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(House bill 51, recorded in chapter 228 of the general laws of Oregon for 1906.)

"Sec. 10. Hydrographic and topographic surveys and cooperation with the United States Government. The State engineer shall make hydrographic and topographic surveys and investigations of each stream system and source of water supply in the State, beginning with those most used, obtaining and recording all available data pertaining to the water supply of this State. He is hereby authorized to cooperate with the agencies of the United States Government engaged in similar surveys and investigations, and in the construction of works for the development and use of the water supply of this state, expending for such purposes any money available for the work of his office.

“For the purpose of making hydrographic and topographic surveys, there is hereby appropriated, out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars annually for such hydrographic and two thousand five hundred dollars for such topographie surveys, such appropriations, however, being contingent upon the United States Government making a like apportionment for such purposes to be expended within the State."

CALIFORNIA.

Cooperation has been had with the State of California since and including 1901 in the maintenance of river stations and the study of the availability and quality of ground and surface waters. During 1901, 1902, 1903, and 1904 each party allotted $7,500 for water-resources investigations. During 1905 and 1906 the amount allotted by each party was $10,500. The present act is as follows: AN ACT To provide for the joint investigation with the Federal Government of the water resources of the State, and the best methods of preserving the forests thereof; and to make an appropriation for the expenses of such investigations. (Approved March 18, 1905.)

The people of the State of California, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:

“SECTION 1. The State board of examiners are hereby empowered to enter into contracts with the Director of the United States Geological Survey for the purpose of making topographic maps to the extent of thirty thousand dollars; also for the purpose of gauging the streams, determining underground water supplies, surveying reservoir sites and canal locations, for the conservation and utilization of waters of the State, to the extent of twenty thousand dollars; also for the purpose of investigating the economic quality and purity of the water of the Statē, to the extent of one thousand dollars: Provided, No work of the nature heretofore stated shall be done where the same will interfere with the water already appropriated or in reservoirs or now in use for irrigation purposes, or domestic purposes, under the laws of this State; also with the Chief of the Bureau of Forestry of the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of studying the forest resources of the State and their proper conservation, and especially with a view of formulating a proper State forestry policy, to the extent of ten thousand dollars; also with the Director of the Office of Experiment Stations of the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of ascertaining the best methods of distributing and using the water, to the extent of fifteen thousand dollars: Provided, however, That these expenditures for such purposes shall not be in excess of the amounts to be expended by the various departments of the Federal Government in collaboration with the specific work named above. And prorided further, That in case any of the Departments of the Federal Government above mentioned do not contribute these funds for said cooperation, that the State board of examiners shall have power to enter into such contracts as may seem best to them with the lawfully authorized representatives of any of the Departments of the Federal Government for the expenditure of said remaining balance. rided further, That said last-mentioned expenditure for such purpose shall not be in excess of the amount to be expended by that Department of the Federal Government in collaboration with the State.

"SEC. 2. In order to carry out the purposes of this act, any person or persons employed hereunder are authorized to enter and cross all lands within this State: Prorided, In so doing no damage is done to private property; it shall be misdemeanor, punishable as provided in such cases, for any person or persons to willfully and maliciously remove or destroy any permanent marks or monuments made or erected by any such persons.

“Sec. 3. The sum of seventy-six thousand dollars is hereby appropriated for the purposes specified in this act, and the controller of the State is hereby authorized

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and directed to draw warrants upon such fund from time to time, upon the requisition of the State board of examiners, and the State treasurer is hereby authorized and directed to pay such warrants: Procided, One-half of the appropriation herein shall be available in the fifty-seventh fiscal year, and the remaining one-half of said appropriation shall be available in the fifty-eighth fiscal year, except that one-half the funds for making topographic maps shall be available during the twelve months immediately following the passage of this act, and the remaining one-half of this fund shall be available during the second twelve months following the passage of this act.

