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ENBOIXEn BILLS SIGNED
The message also announced that the Speaker had affixed his signature to the following enrolled bills, and they were signed by the Vice President:
S. 2463. An act to amend an act entitled "An act for the purchase of a tract of land adjoining the United States target range at Auburn, Me.," approved May 19, 1926;
H. 11.3470. An act granting relief of Havert S. Scaly and Porteus R. Burke;
H. R. 8314. An act to amend an act of Congress approved March 4, 1927 (Public, No. 795, 69th Cong.), to provide for appointment as warrant officers of the Regular Army of such persons as would have been eligible therefor but for the interruption of their status, caused by military service rendered by thi m as commissioned officers during the World War;
H. R. 1015!). Aii act granting pensions and Increase of pensions to widows and former widows of certain soldiers, sailors, and marines of the Civil War, and for other purposes;
H. R. 10303. An act to provide for the construction or purchase of two L boats for the War Department;
H. R. 10364. An act to provide for the construction or purchase of two motor mine yawls for the War Department;
H. R. 10365. An act to provide for the construction or purchase of one heavy seagoing Air Corps retriever for the War Department; and
H. U. 10786. An act authorizing surveys and investigations to determine the best methods and means of utilizing the waters of the Gila River and its tributaries above the San Carlos Reservoir in New Mexico and Arizona.
PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS
The VICE PRESIDENT laid before the Senate a resolution adopted by the Investment Bankers Association of America, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:
Whitb Hdlfhur Springs, \V. Va., May 16, 1928. Hon. Charles G. Dawks,
Vice President United State*:
The board of governors of the Investment Bankers Association of America at its regular meeting held at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., May 16, 1928, adopted the following resolution:
"Resolved, That we condemn the principles embodied In the Norrls Mil (S. 3151) now pending In the Senate of the United States as imperiling the security of the property rights and the protection which property rights now have under the Federal Constitution, and which they always have enjoyed under the Federal Constitution even If Congress were hindered by no constitutional limitation. Wo feel that It would be unwise in the extreme to take away from the Federal courts their power to prevent invasion of rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution and leave the protection of such rights to the State courts. Past experience has proved that access to the Federal courts for the protection of rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution and to protect nonresidents against local prejudice is essential to investors' safety. It is a right which in the past investors have relied upon for the safety of their investments, and to now take away tliat essential right would be unfair to investors who in good faith relied upon the right at the time they invested their money."
Uknky R. turns. President Investment Bankers AsnociaHon of America.
The VICE PRESIDENT also laid before the Senate a communication In the nature of a memorial from John P. Turner, chairman committee on legislation American Veterinary Medical Association, remonstrating against the proposed increase in the tax on veterinarians, which was ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. HARRISON presented the following concurrent resolution of the Legislature of the State of Mississippi, which was ordered to lie on the table:
State Of Mississippi,
I, Walker Wood, secretary of state of the State of Mississippi, do hereby certify that the within and attached is a true and correct copy of House Concurrent Resolution 20, acts of the Legislature of the State of Mississippi of 192S, the enrolled act, of which Is now on file and a matter of record In this office.
Given under my hand and the great seal of the State of Mississippi this the 12th day of May, 1028.
[seal.] Walkkr Wood,
Secretary of State.
House Concurrent Resolution 20, memorializing Congress to pass the Tyson and Fitzgerald bills regarding disabled emergency officers
Whereas of the nine classes of officers who served In the World War, eight classes, namely: Regular officers of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps; provisional officers of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps; and
emergency officers of the Navy and Marine Corps, have been granted by Congress the privilege of retirement for disability when incurred In line of duty, leaving only the disabled emergency officers of the Army without such retirement privileges; and
Whereas there is now pending before the Congress of the United States measures known as the Tyson bill (S. 777) and the Fitzgerald bill (II. R. BOO), to correct this apparent Injustice to the disabled National Guard and other emergency officers of the World War; and
Whereas such proposed legislation is equitable and Keeks to do a long delayed Justice to a class of worthy disabled officers of the World War entitled because of their service, their wounds, and disabilities Incurred therefrom to the same consideration und privileges as men of their rank who performed like service, but were of the Regular Army; and
Wherens an overwhelming number of the Members of Congress since the armistice have promised to correct this Injustice to disabled emergency Aruiy officers by the enactment of legislation designed to adjust the unfair condition imposed upon this one remaining class of officers: Be It
Resolved, That the Legislature of Mississippi urge upon its legislators in tho National Congress the importance and desirability of speedily passing such legislation; and be it further
Resolved, That copies of this resolution be sent to each Senator and Representative In the Congress from the State of Mississippi.
