John Muir et al.


William Kent


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PURP0SES: To preserve from destructive invasion our National Parks --- Nature's Wonderlands. To enlist the support and co-operation of all organizations and individual interested in such preservation and to publish and circulate information to accomplish these objectsSOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OFNATIONAL PARKSDirectors of California BranchMR. John Muir, President, MartinezDR. WM.F.BADE, Vice-President, BerkeleyMR. CHAS. P. Douglass, San DiegoMR. W. S. Gould, OaklandMRS. JAS. B. HUME, BerkeleyMR. CHAS. KEELER, BerkeleyPROF. J. N. LECONTE, BerkeleyMRS. KATHARINE MILLER, BerkeleyPROF. W. C. MORGAN, BerkeleyMR. E. T. PARSONS, San FranciscoREV. WM. T. PATCHELL, San JoseMR. WILLOUGHBY RODMAN, Los AngelesMR. GEO. EDWARDS, Secretary, 302 Mills Building, S. F.MRS. R. V. COLBY, Treasurer, 302 Mills Building, S. F.CALIFORNIA BRANCH302 MILLS BUILDINGSAN FRANCISCOAdvisory CouncilMR. ALLEN CHAMBERLAIN, BostonMR. ASAHEL CURTIS, SeattleMR. R. L. GLISAN, PortlandMR. HENRY E. GREGORY, New YorkMR. ROBERT UNDERWOOD JOHNSON, New YorkPROF. W. D. LYMAN, Walla WallaPROF. EDMOND S. MEANY, SeattleMISS HARRIET MONROE, ChicagoMR. J. HORACE MCFARLAND, Harrisburg, Pa.MR. JOHN W. NOBLE, St. LouisMR. H L PITTOCK, PortlandMR. ALDEN SAMPSON, New YorkMR. C. H. SHOLES, PortlandMR. EDMUND A. WHITMAN, BostonSan Francisco, June 27, 1913.[Illegible]Hon. William Kent,House of Representatives,Washington, D. C.Dear Sir:-The Yosemite National Park is not only the greatest and most wonderful national playground in California, but in many of its features it is without a rival in the whole world. It belongs to the American people and in world wide interest ranks with the Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. It embraces the head waters of two rivers --- the Merced and the Tuolumne. The Yosemite Valley is in the Merced basin; the Hetch Hetchy Valley, the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, and the Tuolumne Meadows are in the Tuolumne Basin. Excepting only the Yosemite Valley, the Tuolumne basin in its general features is the more wonderful and larger half of the Park.The Hetch Hetchy Valley is a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite, not only in its cliffs and waterfalls and peaceful river, but in the gardens, groves, meadows and camp grounds of its flowery park-like floor.At a recent session of Congress a most determined attack was made by the City of San Francisco to get the right to use the Hetch Hetchy Valley as a reservoir site, thus depriving ninety millions of people of one of their most priceless possessions for the sake of saving San Francisco dollars.As soon as the scheme became manifest, public-spirited citizens all over the country entered their protests, and before the session was over, the Park invaders saw that they were defeated, and permitted the bill to die without bringing it to a vote, so as to be able to try again.Ever ready to take advantage of every political change, a bill having the same destructive purpose has been re-introduced at this session of Congress and is now pending before the Public Lands Committee, and its supporters are speciously urging that it should be rushed through at this special session as an emergency measure when in reality nothing like an emergency exists.San Francisco may be in immediate need of an increased supply of water but her own engineers admit that the present supply can be more than doubled by adding to present nearby sources and that is the first and most economic plan of development before the city eventually goes to Sierra for additional water.


San Francisco

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1913 Jun 27


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