WATER RIGHTS IN MONTANA.

WATER RIGHTS IN MONTANA.

In the State of Montana that particular part State property on the eastern outskirts of Helena where the capitol and other legislative buildings stand, needs water very badly. The last legislature passed an act providing for the creation of a State board of water commissioners consisting of three qualified citizens to be appointed by the governfor the purpose of acquiring by purchase, condemnation or other method, water rights suitable furnishing the capitol grounds with an adequate supply. The governor has not appointed anyone to fill the position of water commissioners, although the law has been in effect several months. is understood the governor has delayed making appointments and directing the commission proceed, because he did not feel disposed to anyone to do the work for nothing—the bill makno provision for the payment of the commissioners for their trouble. The governor is very anxious that the State should acquire water rights put in a water system or adopt any reasonable method that will bring more water on the grounds. fact, he reminded the legislature in his message of the need of more water, and is just anxious to see the proposition go through as anyone; but he has a hesitancy about asking anycompetent to fill the position to give several days or, perhaps, a month to travel over the mountains looking up water rights without being paid. Rather than allow the matter to go by default through the failure of the legislature to make provision for paying the commissioners, it is very possible that one or two State officers, including State engineer, will be designed by the State furnishing board to go ahead and look up water rights, while the State furnishing board will range for installing a system.

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