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620 CONGRESS,

18t Session.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. {

REPORT No. 135.

MEMBER OF BOARD OF MANAGERS OF NATIONAL HOME

FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS.

AUGUST 8, 1911.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and ordered to

be printed.

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

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. J. Res. 146.]

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred House joint resolution 146, for appointment of a member of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, baving considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that

it do pass.

Your committee has examined with care the indorsements of Gen. T. H. Barry, and is satisfied that he is in every way well qualified for this position. He was a soldier in the Civil War, and has a record of service in that war of which any man might be proud.

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62D CONGRESS,

18t Session.

} HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. {

REPORT No. 136.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR PAYMENT OF LAND SOLD BY

ACT OF CONGRESS, 1910.

AUGUST 8, 1911.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. STEPHENS of Texas, from the Committee on Indian Affairs,

submitted the following

REPORT.

(To accompany H. R. 12534.]

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 12534) to extend the time of payment of balance due for lands sold under act of Congress approved June 17, 1910, baving had the same under consideration, recommend that the bill be amended and as amended do pass.

In line 7, after the word "ten,” strike out the period and put & comma and insert the following: to open to settlement and entry under the general provisions of the homestrad laws of the United States certain lands in the State of Oklahoma and for other | urposes: Provided, That purchasers shall pay in:erest at the rate o: five per centum per annum on the deferred payments for the time of the extension herein granted.

The bill as amended will read as follows:

That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and directed to extend for a period of one year the time for the payment of the several annual installments due on the purchase price for lands sold under the act of Congress approved June seventeenth, nineteen hundred and ten, “to open to settlement and entry under the general provisions of the homestead laws of the United States certain lands in the State of Oklahoma and for other purposes”: Provided, That purchasers shall pay interest at the rate of five per centum per annum on the deferred payments for the time of the extension herein granted.

The bill has the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, as is shown by the following letter from the Secretary to the chairman of this committee, and which is as follows:

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, July 28, 1911. Hon. Jxo. H. STEPHENS,

Chairman Committee on Indian Affairs, House of Representatives. Sir: The department is in receipt of your request, under date of July 27, 1911, for report on H. R. 12534, entitled “A bill to extend the time of payment of balances due for lands sold under act of Congress approved June 17, 1910.”

It is presumed that this refers to the act entitled "An act to open to settlement and entry under the general provisions of the homestead laws of the Cnited States certain lands in the State of Oklahoma, and for other purposes." Under the conditions, this department is not inclined to interpose any objection to the enactment of this bill into law if provision be made that the deferred payments shall draw interest at the rate of 6 per cent per annum for the time covered by such extension. It is suggested further that the bill be amended by inserting at the appropriate place the title of the act of June 17, 1910, referred to. Very respectfully,

SAMUEL ADAMS,

Acting Secretary O

62D CONGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

1st Session.

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WATERSHED OF NAVIGABLE STREAMS.

AUGUST 8, 1911.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. LAMB, from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. J. Res. 117.)

The Committee on Agriculture having had under consideration House joint resolution 117, to amend an act entitled "An act to enable any State to cooperate with any other State or States, or with the United States, for the protection of the watersheds of navigable streams, and to appoint a commission for the acquisition of lands for the purpose of conserving the navigability of navigable rivers,' approved March 1, 1911, submit the following report and recommend the pasage of the said House joint resolution 117.

The resolution refers solely to section 3 of the above-mentioned act of March 1, 1911, which section appropriates a total sum of $11,000,000 for the purposes named, said sum to become available in installments, as follows: $1,000,000 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1910, and for each of the succeeding five fiscal years, up to and including the year ending June 30, 1915, the sum of $2,000,000.

It was clearly the intention of Congress to appropriate the sum of $11,000,000, and to have that entire sum expended for the purposes set forth in the act, but the Comptroller of the Treasury has ruled that, under the wording of said section 3, only such sums as are actually expended during each or any fiscal year are appropriated for that year, and any unexpended balances are not available after the expiration of the fiscal year, but lapse and go back to the Treasury.

Although this act was not approved until March 1, 1911, section 3 provides for an appropriation for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1910. This was clearly an oversight, and the object of House joint resolution 117 is merely to correct this error, make clearly plain and legal the intent of Congress, and make available for the purposes set forth in the said act of March 1, 1911, the whole amount appropriated thereby.

Slight amendments to the resolution, as suggested by the Comptroller of the Treasury, have been adopted, and with said amendments, your committee recommend that it do pass.

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