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B. F. FLY
"Our Country! In nci intercourse with foreign na
tions may she always be in the right; but our country, righ
or wrong." Stephen Decatur.
CALEXICO CHRONICLE SOMEWHAT PEEVED.
The esteemed Calexico Chronicle is somewhat peeved
at the criticisms that have appeared from time to time in
these columns relative to Imperial Valley and the "make
shift" policies that have been in vogue over there for man)
years past relative to their "water shortage" problem
its issue of last Saturday it pays the editor of this paper
very high compliment by devoting its front page, first co
umn story to a denial-of my oft repeated assertion that un
less Imperial Valley solves its "water shortage" probleir
very quickly, and solves it right, that great valley will gc
back to its desert state that of propegating cactus, jack
rabbits and jackasses, though the good Lord knows they al
ready have a superabundance of the latter on hand right
now. The story, however, is so rich, rare and racy that it is
reproduced herewith in its entirity, with these few com
First Hanlon heading dam has NOT been removed
according to promise.
Second Engineer Clark NEVER said that he has al
ready removed all the piling that constitutes the greatest
menace at the dam, or if he did say any such thing he knows
that he told that which is very far from the truth, for al
most HALF the pilings are yet in their original place. Those
that have been removed have simply been "shot off" at the
water edge of the rock and are as solidly embedded in the
rock as the day they were first put in.
Third There is NO EARTHLY CHANCE for Impe
rial Valley to get water at the present time without the rock
dam, and the same condition will remain as long as the water
is at low stage like it is at present, for even if the "new
intake" were cpmpleted the sill would be three or four
feet above the water, if the present diversion dam were
Fourth That great sage of the all-American cana
route , Hon. Mark Rose, who has "his all" invested in Im
perial Valley, has sold his work stock, lock, stock and' bar
rel, and quit farming over in Imperial Valley because he
says he is sure there will be a worse "water shortage" this
year than ever before.
Fifth It is about time that the people of Imperial Val
ley awaken to the fact, as Chief Engineer Clark is quoted
as saying "that Yuma Valley and Imperial Valley's inter
ests are identical, and what would injure one would injure
the other." That is what this paper has preached from
the beginning of this nasty rock weir business. Instead of
that Imperial Valley people, at least those in charge o
the water question, have all .along imagined we over here
in Yuma have no interests at all, but that Imperial Valley
mus,t be furnished with water regardless of what becomes
of Yuma Valley. If they would only be honest with them
selves and come over here like men, and come at the proper
time, explain their predicament as we all know it to be, we
would be less apt to look upon their every move with sus
Sixth This article is being written on Sunday, Dec
ember 30, 1917. According to the bonds given the secre
tary of war and the Yuma Water Users' Association we had
every right to expect the Hanlon heading dam would be
WHOLLY removed by tomorrow night at midnight, if not
sooner. The secretary of war issued his permit to construct
the dam on the specific promise that it would be removed
by that time. No additional order was required. The
Yuma board of governors at its meeting the first week in
December caleld attention to the original agreement about
removing the dam. Captain Leeds, the U. S. A. engineer
having the matter in charge, notified the Imperial district
officials. But not a move has been made, beyond what has
been stated above. The dam is still there, as solid as the pro
verbal Rock of Gibraltar, a constant menace to the best in
terests of Yuma Valley, but is APPARENTLY THERE TO
STAY UNTIL IMPERIAL VALLEY GETS READY TO
REMOVE IT. If it is removed Imperial Valley will go to the
devil quicker than you can say skatt. "That's the whole
truth. Remove the dam, and you save Yuma Valley from
possible ruin. But when you remove it well, goodbye Im
perial Valley. It will not be "back to the tall timbers," but
back to the cactus, jackrabbits and jackasses. So, which
shall it be Better come over here, Brother Chronicle, and
make your peace with Tom Molloy before he perpetually eng
HANLON DAM IS
REMOVED EXCEPT ROCK
Engineer Clark Says Yuma's and Im
perial Valley's Dangers
Two Sections Should Now Work
Expects Plenty of Water Coming
Year, Despite Croakings of
In the current number of Colonel
B. F. Fly's "fearless champion of the
Yuma Project," that great seer of
bugle call jaurnalism and Nick Carter
literary stuff, paints a doleful picture
of the predicament in which he has
dreamed the Imperial Valley.
Stripped of all its useless dressing
the colonel's story is to the effect that
Imperial Valley stands in the shadow
of a tremendous calamity. It must
remove the dam built in the Colorado
within a week or 10 days now or for
feit to the government the $25,000
bond put up and the $100,000 bond to
the Yuma Water Users' Association.
And then, according to the same
colonel, if we comply with the re
quirements, as he alleges are set forth
in the bond, we will be without water
in February and our cantaloupe crop
will go to the demnition bow-bows
without hope or with the salvaging
of a single cent. This is the doleful
picture painted and the "swan song"
sung for the valley by Colonel Fly.
