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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 29, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE TWEL\T. THE LETHBRITM^E DAtt.Y tIERALD MONDAY, MARCH 29, 192C THE ROMANCE OF A RIVER A rrnt. I'rogpnt, nv.X Piiiitro .V. V\A'!:r (" 1., "J- r. :r.:v"' 'n ir.in.tl'.'.i '.it.i >r Ii Side I^and by KreatMt wqulrement. We miist twe tli� budKoi tirstem w�h our water* m with o�i' financoK. Alrcndy there haa been brouirht a^oiit pracMc*lly full wt-illiatfnn of nolH� KIwr, Sainton RIt-er. Wood Uiver, Blackfoot Hirer, and CiooKe Creek by raeanii of stwafe res from the Talonii to the Dluc Mountains, checkeretl with IntenstTely cul-tlrateit farmii and aplendid stock ranches. The Snake River Valley li destined to berome the Rreateat neeil-prodncing territory of tlie world, and is now fast becomlBK a aplendid datry enoira craatcd by �j>lend!d dims, ami | and stock-producinR country, tncreaie orlmrs tiro in ronrss of constrncflon., in population brlnns .with ft better 'iii'. pdv.^noement In v.-: 1. I rrv!!'.-v ot ilic ; !>.;> i'uLr.riv. r'.ii> i ItiTSr .-cia iiTii.-it":rii.':.-; ) li.o c-i .. 'louay over hali' its- \,-:.;c:,; .1-0 .i;-. i'll '.n tho r.;i'> m ni.i, . /��.:;:i.r:i >, oKpiv.t 10 D-'i, c;o;ii,:i.i>-1' \iti'..'ii:oonli-i [ip:u (ir.\y,\ from thp Tpto(*s. tho S;vT;-!ooth Mointains. aud the Owyiiee.i vitalise :;.O00,00O lu'i-os of our .�iin-IriDKfKi tilaii,.. I'nJ'.r-.j iiKitiy y.:^;ir.� ]\^\\- ;;.~,.-,se(! ;i-.iii,.i'r m liU^n r.rres v,'.)', '00 reclaimed from tiic donert, and added 10 tlii.i emf'rald ciiipiro. Siiaku Kivor Va'icy s:retoiie.i 011-(irely across eoiitiiprii Idaho irom Yei-lowalone Pnrk to tho Oregon line. ^ilitu.irico 01" about I'liit mlloa. Its vali(�y is tha broad and irregular saRnient of ii rliTlc. with a vttdliu of ovsr l-'iO irlU:;. rtic coiu'avo ."iidi- lo tho nort'.i. The width rangt's from 60 to mili^s. ambraoing the didta cones of a number of lesser streams whicli bring their w.iter8 to the StiaXe. Tlie Brpnl .Tackson l4�ke K�>�m'olr atoren all tho w�ter behind Its dam �fl.; about thrt I '* thero available, but nnnKrons t 'at Is now BO social, educational and civic iidvant; anoa. Who doubts that in a very few years there would be a unlwilty and :'av.> i oen brought ;Ui I �> u:.:;- a?rinul!ural re-�, ^ I. . . I v.'.i.f'y. What a . r>i , A. � w. has been to . , ;i\;r.. ,. di've.opmeiii by m ; � years. \V'.> '...wo I;'.. .1 r. ;vi!ef;p.| to take a in th:� i-.ov..--pi'i^-:.!. havo rejoic- torrential tributarlw bvlng In trentinn ncrUniltural colleRa In tho Snake volumes of wate*- farther down the' Rlrcr Valley? river. Fortunately Uiere are other There will be better tranaportatlon .splendid reforvoir site* on snake RSv.,.^,,tj, therefore better niar- kete; great Indtutr'.U plants, aneh �� er which offer storage facilities at reaaonaMe cost. The moat outetawl-ing of theae Is tho American Falls site. At this one location the greater part of tli� eicess flow of the river can be Impounded. Let uj >-isuBll7,e the o;i m.-;.r.- tlnu.. t!-^t wo wore engaged ' ^,,,^,g,^^ ,j ^^^^i ^ vn ta�^ t;.a virnod 'v.;.i I �urh ^ ^^.^^^^^ .availablo for Irrigation, .a*p.ra:.on sud that producaj �u. h , ,^ , j, place perUapa a million cor..�;uououi! result.'. Those of u.s who h 1 1 About I'd years agii tlic flr�t white ni?ti cami* Ini.o ihp .Sna1;c River Valley. Thfy wpr(? fur trader.^. t)no of tho firs y way o( thn iieatit.'lfiil -valley n.' thf Teton. Upon reachln;, Saaku lilve.-. which at that licvin; vfiJ piarld and InvltliiB. they em-bariced upon its broad boiom la canoi's not rual.'^InK tho latent furlcB In the Kpnrkltng wninr. This first attemiit of v.liite men to pu! to their own Uccs ilta tin;an;cd Snai.o was disiusirous. .Aftor nii'ny lia',:-:irdoii:' oiperlonce.i "iiey rpEchf.\i l-'iO wll-l water? where )io-.v ^rand:-, -tiifl .Vii!nur l>ain. There one oi' iho raiiop.'