H[enry] M. McDonald


William F. Bade


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It is also desired to furnish, on or before November 25th, the editors of influential newspapers throughout the country, who are opposed to the Raker bill, with copies of Mr. Nickerson's report. This, in order that public sentiment may be more thoroughly aroused against the Raker bill than is now the case.It is fully apparent that, if the Raker bill is passed by the Senate on December 6th, the City of San Francisco will be permanently given the privileges which it seeks in connection with Hetch Hetchy. On the thoer hand, if the bill is defeated in the Senate, the City of San Francisco will be forever barred from entering Hetch Hetchy. Consequently, if the bill is to be defeated active and strenuous work must at once be done by those opposed to the raid upon Hetch Hetchy.The outlay connected with the engineering, field work, the preparation and publication of Mr. Nickerson's report, will approximate $2,500. Two hundred and fifty copies of the report will be printed. It is desired to secure subscriptions for copies of this report, - the money so secured to be devoted to meeting the outlay just indicated.Will you not, therefore, kindly subscribe for one or more copies of the report at $10,00 per copy? If you should deem it desirable to do this, please accompany your subscription with a check made payable to the order of George E. Catts, President Stockton Savings Bank, Stockton, California, who will see that the money received is devoted to the payment of expenses incurred in preparing and printing Mr. Nickerson's report. The copy or copies of the report subscribed by you will be mailed you about November 25th.I may say I believe the presentation of Mr. Nickerson's report to the members of the U. S. Senate will prove more effective than any other instrumentality in defeating the Raker bill.I take pleasure in enclosing copy of speech recently delivered at a meeting held under the auspices of the San Francisco Woman's Civic Center for the purpose of discussing the Hetch Hetchy proposition. City Engineer W. W. O'Shaughnessey and City Attorney Percy V. Long advocated the spoliation of Hetch Hetchy, while C. H. Miller, a San Francisco engineer of high standing, and I spoke in opposition to the Raker bill.I hand you herewith copy of my speech solely for the reason that it may possibly give you some information respecting the San Francisco water supply question.Trusting that you may deem it desirable to respond to the foregoing appeal for subscriptions for Mr. Nickerson's report,I amVery truly yours,[illegible]09852


Stockton, Calif.

Date Original

1913 Nov 19


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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