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Jones, Howard, member Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners,

Greenville, Miss.

218

Jones, Hon. Langdon R., president of the St. Francis Flood Associa-

tion of Missouri and Arkansas, and State representative of Missouri. 504

Kell, A. E., president board of commissioners Fifth Louisiana Levee

District, Tallulah, La...

381

Kellner, Ernest, attorney Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners,

Greenville, Miss

218

Kemper, J. P., Fordche, La-

774

Klorer, John, chief engineer State of Louisiana, New Orleans, La---234,299

Knowlton, S. D., member Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners,

Greenville, Miss.

218

Lant, N. E., bridge engineer Louisiana Highway Commission, Baton

Rouge, La..

255

McGehee, Hon. Dan R., Representative in Congress from the State of

Mississippi.

816

Mann, S. H., Forrest City, Ark.

478

Markham, Maj. Gen. Edward M., Chief of Army Engineers -- -2,23,639

Martin, Wade O., Chairman of the Louisiana Flood Control Com-

mittee, St. Martinville, La.

621

Meyer, J. W. Blytheville, Ark.

576
Milliken, Miss Marie, Lake Providence, La--

326
Mitchell, E. F., chief engineer of the Texas & Pacific Railroad Co.,
Dallas, Tex

332

Montgomer, M. B., chancellor eleventh Chancellor District, Yazoo

City, Miss

689

Mounger, H. P., president of the police jury of Pointe Coupee Parish,
Lettsworth, La

236
Negus, W. H., member board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners,
Greenville, Miss

218
Offenhiser, N. E., chief engineer, Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee
Board, Clarksdale, Miss

219
Oliver, Maj. L. E., United States Corps of Army Engineers, district
engineer, Vicksburg, Miss...

117,154
Pfeiffer, Paul, member of the board, St. Francis Drainage District,
Clay and Greene Counties, Piggott, Ark.

493
Pharr, H. N., chief engineer of the St. Francis Levee District of
Arkansas, West Memphis, Ark.---

456
Poe, Dewitt, McGehee, Ark...

247
Powers, T. H., president, Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners,
Greenville, Miss..

218

Ransdell, Joseph E., Lake Providence, La..

730

Schneider, F. H., Lake Providence, La..

727

Sevier, Henry, attorney at law, Tallulah, La..

715

Shaw, E. D., Bastrop, La.

378
Shields, Leo, delegate at large from the fifth Louisiana Levee District,
Alsatia, La

309

Smith, W. T., Bastrop, Morehouse Parish, La.

371

Sturdivant, M. P.

211

Summerlin, J. W., president, board of commissioners of the Tensas

Basin Levee District, Rayville, La--

254,764

Tschudy, E. W., Wenoa, Poinsett County, Ark.

500

Twist, C. C., Crittenden County, Ark.

491

White, J. Lester, Bastrop, La

368

Whittington, Hon. Will M., Representative in Congress from the

State of Mississippi.

210,818

Williamson, Lamar, attorney at law, Monticello, Ark.

592
Williamson, Dr. O. L., Marianna, Ark..

474
Womble, Dr. H. B., representing the police jury of Franklin Parish,
Gilbert, La.

291
Young, Ben F., member of the board of commissioners of the Fifth
Louisiana Levee District, St. Joseph, La-

-388,405

Zimmerman, Hon. Orville, a Representative in Congress from the

State of Missouri..

829

Miscellaneous resolutions:

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Resolution adopted by_the Board of Supervisors of Humphreys

County, Miss., dated February 16, 1935.--

223

Resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Warren County,

Miss., February 16, 1935.-

224

Resolution adopted by representatives from Quitman, Holmes, Sun-

flower, Yazoo, Coahoma, Grenada, Tate, Tallahatchie, Panola,

Tunica, Yalobusha, Humphreys, DeSoto, Leflore, Carroll, Wash-

ington, Marshall, Warren, Lafayette, and Benton Counties, Miss.,

February 26, 1935.

225

Resolution adopted by the Chamber of Commerce of Greenwood,

Miss., the Junior Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post,

No. 49, of Greenwood, and the Greenwood Kiwanis Club, Green-

wood, Miss., February 11, 1935.--

226

Resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Humphreys

County; the Belzoni Rotary Club; the Humphreys County Cham-

ber of Commerce; the Belzoni Business and Professional Women's

Club; the American Legion of Belzoni, Miss., February 15, 1935.- 226

Resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors of DeSoto County,

Tunica County, Marshall County, Tate County, Panola County,

Quitman County, Tallahatchie County, Sunflower County, Leflore

County, Humphreys County, and Yazoo County, Miss., February

6, 1935...

