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70to seek to so dominate the whole situation that a measure like this can not come through.As I said before, I have nothing to say on just what the power arrangements should be.Gentlemen, this controversy, even as to this compact, has now been going on for some five years, and the controversy on the river is even older than that. I have no doubt that somewhere between a million and a million and a half of dollars have been spent by this Government in its different branches, and by State governments and municipalities and irrigation districts in the attempt to bring about a solution by agreement. Undoubtedly some of the best talent that is to be found in Congress and in the Cabinet and in the States has been given to its solution. Some of the men have grown old in the service, and we should like to see, all of us, I am sure, some solution reached in order that all of this time and energy and expense may not have been in vain.To me the way is clear. It is to do what we can with the six-State compact, so-called, but always with the door open for Arizona-and may I call attention particularly to the State of Arizona in its relation to this measure. In the first place, what are the benefits to the State of Arizona without her ratification of this compact? In the first place, she has her flood protection for tens of thousands of acres of land. In the next place, she has the benefit of being in a producing area, and with the areas outside of hers which may be developed as the result of this project, to become for her a market. And third, she has the benefits of power which her citizens say the State so much needs for the operation of her mines and for her municipalities.In addition to these benefits which she gets if she does not ratify, there is the further benefit which she will receive if she does ratify, and that is from the direct use of water within the boundaries of her State. For instance, the Parker-Gila project, with which I am not personally familiar, but which I understand is supposedly good for over 200,000 acres of land, and then there are tens of thousands more acres which in Arizona can be watered from this source. And for her the door is always open. And, as far as I am concerned, I would not be adhering to-day or advocating a compact upon a six-State basis unless I felt that the city of Denver is under compulsion now by reason of the attitude of the Federal Government to take that course.The CHAIRMAN. Are there any questions?Mr. HAYDEN. I want to thank Mr. Bannister that he did leave the door open to Arizona. I am afraid, however, it is a very small crack through which we have to crawl to get in. I desire to ask him a few questions.You stated one of the compulsory reasons why you favored the enactment of the bill, if amended in accordance with the suggestions which you have made, to be the international situation. Do you believe that we would secure a better treaty with the Republic of Mexico for an apportionment of the waters of the Colorado River if this bill were first enacted than if we negotiated a treaty prior to that time?

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