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REPAIR OF TERRITORIAL BRIDGE ACROSS GILA

RIVER AT FLORENCE, ARIZ.

JANUARY 23, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Smith, of Arizona, from the Committee on the Territories,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 8969.)

The Committee on the Territories, to which was referred the bill H. R. 8969) approving the act of the legislative assembly of Ariona providing for the repair of the Territorial bridge across the rila River at Florence, in Pinal County, respect fully reports:

The approaches to the Territorial bridge at Florence, across the Gila River, have been destroyed, and for many weeks at a time cut off passage from that town to the railroad lying only a short distance away.

Under the limitations and restrictions of the act of Congress applying to the Territories (generally called the Harrison Act) some doubt is thrown on the validity of any bonds issued by the Territory for public improvements, and in order to resolve such doubts the legislature of Arizona made the act passed by it to take effect on its approval by Congress. The purpose of this bill is to approve such act and enable the Territory to tax itself for the necessary improvement a foresaid.

The act of the Territorial legislature which this present bill approves is carefully and properly safeguarded. It provides for a loan on the faith and credit of the Territory in the sum of $19,000, or so much as may be necessary, for the purposes aforesaid, to be paid in fifty years, evidenced by bonds of the Territory bearing interest at 5 per cent per annum and redeemable at the end of twenty-five years at the option of the Territory.

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

Strike out the word “ confirmed ” in line 7 of the bill and insert the word “ approved ” in lieu thereof.

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CONGRESS

REPAIR OF TERRITORIAL BRIDGE ACROSS GILA

RIVER AT FLORENCE, ARIZ.

JANUARY 23, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Smith, of Arizona, from the Committee on the Territories,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 8969.)

The Committee on the Territories, to which was referred the bill H. R. 8969) approving the act of the legislative assembly of Ariona providing for the repair of the Territorial bridge across the rila River at Florence, in Pinal County, respectfully reports:

The approaches to the Territorial bridge at Florence, across the Gila River, have been destroyed, and for many weeks at a time cut off passage from that town to the railroad lying only a short distance away.

Under the limitations and restrictions of the act of Congress applying to the Territories (generally called the Harrison Act) some doubt is thrown on the validity of any bonds issued by the Territory for public improvements, and in order to resolve such doubts the legislature of Arizona made the act passed by it to take effect on its approval by Congress. The purpose of this bill is to approve such act and enable the Territory to tax itself for the necessary improvement a foresaid.

The act of the Territorial legislature which this present bill approves is carefully and properly safeguarded. It provides for a loan on the faith and credit of the Territory in the sum of $19,000, or so much as may be necessary, for the purposes aforesaid, to be paid in fifty years, evidenced by bonds of the Territory bearing interest at 5 per cent per annum and redeemable at the end of twenty-five years at the option of the Territory.

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

Strike out the word “confirmed ” in line 7 of the bill and insert the word “ approved ” in lieu thereof.

59TH CONGRESS,

2d Session.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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REPORT No. 6600.

COURT-HOUSE AND JAIL, MOHAVE COUNTY, ARIZ.

JANUARY 23, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Smith, of Arizona, from the Committee on the Territories,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 15518.]

The Committee on the Territories, having had House bill 15518 under consideration, report the same and recommend its passage.

The bill simply ratifies two acts of the legislative assembly of Arizona (set forth in the bill), which acts provide, under proper restrictions, for issuance of bonds of Mohave County, Ariz., for the erection of a court-house and jail in said county. For the erection of a court-house and jail the sum of $30,000 is provided for.

Your committee finds that such a court-house and jail are badly needed in said county, and that without the passage of this bill no relief in that particular can be had by the people on account of the limitations contained in the Harrison Act.

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