Adopted by the house of representatives February 24, 1028.
Adopted by the senate April 16, 1928.
Mr. VANDENRERG presented resolutions adopted by the common council of the city of Detroit, Mich., which were referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: Copy of a resolution adopted by the common council of the city of
Detroit on April 24 in regular session, setting forth the opposition
of the council to any change in the present methods of developing
the waterways of the country as proposed by bill H. R. 8127, known
as the Wyant bill, by Councilman Kronk
River anil harbor engineering and construction work has been directed and administered for more than 100 years by the United States Corps of Engineers.
They arc thoroughly familiar with the engineering and construction work of the Government the country over and are free from political Influence.
In the Great'Lakes district alone they have directed the expenditures of more than $100,000,000 In the improvement of the harbors and navigable rivers in a manner that has been entirely satisfactory to the people of the Lake States. Measured In savings to the public, this expenditure has paid aud is paying each year 100 per cent Interest on the investment.
The annual water-borne commerce of the Nation Is now approximately 550,000,000 tons, valued at approximately 527,000,000,000. This vast commerce, dependent on adequate waterways, is too Important to be Intrusted to anyone who has not had the practical experience of the Army engineers.
They are recruited from year to year from the most efficient graduates of the United States Military Academy and through the peerless code of honor inculcated there they are preeminently qualified for the service of the Government.
It Is vital to the safety of the Nation that during peace these engineers be given practical experience In river and harbor construction go that In war they will have information aud experience of an indispensable character that could not be obtained otherwise.
Their long record of loyal, faithful, efficient, and honorable public service in all of their activities Inspires not only the admiration and confidence of the American people but the earnest hope that they may be permitted to continue to direct and administer all river aud harbor works: Therefore be It
Resolved, That the common council of the city of Detroit declares their unqualified opposition to any change In the present methods of developing the waterways of the Nation, which would in any way lessen the authority or responsibility of the United Stales Army engineers in this connection; and be it
Resolved further, That we are therefore opposed to the provisions of II. R. 8127, commonly known as the Wyant bill, which proposes to transfer river and harbor improvement, the duties of the United States Chief of Engineers pertaining thereto, aud Jurisdiction over navigable waters from the War Department to the Interior Department; therefore be it
Resolved further, That we request our Representatives In Congress to do everything within their power to defeat the said provisions of this bill.
Adopted as follows:
Yeas: Councilmen Bradley, Callahan, Castator, Dlngeman, Ewald, Kronk, IJUIefleld, Walters, and the president—0.
Mr. NORBECK. I present a letter from William Hirth. publisher and editor of the Missouri Farmer, as chairman of the Corn Belt Committee, to Got. Howard M. Gore, of West Virginin, and resolutions adopted by the Corn Belt Committee, which I ask may be referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry and printed in the Record.
There being no objection, the letter and accompanying resolutions were referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry and ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: [William Hlrtb, publisher and editor the Missouri Farmer, Missouri's greatest farm paper]
Columbia, Mo., May 15, JSSS. Gov. Howard M. Gobh,
Charleston, W. Va.
My Dear Governor: As one who bus spent long, weary months in Washington during the last six years in connection with the great struggle for a square deal for agriculture at the hands of the Government, and as chairman of the Corn Belt Committee, which represents more than a million organized farmers reaching from Indiana to Montana, I am deeply interested in the approaching presidential contest— nnd I say this because I have come to the conclusion that never was it eo important for agriculture to have a friend in the White House as during the next four years. In other words, we not only need a President who is willing to sign an effective farm-relief measure but one who is in deep sympathy with such legislation, and who will therefore lend the full power of his great office to its successful administration.
