The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 245
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was delivered by Ing. Manuel Rodriguez Aguilar representing
Petroleos Mexicanos. Another Mexican government agency tak-
ing part was the Nacional Financiera, whose activities were de-
scribed by Praxedes Reina Hermosillo, assistant director.
Three additional papers were devoted to the problem of water:
"Mexico's Irrigation Possibilities Along the Northeastern Zone
Bordering the State of Texas," Antonio Rodriguez L. of the Mex-
ican Ministry of Hydraulic Resources; "Some Problems of the
Texas Industrial Water Supply," Raymond K. Cassell, Univer-
sity of Indiana; and, "Planning the Hydroelectric Development
of Northern Mexico," Alejandro Paez Urquidi, Mexican Federal
Commission of Electricity.
Lic. Garza's "Brief Sketch of the Industrial Development of
Monterrey," presented at the dinner session of the conference,
summarized the theme of the meeting, and its description of the
difficulties faced by Monterrey could be applied to the entire
area. " .. The original founders had to be strong and aggressive
to reach these desert regions ... and only a great love for the
place and a tenacity of purpose to win prevented them from ..
seeking more fertile fields. Tb struggle was considered a natural
concomitant of life." Symbol of success in the struggle of Mon-
terrey toward industrialization is the Monterrey Institute of Tech-
nology, a new educational institution whose origin and progress
is described by Lic. Garza. Two photographs of the school are
included with the article.
It is difficult to single out other papers for special mention,
but those of Ing. Rodriguez and Ing. Paez Urquidi should be
noted for the charts and graphs supporting their discussions.
"Five Years of Achievement at Altos Hornos Steel Company" is
also an interesting article. It describes a combined utilization of
Mexican capital and resources with Anglo-American "know-how"
and technical skill which antedated the Point Four program by
The papers are well prepared and are illustrated by exhibits.
The excellence of this report as a whole could perhaps have been
enhanced by an introduction explaining the background and
significance of the conference. A reproduction of the program
and a list of official delegates might have better emphasized the
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