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shall have the right as its option for a period of 12 months next after the passage of the bill to acquire from the Government by purchase or otherwise the title to 50,000 acres or any part thereof of the public lands susceptible of irrigation by the canals and works mentioned in the bill for settlement under the provisions of the State lands settlement act provided, however, that the State of California or the settlers therein shall pay the full costs and charges per acre which provided therein to be paid for construction and storage purpose of the act which shall be assessed by the Secretary of the Interior provided that the charge of $10 an acre shall not be paid on lands reserved for settlement under the State land settlement act or for soldier settlement the lands described in said bill remaining in Government ownership and lying south of the third standard parallel and east of Imperial irrigation district not selected by the State of California shall be set apart and reserved for one year or until water is brought to said land for soldiers' and sailors' and marines' perferential entry or settlement, and also, that said bill shall be amended to provide for a district appropriation by Congress or the issuance of Government bonds in amount sufficient to cover the proportional cost of construction of the works specified in said bill of all lands lying outside of Imperial irrigation district,” and recommend that the Kettner bill be reported out at the earliest possible moment with the amendments theron. - E. KIRK,

Scretary of Conference.

BERKELEY, CALIF., October 1, 1919. M. P. KINKAID, Arid Lands Commuttee, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.:

A conference held at the State university to-day, attended by 68 delegates, representing departments of the State government, the American Legion, and various organizations of the Imperial Valley, recommends the following amendments to the Kettner bill and the Hayden bill: “That the State of California shall have the right, at its option, for a period of 12 months next after the passage of the bill, to acquire from the Government by purchase, exchange, or otherwise, the title of 50,000 acres, or any part thereof, of the public lands susceptible of irrigation by the canals and works mentioned in the bill for settlement under the provisions of the State lands settlement act: Provided, however, That the State of California, or the settlers therein, shall pay the full costs and charges per acre which are provided therein to be paid for construction and storage purpose of the act, which shall be assessed by the Secretary of the Interior; Provided, That the charge of $10 an acre shall not be paid on lands reserved for settlement under the State land settlement act or (or soldier settlement, the lands described in Said bill remaining in Government ownership, and lying south of the third standard parallel and east of Imperial irrigation district, not selected by the State of California, shall be set apart and reserved for one year or until water is brought to said land for soldiers' and sailors' and marines' preferential entry or settlement, and also that said bill shall be amended to provide for a district appropriation by Congress or the issuance of Government bonds in amount sufficient to cover the proportional cost of construction of the works specified in said bill of all lands lying outside of Imperial irrigation district,” and recommends that the Kettner bill be reported out at the earliest possible moment with the amendments thereon.

E. KIRK, Secretary of Conference.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., October 7. MoSES P. KINKAID, Chairman Arid Lands Committee, House Office Building, Washington, D. C.:

I emphatically protest against the terms of the Hayden bill. It absolutely ignores prior rights, Imperial irrigation district, to waters of Colorado River. It does not provide for all-American delivering waters to Imperial and Coachella Valleys. It will delay any legislation for our relief which must come quickly, and is complicated and will bring opposition that Kettner bill does not provoke. By this I have no reference to soldiers' perference, which I indorse. My kindest regards to members of the Arid Lands Committee.

MIKE LIEBERT.

EL CENTRo, CALIF., October 9. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman Arid Lands Committee, Washington, D. C.:

