Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
[Robert Underwood] Johnson
there is some difference of opinion about the sufficiency of water, but in [maine?] it is that “if all conserved” there will be enough, but none to waste. I will try a few more Yosemite letters to eastern papers. I don’t know what those of California, except the Examiner and Chronicle, have been saying about Noble’s report. I haven’t been able to see the report in full.Yours TrulyGeo. G. Mackenzie.I have just seen an editorial in the Times of Nov. 20 concerning the alteration of the boundaries of the Yosemite Park. I do wish that that paper would find out what it talks about, or wants to talk about. The Mariposa neighborhood does not, as the Times appears to suppose, form part of the Yosemite watershed, unless water runs up stream. And the other proposed cut-offs are in the same condition. It don’t matter any to me, but it looks silly. And the talk about compensating owners is useless. Congress will never make such an enormous appropriation as would be necessary. it is just such blundering that has brought on the whole Yosemite trouble. The papers are always getting things mixed. The Times speaks of “experts who laid out the lines”. Who were they? John Muir drew a line across a map. These things are on a par with the soldier stupidity. This summer showed that up, but the facts have not yet been published. However the Times got its Captain, and now should stand by her recommendations.
1891 Dec 7
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