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May 29 (calendar day, JUNE 4), 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. BROCK, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 1458]

The Committee on Military Affairs, to which was referred the bill (S. 1458) for the relief of the State of Florida, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that it

do pass.

This bill proposes to relieve the State of Florida from all responsibility and accountability for certain quartermaster property belonging to the War Department, which was lost, damaged, or destroyed in relief work incident to the hurricane which occurred in September, 1928.

The property was in possession of the National Guard of the State of Florida and has been surveyed and its value determined to have been $1,117.64.

Attached hereto and made a part of this report is copy of letter from Hon. Patrick J. Hurley, Secretary of War, addressed to Hon. David A. Reed, chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the United States Senate, in which it be noted that this measure is approved by the War Department.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 8, 1930. Hon. David A. REED, Chairman Committee on Military Affairs,

United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR REED: Careful consideration has been given to the bill (S. 1458) designed for the relief of the State of Florida, which you transmitted to the War Department under date of January 24, 1930, with a request for information and the views of the department relative thereto.

During the Florida flood of September, 1928, the authorities of the State of Florida turned over to the American Red Cross for use in relief work a considerable amount of Federal military property which had been issued to the Florida National Guard. Of the property thus loaned the American Red Cross was unable to return certain articles of quartermaster property.

There is no authority of law for the loan of Federal property issued for use by the National Guard. Such loans, however, are made occasionally by State authorities to meet some overruling demand of humanity to prevent suffering or the loss of life. Section 87, national defense act, requires the State of Florida to reimburse the Federal Government for the property lost as a result of its loans to the American Red Cross unless relief is granted by the Congress. It has been a uniform practice of the Congress to grant relief in cases of this kind in the past.

The approved report of survey shows that the State of Florida is held accountable for property loss valued at $1,017.64. The proposed bill provides relief for the State for property loss valued at approximately $1,117.64, which amount is more than adequate to meet the State's obligation to the Federal Government.

In view of the fact that the property in question was lost as a result of rendering emergency relief during a period of public disaster, it is recommended that the bill be favorably considered. Sincerely yours,

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

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SENATE

71st CONGRESS

2d Session

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REPORT No. 813

DONATING TROPHY GUNS TO VARINA DAVIS CHAPTER NO. 1980, UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY, MACCLENNY, FLA.

MAY 29 (calendar day, JUNE 4), 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. BROCK, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 6348]

The Committee on Military Affairs, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 6348) donating trophy guns to Varina Davis Chapter No. 1980, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Macclenny, Fla., having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that it do pass.

The House report thereon is made a part of this report and reads as follows:

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 6348) donating trophy guns to Varina Davis Chapter No. 1980, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Macclenny, Fla., introduced by Mr. Green, having considered the same, report thereon with the recommendation that it do pass.

The donation of these trophy guns is in accord with the policy of the War Department, as set forth in the following letter from the Secretary of War:

JANUARY 20, 1930. Hon. W. FRANK JAMES, Chairman Committee on Military Affairs,

House of Representatives. DEAR MR. James: Careful consideration has been given to the bill (H. R. 6348) donating trophy guns to Varina Davis Chapter No. 1980, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Macclenny, Fla., which was transmitted to the War Department under date of December 9, 1929, with a request for information and the views of the department relative thereto.

No law exists at present which authorizes the donation of these cannons.

Previous acts of Congress have authorized the Secretary of War, in his discretion, to deliver to certain named schools, colleges, academies, 'Grand Army posts, parks, cemeteries, cities and towns, one or more brass or bronze cannons with carriages and cannon balls, the property to be subject at all times to the order of the Secretary of War. (37 Stat. 508; 38 Stat. 1198; and 39 Stat. 831.)

The two trophy guns in question are now located at Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, N. Y., and, although they are among those already authorized for distribution under the above laws which were enacted more than 10 years ago, their delivery has not yet been requested.

In view of the above, no objection is foreseen on the part of the War Department to the passage of the proposed bill. Sincerely yours,

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War. O

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SENATE

71st CONGRESS

2d Session

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REPORT No. 814

DECLARING JULY 5, 1930, A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN THE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Mar 29 (calendar day, JUNE 4), 1930.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. BLEASE, from the Committee on the District of Columbia,

submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany 8. J. Res. 184]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the joint resolution (S. J. Res. 184) to declare July 5, 1930, a legal holiday for all banks and trust companies, the officials and employees thereof, in the District of Columbia, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon, and recommends that the joint resolution do pass with the following amendments:

In line 4, after the word “holiday”, strike out all the language down to an excluding the word “in”, in line 5.

In line 6, strike out the period and insert the following: for all purposes: Provided, That all employees of the United States Government in the District of Columbia and all employees of the District of Columbia shall be entitled to pay for this holiday the same as on other days.

Amend the title so as to read:

Joint resolution to declare July 5, 1930, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

PURPOSE OF THE RESOLUTION

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The object of this joint resolution is stated in the title as amended. Independence Day this year falls on Friday. On the following day, July 5, it is the understanding of the committee that the Government departments and most of the commercial and mercantile establishments of the city will be closed.

There is considerable doubt, however, that banking houses and similar institutions will be protected against all eventualities should they close on that date without sanction of law.

The committee also believes that per diem employees of the Federal and District Governments in the District should be safeguarded against losing a day's pay for a holiday not provided for by law.

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