Whereas two legislative enactment bills have been introduced in the House of Represel tatives of the United States, known as H. R. 6044, by Hon. William Kettner, and H. R. 9421, by Hon. Carl Hayden; and Whereas a conference of representatives of interested organizations was called by Dr. Meade, to be held in Hilgard Hall, in Berkeley, Calif., on the 1st day of October, 1919; ard Whereas at the conference held as called recommendations were made and adopted that amendments be made to the bill H. R. 6044 providing the State of California shall have the right at its option for a period of 12 months next after the passage of the bill to acquire from the Government, by purchase, exchange, or otherwise, the title to 50,000 acres or any part thereof of the public lands susceptible of irrigation by the canals and works mentioned in the bill for settlement under the provisions of the State land-settlement act: “Provided, however, That the State of California or the settlers therein shall pay the full charges per acre provided therein to be paid for the construction and storage purposes of the act, which shall be assessed by the Secretary of the Interior,” “provided that the charge of $10 an acre shall not be paid on lands reserved for settlement under the State land-settlement act or for soldier settlemert,” the lands described in said bill remaining in Government ownership and lying south of the third standard parallel and east of the Imperial irrigation district not selected by the State of California shall be set apart and reserved for one year or until water is brought to said land for soldiers', sailors', and marines' preferential entry or settlement, and that said bill shall be amel ded to provide for a direct appropriation by Congress of the issuance of Government bonds in an amount sufficient to cover the proportional cost of corstruction of the works specified in said bill of all lands lying outside of the Imperial irrigation district: Therefore be it Resolved, That the board of supervivors of Imperial County approve the amendments as recommended by the said Meade conference; and be it Resolved further, That the board of supervivors of Imperial County does hereby urgently request that the Arid Lands Committee of the United States Congress do report out of committee favorably the Kettner bill, H. R. 6044, with the amendments incorporated, or any other bill containing the said provisions of H. R. 6044, with amendments incorporated, as the committee may deem proper; and be it Resolved further, That a copy of this resolution be wired to the Arid Lands Committee, to Hon. William Kettner, to the Secretary of the Interior, and to Serators Johnson and Phelan, Washington, D. C.

M. S. Cook, County Clerk.

SAN FRANCIsco, CALIF., October 12. Hon. Moses P. KINKAID, Chairman House Committee on Irrigation of Arid Lands, Washington, D. C.: American Legion of California in convention assembled yesterday unanimously adopted resolution recommending that so-called Kettner bill, H. R. 6044, be amended so as to reserve for soldier settlement or entry all public lands in Imperial Valley lying south of third standard parallel and east of Imperial irrigation district except that not exceeding 50,000 acres of above-described area shall be optioned to State of California for settlement purposes, and for immediate enactment of the legislation. We are confident your committee will give this recommendation thoughtful consideration. FRED F. BEBERGALL, Secretary American Legion of California, Flood Building, San Francisco.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., October 14. Moses P. KINKAID, Chairman Arid Lands Committee, Washington, D. C.:

The following resolution was adopted unanimously by the district board : Resolved, That the board of directors of the Imperial irrigation district does lmereby indorse and approve of the principle of State and soldiers' land settlement as affecting the sale and disposal of the vacant public lands in Imperial County lying south of the third standard parallel and east of the present boundaries of the said district and hereby declares that the dedication of said lands to such settlement is in complete harmony with the efforts of desire of this board and the people of Imperial County to provide ways and means for the construction of the canals and works necessary to be constructed to stabilize and protect the water rights of owners of lands in the Imperial irrigation district, together with all of such public lands pursuant to the terms and provisions of that certain contract entered into between the Imperial irrigation district and the Secretary of the Interior under date of October 23, 1918; be it

Resolved further, That the secretary of this board be and he is hereby directed to wire the chairman of the Arid Lands Committee in Washington, D. C., requesting and urging said committee to so amend H. R. 6044 as to give full force and effect to the said principle of State and soldiers' land settleinent in the manner suggested and approved at the conference held in Berkeley, Calif., under date of October 1, 1919; be it

Resolved further, That the Arid Lands Committee be reuested when said bill, H. R. 6044, be so amended to report the same out for passage at the earliest possible date.

