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Arizona sentinel Yuma southwest. [volume] (Yuma, Ariz.) 1915-1916, August 05, 1915, Image 6

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Staple and Fancy Groceries
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Expert Grocerymen
Prices Always the LOWEST con
sistent With the BEST QUALITY
Authentic Road Information
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Brick Ice Cream and Sherbet for Parties and
Served at All Times
Elite Ice Cream Parlor
H. E. PEOPLES, Proprietor
"See Shorey About IV9
(By Benjamui Franklin Fly)
The local board of cost re
view convened at 9:15 this
morning, all the members-being
greatly refreshed after
the delightful spring-like gulf
breezes of last night.
Mr. Teasdale suggested
that a definite date be set for
the consideration of matters
pertaining to Laguna dam, it
'being tacitly agreed that the
wfyole subject matter should
be taken up Thursday, Aug.
19, and considered for 3 days.
Mr. Teasdale moved that
former Supervising Engineer
Vincent be employed by the
jboard to make a written re
port on the plans and cost of
'the dam, he having superin
tended its construction.
I Pending the discussion on
the motion, Mr. Baldwin in
dicated that he would proba
tory want Mr. Hill, who was
supervising engineer of this
, district at the time or con
struction of the dam.
It was finally agreed that
Mr. Vincent should be here
on August 12 and 13, and Mr.
Hill on August 19 and 20.
j During the discussion, Mr. Teasdale
! brought forth the statement that, not
f withstanding that Laguna Dam was
1 constructed with Reclamation funds,
'yet it was constructed under Mr. Vin-
cent's supervision, independent eng
tirely of the local officials, he acting
i entirely under the direction of Presi-
dent Roosevelt and the then Secretary
.of the Interior, Mr. Garfield.
It, thereforek appears that whatever
j credit or odium attaches to its con
struction should be . either credited or
charged to Roosevelt, Garfield, Vin
cent & Co., and not to Sellew and
his crew.
j After disposing of that important
question temporarily, at least, the
board proceeded to read and correct
the two days' transcript that leaves
for Washington tonight.
While the three members of the
board were reading over the. transcript
taking it turn-about I dropped into
acting Manager Priest's office and
had a chat with him about river front
protection, the mesa, and other im
portant matters pertaining to the pro
ject. He says he has the caving banks
on the river well in hand at the pres
ent time, both above Yuma on the
Bard side, and down below Gadsden
to the Mexican line.
"Have you any idea," asked Mr.
Priest, "how long it would take your
Lake Bard' to fill up with silt?"
I confessed that I had not figured
it out to a gnat's heel.
"Taking your own figures as to its
depth," said Mr. Priest, "it would be
filled in, 50 years. The average'
amount of silt is something like
per cent," lie continued, "and my rec
ords, compiled' for the six years, of
1909-14, inclusive, show that there is
an average of 279,000 acre-feet of silt
per year flowing down the Colorado
river here at Yuma, or an equivalent of
451,000,000 cubic yards of that rich:
cream per year going to waste.'
Just think of it! If all of that silfc
were spread over Yuma valley at ihe
end of one year it would be lip to the
top of the parlor door, or, at least,
crowding through the. windows! ?Ilov
ever, if my friend, Charley Meadows,
has his way about it, the board of
cost review will recommend the im
mediate formation of "Lake Bard,"
even if it does fill up in fifty years.
When filled, it must lie artm'tted that
"Lake Bard" wouid be the richest
150,000 acres under the sun. Water
melons and pumpkins would grow sot
big that two flat cars would be re
quired to have one of them shipped to
the Los Angeles market.
Upon returning to the board's room,
I found Chairman Fleming reading the
transcript out loud. He was so hoarse
that I was forced to ask him if he had.
been feasting on bull frogs. Mr. Teas
dale and Mr. Baldwin had been worn
to a frazzle at doing the same thing,,
and yet when the hour of 12:30 p. m
was reached the work had just .been
completed. It was certainly a big task
and yet of vital importance, for, upon
it's reception and digestion by Secre
tary Lane, he is expected to send an.
answer that will very much facilitate
the board's future work.
Recess was taken from 12:35 to 2;
p. m., at which time Mr. Kelly was
due to go, on the stand.
A San Diego dispatch says that the
visitors at the San Diego exposition
were given a spectacular surprise the
other day when the Fort Yuma In
dian band of 38 pieces appeared deck
ed in full regalia of brilliant color;:,
war bonnets and paint.
This band from the Fort Yuma In
dian reservation in California, is on.a.
month's leave from the reservation
and having a delightful time at the
fair, being camped on the grounds. Or
dinarily, they appear for their con
certs in sombre dark blue uniform.
Prof. Bion" E. Mills, the band direc
tor, explained that his musicians had'
donned their full Indian costumes to
pay honor to White Father i. .
Odle, superintendent of the reserva
tion, in appreciation of his successful
effort to obtain their month's visit at
the exposition from Washington. The
gorgeously costumed band gave con
certs in the afternoon and evening.
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