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probably have to—be conducted upon ferryboats in at least some sections of the city.

Under these circumstances, largely peculiar to this community, we earnestly urge that no undue impediment be placed in the way of quick and easy ferryboat transportation.

The ferryboats are of a peculiar model and type of construction, especially designed for the transportation of large numbers of people with complete safety-as far as navigation and stability are concerned.

The inclusion of these specially constructed boats under the operation of this bill would necessitate the installation of some mechanical method of counting, individual by individual, the crowds of passengers which necessarily must be transported by them.

The operation of any such mechanical contrivance would, we believe, result in very material delays, which, during the rush hours of morning and evening, would seriously complicate our already complicated transportation problem.

We, therefore, respectfully request that the bill be so amended in committee as to exclude ferryboats from its operation. Yours, very truly,

THE MERCHANTS' ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK By S. C. MEAD, Secretary.

THE TRAFFIC CLUB OF NEW YORK,

New York, February 29, 1916. Hon. Joshua W. ALEXANDER, Chairman Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries,

Washington, D. C.: At a regular meeting of the Traffic Club of New York, held on this date, the following resolution was passed unanimously : Whereas the Traffic Club of New York, an organization composed of twelve

hundred members, representing a large percentage of the industrial, railroad, and steamship interests of the United States, is deeply concerned in

everything pertaining to convenience and safety of the traveling public; and Whereas a bill has been introduced in Congress, known as House bill 4781

and Senate bill 1222, which latter bill, without any hearing, has on the recommendation of the Secretary of Commerce been reported favorably to

the Senate and is now on the Senate Calendar for passage; and Whereas the enactment of this bill would seriously interfere with the con

venience of the traveling public and create a condition of chaos at various railroad and ferry terminals, where absolute safety now exists, by fixing, first, the maximum number of passengers that a ferryboat may carry, and, second, by compelling the counting of all passengers, thus causing a large number of people to miss their trains, and to be delayed in reaching their

business and their homes during the commutation hours; and Whereas we deem the enactment of such a law uncalled for and unnecessary,

and feel that it will not in any way add to the safety of the traveling public: Therefore be it

Resolved, That we earnestly oppose the passage of this bill and ask that it be so amended as to remain as the existing law covering such vessels, for the reason that the existing law has been on our statute books since the foundation of the Steamboat-Inspection Service, and although the ferryboats throughout the country carry a maximum of about 500,000,000 passengers a year, there has never been a loss of life through the sinking of a ferryboat by being overloaded, or as the Supervising Inspector General of the Steamboat-Inspection Service admits, there has never been a serious ferry calamity.

Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Hon. Duncan U. Fletcher, Senator from Florida; the Hon. Joshua W. Alexander, chairman of the Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries; the Hon. James A. O'Gorman and Hon. James W. Wadsworth, Senators from New York; Hon. William Hughes and Hon, James E. Martine, Senators from New Jersey. Attest:

C. A. SWOPE, Secretary. O

BRIDGE ACROSS BAYOU BARTHOLOMEW, ARK.

APRIL 11, 1916.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 12197.)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 12197) authorizing Ashley County, Ark., to construct a bridge across Bayou Bartholomew, having considered the same, report thereon with amendment and as so amended recommend that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:

Page 1, line 7, strike out the words “ seventeen and section twenty," and insert in lieu thereof the words “nineteen, township sixteen, range five west, and section twenty-four."

Page 1, line 8, strike out the word " five" and insert in lieu thereof the word " four."

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.

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(Second indorsement.)

WAB DEPARTMENT,

March 14, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

The Chief of Engineers reports that H. R. 12197, Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, "Authorizing Ashley County, Ark., to construct a bridge across Bayou Bartholomew,” makes ample provision for the protection of the interests committed to the War Department, and I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the bill by Congress so far as those interests are concerned.

The Chief of Engineers calls attention to the fact, however, that there is probably some error in the description of the proposed location of the bridge as, according to maps on file in his oflice, Bayou Bartholomew is several miles distant from the section line mentioned in the bill,

JOHN C. SCOFIELD,

Assistant and Chief Clerk. O

CONGRESS,

EXTENDING TIME TO COMPLETE BRIDGE ACROSS MIS

SISSIPPI RIVER, MEMPHIS, TENN.

APRIL 11, 1916.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

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

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 12999.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 12999) extending the time for the completion of the bridge across the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tenn., authorized by an act entitled “An act to authorize the Arkansas & Memphis Railway Bridge & Terminal Co. to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tenn.," approved August 23, 1912, having considered the same, report thereon with amendment and as so amended recommend that

it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu thereof the following:

That the time for the completion of a bridge now in the course of construction across the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tennessee, which the Arkansas and Memphis Railway Bridge and Terminal Company, its successors or assigns, was authorized to construct, maintain, and operate by an act entitled "An act to amend an act approved July twentieth, nineteen hundred and

twelve, entitled 'An act to authorize the Arkansas and Memphis Railway Bridge and Terminal Company to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the Mississippi River,' approved August twenty-third, nineteen hundred and twelve," be, and the same is hereby, extended to the first day of April, nineteen hundred and seventeen.

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

Amend the title so as to read: A bill extending the time for the completion of the bridge across the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tennessee, authorized by an act entitled "An act to amend an act approved July twentieth, nineteen hundred and twelve, entitled 'An act to authorize the Arkansas and Memphis Railway Bridge and Terminal Company to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the Mississippi River,' approved August twenty-third, nineteen hundred and twelve."

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.

(Second indorsement.)

WAR DEPARTMENT,

April 4, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

The object of the accompanying bill H. R. 12999, Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, is to extend the time for the completion of the bridge of the Arkansas & Memphis Railway Bridge & Terminal Co. across the Mississippi River, at Memphis, Tenn., authorized by act of Congress approved August 23, 1912.

The bill has been amended in red by the Chief of Engineers, to whom it was referred for report, to quote correctly the title of the act of August 23, 1912, authorizing the construction of the bridge, and to eli inate the two provisos in section 1, the occasion or necessity for them not being apparent.

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

John C. SCOFIELD,

Assistant and Chief Clerk. O

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