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CONGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I

CONGRESS,

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THE TANANA MIXES RAILROAD IN ALASKA.

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

state of the Union and ordered 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. 2518+) 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 Railroud 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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CONGRESS

COUNCIL CITY AND SOLOMON RIVER RAILROAD IN

ALASKA.

FEBRUARY 1, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

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

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23720.]

The Committee on the Territories, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23720) to aid the Council City and Solomon River Railroad Company, having had the same under consideration report it back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass.

The Council City and Solomon River Railroad starts on Bering Sea at a point near Nome, Seward Peninsula, and its inland terminus is to be Council City, a distance of 52 miles from the coast. Thirtyfour miles of the road is now completed.

The great need of Alaska is transportation. Railroads are built in any part of Alaska with great difficulty, because of the great expense of construction and shortness of the season during which work can be done; and the dificulties are greatly increased in the Seward Peninsula, where the seasons are extremely short and great physical difficulties are presented.

The general law (act of May 14, 1898) governing the location and construction of railroads in Alaska prescribes certain limits of time within which preliminary and permanent surveys must be filed and the work of completing certain sections of road must be done.

The law also imposes a license tax of $100 on each mile of completed road.

Your committee believes that where a company is proceeding in good faith to construct a railroad in Alaska, and particularly where such company has asked no other aid from the Government, the Government should be lenient in the matter of the extension of the time within which surveys must be filed and sections of road be completed, and that such a road should not be called upon to bear the additional burden of the license tax during the period of construc

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Pession.

No. 7115,

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"OUS, MALT, VINOUS, AND INTOXICATING LIQUORS UL KINDS, IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE, ETC.

FEBRUARY 1, 1907.-Referred to he House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. BRANTLEY, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 16479.)

The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred H. R. 16479, which reads as follows:

A BILL To make spirituous, malt, vinous, and intoxicating liquors of all kinds, in interstate com

merce, a special class in such commerce, and to regulate in certain cases the transportation and sale thereof.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That spirituous, malt, vinous, and intoxicating liquors of all kinds, when a part of interstate commerce, shall be a special class in such commerce, and the transportation and sale thereof shall be specially subject to the control and direction of Congress, and that any railroad company, express company, or other common carrier, or other person who shall, in connection with the transportation of spirituous, vinous, malt, and intoxicating liquors of all kinds from one State or Territory into another State or Territory, collect on, before, or after delivery, from the consignee or other person, the purchase price, or any part thereof of such liquors, or who shall in any manner act as the agent of the consignor or seller of such liquors for the purpose of selling or completing the sale thereof, saving only in the actual transportation and delivery of the same, shall be subject in so doing to all the police powers of the State or Territory into which such liquors are transported and delivered, and for this purpose in all cases of the sale of spirituous, vinous, malt, and intoxicating liquors of all kinds, in interstate commerce, where the same is sold “Collect on delivery,” the place of delivery shall be deemed and held the place of sale.

Having had the same under consideration, recommend that same be amended by striking therefrom all of lines 3, 4, 5, and 6, and the words of Congress and” in the seventh line, so that said bill as amended will read as follows:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any railroad company, express company, or other common carrier, or other person who shall, in connection with the transportation of spirituous, vinous, malt, and intoxicating liquors of all kinds from one State or Territory into another State or Territory, collect on, before or after delivery, from the consignee or other person, the purchase price, or any part thereof, of such liquors, or who shall in any manner act as the agent of the consignor or seller of such liquors for the purpose of selling or completing the sale thereof, saving only in the actual transportation and

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