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out, and the word “five" substituted in lieu thereof, otherwise he sees no objection to the enactment of the bill. Very respectfully,
E. A. HITCHCOCK, Secretary. The CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS,
House of Representatives.
JANUARY 17, 1907. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt, by Department reference of January 15, for consideration and report, of a letter from Hon. James S. Sherman, chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, House of Representatives, dated January 12, inclosing H. R. 24043, "A bill to authorize the sale of timber on certain of the land reserved for the use of the Menominee tribe of Indians, in the State of Wisconsin.” Mr. Sherman requests a report on the bill by this Department.
Reporting on the reference, I have the honor to say that the general provisions of the bill meet with the entire approbation of this Office. In letter of December 15, 1906, to the Department, I recommended the enactment of the “Brown bill," introduced at the last session of Congress, and printed in House Executive Document No. 287, Fifty-ninth Congress, first session. The present bill differs in two particulars from the Brown bill — in the rate of interest to be paid the Indians on that part of the proceeds which is to be funded in the United States Treasury, and in the matter of obtaining the consent of the Indians to its provisions.
The former bill provided for the payment of 5 per cent interest on the part deposited in the Treasury. The present bill provides for payment of but 3 per cent interest. Five per cent is the usual amount paid on Indian funds. I therefore recommend that the word “three" in line 23, page 2, be stricken out and the word “five” substituted in lieu thereof.
I will, however, waive the provision providing f r obtaining the consent of the Indians. They have already signified their assent to the disposal of the timber under a former act, the provisions of which were declared impracticable by the logging experts. I therefore think this provision may be omitted, it being competent for Congress to provide how the timber may be disposed of. If the bill shall be amended as suggested above, I see no objection to its enactment.
Mr. Sherman's letter and copy of the bill are returned herewith and a copy of this report is also inclosed. Very respectfully,
F. E. LEUPP,
Commissioner. The SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.
VALDEZ, MARSHALL PASS AND NORTHERN RAILROAD.
FEBRUARY 2, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.
Mr. BRICK, from the Committee on the Territories, submitted the
[To accompany H. R. 25244.]
The Committee on the Territories, having considered House bill 25244, report same back with recommendation that the bill do pass.
The railroad company has filed preliminary and final surveys, said final survey having been accepted by the Department of the Interior April 16, 1906, giving said railroad company one year in which to complete 20 miles of road.
The railroad company has completed a very extensive wharf on 3,300 feet of piling, which consumed alınost one-half of the entire season of 1906, and have graded about 8 miles and cleared about 8 miles additional; but, owing to the shortness of the working season, was unable to comply with the provision of completing the said 20 miles of railroad.
Your committee, therefore, reports this bill, granting an extension of time, as has been done by Congress to other railroads in Alaska, and your committee feel justified in granting the relief requested in above bill.
The granting of a remission of the license while under construction, and for a reasonable period thereafter, being deemed just and equitable by this committee and consistent with relief granted to other companies.
LAND DISTRICT, VALLEY COUNTY, MONT.
FEBRUARY 2, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state
of the Union and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Dixon, of Montana, from the Committee on the Public Lands,
submitted the following
[To accompany H. R. 20984.]
The Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 20984) to provide for a land district in Valley County, Mont., having had the same under consideration, respectfully submit the following report:
At the present time Valley County, Mont., embracing an area of 1,611,722 acres, constitutes a portion of the Great Falls land district, which embraces an area of 7,550,099 acres of land. The settlers in this part of Montana are situated 400 miles from the land office where they are compelled to transact their business affecting the entry and final proof of their homesteads.
Both the Commissioner of the General Land Office and the Secretary of the Interior have favorably recommended the establishment of the new land district, their reports being hereto attached and made a part of this report.
The Public Lands Committee are unanimous in recommending the passage of the bill.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington, January 30, 1907. SIR: In a letter of the 25th instant to the Department you inclosed H. R. 20984, entitled “A bill to provide for a land district in Valley County, in the State of Montana, to be known as the Glasgow land district," and stated that any suggestions or information that I may desire to offer in regard to the proposed measure will be laid before the committee.
In answer I have the honor to inclose a copy of a report on the bill by the Commissioner of the General Land Office, under date of the 28th instant, in which he has recommended favorable consideration of the bill, and in wbich I concur. Very respectfully,
E. A. HITCHCOCK, Secretary. The CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC LANDS,
House of Representatives,
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
GENERAL LAND OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., January 28, 1907. SIR: I am in receipt, by departmental reference for early report, in duplicate, with recommendation and return of papers, of letter, dated the 25th instant, from the chairman of the Committee on the Public Lands, House of Representatives, for any suggestions or information the Department may desire to offer in regard to H. R. 20984, which provides: “That all that portion of the State of Montana included within the present boundaries of Valley County is hereby constituted a new land district, and that the land office for said district shall be located at Glasgow, in said county.”
In reply I have to state that Valley County, Mont., is included within the Great Falls land district, which contained on July 1, 1906, 7,550,099 acres of vacant public lands subject to entry under the various land laws and of which 1,611,722 acres are situated in Valley County, and in view thereof I know of no reason why the additional land district should not be established, and favorable consideration of the bill is therefore recommended. The papers are returned herewith. Very respectfully,
W. A. RICHARDS,
Commissioner. The SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR,