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have the first lien upon the gross receipts of said exposition company from all paid admissions to the grounds of said exposition, and from all moneys received from concessions after the opening of said exposition. That before any part of this appropriation is paid, as hereinbefore provided, the said Jamestown Exposition Company shall execute, to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury, an instrument in writing, giving and securing to the Government a first lien upon its said gross receipts, and said exposition company shall at the same time guarantee to the said Government, under suitable penalties, that the said gross receipts are then entirely free from liens, mortgages, or other incumbrances, and that it will not pledge or in any way incumber or dispose of the said receipts so as to injure or affect the right of the Government to first receive therefrom the amount to be returned to the Treasury, as herein provided. The said Jamestown Exposition Company shall repay into the Treasury of the United States the said sum of one million dollars, as follows: On the thirty-first day of May, nineteen hundred and seven, said Jamestown Exposition Company shall report to the Secretary of the Treasury in detail the total amount of all said gross receipts received by said company from April twenty-sixth to May thirtyfirst, both inclusive, and forty per centum of such receipts shall at the same time be paid to the Secretary of the Treasury, and thereafter, during said exposition, and until the sum of one million dollars shall have been fully paid, as herein provided, a like detailed report of said gross receipts shall be made by said Jamestown Exposition Company on the fifteenth day and the last day of each month, respectively, and at the same time forty per centum of said gross receipts shall be paid by the said company to said Secretary of the Treasury: Provided, That from and after the fifteenth day of July, nineteen hundred and seven, and until the said sum of one million dollars shall have been fully paid, each of the said payments on the fifteenth and last day of each and every month, respectively, shall not be less than one hundred thousand dollars each: Provided further, That if at any time after said exposition company has received the amount hereby appropriated it makes default in the application or in the repayment of said sum, or any part thereof, as herein required, then, and in that case, the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized by his agents and representatives by him selected and appointed to collect, receive, and control the said gross receipts until the full sum of said one million dollars has been collected and repaid into the Treasury of the United States, as herein provided, and shall have access to and control of all books of accounts and contracts of said company. And said Secretary of the Treasury shall in such case first pay out of the moneys so collected such operating expenses as in his judgment and discretion are necessary and appropriate. In accepting the amount hereby appropriated the said Jamestown Exposition Company shall be taken and held to agree to all the terms and conditions upon which the same is made and upon which the same is to be repaid into the Treasury of the United States.
Sec. 2. April twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred and seven, is hereby fixed as the date for the opening of said celebration inaugurated by the act of Congress approved March third, nineteen hundred and five, and November thirtieth, nineteen hundred and seven, is hereby fixed as the date for the closing of the said celebration, and said dates shall apply to the participation of the United States and foreign countries in said celebration and in said exposition as provided for by the acts of Congress approved March third, nineteen hundred and five, and June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and six.
SEC. 3. This act shall be in force from its passage.
The committee is satisfied that the security offered by the Exposition Company is ample to secure the Government the loan of $1,000,000 carried in the bill. It is drawn practically in the same language that the bill lending $4,600,000 to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, which was adopted by the House and became a law. The latter loan was all paid back within four months. The loan carried by this bill is a little more than one-fifth of the amount carried by that, and the security from the gate receipts and concessions, your committee believes, will be ample for the repayment of the Government of the whole sum. The bill was first submitted to the Jamestown Tercentennial Commission, composed of Secretaries Shaw, Taft, and Bonaparte, and after a full hearing they have reported on the bill in the following letter addressed to Hon. A. P. Gardner, chairman of this committee:
Washington, December 14, 1906. MY DEAR SIR: In response to the verbal request of the Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions of the House, made to the Secretary of War for a report by the Jamestown Tercentennial Commission on a bill authorizing a loan to the Jamestown Exposition Company of $1,000,000, the Commission beg leave to submit the following:
The bill is practically identical in phraseology with the law which authorized the loan of $4,600,000 to the Lousiana Exposition Company.
