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61Mr. ARENTZ. If I may interrupt you there, I will say that I should like you to answer Mr. Leatherwood's question.Mr. MAXWELL. The question he asked is an abstract one.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. I will ask it in a different form then.Mr. MAXWELL. I believe that if the Glen Canyon storage reservoir and the Bridge Canyon diversion dam were absolutely assured that Arizona would be willing to accept the compact, every other provision in it, if everything relating to or benefiting Mexico were stricken out. There is not one single thing, gentlemen, which the compact provides for the benefit of the upper States which in my personal opinion and judgment, representing nobody but myself, Arizona, and, I think I may say California too, would not be willing to accept, provided every reference to Mexico and proviso benefiting Mexico is stricken out, so that we would be complicated or obligated in no way with Mexico and have no obligation, to furnish half of a deficiency in Mexico.Strange as it may seem, Mr. Hoover sat here and said that the equities of the compact had never been questioned, and we have not been doing anything else in Arizona since the compact has been adopted but question it.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. If we go ahead and develop the Colorado River in such a way as to hold for beneficial use the normal flow of the river within the United States along the lines you in the past have advocated, and, as I understand, you are now advocating, would not Mexico then be perfectly justified in coming in and applying the same doctrine as to waters which originate wholly within Mexico and that are being used within the continental United States?Mr. MAXWELL. If the facts were identical, they might claim almost anything. All these are questions of international relations on these rivers. Every tub should stand on its own bottom. No other river presents the same facts as the Colorado. There is no Asiatic problem involved on the Rio Grande. That is the dominant question on the Colorado. All we claim with reference to Mexico is that the principle laid down by Judson Harmon in the Rio Grande case applies to the Colorado, and we have the right to use all the water in our own territory, conditioned only on their right to make a claim under the comity of nations for what they have heretofore used and that claim might or might not be recognized by this Government, according to the judgment of the authorities having the subject matter under their jurisdiction.The CHAIRMAN. I am sorry to observe that Mr. Maxwell's time has expired.Mr. HAYDEN. Mr. Maxwell stated at the beginning of his remarks that four things had occurred since we considered the bill last year. He has stated three of them. I should like at this time to suggest that he be given just a few minutes longer to tell us the fourth thing that has taken place.Mr. MAXWELL. I would not say that I have finished with the three propositions. Unfortunately, but as always happens when one is before a committee, the things we have uppermost in mind get lost through a diversion into other channels.

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