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18t Session.

No. 519.

BRIDGE ACROSS THE ALLEGHENY RIVER, WARREN

COUNTY, PA.

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

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 13475.)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 13175) granting the consent of Congress to the county commissioners of Warren County, Pa., to construct a bridge across the Allegheny River in the borough of Warren, county of Warren, in the State of Pennsylvania, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill 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.)

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WAR DEPARTMENT, April 3, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

The Chief of Engineers reports that H, R. 13475, Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, Granting the consent of Congress to the county commissioners of Warren County, Pa., to construct a bridge across the Allegheny River in the borough of Warren, county of Warren, in the State of Pennsylvania,” 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.

John C. SCOFIELD, Assistant and Chief Clerk.

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64TH CONGRESS,

1st Session.

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REPORT
No. 520.

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. 13715.)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 13715) granting the consent of Congress to C. M. Simpson, Z. T. Hedges, J. C. Hackney, and Mark Brown to construct a bridge across Bayou Bartholomew, Ashley County, Ark., having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill 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 5, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

The Chief of Engineers reports that H. R. 13715, Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, “Granting the consent of Congress to C. M. Simpson, 2. T. Hedges, J. C. Hackney, and Mark Brown to construct a bridge across Bayou Bartholo. new, Ashley County, Ark.,” 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.

John C. SCOFIELD,
Assistant and Chief Clerk.

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CONGRESS,

ABROGATE A CONTRACT LEASE, MUSKINGUM RIVER,

OHIO.

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APRIL 11, 1916.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. SUTHERLAND, from the Committee on Interstate and Foreign

Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 4026.)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 4026) authorizing and directing the Secretary of War to abrogate a contract lease of land and water power on the Muskingum River, Ohio, having considered the same, report thereon with amendment, and as so amended recommend that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:

Page 1, line 3, after the word “that” insert the words “ upon the payment of an additional $8,800 by the lessees to the United States Government, to be paid within six months after this act is approved and with the understanding that none of the moneys paid by the lessees to the United States Government shall ever be refunded, and in satisfaction of all claims of both parties and in cancellation of the contract between the parties.

Page 1, line 4, strike out the word “abrogate” and insert in lieu thereof the word “cancel.”

Page 2, lines 1, 2, and 3, strike out the words “ The Secretary of War is hereby directed to collect no rental under lease other than that already paid in full for the first year of the contract.”

Amend the title so as to read: A bill authorizing and directing the Secretary of War to cancel a contract lease of land and water power on the Muskingum River, Ohio.

The facts in regard to the pending bill are these : Pursuant to the act of Congress of August 11, 1888, the Secretary of War leased to W. W. Mills, of Marietta, Ohio, S. D. Camden and Henry H. Archer, of Parkersburg, W. Va., on February 28, 1913, certain land and water power on the Muskingum River in Ohio at dams Nos. 3, 4, 5. and 6 for a period of 22 years, upon the payment of an annual rent of $8,800. The lease was made to the men named after advertising for bids, no other bidders appearing. The lessees named had acted upon a report made by a local engineer, but subsequent to signing the contract and preliminary to making the improvements they contemplated for developing the water power they secured a report from a firm of hydraulic engineers, Messrs. Sanderson & Porter, of New York, upon the feasibility of the plan. The report was distinctly unfavorable and disclosed the fact that for the purpose for which the water power in question was intended to be used, on account of flood waters at certain seasons of the year and a scarcity of water during the summer months and for other reasons given, the plan was not feasible. The lessees had expected to use the power to be developed for the production of electrical power for interurban trolley line purposes.

The fact that the water power was insufficient and uncertain made it impracticable to utilize it where constant energy was needed. It developed that it would be necessary to maintain a 100 per cent reserve combustion power station, and the lessees, after paying a year's rental of $8,800 to the Government, decided to abandon the project. It is not held nor claimed that they have a legal right to ask the abrogation of the lease, but inasmuch as the enforcement of the lease would entail an unnecessary hardship, under the circumstances, your committee has approved the bill, with the amendments suggested above, which provide that an additional year's rental shall be paid and that the money paid on the lease shall not be refunded. All the rights of the Government in and to the water power and land in question are intact and have been in nowise disturbed nor lessened in value. It is possible that the power can be utilized for other purposes not requiring constant application.

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CONGRESS

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. 10849.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 10849) granting the consent of Congress to Ashley County, Ark., to construct a bridge across Bayou Bartholomew, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill 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,

February 23, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

The Chief of Engineers reports that House bill 10849, Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, Granting the consent of Congress to Ashley County, Ark., to construct a bridge across Bayou Bartholomew," at or near the town of Wilmont, Ark., 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.

H. L. Scott, Secretary of War ad interim.

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