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A FEARLESS CHAMPION OF CITY OF YUMA, YUMA PROJECT AND YUMA 'COUNTY V VOLUME 47 YUMA, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1917. NUMBER 39. FOR OUR BEl NTERESTED OVED SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. To the shareholders of the Yuma County Water Users' As sociation: Dear Shareholder: The association urges you to sign and return immediately in the enclosed stamped envelope, the accompanying acceptance of the provisions of the 20 year Extension Act as o the number of installments in which the construction charge of the Yuma Project on your land shall be paid. It is simply an election on your part to pay the construction charge in twenty, rather than in ten, installments. It binds you to nothing, and if you prefer hereafter to pay the charges in ten installments, or less, you can do so, no matter what shall ultimately be determined to be the cost, or when its payment shall begin, it is highly desirable that the landowner have the privilege of paying in twenty in stallments. We therefore urge immediate execution and return. J. M. THACKER, President. D. L. DeVANE, Secretary. To Hon. Secretary of the Interior: You are hereby notified that the undersigned, desiring to secure the benefits of the 20-year Extension Act of Aug ust 13, 1914 (38 Stat, 686), does hereby accept all terms and conditions of said act in so far as the same affects the fol ifJwing described tract of land, of which the undersigned is owner, to-wit: Mer., in Yuma. County, Arizona, and within the Yuma Pro ject, U. S. R. S. NOT hereby agreeing to pay the construction charge of $75.00 per acre purported to be fixed by the Public No tice of April 6, 1917, but protesting against such charge as being exorbitant and in excess of the estimated cost per acre fixed by the Secretary of the Interior on May 10, 1904, to wit: Less than $40.00 per acre, $35.28, and not hereby agreeing to pay any construction prior to the completion of said project, as provided by the contract of May 31, 1906, eng tered between the Secretary of the Interior and Yuma County Water Users' Association, copy of which is recorded in the office of the county recorder of said county book Dated Sept. 14, 1917. DEATH OF CHIEF COUNSEL HOFFMAN. In a personal letter from Judge H. L. Holgate, assistant chief counsel of the U. S. R. S., located in Denver in charge of research work on the Colorado river and its tributaries, I learn with great sorrow of the very recent death of Judge Hoffman, assistant to Judge Will R. King at the Washing ton headquarters. Death was caused from pneumonia. The people of Yuma Project do not know what a loss they have sustained in Judge Hoffman's untimely death, for I doubt if they ever came in personal contact with him. However, it was my good fortune to have met him in Wash ington and it was through his untiring efforts that the Yu ma Mesa Auxiliary law was finally enacted. Day after day I was with him in an effort to draft the bill so it would be acceptable to those in congress who were originally opposed to making any changes in the land laws of our country. He never for once despaired of eventually getting the bill in such shape as to make it acceptable. Ten different measures were drawn before Chief Counsel King and Judge Holgate would O.K. it. When the measure was finally approved Judge Hoffman was one of the best pleased men in the city of Washington. He was my friend, and Yuma's friend ail through that strenuous campaign and I would be ungrateful indeed if I did not pay this slight tribute to his memory. He was at all times and under all circumstances the friend of all the reclamation projects, the real friend of the sturdy men who are trying to convert desert lands into gardens and or- (By B. F. FLY.) It is with unfeigned pleasure that I can make the an nouncement that "there's somethin' doin' on the Mesa," so just hold your breath while you read the good news: The reclamation commission has appointed a special board to take up all matters pertaining to the early construc tion of the Yuma Mesa Auxiliary Project, composed 'of Con sulting Engineer 'D. C. Henny of the U. S. R. S., J. M. Gay lord, chief electrical pumping plant engineer of the U. S. R. S., and Hon. E. W. Burr, attorney in charge of irrigation districts of the U. S. R. S., whose duty will be to come to Yuma, hold meetings with private land owners on the mesa and enter into final arrangements for placing irrigating water on the first mesa unit. The first meeting will be held on or about September 20, or just as soon thereafter as the members of the special board have arrived in Yuma. They are due to reach here by that date, but it is barely possible that the meeting may be deferred a day or two. Now, my good friends, that begins to look like business. The mere announcement that matters pertaining to open ing the mesa have progressed to this point should be hailed with great joy by all who are interested in the prosperity of Yuma and Yuma Project, for the construction of the Mesa Auxiliary Project will mean more to this entire sec tion than all other agencies combined. Therefore I repeat that it is with unfeigned pleasure that I am enabled to make the official announcement as above set forth. It will nowN rest entirely with the private land owners on the mesa as to whether or not they want their lands to be embraced in the first unit. If they do not, why, then and in that event the government will proceed to open up the first unit to be composed of public lands entirely, lands that will be sold at public auction when the big sale comes off this winter. It can hardly be conceived, however, that the pri vate land owners on the mesa will refuse to heartily co-operate with the special board detailed to conferVith our local citizens on this all important matter, for it is the one thing they have all been praying for during the last decade. In their respective lines each of the three members of this spe cial board is regarded by the reclamation commission and Secretary Franklin K. Lane