Published: June 3 1908
Want to finish the Work.
” Messrs. Moore and Holman of the Tuberculosis hospital commission, were here last Wednesday and Thursday on business connected with the testing of the well and the purchase of the land. Dr. H. E. Barnard, State chemist, and Samuel Shutt, engineer of the State house and other State institutions, inspected the well and went over the site Wednesday. The well was pumped for two hours that morning, the latter part of the time in their presence. Mr. Shutt says he believes the water supply is sufficient for all the institutions of the State. Dr Barnard pronounced the water very good so far as could be told by its appearance and condition at the well. He took a large bottle of it to Indianapolis for chemical analysis.
Messrs. Moore and Holman devoted that day to interviewing the three land owners who have refused to sell at what is thought by the purchasers to be a reasonable price.Tribune June 3 1908
Capt. John T. Campbell was employed by the commission to make a complete survey of the tract as a whole and of each part of it. With a force of five men he began the work Thursday. Messrs. Moore and Holman devoted that day to interviewing the three land owners who have refused to sell at what is thought by the purchasers to be a reasonable price. They could come to no terms so the secretary was directed to take preliminary steps first to avoid condemnation proceedings if possible, and second to report next Friday to the full commission, when the Governor will be informed. The first step was to propose arbitration by three disinterested men, each party to agree to the price so set. In case this is rejected by the land owners the Governor will be asked to order the condemnation.
The commission desires the consummation of the purchase at once believing that the site is the best for all purposes that could be chosen. “