J. Horace McFarland


James R. Garfield


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Hon. Jamas Rudolph Garflaid - 2tha development of electric power and the building of the reservoir could so occur as to unnecessarily spoil the scenery.That there exists preccedent for such action as this is well shown in tha action of Secretary Taft in giving permits a for the use of Niagara water and the introduction of Niagara-generated elactricity from Canada, under the act of June 20, 1906, known as tha Burton Bill. Specific and definite reservation has bean made of the powers of the Secretary with respect to the scenic importance of Niagara Falls. Aa a result conditions are improving at the Falls in respect to the one worst American offender,and as a further result the erection of a bridge which would have been most offensive has been definitely prevented.If in your wisdom you should think it worth while to show attention to the wishes of those unselfish persons who, like Mr. Muir,are protasting from no thought of personal or corporate action, but at considerable expense of time, energy and effort, it might yet be possible to qualify your permission of May 12 to result of compelling attention by those thus permitted to enter upon a National Park, supposed by the people at large to be really a National Park, to consider the scenic feature of the location, and to fight ao far as it might be possible to avoid any unnecessary interference with scenic attractions.JHM/SCG - ACAYours truly,[illegible]President


Harrisburg, Pa.

Date Original

1908 May 19


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