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ESTABLISHMENT OF A BOUNDARY LINE BETWEEN
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND THE

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

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A BILL TO ESTABLISH A BOUNDARY LINE BETWEEN THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND THE COMMONWEALTH

OF VIRGINIA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

OCTOBER 2, 1940

Printed for the use of the Committee on the District of Columbia

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COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

JENNINGS RANDOLPH, West Virginia, Chairman AMBROSE J. KENNEDY, Maryland

EVERETT M. DIRKSEN, Illinois WILLIAM T. SCHULTE, Indiana

GEORGE J. BATES, Massachusetts JACK NICHOLS, Oklahoma

PAUL W. SHAFER, Michigan DAN R. MCGEHEE, Mississippi

STEPHEN BOLLES, Wisconsin JOE B. BATES, Kentucky

ALBERT L. VREELAND, New Jersey WILLIAM D. BYRON, Maryland

JAMES SECCOMBE, Ohio
PIUS L, SCHWERT, New York

HARRY SANDAGER, Rhode Island
JOSEPH A. MCARDLE, Pennsylvania
FRANK W. FRIES, Illinois
HERMAN P. EBERHARTER, Pennsylvania
RUDOLPH G. TENEROWICZ, Michigan
WILLIAM R. POAGE, Texas
JOHN F. HUNTER, Ohio

Mr. JOHN F. HUNTER, Chairman, special subcommittee comprised of all members of

the District of Columbia committee

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THE LIBRARY OF THE

OCT 15 1940

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ESTABLISHMENT OF A BOUNDARY LINE BETWEEN THE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1940

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee this day met, Hon. John F. Hunter presiding.

The subcommittee had under consideration H. R. 9976 and the Nichols amendment, which are printed in the record as follows:

[H. R. 9976, 76th Cong., 3d sess. ]

A BILL To establish a boundary line between the District of Columbia and the Common

wealth of Virginia, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress, assembled, That the boundary line between the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia is hereby established as follows:

Said boundary line shall begin at a point where the northwest boundary of the District of Columbia intercepts the high-water mark on the Virginia shore of the Potomac River and following the present mean high-water mark thence in a southeasterly direction along the Virginia shore of the Potomac River to Little River, along the Virginia shore of Little River to Boundary Channel, along the Virginia side of Boundary Channel to the main body of the Potomac River, along the Virginia side of the Potomac River across the mouths of all tributaries affected by the tides of the river to Second Street, Alexandria, Virginia, from Second Street, to the present established pierhead line, and, following said pierhead line to its connection with the District of ColumbiaMaryland boundary line; except that the property described as follows:

Commencing at a point of beginning, said point being the intersection of the property line of property owned by the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company, and dredging base line at station 0+18.99 referenced south 6,808.21, west 9,078.02, running in a southeasterly direction on a bearing of south 22°51'18" east a distance of 6,270.91 feet, more or less, to station 62+89.90 of said dredging base line. Thence 13°30' right on a bearing of south 9°21'18'' east a distance of 1,332.29 feet, more or less, to station 76+22.19 of said base line. Thence 11°04'19'' right on a bearing of south 1°43'01" west a distance, of 1,231.20 feet, more or less, to station 88+53.39 of said base line. Thence 12°40'41" right on a bearing of south 14°23'42" west a distance of 2,409.32 feet, more or less, to station 112+62.71 on said base line. Thence 1°15'44.3'' right on å bearing of south 15°39'26.3'' west a distance of 4,938.38 feet, more cr less, to United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Station WATER, referenced south 22,220.86, west 8,395.54. Thence 17°09'25.6''. left on a bearing of south 1°29'59.3" east a distance of 85.58 feet, more or less, to a corner of the property line between the United States of America and Smoot Sand and Gravel Cor-, poration. Thence 85°59'59.3'' right on a bearing of south 84°30'00" west a distance of 1,516.41 feet, more or less, to a monument located at a corner on

