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HolTSVILLE, CALIF., January 28, 1920. MoSEs P. KINKAID, Chairman Committee on Irrigation of Arid Lands, Washington, D. C.

Holtsville Commercial Club heartily urge favorable consideration of bill 11553, the bill as approved by Secretary of State Robert Lansing and Secretary of Interior Franklin Lane. Meets with unanimity most favorable in this community as well as in Imperial Valley generally, and its speedy passage is our petition. - ARTHUR M. WILLIAMs, Secretary.

IMPERIAL, CALIF., January 28, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINCAID, Chairman, Washington, D. C. To prevent any impression being given your honorable committee that Imperial Valley is not united in support of H. R. 11553, we wish to advise you that sentiment is overwhelmingly that this legislation will meet emergency it is intended to cover. This organization is against inclusion of any amendment to give preferential right to public land to the Laguna Water Co. or any other private interests. We respectfully urge that your committee report out said bill at earliest possible date. IMPERIAL CITY CHAMBER OF CoMMERCE.

IMPERIAL, CALIF., January 28, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINKAID, Washington, D. C.: To prevent any impression being given your honorable committee that Imperial Valley is not united in support of H. R. 11553, we wish to advise you that the sentiment is overwhelmingly that this legislation will meet emergency it is intended to cover. This organization is against the inclusion of any amendments to give preferential right to public land to the Laguna Water Co. or any other private interests. We respectfully urge that your committee report out said bill at earliest possible date. Indorsed by Holbzkom Post, Imperial, No. 107, per O. B. Bates, secretary. IMPERIAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

Holtville, CALIF., January 28, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman Arid Land Committee, Washington, D. C.: Imperial Valley is unitedly supporting bill 11553, as drawn by your Subcommittee and approved by various departments. O. N. SHAW.

EL CENTRo, CALIF., January 28, 1920. Hon. Moses P. KINKAID, Chairman, Washington, D. C.:

I returned to Imperial Valley from Washington this morning and have been engaged during the day in discussing H. R. 11553 with officials, ranchers, and business men. They are eagerly interested in the action of the Irrigation Committee on this legislation and are hoping that your committee will report the measure within the next few days. You will be interested and gratified to know that the valley is practically a unit for this bill. There is no evidence of dissention. The feeling regarding the request of the Laguna Water Co. of a preferential purpose right to certain public land is that whatever legal or moral basis, if any, for the Laguna Co. claim, it is a matter foreign to this legislation. I am not misinterpreting the sentiment when I say that Imperial Valley is against the inclusion of such preferential amendment for any private interest, as it certainly will handicap success of this measure. I can not impress it too

strongly that the valley is united for H. R. 11553. ARTHUR M. NELSON.

BRAWLEY, CALIF., January 28, 1920. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman House Irrigation Committee, Washington, D. C.:

Brawley Post 60, American Legion, urges favorable report on Kettner bill. H. R. 11553. We vigorously protest granting any preference right to Imperial Laguna Water Co. or to any private interests. Let the Mesa lands be for the defenders thereof. A. W. GREINER, Secretary.

EL CENTRo, CALIF., January 28, 1920. Moses P. KINKAID, Arid Lands Committee, Washington, D. C.: We have read new draft of Kettner bill, and it is satisfactory to us. We believe that we express the sentiment of majority of people of valley.

ALL-AMERICAN CANAL ASSOCIATION,
LERoy Holt, President.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., January 28, 1920. Hon. M. T. KINKAID, Chairman Irrigation Committee, Washington, D. C.: Holtville Post, American Legion, California, urges the passage of Kettner bill as it now stands, without compromise. We assure you this is also the wish of our community. HolTVILLE PoST, 138, AMERICAN LEGION, B. B. RoberTs, Chairman.

IMPERIAL, CALIF., January 28, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman, Washington, D. C.:

The Board of Trustees of the City of Imperial has indorsed and urges the passage of H. R. 11553. Your committee will undoubtedly be glad to know that Imperial Valley is practically united for this bill, having the support of interests. We understand an effort is being made to insert an amendment to the bill giving the Laguna Water Co. a preferential right to certain lands, and it is our belief the said provision will be prejudicial to the passage of the bill.

