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2d Session.

5

No. 6402.

LOAN OF CONDEMNED FIELD PIECES TO PETOSKEY,

MICH.

JANUARY 15, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

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

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 16235.]

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 16235) authorizing the Secretary of War to deliver condemned brass field pieces to the city of Petoskey, Mich., report the same back to the House with the recommendation that the bill be amended as follows:

Add after the words "authorized to” in line 3 the words loan and.”

Strike out of line 7 the following words: “with their carriages and implements.”

Strike out the period after the word “war” in line 9 and insert in lieu thereof a semicolon; and add at the end of line 9 the following:

Frovided, That no expense shall be incurred by the United States in the delivery of said cannon.

As so amended your committee recommend that the bill do pass. The report of the War Department is as follows:

(First indorsement.]
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ORDNANCE,

Washington, May 24, 1906. Respectfully returned to the honorable the Secretary of War.

The cannon referred to within are obsolete, and their value to the Government would be that of old material, worth about $360; the carriages for same have been disposed of by sale, not being considered worth the cost of transportation.

It is recommended that the within bill be amended by striking out the words "with their carriages and implements, and adding thereto the provision “that no expense shall be incurred by the United States in the delivery of the cannon.

WILLIAM CROZIER,

Brig. Gen., Chief of Ordnance. (Second indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT, May 25, 1906. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, inviting attention to the foregoing report of the Chief of Ordnance, United States Army, and to the amendments suggested by him.

ROBERT SHAW OLIVER,

Assistant Secretary of War.

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JANUARY 15, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

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

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. J. Res. 195.]

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the resolution (H. J. Res. 195) authorizing the Secretary of War to furnish two condemned cannon to the mayor of the town of Preston, Iowa, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that said resolution be amended as follows:

After the word “to," at the end of line 3, insert the words “loan and.”

Strike out all after the word “Preston," in line 9, and insert in lieu thereofand to be taken care of by said city and to be subject at all times to the order of the Secretary of War: Provided, That no expense shall be incurred by the United States in the delivery of the cannon.

And that, as so amended, said bill do pass.
The report of the War Department on said measure is as follows:

(First indorsement.]
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ORDNANCE,

Washington, Dec. 12, 1906. Respectfully returned to the honorable the Secretary of War.

Should the within resolution become law this Department could supply the bronze or brass cannon referred to, which are on hand and are of value to the United States as old material only.

William CROZIER, Brigadier-General, Chief of Ordnance.

[Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT,

December 13, 1906. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, inviting attention to the foregoing report of the Chief of Ordnance, United States Army.

ROBERT Shaw OLIVER,

Assistant Secretary of War.

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CONGRESS,

DISPOSITION OF USELESS PAPERS IN THE EXECUTIVE

DEPARTMENTS.

JANUARY 16, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Bates, from the Joint Select Committee on Disposition of Useless

Executive Papers, submitted the following

REPORT.

The joint select committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives, appointed on the part of the Senate and on the part of the House of Representatives, to which were referred the reports of the heads of Departments and Bureaus, etc., in respect to the accumulation therein of old and useless files of papers which are needed or useful in the transaction of the current business therein, respectively, and have no permanent value or historical interest, with the accompanying statements of the condition and character of such parers, respectfully report to the Senate and House of Representatives, pursuant to an act entitled “An act to authorize and provide for the disposition of useless papers in the Executive Departments,” approved February 16, 1889, as follows:

Your joint committee have met and, by a subcommittee appointed by it, carefully and fully examined the said reports referred to your committee and the statements of the condition and character of such files and papers therein described, and we find and report that the files and papers described in the report of the Secretary of War in House Document No. 535, Fifty-ninth Congress, first session, dated February 16, 1906, and in House Document No. 798, Fifty-ninth Congress, first session, dated May 11, 1906, and referred to in his report in House Document No. 282, Fifty-ninth Congress, second session, dated December 12, 1906, are not needed in the transaction of the current business of the War Department and Bureaus, and have no permanent value or historical interest, and should be sold as waste paper, or otherwise disposed of, upon the best terms obtainable, as provided by law. Respectfully submitted to the Senate and House of Representatives.

E. W. PETTUS,

J. H. GALLINGER, Member's on the part of the Senate.

ARTHUR L. BATES,

J. M. RICHARDSON, Members on the part of the House of Representatives.

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LICENSED OFFICERS OF VESSELS.

JANUARY 16, 1907.—Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. GROSVENOR, from the Committee on the Merchant Marine and

Fisheries, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 6898.)

The Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries, having considered the above-described bill, report the same back and recontmend its passage without amendment. The committee adopts the Senate report on the same bill by the Senate Committee on Commerce, as follows:

(Senate Report No. 4817, Fifty-ninth Congress, second session.) The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 6898) concerning licensed officers of vessels, having considered the same report thereon with a recommendation that it pass without amendment.

The present bill is identical in terms with one which passed both Houses late in the last session and was presented to the President on the last day but one of that session. It failed to receive the approval of the President, and not having been returned to Congress with the reasons for such failure of Executive action the only course open to secure the enactment of the measure is by its reintroduction and second passage.

Written and oral evidence before the committee shows that frequent and costly delays are suffered by vessels of the class affected by reason of the desertion of mates at ports where licensed mates are unobtainable, although competent men of ample experience may be available. It is found that many such men refuse to submit to examination for license, finding sufficient employment on smaller vessels, where they are not required to have a license. Under the law of 1898 it is no longer possible to compel crews to continue on vessels until the expiration of the terms for which they hare shipped, and owners of this class of vessels have no way to protect themselves against liability to fines when their mates desert at ports where licensed substitutes are unobtainable, except by lying in port until one can be procured from a distance.

In the case of masters little difficulty of this kind occurs, as they almost invariably stay by the vessel, and the bill does not contemplate an abolition of the fines for the employment of unlicensed masters. Therefore such a vessel will always have at least one licensed navigator. And as the owners and underwriters have the greatest possible interest in the safety of their property it is not believed that the relief granted by this measure will work any disadvantage in that respect.

No evidence of any benefit arising from the licensing of mates on these vessels has been presented, but from the evidence submitted it appears that the requirement works at times unnecessary hardship and expense.

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