J. Horace McFarland


James R. Garfield


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J. HORACE MCFARLAND. President, Harrisburg. Fa. ifC. -INTON ROGERS WOODRUFF. First yice-President and Secretary, PhiladelphiaWILLIAM B. HOWLAND, Treasurer, New York ROBERT C. OGDEN, Chairman Advisery Committee, New YorkVice-Presidents: GEORGE B. LEIGHTON, Monadnock, N. H.ROBERT WATCHORM, New York.L. E. HOLDEN, ClevelandFIELDING J. STILSON, Los AngelesFOR A BETTER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL AMERICADepartment Vice-PresidentsArts and Crafts. . . MRS. M. F. JOHNSTON,, Richmond, Ind.Children's Gardens . MISS MARY MARSHAL BUTLER, YonkeRS, N. Y.City Making .... FREDRICK L. FORD. Hartford. Conn.Factory Betterment . GEORGE OTIS DRAPER. Hopedale, MassLibraries ....... MISS MARY E. AHERN, ChicagoOutdoor Art .... WARREEN H. MANNING, BostonParks and Reservations, HENRY A. BARKER, ProvidencePress....... R. B. WATROUS. MilwaukeeDepartment Vice-PrealdentsPublic Nuisances . . . HARLAN P. KELSEY, Salem, Mass.Public Recreation . . . MRS. GEORGE F. FRENCH, Portland. Me.Railroad Improvements . MRS. A. E. MCCREA, ChicagoRural Improvements . D. WARD KING. Maitland. Mo,School Extension . O. J. KERN, Rockford, Ill.Soctel Settlement. . . GRAHAM ROMEYN TAYLOR, ChicagoWomans League . . . MRS. AGNES MCGIFFERT POUND, Ashitabula, OOFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTHARRISBURG, PA.May 19, 1908Hon, James Rudolph Garfield,Secretary of the Interior,Washington, D. C.Dear Sirs: In compliance with my promise, I enclose herein a copy of the memorandum received form Mr. Muir in regard Hetch Hetchy matter, of which I spoke to you last Thursday evening. You will note that MR. Muir is in direct comflict with certain allegations which have been made in regard to the facts of the matter.At this time I promed for your consideration to remain in the Hetch-Hetchy Valley In the event of the development by the city of San Francisco of the rights granted to it under your permit of May 18.Recognising as I do the absolute fairness of your intent,having much better knowledge since reading ths statement of the governing factors in the case, I yet feel that it would not have been other than proper and fortunate to have specifically mentioned the necessity for every possible consideration to be given to the preservation of the scenic features of this valley. As the matter stands there ia no direct declaration upon this subject. The power of the Secretary of the Interior continues, but if he does not at the time of the development happen to be addressed particularly upon the subject, it would not be improbable that


Harrisburg, Pa.

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1908 May 19


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