IMPERIAL (CALIF.) CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

EL CENTRo, CALIF., January 29, 1920.

CoMMITTEE ON IRRIGATION OF ARID LANDs, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.: Whereas representatives of the Laguna Water Co. and other private interests have appeared before the Irrigation of Arid Lands Committee of the House of Representatives and asked that they be considered in the provisions of the Kettner bill, H. R. 11553; and Whereas we believe that such consideration will tend to interfere with the passage of such measure; and Whereas we further believe that the claim of Mark Rose and associates should be adjusted between Mark Rose and the Government and should not interfere with the passage of our bill: Therefore be it Resolved, That we urge upon the Arid Lands Committee that it promptly and favorably report such bill to the House without the amendment sought by the said Laguna Water Co., and urge all Members of Congress to accept such bill as the united expression of the wishes of Imperial Valley and to as quickly as possible pass such measure. (Notify Kettner.) EL CENTRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, By CLIFFoRD Coggins, President.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., January 29, 1920. Hon. Moses P. KINKAID, Chairman House Irrigation Committee,

Washington, D. C. H. R. 11553, providing for the construction of the all-American canal and reservation for honorably discharged service men of public lands on the east mesa of Imperial Valley, was recently sent to American Legion posts in various parts of the country, and reports of indorsements are beginning to arrive. Word has been received that the Arkansas State Legion and the Connecticut State Legion have added their indorsements to that of the California and Kentucky departments and that of the beneficial legislation committee of the national convention. Letters and telegrams received during the last few days report that the following American Legion posts have indorsed said H. R. 11553: Eldon, Iowa ; Summitsville, Ind. ; South Amboy, N. J.; Manitou Springs, Colo.; Greene, Iowa; Long Beach, Calif.; Lynchburg, Va.; Bellevue, Ky.; Forrest Park, Ill. ; Niles, Ohio; Montezuma, Ind.; Kankakee, Ill. ; Chelsea, Mass.; Menominee, Mich.; Abilene, Tex.; Lewistown, Pa.; Van Buren, Ind.; Lima, Ohio; Elgin, Ill.; Rutherford, N. J.; Pekin, Ill. ; Exford, Inc.; Lake Odessa, Mich.; Belleville, Ill. This is, of course, a premature list. Responses have just begun to arrive.

ARTHUR M. NELSON,
Executive Committeeman for Eleventh District,

American Legion of California.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., January 29, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman,

Washington, D. C.: The board of supervisors of Imperial County, after full consideration of H. R. 11553, has indorsed same as being satisfactory and adequate legislation to meet the vital and urgent irrigation problem confronting the Imperial Valley project, and respectfully urge upon your committee that it favorably report same with such recommendation as your committee deem advisable.

J. Roy ADAMS,

Chairman.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., January 29, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman House Irrigation Committee,

Washington, D. C. Boyce Aten Post, No. 25, American Legion, of California, indorses resolution 11553, and is opposed to any amendment giving preference right to any private interests. This we know reflects general county opinion. Imperial Valley a unit in favor of bill, and urges early report.

John M. KEPLEY, Post Vice President.

BRAWLEY CALIF., January 29, 1920. ARID LAND COMMITTEE,

Washington, D. C. The Imperial Valley is a unit for the Kettner bill as amended, and protest against any lands or remuneration being given to Mark Rose or Laguna Water Co.

BRAWLEY COMMERCIAL CLUB.

SEELEY CALIF., January 29, 1920. Mr. KINKAID, Chairman of Arid Lands Committee,

House Office Building, Washington, D. C. Chamber of Commerce, Seeley Calif., approves the Kettner bill in its present form and believes that Imperial Valley as a whole favors and urges its passage at the earliest moment.

C. S. HILL,

President of Chamber of Commerce. 185833420_ 40

BRAWLEY, CALIF., January 29, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman Committee on Immigration of Arid Lands,

House Office Building, Washington, D. C.: Imperial Valley ex-service men in six American Legion posts join all other interests, which are not united, favoring Kettner bill (H. R. 11553), asking favorable action; also protest any amendment granting Mark Rose or any private interest a preference right to any public lands.

