R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
(copy)July 5, 1912To the Editor of The Call,San Francisco, Cal.Dear Sir:I have only just seen your editorial of June 3, in which you accuse me of trickiness in giving the impression that San Francisco is making an assault upon the Yosemite Valley and to sustain the charge quote this paragraph from The Century's editorial on “The People's National Parks" in our June number. You quote:"Nothing else that California can show as an exhibit (in the Panama-Pacific international exposition) will be comparable to the glories of the Yosemite park. Instead of lending support to a mad and wanton scheme of vandalism toward the Hetch Hetchy, the city should be doing what it can to obtain from congress appropriations to make it accessible to the multitude of travelers who three years hence are sureto visit the most wonderful state in the union. To do otherwise were as though a queen should trample her own crown in the mire."In order to test the matter I respectfully make this offer:I will submit to the presidents of the University of California and of the Leland Stanford, Jr. University and to yourself, as a committee of three whether the part of my05219
1912 Jul 6
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