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CONGRESS

ADDITIONAL AIDS TO NAVIGATION IN LIGHT-HOUSE

ESTABLISHMENT.

FEBRUARY 1, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Mann, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 25242.]

do pass.

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 25242) to authorize additional aids to navigation in the Light-House Establishment, and for other purposes, beg leave to report the said bill back to the House with a recommendation that the bill be amended by striking out the word “purchase,” in line 24, on page 5, and inserting in lieu thereof “ acquire by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise," and that as so amended the bill

The bill provides for various improvements in the Light-House Service as therein indicated.

Four new light vessels are provided for at a total limit of cost of $490,000. Five new light-house tenders are provided for at a total limit of cost of $545,000. Twelve improvements in the way of new light-houses, fog signals, etc., are provided for at a total limit of cost of $525,500. Thirty new light keepers' dwellings are authorized at such points as, in the opinion of the Light-House Board, shall be for the best interest of the service, at a cost of not to exceed the sum of $6,500 at any one station, and an additional cost of $1,000 where it is necessary to acquire a new site for such dwelling.

The bill provides for the discontinuance of four light stations, two of which are to be succeeded by improvements carried in the bill.

The bill also provides for one new light and fog-signal station to take the place of a light vessel now maintained.

It is also provided that the Secretary of Commerce and Labor shall report to Congress at the next session all aids to navigation now in service which may be discontinued without distinct injury to the interests of navigation.

In connection with the provision of additional aids to navigation on the California coast, it is provided that the act for a new light and fog-signal station at Point Dume, California, shall be repealed.

The bill also authorizes the Secretary of Commerce and Labor to carry out an agreement of some years' standing for an exchange of land upon which to locate the Hog Island, Virginia, light station, in accordance with the recommendation of the Light-House Board.

CONGRESS

THE TANANA MINES RAILROAD IN ALASKA.

FEBRUARY 1, 1907.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and or lered to be printed.

Mr. Powers, from the Committee on the Territories, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 25184.]

The Committee on the Territories, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 25184) to relieve the Tanana Mines Railroad in Alaska from taxation, having had the same under consideration, report it back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass.

The Tanana Mines Railroad is a narrow-gauge interior road, wholly located in the interior of Alaska. It begins at the head of navigation on the Tanana River and extends along the river. Branches from it extend at right angles to the river, to the mining district, and it is intended ultimately to extend it to the coast.

There are 26.2 miles now completed and in operation. There are 16 miles more contracted to be built this summer.

This bill proposes to grant the same exemptions to this railroad from taxation and license tax that Congress granted at the last session to the Council City and Solomon River road and to the Alaska Central road. This exemption is in the identical language as those bills.

This road asks for no aid in any form except this exemption. The great need of Alaska is railroads, and it would seem that the exemptions granted to other railroads should be extended to this very important undertaking.

Your committee therefore recommend the passage of the bill.

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In connection with the provision of additional aids to navigation on the California coast, it is provided that the act for a new light and fog-signal station at Point Dume, California, shall be repealed.

The bill also authorizes the Secretary of Commerce and Labor to carry out an agreement of some years' standing for an exchange of land upon which to locate the Hog Island, Virginia, light station, in accordance with the recommendation of the Light-House Board.

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