Toiling along, happy though hot, President Hoover last week derived immense personal satisfaction from one official act. He proclaimed effective the water-rights compact on the Colorado River, agreed to by six out of seven interested states.* The proclamation cleared away the last obstacle to actual construction of a giant dam on the Colorado near Boulder or Black Canyons.

A 25-year-old interstate stalemate which blocked the river's development had been broken by Herbert Hoover, not as President but as Secretary of Commerce and chairman of the Colorado...

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