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president and the secretaries of war,
interior, agriculture and commerce. Under this commission is the board of river regulation. Seven of this board' are appointed by the president and constitute an executive commit tee under which the real work is to be carried on. The essential feature of the bill is the fact that it treats every river sys tem as a unit from source to mouth. It recognizes that destructive floods cannot be prevented by any one method, but that it is necessary to use all methods in co-operation. It provides for forest cover to pro tect the headwater of streams and hold back the rainfall in the natural earth "reservoirs; for artificial surface reservoirs in the foothills to hold" back the flood water until needed for some beneficial use or until the channel be low caii carry it off; for the drainage of swamps in the Mississippi valley; for the building of levees, revetment and bank protective work, and the straightening and deepening of chan nels; and for the cutting of outlet channels where the rivers empty into the sea. The great ends to be gained by the constructing of this system of river regulation are the prevention of floods, the clarification and purifica tion of water for domestic supply, the aid to the navigability of streams, the increase of water available for irriga tion, and the development of an enor mous amount of water po"wer. Immediately after President Wil son's inauguration Senator Newlands had a conference with him at which they went over the bill, and' the presi dent signified his approval of its pro visions. At the same time he directed the secretaries of the four depart ments concerned war, interior, agri culture and commerce to confer with Senator Newlands on the sub ject. Following this a conference" was held with all the bureau chiefs con cerned in carrying out the provisions of the bill, and these men are at the present time working on a joint re port showing just how the money is to be spent to the best advantage, and how the various departments and agencies will co-operate 4n the work. 'Senator Newlands and Senator Ransdell of Louisiana (who has here tofore held somewhat aloof from the Newlands project) have come togeth er in what appears to be complete agreement, and a week ago Senator Newlands reintroduced his bill in its latest form. LIVES LOST IN FLOODS Kansas river, March 3, 1903, 25 lives lost, 8,000 homeless. Savannah river, Sept. 10, 1908, 25 lives lost, $1,500,0000 property de stroyed. Missouri river, July 9, J.909, 1,200 homeless. Black river.Oct 6, 1911, destroyed town of Black River, Wis., 2,000 homeless. Platte river, April, 1912, Waterloo, Neb., flooded. Ohio valley flood, March 23-April 11, 1913, 4i5 lives lost, $180,873,097 property loss. COST OF FLOODS Table showng estimated total damage by floods from 1900 to 1908 (from report of the National Conser vation Commission). 1900 "...$ 45,675,000 1901 45,438,000 1902 55,201,000 1903 97,220,000 1904 78,841,000 1905 98,589,000 1906 73,124,000 1907 118,238,000 1908 237,860,000 o o NOT STONE BLIND Proudly he pjaced a single diamond ring on her tapering finger. "It's a very small diamond!" she said, and paused. Then: "And not very brilliant, either." "Ah, sweetheart, but love is blind." "Yes, dear,-but not stone blind!" St. Louis Post-Dispatch.