^ was wrei'kcd aud >onio o:' tlio party ilrowned. and travel by boat wa". aba;i(loned. h was 1,0; until Til ye^trs later tlia! ihc gnat, river began to yield her 1,.....: i'lopeer.s from V'.ah, about tliat time began to settle I,.- i.aiiK^ an.j upon its trihutar-):. in Iho .Mormon colonies they had li-ariied liow to make ubo of the life-EiviiiK water of tiie str:?ams by spreading; it ovrr i!ie 'h'r."!iy soil. Nature's moisture deficiency wa.-' thus sappliod and bountiful cropa wore thM re.�nlt. Of cour.se tSic lines of loast resistance wern followed first. The earliest ditche.'! were built, by individ'.ials. AVhal a signal event it mn.st have lieen In those early days to herald the lir?t water from the river as it came down the newly constructod ditch upon .some little farm carved out of the w iUlerne.'(3: Perhap.s only those of us later comers wlio iiuvo camped j mnfver upon the desert and Maited long hour."-. 1 li.; (..�- r.ir.val of the wator wagon can j " apprcciato the lliril! infre must have; been in the hearts of lliop? early fnmil- Wtt iod waon the water first appos.red. 1 .As the land tliat could be served b\ 1 Individual ditches beoamo occupicil, ; : c^f.iM-ative associations were formed for building fUlches on a some- ; v,-...!.. i.;r;;cr .--cale and 10 cover lands | a iitilo ianlier back from the river. Tbcbe community ditches were no^. always succes..irul. Operation of tiieiii : .sometimes worked out so that tlie , iiian at iho upper end go', all thd water j and the man at. the lower end all ilic | upkeep. The next step was tho or- 1 Kaniration of corporations to con- ! Mt::'i;i njoro pi'f-toiuions works and to foil or ren: water to tlie farmers under tiicn!. l>i satislactiou developed with this arratisanion'. sis it was felt iliai llie use of water was such a vita! )':\-cssity tlierf was danger In placing its control in (ho hands of interestecl wtilciais. Most, of these properiie.s hr.ve been uiken over by irrigation districts, by which form of organization the water users themselves own and . control tho irrigation system and | water supply. ! � 1' was a; about ihis stage of do- ' velopnient that far.seoing engineers ; and other men of vision, such as! l-'oote, AViley, Uoss. Perrine. and others, began to conceive the possi-  bilitca of redeeming vast areas upon ' the higher hcnch'js l)y means ot moiui- � mental diversion works and far-reach-( In.e dis ribiitaries many miles in | length. Great dams were to snrve as � ladders by which ili.j wai.-!r.-; would \ climb to the mesas and ihrre Ijo diveri- ; ed into canals, themselves resembling ; river channels in size and capacity. ! Projects of such magnitude CDuld only 1 be undertaken under tho proiec'ion of leelslation safeguarding the invest- ; ment of enorniJUB amounts of capital. In 1894 tho f'arey Act was passed, but. there was very little constrncllon under il until after the amendments in ISOO and 1001, providing that the cost of tho worivs should be a lien upon the land. Frotn I'Jni to 11)10 was the period of grcatflEt activity under the ("arey Act. and during that period practically nil ihe great projects in Idaho were btiilt. In 1902 the reclamation act was passed, and lihortly afterwiirds work was undertiikon on the ;\Iinidoka iJi'oject and the Boise project. The development of thOBo Bi'eat projects has buen roinarkaUle. Their agrlculiural production has been phenomenal, A short time ago reports were made public showitig that the valtie of the crops produced j on the Minidoka project during 1919 | u.\ceeded tho entire cost of thu works. ! The North and South Side 'I'win Falls | enterprises are also wondi.rfuUy jiros- ; li.orous, j The visions of the early seers have | �been far surpassed, Wliai seemed 10 � many of their contciniioi'tirics to be I impriicllcablc dreams havi; been more than rjallzod. Their splendid plan;; and de:;lgns havo met ovfu'y teat. Aesthetic critics sometimes pi'osess to beliov/! that engineering woi'ks are a profanation of.nature and a blasphemy upon Ih.e .