When seen this morning, Chief En
gineer Clark, after reading the ar
ticle, said that there was no danger,
and that conditions at this time were
most favorable to a full and complete
"The bonds," he explained, "were
iven to Yuma people to protect them
from possible damage by failure to
remove the dam, and the one to the
government provided for the removal
of the dam when ordere'd to be re
moved, but no orders to that effect
have been issued. On the tenth of
this month we blew out the last of
the piling and, therefore, nothing' re
mains but rock in the bottom, and
this is no menace to Yuma. This one
thing must be borne in mind, that Yu
ma Valley and Imperial Valley inter
ests aref identical and what would in
jure one wouia injure tne otner.
Should there be sufficient rise in the little about engineering and practical
river to damage Yuma people, it ' handling of water.
would damage the Imperial Valley to
the same extent, and it is not likely
that we, with ten. times the land un
der cultivation, would take any
chances on doing anything to damage
it. The two valleys must work to
ether, and not at cross purposes
and, as a matter of fact, there is no
conflict save such as is stirred up by
outsiders and trouble-makers."
Mr. Clark also intimated that if they
wanted the rock removed, they would
have to remove it, and he was most
optimistic regarding the future of the
valley and its water supply.
we win nave an tne water w
need for the entire valley," he said
"not only in February, but later, un
less something unforseen takes place
"Remember this, the Colorado river
is not under control, and no man can
tell what may happen. For example
last year I built a weir dam across
the river with a four-foot head
water, and this year when we built
we had to go up against an eight-foot
head, so you see, no one can tell.'
All through his talk, the engineer
who is in close personal touch with
the whole situation, showed his confi
dence in the future of the water sup
ply and was pisitive in his state
Asked regarding Mark Rose and his
statements regarding the insufficien
cy of the work now in progress, and
that it would not amount to "30
cents," as Mark stated to the Chron
icle representative, Mr. Clar said:
"Dont ask me that. I refuse to dis
cuss the matter at all. The Chron
icle editorial of yesterday answers
that question fully and completely
and nothing further is to be said."
He then referred to the fact that
the Chronicle men were newspaper
men of years of experience and said
"I can go down on any corner almost
and find fellows who will undertake
to tell you more about your work than
you know yourselves.' The applica
tion of this is plain.
Summed up, it appears from all that
could be learned that the water supply
for the coming year is assured, al
ways provided that some unforseen
calamity does not overtake us, and
that it is ridiculous to attach any se
rious importance to the vaporings of
Farmer Mark Rose and Reporter Ben
Fly. Both may know something about
their own lines of work, but mighty
BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE.
Benjamin Franklin Fly, chief peddler of hot air for the
Yuma Project, is a blessing in disguise. On the surface
and on short acquaintance he is the blankety-blankest pest
that ever cumbered a portion of God's foot-stool, if it is not
sacriligious to so refer to Yuma.
But the very extreme limit of his pestiferiousness af
fords its own relief. The now esteemed, but formerly dis
liked, colonel of the Yuma country is so blamed cantanker
ous and disagreeable in his rantings that they defeat their
own ends and finally become as pleasant to take as the kind
liest and most humorous works of Mark Twain.
Instead of riling one's risibilities, his egotistical and
malicious rantings are now one of the chief sources of
amusement to the people of Imperial Valley who have the
extreme pleasure of being favored with them. Come on
Ben Fly. Do that "Lay on McDuff" stunt. Damn Imperial
Valley and all its people with your mightiest blows. The
mightier they are, the funnier they be.
At first your vain attempts to do us injury they made
us angry. Now they have become highly funny. May Al
ah be praised for Benjamin Franklin Fly, editor and owner
of the Yuma Sentinel.
May your squawk never cease. You make us laff. Cal
The board of commissioners of Ok
mulgee county, Oklahoma, having pre
viously voted an $800,000 serial road I
bond and having sold the bonds at j
5 per cent premium, received propos-1
als October 17th for improving the
principal roads in the county with
either brick, Portland cement con
crete, macadam or Warrenite. Two
months time was put in by the . com
missioners in thoroughly investiga
ting the various types of proposed
Under advice of Harrington, How
ard & Ash, consulting engineers of
Kansas City and Max Cunningham,
state highway commissioner of Okla
homa City, the board of commission
ers last week awarded the contraci
for the entire road construction to j
the Western Paving Company of Ok
lahoma City, for Warrenite road, un
der the patents and expert laboratory
supervision of Warren Brothers Com
pany, Boston, Mass.
The contract price is $2.28 per
uare yard, exclusive of grade and
drainage and including macadam
foundation.' The grade and drainage
contract was awarded to the Harri
son Construction Company of Hen
rietta, Oklahoma, for approximately
Warrenite is similar to Bitulithic,
as used on city streets and is the con
struction adopted three years ago for
the celebrated Columbia River High
way and approaches thereof from
Portland, Ore., approximating 72
Okmulgee county is rich in oil par
ticularly in the north section, and
coal in the south section.
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