John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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2to save the valley, at least for a generation or two, by compelling San Francisco to first develop the Lake Eleanor & Cherry River sources to the utmost, take this supply to the city & use it until it proved inadequate. Then & not 'til then could H. Hy. be dammed.The real motive, as far as I can see, that determines Mr Phelans action in the matter is political ambition. While Spreckles wished to get possession of the city street cars & the Hetch Hetchy water-power to run them. This I think lay at the bottom of the ousting of the boodling board of supervisors with the aid of Burns, & the election of another boodle board.(2) The San Joaquin farmers are far from satisfied but unable to make their wants known against their political opponents.(3) See above. Use your own judgment as to small circular & go ahead.I sent you list of papers & will send some quotations from them later.


Martinez [Calif.]

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1913 Sep 11


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