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55hearing me again on this subject after the long period devoted to my statements at the former hearings.There are several matters that have occurred since I made my last statement, which are of enormous importance-enormous national importance. They are entitled to a hearing, and to be carefully considered as new matter. They are entirely new, and are based on facts that have occurred since the former hearings. I will endeavor to confine myself entirely to those new questions, and avoid, as far as possible, going over again any ground that was covered by me at the previous hearings before this committee.The first new fact to be presented is that we have had furnished to us since the last hearings an entirely new and authoritative source of information. It is what is known as the La Sue report on the Colorado River, United States Geological Survey Water Supply Paper No. 556, entitled "Water Power and Flood Control of Colorado River Below Green River, Utah." This report is by E. C. La Rue, with a foreword by Hubert Work, Secretary of the Interior. It was issued in the fall of 1925. It is a most unusually complete report.A great deal has been said, Mr. Chairman, of late about the advisability of bringing about an adjustment of the different questions which are being discussed and argued on this subject of the Colorado River. I wish to submit to this committee a very fundamental proposition under that head: That it is an utter impossibility to reach any final adjustment with reference to the Colorado River from any point of view until a complete constructive plan for the building of the required works is before this committee.The La Rue report furnishes us with much of the information necessary for the making of such a constructive plan, but not all of it, because, although the La Rue report covers many important questions, it still leaves us without estimates of cost, which are of indispensable importance.The La Rue report also leaves us without another fact, which certainly should be ascertained before any final action is taken by this committee, namely, the borings for bedrock at Glen Canyon and at Bridge Canyon. The depth to bedrock at those dam sites is a physical fact that must be known before this committee or anybody else can decide intelligently, as we contend, upon whether or not a dam should ever be built at Black Canyon.It is claimed that the necessary borings have been made at Black Canyon. Conceding that to be true, we insist that the same facts should be ascertained with reference to Glen Canyon and Bridge Canyon before any final action is taken, even by this committee. I think that is a perfectly legitimate and proper question for consideration. It does not involve any unreasonable delay. It is a great deal better to take a little more time and get started right than it is to rush ahead and get started wrong and make a national blunder from which there is no escape in the future.The chairman of your committee asked me at the outset to tell you who I am and whom I represent. That is fully stated in my previous statements before this committee on the subject of the Colorado River. First, I am a citizen of the State of Arizona, and I am a voter in that State. As a citizen of the State of Ari-

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