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2d Session.

No. 6726.

STOCK YARDS, ETC., DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

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

Mr. CAMPBELL, of Kansas, from the Committee on the District of

Columbia, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To aecompany H. R. 23830.]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23830) governing the maintenance of stock yards, slaughterhouses, and packing houses in the District of Columbia, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass.

The purpose of the proposed legislation is to provide a local system of inspection and regulation as rigid as that maintained by the Federal Government for purposes of interstate and foreign commerce.

This measure was prepared by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, who urge its passage in the following communication: OFFICE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, January 3, 1907. DEAR SIR: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have the honor to transmit herewith a draft of "A bill governing the maintenance of stock yards, slaughterhouses, and packing houses in the District of Columbia," and recommend favorable action thereon.

Prior to the recent enactment of the Federal meat-inspection law, live stock killed in abattoirs and slaughterhouses in adjacent States was subject to no inspection whatsoever, while live stock killed within the District was. Under such conditions live stock liable to be condemned if brought in the District for slaughtering was taken into adjacent States to be killed, and the carcasses were presumably returned to the District in such a form as would preclude the

discovery of the diseased condition of the animal from which the meat came. There was, therefore, no urgent reason for undertaking to strengthen the live-stock inspection service in the District, since to have done so would have been merely to have increased the number of animals slaughtered without any inspection whatsoever in adjacent States for consumption in the District.

The enactment of the Federal meat-inspection law and the establishment of a syg. tem of rigid inspection of animals slaughtered in adjacent States for consumption in the District of Columbia will lead, it is believed, to the bringing into the District for slaughter of animals that are not in a condition to pass the Federal inspection, and to the slaughtering of such animals here for local consumption. It is necessary, therefore, that our local system of inspection be made as rigid as is the inspection maintained by the Federal Government for purposes of interstate and foreign commerce.

The Commissioners are advised by the corporation counsel that it is doubtful whether they have authority to regulate the subject under the general power given them by Congress to make police regulations. 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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59TH CONGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I REPORT Ad Session.

EXTENSION OF ALBEMARLE STREET NW.

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

Mr. ALLEN, of Maine, from the Committee on the District of Colum

bia, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23940.)

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23940) for the extension of Albemarle street NW., District of Columbia, report the same back to the House with the recominendation that it do pass.

The bill herewith reported is in the usual form and is in harmony with sections 491 a to 491 n of the Code of Law for the District of Columbia.

Section 2 provides that the amount awarded as damages for the land taken, as well as the costs and expenses for condemnation proceedings, shall be assessed by the jury on the property in that locality as benefits, so that the entire amount will be returned to the District revenues. The District of Columbia will ultimately therefore bear no portion of the expense for this improvement.

The measure has the approval of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, as will be seen by their following communication on that subject: OFFICE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, January 23, 1907. DEAR SIR: The Commissioners of the District of Columbia have the honor to submit the following on House bill 23940, Fifty-ninth Congress, second session, “For the extension of Albemarle street northwest, District of Columbia,” which you referred to them for consideration and report.

A plat is inclosed showing the proposed extension, which is designed to open up a more direct extension from the Murdock Mill road to Wisconsin avenue at Tennallytown, by condemning a roadway, according to the street extension plans, across the tract of land in Tennallytown.

The roadway of Albemarle street has been acquired by the District from the Grant road, a short distance west of Wisconsin avenue, to the Broad Branch road near Rock Creek Park and this highway, when improved as the Commissioners desire to do within the next two or three years, will furnish a direct entrance to Rock Creek Park for this entire section of the District. The street deflects by the Grant road to Wisconsin avenue and west of the proposed extension is nearly paralleled by the Murdock Mill road leading to the subdivision of American University Park and American University Heights. In addition to these facts the proposed connection will give residents of these subdivisions a direct outlet to Wisconsin avenue of sufficient width to provide for a roadway and sidewalks ultimately, whereas the outlet now is by an old country road which is largely in quite a deep cut but 26 feet wide, which leaves scarcely room for a roadway and gutters and no room whatever for sidewalks.

For these reasons the Commissioners believe that this extension is a worthy one, but that on account of its local benefit it is proper that the total cost should be assessed on the property benefited, which is provided for in the bill. The estimated cost for the street extension is $5,000. The Commissioners recommend favorable action. Very respectfully,

HENRY B. F. MACFARLAND,

President Board of Commissioners District of Columbia. Hon. J. B. BABCOCK,

Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia, House of Representatives

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CONGRESS

PROTECTION OF PROPERTY IN THE DISTRICT OF

COLUMBIA.

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

Mr. SHACKLEFORD, from the Committee on the District of Columbia

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23941.)

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23941) to amend section 14 of the act approved July 29, 1892, entitled "An Act for the preservation of the public peace and the protection of property within the District of Columbia,” report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass.

This measure was drafted by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and introduced at their request, as will be seen by their following communication, showing the desirability of the proposed amendments to section 14 of the act approved July 29, 1892: OFFICE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, January 9, 1907. DEAR SIR: The Commissioners have the honor to transmit herewith draft of a bill to amend section fourteen of the act approved July 29, 1892, entitled "An act for the

preservation of the public peace and the protection of property within the District of Columbia," and to request favorable action thereon.

The present law on the subject is contained in section 14 of the act approved. July 29, 1892 (27 Stat. L., 325), mentioned in the proposed bill, which prohibits the kindling of fires in certain places, including any open ground or lot," between the "setting and rising of the sun." The bill transmitted herewith extends the prohibition by making it applicable to any inclosed ground or lot within 200 feet of any premises, etc., as well as to open lots; and by making such fires unlawful upon such inclosed ground at any time instead of between the "setting and rising of the sun," as at present. 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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