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BRIDGE ACROSS THE INTRACOASTAL CANAL, LA.

FEBRUARY 1, 1930.— 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. 8869)

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 8869) granting the consent of Congress to the Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad & Steamship Co., a corporation, its successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad bridge across the Intracoastal Canal, having considered the same, report thereon with an amendment, and as so amended recommend that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:
Page 2, after line 18, add the following as a new section:
Sec. 3. The right to alter, amend, or repeal this act is hereby expressly reserved.

The bill as amended has the approval of the War and Agriculture Departments, as will appear by the letters attached and which are made a part of this report.

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 24, 1930. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the accompanying bill, H. R. 8869, Seventy-first Congress, second session, granting the consent of Congress to the Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad & Steamship Co. to construct a railroad bridge across the Intracoastal Canal, if amended as indicated in red thereon.

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, D. C., January 29, 1930. Hon. James S. PARKER, Chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,

House of Representatives. DEAR MR. PARKER: Careful consideration has been given to the bill, H. R. 8869, transmitted with your letter of January 21, with request for a report thereon and such views relative thereto as the department might desire to communicate.

This bill would authorize the Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad & Steamship Co., its successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad bridge and approaches thereto across the Intracoastal Canal at a point about eighty-seven hundredths of a mile from Houma, in Terrebonne Parish, State of Louisiana. The Secretary of War would be authorized, upon such terms and conditions as he may deem equitable and just to the public, to grant to said company a right of way across the lands of the United States on either side of and adjacent to the said canal, together with the right to occupy so much of said lands as may be necessary for the piers, abutments, and other portions of the bridge and approaches. The right to sell, assign, transfer, and mortgage all rights, powers, and privileges conferred by the bill would be permitted by section 2 thereof.

The bill relates to a railroad bridge and is without objection so far as this department is concerned. However, attention is called to the fact that the provision in section 1 authorizing the Secretary of War to grant privileges over adjacent lands belonging to the United States may conflict with jurisdiction and control over such lands vested by law in other departments of the Federal Government. Sincerely,

R. W. DUNLAP, Acting Secretary. O

BRIDGE ACROSS MISSOURI RIVER AT BOONVILLE, MO.

FEBRUARY 1, 1930.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

merce, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 2668]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (S. 2668) granting the consent of Congress to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Co. to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad bridge across the Missouri River at Boonville, Mo., in substitution for and in lieu of an existing bridge constructed under the authority of an act entitled "An act to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Missouri River at Boonville, Mo.," approved May 11, 1872, 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.

WAR DEPARTMENT, December 18, 1929. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Commerce, United States Senate.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration of the accompanying bill, S. 2668, Seventy-first Congress, second session, granting the consent of Congress to the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Co., to construct a bridge across the Missouri River at Boonville, Mo., in substitution for and in lieu of an existing bridge constructed under the authority of an act entitled “An act to authorize the con. struction of a bridge across the Missouri River at Boonville, Mo.,” approved May 11, 1872, if amended as indicated in red hereon.

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War.

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FEBRUARY 1, 1930.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 9235)

The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 9235) after consideration, reports the same favorably and recommends that the bill do pass.

This bill has the approval of the Attorney General. The enactment of the proposed bill would be to the mutual advantage of both the Department of Justice and the Treasury Department. It will allow the United States Public Health Service to assume the responsibility for all necessary psychiatric and other medical work in the Federal prisons under the control of the Department of Justice. In his communication to the Attorney General approving the bill the Secretary of the Treasury, under date of November 2, 1929, writes as follows:

Your proposal presents a desirable opportunity for further coordinating and increasing the efficiency of Federal public health and medical services and is in keeping with the policies of this and previous administrations. The project has been given serious study and has the sympathetic approval of this department.

The committee earnestly hopes that this bill will receive the approval of the Congress at an early date.

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