Correspondence between Wallace R. Moses and Joshua Chase regarding Lake Okeechobee and hurricane season

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Correspondence between Wallace R. Moses and Joshua Chase regarding Lake Okeechobee and hurricane season
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Business Records of Sydney Octavius Chase
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Wallace R. Moscs
FORT PIERCE,LA.( N.AN .A v. ) West Palm Beach, Fla. RYE,N. H

Oct.30,1928. "^L

Mr.Joshua 0.Chase,

My Dear Mr.Chase;-

I was much pleased to receive your letter
of reference to harnessing Lake Okeechobee.
I have spent 15 minutes hunting for carbon of my letter to
Mr.Ranson,but it has got away from me sonmehow,which is not unusual.
I sometimes think I will stop making copies of letters I write
since it takes so much time to find it. Perhaps my system of
filing is at fault.

Why I wanted to see what I had written is because I think it was
merely a comment on what some one else said in a letter to the
Palm Beach Post and not a well digested opinion as to what should
be done;that I do not feel competent to pass on;its a matter of
careful engineering an ascertainment of the bhes of water that
in flood times falls on the water shed that pours into Lake Okee-
chobee and providing enough outlets to the ocean to carry it away
faster than it accumulates if that be possible. Then,too,I think
the permanent level of the lake should be much lower than the
U.S.government now requires,so as to leave as large a basin to hold
the flod waters until the various outlets can carry them off. The
present engineer has failed to appreciate in the past the necessity
of keeping the water level at the minimum. Th'waT a Epparently at the
maximum,nhich has been the custom I infer,so as to conserve the
water in a dry time. Permanent level in the lak:e of 10 feet
would furnish all the water needed for local purposes and if a ship
canal is demanded extend St.Luxie canal through to the Calcosa.
hatchee river widening and deepening as may be necessary. -

I agree with you that a concrete dike should go around the
lake if built at all,which is open to question.

Whether it is feasible to get off the land entirely during the
gale season is another problem. When a person has a home with
stock,poultry etc.with buildings to house them as well as theit own
dwelling it would work a hardship to leave it for 4 months each year.

It avould be a pity not to utilize this great area of muck
lands for such crops as are adapted to it and how it can be done
to best advantage is the question to be settled. I am inclined
to agree with you that spending huge sums of money to build dikes
is an extravagance.

Sheet 2-- J.C.C. 10-30-'38.
I recently had occasion to go through a trunk containing an
accumulation of old letter books,photografs,correspondence and other
things that at one time seems desirable to keep and have been living
in the past,extening back more than 70/years for several days
and was astonished to see how vividly past events presented themselves
I have often wondered if our brains contain pigeon holes in which
things of moment or otherwise automatically file themselves .
This is called out by the second paragrai of your letter, refer-
ing to our association at Sanford ,which goes back nearly 40 years.
Time is surely slipping away I am certainly glad to see how well
you retain yourvitality and ability to remain in active business. I
am getting to be a back number especially in muscular activity,but
otherwise enjoy good health. The two hurricanes nearly demolished
my present citrus crop west of Ft.Pierce,though the wind was much
greater here at Palm Beach and W.P.B.
Remember me to S.O. when you write and with best wishes for
you both,I ank,
Very ncerely rs,

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tW.#u W besaume it has bhe a go" a ny m anIDe our
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reoollntiosa of the mseelatlio of early Says In Florida,
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the tliUt paragraph of your letter
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nkla Okmese ob e to lbrest a disaster asailer to the one
that happened J the stema or September 16 th
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views ya eMpresM niBMee this Oyte is exoated estirely
area the Lae. ,
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fta the seort that tere aup the tears of the JAmo in
to a tidal wave that overwheat-eaorythixg la its pU
zr you per eoetbe la a smet, you eould easilyy blow It
all out if you ble6 harat enfl4
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a burraioae ams'at tUe rate a troam 1 to 100 males, ant
it way ease ftm W direction of th e'mpa it is apt
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