And in this connection I was surprised some days ago to leurn (on apparently reliable authority) that you are sponsoring the candidacy of Herbert Hoover in the approaching primary in West Virginia—and because of the pleasant personal relations which existed between us some years ago I trust you will be willing to give consideration to the following comment which I desire to have you regard in the nature of an open letter to the farmers of your State. I recall with much admiration the splendid service you rendered to the Missouri Farmers' Association at the National Stockyards at Kast St. Louis some years ago when you were connected with the United States Department of Agriculture. This service came at a time when our Livestock Commission Co. was fighting with its back to the wall—you stood fearlessly for a square deal to the farmer on that occasion, and, recalling this incident as vividly as I do, I am all the more puzzled by your reported sponsorship for Mr. Hoover at a time when our great agricultural industry is threatened with almost complete collapse, and when the fnrmers of West Virginia and of the whole Nation need true friends in high places as never before.
I regard Mr. Hoover as the most sinister and relentless enemy the farmers of this country have ever known, and I base this conclusion upon two general grounds—first, because as food administrator during the World War he did everything In his power to depress the price of farm commodities, and this at a time when the shout that "Food will win the war" filled the land morning, noon, and night; and, secondly. I make this charge because during the administrations of both 1'resident Harding and President Coolldge. Hoover has been a relentless enemy of the McNary-Haugen bill, which is the only measure that has been offered in the history of Congress that promises to place the farmers of this country on an even footing with the great organized forces that fix their costs of production.
I know that sinco he has become a candidate for the Republican nomination fur President, a frantic effort has been made to "whitewash" his World War record, but this record is so Indelibly written in the memories of men, and upon the pages of recorded events, that all such efforts will fail dismally. Only recently I supplied an article to the press which told in detail of his duplicity to the livestock producers (luring the war, and even so bis arbitrary Interpretation of the minimum price of wheat, as fixed by Congress as a maximum price, these facts can not be explained away by all the political whitewashers in Christendom—the simple truth of the matter is that Mr. Hoover came over here from England to act as food administrator, and for reasons best known to himself he started out to buy food as cheaply as possible, and that in carrying out this ruthless policy hu deprived the farmers of this country of hundreds of millions of dollars which justly belonged to them; of this there not the slightest doubt.
And, now. don't misunderstand me ou this score—I don't mean that our fnrmers had a right to expect to make money out of the war, but I do think they were at least entitled to fair production cost, and especially so at a time when we were breeding new millionaires by the hundreds in all other fields of war activity.
. Furthermore, no one needs to take my word about Hoover In these promises, for men like ex-Gov. Gifford Pinchot, of Pennsylvania; Edward ('. I.assiter. of Texas; John Simpson, of Oklahoma; and dozens of other men of standing, who were intimately connected with his war activities, will join me in pronouncing him the greatest enemy tliat American nfiriculturc has ever encountered.
And here let me nay also, that If by any chance he should be nominated at Kansas City, Governor Smith, or whoever the Democrats may nominate at Houston, will be the next President of the United States— the rising and selling of tlie sun Is not more certain than this, for the farmers of the great Corn Belt States will smite him hip and thigh; they will take his nomination as an open affront to agriculture, and thus the old party lines will look as If a cyclone bad struck him.
And In proof of this I need only cite the recent primaries In Ohio and Indiana, where the vote for Hoover was confined to the big cities, and where be failed to carry a single rural congressional district.
The old saying that you can lead a horse to water, bat that yon can not make him drink applies to the present instance—they may put Hoover across at Kansas City, but as certain as they do the farmers of the country will teach the Republican leaders a lesson they will not forget in 50 years. And therefore feeling as deeply about the matter as I do, I hope the farmers of West Virginia will give their overwhelming support to Senator Gorr In your coming primary—and In this connection I want to say that as chairman of the Corn Belt Committee, which has taken such a leading part in the farm-relief struggle In Washington, I have addressed communications similar to this to the farmers of other States, and from the results in the primaries in these States I have ample reason to believe that my appeals have not fallen wholly upon deaf ears.