F. H. McIver, Secretary.

BRAwLEY, CALIF., October 16. Hon. Moses P. KINKAID, Chairman Arid Land Committee, Washington, D. C.:

Whereas opposition to Kettner bill (H. R. 6044), and to the proposed amendments thereto as adopted by the Mead conference held at Berkeley, Calif., October 1, 1919, providing for State and soldier settlement on the mesa lands. Imperial County, Calif., has developed by proposal treaty negotiations with Mexico; and Whereas we believe such negotiation will annul or delay the passage of the above-amended bill: Now, therefore be it Resolved, That the Imperial Interpost consul of the American Legion, represented by the Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, Holtville, and Imperial Coast, vigorously protest against such negotiations as well hinder the immediate passage of Kettner bill with proposed amendment, and that we hereby request that the said bill incorporating said Mead conference amendments be favorably reported out of committee immediately.

INTERPost CoNFERENCE OF AMERICAN LEGION, By P. L. HEDRick, Secretary.

IMPERIAL WATER Co. No. 6, Calearico, Calif., October 15, 1919. CHAIRMAN ARID LANDS CoMMITTEE, Wushington, D. C. DEAR SIR: Inclosed please find copy of resolution passed by the board of directors of Imperial Water Co. No. 6, located at Calexico, Calif., at a recent meeting held by that body. Yours, truly, IMPERIAL WATER Co. No. 6, By B. F. McCoMB, Secretary.

Resolved, That the board of directors of Imperial Water Co. No. 6, representing the landowners of approximately 25,000 acres of land in Imperial irrigation district, hereby declare their opposition to the so-called Kettner bill, now pending before the Arid Land Committee and the House of Representatives at Washington, and that we are only in favor of an all-American canal, provided the recommendations made by the conference between Imperial Valley representatives and California State authorities at Berkeley on October 1, 1919, are carried out and made a feature of any proposed all-American canal.

Members supporting: Dool, Lyons, Brockman, Pulliam.
Member opposing: Harbison.

This is to certify that the foregoing is a full, true, and correct copy of a resolution passed by the board of directors of the said Imperial Water Co. No. 6 at a meeting on Saturday, October 11, 1919. In witness whereof I have set my hand and the seal of said Imperial Water Co. No. 6 this 15th day of October, 1919. B. F. McCoMB,

Secretary Imperial Water Co. No. 6.

RESOLUTION.

The following resolution was reported by a committee of 15 created by the Berkeley conference held October 1, 1919, and by appropriate action has been indorsed and ratified by the board of directors of Imperial irrigation district, and all other civic and municipal organizations of Imperal Valley:

Whereas the principle of State and soldiers' land settlement as affecting the disposal of vacant public lands, adopted at the Berkeley conference held October 1, 1919, when written into the provisions of H. R. 6044, will tend to change or modify certain provisions contained in the original draft of the bill, providing funds for the construction of storage works for the service of lands affected by the terms of the bill; and Whereas in the judgment of this committee, it will be the duty of the Secretary Of the Interior and the Arid Lands Committee to retain in said Kettner bill a storage plan to insure an adequate supply of water for all lands outside of the present boundaries of the Imperial irrigation district: Now, therefore, be it - Resolved, That this committee does hereby declare that the inclusion in the terms and provisions of said H. R. 6044, in amended form, of such requirements and provisions as may be necessary and adequate in the opinion of the Secretary of the Interior and the Arid Lands Committee, to provide sufficient Stored waters for the use of said land in the United States outside of Said district boundaries, will be indorsed and approved by this committee as in full harmony with the principles recommended by the Berkeley conference, and unanimously indorsed and approved by the district board and all other civic Organizations of this valley; be it further Resolved, That the irrigation district board, and all other organizations which have heretofore indorsed and approved the principles announced at said Berkeley conference, be requested, likewise, to concur in and indorse this further announcement of policy. \

Los ANGELEs, CALIF., October 20, 1919. Hon. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman Arid Lands Committee, Washington, D. C.

