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STATEMENT OF MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE.

The managers on the part of the House at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the joint resolution (H. J. Res. 130), making appropriations for certain expenses of the House of Representatives, submit the following written statement in explanation of the action agreed upon and recommended in the accompanying conference report:

On amendments Nos. 1 and 2: Appropriates $3,695 to reimburse the official reporters of the Senate for clerk hire and other extra clerical services and transposes to its proper place in the resolution, under the caption “House of Representatives,” the provision reimbursing the official reporters of the House for clerk hire and other extra clerical services.

On amendment No. 3: Strikes out the provision, proposed by the Senate, paying one month's extra pay to officers and employees of the Senate and House.

On amendment No. 4: Strikes out the appropriation of $100, proposed by the Senate, to pay J. H. Jones for extra services for the care of the Senate chronometer.

On amendment No. 5: Inserts the provision, proposed by the Senate, with reference to two employees in the Senate post office, the net result of which is to reduce the salary of one of said employees $288.

On amendment No. 6: Appropriates $2,500, as proposed by the Senate, for folding speeches and pamphlets for the Senate.

On amendment No. 7: Strikes out the provision to pay certain employees in the Senate Office Building one month's extra pay.

On amendment No. 8: Strikes out the provision, proposed by the Senate, directing the Secretary of War to inquire and report as to certain expenditures made by the State of Texas during the period from 1856 to 1861.

On amendment No. 9: Strikes out the provision, proposed by the Senate, with reference to the Interior Department, concerning the use of funds provided for said department for the purchase and distribution of supplies for subordinate offices and Indian schools.

On amendment No. 10: Appropriates $1,200, instead of $1,400, for extra services of messengers to the Congressional Record and work of committees on night duty at the Government Printing Office.

It is recommended that the amendment of the Senate changing the title of the joint resolution be agreed to.

JOHN J. FITZGERALD,

J. G. CANNON,
Managers on part of House.

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62D CONGRESS, | HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

1st Session.

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REPORT
No. 115.

EXTENDING THE TIME OF PAYMENT TO CERTAIN

HOMESTEAD SETTLERS.

August 3, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. BURKE of South Dakota, from the Committee on Indian Affairs,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 13044.]

The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred House bill 13044, recommends that it be amended by striking out section 1 and inserting the following:

That any person who has heretofore made a homestead entry for land in what was formerly a part of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, authorized by act approved March second, nineteen hundred and seven, may apply to the register and receiver of the Land Office in the district in which the land is located, for an extension of time within which to make payment of any amount that is about to become due, and upon the payment of interest for one year in advance, at five per cent per annum upon the amount due, and payment will be extended for a period of one year, and any payment so extended may annually thereafter be extended for a period of one year in the same manner, and on payment of interest annually in advance as aforesaid: Provided, That the last payment and all other payments must be made within a period of not exceeding one year after the last payment is due. That all moneys paid for interest as herein provided shall be deposited in the Treasury to the credit of the Indians as a part of the proceeds received for the land.

Amend the title so as to read: "A bill extending the time of payment to certain homesteaders in the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota."

That the bill as amended do pass.

By the act of March 2, 1907, the surplus land in a portion of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, south of White River, and known as Tripp County, was authorized to be disposed of to settlers under the homestead laws. The law fixing the price of the lands to be paid by the settlers is as follows:

Upon all land entered or filed upon within three months after the same shall be opened for settlement and entry, six dollars per acre, and upon all land entered or filed upon after the expiration of three months and within six months after the same shall have opened for settlement and entry, four dollars and fifty cents per acre; after the expiration of six months after the same shall have been opened for settlement and entry, the price shall be two dollars and fifty cents per acre. One-fifth of the purchase price to be paid in advance, and the balance in five annual installments.

By subsequent legislation the law was amended to provide that the second payment should be paid within two years after entry, and postponing each of the other payments one year. The second payment became due in 1910, in all cases where entry was made in 1908, and owing to drought Congress extended the time of the payment for one year, the same to draw 5 per cent interest.

The payment due in 1910, with 5 per cent interest, will become due this year, and there will also be another payment for those who tiled in 1908, making two payments that will have to be met unless an extension is granted. It is thought to extend these payments for only one year would necessitate further legislation granting another extension next year, as it would be unlikely that the settlers could meet the three payments that would then be due, and it was therefore thought wise to provide that any payment extended may annually thereafter be extended for a period of one year but limiting the time within which all parments must be made to one year after the last payment becomes due.

No injustice will be done to the Indians by granting an extension & provided by the bill, for the reason that under existing law the money received from the sale of the lands is deposited in the Treasury to the credit of the Indians and bears 3 per cent interest. If persons take advantage of the privilege of an extension, as herein proposed, they will have to pay 5 per cent interest in advance, which is 2 per cent more than would be received if the money is paid and deposited in the Treasury.

Great drought prevails in portions of South Dakota this year, and many of the settlers affected by this bill will be unable to meet their payments and may lose their homes unless relief is granted, and in the opinion of the committee an emergency exists and the bill as amended ought to be enacted in the present session. The bill has the approval of the department, as will appear by the following letter:

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, August 2, 1911. Hon. CHARLES H. BURKE,

House of Representatives. Sır: I am in recei t of your letter of the 29th ultimo, inclosing a mem randun of a proposed bill for the relief of those who made homestead entry on that part of the Rosebud Indian Reservation opened to set:lement under the provisions of the art approved March 2, 1907, entitled “An act to authorize the ale and disposit on of a portion of the surplus or unallotted lands of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, in the State of South Dakota, etc.” (34 Stat., 1230).

The memorandum of the proposed bill submitted for my con ideration is a follows:

"That any person who has heretofore made a homestead entry for land in what was formerly a part of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, authorized by act approved March second, nineteen hundred and seven, may apply to the register and receiver of the land office in the district in which the land is located for an extension of time within which to make payment of any amount that is about to become due, and upon the payment of interest for one year in advance, at five per centum per annum upon the amount due, payment will be extended for a period of one year, and any payment so extended may annually thereafter be extended for a period of one year in the same manner, and on payment of interest annually in advance as aforesaid: Provided, That the last payment and all other payments must be made within a period not exceeding one year after

the last payment is due. That all moneys paid for interest as herein provided shall be deposited in the Treasury to the credit of the Indians as a part of the proceeds received for the land.

"Sec. 2. That failure to make any payment that may be due, unless the same be extended, or to make any extended payment at or before the time to which such payment has been extended as herein provided, will forfeit the entry and the same shall be canceled, and any and all payments theretofore made shall be forfeited.

“SEC. 3. That nothing herein contained shall affect any valid adverse claim initiated prior to the passage of this act.'

The severity of the drought in the western part of South Dakota and in other sections of the West has been brought to the attention of this department through the agents and officers of the General Land Office, and on July 25 the department submitted a report on S. 3052, Sixty-second Congress, first session, and because of the drought recommended that, with certain proposed amendments, the bill providing for a leave of absence to certain settlers, including those in the Gregory, S. Dak., land district, be enacted into law.

It is believed that the rights of the Indians are amply protected in the proposed bill, and as a failure to enact some measure of relief will probably result in great hardship, I recommend the enactment of the proposed bill. Very respectfully,

SAMUEL ADAMS, Acting Secretary. O

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