Abbildungen der Seite

Section 10 provides that the United States may terminate all rights under the consent after the expiration of 50 years by giving 2 years' notice, either before or after the lapse of the period, and may take over the properties by paying the actual cost of the dam and locks and other aids to navigation, rights, lands, and interests therein, and a reasonable value for all other property, and provides a method of reaching the amount to be paid, such value not to be affected by the franchise, good will, or profits, nor in any case exceed the actual cost. That in case of war or other emergency the United States may take over, temporarily, all of the property and operate it as long as the emergency continues, compensation to be made for such temporary use as provided in this section.

Section 11 provides that if the Government does not exercise its right to take over the property the Secretary of War may renew the approval of plans and specifications, either original or modified, upon terms and conditions authorized by law existing at the time, or may approve plans and specifications for a new grantee, who shall pay the original grantee as provided in section 10.

Section 12 provides that the Secretary of War may approve contracts running beyond the period of the grant and that, in case of any future change in the ownership, those contracts shall be carried out.

Section 13 provides that the person constructing the dam shall be liable for all damage inflicted and the United States in no event shall be liable. Also provides condemnation proceedings and the method therefor.

Section 14 provides for regulation of rates and practices by the Secretary of War when any State in which such structure is situated shall fail to provide any such regulation.

Section 15 provides penalties for failure to comply with terms and conditions or the lawful orders of the Secretary of War and that when a sale occurs to a new owner under process of law the new owner takes under all the terms and conditions and obligations of the original grantee.

Section 16 provides for the examination of books and accounts and all information connected with the business and provides for punishment for false statement.

Section 17 provides that the grantee shall accept all of the conditions of the approval, which shall be expressed as a part of the contract entered into. Nothing, however, shall interfere with the laws of any State relating to the control and distribution and use of water, except for the purpose of promoting navigation.

Section is reserves the right to alter, amend, or repeal without liability on the part of the United States.

Section 19 regulates the method to be pursued by the War Department in leasing the power at dams erected in whole or in part by the Government itself. It contains substantially the same prorisions passed by the House two years ago and continues the method existing as to Government dams for many years, under which the War Department has satisfactorily regulated and leased surplus water at a number of such structures. The War Department reports to the committee that the pending section would regulate the sale of power at quite a number of dams located in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, and Ten

[ocr errors]

nessee. The United States is entitled to receive the largest reasonable revenues accruing from the expenditure of its own money, and the method provided by this section insures this result and prevents injustice and favoritism.

Section 20 prohibits such construction of this act as would revoke or affect any existing terms or rights heretofore granted, but per: mits any such grantee to surrender his rights under the original grant and take a grant of consent for the same purposes under this act.

Section 21 provides this act shall not interfere with irrigation, power dams, or the use of water for municipal purposes, or other projects under the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture on the public lands of the United States.

The committee believes that the passage of the substitute reported herewith would insure development and progress, and at the same time protect the interests of the Government and the interests and rights of the people. Respectfully submitted.


1st Session.

No. 407.

[ocr errors]



MARCH 22, 1916.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

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



[To accompany H. R. 6070.]

The Committee on the Territories, having had under consideration the bill (H. R. 6070) to ratify, approve, and confirm an act duly enacted by the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii amending the franchise held by the Hawaiian Electric 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 4, line 19, after the word "Commission," insert a period and strike out all the balance of lines 19, 20, and 21.

On page 4, after striking out the language on lines 19, 20, and 21, insert the following:

Sec. 5. The Public Utilities Commission of the Territory of Ilawaii is hereby granted the power to order the Hawaiian Electric Company, Limited, its successors or arigns, 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 4, line 22, change the number of the section from section 5 to section 6.

This is a bill to authorize the company to extend its service lines beyond the district of Honolulu, and to distribute and supply electric light and power to any other point situated upon the island of Oahu, on which island the city and district of Honolulu is located. Demand for electric current for lighting and power 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. In addition

to the demand from the Federal posts, there is a like present demand from one of the large pineapple canneries, and from the Federal Wireless Co., which company has its wireless station located on the sea coast outside of the district of Honolulu.

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 an electric light and power service 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.

[ocr errors]


[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

MARCH 23, 1916.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

[ocr errors]


Mr. CLARK of Florida, from the Committee on the Library, submitted

the following


[To accompany S. 888.)

that it do pass.

The Committee on the Library, having had under consideration the bill S. 888, report it back to the House with the recommendation

This bill merely proposes to give to Mr. Jordan the recognition that would have come to hím under the statute for the award of life-saving medals had the rescue not taken place in foreign waters on a foreign boat.

The circumstances are set forth in the following extract from a Japanese newspaper:

In connection with the visit of the Cleveland round-the-world tourists, it is learned that the Kofu-Kai, of Osaka, has presented a memorial gift to Mr. Marcus A. Jordan, of Baltimore, whose heroic deed in the Java Sea has been reported in the Japan Times. The Osaka Society, whose work is to give full appreciation and recognition to anything done for the betterment of society, has awarded the brave youth of Baltimore a gift and a letter, which reads as follows:

OSAKA, JAPAN, January 8, 1912. Mr. Marcus JORDAN,

Baltimore, U. S. A. SIR: In recognition of your heroism we, the Kofu-Kai, of Osaka, Japan, are pleased to present you with a memorial gift herewith.

It is with the greatest pleasure that we record your heroic deed. The event took
place on the 16th day of December, 1911. _The Hamburg-American liner Cleveland
Fas then sailing in the Java Sea for the Far East. One of the passengers threw herself
overboard near the island of Java. Seeing the critical situation, you volunteered to
save her by leaping into the surging sea. It was with greatest courage and firmest
determination that you fought your way out of the threatening dangers. Your bravery
is still more to be admired when you willingly exposed yourself to danger by leaping
into the sea infested by sharks. Your heroism deserves to be recorded and recognized
in full.

Therefore we are pleased to present you herewith an emblem of our appreciation of
your deed.
Yours, truly,


President of the Kofu-Kai.
HR-64-1-vol 2-9


« ZurückWeiter »