Today’s cartoons continue the saga of Mayor Harper on Tour. You may remember from the first pair of cartoons posted two weeks ago that this Herriman series concerns the trip Los Angeles mayor Harper and friends made to scout likely new sources of water for their burgeoning city. In the first cartoon above, printed on April 22, Harper meets with former L.A. mayor Fred Eaton, an engineer who was the first to seriously propose the building of a water system with the Owens River as its source. For more on Eaton see this page.
The second cartoon, printed on the 23rd, lampoons the big-city dreams of the little town of Bishop, California, which is in the Owens Valley. Bishop’s dreams might have been big, but reality never caught up with them. Population today is less than 4,000.