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District of Columbia,' approved February 28, 1901,” which was approved
March 1, 1905, the inspectors provided in the police reorganization law of
June 8, 1906. A copy of each of the laws mentioned is herewith inclosed.
Very respectfully,

HENRY B. F. MACFARLAND,
President of the Board of Commissioners

of the District of Columbia
Hon. J. W. BABCOCK,
Chairman of Committee on District of Columbia,

House of Representatives.

The act approved March 1, 1905, when amended as proposed by the bill herewith reported will read as follows:

[PUBLIC_No. 120.] AN ACT To amend section four of an Act entitled "An act relating to the Metropolitan police of the District of Columbia," approved February twenty-eighth, nineteen hundred and one.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section four of "An act relating to the Metropolitan police of the District of Columbia,” approved February twentyeighth, nineteen hundred and one, be, and the same is hereby, amended so that it shall read as follows:

SEC. 4. That hereafter the Commissioners of the District of Columbia are hereby authorized and directed to deposit with the Treasurer of the United States, out of receipts from fines in the police court and receipts from dog licenses, a sufficient amount to meet any deficiency in the policemen's fund or firemen's fund: Provided, That the chief engineer of the fire department and all other officers of said department of and above the rank of captain, the superintendent, assistant superintendent, any inspector, any captain or lieutenant of police, in case of retirement as now provided by law, shall receive relief not exceeding one hundred dollars per month; and in case of the death from injury or disease of any member of the police force or fire department, if he be unmarried and leave a dependent mother, who is a widow, the same shall be for her relief during the period of widowhood, or if he leave a widow, or children under sixteen years of age, the same shall be for their relief during the period of widowhood, or until such children reach the age of sixteen years: Provided, That in no case shall the amount paid to such dependent mother or widow exceed fifty dollars per month, nor shall the amount paid for a child exceed twenty-five dollars per month. Approved, March 1, 1905.

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2d Session.

No. 62i3.

PENALTY FOR SALE OR GIFT OF INTOXICATING

LIQUORS TO MINORS.

JANUARY 11, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Sims, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, submitted

the following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 23556.)

that it do pass.

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23556) prohibiting the purchase or procurement, sale, gift, or disposition of intoxicating liquors to minors by unlicensed persons, report the same back to the House with the recommendation

The purpose of the proposed legislation, which was drafted by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and introduced at their request, is fully explained in the following communication from the Commissioners and from the major and superintendent of police: OFFICE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, January 2, 1907. Hon. J. W. BABCOCK,

Chairman Committee on District of Columbia, House of Representatives. DEAR SIB: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have the honor to transmit herewith a draft of "A bill prohibiting the purchase or procurement, sale, gift, or disposition of intoxicating liquors to minors by unlicensed persons," and recommend its enactment during the present session.

A copy of a letter from the major and superintendent of police of the District showing some of the conditions which render the proposed legislation advisable is inclosed. Very respectfully,

HENRY B. F. MACFARLAND,
President of the Board of Commissioners

of the District of Columbia.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT,

Washington, December 7, 1906. Hon. HENRY L WEST,

Commissioner, District of Columbia. DEAR SIR: There is provision in law against the selling of intoxicating liquors to minors, but, despite the existence of such, the attention of the police is called to cases of boys under the influence of drink. Investigation of these cases has convinced those charged with the duty that they do not result from purchases made by minors, but that intoxicants are procured by persons of lawful age at the solicitation and for the use of those who are forbidden sales under the law. In one instance several boys had robbed a place where liquors were sold in order to procure drink. The youths were arrested, taken to the juvenile court, reprimanded, and placed on probation. Enough is known to convince me that there are those so degraded that they will purchase for minors' use, and I respectfully beg leave to recommend that the existing law be so amended as to make it a punishable offense for any person to buy, purchase in any manner, or procure intoxicating liquors for the use of any other person under 21 years of age, except in case of illness or injury, and then such to be furnished by a parent or guardian, or on the prescription of a duly registered physician. Very respectfully,

RICHARD SYLVESTER, Major and Superintendent

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CONGRESS,

EXTENDING TIME FOR COMPLETION OF HIGHWAY BRIDGE ACROSS

POTOMAC RIVER, WASHINGTON, D. C.

JANUARY 11, 1907.—Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. BABCOCK, from the Committee on the District of Columbia,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. R. 76.]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred (S. R. 76) providing for an extension of time for completing the highway_bridge and approaches across the Potomac River at Washington, D. C., report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass.

Your committee incorporates as part of its report the report made in the Senate on this measure, as follows:

The resolution has the approval of the War Department, as will appear from the following communications :

[First indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT, December 14, 1906. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on the District of Columbia, United States Senate, inviting attention to the accompanying report of the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, of yesterday's date, in whose views the Department concurs.

WM. H. TAFT,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, December 13, 1906. SIR: I have the honor to return herewith a communication of the chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia, United States Senate, dated December 7, 1906, inclosing for examination and report Senate joint resolution 76, providing for an extension of time to June 30, 1907, for completing the highway bridge and approaches across the Potomac River at Washington, D. C.

All of the work to be done by the Government in connection with the construction of the bridge and approaches will be practically completed by December 15 except the concrete-steel bridge across the Washington channel, the paving on the portions of the approach adjacent to it, and a few other items of work which have been delayed by its noncompletion.

Many unforeseen and great difficulties have arisen during the construction of this concrete bridge which were not discovered in time by the contractors to permit the completion of their contract by December 15, although the Department has used every means to hasten the work and the contractors are now making every effort to hasten it.

The proposed extension of time for completion is regarded as advantageous to the United States, and it is recommended that the accompanying resolution be favorably considered. Very respectfully,

A. MACKENZIE,

Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers. The SECRETABY OF WAR

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