DEAR SIR: We have been pleased with the reports received from Mr. Rose and other members of the Imperial Valley committee regarding the prospects of an early favorable report on the Kettner bill; also the tenor of the letters received from the members of your committee gave assurance of a proper appreciation of the great importance of this measure and a desire to grant the request of the people most vitally concerned, viz, the people of Imperial Valley who expressed their will on this all-American canal question at the polls by a majority of over three to one. These are the people who will ultimately have to pay for the Canal.

It seems, however, that outside organizations and individuals (such as Dr. Mead, who, as was shown to your committee, has been opposing this canal project for years), have succeeded in delaying action. We know that this was the purpose of Dr. Mead's call for a conference at Berkeley.

If you gentlemen have been convinced that this legislation is meritorious, why not give us a favorable report and let Dr. Mead make his contentions through any friends he may have on the floor?

In other countries unrest and disrespect of law and order exist simply because those in authority have, in the past, disregarded the desires or needs of the people.

We of Imperial Valley are 100 per cent American. Have during the recent trying years stood loyally by our Government and propose in the future to do so, but we do ask that you, as American lawmakers, grant us this legislation which means so much to us at this time.

Yours, very respectfully,
WEST SIDE IMPERIAL IRRIGATION Co.
WM. LINDSEY, President.

BERKELEY, CALIF., October 22. HoN. Moses KINKAID, Chairman Arid Lands Committee, Washington, D. C.:

The California State Federation of Farm Bureaus, representing 35 county farm bureaus, now in session at Berkeley, most earnestly request that your committee report out Kettner bill, No. 6044, with amendments adopted by the Mead conference. DR. W. H. WALKER, President.

EI. CENTRo, CALIF., October 28. HoN. Moses P. KINKAID, Chairman Arid Lands Committee, Washington, D. C.:

Reported here H. R. 6044 be reported out of committee within next two or three days; all valley interested now ; united upon policy of construction of allAmerican canal, and a committee consisting of two members irrigation district board, two of American Legion, one representing committee of 15 appointed at Mead conference have been delegated by irrigation district board to proceed to Washington at once to work for the Kettner bill with Mead amendments and storage for California lands, said plans being satisfactory to our entire valley. May we not respectfully request that the report of your committee be deferred pending the arrival of the new committees ALL-AMERICAN CANAL Association. LERoy Holt, President.

SAN FRANCIsco, CALIF., October 28. Hon. Moses P. KINKAID, f House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.:

In behalf American Legion, of California, request that Kettner bill be not reported by Arid Land Committee until Imperial Valley committee reaches Washington with recommendation for amendment relative ex-soldier settlement.

AMERICAN LEGION of CALIFoRNIA,
DAVID P. BARRows, President.

CoACHELLA VALLEY County WATER DISTRICT of RIVERSIDE County, Coachella, Calif., October 30, 1919. Hon. Moses P. KINKAID, Chairman Committee on Irrigation of Arid Lands, Washington, D. C.

DEAR SIR: There has been before your committee for some time a bill introduced by Hon. William Kettner, California. This bill provides a way for the people of the Imperial irrigation district and other peoples outside of the Imperial irrigation district, owning property in various districts which are now arid, to finance and construct the proposed allAmerican canal, which canal will supply these lands with water. The Coachella Valley County Water District has had its attorney, Thos. C. Yager, in Washington for some time for the purpose of assisting the committee in coming to some conclusion about the bill under consideration. Under date of October 25, 1919, Mr. Yager wired the district that the committee refused to report bill out, claiming Imperial Valley not in accord and that they did not know whether the majority of the people want the bill. I wish to call your attention to the fact that at a public election, held within the Imperial irrigation district, five out of every seven electors voted favorably for the construction of an all-American canal, and for the expenditure of the necessary money to build it. The Kettner bill, or any of the bills that have been introduced, deal with the financing of this canal, because without Government aid it would be impossible for the Imperial irrigation district or outside districts to finance to advantage the construction of the canal. If your committee would report the bill favorably, and it were passed by Congress and become a law, it would not obligate the Government to the ex

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