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act provided for proceedings by the Attorney General to enforce any forfeiture. This act was amended by the act of March 9, 1888, by exempting from its operation ownership in the District of Columbia of legations or residences of representatives of foreign governments. The act of March 3, 1887, was further amended by the act of March 2, 1897, by leaving out the District of Columbia, and giving aliens certain privileges by way of additional exceptions of acquiring title and owning land in the Territories of the United States. Treaty rights were preserved. Land acquired prior to March 3, 1887, so long as held by their owners, their heirs, or legal representatives, was protected. An alien who shall have become a bona fide resident of the United States, etc., was given the right to acquire and hold lands, and was allowed 10 years from the time he ceases to be such resident in which to alienate them, and the act was not to apply so as to prevent any person not citizens of the United States from acquiring or holding lots in cities, etc. By the act of February 23, 1905, this act was extended to the District of Columbia.

The only way to remove the remote que-tion of escheat from the title to this land, in such a way as will be satisfactory, is by act of Congress. There have been numerous acts of this kind passed in which the same language was employed. (See 31 Stat. L., 1492, an act for the relief of Joseph Baeigaluppi and others.)

This bill was referred to the commissioners, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of War, who find no objection thereto.

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62D Congress, Į HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. { $6.93.

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1st Session.

BRIDGE ACROSS TUG FORK, BIG SANDY RIVER, W. VA.

JULY 29, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. COVINGTON, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Com

merce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 4682.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 4682) authorizing the construction of a railroad, tramroad, conveyor, wagon, or foot bridge, and approaches thereto, across the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River at or near Glenhayes Station, in Wayne County, W. Va., having considered the same, report thereon with amendments, and as so amended recommend that it pass.

The bill as amended has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the indorsements attached and which is made a part of this report.

Amend the bill as follows:

Strike out, in the title, the words “railroad, tramroad, conveyor, wagon, or foot".

Strike out, on page 1, line 4, the word “it” and insert in lieu thereof the word “it's."

Strike out, on page 1, line 5, the word “they”.

Strike out, on page 1, line 6, the words “railroad, tramroad, conveyor, wagon, or”.

Strike out, on page 1, line 7, the word “foot”.

Insert, on page 1, line 8, after the word “River”, the words “at a point suitable to the interests of navigation".

Strike out, on page 1, line 8, after the word “or”, the words “within one mile of the station of”.

Insert, on page 1, line 9, before the word “Glenhayes” the word

Strike out, on page 1, lines 9, 10, and 11, the words “(where the same forms the boundary line between the States of Kentucky and West Virginia), in the State of West Virginia,"

near.”

Insert, on page 1, line 13, after the word “waters” the words “approved March twenty-third, nineteen hundred and six.”

Add a new section as follows:

Sec. 2. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this act is hereby expressly reserved.

[Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CAIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, April 18, 1911. 1. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

2. If amended as indicated therein, the accompanying bill will be in the usua! form, and in my opinion will amply provide for the protection of navigation interests.

3. So far as those interests are concerned, I know of no objection to the passage of the bill by Congress as thus amended.

W. H. BuXBY, Chief of Engineers, United States Army. [Third indorsement.)

War DEPARTMENT,

April 19, 1911. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, 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 SHAW OLIVER,

Acting Secretary of War. O

62D CONGRESS,

1st Session.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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REPORT
No. 74.

BRIDGE ACROSS SNAKE RIVER, NYSSA, OREG.

JULY 29, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. KNOWLAND, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Com

merce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 7690.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 7690) to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Snake River at the town of Nyssa, Oreg;, having considered the same, report thereon with amendment, and as so amended recommend that it pass.

The bill as amended has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the indorsements attached and which are made a part of this report.

Amend the bill as follows:

Add, after the word “Oregon," in line 9, page 1, the words "in accordance with the provisions of the act entitled 'An act to regulate the construction of bridges over navigable waters,' approved March 23, 1906.”

Add a new section, as follows:

Sec. 2. That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this act is hereby expressly reserved.

(Second indorsement.)

War DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, May 3, 1911. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War with recommendation that the acconi panying bill (H. R. 7690, 62d Cong., 1st sess.) to authorize the construction of a bridge across Snake River, at Nyssa, Oreg., be amended as indicated in red thereon.

As thus amended, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the bill by Congress, so far as the interests of navigation are concerned.

W. H. BIXBY, Chief of Engineers, United States Army. (Third indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, May 4, 1911. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, 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. O

REPORT

62D CONGRESS, | HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

1st Session.

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BRIDGE ACROSS PALMERS OR WARREN RIVER, R. I.

JULY 29, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

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

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 11852.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 11852) to authorize the Providence, Warren & Bristol Railroad Co. and its lessee, the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co., or either of them, to construct a bridge across the Palmers or Warren River, in the State of Rhode Island, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the indorsements attached and which are made a part of this report.

(Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, June 24, 1911. 1. Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

2. The accompanying bill (H. R. 11852, 620 Cong., 1st sess.) to authorize the construction of a bridge across Palmers or Warren River, R. I., is in the usual form and makes ample provision for the protection of navigation interests.

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

Ewo. BURR,

Acting Chief of Engineers (Third indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT, June 26, 1911. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, inviting attention to the foregoing report of the Acting Chief of Engineers, United States Army.

ROBERT SHAW OLIVER,

Acting Secretary of War. O

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