San Francisco and the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. Hearings held before the Committee on the Public Lands of the House of Representatives January 20 and 21, 1909 on H. J. Res. 223 [cover title]. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1909. 23 cm, pp. [1-2] 289-426 [427-430: blank], self wrappers, side stapled. First edition. Part two of the hearings on H. J. R. 223, a companion measure to H. J. R. 184, held on January 9 and 12, 1909 and January 20 and 21, 1909. A national effort by the conservationists generated several hundred letters and telegrams opposing the Hetch Hetchy reservoir site which comprise some 195 pages of this transcript. Neither resolution passed congress. In late February 1910 Richard A. Ballinger, Interior Secretary under the new Taft administration, ordered San Francisco to show cause why the Hetch Hetchy site should not be eliminated from the Garfield permit and to submit its proof of need. At this point, many conservationists felt that the battle to save Hetch Hetchy Valley had been won. However, the city determined to bypass the Interior Department and to concentrate on securing favorable legislation from Congress. A fine copy. (#164846).
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