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the inland waterway from Norfolk, Va., to Beaufort Inlet, N. C., cuts the public
road leading from Fairfield to Columbia, at an estimated cost of $90,000, with
$5,600 annually for operation and maintenance, the bridge to be constructed
when in the opinion of the Secretary of War it is justified by the needs of land and
water traffic; and a suitable ferry to be maintained and operated by the United
States pending the construction and completion of said bridge.
Very truly yours,

LYTLE BROWN,
Major General, Chief of Engineerse

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COURT FACILITIES AT ROCKINGHAM AND WINSTON.

SALEM, N. C.

FEBRUARY 11, 1932.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. BROWNING, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 6456)

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The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 6456) to release the city of Rockingham, N. C., from the obligation of providing at its own expense a place for holding United States district court, after consideration, reports the same favorably with amendments and recommends that the bill as amended do pass.

Line 4, after the word "amended,” insert the following: “(Sec. 179, Title 28, U. S. C.)"

Line 5, after the word “the”, strike out the balance of the line and also lines 6 and 7 and insert in lieu thereof the following: cities of Winston-Salem and Rockingham shall each provide and furnish at its own expense a suitable and convenient place for holding the district court until Federal buildings containing quarters for the court are erected at such places.

Amend the title of the bill so as to read:
A bill to amend section 98 of the Judicial Code, as amended.

This bill would permit the Department of Justice, in its discretion, to provide Federal court facilities in either of the towns of Rockingham and Winston-Salem, N. C. if and when it is thought justified by the amount of business to be transacted. There is no obligation placed on the department to make such construction, but as the law stands at present the department is forbidden to provide court facilities if needed.

There is attached hereto and made a part of this report a communication from the Attorney General, dated January 19, 1932, to the Hon. Hatton W. Sumners, chairman of the Juduciary Committee, in which he states that he has no objection to the bill as amended.

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,

Washington, D. C., January 19, 1932. Hon. Hatton W. SUMNERS, Chairman Committee on the Judiciary,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN. Further reply is made to your letter of January 12, referring H. R. 6456, to release the city of Rockingham, N. C., from the obligation of providing at its own expense a place for holding the United States district court, to this department for consideration and recommendation thereon.

Section 98 of the Judicial Code as amended (sec. 179, title 28, U. S. C.) provides that sessions of the court for the middle district of North Carolina shall be held at Rockingham, Salisbury, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Wilkesboro, with the following proviso:

Provided, That the cities of Winston-Salem and Rockingham shall each provide and furnish at its own expense a suitable and convenient place for holding the district court.'

Present authorization for the new Federal building to be erected at Rockingham does not include provision for court quarters, and I am informed that the necessary appropriation for such quarters can not be made unless the above. quoted proviso is amended along the lines suggested in the bill.

The amendment, as proposed in this bill, however, does not appear to be advisable. I suggest that the proviso be amended so as to apply equally to both of the cities mentioned therein. This may be accomplished by making the proviso read somewhat as follows:

Provided, That the cities of Winston-Salem and Rockingham shall each provide and furnish at its own expense a suitable and convenient place for holding the district court until Federal buildings containing quarters for the court are erected at such places.'

Amended in the manner suggested, I offer no objection to the enactment of the measure. Respectfully,

William D. MITCHELL,

Altorney General. In compliance with rule 13 as amended, there is printed herewith that portion of the present law which it is proposed to amend by the bill, showing the new language in italics:

Provided, That the cities of Winston-Salem and Rockingham shall each provide and furnish at its own expense a suitable and convenient place for holding the district court until Federal buildings containing quarters for the court are erected at such places.