And now, In conclusion, permit me to say that I realize your eminent right to be your own judge In these premises, nor have I the slightest desire to question your motives. But In an hour when the American farmer is desperately fighting against peasantry, and when I am reminded of the fact that since the close of the World War the farm debt of the Nation has Increased from four and a half billion dollars to more than $12,000,000,000, and that during this period farm values of all kinds have shrunk In the staggering gum of more than $20,000,000,000—when I think of these tragic things and the degree to which Herbert Hoover Is responsible for them, then I am resolved to warn ray fellow fnrmers against him, and this whether it be In the Corn Belt or in the distant States. With kind personal regards,
Speaking for more than a million organized farmers reaching from Indiana to Montana, the Corn Belt Committee hereby serves notice upon the leaders of the Republican Party that if by any chance Herbert Hoover should be nominated for President at the forthcoming Kansas City convention, that the great Corn Belt States will be found solidly against him. The farm vote easily constitutes a balance of power in such States as Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and the Northwest, and remembering the perfidy of Hoover to the farmer during the World War, and the sinister and relentless attitude he has maintained toward farm relief legislation during the Harding and Coolidge administrations, nothing is more certain than that In the event of his nomination, the farmers of the above States will utterly Ignore party lines in their determination to consign this mnn to private life for all time to come. Therefore we not only protest against his nomination but we give fair warning to the Republican leaders of what they may expect If such an affront is offered to the farmers of the Nation.
We have not forgotten the shout that "Food will win the war." and the manner In which the farmers of America responded to that appeal will ever stand as an imperishable monument to their patriotism. And yet no sooner did the producers of wheat and livestock and of other farm commodities go to the rescue of their country in its hour of peril, when through the activities of Mr. Hoover as Food Administrator, prices were controlled or depressed to an extent that defrauded these producers out of hundreds of millions of dollars which justly belonged to them—and this at a time when the gunmakers and powder manufacturers and other suppliers of war material were rewarded on the notorious and indefensible plan of 10 per cent plus cost. That under these circumstances intelligent and responsible party leaders should seriously propose Mr. Hoover as a presidential nominee is hardly believable, and can be reconciled only upon the assumption that the farmers of this country possess neither memories nor self-respect.
We hereby serve notice on the leaders of both political parties that the farmers of the great food producing areas of the United States will look with extreme disfavor upon any candidate for presidential honors, whose past actions nnd present attitude brand him as unfriendly or unsympathetic toward the inequality with other industries under which we have been laboring the past seven .vears. Self-appointed leaders of both parties should realize that we have reached the point where political lines can be easily broken or even wiped out.
SHOOTING OF JACOB D. HANSON
Mr. COPELAND profited resolutions adopted by Rntavia Lodge, No. 050, Benevolent anil Protective Order of Elks. Biitavia, N. Y., relative to the shooting of Jacob D. Hanson, which were referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:
Batavia Lodge No. 050.
Batai-ia, .V. Y.. May IS, 1938.
We, th« undersigned past exalted rulers of the Batavla Lodge of Kits, have been authorized to draft this resolution In the form of a protest by the members of our lodge against the uncalled-for attack and shooting of one Jacob D. Hanson, secretary of the Niagara Falla Ijodpe of Elks, by two Coast Guardsmen in the employ of the United Stateg Government, who made this attack on Brother Hanson on the Jy wlston hill early Sunday morning, May 0.
We hereby characterize the shooting of Mr. Hanson as a most cruel and wanton net, without any reasonable excuse whatsoever in the conduct of these two Coast Guardsmen, who, we understand, were disyuixed in their form of dress so that they appeared as highwaymen rather than Government representatives.
Rctolrcil, That the Butavia Lodge of Elks hereby protests to th« United States Government atfninst such methods as were employed by these Coast Guardsmen on the public highway. The shooting of Mr. Ilansou was a most deplorable affair. He had a right on the highway, a* hurt' other citizens, without being molested, and we herewith appeal to our Government to cause a prompt investigation of all circumstances surrounding this tragedy and that those guilty of the crippling for life, If not death, of Mr. Hanson be punished accordingly; be It further
Resolved, That we, as Elks, together with all other good citizens of the State of New York and of the United States, arc most desirous thnt the laws be lived up to, but that the methods employed, as in the case of Mr. Hanson, be immediately abolished and that the highways in our fair State be made safe for its citizens to travel upon without being molested or shot at.
Albert F. Kleps,
Pait Exalted Rulen.
"THE ASHURST AMENDMENT"
Mr. ASHURST presented letters relative to corapeusation of ex-service men of tlie World War, which were referred to the Committee on Finance aud ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:
May 2, 1028. Hon. Frank T. Hises.
Director United States Veterans' Bureau,
Washington, D. C.
