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where it fell, and say to the people of the state, “We will hold it until we need it for navigation in the lower reaches of the valley, and then we will let it down to float the water born commerce of the nation, and we will do away forever with the policy which has prevailed from the beginning of the country until now, of letting the water which you need for navigation in the summertime run to waste in the Winter floods, carrying death and destruction in its path through the various states of the nation.”

I have refrained, my good friends, from taking any part in the discussion of this convention until now, and I know there are some people here now who know what a restraint on me that was. But at the same time, I should not have broken it now, except for the fact that I protest, and I protest as a representative of a National Association which has a membership in very nearly every state in this Union, a national association which was organized in June, 1899, a national organization which has to its credit at least having been helpful in the passage of the National Reclamation Act, which in those days was known as the Newland's Irrigation Bill; and I want to say to you right here and now that the question of states' rights as against national right has no place in this convention.

I read the unanimous report of the committee, I read the majority report of the committee, I read the minority report of the Committee, and I read them all carefully line by line, and a man could vote for all three of them if he wanted to without raising any question of state rights. (Applause.) I believe Mr. Pinchot is absolutely right when he stands here before you and says that states' rights have nothing to do with this question. If it is a question, my good friends, whether or not we are to have a water power trust in this country today as we have an oil trust, then all I have to say is that that is a very important question, and it is a great deal better to take control of the child before it gets too big to control. (Applause.) But, without entering into any controversy which has developed here, I want to say just a friendly word to these gentlemen who represent the water power interests' (Laughter.)

We hear a great deal about big business and big interests. Uncle Sam is the biggest business man of them all, (applause) and the time has come when if any of the big interests of this country want to do business with the bigger interests of Uncle Sam, who represents all the people of all the country, they have got to sit down across the table and trade fair and square and even, and get a fair, square deal and give it in return, and when they have made such a contract as that with Uncle Sam, they will have a safe investment for their money, but not before 1 (Applause.)

(Numerous cries of “Mr. President! Mr. President!”)

CHAIRMAN FowleR—The Chair will recognize your vicepresident, Mrs. Crocker.

MRs. EMMON's CRoCKER—Mr. Chairman, members of the convention, I should not ask a moment of your valuable time if we had had many women speakers; but we have not, and as I represent the number of women that I do all over the United States, and as I am in touch with the well organized body in every state of the Union, and as we are working to uphold these very principles which are set forth in this amendment and the resolution that has been presented to you, I feel that I cannot let this opportunity go by, even at the risk of repeating some of the things, if not word for word, at least the sentiments of the things that I said here last night.

I think it is a vital question to us as the mothers of the nation, and it was brought home to me yesterday when I visited the Secretary of Agriculture and he said that he was working, almost before anything else, for the betterment of farm conditions. He said that one of the things which he had done was to send out large numbers of letters all over the United States to the women on the farms, to see what they wanted and what would do them the most good. Of course, many, many answers came, but the one prevailing answer was, “We need water, and we need to be relieved from the heavy work which we now do, not only this generation, but the generations that are to come; and if we do not have strong motherhood, if we do not preserve the mothers of their race both physically and mentally, and do the best we can for them in every way, we shall come to Congress.”

The water question is a great question in the future, and that on which we must depend for all our power. That is the genus which is to be harnessed, the genus which will relieve the slavery of the woman on the farm. It has been said that the farmer is the backbone of the country, but the woman is his companion, and it is not only a question of today, but it is really a question for the future and we must deal with it carefully; we must see that no monopoly gets hold of this one important thing.

I speak in favor of this resolution of Mr. Pinchot because it does embody the principles for which I stand and for which this immense organization of women which I represent likewise stands. Mr. Chairman, I think we have sufficiently discussed this matter and I do not want to hear any more personalities, and therefore I move the previous question. MR. W. R. FAIRLEY, of Alabama—Mr. Chairman, I second the motion. (Numerous cries of “Mr. President, Mr. President!”) CHAIRMAN FowleR—This motion is not debatable. All in favor of this motion will signify it by saying “aye.” (The ayes responded.) Contrary minded will signify it by saying “no.” (The noes responded.) The ayes seem to have it; (after a pause) the ayes have it; the motion is carried. This now brings up the matter of the whole proposition. The first vote is on Congressman Burnett's amendment to the amendment offered by Mr. Pinchot.

(A division by states was called for on the question of the adoption of the amendment offered by Congressman Burnett to the amendment offered by Mr. Pinchot. Motion to adjourn was made and declared out of order. Spirited discussion preceded the vote. The result of this vote is tabulated herewith.)

Aye No Total Alabama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2 10 Arizona . . - 10 10 Arkansas . - - - - - California . - - - 10 10 Colorado . 9 1 10 Connecticut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Delaware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - District of Columbia.................... - - - 20 20 Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - 10 Idaho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - 10 Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 10 Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Kansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - Kentucky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Louisiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2 10 Maine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 20 20 Massachusetts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 20 20 Michigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 9 10 Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 10 Mississippi . ............................ - - - 10 10 Missouri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 17 17 Montana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - 10 Nebraska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - 10

New Hampshire......................... - - - 10 10

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New Jersey ............................ 3 5 8 New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 19 20 North Carolina 1 9 10 North Dakota - - - 10 10 Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 12 12 Oklahoma . - - - 10 10 Oregon . 1 2 3 Pennsylvania. .......................... - - - 20 20 Rhode Island ........................... - - - 10 10 South Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - 10 South Dakota .......................... 2 8 10 Tennessee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 - - - 20 Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Utah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - 10 Vermont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - 10 10 Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 5 10 Washington . 10 - - 10 West Virginia - - - 20 20 Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ - - - 10 10 Wyoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - -

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 378 510

(A division by states was called for on the question of the adoption of the amendment offered by Mr. Pinchot. The result of this vote is tabulated herewith.)

Aye No Total Alabama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 - - - - 2 Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6% 3% 10 Arkansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 9 10 Connecticut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 3 10 Delaware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - District of Columbia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 - - - - 20 Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - Idaho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - 10 10 Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - Kansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - Kentucky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Louisiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 8 10 Maine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2 10 Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2 10 Massachusetts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Michigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2 10 Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - Mississippi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - Missouri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 - - - - 17 Montnaa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - Nebraska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 10 10

New Hampshire ....................... 10 - - - - 10

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New Jersey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 5 7 New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 6 18 North Carolina. . . . . . 9 1 10 North Dakota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 - - - - 20 Oklahoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6% 3% 10 Pennsylvania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 - - - - 20 Rhode Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 South Carolina ........................ - - - - 10 10 South Dakota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2 10 Tennessee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Utah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 - - - - 10 Vermont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 - - - - 3 Virginia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 5 5 10 Washington . - - - - 10 10 West Virginia 17 - - - - 17 Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 5 10 Wyoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - -

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