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Wednesday, August 22, 1962
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10 ., AUGUST 23, 1962, lake Chortes American Press Rio Grande's 94-Year-Old Mistake Still Causing Trouble By ROBERT E. fORD Associated Press Staff Writer As rivers go the Rio Grande is a stable old stream. Oh, it flooded now and then until dams pretty well stopped that. But it rarely changed course. But in 1864 the sedate old river went on a b i n g e. It staggered from its normal course and wandered into Mexico. Then, as if fearing it would shock the neighbors, it scuttled ' back to its course. The neighbors didn't talk much then, acting as if they didn't see the river's lapse from the straight and narrow. But skeletons come to light and this skeleton is rattling loudly now — 98 years later. ; For when the Rio Grande staggered into Mexico it didn't return lo the place it started. It entered the stream bed a little below the point it left. In doing so, it placed a few hundred acres on the U.S. side of the river. It was of no real importance. It was brushland, and both the United States and Mexico possessed more of that sort of land than they needed or wanted. Cleofas Calleros, noted El Paso historian and an expert on this little segment of land says, "It was just weeds and brush and a few trees. Thre wasn't a house there." The piece of land eventually gained a name, El Chamizal — from the Spanish word for brush. Today this El Chamizal is creating headaches in the highest governmental circles in Mexico and the United States. To vocal elements in Mexico the wedge of land has become a point of national honor. To U. S. authorities it now involves delicate relations with Latin neighbors. Some Mexican circles put it flatly: Will the United States keep its agreements and return El Chamizal to Mexico? The situation admittedly is a tough one. For the once worthless brush- land now teems with 22,000 persons bv historian Calleros' estimate. Most are U. S. citizens. Collectively they have a huge investment there. So do El Paso, the school district and private utility companies. These citizens, or a part of them at least, face the prospect of being uprooted from their homes and businesses should the United States turn El Chamizal back to Mexico. No one bothered about the Rio Grande's little misdeameanor until 30 years later when a Mexican citizen laid clam to El Chamizal on grounds the area belonged to Mexico. This brought talks between the members of the Inter national Border Commission. The commission could not decide the issue and sent it to arbitration. In 1911, an arbitration board said the land belonged to Mexico. The U. S. member of the arbitration board dissented. He said no one at that late date could determine where the Rio Grande flowed before it cut a new channel. The United States agreed with its m e m b e r, saying the award could not be carried out because the old course of the channel could not be fixed. There the matter rested. Mexico was more preoccupied with a revolution than a little niece of land still only thinly populated. Even today the size of El Chamizal cannot be decided. Estimates range from 400 to 650 acres. The Boundary Commission says 400. One reason the old channel cannot be recognized is that the whole area, including what once was the stream bed, has been built up with homes, stores and streets. The issue was revived when President Kennedy visited Mexico tliis year. Kennedy and Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos said they were instructing agencies to "recommend a complete solution to this problem." Mexico's Foreign Minister Manuel Tello said he believes El Chamizal could become a part of Mexico within three years. Rep. J. T. Rutherford, D-Tex., syas the issue will not be settled soon. Rutherford represents El Paso in Congress. The United States appears ready lo offer a solution. Its gen eral terras have been made pub lie in part by the Boundary Com mission, and by investigations by (lie El Paso Times and the Dal !as News. The proposed solution — and the U. S. ambassador, Thomas Mann, stresses that no commitments have been made — wpuld be a compromise. It calls for Mexico to cede 200 to 250 acres of Cordova Island lo the United States. The area is not an island at all, belongs to Mexico and is on the U. S. side of the stream. It joins El Chamizal. Mexico, in turn, would acquire part of El Chamizal. Mexico's net gain would be 437 acres. That plan would leav etwo El Paso schools inside the U. S., but a newly built school would go to Mexico. Peyton Packing Co. and jthe large Union Stockyards also ! would be on the Mexican side. , Official and unofficial talk is I that the deal would cost the United States $30 to 35 million because of a great amount of relocation | is involved. I Most of the land is occupied by , wage owners' homes, some light ! industry, schools, utilities and streets. | Citizens of both sides of the | border cross to the other at will i and appear on the best of terms. : Most residents of El Chamizal iare of Mexican descent but their families for generations have .been U. S. citizens. They are as proud of this citizenship as a Mexican is of his. They would prefer to live in the United States. ALERT TAILWAGGERS STOP FIRE HAZARDS OCALA, Fla. (AP) — John Henderson, who operates the Airpark at nearby Silver Springs, has a live walking and barking fire department. In four and a half years Henderson's home and business establishment have been saved from destruction by fire several times by his two Chesapeake Bay retrievers, "Pres" and "Omni." The two retrievers, who have developed a nose for smoke and fire, extinguish small fires around the air field that might have grown into destructive ones.. If a visitor happens to throw away a cigarette, the dogs are on it immediately, making sure it's out. They also retrieve papers, discarded tires and other matter that might make the runway unsafe for aircraft. Policemen Licenses for Dogs LEXINGTON. Ky. (AP) - The owners of Rex and Bo Bo acquired the dogs 52 days ago but let them run around without licenses. Somebody forgot. Somebody else pointed it out. Licenses were hurriedly purchased arid backdated to Jtaly 1. That was the day Rex and B« | Bo became members of the Polk* Departments K-9 Corps. There IS a difference in home loans. To save money and time on home financing be sure to talk lo us. JIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION LAKE CHARLES 535 KIRBY - SULPHUR OFFICE !OS W. NAPOLSON HOME OF LOW, LOW, LOWER PRICES! 2800 RYAN AT ALAMO Open 8:30 Till 8:30 Mon. thru Sat. BROIL'EM MASH'EM FRY'EM FREE 425 EXTRA BIG BONUS STAMPS These prices qood thru Saturday, Auq. Utfi. in Loks Charlw. We r»«rv« Nit right t« llmil quantify. U. S. 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