Dkab General Uixes: When H. R. 12175 was pending In the Senate of the Sixty-ninth Congress I offered the following amendment, which amendment was adopted by the Senate aud which became a part of Public, No. 448, and for the lack of a better description has come to be known as the Ashurst amendment, to wit:
"That any ex service person shown to have had a tuberculosis disease of a compensablc degree, who, in the Judgment of the director, has reached a condition of complete arrest of his disease, shall receive compensation of not less than $50 per month: Provided, ftoicerer. That nothing in this provision shall deny a beneficiary the right to receive a temporary total rating for six months after discharge from a one year's period of hospltalizatlon: Provided further, That no payments under this provision shall be retroactive and the payments hereunder shall commence from the date of the passage of this act or the date the disease reaches a condition of arrest, whichever be the later date."
Will you please Inform me as to the number of ex-service men now receiving compensation under the provisions of my amendment; and also please further advise me as to the gross sum of money (compensation) which to date has been paid to ex-service men under and by virtue of this Ashurst amendment? Sincerely yours,
HlNBT F. AsHPHST.
Washington, Uav t, 19&. Hon. Henry F. Ashcust,
United States /Senate, Washington, D. G.
My Dk.\h Senator Ashurst: This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of May 2. 1928, requesting Information as to the number of beneficiaries, and the cost, under the provision allowing the $50 statutory award.
Yon arc advised that 39,034 veterans are receiving this statutory award at the present time. To date this legislation has caused an expenditure of approximately $28,800,000. Very truly yours,
Frank T. Hixes, Director.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
Mr. KING, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the views of the minority to accompany the bill (H. R. 9024) to authorize the appointment of stenograpliers in the courts of the United States and to fix their duties and compensation, which was ordered to lie printed as part 2 of Report No. 1180.
Mr. MOSES, from the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads, to which was referred the bill (S. 2294) to amend the first paragraph of section 7 of the act entitled "An act reclassifying the salaries of postmasters and employees of the Postal Service, readjusting their salaries and compensation on an
equitable basis, increasing postal rates to provide for such readjustment, and for other purposes," approved February 28, 1925, reported It with amendments.
Mr. KENDRICK, from the Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation, to which were referred the following bills, reported them each with amendments and submitted reports thereon:
A bill (S. 4804) to provide for the storage for diversion of the waters of the North Plutto River and construction of the CasperAlcova reclamation project (Rept. No. 1184) ; aud
A bill (S. 43015) to provide for the storage for diversion of the waters of the North Platte River and construction of the Saratoga reclamation project (Rept. No. 1185).
Mr. NYE, from the Committee on Public Lands and Surveys, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 12038) to authorize the acquisition of certain patented land adjoining the Yoseniite National Park boundary by exchange, and for other purposes, reported it without amendment and submitted a report (No. 1180) thereon.
Mr. SMOOT, from the Committee on Public Lauds and Surveys, to which were referred the following bills, reported them cai-h without amendment and submitted reports thereon:
.A bill (S. 1314) to authorize the Secretary of War to secure for the United States title to certain private lauds contiguous to and within the militia target range reservation, State of Utah (Rept. No. 1187) ; and
A bill (H. R. 12706) for the relief of the town of Springdale, Utah (Rept. No. 1188).
Mr. TYDINUS, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to which were referred the following bills, reported them severally without amendment and submitted reports thereon:
A bill (S. 3632) for the relief of Commodore J. M. Moore, United States Coast Guard, retired (Rept. No. 1189);
A bill (H. R. 1406) granting six mouths' pay to Lucy B. Knox (Rept. No. 1190);
A bill (II. R. 2477) for the relief of Joseph S. Carroll (Rept. No. 1191) ; aud
A bill (H. R. 2494) granting six months' pay to Vinceuthi V. Irwin (Rept. No. 1192).
