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terior during the past three years, and with the active cooperation and untiring assistance of said officials the citizens of New Mexico have been able to have approved as feasiblethree gigantic irrigation projects, viz: The Rio Hondo Project, on the Hondo River near the City of Roswell, The Carlsbad Project, on the Pecos River near Carlsbad and the Elephant Butte Project, the largest of all of the irrigation enterprises undertaken by the United States to the present time, on the Rio Grande north of Las Cruces; and large sums of money have been appropriated from the Reclamation Fund for the construction of said projects and additional funds have been appropriated by the 59th Congress for the construction of the permanent work upon the last named project; and

Whereas, The said Rio Hondo Project has been completed at a cost of about three hundred and fifty thousand dollars and water is about to be delivered therefrom for the reclamation and irrigation of twelve thousand of the fertile acres of the Rio Hondo Valley during the present irrigation season, thereby increasing the wealth of the Territory by hundreds of thousands of dollars; and

Whereas, The said Carlsbad Project is now nearing completion and is sufficiently advanced that water is ready for delivery therefrom, and which, when completed, will have cost more than six hundred thousand dollars and will afford the water for the reclamation and irrigation of twenty-five thousand acres, thereby further increasing the wealth of the Territory by many more hundreds of thousands of dollars; and

Whereas, Work is at present being rushed upon a diversion dam for the purpose of supplying water to the lands in the Rio Grande Valley under the Elephant Butte Project during the season of 1907 and until such time as the main irrigation works for said project shall have been completed, at an estimated cost of more than seven million of dollars; and

Whereas, It is due, fit and proper that the people of New Mexico, through its Legislative Assembly, should at this time give some expression of their appreciation of the efforts of said officials of the Reclamation Service exercised in their be. half in securing appropriations for all of said projects, and for the expeditious manner in which the work of construct. ing the same has been accomplished; Now, Therefore, Be it resolved by the Council of the 37th Legislative Assembly, the

House of Representatives concurring therein: That a vote of thanks and appreciation is hereby extended to the said F. H. Newell, B. M. Hall, W. M. Reed and the

other officials of the Reclamation Service of the United States, for their active interest in the needs of the Territory of New Mexico and for the energy and ability displayed by them in the conception and execution of the work upon said irrigation projects; and,

Be it further resolved: That a celebration be and the same hereby is authorized and directed to be held in commemoration of this the first season when water is supplied to the citizens of New Mexico under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved June 17, 1901, commonly called “The Reclamation Act,” which said celebration shall be held on the 3rd, 4th and 5th days of July A. D. 1907 at Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, under the auspices and direction of the nine executive officers, namely; the president, vice presi. dent and secretary of the Rio Hondo Water Users Association, The Pecos Water Users Association and the Elephant Butte Water Users Association respectively; Provided, however, If for any reason any one or more of said executive officers cannot take part in such celebration, or in the preparation therefor, then, the board of directors of such associations are authorized and empowered to designate any other member or members of the association to act as the representatives thereof; and,

Be it further resolved: That the said executive officers or representatives of said associations shall be known as the "Board of Control of the New Mexico Irrigation Celebration," who shall select their own officers and do and cause to be done all things which in their judgment they may deem necessary for the success of such celebration and for the purpose of paying the necessary expenses of the members of said Board of Control, other than the representatives of the Pecos Water Users Association, and all necessary expenses attendant upon or growing out of the holding of said celebration, there is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the territorial treasury not set apart for the payment of interest upon bonded indebtedness, the sum of one thousand five hundred ($1,500) dollars, to be paid to the said Board of Control by the warrant of the territorial auditor upon a re. quisition therefor to be presented to him; and,

Be it further resolved: That copies of this resolution shall be made and sent by the Secretary of the Territory of New Mexico to the said F. H. Newell, B. M. Hall and W. M. Reed and that said Board of Control are also directed to extend to said persons an invitation to attend such celebration, and the said Board of Control is furthermore directed to extend an invitation to the President of the United States, to the Secretary of the Interior, to the Governor of New Mexico, the Delegate in Congress, the President of the Council and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 37th Legislative Assembly; and the said Board of Control are further authorized to extend special invitations to any other persons to attend such celebration as to said Board of Control sha!l appear advisable; and,

Be it further resolved: That before the said sum of money hereby appropriated shall be paid over to said Board of Control the members thereof shall organize and select from its members a president, secretary and a treasurer, and the treasurer so selected shall be required to file in the office of the territorial auditor a bond in favor of the Territory of New Mexico in the penal sum of not less than five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars, conditioned that he will safely keep and account for all moneys received by him in his capacity as such treasurer and pay the same out only upon proper warrants drawn upon him therefor, which said bond shall be approved by the president and secretary of the said Board of Control and there shall also be filed in the office of the territorial auditor, as soon after the holding of said celebration as may be convenient, a full, complete and correct itemized statement of the manner and purposes for which said sum of money hereby appropriated was expended, which said statement shall be verified by the affidavit of the secretary of the said Board of Control.

JOINT MEMORIALS.

JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 1. PROTESTING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR AGAINST

FURTHER HOLDING OF CERTAIN AGRICULTURAL LANDS

FROM ENTRY. C. J. M. No. 1; Approved January 28, 1907. To the Honorable, the Secretary of the Interior:

Whereas, Thousands of acres of rich, fertile, productive agricultural and fruit lands in the great La Plata Valley in San Juan county, New Mexico, were withdrawn from all forms of entry on or about August 22nd, 1904, and September 12th, 1904, by order of the Secretary of the Interior, and for the purposeof withholding the samefrom all forms of entry until certain preliminary investigations and examinations should be made by the Reclamation Service of the United States, with a view to the construction of storage reservoirs for the purpose of reclaiming these lands; and

Whereas, The Board of Engineers or Advisory Board of the Reclamation Service has made their report to the Interior Department, which said report is unfavorable to the construction of storage reservoirs by the Reclamation Service of the United States for the reclamation of these lands; and

Whereas, The recent construction of railroads through the County of San Juan, and a very large increase of immigration into said county, and a largely increased demand on the part of the many new settlers for the entry of these public sands under the homestead and desert land acts for agricul. tural purposes, and a disposition on the part of the people through private corporations and private capital to reclaim these lands by the construction of storage reservoirs with private capital, and the universal demand of the people of Northwestern New Mexico, for the restoration of these lands to entry for agricultural porposes; Now, Therefore,

Your Memorialist respectfully requests and most earnestly solicits your department to restore all of the agricultural lands, heretofore withdrawn from all forms of entry, in the County of San Juan under said orders of August 22nd, 1904, and all other orders relating thereto, to entry under the public land laws for agricultural purposes, and that said restoration to entry be made at the earliest possible conve. nience consistent with the rules of the department as a public necessity.

Be it resolved: That certified copies of this Memorial be transmitted by the Governor of the Territory of New Mexico, to the President of the United States, and to the Honorable Secretary of the Interior.

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