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59TH CONGRESS, | HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I REPORT 2d Session.

BRIDGE ACROSS ASHLEY RIVER, SOUTH CAROLINA.

JANUARY 14, 1907.—Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ryan, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

submitted the following

REPORT.

(To accompany H. R. 22135.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 22135) authorizing the construction of a bridge across the Ashley River, in the counties of Charleston and Colleton, S. C., having considered the same, report thereon with amendment, and as so amended recommend that it pass.

The bill as amended has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the indorsements attached and which are made a part of this report.

Amend the bill as follows: On page 1, line 9, after the word “aforesaid,” strike out all of the balance of said line and strike out lines 10 and 11 on the same page, and after the word “aforesaid,” in line 9, page 1, add the following: sat a point suitable to navigation interests, in accordance with the provisions of an act of Congress entitled 'An act to regulate the construction of bridges over navigable waters' approved March twentythird, nineteen hundred and six."

Strike out all of sections 2, 3, 4, and 5, and change section 6 to section 2.

[Second indorsement. )

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, December 17, 1906. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War with recommendation that the accompanying bill (H. R. 22135, 59th Cong., 2d sess.), to authorize the construction of a bridge across Ashley River, South Carolina, be amended as indicated in red thereon.

As thus amended, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the bill by Congress so far as the interests of navigation are concerned.

A. MACKENZIE,
Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers, U. 8. Army.

59TH CONGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

2d Session.

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BRIDGE ACROSS COLUMBIA RIVER, WASHINGTON.

JANUARY 15, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. CUSHMAN, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign

Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23560.] The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23560) to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Columbia River between Benton and Franklin counties, in the State of Washington, by the North Coast Railroad Company, having considered the same, report thereon with amendment and as so amended recommend that it pass.

The bill as amended has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the indorsement attached and made a part of this report.

Amend the bill as follows:

On page 1 strike out lines 11, 12, and 13, and on page 2 strike out lines 1 and 2 and the word “ war” in line 3.

(Second indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, January 11, 1907. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

The accompanying bill, H. R. 23560, Fifty-ninth Congress, second session, to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Columbia River between Franklin and Benton counties, Wash., by the North Coast Railroad Company, makes ample provision for the protection of navigation interests, and I know of no objection to its favorable consideration by Congress so far as those interests are concerned.

A. MACKENZIE, Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army.

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JICARILLA RESERVATION.

JANUARY 14, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ilogg, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23650.]

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23650) to quiet title to lands on Jicarilla Reservation, and to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to cause allotments to be made, and to dispose of merchantable timber, and for other purposes, submit the following report:

Your committee have given this bill careful attention and have heard Mr. Johnson, the superintendent of the agency, upon it. He states that the Department, himself, and the Indians interested favor it.

The bill has for its purpose the betterment of the Jicarilla Apache Indians in northern New Mexico. Under the act of 1887 certain allotments were made to these Indians in 1896, and patents were also issued for a number of the Indians. Since then it has been impossible to determine, except in a very few cases, the identity of the allottees.

There is a very considerable amount of timber growing upon the reservation, amounting, roughly, to something over 100,000,000 feet. It is the purpose of the Government to dispose of the merchantable timber for the sole benefit of the entire tribe, the proceeds to be used for the construction of irrigation systems on the reservation.

All of the Indians have expressed their desire for the passage of this bill and have agreed, so far as the allottees are known, to surrender their allotments and take under the provisions of the bill. Considerable progress has already been made liv this tribe, as is shown by the statement of Mr. Johnson, the agent, in the raising of grains and in the maintenance of flocks of sheep and goats. The main object of the bill is to give a small portion of tillable land to each Indian with, say, 640 acres of grazing land, in order that they may be self-sustaining, the principal purpose being to engage them in grazing pursuits.

The Indians themselves have constructed reservoirs to the value of about $50,000, having done so in lieu of rations, receiving a per diem for their labor. It is the purpose of the Government, and a wise one, to develop the desire among the Indians for individual effort, and it has been found that they make very good hands in the beet fields and on the railroads.

The lands on this reservation are practically valueless without irrigation, and the source of irrigation supply is by impounding flood waters, there being no available living stream upon the reservation.

Your committee therefore recommends the passage of the bill with the following amendment:

SEC. 3. That the Commissioner of Indian Affairs is hereby empowered and direrted to make relinquishment for any minor, insane, incompetent, or unidentified Indian for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this act.

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59TH CONGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 2d Session.

BRIDGE ACROSS CALUMET RIVER IN INDIANA.

JANUARY 14, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Escu, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23718.)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23718) to authorize the Chicago, Lake Shore and South Bend Railway Company to construct a bridge across the Calumet River in the State of Indiana, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as will be appear by the indorsements attached and which are made a part of this report.

[Second indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, January 10, 1907. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

The accompanying bill, H. R. 23718, Fifty-ninth Congress, second session, makes ample provision for the protection of navigation interests, and I know of no objection to its favorable consideration by Congress so far as those interests are concerned.

A. MACKENZIE,
Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers, U. 8. Army.

(Third indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,

January 10, 1907. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, inviting attention to the foregoing report of the Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army.

ROBERT SHAW OLIVER,

Assistant Secretary of War. O

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