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18t Session.

No. 467.



APRIL 1, 1916.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the

Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Caraway, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the



(To accompany H. R. 11878.)

The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill H. R. 11878, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass with the following amendments:

Strike out the word “Northeastern,” in line 9, page 2, and insert the word "Northwestern."

At the end of the bill add the following words: Provided, that the Government of the United States shall incurr no expense for rent, light, heat, water, or janitor service for the building in which court shall be held until such time as the Government may erect its own court room.


The new division provided for in this bill, to be known as the central division, will include eight counties, three of the counties being taken from the southeastern division, one from the northwestern division, and four from the southwestern division.

After the boundaries of the different divisions are changed by the passage of this bill the population of each division will be as follows:

Southeastern division,' 109,102; northwestern division, 90,716; southwestern division, from which most of the population of the new division is taken, 146,896; the central division (created by this bill), 85,316.

Jamestown is a city of about 6,000 population, located about midway between Fargo and Bismarck, where terms of the United States court are now held. The distance to Fargo is 92 miles and to Bismarck 102 miles.

The population of the different counties in the proposed central division is as follows:

Dickey, 10,094; Eddy, 5,684; Foster, 6,054; Griggs, 6,567; Lamoure, 11,453; Sheridan, 8,169; Stutsman, 24,091; Wells, 13,204.

The population of North Dakota is likely to increase rapidly in the future, judging from the fact that it was the fifth State in point of increase of population during the period from 1900 to 1910, and also from the fact that less than two-fifths of the area of North Dakota is now under cultivation.

The towns within the proposed central division are for the most part located upon branch lines, not only long distances from the present places for holding United States court, but the railroad connections and train schedules are inconvenient. The following tabulation will show the distance from one point in each of the counties to the present place of holding court and the reduced mileage to Jamestown, the proposed new place for holding a term of court:

Miles La Moure, Lamoure County, to Fargo..

88 La Moure, Lamoure County, to Jamestown.

49 Monango, Dickey County, to Fargo....

124 Monango, Dickey County, to Jamestown.

85 Mose, Griggs County, to Bismarck...

183 Mose, Griggs County, to Jamestown.

81 Carrington, Foster County, to Bismarck..

146 Carrington, Foster County, to Jamestown.

44 New Rockford, Eddy County, to Devils Lake.

78 New Rockford, Eddy County, to Jamestown..

60 Harvey, Wells County, to Bismarck...

190 Harvey, Wells County, to Jamestown..

88 Pingree, Stutsman County, to Bismarck.

102 Pingree, Stutsman County, to Jamestown..

21 McClusky, Sheridan County, to Bismarck.

209 McClusky, Sheridan County, to Jamestown.

107 All points in Griggs County will be made still closer to Jamestown by the new Midland Continental Railway now constructed north as far as Wimbledon.

The members of the bar located within the proposed central district are favorable to the passage of the bill.

United States Judge Amidon, Melvin E. Hildreth, United States attorney, and John Carmody, assistant United States attorney for North Dakota, have recommended its passage.

The establishment of a term of court at Jamestown will, in the judg. ment of the committee, for the reasons stated, result in a saving of both time and money to litigants, and the passage of the bill is recommended.




APRIL 1, 1916.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the

Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. NICHOLLS of South Carolina, from the Committee on Military

Affairs, submitted the following



[To accompany H. R. 13769.)

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The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 13769) to authorize the Secretary of War to supply tents for temporary use of the sufferers from the recent conflagration in Paris, Tex., and for other purposes, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment:

Strike out the word 'food” in line 12 and insert the words and such supplies as in the judgment of the War Department are necessary.”

The following letters and telegrams are attached as part of this report:



House of Representatives. Sir: I have the honor to return herewith bill H. R. 13769, Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, authorizing the Secretary of War to supply tents for temporary use of the sufferers from the recent conflagration in Paris, Tex., and for other purposes, and to advise you that if an appropriation in the sum of $60,000, as contemplated by the bill, is made, this amount, together with the amount which it is understood has been subscribed by the citizens of Paris, Tex., and vicinity, will be ample to cover the cost of the tents, blankets, cots, and food necessary to relieve the sufferers. Very respectfully,


Secretary of War. (Telegram.

Paris, Tex., March 24, 1916.