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DISPOSITION OF USELESS PAPERS IN THE DEPARTMENT

OF COMMERCE

FEBRUARY 12, 1932.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. GREEN, from the Joint Committee on the Disposition of Useless

Executive Papers, submitted the following

REPORT

(On the disposition of useless papers in the Department of Commerce)

The joint select committee of the Senate and House of Representatives, appointed on the part of the Senate and on the part of the House of Representatives, to which are referred the reports of the heads of departments, bureaus, etc., in respect to the accumulation therein of old and useless files of papers which are not needed or useful in the transaction of the current business therein, respectively, and have no permanent value or historical interest, with accompanying statements of the condition and character of such papers, respectfully report to the Senate and House of Representatives, pursuant to an act entitled

An act to authorize and provide for the disposition of useless papers in the executive departments," approved February 16, 1889, as follows:

Your committee has met, and, by a subcommittee appointed by your committee, carefully and fully examined the said reports so referred to your committee, and the statements of the condition and character of such files and papers therein described, and we find and report that the files and papers described in the report of the Department of Commerce to the Seventy-second Congress, first session, dated December 29, 1931, are not needed in the transaction of the current business of such department and bureaus and have no permanent value or historical interest.

We recommend that, as required by law, the Department of Commerce sell as waste paper or otherwise dispose of such files of papers upon the best obtainable terms, after due publication of inviting proposals therefor, and receive and pay the proceeds thereof into the Treasury of the United States and make report thereof to Congress. Respectfully submitted to the Senate and House of Representatives.

R. A. GREEN,

EDWARD H. Wason, Members on the part of the House.

Hiram W. JOHNSON,

DUNCAN U. FLETCHER, Members on the part of the Senate.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,

Washington, December 29, 1931. SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. SPEAKER: Pursuant to the provision of the act of Congress entitled “An act to authorize and provide for the disposition of useless papers in the executive departments," approved February 16, 1889, as amended by the act approved March 2, 1895, I have the honor to report that there is in this department an accumulation of documents and files of papers which are not needed or useful in the transaction of the current business of the department, as shown by the accompanying statement.

The list herein referred to has been submitted to the Librarian of Congress in accordance with the Executive order of March 16, 1912, who reports that the papers in question do not appear to have any historical value.

It is, therefore, recommended that authority be granted for the disposition of the documents and files of paper mentioned, so that they may be sold as waste paper or otherwise disposed of in accordance with law. A similar letter has been addressed to the President of the Senate. Very truly yours,

E. F. MORGAN, Acting Secretary of Commerce.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS,

Washington, December 24, 1991: The CHIEF CLERK,

Department of Commerce, Washington, D. C. Sır: In reply to your letter of December 16, transmitting a list of papers not needed nor useful in the transaction of the current business of the Department of Commerce, which the department wishes to destroy under the terms of the Executive order of March 16, 1912:

The matter has had the attention of the chief of our division of manuscripts, who now reports that this list (returned herewith) seems to indicate no material that needs to be preserved on account of any historical interest. Very respectfully,

HERBERT PUTNAM, Librarian. The following papers on file in the various bureaus of the Department of Commerce are not needed or useful in the transaction of current business and have no permanent value or historical interest:

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF CLERK

Correspondence relating to transportation reservations, refunds, freight rates and

charges, tracers, and departmental exports, prior to January 1, 1930. Applications for positions, prior to 1930. Duplicate copies of letter orders for supplies and equipment, prior to 1930. Correspondence with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. concerning in

stallations, removals, transfers, and changes in telephone equipment, prior to

1930. Duplicate copies of reports from the Steamboat Inspection Service covering acci

dents to vessels, prior to 1930. Reports of tardiness, prior to 1930. Employees' applications for permission to withdraw portion of salary in advance

of pay day, prior to 1930. Correspondence concerning revision of mailing lists, prior to 1930. Duplicate copies furnished by bureaus for ready reference of letters prepared in

the various bureaus and offices of the department for the signature of the

Secretary, Assistant or Acting Secretary, prior to 1930. Requests for publications or information concerning activities of the Departe

ment of Commerce prior to 1930. Routine office correspondence concerning building maintenance, including

painting, repairs, alterations, and the installation of equipment prior to 1930. Reports of employees treated in the emergency room prior to 1930. Reports of building irregularities prior to 1930.

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