PERRY L. HEDRICK, President Interpost Council, American Legion,

ELCENTRO, CALIF., January 29, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINKAID, Chairman Committee on Irrigation of Arid Lands,

House Office Building, Washington, D. C.: The Imperial irrigation district indorses and approves House bill 11553 and wishes to state that this measure has the solid support of a united Imperial Valley, and hopes your committee will not delay in reporting the measure.

IMPERIAL VALLEY IRRIGATION DISTRICT.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., January 29, 1920. Hon. M. P. KINKAID,

Chairman House Irrigation Committee, Washington: The Imperial County Farm Bureau, representing 14 center organizations and 1,000 ranches, indorses H. R. 11553. which has the solid support of the entire valley. Injection of any outside consideration should not mislead committee into believing any difference exists as to bill as now drawn. Imperial Valley is unit for it and respectfully urges that you report it speedily as possible.

IMPERIAL COUNTY FARM BUREAU.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., January 30, 1920. COMMITTEE ON ARID LANDS,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.: Board of directors of Imperial irrigation district are opposed to granting preferential rights to lands to Imperial Laguana Water Co., or any party or parties except soldiers, marines, and service men as provided for in Kettner bill (H. R. 11553).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS IMPERIAL IRRIGATION DISTRICT.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., February 6, 1920. Moses P. KINKAID,

Arid Lands Committee, Washington, D. C. Sixty thousand people dependent on passage of Kettner bill. We urge your favorable report to avoid crisis this year. Valley people as a unit favor bill, except land speculators. We are pledged to Yuma people to change our present intake from Hanlon heading to Laguna Dam. Big demand for water this year. Must have help.

S. NICKERSON, President Imperial Irrigation District.

EL CENTRO, CALIF., February 6, 1920. VALLEY WASHINGTON COMMITTEE,

Care R. D. McPherrin, Washington Hotel, Washington, D. C. Stay on the job. We must have help. We are facing a crisis. Yuma people are uneasy-want us to move our Hanlon heading intake to Laguna Dam as

per agreement. The board and the valley are behind you. We won’t take “no " for an answer. Sixty thousand people dependent on this bill. Valley unanimous for Kettner bill, except land speculators. I am leaving Saturday for Washington.

J. S. NICKERSON.

IMPERIAL, CALIF., February 9, 1920. Hon. Moses P. KINCAID, Chairman Arid Lands Committee, House of Representatives, - Washington, D. C.: To-day at a meeting of the board of directors of Imperial Water Co. No. 1, a mutual water company composed of the owners of 125,000 acres of land in the Imperial irrigation district, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, That Mark Rose and his followers represent only the private interests of the Laguna Water Co. and that we protest against giving any consideration in the way of lands or money to private interest at the expense of the property owners of Imperial County. J. F. CARLSON, Secretary.

SAN DIEgo, CALIF., February 10, 1920. ARID LANDS COMMITTEE, Washington, D. C.: Understanding that the Kettner bill is before your committee for investigation, and having intimate knowledge of water conditions in Imperial Valley, believe that recommendation of this bill by your body would give Imperial Valley opportunity to work out its water problems to advantage of entire district; believe that sentiment of San Diego and Imperial Counties is practically unanimous for adoption of this bill; my belief is that people of this entire district would greatly appreciate favorable action by your committee. - G. A. DAVIDSON, President Southern Trust & Commerce Bank.

SAN DIEgo, CALIF., February 11, 1920. ARID LANDS COMMITTEE, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.:

San Diego is greatly interested in Imperial Valley securing a full water supply controlled throughout its length by United States. Any district that produces sixty millions of products on lands worth forty millions deserves your best endeavors to protect. We believe the plan now outlined in Kettner bill (H. R. 11553), is best and will do most good, enlarging irrigable district and removing any part of canal from menace of Mexico. We are for the all-AmeriCan Canal. MANUFACTURERS AND EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO.

SAN DIEgo, CALIF., February 11, 1920. ARID LANDS CoMMITTEE, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C.: Merchants Association of San Diego respectfully urges you to favor passage of Kettner bill, No. 11553, favoring the all-American canal in Imperial County, believing that it will do greatest good for greatest number of residents and land OWnerS. MERCHANTs Association OF SAN DIEGO. CHAs. W. WILsoN, President.

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