Mr. SHEPPARD, from the Committee on Commerce, to which were referred the following bills, reported them severally without amendment and submitted reports thereon:
A bill (S. 4438) authorizing the State of Indiana to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the Ohio River at or near Evansville, Ind. (Rept. No. 1193);
A bill (S. 4439) to extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Ohio River nt or near Evansville, Ind. (Rept. No. 1194);
A bill (H. It. 32031) to extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge across the Rio Grande River at or near a point 2 miles south of the town of Tornillo, Tex. (Rept No. 1195);
A bill (H. R. 12100) to amend the act entitled "An act granting the consent of Congress to the Gateway Bridge Co. for construction of a bridge across the Rio Grande between Brownsville, Tex., and Matamoros, Mexico," approved February 26, 1926 (Rept. No. 1196);
A bill (H. R. 12571) granting the consent of Congress to the State Highway Commission, Commonwealth of Kentucky, to construct, maintain, and operate a toll bridge across the Cumberland River at or near lukn, Ky. (Rept. No. 1197);
A bill (H. R. 12623) granting the consent of Congress to the Louisiana Highway Commission to construct, maintain, and operate a free highway bridge across the Sabine River at or near Starks, La. (Rept. No. 1198);
A bill (H. R. 12806) authorizing .T. II. Hnrvell, his heirs, legal representatives, and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across New River at or near McCreory, Raleigh County, W. Va. (Rept. No. 1199) ; and
A bill (H. R. 12913) to extend the times for commencing and completing the construction of a bridge acrows the Allegheny River at or near the borough of Eldred, McKeau County, Pa. (Rept. No. 1200).
Mr. SHEPPARD also, from the Committee on Commerce, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 12877) authorizing the Los Olmos International Bridge Co., its successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the Rio Grande River at or near Weslaco, Tex., reported it with an amendment, and submitted a report (No. 1201) thereon.
Mr. SHEPPARD also (for Mr. Dale), from the Committee on Commerce, to which were referred the following bills, reported them severally without amendment and submitted reports thereon:
A bill (H. R. 5475) authorizing the New Cumberland Bridge Co., its successors and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the Ohio River at or near New Cumberland, W. Va. (Rept No. 1202);
A bill (H. R. 11917) granting the consent of Congress to the county of Cook, State of Illinois, to widen, maintain, and operate the existing bridge across the Little Calumet River in Cook County, State of Illinois (Rept. No. 1203);
A bill (II. R. 11980) granting the consent of Congress to the Fisher Lumber Corporation to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad bridge across the Tensas River in Louisiana (Rept. No. 1204) ; and
A bill (H. It. 12235) authorizing B. F. Peek, G. A. Shallberg, and C. I. Josephson, of Moline, 111.: J. W. Bettendorf, A. J. Russell, and J. L. Ilecht, of Betteudorf and Davenport, Iowa, their heirs, legal representatives, and assigns, to construct, maintain, and operate a bridge across the Mississippi River at or near Tenth Street in Betterndorf, State of Iowa (Rept. No. 1205).
Mr. HALE, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to which were referred the following hill and joint resolution, reported (hem each with an amendment and submitted reports thereon:
A bill (H. R. 12094) authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to provide an escort for the bodies of deceased officers, enlisted men, and nurses (Rcpt. No. 1206) ; and
Joint resolution (H. J. Res. 47) for the relief of Mary M. Tilghinan, former widow of Sergt. Frederick Coleman, deceased, United States Mtirine Corps (Rept No. 1207).
Mr. SWANSON, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 5910) for the relief of Ralph Ole Wright and Varina Belle Wright, reported it without amendment and submitted a report (No. 1208) thereon.
Mr. METCALF, from the'Committee on Patents, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 5527) to prevent fraud, deception, or improper practice in connection with business before the United Slates Patent Office, and for other purposes, reported it without amendment and submitted a report (No. 1209) thereon.
Mr. NOHBECK, from the Committee on Pensions, to which was referred the bill (H. H. 13563) granting pensions and increase of pensions to certain soldiers and sailors of the Regular Army and Navy, etc., and certain soldiers and sailors of wars other than the Civil War, and to widows of such soldiers and sailors, reported it with amendments and submitted a report (No. 1210) thereon.
Mr. THOMAS, from the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, to which was referred (he bill (S. 8484) for the conservation of rainfall in the United States, reported it without amendment and submitted a report (No. 1211) thereon.
