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Colorado's Answer
It is Filed in Water Suits in United States Supreme Court.
The answer of the state of Colorado to the amended bill of the state of Kansas in the suit of the latter state to enjoin Colorado from the further appropriation of the waters of the Arkansas river for irrigation purposes has been filed in the United States supreme court at Washington. The document was presented by Colorado's attorney general, N.C. Miller, who is to be assisted in the case by a formidable array of counsel, including former United States Senator Wolcott and former Justice Hait. The answer sets up the contention that the United States supreme court is without jurisdiction. It is also denied that the Arkansas is a navigable stream or that the use of water for irrigation is defended as in accord with the custom prevailing in the arid region of the country and the fact is set forth that many of the ditch corporations now operating in Colorado were incorporated by Kansas when that state comprised the territory now embraced in Colorado.
 Source: The Goodland Republic, Oct 23, 1903

 


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