Whether the proposed loan ought to be made is a question to be determined by the legislative department, and the best this commission can do is to report the facts necessary to enable the Congress to reach a wise conclusion.
Unfortunately there is very little information on which to base an accurate estimate. Assuming that the claim of the board of governors relative to previous expositions is correct, the following facts appear:
The Trans-Mississippi Exposition at Omaha continued six months and had an aggregate attendance, in round numbers, of 1,800,000.
The Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo continued five months and had an aggregate attendance, in round numbers, of 5,300,000.
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis continued six months and had an aggregate attendance of 12,800,000.
The Lewis and Clark Exposition continued five months and had an aggregate attendance, in round numbers, of 1,800,000.
If the Tercentennial Exposition can be managed relatively as economically as the one at St. Louis, and has a paid attendance of 3,000,000, it will be able to pay the proposed loan. What the attendance will be no one can foretell. The exposition is to continue seven months. There are many new and interesting features. There is to be a great naval display and a great military display. It is a seashore resort. The population that can reach the exposition within twelve hours is probably as large as that contiguous to any previous exposition, while one-half of the population of the United States can reach it in twenty-four hours. While the railroad facilities are not as extensive as at most of the other expositions named, yet seven trunk lines enter Norfolk. In addition to this, there are regularly established steamship lines to Norfolk from Providence, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. Several other lines of coastwise steamers touch at Norfolk, and, in addition, there are five trans-Atlantic lines, though of irregular sailings.
The board of governors report association and church meetings with an aggregate attendance of a little over one million actually pledged. This is exclusive of military and semimilitary organizations from the several States and different colleges.
If the exposition should be a failure the Government would doubtless suffer some loss, but in view of the important interests involved and the Government expenditure already made the Commission considers the risk one which can reasonably be assumed.
If the bill should pass, the Commission recommend the following amendments:
Line 2, page 4, omit the words " and in the same manner.”
Lines 8 and 9, page 4, omit the words forty per centum of said gross receipts."
Strike out from line 14 to line 19, inclusive, on page 4, the words “ The Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to supervise the collection and take possession of all said gross receipts and continue such supervision and collection until the full sum of said $1,000,000 has been collected and repaid into the Treasury of the United States, as herein provided,” and insert in lieu thereof the following:
“The Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized, by his agents and representatives by bim selected and appointed, to collect, receive, and control the said gross receipts until the full sum of said $1,000,000 has been collected and repaid into the Treasury of the United States as herein provided, and shall
have access to and control of all books of accounts and contracts of said com-
L. M. SHAW.
CHARLES J. BONAPARTE.
House of Representatives. The precedents are in favor of this bill. The only question is that of the security of the Government, and on this point the Tercentennial Commission, composed of three of the highest officials of the Government, are satisfied with the security, as is your committee. The Secretary of the Treasury has suggested certain amendments to the original bill strengthening the security of the Government and facilitating his work in connection therewith.
Your committee therefore recommend the passage of the amenderi substituted bill, which is herewith reported.
UNNECESSARY WHISTLING BY VESSELS.
DECEMBER 19, 1906.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.
Mr. SHERLEY, from the Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fish
eries, submitted the following
[To accompany H. R. 17624.]
bill do pass.
The Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries, to whom was referred House bill 17624, recommend that the same be amended by striking out all after the word “ title,” in line 7, page 2, down to and including the word "and,” in line 9, page 2, and inserting in lieu thereof the words “and also regulations," and that as amended the
The purpose of the bill is to give supervising inspectors and the Supervising Inspector-General, who constitute a board to make regulations relative to inland navigation, authority to prevent unnecessary whistling by vessels, said board, while now empowered to make regulations as to what signals shall be used, being without such power of prohibition. Mueh confusion has arisen in some of the large harbors of the country by the use of siren and other loud whistles for purposes other than signaling, making it difficult to hear the regular signals of other vessels.