ENROLLED BILLS PRESENTED
Mr. GREENE, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reiwrted that this day that committee presented to the President of the United State* the following enrolled bills:
S. 1828. An act to amend the second paragraph of section 5 of the national defense act, as amended by the act of September 22, 1922, by adding thereto a provision that will authorize the names of certain graduates of the general service schools and of the Army War College, not at present eligible for selection to the General Staff Corps eligible list, to be added to that list;
8.182ft. An act to authorize the collection, in monthly installments, of indebtedness due the United States from enlisted men, and for other purposes;
S. 3463. An act to recognize commissioned service in the Philippine Constabulary in determining rights of officers of the Regular Army;
S. 3752. An act to amend section 3 of an act entitled "An act authorizing the use for permanent construction at military I>osts of the proceeds from the sale of surplus War Department real property, and authorizing the sale of certain military reservations, and for other purposes," approved March 12, 1926; and
S. 4210. An act to authorize the adjustment and settlement of claims for armory drill pay.
Rills were introduced, read the first time, and, by unanimous consent, the second time, and referred as follows:
By Mr. STECK:
A bill (S. 4492) for the relief of Harry E. Craven; to the Committee on Claims.
By Mr. CAPPER:
A bill (S. 4493) to provide for the acquisition, Improvement, equipment, management, operation, maintenance, and disposition of a civil air field and any appurtenances, inclusive of repairs, lighting and communication systems, and all structures of »tiy kind deemed necessary and useful in connection therewith; to the Committee on the District of Columbia.
By Mr. NORRIS:
A bill (S. 4494) to establish Federal prison camps; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Mr. JOHNSON:
A bill (S. 4490) granting an increase of pension to SaHie C. Driseoll;
A bill (S. 4496) granting an increase of pension to Louise A. Sefert; and
A bill (S. 4497) granting an increase of pension to Samuel M. Thurnburg: to the Committee ou Pensions.
By Mr. WHEELER:
A bill (S. 4498) to amend section 19 of the World War veterans' act, 1924, as amended, to remove the bar of statutes of limitations in actions on insurance policies; to the Committee on Finance.
By Mr. COUZENS:
A bill (S. 4499) to apportion the electors in the election of President and Vice President and to enforce the provisions of Article II, section 1, clause 2, of the Constitution of the United States; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Mr. WATSON:
A bill (S. 4500) to amend paragraph (11) of section 20 of the interstate commerce act, as amended; to the Committee ou Interstate Commerce.
By Mr. VANDENBERG:
A biU (S. 4501) to provide for the preservation of Fort Wayne as a national park and museum, to commemorate the winning of the Northwest Territory, and for other purposes • to the Committee on Military Affairs.
HOUSE BILL REFERRED
The bill (H. R. 13512) to amend the act entitled "An act to create the Inland Waterways Corporation for the purpose of carrying out the mandate and purpose of Congress, as expressed in sections 201 and 500 of the transportation act, and for other purposes," approved June 3, 1924, was read twice by its title and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
AMENDMENT TO TAX REDUCTION BILL—CALL LOANS
Mr. NORBECK submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to House bill 1, the tax reduction bill, which was ordered to lie on the table and to be printed.
AMENDMENT OK COTTON FUTURES ACT
Mr. SMITH submitted an amendment in the nature of a substitute intended to be proposed by him to the bill (S. 4411) to amend the United States cotton futures act, approved August 11, 1916, as amended, by providing for the delivery of cotton tendered on futures contracts at certain designated spot-cotton markets, by defining and prohibiting manipulation, by providing for the designation of cotton-futures exchanges, and for other purposes, which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry and ordered to be printed.
AMENDMENT TO DEFICIENCY APPROPRIATION BILL
Mr. JONES submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to House bill 13873, the second deficiency appropriation bill, which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed, as follows:
Insert at the proper place:
"Navy yard, Bremerton, Wash.: For const ruction of a dock and accessories:
"To enable the Secretary of the Navy to pay to Stllwcll Bros. (Inc.), who were subcontractors under a flxed-unit-price contract, No. 2381, with the Bureau of Yards and Docks, for loss sustained by it in performance of said contract, $27,186.68, or so much thereof as may be shown by audit of the subcontractor's books by the Navy Department."
