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practice; probably a million and a half will be used for that purpose. Seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars is recommended for ammunition and other supplies for new ships. This appropriation has been formerly carried in another part of the bill under "Armor and armament,” but upon the recommendation of the Bureau it is placed here under the Bureau of Ordnance.
The appropriation for smokeless powder is the same as that of last year, as is also that for new and improved machinery for ships at the Naval Gun Factory, Washington.
The committee recommend the modernizing of the batteries of the Iowa, Monterey, Monadnock, and new turret sites for four monitors, as well as a new battery for the Brooklyn. The committee also rec ommend an appropriation for $300,000 for fire-control instruments for battle ships, cruisers, and monitors, and $100,000 for the manufacture, purchase, repair, and maintenance of a reserve stock of mines and mine appliances, and $300,000 for 18-inch torpedoes and for modernizing torpedo boats.
An appropriation of $2,000,000, the same as that of last year, is recommended for the reserve supply of powder and shell, and an appropriation of $750,000 for reserve guns, ships of the Navy, the same as that of last year.
An appropriation of $250,000 is recoinmended for the purchase and manufacture of reserve torpedoes and appliances. The Chief of the Bureau is of the opinion that he can manufacture 21-inch torpedoes for $3,500 each, which would be a saving of $1,500 on each torpedo, and as we require a large number of them, the committee have thought it would be economy to allow him to make the trial. The other appropriations under this Bureau are practically the same as that of last year.
BUREAU OF EQUIPMENT.
The following table gives a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1907, estimates for 1908, and the amounts carried by this bill:
The appropriations for the Bureau of Equipment are the same as those of last year, with the exception of the first item of $3,250,000, which shows an increase of $250,000 above that of last year. This is the working appropriation of the Bureau and is due to the increase in the number of ships of the Navy. A provision is inserted authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to inquire into cost of anchors, cables, chains, etc., with a view to determining the comparative cost and the relative merits between those manufactured by the Government and those by private concerns.
BUREAU OF YARDS AND DOCKS.
The following table gives a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1907, estimates for 1908, and the amounts carried in this bill:
Maintenance, yards and docks..
i electrician, increase from $1,400 to $1,600.
1 bookkeeper, at $1,200 (new). Navy-yard, Boston, Mass..
i electrician, increase from $1,400 to $1,600. Navy-yard, New York, N. Y..
i electrician, increase from $1,400 to $1,600.
i electrician, increase from $1,400 to $1,600..
1 stenographer and clerk, at $3.04 per diem (new). Navy-yard, Norfolk, Va...
i electrician, increase from $1,400 to $1,600. 1 pilot, increase from $707.38 to $900..
i requisition and time clerk, civil engineer's office. Navy-yard, Pensacola, Fla..
i clerk, increase from $1,200 to $1,300.
1 electrician, increase from $1,400 to $1,400.
1 clerk, increase from $1,200 to $1,300.
1 writer and requisition clerk, $950 (new). Navy-yard, Mare Island, Cal...
i electrician, increase from $1,400 to $1,600. Navy-yard, Puget Sound, Wash..
i clerk, increase from $1,200 to $1,400.
per diem (new).
1 clerk, increase from $1,200 to $1,400.
1 stenographer and typewriter, at $3.04 per
diem, including Sundays, new
cluding Sundays, new Civil engineer's office
1 clerk, $1,300, new.
1 messenger, at $1.52 per diem, new. Naval station, Guantanamo, Cuba....
1 stenographer, at $4 per diem, new..
diem, including Sundays, new. Naval station, Olongapo, P. I
1 clerk, at $1,400 per annum, new.
2 messengers, at $120 each ($240) per annum, new. Naval station, Tutuila....
I clerk, at $1,000 per annum, new
1, 197, 158. 25
1, 144, 424.34
As will be seen from the above table, there is an increase of $100,000 in the appropriation for maintenance of yards and docks. This year the Bureau is asking for a deficiency of $50,000 over that of last year,
and although the estimates call for a million dollars yet the committee, after a careful consideration, recommended that $950,000 be appropriated.
The committee recommend the following provision: The Secretary of the Navy is hereby authorized to appoint a board of five persons, not more than two of whom shall be naval officers, which board shall investigate and report not later than December first, nineteen hundred and seven, as to all matters of construction, management, and administration of the navy-yards and stations, with a view to placing the same on a more economical basis, and to defray the compensation and expense of said board, the sum of fifteen thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated.
