[William F. Bade]
[illegible]My dear Colonel Roosevelt:-It is with great hesitation that 1 write yon at this time regarding new aspects of the Hetch-Hetchy controversy. But a number of influential men out here, whose opinions on the Hetch-Hetchy project 1 share, have urged me to bring to your attention the grounds upon which officials of San Francisco nor; urge the acquisition and development of Hetch-Hetchy. By their own confession in public print they at this time repudiate the claims of public necessity by which they persuaded Mr. Garfield to make the grant, and at the same time concede (what in063182.Washington the same officials have always denied) that the use ofYosemite National Park as a water supply will involve the closure to thepublic of the five hundred square miles of the Tuolumne watershed.In the Pacific Unitarian (February, 1912), edited by Supervisor C.A. Murdook of San Francisco, he reports Supervisor Alexander T. VogelsangChairman of the Public Utilities Committee, as reporting as follows:"The City should acquire, as soon as possible, the whole of the Spring Valley water properties. When we shall have done this we will have the solution of the water question for all time. With the Hatch-Hetchy and lake Eleanor sources we will get a water power that private capital would capitalize for twenty million dollars. The power possibilities of the system should be fully and quickly developed."From the same official source, the San Francisco Chronicle (Feb.2, 1912) comments editorially:06318
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