
dedications are made legal and bind
ing. When that task shall have been
completed, and the secretary shall
YUMA, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1915.
have decided upon the construction
charges, the Yuma project will be de
Here is a phase of the "contract"
controversy that I tried to get an ex
pression on from Dr. Mead, Mr. Flem
ing and Gen. Marshall, but the "icy
stare" was all the answer I could get.
Suppose the government should sim
ply declare nul and void all under
standings, agreements and,- contracts
what would happen?
We all know that the government
con do this at will, and -there's no
redress, for you can't sue the govern
quite naturally under these circum
stances, permission to sue, would not
be granted and then what.
I will refresh your memory, for only
in the discussion . of reclamation mat
ters I called attention to this con
tingency. You would automatically
be relieved of all charges of every
character Laguna dam,- river front
vork, surveys, construction of the
siphon, building canals and every
thing else. In fact, your land would
be relieved of the mortgage now held
by the government to guarantee the
Well, each land owner would be put
on the same footing; You could irri
gate your lands or not, just as yon
please. That would be entirely op
tional with you. But, if you wanted
water, each of you would be com
pelled to make a separate application,
and in that application you would
have to agree 'to pay so much per
acre, or so much per acre-foot for
water and you couldn't get a drop
of water until you agree to pay what
ever Uncle Sam wanted to charge you.
Naturally this charge would be
placed at such a figure that in the
long run you will have paid for the eng
tire works, probably including river
front work, dam, overheard charges,
surveys and everything else.
That is a contingency for my old
friends, Molloy and Ingraham, to pon
der over in the event any certain
number of farmers intend to "carry
the case to the United States supreme
I don't think such a contingency
will ever arise, for I am confident
Dr. Mead will see that the General
Board makes a report to Secretary
Lane that will settle everything in a
spirit of fairness and justice to every
body interested in the welfare of the
TUCSON, Oct. 21 A run
ner who has won four medals
in "marathons in Greece,
where the classic race origi
nated, has entered the San
Xavier marathon to be run
at Tucson the second day of
the Southern Arizona fair.
His name is George Anasto
poulos, and he is a member
of the Sixth artillery, station
ed at Nogales.
Anastopoulos came to the- United
States in 1912 and entered the army
WON BY U. S. C. MAN'
Eugene Blalock, a senior in the
University of Southern California,
who lives in Porterville, won first
place in the Interstate Prohibition
Oratorical contest held recently in
Berkeley. The contest covers the
Pacific Coast, Blalock having already
won the California state oratorical
contest. His topic was "Our Nation
al Welfare," and he received five
firsts out of a possible six. He will
deliver his oration next year at Min
neapolis in the national contest.
j IN NAGGING MEXICANS
j (Associated Press)
! SAN DIEGO, Cal., Oct. 21. Work
j is continuing on the construction of
the race track at Tia Juana, and it is
said there will be no cessation as the
result of the assertions of Mexican
Consul De Negri at San Francisco
that no gambling concessions will be
President H. A. Houser, of the Baja
California Exploration company, for
I which the racetrack is 'being built, to
J day stated that the concession under
j which the company is operating has
been passed upon by international
law-autnonties and has been pro
nounced legal in every respect. In
the event of any interference on the
part of Mexican authorities, Presi
dent Houser stated that an appeal
would be made to the State Depart
ment" at Washington.
- Mrs. W. E. Johnson returned to her
home near Gadsden yesterday, after
a visit to relatives in Pasadena.
TO ENTER THE
AT TUCSON FAI
in 1914. He learned the racing game
from some of the best runners in
Greece. He will have a rival from
i the army in the person of George
Reichel, of the machine gun company
of the 12th Infantry, and soldiers are
getting interested over the rivalry, be
tween the two.
Frank Whitlock, of El Paso, is an
other outside entrant. He is being
trained at Douglas. A number of In
dians from near Tucson will enter the
race for the $100 first prize. They
need but little training. About 15
entrants are expected by Manager R.
BURBANK AND EDISON
HAVE FIRST MEETING o
SACRAMENTO, .Cal., Oct. 21.
Thomas .A. Edison and Luther Bur-,
bank, two of the world's greatest
wizards, met for the first time when
Burbank greeted Edison at the local
depot here. They "have corresponded
frequently, but until now the electrici
ty and plant wonders had never seen
"Is this the real Luther Burbank?"
said Edison with a smile as he step
ped from his private car-and greeted "
Burbank. Burbank and Edison then
conducted a hearty handshake.
"Edison and 1 are greatly alike,"
said Burbank. "He is trying new
tricks and so am I. Like me, he suc
ceeds about once out of every thou
sand times. I work with things of.
nature and he improves on nature." '
GOVERNOR DENOUNCES -
ALL PUBLJC HANGINGS
SPRINGFIELD, 111., Oct. 21.
Rather than permit another public
hanging at Murphysboro, I1L, next
Friday, it became known today that
Governor Dunne will reprieve or pos-'
sibly commute to life imprisonment
the sentence of Elston Scott, a negro,
convicted of murdering his sister-in-
Last Friday, Joseph Debarry, a
negro, was hanged at Murphysboro
in the presence of 1,000 spectators.
The town made a gala event of the
In a -message to the Sheriff, Gov.
Dunne characterized the hanging, of"
Debarry as a disgrace, and scandal. to