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CONGRESS,

PROHIBITING THE SALE OF INTOXICATING LIQUORS NEAR CERTAIN

INSTITUTIONS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

JANUARY 25, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Sims, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, submitted

the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 4267.]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 4267) to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors near the Government Hospital for the Insane and the District almshouse, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass when amended as follows:

In line 5 strike out the words “ District almshouse” and insert "Home for the Aged and Infirm."

Amend the title so as to read: “A bill to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors near the Government Hospital for the Insane and the Home for the Aged and Infirm.

Your committee adopts the following from the report in the Senate on this measure:

This bill was referred to the District Commissioners, and they returned the same with a favorable recommendation. It is in line with legislation that obtains in almost every State in the Union, prohibiting the sale of liquors within certain prescribed distances of hospitals, asylums, and similar institutions.

In view of all the conditions, your committee report it back favorably and urge its early enactment into law.

The amendments suggested by your committee are for the purpose of correctly designating one of the institutions named in the bill, and were recommended by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia in the following letter: OFFICE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, December 29, 1906. DEAR SIR: The Commissioners have the honor to recommend that Senate bill 4267 "to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors near the Government Hospital for the Insane and the District almshouse," which passed the Senate without amendment on the 18th instant, be amended by inserting the words “Home for the Aged and Infirm” for the words “District almshouse" wherever they occur in said bill, as the former term is the legal designation of the institution in question. A copy of the bill amended as suggested is herewith inclosed. Very respectfully,

HENRY B. F. MACFARLAND,

President Board of Commissioners District of Columbia. Hon. J. W. BABCOCK, Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia, House of Representatives.

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JANUARY 25, 1907.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. FRENCH, from the Committee on the Public Lands, submitted

the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 6229.)

AN ACT To authorize the sale of public lands for cemetery purposes. The Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (S. 6229) authorizing the sale of public lands for cemetery purposes, having had the same under consideration, respectfully submit the following report:

The bill, as it passed the Senate, reads as follows: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized to sell and convey to any municipal, corporation, religious or fraternal association, or private corporation, empowered by the laws under which such corporation or association is organized or incorporated to hold real estate for cemetery purposes, not to exceed forty acres of any unappropriated nonmineral public lands of the United States for cemetery purposes, upon the payment therefor by such corporation or association of the sum of not less than one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre.

The House Committee on the Public Lands recommend that the words “municipal corporation" in line 4 be stricken from the bill, as a law now exists authorizing the sale of lands for cemetery purposes to municipal corporations.

The committee further recommends that the word "forty,” in line 8, be stricken from the bill and the word "eighty" inserted in lieu thereof.

In its amended form the bill reads as follows:

AN ACT To authorize the sale of public lands for cemetery purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized to sell and convey to any religious or fraternal association, or private corporation, empowered by the laws under which such corporation or association is organized or incorporated to hold real estate for cemetery purposes, not to exceed eighty acres of any unappropriated nonmineral public lands of the United States for cemetery purposes, upon the payment therefor by such corporation or association of the sum of not less than one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre.

As so amended, the committee recommends that the bill pass.

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CONGRESS,

BRIDGE ACROSS THE COOSA RIVER, ALABAMA.

JANUARY 25, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24603.)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 24603) authorizing the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad Company to construct a bridge across the Coosa River, in the State of Alabama, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the indorsements attached and which are made a part of this report.

[Second indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, January 22, 1907. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

The accompanying bill (H. R. 24603, 59th Cong., 2d sess.), to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Coosa River near Talladega, Ala., makes sufficient provison for the protection of navigation interests, and I see no objection to its favorable consideration by Congress, so far as those interests are concerned.

A. MACKENZIE, Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army. (Third indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT,

January 24, 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. O

CONGRESS

WASHINGTON MARKET COMPANY.

JANUARY 25, 1907.-Committed to the Committe of the Whole House on the state of the

Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. SAMUEL W. SMITH, from the Committee on the District of Co

lumbia, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 6470.] The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 6470) in relation to the Washington Market Company, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass

when amended as follows: Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following:

That the Washington Market Company be, and it is hereby, authorized to procure by purchase or lease all or part of square numbered three hundred and twenty-eight in the city of Washington, and thereon conduct a cold-storage business and manufacture ice for use in Center Market and for sale: Provided, That nothing in this act shall be held to limit or affect in any way any of the provisions of an Act to incorporate the Washington Market Company, approved May 20, 1870.”

Sec. 2. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this act, without any liability therefor, is hereby expressly reserved.

The amendment recommended by your committee specifically designates square No. 328 in the city of Washington, upon which the Washington Market Company is authorized to conduct a cold-storage business and manufacture ice. This square is located in the southwest part of the city, near the Southern Railway freight yards, and separated only from the Potomac River by River street. This portion of the city is not a place of residence, but is used for commercial purposes.

The general purpose of the proposed legislation is to permit the Washington Market Company to conduct a cold storage business and manufacture ice on square 328.

There is some doubt as to whether the company has authority to do this under the powers granted in the act approved May 20, 1870, incorporating the Washington Market Company, and your committee can see no objection to allowing the company the privilege of manufacturing ice at some place away from the present grounds and

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