Jess Hession, District attorney for Inyo County (left), and William Dehy, a Superior Court judge of Inyo County, most likely examining literature on the 1924 occupation of the Alabama Gates by several hundred Owens Valley ranchers and farmers.
A few damaged aqueduct pipes lie at the base of a hillside in the foreground at center. The largest segment is shaped like a flume and stretches back on a slight upward angle from right to left. A crumpled and twisted segment lies to the left of it in the shape of an "L." A smaller segment sits to the right. The rock-strewn hillside extends upward on a slight angle to the left. To the right of the pipes, water cascades down the hillside, emanating from a broken pipe near the upper left corner.
Workers, seen from a worm's-eye perspective, carry out repairs on a blast-damaged section of an aqueduct pipe. The pipe is viewed close-up, entering frame at left and stretching across the foreground. At center, a ladder is propped up against the near side of the pipe. One worker stands on the ladder and leans over the pipe to carry out repairs. Behind and to the left of him, another man stands atop the pipe. He faces slightly right as he swings the tool he holds behind him. Another man is barely visible along the left edge, also standing on the pipe.
A large section of the aqueduct's pipe is viewed close-up as it enters frame from the left and stretches back towards center. Atop the pipe, a few workers stands. The man standing furthest down the pipe swings a mallet. A wooden ladder is propped up against the right side of the pipe. At right, workers stand clustered in groups alongside a makeshift wooden track. It stretches up a large, rock-strewn hillside. The hillside occupies the background and extends beyond the frame.
Possibly related to the articles: “Aqueduct situation tense as investigators for city find unexploded case of dynamite: WATER GUARDS IN SECRET RIDE no-name canyon now alive with repair crews water soon fill flow into blasted siphon auto numbers may lead to arrest of outlaws,” Los Angeles Times, 31 May 1927: A12, and/or, “DYNAMITE GANG SEARCH STARTS: Full Aqueduct Blast Inquiry Promised by Sheriff Ample Water in Reservoirs to Prevent Shortage Repairs on Broken Section of Siphon Rushed Search Begun in Dynamiting Reward of $10,000 Urged for Aqueduct Gang Federal Prosecution of Criminals Planned Chamber Will Co-Operate in Ending Outrages,” Los Angeles Times, 28 May 1927: A1.
Two damaged aqueduct pipes are viewed close-up and enter frame from the lower right corner. They extend towards the left as they lie across a rock bed and hillside. The rock-strewn hillside extends upward towards center. Behind and to the right of the pipes, water cascades down the hillside, emanating from a broken pipe near the top edge, left-of-center.