To say that the Tribune was surprised to hear that Mr. Jesse Walling of Nampa was knocking the Government Reclamation project, is putting it very mild. We have known Mr. Walling for a number of years and have always found him a most estimable gentleman, as well as a most enterprising and progressive citizen. Owing to his standing in Canyon County, we have devoted some space in our last issue to statements alleged to have been made by him. Had the statements come from a man of less importance, we would have ignored them. We feel that we have done Mr. Walling an injustice and owe him an apology. This we do now. However, The Tribune cannot make itself believe that the affidavits published in the last issues of the Nampa Leader-Herald state all the facts in the case. Those affidavits completely exonerate Mr. Walling, but they do not complete the case. As we understood the case, the three men mentioned in our last issue visited Nampa, and were shown all over the county. In talking with a Mr. Manning they were told of the unsafety of the Deer Flat dam and also of the danger from Nampa. These men also talked with Mr. Walling about other matters. When they got to Caldwell the two names had become confused in their minds, and in relating the matter to several Caldwell persons, spoke of Walling instead of Manning. This mistake might easily be made by strangers as the names are something alike. The Tribune has ample evidence to prove that the gentlemen told the story reported in the last issue. We are glad, however, to correct the error, both the gentlemen and The Tribune made, and to apologize to the people of Nampa and to Mr. Walling.
Source: Caldwell Tribune, March 21, 1908.