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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta ALL THE LOCAL NBW8v y WHERE YOU EXPECT IT THE DAILY HERALD THE HERALD'S PACK OP LIVE LOCAL NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL" 30, 1920 LETtfBRjDGE, ALBERTA, PAGE SEVEN Monday's Sitting of Internationa! Waterways Commission at Ottawa eals With St Mary's, Milk Rivers Decision on Re-argiimeht Will be of Greatest Interest to Southern Alberta as Whole Irrigation Extension Cam- paign Hinges oJ. Trade Makes Representations. An idverse decision against Canada'such amount as constitutes threft- 1n the 'matter of the division of -thtj of the Mtlk.and St. Mary riv- ers vUi atop expansion of irrigation In dlilrlcta Jurat h..9.t Lethurldgc. At the preseafetimq P. ;R. is uelng lull allotment ot water, whicKbaE proved to be sufficient ,tof tho present1-' of that company, but It ''Js'1 allowed more water the' Southern Alberta Irrigation Project1 will. lie hindered.- Tho fourths of. its natural flow. "The channel ot-tfce Milk rlyer In Canada may ba used at conven- ience of the .United .Slates tor the. cony vorance, while passing through CaQ- adlah territory of waters diverted from I. the Mary river. The'provislons oflK and lawyers.. G.-W. Walker, of Cal- gary, will, represent the C. P. R. la. terests In Alberia, and Mr. Tilley, K. C-, Toronto, will represent ihe'Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company! Col. Maclnnes, K.C., 9! Toronto, will repre sent Canada. Mr. Marnoch Active Mr. 0. H. Uarnoch, of the I board of trade In and; regarding 'ft while Moutah'eT'takos. Ilie their location opposite stand, all tributaries aro In.the latter 'It is eipectad that ex-Senetor Tur- ner will represent Montana, and W. :V. Tilley will for the Canadian Pidf'.o Railway, which Is interested In a largo Irrigation scheme. Col. C. Mc- Innei, appear for the Dominion soi. alu.o for Alberta and Saskatchewan.> i lhat has had this under advise- ment fur -will commence flings o'a'-May-SiV question toI'titi decidea bv'tho ssmmls- la put on a clause of thai treaty covering -this matter. Canada contends that she is entitled to a shire of the: water fnmi ti-ibuUries-pf .Iho AHlk river In -Moa- tana cross the boundary. The not agree with Iftis. The question affects a district-ex- tending clear across Southern AlberLi aud a largu piece of Southeni Sas- talchewon. -The ground running from tho Cyprscs Hills divide is intimately cuncerned as it.wouldVaa that ground tha't would receive tho benefit of a 'decision in favor of .Canada's conten- tion. Contentious Arttcle The treaty covering this matter was "made between the TJnllod-Siates and Britain on January 11, 19C9. K covers the matter ot boundary waters am! article Is tho one that refers 'the division of the waters of St -Mary and Milk rivers.- The article roads as follows: "Tha high contracting .parties agree that .the. St Mary ana'lllllc rivers.and their triuutaricg. (In the state of'Mon- tana and .the provinces of Alberta ann. SaBkatcLewan) arc to be treated as one stream for the purpose of, irriga- tion and power, and the waters thereof shall be apportioned equally between tlisstwo countries, but in making such equal1 apportionment more' than" half less than h'aU from the by either country Article II. of this treaty shall apply fo any injury; resulting to porly In .Canada from the conveyance of such, waters through fhe Milk river. "The' measurement and apportion- ment tic water .to be used "by each country' shall time .to-time ba made by the properly conatl- luted reclamation officers of the Unll- ed States and the-Eroporly constitut- ed .reclamation officera.of His Mojeety under the direction of the Internation- al Joint Canada's Claim Under Ihls Boclloa Canada claims all tributaries of the two rivers arc to bo iticludad In the division of the water, which m'eans''that Canada claims a portion of the waters of the tributaries that do not cross the inter- national boundary and are confined within the boundaries of the States. Ths United States claims that only the tributaries that cross Iho In- ternational boundary are affected by this section. Tho legal and engineenng questions affected treaty in referonco to Alberta .and Saskatchewan have been Vo '.tbat In r. _______ "suc'lifwaterb" -dfiriug thp irrigation the 1st of April and the 3Ut of October, inclus- ive. annually, the United States is en- titled to a prior appropriation. cubic foot pov second of tho water's of the Milk rivor, or so inuch of such amount as constituted three-fourths ot Ufi natural flow, -and that Canada Is .eutillcd to a -prior appropriation pt 500 cubic feet per second of tho flow of tho St. Mary river or" fa much of studied for the past eight years end since 1912 'careful investigations have been carried on. The International Joint Commission first met In St. Paul in May, 1915. AMhls hearing the dif- ference' fn- iriterprotatibn w'as. brought to light. on' .__ matter was -reserved.' 'Another hear- ing-was held In May. WIT. at Detroit, and no decision was given. In May chairman of the irrigation Be.rclop- ment Association, has sent the' follqw- Ing ;To Col. you arc. again retained Canadlau sldo on. .the Mary j river case befofa In- St te-rnatioiial-. Joint Cois Jjisaton'- on Monday. !Farmers oh; the of land south and cast of bridge sueceiitible of irrigation beae- fila from these waters are anxiously awaUlng 'solution of tho; problem'and all farmers.and fn this cora- munity sincerely hope that It may now be reached. .Wish you all success In presentation of case." -To Mr. Til- eent the learned that you are retained by'Al- berta Railway and Irrigation Company in St. Mary-Milk River water case be- fore Iriteruatlonal Joint Commission, Monday, de-sire; to say that a solution of this question is of most' vital Im- portance generally this community. The'improvement co'the Jgrlcullural siabillty of' Jho very considerablo areas that'miKhT receive benefits .from Irrigation waters from those rivers is delayed' pending settlement Wish you all.success In your presentation of case." Sir William Hearst vras appointed to this commission, vhich consists' of throe from Canada and three from the United States, to take the pfaco of who .1 Snow Went Off "As It day Moisture .ifInches