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SALE OF ALLOTMENTS FOR TOWN SITE PURPOSES IN

QUAPAW AGENCY, OKLA.

AUGUST 27, 1919.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. COLE, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 7751.]

Your committee having had for consideration H. R. 7751, authorizing the sale of inherited and unpartitioned allotments for townsite purposes in the Quapaw Agency, Okla., favorably report the same with amendments and recommend that it do pass.

The amendments are as follows:

In line 5, page 1, after the word “of” strike out the words “one or more” and insert in lieu thereof "a majority in interest."

In line 7, page 1, after the word “sell” insert the words “the surface of,” so that the bill as amended will read:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized, in his discretion, upon the application heretofore or hereafter made, of a majority in interest of the owners of any inherited and unpartitioned allotment in the Quapaw Agency, Okla., to sell the surface of said allotted lands, in whole or in part, for townsite purposes, under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, concerning terms of sale and disposal of the proceeds for the benefit of the respective Indians: Provided, That any duly authorized representative of the Interior Department may execute any deed or other instrument necessary to the completion of such sale in the name and on behalf of any of the owners of said land if such owner or his legal representative shall fail or refuse to execute such deed or other instrument for a period of 30 days after being given notice in such manner as the Secretary of the Interior may prescribe that such deed or other instrument is ready for execution.

In conducting such sale the Secretary of the Interior may, in his discretion, prescribe such conditions and requirements as may be necessary for the protection of any person or persons he may find to have legal or equitable interests in any of said lands or the improvements thereon, making due allowance, in his discretion, for the value of such improvements, but no preference right to purchase any lot or tract shall be accorded any person for a period exceeding 90 days.

There is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $5,000, to cover the expense of conducting such sale, such sum to be reimbursed to the Treasury out of the procedes of the sale and to be appor. tioned among the distributees of the fund derived from the sale.

The necessity for this legislation is explained in a report by the Secretary of the Interior on Senate bill 2591. The report is made a part hereof as follows:

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, July 21, 1919. DEAR SENATOR: This is to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of July 16, 1919, and the copy of the proposed bill therewith transmitted, designed to authorize the sale of inherited and unpartitioned lands for townsite purposes in the Quapaw Indian agency in Oklahoma.

I have carefully considered the tentative measure prepared by you and note your request for such suggestions looking to its modification as I may deem appropriate.

Townsite conditions and needs in the Miami mining district (which includes the Quapaw Agency) have been thoroughly investigated under the direction of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and the information obtained through such investigation convinces me of the necessity of speedy action to relieve the urban communities that have been established, within the last three years, in the northern part of Ottawa County, Okla. This is particularly true of the city of Picher. The phenomenal growth of these communities is due to the extraordinary influx of population caused by the recent development of the lead and zinc industry in the Miami district. In this connection, you are advised that the statement of conditions in the city of Picher, as set forth in your letter, is fully confirmed by the information we have received through the officers of the Indian Service.

The proposed bill is well adapted to meet the situation in every respect, in so far as I am able to discern, and I shall be pleased to see the measure introduced in the form drafted by you, without modification,

In view of the emergency which exists, allow me to suggest that the enactment of such a bill at the present session is highly desirable as a matter of public necessity. Cordially yours,

FRANKLIN K. LANE, Secretary. Hon. ROBERT L. OWEN,

United States Senate. Under the situation thus created in the city of Pitcher, Okla., your committee has no hesitation in favorably reporting this bill with the hope that it pass promptly because of the exigencies shown to exist in that locality.

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CONGRESS

AMBASSADOR TO BELGIUM.

August 27, 1919.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. PORTER, from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. J. Res. 75.]

The Committee on Foreign Affairs, to whom was referred the joint resolution (S. J. Res. 75) authorizing the President to appoint, as the representative of the United States, an ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, who shall receive as compensation the sum of $17,500 per annum, having had the same under consideration, report thereon with the recommendation that the bill do pass without amendment.

A letter from the President is appended hereto and made part of this report.

THE WHITE HOUSE,

Washington, 19 July, 1919. My Dear Mr. PORTER: I have just approved an estimate for an appropriation, prepared by the Department of State, for authorizing and providing for raising the rank of our legation in Belgium to that of an embassy. You will no doubt have noticed that France and Italy have recently taken this action, and it is authoritatively announced that Spain and Brazil will follow their example. It would be, it seems to me, a very proper thing at this time to show our deep interest, at the conclusion of the war, in the little nation in which so many of the causes of the war seemed to center and whose cause indeed will always seem one of the most striking evidences of the unscrupulous action of Germany. When I was in Brussels, I stated to the Belgian Parliament that it would be my purpose to propose this action on our part and earnestly urge its acceptance by the Congress

. I take the greatest pleasure in doing this, and hope that it will commend itself to your judgment and to the judgment of the Nation. Cordially and sincerely, yours,

(Signed) WOODROW Wilson. Hon. STEPHEN G. PORTER, Chairman Committee on Foreign Affairs,

House of Representatives.

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CONGRESS

TRANSFER OF EMPLOYEES IN THE CLASSIFIED CIVIL

SERVICE.

August 28, 1919.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Smith of Idaho, from the Committee on Reform in the Civil

Service, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 7404.)

The Committee on Reform in the Civil Service, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 7401) to repeal section 7 of the act of October 6, entitled “An act making appropriation to supply urgent deficiencies in appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1918, and for other purposes," have carefully considered the same and recommend its enactment with the following amendments:

In line 3, page 1, strike out the figure 7 after October and insert the figure 6.

In line 1 of the title strike out the figure 7 after October and insert the figure 6.

Section 7 of the act (40 Stats., 383) referred to is as follows: Sec. 7. That no civil employee in any of the executive departments or other Government establishments, or who has been employed therein within the period of one year next preceding his proposed employment in any other executive department or other Government establishment, shall be employed hereafter and paid from a lumpsum appropriation in any other executive department or other Government establishment at an increased rate of compensation. And no civil employee in any of the executive departments or other Government establishments or who has been employed therein within the period of one year next preceding his proposed employ, ment in any other executive department or other Government establishment and who may be employed in another executive department or other Government establishment shall be granted an increase in compensation within the period of one year following such reemployment: Provided, That the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation shall be considered a Government establishment for the purposes of this section: Provided further, That this section shall not be construed to repeal section 5 of the act of June 22, 1906, which prohibits the transfer of employees from one department to another.

This provision prohibits any civil employee in the various executive departments or other Government establishments, or who has been employed therein within the period of one year, from being trans

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