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for the payment of bonuses over the prevailing high market prices for the purpose
of hastening delivery. We expect to have final information on this subject to-morrow
afternoon or Wednesday morning, when we will, in accordance with our promise,
take pleasure in telegrapbing the department, stating what further, if any, reduction
in time can be made.
Very respectfully,


Vice President.
Navy Department, Washington, D. C.



APRIL 5, 1916.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. HOUSTON, from the Committee on the Territories, submitted


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The Committee on the Territories, having had under consideration the bill (H. R. 3085) to ratify, approve, and confirm an act duly enacted by the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii' amending the franchise held by the Honolulu Gas Co. (Ltd.) by extending it to include all the island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, reports the same to the House with recommendation that the bill do pass with the following amendments:

On page 3, line 3, after the words "Public Utilities Commission," insert a period and strike out all the balance of lines 3, 4, and 5.

On page 3, after striking out the language on lines 3, 4, and 5, insert the following:

Sec. 3. The Public Utilities Commission of the Territory of Hawaii is hereby granted the power to order the Honolulu Gas Company, Limited, its successors or assigns, to make extensions of its service lines within the island of Oahu whenever it shall be made to appear that said extension

is a public necessity and that said extension or extensions can be made to earn a reasonable profit on the cost and maintenance of the same: Provided, That all orders of the Public Utilities Commission herein provided for shall be subject to review by the courts of said Territory.

On page 3, line 6, change the number of the section from section 3 to section 4.

This is a bill to authorize the company to extend its service lines beyond the district of Honolulu, and to distribute and supply gas to any other point situated upon the island of Oahu, on which island the city and district of Honolulu is located. Demand for gas for cooking purposes already exists at two of the United States Army posts located on this island, Schofield Barracks, and Fort Kamehameha, and at the United States naval station at Pearl Harbor, all outside the district of Honolulu, to which district the company's original franchise is restricted.

The committee has had amendments made and offered to the original act passed by the Hawaiian Legislature in 1913, authorizing the Public Utilities Commission of Hawaii to order extensions of the company's service where the same shall appear a public necessity and can be made to earn a reasonable profit to the company.

The bill, as passed by the Hawaiian Legislature, and as now reported by your committee, provides for the regulation of rates by the Public Utilities Commission.

As gas would be a desirable and proper convenience both for the Army posts, the naval station, and the public in the community outside of the district of Honolulu, the committee recommends that the bill do pass as amended.





APRIL 5, 1916.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the

Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. SAUNDERS, from the Committee on the Merchant Marine and

Fisheries, submitted the following


[To accompany H. R. 13223.)

The Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries, to whom was submitted the following bill:

A BILL To provide for appeals from decisions of boards of local inspectors of vessels, and for other


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That whenever any person directly interested in or affected by any decision or action of any board of local inspectors of vessels shall feel aggrieved by such decision or action, he may appeal therefrom to the supervising inspector of the district; and a like appeal shall be allowed from any decision or action of a supervising inspector of the Supervising Inspector General, whose decision, when approved by the Secretary of Commerce, shall be final: Provided, however, That application for such reexamination of the case by a supervising inspector or by the Supervising Inspector General shall be made within thirty days after the decision, or action, appealed from shall have been rendered or taken: And provided further, That in alí cases reviewed under the provisions of this act where the issue is the suspension or revocation of the license of a licensed officer such officer shall be allowed to be represented by counsel and to testify in his own behalf.

Sec. 2. That whenever there shall be a disagreement between the local inspectors in regard to any matter before them for decision they shall report the case to the supervising inspector of the district, who shall investigate and decide the same; and any supervising inspector may within thirty days thereafter, upon his own motion, review any decision or action of any board of local inspectors within his district; and in like manner the Supervising Inspector General may within thirty days thereafter review any decision or action of any supervising inspector or board of local inspectors, and the decision of the Supervising Inspector General in such case shall, when approved by the Secretary o. Commerce, be final.

Sec. 3. That any decision or action reviewed by the Supervising Inspector General, or by any supervising inspector, as provided in sections one and two of this act, may be revoked, changed, or modified by such reviewing officer, who shall have power to administer oaths, and to summon and compel the attendance of witnesses by it similar process as in the district courts of the United States; and the disbursing clerk, Department of Commerce, shall pay, on properly certified vouchers, such fees to any

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