PUBLIC WORKS, BUREAU OF YARDS AND DOCKS. The following table gives a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1907, estimates for 1908, and the amounts carried in this bill:
As will be seen from the above table, the estimates amount to $10,572,159; but after careful consideration of these estimates and hearings thereon, the committee recommended this year a total of $2,705,440.
The committee recommend the following provision:
The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to make a thorough investigation regarding the cost of articles or material manufactured by the Government in navy-yards and naval stations, and the cost of like articles and material purchased in the open markets, and to report to the next Congress the information obtained and the difference found in such cost, and such other information as he may deem advisable.
PUBLIC WORKS UNDER THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY. The committee recommended an appropriation of $380,000 to complete the construction of buildings and other necessary improvements at the Naval Academy, which appropriation completes the $10,000,000 fixed by Congress for the reconstruction of this institution.
An appropriation of $20,000 is also recommended for lepers on the
island of Guam in accordance with the reconimendation of the Secretary of the Navy in his report.
LEPER COLONY AT GUAM.
I respectfully call your attention and that of the Congress to the imperative demand of humanity, as well as public policy, that a reasonable appropriation be made to assist the government of the island of Guam in dealing with the cases of leprosyand of a peculiar and terrible tropical disease, the precise nature of which seems to be as yet undetermined, existing upon that island. The resources at the command of the governments of Guam and Tutuila are very limited, owing to the poverty of the inhabitants, and the public expenses of both arise, in large part, from their constituting naval stations. It is, therefore, plainly equitable that the General Government should assi-t these poorand isolated communities in bearing the burdens thus imposed upon them; but, in matters affecting their sanitary condition, self-interest, as well as equity, dictates a generous course in this respect, since the health of the force maintained at these stations may well suffer with that of the inhabitants. I strongly recommend, therefore, that a moderate sum, say $50,000, be appropriated annually, to be expended in the discretion of the Secretary of the Navy, for the advancement of the welfare of the inhabitants of these islands, a detailed statement of all such items of expenditure to be, of course, laid before the Congress at the commencement of each session. PUBLIC WORKS, BUREAUS OF NAVIGATION, ORDNANCE, EQUIPMENT,
MEDICINE AND SURGERY.
The following table gives a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1907, estimates for 1908, and the amounts recommended in this bill for public works under the Bureaus of Navigation, Ordnance, Equipment, and Medicine and Surgery:
$39,000.00 58, 912.00 700,000.00 797, 912.00
5,100.00 25,000.00 19, 700.00
6,000.00 200,000.00 11,300.00 9,400.00
36,000.00 22,000.00 33, 750.00 14,000.00 53, 130.00 31, 130.00 27,100.00
8,200.00 230,000.00 130,000.00 100,000.00 50,000.00 167,500.00 12,500.00
69.950.00 23,950.00 153,000.00 75,000.00
Public works, Bureau of Navigation:
Naval training station, California..
Naval magazine, Dover, N. J.
Grounds and roads,
For renovation of present hospital buildings
and erection of new wards (cost not to ex
ceed $200,000).. Naval hospital, Pensacola, Fla.
For renewal of present hospital buildings and
for erection of quarters for medical staff Naval hospital, Puget Sound, Wash.
For erection of hospital buildings (cost not to
exceed $150,000) Naval hospital, Great Lakes
For erection of hospital buildings (cost not to
The committee recommend improvements to the amount of $39,000 for the naval training station in California, $59,000 for improvements at the naval training station in Rhode Island, and $700,000 for the naval training station on the Great Lakes.
Congress at the session last year provided that the contemplated new buildings at the naval training station, Great Lakes, should involve the total expenditure of not more than $2,000,000, $750,000 of which has already been appropriated. At the time of the authorization of the establishment of the station $250,000 was appropriated therefor, which is now being used for dredging an inner basin, building a sea wall, fencing, filling ravines, making sidewalks, etc.
PUBLIC WORKS, BUREAU OF ORDNANCE. The committee recommend the construction of two magazines at Dover, N. J., to cost $22,000, and one magazine at St. Juliens Creek, Norfolk, to cost $14,000. Also a shell and mount storehouse at Indian Head, to cost $20,500, and other improvements. One hundred and thirty thousand dollars is appropriated for the New England magazine, which was authorized by Congress two years ago.