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82that he says, but if there is to be any expression of views in that respect, or as to the attitude of the upper area, we would prefer to make it ourselves. While I have in my pocket the amendments that have been discussed, they have not been agreed to, and they are still in an embryonic state and subject to complete revision. 1 will confer with the commissioners from these States as soon as I return to the West, and will ask that the record be kept open to the extent of receiving a written report from us.The CHAIRMAN. About how soon do you think you will be able to submit it?Mr. CARPENTER. Within a couple of weeks.Mr. ALLGOOD. Is there any likelihood of Congress adjourning in about two weeks? I saw a statement in the paper about a very early adjournment.Mr. SWING. I can assure Mr. Carpenter that we will expedite the matter as much as possible. I think it will be helpful to the committee to have this official statement from the commissioners. So far as I am concerned, I desire that Mr. Carpenter shall have that length of time in which to insert such statement in regard to the amendments that have been discussed as they may wish to submit.Mr. CARPENTER. I might state, gentlemen, so that there may be no misinterpretation of the matter, that the State of Colorado has always maintained very cordial relations with the city of Denver, and, for that matter, with the other States in the South. At no time and at no place have we been inclined to attempt any measures of coercion upon Arizona, and, of course, we do not care to be coerced by Arizona. Our attitude has been that of trying to facilitate an early arrangement between these lower States. Mr. Hopkins, of Wyoming, and myself made a journey through the Southwest for the particular purpose of ascertaining the sentiment in the Southwest in regard to this matter. We found no disposition of coercion on the part of California, on the part of Nevada, or on the part of any other State. We did find, however, a feeling of impatience because of the fear that Arizona might possibly remain dormant or passive so long that she would be put in the position of being coercive. That impression, fortunately, has all been removed by the attitude of Arizona in meeting the commissioners of Nevada and California and working toward a rapid solution of this question.Now, any amendment to the bill, or any bill that may be proposed for enactment at this session, should contain a feature or clause to the effect that the three-State arrangement may be included at the proper time.Mr. LEATHERWOOD. Your report would contain the views of the upper basin water commissioners?Mr. CARPENTER. Yes, sir; the report, I think, will cover the views of the four upper States.Mr. SWING. The situation, of course, is one of great exigency, and as soon as Mr. Carpenter's report is in, I shall urge the committee to take up the consideration of the bill for amendment and report.Mr. BANNISTER. There is one impression that may have been given that I wish to correct. It is perfectly true, as Mr. Carpenter

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