Washington, D. C.:
Paris, Tex., has population about 16,000, with 10,000 white and 6,000 colored.
Value of property destroyed about $14,000,000, or about 80 per cent of total value of
buildings and personal property of city. White persons homeless, about 4,000;


colored, 4,000. Nearly all these people lost all household goods. Of this number about 4,500 are indigent citizens of Paris. Have furnished emergency shelter for about 6,000 and emergency food supplies for all. Total contributions by citizens, $25,000; contributed by neighboring cities, about $12,000.

Governor has asked your authority to issue tentage; I do not know how much he has. Rations and shelter required as follows: Rations, 800 persons 60 days, and 1,500 persons 30 days; total, 93,000 rations at 30 cents, value $27,900. Food can be bought within 100 miles. Shelter required for 5,000 persons if large pyramidal tents are used, value, $42,000. Cots for 6,000 at $2 is $12,000. Blankets for 2,000 persons at $2 is $4,000. Freight, $600. Expense of distribution $500. Total, $87,000. On hand, $37,000; to be supplied, $50,000. Officials and other leading citizens are devoting attention to relieving public distress to the neglect of their own urgent affairs.

In view of their serious private losses the contributions are very liberal, and to double them would be more than should be expected of a stricken community of this size. The necessity is urgent and I strongly recommend Federal aid. As the shelter should last longer than the life of tents and be semi-permanent, it is recommended that tentage be not furnished, but that a slightly increased money equivalent be given for construction of shacks from paper and cheap lumber. I recommend emergency allotment of $60,000 under appropriations covering above-mentioned purposes. am quartermaster the funds can be invoiced to me. I am working with local committees and will so continue until further orders.


As I


PARIS, TEX., March 24, 1916. Hon. EUGENE BLACK,

House of Representatives, Washington, D, C., Capt. Pickering, of the United States Army, under orders from War Department, has sent to Washington to-night his report. Our relief committee urges upon you, as their Representative, to secure the aid of all Texas Congressmen to secure at once an emergency appropriation to cover the required quick relief to a situation resultant of the most disastrous conflagration that has ever occurred in the South, which equals 80 per cent of the value of the personal property and buildings in Paris. Please see all Texas Congressmen and have action taken at once. We have 8,000 homeless people to take care of, about equally divided, white and black. Immediate action absolutely necessary. Kindly wire relief committee here program.


(J. J. Culbertson, H. P. Mayer, W. M. Milling, H. G. Armstrong, T. L. Beauchamp, E. H. McCuistion, W. A. Collins, T. J. Record, 'H. L. Baker.)

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APRIL 3, 1916.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the

Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. TAYLOR of Colorado, from the Committee on the Public Lands,

submitted the following


(To accompany H. R. 11472.)

Hon. Scott FERRIS,

The Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 11472) to reserve certain lands and make them a part of the Pike National Forest, having had the same under consideration, recommend that the bill do pass.

This bill was referred to the Department of the Interior and to the Department of Agriculture for report, and the reports thereon very fully set forth the object and purpose of the bill and the desirability of this legislation, and your committee believes, from both of those reports and the statements of the Representatives from Colorado, that the city of Black Hawk is eminently entitled to this consideration. The reports referred to are as follows:


Washington, March 13, 1916. Chairman Committee on the Public Lands, House of Representatives. My Dear MR. FERRIS: I am in receipt of your request for report on H. R. 11472, to reserve certain lands in Colorado and make them a part of the Pike National Forest, subject to prior valid adverse rights. The lands proposed to be so reserved are secs. 19 and 30, T. 2 S., R. 72 W., sixth principal meridian, and adjoin the national forest on the east. The records of the General Land Office

show that such sections were surveyed in 1870, are generally nough and mountainous, and that when surveyed the

timber thereon had been practically cleared for use in the mines of Central and Black Hawk; that such sections have an aggregate area of 1,292 acres, 400 acres therein

being embraced in final entries, 80 acres in a recent final homestead, 'and the remainder in old preemption cash entries, and that 120 acres are subject to the

right of way of the Gilpin & Clear Creek Railway. H. R. 653, introduced December 6, 1915, proposes to grant to the city of Black Hawk the right to purchase a portion of the land, namely, S. & NE. 7, S. 4 NW. I, W. SW. sec. 19, N. JNE. NW. t, and N. I'SW. 7 sec. 30, 569.02 acres, for the protection of its water supply, and the lands are now withdrawn in aid 'of such


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