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5. That after the drilling of said wells on the camp site, your petitioners' well became polluted with bacteria and was rendered unfit for drinking purposes prior to becoming absolutely dry, although prior to the drilling petitioners' well had been inspected by proper officials of the Mellon-Stuart Co., and found pure.

6. That your petitioners, in order to obtain water, were compelled to drill a deeper well, install a deep-well pump, and incur other necessary expenses in connection therewith, all of which is more fully itemized on exhibit attached hereto, in the total amount of $391.75.

Wherefore your petitioners respectfully request your assistance and efforts for reimbursement from the proper Government agency of the amount of $391.75 so expended.

H. FORREST Haugh,
EMMA D. Haugh,

Petitioners. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

County of Mercer, 88: Before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared H. Forrest Haugh and Emma D. Haugh, his wife, who, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are true and correct.

H. FORREST HAUGH,
EMMA D. HAUGH,

Petitioners. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of October 1943. (SEAL)

L. N. DILLEY, Notary Public. My commission expires April 21, 1947.

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To the Area Engineers, Camp Reynolds (Formerly Shenango Personnel. Replacement

Depot), Victory, Pa.: Statement for expenses incurred in drilling water well, replacing pump, materials, and labor on property of H. Forrest Haugh and Emma D. Haugh, situate in Pymatuning Township, Mercer County, Pa.: Drilling and casing well.

$196. 00 Material for pump pit

26. 60 Labor building pump pit

32. 50 Materials required in resetting pump

44. 65 Labor for moving and resetting pump.

52. 00 Incidental expenses incurred in obtaining material.

40. 00 Total expenditure--

391. 75 We do hereby certify that above statement is true and correct.

H. FORREST HAUGH.

EMMA D. HAUGH. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of October 1943. (SEAL)

L. N. DILLEY, Notary Public. My commission expires April 21, 1947.

CLAIM PETITION

To the Honorable ROBERT L. RODGERS,

Congress of the United States, Washington, D. C.: The petition of Luther M. Durst, of rural delivery No. 1, Transfer, Mercer County, Pa., respectfully represents:

1. That your petitioner owns in fee simple 41 acres of land, more or less, in Pymatuning Township, Mercer County, Pa., with dwelling house erected thereon.

2. That water well was drilled on said premises about 55 years ago, and during the 36 years of occupancy of the land by your petitioner said water well gave an uninterrupted, adequate supply of water to your petitioner until on or about January 1, 1943, with the exception of a couple of weeks during October 1942.

3. That incident to the construction of Camp Reynolds (formerly Shenango Personnel Replacement Depot) in said Pymatuning Township, the Mellon-Stuart Co., under contract with the United States Government for the construction of said Camp Reynolds, drilled several water wells on the camp site.

4. That thereafter the water supply of your petitioner, as well as that of several other homes in the immediate vicinity was entirely cut off, rendering your petitioner's water well entirely dry and useless.

5. That your petitioner is owner and has on said premises, livestock consisting of 45 chickens and 5 head of hogs, all requiring regular and adequate supply of water, the water supply for the same being hauled in containers by your petitioner at great inconvenience, expense, and difficulty.

6. That your petitioner is without available funds at the present time for the drilling of another water well, and has therefore estimated the expenses to be incurred, being guided by the drilling expense of other property owners in the same immediate vicinity, the estimated expenses being set forth on exhibit attached hereto in the total amount of $310; it being fully understood, however, that if proper assurances are made for reimbursement, your petitioner will borrow sufficient funds, install the water supply, and submit duly verified bills for the

same.

Wherefore your petitioner respectfully requests your assistance and efforts for reimbursement from the proper governmental agency in the estimated amount of $310 to be expended for water supply.

LUTHER M. Durst, Petitioner. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

County of Mercer, 88: Before me, the undersigned authority; personally appeared Luther M. Durst, who, being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are true and correct.

LUTHER M. DURST, Petitioner. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of October 1943. (SEAL)

L. N. DILLEY, Notary Public. My commission expires April 21, 1947. To the Area Engineers, Camp Reynolds (Formerly Shenango Personnel Replacement

Depot), Victory, Pa.: The statement for estimated expenses to be incurred in drilling water well, installing pump, materials, and labor on property of Luther M. Durst, of Rural Delivery No. 1, Transfer, Pa., Pymatuning Township. Drilling well and casing--

$275 Purchase and installation of hand pump-

35 Total estimated expenditure..

310 I do hereby certify that above statement is true and correct.

LUTHER M. DURST. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of October 1943. (SEAL)

L. N. DILLEY, Notary Public. My commission expires April 21, 1947.

CLAIM PETITION

To the Honorable ROBERT L. RODGERS,

Congress of the United States, Washington, D. C.; The petition of Charles C. Cox and Winifred B. Cox, his wife, both of Pymetuning Township, Rural Delivery No. 1, Transfer, Mercer County, Pa., respectfully represents:

1. That your petitioners own in fee simple title 8 acres of land with house erected thereon situate in Pymatuning Township, Mercer County, Pa., and have lived on these premises for the past 16 years as their home.

