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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 14, Number 7 (April 1913)

Commerce association,   pp. [366]-370


Page 369


COMMERCE ASSOCIATION-3
gion, good for absolutely nothing un-
der present conditions except for
sheep raising and that must be done
on a very large scale to be' at all
profitable. The property that is in
private hands is under- the control of
a great English sheep raising- com-
pany which has four great estancias
of about 100,000 square leagues each,
and when you think that a square
league is three square miles you be-
gin to realize the size of the country
and these private holdings.
  But here at Bariloche we have. all
the beauty of the wonderful Cordil-
lera mountain region. Bariloche is a
small frontier town located on the
shore of the magnificent Lago Nahuel
Huapi, a lake some forty miles in
length, very irregular in shape, of
glacial origin, and fed by glaciers,
surrounded   by  mountains covered
with the dense growth of forest and
capped with snow almost the year
around. This region is compared with
the Lake Lucerne region in Switzer-
land and is, upon the suggestion of
this Commission, being made a na-
delight to the eye, with the-beautiful
cloud  effects, the rain  and  snow
storms in the mountains, and the low
hanging clouds and magnificent sun-
sets.
  "This region within a period of ten
years will be the great manufactur-
ing center of Argentina, for the coun-
try is absolutely without coal re&
sources, and has but very few other
sites where electric power can be suc-
cessfully generated. The Commission
has located a dam site where 90,000
H. P. can be generated, and here as
nowhere to the north or east are
found wood and leather in abundance,
and living conditions, that is, cli-
matic conditions, under which work
of a high grade can be done.
   "The Commission de Estudios Hi-
drologicos, of which I have the honor
of being secretary, has a great variety
of duties. It was first created for the
purpose of studying the artesian well
prblkm to seef ifthedesett re-gie to-
the east of here could be irrigated.
From    that   small  beginning   it
branched out into topography work,
and now we have ten parties in the
field, some doing topography, some
studying the geology of this whole re-
gion, one party doing the preliminary
survey for the San Antonio Nahuel
Huapi railroad from Huan Luan to
Bariloche, a piece of work. for which
the congtructor general of the rail-
road allowed a yeir and which our en-
gineers have    completed  in  three
months. This shows the comparative
rate of speed of the Argentine and
the American engineer. They are
now starting the survey for the exact
location of the railroad. We then
have parties studying the flow of the
rivers for the purposes of water
nower develonment. and others still
making reconnaissance surveys and
study of the economic possibilities of
the several regions. The work of the
commission in the process of the va-
rious studies has covered a region of
some 1,000 square miles. My end of
the work is administrative. I have to
see to the furnishing of supplies to
Bariloche from San Antonio, to look
after satisfying the many wants of a
bunch of American engineers, to see
that some $25,000 per month is prop-
erly spent and accounted for, to keep
cost records on the various jobs, ta
boss the peons of the central camp
and do a thousand and one odd jobs,
so that I am kept pretty busy. The
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