Transactions of the Commonwealth Club of California Volume 4

Transactions of the Commonwealth Club of California Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... involve no danger to the interests of navigation elsewhere. "7. For the purpose of making the burden on the reclaimed lands as easy as possible, while fulfilling its obligation to reclaim, the State, should the owners of the land so desire and if it should seem necessary, should issue bonds as required for such part of the work of reclamation as cannot in reason be borne by annual taxation; the ment only, and the words inserted in paragraph 7 are to indicate the willingness to issue bonds should they be needed. Good engineers have told me that the land-owners would need no bonds if the main channels were put in good condition. In support of this motion I wish to say that since the last meeting of the Club I have passed over the San Joaquin River as far as Stockton, the Sacramento as far as Chico Landing, and the Feather River for some distance below Marysville. I have seen the enormous deposits of debris, and traveled by carriage and by rail over typical districts of the lands subject to floods. All this was done under the most favorable conditions for obtaining accurate information and in constant company with land-owners who have fought with the rivers for years, and all that I have seen and heard has strengthened my conviction of the soundness of the conclusion of the Section. When I see the fertility of these lands and the measure of success which has attended the efforts at reclamation, I am astounded that it should be proposed that any one but the landowners should be taxed for their reclamation. I have no faith whatever in the doctrine set up by one of our guests at the last meeting that it is the duty of the general taxpayer to protect these fortunate land-owners from the power of the Almighty, as manifested in the rain and snow...show more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655695X
  • 9781236556950