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MUCH HEAVY WORK AHEAD OF
THE BARD COST REVIEW BOARD NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES (By Benjamin Franklin Fly) The local board of cost re view was in "executive ses sion" 11 day yesterday, and 'making satisfactory progres' as expressed by Chairman Fleming; but just what the "progress" was I am unable to say, further than the fact that most of the time was consumed in discussion relat ing to "operation and main tenance," which still holds the right-of-way on the pro gram. It was discussed again to day, during which time Man ager Kelly, of the irrigation system, was on the witness stand, he having returned from his vacation trip espe cially for that purpose. Tomorrow and Monday it is understood that "not less than 6 nor more than 12" wa ter users from Bard will be placed on the stand to tell what they know about "oper ation and maintenance,'' af ter which the board will pro ceed to the consideration of other matters "irrigable area or drainage probably .being next in order. When I arrived at the board's head quarters at 5 o'clock last evening, the door had just been thrown open. Chairman Fleming, Mr. Teasdale and Mr. Baldwin had just begun read ing, for the purpose of correction, the two days' transcript of proceeding that were some time ago voted to be sent to Secretary Lane and Dr. Elwood Mead. There are ONLY 180 pages, or 45,000 words, or, showing a rate of 22,500 words per day, which, if kept up for the 30 days suggested by Sec retary Lane, would make 675,000, or the equivalent of about six volumes ;as large as the Holy Bible! The transcript will be finished today and sent on its way rejoicing to Washington, where Secretary. Lane will "closely scrutinize" Chairman Fleming's "plan of procedure." Mr. Teasdale's objections to it, and Judge Holgate's opinion on the sub ject, and then throw all the balance of the 45,000 useless words in the waste basket, with the possible ad monition to the board to "go, thou and ;sin no more!" I woud anyway. After the board adjourned for the day at 7 o'olock) I asked Chairman Fleming if they had yet made up their minds as to the questions that would lie considered while awaiting a reply from Secretary Lane, but before he could answer, Mr. Teasdale handed me a slip of paper, with the remark: "Here are some of the questions I will bring before the board:" The slip'of paper contained tha foJ- following in the order they are print ed: Indian payments. Irrigable area mesa.) Town s'ites. Drainage. School lands in irrigable area. River front protection. Telephone system. S. P. contract on levee. Expert form. Laguna dam. Phases of law pertaining to dam. Some of these are certainly live and pertinent questions and deserve the fulest consideration of the board ; in fact Chairman Fleming long ago offered his "plan of procedure" which embraced "irrigable area,'' "drainage" "river front protection," and the "dam Laguna," so he and Mr. Teas- dale are fully agreed as to those im portant features; but they have not reached an agreement on the question as to whether it lies within the pro vince of the board t oconsider "Indian payments," "town sites," "school lands in irrigable area," "expert form," or the very important question of con sidering the "mesa land." Inasmuch as the, Interior Depart ment and the Indian Department are already in process of adjusting every thing that pertains to "Indian pay ments' as applicable to the Indians' share of the costs of the project, I am at a loss to se why at any time should be, or even can be devoted to that question from the standpoint of economy to the "white lands" of the Reclamation unit, and in vie-v of the specific instructions from Secretary Lane that the present board has its duties circumscribed to the California side of the project, I am at a greater loss to know by what authority the board can cross into Arizona and chase jack rabbits over the mesa in order to see whether those lands shall or shall not be included .'n the Yuma project, however desirable it may be to include these lands in the irrigable area. Mr. Teasdale certainly knows by this time that the people on the Ari zona end of the project have thus far refused to take any part in the pro ceedings of the present board of cost review, plainly indicating that they are satisfied as matters now stand, in other words that they are willing to pay the costs of the project with oue any help from the mesa. If the 'petitions that are now being circu lated can convince Secretary Lane (and I am sure they can) that the peo ple of Yuma county want the Arizona side of the project reviewed by a cost board, naturally the board would be instructed to look into the "irrigable area" question, and in that manner, and that alone, in my opinion can the mesa lands be considered but cer tainly not by the present board, and it would therefore seem a waste of time for Mr. Teasdale to bring the matter up for discussion before the board of which he is such an active and aggressive member. I will be glad indeed, to see Mr. 1 YUMA NEWS GO. I Our Latent Catalogue 5 JuftOut. f Call and f get one, or we will Q mail it to you upon request :: :: :: IT Positively the lowest publishers prices 2; on magazines and newspapers 350 Second Street Teasdale press to a finality the ques tion pf the . arrangement, agreement, lien, or whatever it may be that ex ists between the government and the Southern Pacific regarding the rail road on top of the levee running on the California side from Yuma to the Laguna dam. I have no idea what it is, though I have tried to find out. It must, however, be a rather strange and one-sided document, inasmuch as the project seems to have the burden of maintaining the levee, ' while the S. P. seems to enjoy the privilege of ownership. This question is particularly perti nent just at the"present time, when it is requiring all of Acting Manager Priests' ingenuity, as well .as a con siderable force of men, to prevent the Colorado, even at its .present low stage from eating a large part of the levee away every hour of the day and night. During the last day or two I am credi bly informed that the levee has been viciously attacked by the river and is in great danger at the present time not from ' overflow, but simply from caving banks at low tide. Train load after train load of rock and "pulverized lime stone dust" are bein grushed to the weak spot by the local service, but I have 'not yet heard of the Southern Pacific doing any thing to save its own tracks, probably because it got the "extinguished" manager by the umbilicus when the Santa Rita mountains after Billy original agreement was made, and has Sunday, the evangelist. When asked held on like grim death to a lead nig- why he named it after Sunday, Allen ger ever since, as the S. P. always ' said he did so because it, like Sunday, does when it finds a good thing . is a good money maker. The proper Go to it, Mr. Teasdale, I'm with you ty Is a gold and silver proposition, and on that question until the last dog dies, but my. friendly advice is to keep your mitt off of the Arizona mesa! Let's don't waste any more time than is absolutely necssary. Go after the big things on the California side! That charming blush of a coy maid eng oft-times comes frpm the nearest drug store and disappears with the evening scrub. A dreamer is generally a nice, ami able, harmless sort of creature whtfse principal noise in this work is made in his own dreams. Subscribe for the Examiner. 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