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Station, near Mandan, N. Dak. The Department of Agriculture bas found that it will be necessary to have an additional section of land in order to carry out successfully its experiments in dry-land agriculture. The Legislative Assembly of North Dakota, desiring to encourage the work being done by the Government at the Northern Great Plains Field Station, in accordance with the request of the superintendent of the Northern Great Plains Field Station, on February 5, 1915, passed the following bill:

SENATE BILL No. 43, INTRODUCED BY MR. MARTIN. A Bill For authorizing the Board of University and School Lands of the State of North Dakota to

dood to the United States Government section 16, township 138 north, range 81 west of the fifth principal meridian.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the State of North Dakota: SECTION 1. That the Board of University and School Lands of the State of North Dakota are hereby authorized to patent to the United States Government section sixteen, township one hundred and thirty-eight north, of range eighty-one west, of the fifth principal meridian: Provided, That the United States Government shall authorize and empower the Board of University and School Lands of the State of North Dakota to select from vacant public lands within the State of North Dakota lieu lands in exchange for said section. And provided further, That as the vacant public lands remaining in North Dakota are rough lands and of much less value than the lands

proposed to be patented to the United States Government that therefore the United States Government shall in exchange for the section of land as proposed give to the State of North Dakota not less than two sections of land.

SEC. 2 (emergency). Whereas it is necessary to have this section of land patented to the United States Government as soon as possible, therefore this act shall take effect immediately upon its passage and approval.

In a letter dated February 12, 1915, to Representative Norton of North Dakota, the Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Houston, states the following:

The department is advised by Mr. W. A. Peterson, superintendent of the Northern Great Plains Field Station, at Mandan, N. Dak., that the governor of the State of North Dakota, on January 26, 1915, approved an act of the legislative assembly, authorizing the Board of University and School Lands to deed to the United States section 16, township 138 north, range 81 west, fifth principal meridian, which is necessary for the use of this department to enable it to carry out successfully its experiments in dry-land agriculture at the field station above named. The proposed exchange is conditioned upon the consent of the United States to the State's selection of two sections of public land within the State, in lieu of the land above described. Mr. Peterson advises the department that since, as stated in the act of the assembly, the vacant public lands in the State are rough and less valuable than the section in question, the State's proposition is very reasonable and the exchange would be very advantageous to the United States.

It appears that the land in said section 16, township 138, range 81 west, fifth principal meridian, is worth about $30 an acre. best of the unappropriated public lands now remaining in North Dakota are worth considerably less than $15 an acre.

The bill has the approval of both the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, as shown by the following letters addressed to the chairman of the committee:

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, February 7, 1916. Hon. Scott FERRIS,

Chairman Committee on the Public Lands, House of Representatives, DEAR MR. FERRIS: I have your letter of January 27 transmitting a copy of H. R. 393, “A l ill to authorize an exchange of lands with the State of North Dakota for promotion of experiments in dry-land agriculture, and for other purposes," and requesting a report thereon,

The very This bill is identical with H. R. 21450, introduced in the House on February 13, 1915. An examination of the laws of North Dakota shows that the act referred to in the bill was approved on February 5, 1915, instead of January 26, 1916. It is suggested, therefore, that the bill be changed accordingly.

When the above change shall have been made the bill will then be identical with Senate bill S. 592, introduced in the Senate December 7, 1915, by Mr. Gronna, with the exception that the words "surveyed” and “unreserved" appear in the Senate Till in line 10 between the words "vacant” and “unoccupied." It is suggested that this change he made in H. R. 393, so that the two bills now before Congress will be identical. The addition of these words will not materially affect the purposes of the Till: they simply restrict the class of land from which selection may be made.

The Legislature of North Dakota passed an act authorizing the Board of University and School Lands of the State of North Dakota to deed to the United States Government section 16, township 138 north, range 81 west, fifth principal meridian. The act was approved February 5, 1915, and was conditioned upon the United States authorizing the board to select from vacant public lands within the State lieu lands in exchange for the section. The department now has two leases covering separate portions of the section, one of which will expire on March 31, 1916, and the other on June 30, 1916. The latter, however, is renewable to June 30, 1919. The land in question is needed by the department in connection with certain work now being conducted at. the Northern Great Plains Field Station, Mandan, N. Dak. The work is investigational in character and it is very important that the land should be under the control of the department, so that it may continue for a long period without interruption; otherwize much of the value of the work would be lost.

H. R. 21450 was approved by the department and referred by it to the Department of the Interior for consideration. I am inclosing herewith a copy of the letter, dated February 11, 1915, of the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, indicating his approval of the proposed legislation. In view of the fact that S. 592 is substantially similar to H. R. 21450, the department recommends its approval by the Congress. Very truly, yours,

D. F. Houston, Secretary.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 11, 1915. DEAR MR. SECRETARY: The Commissioner of the General Land Office has advised me oí a recent conference with Prof. E. C. Chilcott, agriculturist in charge of dryland agriculture investigations, Bureau of Plant Industry, your department, who was introduced by Mr. Taylor, chief of that bureau, in relation to certain proposed legislation whereby the State of North Dakota will be authorized to select 2 sections of public lands in lieu of 1 section to be deeded by the State to the United States for the use of the Department of Agriculture.

