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[Third indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,

January 22, 1907. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Com. merce, House of Representatives, inviting attention to the foregoing report of the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, and to amendments indicated in red on accompanying copy of bill.

WM. H. TAFT,

Secretary of War. O

CONGRESS

BRIDGE ACROSS MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN MORRISON

COUNTY, MINN.

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

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24283.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 24283) permitting the building of a railway bridge across the Mississippi River, in Morrison County and State of Minnesota, 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:

Strike out all of section 1 after the word “Minnesota,” in line 13, on page 1, and insert the following: in accordance with the provisions of the act entitled "An act to regulate the construction of bridges over navigable waters,” approved March twenty-third, nineteen hundred and six.

Strike out all of sections 2, 3, and 4, and renumber sections 5 and 6, making them sections 2 and 3.

(Second indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, January 21, 1907. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

If amended as indicated thereon, the accompanying bill, H. R. 24283, Fifty-ninth Congress, second session, to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Mississippi River, will, in my opinion, make sufficient provision for the protection of navigation interests; and, so far as those interests are concerned, I know of no objection to favorable consideration by Congress.

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

(Third indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 22, 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, and to amendments indicated in red on copy of bill accompanying.

Wm. H. Tart, Secretary of War.

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59TH CONGRESS, | HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I REPORT 2d Session.

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BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON TRANSIT COMPANY OF

MARYLAND.

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

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. GREENE, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, sub

mitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 22123.]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 22123) to amend an act to authorize the Baltimore and Washington Transit Company of Maryland to enter the District of Columbia, approved June 8, 1896, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass when amended as follows:

Page 2, line 5, strike out all after the semicolon down to and including the word "condemnation” in line 15, and insert in lieu thereof the following:

Provided, That said company shall not construct its said railway over, along, or upon any portion of the aforementioned route which is not now a public highway of the District of Columbia until it shall have obtained, by dedication or condemnation, title to a right of way not less than thirty feet in width along such portion of said route as is now a public highway, and before it shall have authority to lay tracks in said right of way it shall dedicate the same to the District of Columbia as a public highway.

Page 3, line 10, strike out the period and insert in lieu thereof a colon and add the following:

Provided, however, That said railway shall be constructed of good material, with rails of approved pattern, and in a neat and substantial manner, subject to the supervision and approval of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, the standard gange to be used and the surface of the tracks to conform to the grades of the streets established by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia; and where the tracks lie within the streets of the District of Columbia the same to be paved between the rails and two feet outside thereof with such material and in such manner as shall be approved by the said Commissioners, and kept in repair by the said railway company.

The general purpose of the proposed legislation is to amend the act approved June 8, 1896, entitled "An act to authorize the Baltimore and Washington Transit Company of Maryland to enter the District of Columbia.” The company extended its line as provided in the above-named act, and now has a physical connection with the Brightwood Railway at Takoma Park. The additional extension authorized by the proposed legislation is for the purpose of connecting the present line of the Baltimore and Washington Transit Company at Third and Aspen streets, south along Third street to Madison street, west along Madison street to Colorado avenue, thence along Colorado avenue to its intersection with Fourteenth street, so as to connect with the line of the Capital Traction Company.

This extension will make a shorter and more direct route from Takoma Park to the center of the city, and will tend to develop the section of the city along its route, this section now being without any transportation facilities, and will encourage the building of homes in that desirable section of the city.

Your committee has received a number of letters, petitions, and resolutions from the Brightwood Citizens' Association, the Takoma Park Citizens' Association, the Woodburn Citizens' Association, the general conference of Seventh Day Adventists, and the board of managers of the Eastern Star Home, all indorsing the proposed legislation and urging its enactment into law by Congress during the present session.

The following resolutions of the Brightwood Citizens' Association advances some excellent reasons and evidences the sentiment of the citizens in the district affected by the proposed extension:

Whereas the Brightwood Citizens' Association is an association composed of landowners, citizens, and residents of the city of Washington, and the District of Columbia, living within the territory traversed by the proposed extension of the Baltimore and Washington Transit Company of Maryland to connect with the Capital Traction Company at Fourteenth street and Piney Branch road; and

Whereas the railway facilities within such territory are at present insufficient and unsatisfactory, to the great inconvenience of the members of such association and residents of the neighborhood; and

Whereas in the opinion of the members of such association the proposed extension of such road will not only be greatly to their advantage and convenience, but will add to the value of property in such district and will be of public utility.

Be it resolved, That the Brightwood Citizens' Association does hereby respectfully petition the Congress of the United States, if not contrary to public interest and welfare, to promptly pass House bill 9734, entitled “A bill to authorize the Baltimore and Washington Transit Company, of Maryland, to extend its street railway in the District of Columbia.”

Further resolved, That the secretary of this association be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to forward a copy of these resolutions to the honorable the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, and to the chairmen of the House and Senate Committees on the District of Columbia.

And I hereby certify that the above resolutions were adopted by the Brightwood Citizens' Association at a meeting thereof held on the 12th day of January, 1906.

John G. KEENE, Secretary. The Baltimore and Washington Transit Company is a corporation incorporated by legislative act of the Maryland legislature, and has authority under its charter to extend its line through Maryland to Baltimore, a portion of which has been constructed. Under the original charter granted this corporation by Congress to extend its line into the District of Columbia the usual and general provisions and limitations applied to street-railway companies in the District are specitied, including a provision for the payment to the District of Columbia of the usual tax, being 4 per cent on the gross earnings in lieu of tax on personal property, the sale of 6 tickets for 25 cents, and gives the Commissioners authority over the schedules, size of cars, etc.

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