John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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3 Originally written "...only by damming Yosemite itself."4 Originally written "Indeed every argument advanced for the damming of Hetch Hetchy would apply with equal force to the damming of Yosemiteexcepting only the cheepness of the dam, as well be made manifest as soon as the two valleys are made equally accessible."The following paragraph was deleted by John Muir from this revision: "Allour good citizens want plenty of Sierra water, but not one as far as I know of the thousands who have seen Hetch Hetchy or have heard it described wish to see it dammed while other equally good sources, though perhaps not quite so dam cheap, are available. The few enterprising promoters of the present dam scheme are not unknown around the boundaries of the Park, for they have been trying to break though for years. Like many others they are now making use of the municiple philanthropy and afflicted City plea. But to take for granted that their motives are as ungratful and pure as Tuolumne water, or that the California public demand the Hetch Hetchy sacrifice [sentence incomplete]" A second version of the last line reads: "For they have been trying to break through for years; but to take for granted to assume from such statements California public demand the Hetch Hetchy sacrafice [sentence incomplete]"10071


Martinez [Calif.]

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1907-09-18 00:00


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Reel 16, Image 1025

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