INVESTIGATION OF PUBLIC UTILITY VALUES IN THE DISTRICT
Mr. BLAINE submitted the following resolution (S. Res. 236), which was referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia:
Whereas valuation of the property of the Washington Railway & Electric Co. and Its subsidiaries, the City & Surburban Kallway of Washington, and the Georgetown & Tennallytowu Railway Co.. as decided December 4, 1919, by the Public Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia as then constituted has been protested by the carriers as not being representative of current conditions; and
Whereas a valuation of the Capital Traction Co. has been mode, as decided September 4, 1919, by the aforesaid Public Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia, and beinu protested by the carrier was appealed in accordance with paragraph 64 of the act of March 4. 11(13, creating the Public Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia, and a decree thereon has been entered by the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia; and
Whereafi the Washington Rapid Transit Co., a public utility operating in the District of Columbia, has not as yet been valued, although petitions fixing the rates for this carrier have bron granted by the L"ubllc Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia; and
Whereas a valuation of the Potomac Electric Power Co. lias been made and a report Ihereon published by the Public Utilities Commission of the District oC Columbia and an order thereon entered March 21, 1017, said order being appealed to the courts and finally compromised before (lie Supreme Court of the District of Columbia in a decree entered the 31st day of December, 1924, with the consent of the parties, fixing a valuation and a rate of return of 7% per cent thereon and a sliding scale of prices under which one-half the excess return above T/j per cent is the property of the company; and
Whereas all of these valuations were made prior to the creation of Public Utilities Commission of the District of Columbia as constituted in the act of December 15. 11VJ6, and prior to the provision of funds for conducting; such inquiries as provided in the act of March 3, 1027; and
Whereas these valuations are based upon principles resulting In grave Injustice to the users of the public utilities, and, further, that there is now pending before the Congress of the United States a resolution known an H. 3. Res. 276, to authorize the merger of street-railway corporations operating In tile District of Columbia, and for other purposes, and the valuation of these properties correctly made is an Important prerequisite to the approval of such a merger: Re It
Rcnoli'fd, That the Interstate Commerce Commission is directed and shall Investigate, ascertain, and report the value of nil the property owned or used by the above-named public utilities In the District of Columbia for rate-making purposes and for purposes of consolidation or merger.
Further, the Interstate Commerce Commission is directed to determine the value of the properties sought to be merged by aforesaid H. J. Res. 1170 as a single entity, with due consideration for the degree of depreciation in the property which It is proposed to dedicate as a unit to public service: he It further
Rmoleed, That the aforesaid Interstate Commerce Commission shall report to Congress as promptly as may be results of its findings.
PAYMENT OF TAXES IN VIEW OF DISCLOSURES
Mr. WALSH of Montana. Mr. 1'resident, I offer a resolution. I request that it be read, and I ask for its immediate consideration.
The resolution (S. Res. 235) was rend, considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to, as follows:
Retained, That the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation be, and It hereby is. requested to secure from the Secretary of the Treasury and submit to the two Houses of Congress full Information concerning what taxes and penalties, if any, have been collected by or paid into the Treasury consequent upon disclosures made before the Committee on Public Lands and Surveys of the Senate In the course of' the investigation conducted by it pursuant to Senate Resolution 101, or through inquiries prosecuted incidental to such invest Igal ion, including the date of payments, the amount of the same, and the persons making the payments; and likewise. In so far as it may not be incompatible with the public interest, further information concerning any claims or demands being made by the Treasury against any persons or corporations for taxes or penalties over and above such sums as may have been heretofore paid on account of the receipt of assets so disclosed and not duly reported for taxation as required by law.
Mr. HAWES. Mr. President, I present a tabulation of the vote by States in the House of Representatives May 10, 1928, on the bill (H. R. 7729) to divest goods, wares, and merchandise manufactured, produced, or mined by convicts or prisoners of their interstate character in certain cases, showing only 39 votes against the bill upon the roll call, which I ask may be printed in the Record.
There being no objection, the matter referred to was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:
[Republicans in romnn, Democrats in italic, Farmer-Labor in Small Caps, Socialist in ROMAN CAPS.]
(Yeas, 4; noes, 5)
John McDvffe, no; Lister Hill, no; Henry B. Steagatt, yea; Lamar Jeffem, yea; WilUam B. Oliver, no; Hilcs C. Aligned, no; Edward B, Almon, yea; George Huddlenton, yea; William B. Hankhvad, no.
Lctcis W. Douglae (at large), yea.
William J. Driver, yea; Hearttlll Kagon, yea; James B. Reed, yea; Tilman B. Parks, yea.
Clarence F. Lea, yea; Harry L. Englcbrlght, yea; Charles F. Curry, yea; Florence P. Kahn, yea; Itichard J. Welch, yea; Albert E. Carter,