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62D CONGRESS,

18t Session.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. {

REPORT No. 100.

BRIDGE ACROSS ARKANSAS RIVER.

AUGUST 1, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. GOEKE, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany 8. 1627.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1627) to authorize the construction, maintenance, and operation of a bridge across and over the Arkansas River, and for other purposes, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The following is the report of the Senate Committee on Commerce on the bill:

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the hill (8. 1627) to author ize the construction, maintenance, and operation of a bridge across and over the Arkansas River, and for other purposes, having considered the same, report it with amendments and as amended recommend its passage.

The bill thus amended has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the annexed indorsements, the amendments referred to therein having been incorporated in the bill as reported.

(Second indorsement. )

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, May 1, 1911. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War with recommendation that the accompanying bill (S. 1627, 62d Cong., 1st sess.) to authorize the construction of a bridge across Arkansas River, at or near Muskogee, Okla., be amended as indicatei.

As thus amended, the bill will be in the usual form, and I know of no objectiva to its favorable consideration by Congress, so far as the interests of navigation are concerned.

W. H. BIIBY, Chief of Engineers, United States Army. (Third indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT, May 2, 1911. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Commerce, United States Senate, inviting attention to the foregoing report of the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, and to the accompanying copy of amended bill referred to.

ROBERT SAAW OLIVER,

Assistant Secretary of War.

CONGRESS

BRIDGE ACROSS PEND OREILLE RIVER, WASH.

August 1, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. SMITH of Texas, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign

Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 144.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 144) to legalize a bridge across the Pend Oreille River, in Stevens County, Wash., having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The following is the report of the Senate Committee on Commerce on the bill:

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (8. 144) to legalize a bridge across the Pend Oreille River, in Stevens County, Wash., having considered the same, report it with an amendment and, as amended, recommend its passage.

The bill thus amended has the approval of the Department of War, as will appear by the annexed letter.

The following is an extract from the report of this committee on a similar bill in the Sixty-first Congress, made too late to permit of consideration. The amendment recommended is identical in terms with that suggested by the Chief of Engineers:

War DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, February 18, 1911. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

In the omnibus bridge act approved August 5, 1909, the Idaho & Washington Northern Railway was authorized by Congress to build a bridge across Pend Oreille River, in Stevens County, Wash., the said bridge to be constructed, maintained, and operated in accordance with, and subject to, the provisions of the general bridge act of March 23, 1906. The latter act specifically provides that when authority is granted by Congress for the construction of a bridge, such bridge shall not be built or commenced until the plans and location thereof have been submitted to and approved by the Chief of Engineers and the Secretary of War.

The act further provides that the privilege granted shall become null and void unless the structure is commenced within one year from the date of its authorization. In this particular case the time fixed by Congress for commencing the construction of the bridge and the time within which the plans should have been submitted to the War Department for approval expired August 9, 1910.

Under date of December 24, 1910, or several months after the expiration of the time limit for commencing construction, the grantee applied to the department for approval of the plans and location of the structure, which application, under the law as it stands, could not be given avorable consideration. Moreover, within the past few days, and since the aforesaid application was received and denied, it has come to the knowledge of the department that the bridge has already been built, baring been completed in October last, two months before the plane were subinitted. Why the department was not advised of this fact before and why the grantee failed to comply with the law is not known. The character of the bridge built is also unknown.

As a result of this action the bridge is an unlawful structure, and the grantee is liable to prosecution for a violation of law. To legalize the bridge and relieve the company of the consequence of its laches is the object of the accompanying bill (S. 10785, 61st Cong., 3d sess.).

The interests of navigation on the Pend Oreille River are not large or important, and if amended as indicated in red thereon, I am of the opinion that the bill will fully provide for their protection. I therefore make no objection to its favorable consideration by Congress as amended.

W. H. BIXBY, Chief of Engineers, United States Army.

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CONGRESS

BRIDGE ACROSS ST. CROIX RIVER, WIS. AND MINN.

August 1, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

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Mr. RICHARDSON, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign

Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany 8. 1149.)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1149) permitting the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Co. to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad bridge across the St. Croix River between the States of Wisconsin and Minnesota, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The following is the report of the Senate Committee on Commerce on the bill:

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1149) permitting the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Co. to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad bridge across the St. Croix River between the States of Wisconsin and Minnesota, having considered the same, report thereon with a recom mendation that it pass without amendment.

The bill has the approval of the Department of War, as will appear by the follow ing indorsements:

(Second indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, April 24, 1911.
Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.
The accompanying bill

, S. 1149, Sixty-second Congress, first session, to authorize the construction of å bridge across St. Croix River between the States of Wisconsin and Minnesota, is in the usual form and makes ample provision for the protection of navigation interests.

So far as those interests are concerned, I know of no objection to its favorable consideration by Congress.

EDWD. BURR,

Acting Chief of Engineers. (Third indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT, April 25, 1911. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Commerce, United States Senate, inviting attention tɔ the foregoing report of the Acting Chief of Engineers, United States Army.

ROBERT SHAW OLIVER,

Assistant Secretary of War. O

62D CONGRESS,

18t Session.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

REPORT No. 103.

AMENDMENT OF CODE OF LAW FOR THE DISTRICT OF

COLUMBIA REGARDING INSURANCE.

AUGUST 2, 1911.- Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Kahn, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, submitted

the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 12737.)

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 12737) to amend the Code of Law for the District of Columbia regarding insurance, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass with the following amendments:

On page 2, in line 14, before the semicolon, and after the word “therein”, the following words, viz: "and such other information as said superintendent may require”.

And further amend, on page 2, in lines 17 and 18, by striking out the words “and such other information as said superintendent mas require”, and insert in lieu thereof the following, viz:

"Provided, however, That should said company or association neg. lect or refuse to appoint such attorney, or should such attorney absent himself from the District, said legal process may be served upon the superintendent of insurance of the District of Columbia,”.

The object of this bill is to make every insurance company furnish the department with the necessary documents for admission to transact business in the District of Columbia; also a statement of the financial condition showing that they are solvent. In its present form this section does not call for a financial statement, appliation for licenses for companies or agents, copies of policies, and advertising literature, all of which are necessary in order to properly establish the methods and financial condition of a company.

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