2: That your petitioners obtained their water supply from a drilled well on said premises during the period of their residence, without interruption or inadequate volume of water, until on or about January 1, 1943, with the exception of about 2 weeks during the month of October 1942.

3. That incident to the construction of Camp Reynolds (formerly Shenango Personnel Replacement Depot) in said Pymatuning Township, the Mellon

Stuart Co., under contract with the United States Government for the construction of said Camp Reynolds, drilled several water wells on the camp site during the fall of 1942.

4. That thereafter the water supply of your petitioners, as well as that of several other homes in this immediate community, was entirely cut off, rendering your petitioners' water well entirely dry and useless.

5. That the said contractor, Mellon-Stuart Co., supplied water in containers for your petitioners, thereby alleviating the situation from January 1, to July 1, 1943, at which time petitioners were notified by the area engineers that no further water would be delivered; that during this period the delivery was irregular, leaving petitioners without sufficient water to flush toilets and wash clothing.

6. That Winifred B. Cox, one of your petitioners, incurred injuries to her back and arm as the result of a fall during August 1942, and suffered further impairment to her health to a critical degree in the lifting of containers and carrying of water necessitated during the said 6-month period from January 1, to July 1, 1943.

7. That your petitioners, in order to obtain water, were compelled to drill a deeper well, purchase and install a complete new deep-well water system, and incur other necessary expenses in connection therewith, all of which is more fully itemized on exhibit attached hereto, in the total amount of $590.75.

Wherefore your petitioners respectfully request your assistance and efforts for reimbursement from the proper Government agency of the amount of $590.75 80 expended.

CHARLES B. Cox,
WINIFRED C. Cox,

Petitioners. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,

County of Mercer, 88: Before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared Charles C. Cox and Winifred B. Cox, his wife, who, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say that the facts set forth in the foregoing petition are true and correct.

CHARLES C. Cox,
WINIFRED B. Cox,

Petitioners. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of March 1943. (SEAL)

L. N. DILLEY, Notary Public. My commission expires April 21, 1947. To the Area Engineers, Camp Reynolds (formerly Shenango Personnel Replacement

Depot), Victory, Pa.: Statement for expenses incurred in drilling water well, replacing pump, materials, and labor on property of Charles C. Cox and Winifred B. Cox, situate in Pymatuning Township, Mercer County, Pa.: Drilling well and casing -

$277. 50 Deep-well pump, pipe, and fittings..

251, 03 Materials to repair damage to property.

26. 23 Labor for installing pump and repairs.

36. 00 Total expenditure...

590. 76 We do hereby certify that above statement is true and correct.

CHARLES C. Cox.

WINIFRED B. Cox. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th day of October 1943. (SEAL)

L. N. DILLEY, Notary Public. My commission expires April 21, 1947.

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SIGFRIED OLSEN

FEBRUARY 18, 1945.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and

ordered to be printed

Mr. PITTENGER, from the Committee on Claims, submitted the

following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 1566) The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 1566) for the relief of Sigfried Olsen, doing business as Sigfried Olsen Shipping Co., having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

An identical bill was favorably reported by this committee, passed the House and Senate and was vetoed by the President in the Seventyeighth Congress. In the President's veto message he states "It appears that the claimant was not legally bound to make the voyages as to which the alleged losses were sustained." The committee realizes this point; however, had Mr. Olsen refused to make these trips his ships would have been requisitioned and he would not have had any chance whatever to recover.

In the President's veto message he also states "it is believed that approval of the measure would create a precedent for the assertion of similar claims." Mr. Radner, of the War Shipping Administration, stated before this committee in answer to a question:

I would say that the Olsen case is peculiar only to the extent that we are dealing only with the charterer who took a licking in complying with our request, and those are relatively few. I do not know of any other case where a similar claim has been filed.

In another paragraph in the President's veto message he states:

It appears that Mr. Olsen realized a net profit on other voyages made by the ships in question during

the period under the provisions of the Ship Warranť Act. It appears that this should have been taken into account in measuring the extent of the equitable relief to be accorded.

It is the belief of this committee that Mr. Olsen was entitled to a reasonable profit on all trips and should not be penalized on account of small profits made on other voyages.

(H. Rept. No. 1579, 78th Cong., 2d sess.) The purpose of the proposed legislation is to appropriate the sum of $48,562.35 to Sigfried Olsen, doing business as Sigfried Olsen Shipping Co., his heirs or assigns, as just compensation for actual cash losses necessarily incurred by him in the operation of two vessels to South America and return in the fall of 1941 in compliance with specific directions of the United States Maritime Commission, carrying in the interest of national defense cargoes specified and at rates designated by the Commission, out-bound and return.

H. Repts., 79-1, vol. 1--50

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