as an expert. They know what the department wants and they know what should be done in order to place practically all the private lands in the first unit. They will frankly tell the people how this can be done to the best advantage. After that it will be almost wholly up to the private land owners as to whether they are willing to go ahead and soon have their lands blossoming like the pro verbal rose in the spring time, or whether they want to wait another decade before they can hope to reap the benefits they are so justly entitled to for their long and impatient waiting. All details as to the survey, the route of the main canal and the laterals for the mesa have been completed to the smallest detail. Project Manager Schlecht, realizing that worl will soon begin in the actual construction work on the mesa, has taken time by the forelock and sunk a well in Sec tion 9, for the purpose of utilizing the water therefrom for domestic purposes when he establishes the first construc tion camp on our belover mesa. The well was sunk to a depth of 125 feet, where good water of an almost inexhaus table quantity was encountered, forcing the water up 20 feet. Other details looking to early construction work on the mest, have been attended to, and all in all it can now be safely assumed that "it's a go," the mesa will be irrigated at an early date, and Yuma will at once be the happiest and most prosperous community in the entire west. chards. He would always even strain a point in their behal; and particularly with regard to Yuma Project. Like all the other reclamation officials he realized that if Yuma Project could not be made a success none of the projects could ever hope to do better. I mourn his death as a real loss to Yuma, as well as a great loss to the entire Reclamation Service. It will be dif ficult to find a man who can take his place. Peace to his ashes. YUMA MESA" MORE CANARDS ABOUT CANTU AND CARRANZA SPREAD BROADCAST FOR PURPOSE OF CREATING STRIFE. For the past two or three weeks papers of the Willie Randolph Hearst calibre, aided and abetted by two or three little squirt-guns over in the Imperial valley, have been bus ily engaged in circulating the report that Carranza is con- -stantly adding to his force of soldiers at La Bolsa for the purpose of attacking the Cantu forces in Baja California and taking possession of that territory. The canard has been recently varied so as to make it appear that General Carpio, one of the Carranzistas, has been appointed as governor to succeed Governor Cantu, even crediting Governor Carpio with having made the offi cial statement that he had his commission as governor in his pocket. I read this latter statement last week while in Tucson. The very next night General Carpio registered at the Santa Rita hotel in Tucson, where I was also a guest. He left the next morning for Nogales and thence to other points in the Republic of Mexico. I can say with every degree of positiveness that there isn't a word of truth in these reports. Nor was there a word of truth in the report that 200 Carranza soldiers were drowned near the mouth of the Colorado while making their way from Guymas to La Bplsa. These canards, so far as I have been able to ascertain, were given circulation by ene mies of both Carranza and Governor Cantu in an effort to so arouse the friends of each that real trouble might be start ed between the forces of these two leaders. As a matter of fact the most cordial relations exist between Carranza and Cantu. The latter has been re-appointed governor of Baja California by President Carranza, and there is a thorough understanding between them as to the government of the territory over which Governor Cantu has presided with such genius-like ability ever since he has dominated affairs in Baja California. It was my pleasure to make a trip from Tucson to Mexi can last Saturday, arriving in the latter place early Sunday morning in time to participate in the celebration of Mexican Independence Day. It was a celebration that would do credit to any nation on earth. The enthusiasm was un bounded. The public exercises were held at the big school building, where I was honored with a seat on the broad veranda reserved for officials and specially invited guests, and afterwards reviewed the parade as a guest of Cantu af ficials. The parade was almost wholly military, consisting of cavalry, machine-gun corps, infantry, mounted revenue inspectors, rurales, and a long line of distinguished citizens in automobiles. The very best of good fellowship prevailed thruout and I was much impressed with the entire celebra tion. . I heard absolutely nothing to indicate that there was trouble brewing between1 the governor and the president. On the other hand I was assured by every official in Mexi cali with whom I came in contact that the best of feeling pre vails between the two forces. As a matter of fact many of rhe important offices in Baja California are now filled by Carranza appointees, notably in the customs and interna) revenue departments, which would at once prove that Cantu and Carranza are working in harmony, each doing all within his power to maintain the same friendly relations between Baja California and the United States that have existed ever since Governor Caritu was appointed governor of that fabulously rich territory. The canards spread broadcast rrom time to time are circulated with no good motives for either Mexico or the United States, and I have no patience with any paper that persists in reproducing such uncalled for absurdities. The Imperial valley papers print them for the sole and only purpose of boosting the Mark Rose Ail American canal scheme, because the Mexican government very rightfully insists that Baja California shall have its proper quota of waters flowing thru its territory, while the Mark Rose crowd want an All-American canal so as to deny Baja California its just rights. It is almost time to hear something good about the mesa. Let us hope that the good news will not be delayed very much longer. In the meantime keep up your courage.