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CONGRESS

ASSAY OFFICE AT SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.

JANUARY 17, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. LILLEY, of Pennsylvania, from the Committee on Coinage,

Weights, and Measures, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 2878.)

The Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures, having considered Senate bill 2878, report the same back without amendment and recommend its passage. The committee adopts the Senate report on the same bill by the Senate Committee on Mines and Mining and incorporates it as a portion of this report, as follows:

The Committee on Mines and Mining, to whom was referred the bill (S. 2878) to establish an assay office at Salt Lake City, State of Utah, beg to report and recommend the passage of said bill without amendment.

There are at present assay offices or mints in each of the important mining States with the exception of Utah, namely, coinage mints at San Francisco, Cal.; Carson City, Nev., and Denver, Colo., the two latter being at present conducted as assay offices; assay offices at Boise, Idaho; Helena, Mont. ; Deadwood, S. Dak., and Seattle, Wash.

As shown by the last published report of the Treasury Department on the production of precious metals, the State of Utah in the year of 1904 produced gold and silver of the value of $11,455,894; that amount being exceeded only in three States, namely, Colorado, California, and Montana.

The production of gold in Utah for the calendar year 1904 was $4,215,000. The production of the precious metals for the year 1905 in Utah is, in round figures, $12,000,000. The present year will undoubtedly show a marked increase over these figures. Everything indicates that there will be a steady increase of gold and silver in this State year by year hereafter.

In addition to this, during the last few years the valley of Salt Lake, where it is proposed to establish this office, has become one of the most important smelting sections of the entire country. The American Smelting and Refining Company is now engaged in the construction of a vast smelting plant, whose capacity will probably not be exceeded by any smelting plant in the country. Not only are the ores produced in Utah marketed at this point, but a very large proportion of the ores produced in Nevada and other near-by States are also brought here for reduction. The result is that the amount of gold and silver actually reduced to bullion in the Salt Lake Valley vastly exceeds the amount of production in the State itself.

The need of an assay office at Salt Lake City is probably greater than in many of the States where such offices now exist. If such offices are of the prac. tical benefit in each of the other mining States, and their establishment and continuance would indicate that they are of benefit, no good reason is perceived why such an office should not be established in the State of Utab.

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2d Session.

No. 6427.

MILITARY ACADEMY APPROPRIATION BILL.

JANUARY 18, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Hull, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT. .

[To accompany H. R. 24537.)

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the estimates for the support of the Military Academy for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1908, submit the accompanying bill therefor and recommend the passage of the same.

The estimates are contained in the Book of Estimates, pages 192 to 205, also 275 to 279, and House Documents Nos. 385 and 491, second session, Fifty-ninth Congress.

A detail of the estimates and amounts appropriated in this bill are as follows:

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On page 1 of the bill may be found the following language:

Provided, That hereafter cadets appointed to the Military Academy at West Point, New York, may be admitted on the first day of March in place of the first day of June.

Your committee after fully considering this matter and having before them the officers of the academy believe this change is desirable, as it will give the cadets three months in which to prepare themselves for the regular course of four years.

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On page 5 will be found the following language: For extra pay of enlisted men of the army service detachment, Quartermaster's Department, when employed on extra duty at West Point, New York, twenty-two thousand dollars.

This item bas heretofore been carried in the bill for the support of the Army, but having been taken out of that bill it becomes necessary to include it in this appropriation.

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CONGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I REPORT
Session

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR APPROPRIATION BILL.

JANUARY 18, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Cousins, from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24538.)

The diplomatic and consular appropriation bill presented by the Committee on Foreign Affairs for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1908, carries a total amount of $3,138,477.72, which is $67,816.45 less than the total appropriated for our foreign service for the present fiscal year, and $146,600 less than the estimates submitted by the Department of State.

While the total of the bill is less than that of the last session there are several items of increase which, after most careful consideration by the committee, have been deemed necessary for the betterment of our diplomatic and consular service. These relate principally to the salaries of the ministers who now receive less than $10,000 per year, which increases are recommended because of the generally increased cost of living at the various posts, and for allowances of the consular clerks, whose allowances have been seriously curtailed in many instances because of the enactment of the consular reorganization bill, which withholds all fees from the consuls and requires them to be turned into the Treasury, thereby materially reducing the allowance that the consuls have been able to make to their clerks.

The principal items where changes are recommended are: Ministers to Denmark, Ecuador, Haiti, Morocco, Norway, Greece and Montenegro, Paraguay and Uruguay, Persia, Portugal, Roumania and Servia, Siam, Sweden, and Switzerland, from $7,500 to $10,000; and the Dominican Republic from $5,000 to $10,000. A separate mission is provided for Guatemala, which has heretofore been connected with Honduras, and Salvador has been added to Honduras in place of Guatemala, being separated from the mission to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, of which it has been a part. A secretary of legation to Paraguay and Uruguay, now without a secretary, has also been provided.

The appropriation of $15,000 made last year for the Boundary Commission of the United States and Mexico having been found to be inadequate for carrying on the work provided for in treaties between the two countries, the Department recommends an increase to $25,000 and your committee concurs.

Boundary line between Alaska and Canada from $25,000 to $50,000.

The appropriation of $50,000 made last year for our expenses at the forthcoming Hague Peace Conference not having been used, owing to the postponement of that conference, the same is reappropriated.

The sum of $3,000 is recommended for the expenses attending the forthcoming fishery congress to be held in the city of Washington.

A reduction of $2,500 is made in the amount appropriated for the expenses of the United States court in China, only $18,000 having been asked for in the estimates, instead of $20,500 appropriated last year.

In the amount of $241,890, recommended for clerk bire allowance at the consulates, there is an increase of $14,680 over existing law, $55,000 less than asked for by the Secretary of State, but an increase which the committee believes will assist at least in part in making sufficient allowance to retain efficient clerks in the consulates.

There is also a recommendation for $5,000, to enable the State Department to have prepared a modern cipher code.

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