228

Resolution adopted by the Board of Levee Commissioners for the

Yazoo-Mississippi Delta...

229

Resolution adopted by the police jury of Richland Parish, La., March
23, 1935...

367

Resolution adopted by the Rayville Kiwanis Club, Rayville, La.,

March 27, 1935.-

365

Resolution adopted by the Town Council of Rayville, La., April 1,
1935..

359
Resolution adopted by a citizens' mass meeting at Delhi, La., March
29, 1935...

361
Resolution adopted by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Mang-
ham, La., March 29, 1935.-

362
Resolution passed by the police jury of the Parish of Franklin, Winns-
boro, La., April 2, 1935.

363

Resolution adopted by the police jury of Morehouse Parish, La.,

April 2, 1935

369

Resolution adopted by the Kiwanis Club of Bastrop, Bastrop, La.,

April 2, 1935

371

Resolution adopted by the Morehouse Parish School Board at Bastrop,

La., April 2, 1935.

379

Resolution adopted by the Fifth District Levee Board at Tallulah,

La. (special meeting), March 15, 1935.

383

Resolution adopted March 28, 1935, by the Chamber of Commerce of
Lake Providence, Lake Providence, La...

-742,743
Resolution adopted March 29, 1935, by the Mayor and Board of
Aldermen of the Town of Lake Providence, La..

742

Resolution adopted March 28, 1935, by the Police Jury and School

Board of East Carroll Parish, La.

741

Resolution adopted March 25, 1935, by the Police Jury and School
Board of Tensas Parish, La-

746

Resolution adopted March 6, 1935, by the Police Jury of Madison

Parish, La..

744

Resolution adopted March 7, 1935, by the Mayor and Board of Alder-

men of the Village of Tallulah, La.

745

Resolution adopted March 14, 1935, by the board of directors of the

Tallulah State Bank & Trust Co., Tallulah, La..

746

Resolution adopted March 16, 1935, by the Madison Parish School

Board, Louisiana..

744

Resolution adopted March 6, 1935, by the Business Men's Luncheon

Club of Tallulah, La--

745

Miscellaneous:

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Petition signed by citizens of Quitman County, Miss., dated February
14, 1935..

227
Letters received by Mr. Langdon R. Jones, of Kennett, Mo., as fol-

lows: W. A. Kelly, engineer appraiser, the Federal Land Bank of
St. Louis, Paul Pfeiffer, Clay County, Piggott, Ark., J. R. Bertig,
Paragould, Ark., C. B. Gregg, Jonesboro, Ark., J. W. Meyer, engi-
neer, Drainage District No. 7, Blytheville, Ark., W. W. Zass, chief
engineer, Arkansas State Highway Commission, Little Rock, Ark.,
C. H. Hobards, presiding judge Dunklin County Court, Kennett,
Mo., and A. R. Towse, division engineer.---559, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565

Statement showing development of St. Francis River Basin and result-

ing liens to lands therein, also loss and damage resulting from floods

of 1927 and 1928 (St. Francis River and tributaries in Arkansas and

Missouri).

509

Supplement to statement showing development of St. Francis River

Basin and resulting liens to lands therein, also loss and damage re-

sulting from the floods of 1927 and 1928 (St. Francis River and

tributaries in Arkansas and Missouri) -

539

Letter submitted by Mr. Harry Peyton, of Lake Providence, La.- 762

A preliminary study of the growth and yield of second-growth Tupelo

gum in the Atchafalaya Basin of southern Louisiana taken from the

Lumber Trade Journal, New Orleans, La., issue of November 15,

1926, and submitted by Mr. J. P. Kemper, of Fordoche, La.. 781

Telegram of April 11, 1935, signed by W. W. Zoss, chief engineer of

State highway commission, Little Rock, Ark.

798

Copy of a letter written to Senators Pat Harrison and Theodore G.

Bilbo on April 12, 1935, by W. A. Percy, a citizen of the State of

Mississippi, and submitted by Mr. Whittington.-

829

Copy of a telegram to Mr. Whittington dated April 13, 1935, by Mr.

Percy -

829

Letter from Oscar Ameringer, Oklahoma City, Okla.

