Helen L. Elliot


Helen L. Elliot


William F. Bade



I5C5 Tst. N.W.
Washington D.C.
October 13-1913

Dr. William F. Board,
Berkeley, California,

My dear Dr. Bade;-

I am venturing to write to you regarding a conservation vation measure, thinking I may be of some help. I am speaking of the "Hetch Hetchy Bill" which is before the Senate. At the call of Mrs. Emmons Creeker, Conservation chairman, General Federation of Women's Clubs, I went to see Senator Perkins regarding-this matter, needless to say he is in favor of the bill. Senator Works is in California, and Judging by the telegrams of his which were read in the Senate, is apparently doing all he can for the cause.
I attended the Senate an Oct. 4th. and again an Oct. 7th., when this question was argued pretty thoroughly and as no doubt you know, Mr. Borah, of Idaho, and his friends who are opposing the measure', succeeded in putting off any further debate until the first Monday in December and the vote to be taken not later than the sixth.
This morning I went to see Senator Borah and he says that more convincing arguments must be presented or the Billwill pass. The aesthetic side of the question Is well under steed and that will not save the valley. We are informed that the tax prices of San Francisco are new wall split in their [illegible] wish for the Valley. Many feel that they are simply being called upon to finance a great water power company and that much of the bond us sue has already been wanted by Mr. Long and his associates.


Dr. W.F.B.

Senator Berak feels that the San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts are to be considered and from telegrams read they seem to be bitterly opposed to this measure. Mr. Works telegram states" that ninety nine per cent of water users in the irrigation districts are against it, and claim that they were betrayed by these who consented to the compromise that they indignantly repudiate, this phase of the question has not been investigated!
So far the arguments against the Bill have not been strong enough- if concrete information can be brought to Messrs. Borah, Poindexter, Bristow, and Greene, and they are convinced that San Francises can get water elsewhere and that San Joaquin Valley needs the watar,- then they will do all in their power to defeat the Bill. Mr. Berak was to introduce a resolution today asking that more information should be obtained from the U.S. Geological Survey, which made an investigation same age.
It seems to me that the hope of success lies now in the fast of the split in San Francises and in getting the right information from San Joaquin and to put all this before the Committee on Public Lands.
I hope this may be of assistance and if I can be of any help in any way please call upon me

Yours sincerely
[illegible]Mrs. Foster Elliot



Washington, D. C.

Date Original

1913 Oct 13


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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