-MiuiKlity's scheme of things. How littio is this view foiintl-od in thu (nith! la it not a better (�oncept of these men of great vision and master designers to regard them lis understudies of tho Creator, dele- ^ gated to bring forth upon the earth j H belter condition of life, a finer spirit pt conlentHLont, n higher Btate of de- ha.i� dwelt for months )-i the sapo bru.'il'., who havo worked 'ong hours : Into the night. i\ith tlie weird wail of j tho coyoie In oui- ca'-'i and the wind . whipping our tent.s to shreds, wlui . hsTo baked In the sun. chilled in the ; hiiizarrt. and choked In tht> dust, can, now take keene't delight In the fair; fields of alfalfa, tiic waving grain, the | plondiil bulldiuKs. 'he thriving stock, j and the canals flowing fui! where ; oner- our lines of .-take.' were driven. Ih 1'. not ft better concept of these men of great vision and ma.sti>r do-al^rner."? to regard them as nnders'.ud-) \ctober 1, and will constitute a legal Investment for sarlBga banks In Connecticut, New Hampshire. and Vermont. The bonds are tha diract obligation ot tha province and both principal aud interest of the bonds will be payable in gold dollars at the of flea of J. P. Morgan & Company, U la expected that temporary bond! of the province will ba ready for da livery about April 5. The body of a newly-born female Infant was found in a parcel floating In the River iLea at Hackney Wick, England. fortJi upon the earth a better condition cf life, a finer spirit ot content- � '..lent, a higher state of deve'.opment, and an advancement in human pro- gT��r Thns haa been brought about the ' (wondeifnl recJamation that is now ho I mnnlfe.'.t. Thus have been brought Into lu-e ;!�.!' lar^ut agricultural re-' sources of this great valley. What a wonderful experience it has boan to watch the marvelous development: by : irrigation In tho last 20 years. We. � who hare beon privilegod to take a " part in this development have i�\joic- Ml many times that we were engaged on a task that carried with it such in^ , splration and that produced such coa-^ spicuons results. Tliose of lis who have I dwelt for months in the sagebrusti, ' vrho have worked long hours into the \ n.ght with Iho weird wall of the coy-i oto in our cars and the wind whlppiiiR ; our tents to shreds, who have baked I i in tho sun, chilled in tho blizzard, and choked in the dust, can now take keenest delight in the fair fields of alfalfa, the waving grain, the splendid buildings, the thriving stock, and the i canals flowing full where once our, lint^s of stnkrs wore driven. i B'lt wlipt does tho future hold in � store for the Snake River A'alley? 'U'e I do not propose now to rest on our j oars. The tlino is ripe for broader and \ greater visions and tor harder and bettor efforts. Ift'e nius; join hands to jirocure the maximum tise of the pr?at river. Every year several million acre-fe^t ruti uniisucd to tho ocean. Thia \\-nter must bo Impounded anil ed for tis-T at thn time ot making movies in Canada Malting movie* ie a pioneer industry in Canada. And it has re-tnained for  group of earnest buai-nesa men to organize a company to make movies in Canada. 7The startling feature is not hlgh-salnried stars, but the magnificent scenery of Canada. The cast is wholly Canadian, the first film, "The Law of the Yukon," piurely Canadian, and the author is Canada's favourite poet, Robert W. Service. ^The probable coat of this first Canadian film is estimated at lialf a million dollars. ^Charles MiUct, the greatest director of out-of-door pictures, and a Canadian, writes graphically of "Making Moviea in Canada," complete in the March issue ot EVERIf-WOMAN'S WORLD. NEWS STANDa On Sale To. 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