[William F. Bade]
[Walter L. Fisher]
Feb 13, 1912.The Secretary of the Interior,Washington, D. C.My dear Sir:-Replying to your letter of February 1, 1912, regarding a supplementary hearing to be held in San Francisco at the request of the City Attorney, I beg to say that I consider the holding of such a hearing most inadvisable for the following reasons:1. The policy of the San Francisco papers, inspired by local prejudices, has been to cartoon and ridicule any one who publicly attempts to represent the interests of the larger public and the nation. The papers have never given truthfully the faots of the situation, and063162.large numbers of uninformed residents of San Francisco have been led to think that they will need to pay nothing or next to nothing for water if the Nation gives them Hetch Hetchy. The San Francisco authorities know that they can get up a local demonstration which will make up in feeling what it lacks in knowledge, and that it will be easy to scare off or intimidate opponents.2. On account of tho local feeling and the local press many of our beat informed opponents of the City's scheme will be prevented from appearing on our side because they would Jeopardize their business interests.8. Certain of the City officials, foremost among them the City Engineer, in spite of better knowledge, give it out that men like Colby, Parsons, Muir, and myself are really secretly working in the interest of the Spring Valley Water Company, in order to be able to direct06314
1912 Feb 13
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