760
Letter from Frank Voelker, attorney at law, Lake Providence, La.

758
Letter from Hon. T. G. Biggs, mayor of Lake Providence, La-

757
Letter from Hon. Zell Stockner, president East Carroll Parish School
Board, Louisiana..

756
Letter from Hon. Ashley W. Warlick, superintendent East Carroll
Parish Schools, Louisiana.

756
Telegram from Hon. F. X. Ransdell, judge Sixth Judicial District of
Louisiana..

755
Letter from Hon. Jeff B. Snyder, district attorney, Sixth Judicial
District of Louisiana, Tallulah, La...

754
Letter from Hon. N. C. Williamson, member of the board of directors

of the Federal Land Bank of New Orleans and the First National
Bank of Lake Providence, La----

752
Letter from Mr. W. D. Brown, president of the First National Bank
of Lake Providence, La..

750

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FLOOD CONTROL IN THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 1935

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON FLOOD CONTROL,

Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10:30 a. m., Hon. Riley J. Wilson (chairman) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen of the committee, this hearing is called to consider H. R. 6833, a bill to modify and extend the project for flood control and improvement of the Mississippi River authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1928. (The bill referred to is as follows:)

(H. R. 6833, 74th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To modify and extend the project for the flood control and improvement of the

Mississippi River authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1928 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the first section of the Act entitled "An Act for the control of floods on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and for other purposes ", approved May 15, 1928, as amended, is amended by adding at the end thereof a new paragraph to read as follows:

“The project adopted and authorized by this section to be prosecuted in accordance with the plan printed in House Document Numbered 90 is hereby modified and extended so as to carry out and comply with recommendations made by the Chief of Engineers, War Department, in his report of February 12, 1935, on flood-control works in the alluvial valley of the Mississippi River, printed in the Flood Control Committee Document Numbered 1, Seventy-fourth Congress. Hereafter such project shall be prosecuted subject to the conditions set forth and in accordance with the plans recommended by the Chief of Engineers in such Committee Document Numbered 1, but shall include the completion of the unfinished portions of such project as originally authorized by this section and not modified by this paragraph. There is hereby authorized to be appropriated for the prosecution of such project as herein modified and extended the sum of $265,000,000, in addition to the sums heretofore authorized by this section."

The CHAIRMAN. The flood-control project, as we all know, for the alluvial valley of the Mississippi River, from Cape Girardeau to the Gulf, was adopted in the Flood Control Act of May 15, 1928, which adopted for the prosecution of the work at that time the engineering plan set forth in House Document No. 90, of the Seventieth Congress. Under that act provision was made, because of the controversial features, that reviews of those projects be made in the final execution of the project, which was under the direction of the Secretary of War and the Chief of Engineers of the Army.

As the work progressed, being now more than 80 percent complete on the undisputed portions, there were certain features in controversy at that time, and that were continuously in controversy. Surveys were made after the flood of 1927 and later. In order to

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adjust those differences, if possible, this committee passed a resolution asking the then Chief of Engineers to make a complete review of the entire project, with recommendations for such modifications that might be made therein, leading to its final completion.

The main disputed features were floodways, as to whether the flood waters should be, if necessary, regulated at the outlet, and controlled there; whether compensation should be paid for lands taken and used, if they were found to be absolutely essential.

Under that resolution the Chief of Engineers of the Army, at that time General Brown, appointed a special committee of which Gen. Harley B. Ferguson was chairman. General Ferguson is now president of the Mississippi River Commission.

Later the work passed to General Markham, the present Chief of Engineers, and following a request of the Congress and of this committee practically 3 years have been spent in a study and making experiments at the experimental station at Vicksburg. Every request made by the citizens of the valley and in connection with the action taken by this committee and the Congress has been complied with in studying and experimenting, and recommendations have finally been made, contained in committee document no. 1, Seventyfourth Congress, first session, which contains the report of the Chief of Engineers, with a report of the Mississippi River Commission appended thereto.

These hearings are called to discuss these recommendations prior to the completion of this, the greatest engineering project ever undertaken in this or any other nation.

Of course, I appreciate the interest of those concerned in the Mississippi Valley, and their presence here today.

We will arrange these hearings so that the Chief of Engineers may direct them insofar as his assistants are concerned.

I now introduce General Markham, the Chief of Engineers of the Army, and I suggest that he make a general statement to the committee in reference to this matter, without interruption, and then questions will be asked by members of the committe, beginning at the head of the table. That will be the limit on the procedure of the present time.

General Markham, the committee will be glad to hear you now.

STATEMENT OF MAJ. GEN. EDWARD M. MARKHAM, CHIEF OF

ENGINEERS, UNITED STATES ARMY

General MARKHAM. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I have been carrying the ball for about 15 months or thereabouts, and sometimes I feel like the Negro in France who did not know the name of the village because he had not been there but a week. I am sure I do not know many things that pertain to the lower Mississippi Valley.

On the other hand, I have given it such time and attention, rather continuously for 15 months, as to find myself in substantial disagreement with matters suggested, interdepartmentally, last year, leading to my disinclination to make any report last year, as you will recall.

This matter of study and attempted understanding has been continuous since that time, and has resulted finally in the report about which you all know.

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