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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

59TH CONGRESS,

2d Session.

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REPORT No. 6433.

UNITED STATES COURTS WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF

SOUTH CAROLINA.

JANUARY 18, 1907.—Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Henry, of Texas, from the Committee on the Judiciary, sub

mitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 22334.]

The Committee on the Judiciary, having had the bill (H. R. 22334) to amend an act to regulate the sitting of the United States courts within the district of South Carolina under consideration, report that at present only one session of the United States district and circuit court is held at Columbia, S. C., and that convenes on the fourth Tuesday in November, when at the same time the State court of common pleas and the State supreme court are in session. This arrangement makes it very inconvenient for the members of the bar, as is set forth in a letter of Hon. R. W. Shand, president of the Bar Association of Richland County, to the Hon. A. F. Lever, Member of this House. The letter in part says:

As now arranged the session of the United States court on the fourth Tuesday in November conflicts with the State circuit court and the State supreme court, then in session. As proposed in H. R. 22334, there will be no conflict.

An additional term of the court at Columbia is made necessary on account of the increased civil business in the Federal courts, and this is set out in the testimony before the committee.

Your committee suggests the bill be amended as follows: Strike out the word “first," in line 9, and insert the word “third." Strike out the word “April," in line 10, and insert the word “ March.”

This amendment is suggested by Hon. C. J. Murphy, C. C. C., U.S., district of South Carolina, in a letter to Hon. A. F. Lever, in which he says:

I think this change should be made, and it meets with the approval of Judge Brawley.

The bill as thus amended meets with the approval of all concerned, and as amended it is recommended that the bill do pass.

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CONGRESS

RIGHT OF WAY THROUGH FORT WRIGHT MILITARY

RESERVATION, WASH.

JANUABY 18, 1907.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed.

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

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24048.)

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was submitted the bill (H. R. 24048) authorizing and empowering the Secretary of War to locate a right of way for and granting the same, and a right to operate and maintain a line of railroad through the Fort Wright Military Reservation, in the State of Washington, to the Spokane and Inland Empire Railroad Company, its successors and assigns, having fully considered the same, report it favorably without amendment and recommend its passage.

The bill has the full approval of the War Department, as appears from the following indorsements:

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE JUDGE-ADVOCATE-GENERAL,

Washington, D. C., January 15, 1907. Respectfully returned to The Military Secretary.

The inclosed bill vests authority in the Secretary of War to allow the Spokane and Inland Empire Railroad Company to cross the Fort Wright Military Reservation if, in his judgment, it can be done in such a manner as not to interfere with the uses of said reservation for military purposes by the United States. The inclosed bill vests sufficient authority in the Department to fully protect public interests, including the power to locate the right of way, to fix the compensation therefor, and to prescribe such regulations as it may deem proper for the operation of said railroad within the limits of the military reservation. It is therefore recommended that the committee be advised that the Department favors the passage of the bill.

GEORGE B. DAVIS, Judge-Advocate-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 17, 1907. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, inviting attention to the foregoing report of the JudgeAdvocate-General of the Army. As thus framed the Department has no objection to the passage of the bill.

WM. H. TAFT,

Secretary of War.

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Mr. LITTAUER, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24541.)

The Committee on Appropriations, to whom was referred House Documents Nos. 252, 281, 284, 289, 290, 296, and 364, submitting estimates for appropriations to supply urgent deficiencies in certain appropriations, having considered the same, submit herewith a bill to supply certain of said deficiencies, namely: For National Water Boundary Commission, United States and Mexico. $5,000 For rent of additional accommodations for the office of the Auditor for the Navy Department

1, 150 For dredging for piers of the Jamestown Exposition in Hampton Roads 65,000 For equipment of new vessels of the Navy

250,000 For expenses of the public land service

6,000 For fitting up police-court building in the District of Columbia

2,500 Total

329, 650

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CONGRESS,

BRIDGE ACROSS POTOMAC RIVER, AT OR NEAR SHEP

HERDSTOWN, W. VA.

JANUARY 18, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. CUSHMAN, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Com

merce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24111.)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 24111) to authorize the Norfolk and Western Railway Company to construct a bridge across the Potomac River, at or near Shepherdstown, W. Va., 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, in lines 10, 11, and 12, strike out the following: As the said company may deem suitable for the passage of its road over the said river.

Strike out sections 2 and 4 and change section 3 to section 2.

[First indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, January 16, 1907. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

The accompanying bill, H. R. 24111, Fifty-ninth Congress, second session, to authorize the Norfolk and Western Railway Company to construct a bridge across the Potomac River, at or near Shepherdstown. W. Va., with slight amendments, indicated thereon, will, in my judgment, make ample provision for the protection of navigation interests, and I know of no objection to its passage by Congress so far as those interests are concerned.

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

[Second Indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 16, 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 United States Army.

ROBERT SHAW OLIVER, Assistant Secretary of War,

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