The purpose of the proposed legislation, as explained by Prof. Chilcott, is commendable, and I can see no objection to favorable action by Congress. The papers leit with the commissioner by Prof. Chilcott have been filed and you may be assured the matter will be given prompt attention when report is requested by Congress. Cordially, yours,

A. A. JONES, First Assistant Secretary. The SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 10, 1916. Hon. Scott FERRIS,

Charrman Committee on the Public Lands, House of Representatives. MY DEAR MR. FERRIS: I am in receipt of the request of your committee for report on House bill 393, entitled “A bill to authorize an exchange of lands with the State of North Dakota for promotion of experiments in dry-land agriculture, and for other purposes." In response, I have to state that the provisions of this bill are identical with those of Senate bill 592, upon which I submitted report under date of January 7, 1916, copies of which are herewith inclosed. Cordially, yours,

FRANKLIN K, LANE, Secretary

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, January 7, 1916. Hon. Henry L. Myers,

Chairman Committee on Public Lands, United States Senate. MY DEAR SENATOR: I am in receipt of the request of your committee for report on S. 592, a bill entitled “A bill to authorize an exchange of lands with the State of North Dakota for promotion of experiments in dry-land agriculture, and for other purposes."

In response, I have to state that the provisions of this bill are identical with those of S. 7648, Sixty-third Congress, third session, introduced by the same author, except that in line 10, after the word "vacant," the words "surveyed, unreserved” have been inserted. This amendment was suggested in my report of February 25, 1915, recommending favorable action on said bill.

I inclose herewith a copy of my said report of February 25, 1915, thereon.

From correspondence and memoranda on file in this department, in connection with the original bill, it appears that the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture considers the school section 16 described in the bill necessary for the use of that department to enable it to carry out successfully its experiments in dry-land agriculture at the Northern Great Plains Field Station, at Mandan, N. Dak. In view thereof, I recommend that the bill be passed. Very truly, yours,

FRANKLIN K. LANE.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, February 25, 1915. Hon. Henry L, MYERS,

Chairman Committee on Public Lands, United States Senate. My Dear SENATOR: In response to your request for a report on Senate bill 7648, proposing to anithorize an exchange of lands with the State of North Dakota for the promotion of experiments in dry-land agriculture, and for other purposes, I have the honor to report as follows:

Section 10 in township 138 north of range 81 west, fifth principal meridian, which the State proposes to reconvey to the United States under the terms of the bill, was surveyed in 1878, and so far as the records of the General Land Oflice show at this time title to the lands in said section appears to have passed to the State upon its admission into the Union as a part of its grant for the support of common schools.

The lands were withdrawn as chiefly valuable for coal by Executive order dated July 7, 1910, but were classified as noncoal lands by Executive order of June 7, 1913. There are no other withdrawals or reservations of record at this time affecting said lands.

In view of the foregoing, and of the fact that the object of the proposed legislation is a worthy one, I recommend the passage of the bill, providing same be amended by inserting in line 10 thereof, after word “vacant," the words "surveyed, unreserved.' Very truly, yours,

A. A. Jones, First Assistant Secretary.

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CONGRESS

BRIDGE ACROSS BRAZOS RIVER, TEX.

APRIL 1, 1916.- Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. RAYBURN, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign

Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 12362.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 12362) granting the consent of Congress to the Dallas & Southwestern Motorway Co. to construct a bridge across the Brazos River in the State of Texas, having considered the same, report thereon with amendment and as so amended recommend that

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

Page 1, line 6, after the word "point,” insert the words "suitable to the interests of navigation.”

it pass.

War DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 11, 1916. Hon. W. C. ADAMSON, Chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

House of Representatives. MY DEAR SIR: I beg to acknowledge your reference to this department of House bill No. 12362, current session of Congress, granting the consent of Congress to the Dallas & Southwestern Motorway Co. to construct a bridge across the Brazos River, in the State of Texas.

The necessity for the passage of the bill is not apparent, inasmuch as the Brazos River lies wholly within the limits of the State of Texas, and under the general law contained in section 9 of the river and harbor act approved March 3, 1899, a bridge may be built thereover under authority of the laws of that State, provided the plans are submitted to and approved by the Chief of Engineers and the Secretary of War before construction is commenced.

The bill, however, is in the usual form adopted by Congress for such measures, and with slight amendment, which has been indicated thereon, will amply provide for the protection of navigation interests. So far as those interests are concerned, I know of no objection to the passage of the bill should its enactment by Congress be desired. Very respectfully,

John C. SCOFIELD, Assistant and Chief Clerk.

CONGRESS

BRIDGE ACROSS THE WABASH RIVER, WABASH, IND.

APRIL 1, 1916.- Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 13669.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 13369) to authorize the county of Wabash, in the State of Indiana, to construct a bridge across the Wabash River, at the city of Wabash, Ind., 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 letter attached and which is made a part of this report.

Amend the bill as follows:

Page 1, line 4, after the word “bridge,” insert the words "and approaches thereto."

Page 1, lines 7 and 8, strike out the words "approved June twentythird, nineteen hundred and ten."

Page 1, line 9, strike out the words “amend an act entitled 'an act to.'

Page 1, line 10, strike out the words “dams across” and insert in lieu thereof the words “bridges over.”

Page 1, lines 10 and 11, strike out the words "June twenty-first" and insert in lieu thereof the words “March twenty-third.”

War DEPARTMENT, March 28, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

The Chief of Engineers reports that H. R. 13669, Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, "To authorize the County of Wabash, in the State of Indiana, to construct a bridge across the Wabash River, at the city of Wabash, Ind.,” is amended as indicated in red on the accompanying copy, makes ample provision for the protection of the interests committed to the War Department; and, as thus amended, the department knows of no objection to the favorable consideration of the bill by Congress, so far as those interests are concerned.

J. B. RANDOLPH, Acting Assistant and Chief Clerk. O

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