"SEC. 4. It is hereby made the duty of the surveyor-general and the engineer of the board of public works to render any assistance desired by the State board of examiners in furtherance of the aims of this act.

“This act shall take effect and be in force on and after its passage."!

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59TH CONGRESS, | HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. . Ad Session.

OBSOLETE CANNON FOR UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO.

JANUARY 16, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Kahn, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 4423.)

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. 4423) providing for the donation of obsolete cannon with their carriages and equipments to the University of Idaho, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it be amended as follows:

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following:

That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, authorized to deliver to the University of Idaho, at Moscow, Idaho, two obsolete cannon, with their carriages and equipments, now in possession of said University of Idaho, to become the property of the said university for ornamentation of the grounds of the said university; Provided, That no expense shall be incurred by the United States in the delivery of said cannon.

As so amended your committee recommend that the bill do pass.

A bill (H. R. 15437) has been reported by your committee so amended as to be identical with the bill as here reported, and it is desired that this measure be substituted on the Calendar for said H. R. 15437, the report on said House bill being House Report No. 6401 of the second session Fifty-ninth Congress.

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CONGRESS

TRANSPORTATION PRIVILEGES TO BELLINGHAM,

WASH.

JANUARY 17, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. NEEDHAM, from the Committee on Ways and Means, submitted

the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23114.]

The Committee on Ways and Means, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 23114) extending to the subport of Bellingham, in the State of Washington, the privileges of the seventh section of the act approved June 10, 1880, governing the immediate transportation of dutiable merchandise without appraisement, having duly considered the same, beg leave to report the bill back without amendment and recommend that it do pass.

This measure meets with the approval of the Treasury Department, as per the attached letter, which is made part of this report.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, January 10, 1907. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th instant, transmitting for an expression of my views thereon House bill 23114, providing for the extension to the subport of Bellingham, in the State of Washington, the privileges of the seventh section of the act approved June 10, 1880. governing the immediate transportation of dutiable merchandise without appraisement, and in reply do state that I see no objection to the passage of said bill. Respectfully,

L. M. Shaw,

Secretary. Hon. SERENO E. PAYNE,

Chairman Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives

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CONGRESS,

CERTAIN LANDS IN PENNINGTON COUNTY, S. DAK.

JANUARY 17, 1907.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. MARTIN, from the Committee on the Public Lands, submitted

the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 23927.)

The Committee on the Public Lands, having had under consideration the bill (H. R. 23927) excepting certain lands in Pennington County, S. Dak., from the operation of the provisions of section 4 of an act approved June 11, 1906, entitled "An act to provide for the entry of agricultural lands within forest reserves," report favorably thereon and recommend the passage of said bill.

On June 11, 1906, the Congress passed an act entitled "An act to provide for the entry of agricultural lands within forest reserves (Public-No. 220). This act provides generally for homestead settlement upon the agricultural lands within the various public forest reserves of the United States. Section 4 of the act excepted the counties of Lawrence and Pennington, in the Black Hills Forest Reserve, in South Dakota, from the operation of the act, except as to the rights of settlers who had commenced their homestead settlements before January 1, 1906. The effect of this exception was to exclude that portion of the forest reserve in the two counties in question from any new homestead settlements, but would permit former settlers to complete their entries.

The reason why the two counties in question were excepted from the general provisions of the law was that they contain large areas of gold deposits and many active and producing mines, and the Committee on the Public Lands considered it best not to extend the provisions of the general homestead laws over these two counties at the time of the passage of the act in question. Very careful investigation shows that the two west tiers of townships in Pennington County are agricultural instead of mineral in character, and the purpose of this bill is simply to extend the operation of the act of June 11, 1906, over the townships in question, leaving the county of Lawrence and the balance of the county of Pennington subject to the operation of the mining laws only except in so far as the old homestead settlements are concerned. The townships covered by the bill are shown to contain many agricultural parks and valleys that are well adapted to agriculture, and for these reasons your committee believe that they should be subject to homestead settlemente

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