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the property line of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company, said monument being referenced south 22,451.75, west 9,902.73. Thence 85°50'06.7" right on a bearing of north 8°09'54" west a distance of 442.68 feet, more or less. Thence 5°00'12'' left on a bearing of north 13°10'06'' west a distance of 578.64 feet, more or less. Thence 4°57'25'' left on a bearing of north 18°07'31" west a distance of 462.94 feet, more or less. Thence 1°34'50" left on a bearing of north 19°42'21" west a distance of 943.56 feet, more or less, to the point of a curve having an angle of 27°52'45'' right radius 1,241.15 feet, long chord 597.98 feet, on a bearing of north 5°45'58" west. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 603.92 feet, more or less, to the point of tangency of said curve. Thence along a tangent to said curve on a bearing of north 8°10'24" east a distance of 232.33 feet, more or less, to the point of a curve having an angle of 36°59'09'' left, radius 1,046 feet, long chord 663.56 feet on a bearing of north 10°19'10.5" west. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 675.22 feet, more or less, to the point of tangency of said curve. Thence along a tangent to said curve on a bearing of north 28°48'45" west a distance of 256.75 feet, more or less. Thence 30°33'10'' left on a bearing of north 59°21'55" west a distance of 287.84 feet, more or less. Thence 40°45'20" right on a bearing of north 18°56'35" west a distance of 1,142.08 feet, more or less. Thence 5°43'29" right on a bearing of north 12°53'06''. west a distance of 118.02 feet, more or less, to the point of a curve having an angle of 26°20'50' right, radius 3,665.71 feet, long chord 1,670.85 feet on a bearing of north 0°17'19" east. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 1,685.66 feet, more or less, to the point of tangency of said curve. Thence along a tangent to said curve on a bearing of north 13°27'44" east a distance of 2,002.11 feet, more or less, to the point of a curve having an angle of 10°36'25" left, radius 2,864.79 feet, long chord of 529.59 feet on a bearing of north 8°09'31.5" east. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 530.25 feet, more or less, to the point of tangency of said curve. Thence along a tangent to said curve on a bearing of north 2°51'19'' east a distance of 124.53 feet, more or less. Thence 6°57'52" left on a bearing of north 4°06'33'' west a distance of 571.33 feet, more or less. Thence 7°22'39" left on a bearing of north 11°29'12" west a distance of 811.63 feet, more or less. Thence 8°16'52'' right on a bearing of

'of to the curve having an angle of 7°43'12” right

, radius 5,479.58 feet

, long chord 737.75 feet on a bearing of north 7°03'56'' east. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 738.31 feet, more or less, to the point of tangency of said curve, said point being on the old property line between Mary E. Cullinane and Milton Hopfenmaier property. Thence along said property line on a bearing of north 75°11'50" east a distance of 204.72 feet, more or less, to a monument marked U. S. D. 1-N. P. S., reference south 18.419.16, west 10.829-66. Thence along the same bearing of north 75°11'50'' east a distance of 215 feet, more or less. Thence 34°36'06" left on a bearing of north 40°35'44" east a distance of 1,509 feet, more or less, to the point of a curve having an angle of 5°45' left, radius 7,239.41 feet, long chord of 723.20 feet, on a bearing of north 37°53'14'' east. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 726.51 feet, more or less, to the point of a compound curve having an angle of 6°00' left, radius 2,217.01 feet, long chord of 232.06 feet on a bearing of north 32°10'44" east. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 232.15 feet, more or less, to the point of a compound curve having an angle of 57°01'20" left, radius 1,303.74, long chord 1.244.62 on a bearing of north 0°40'04"' east. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 1 297 22 feet, more or less, to the point of a compound curve having an angle of 7°59'54 3'' left, radius 2,217.01 feet, long chord 309.23 feet on a bearing of north 31°49'33'' west. Thence along the arc of said curve a distance of 310 feet, more or less, to the intersection of said curve with the property line of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company and the United States of America. Thence in a northeasterly direction along a bearing of north 34°30'00'' east a distance of 340 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning; and known as Washington National Airport, together with any additional fills, artificial or otherwise, shall be wholly within the District of Columbia ; that whenever said mean high-water mark on the Virginia shore is altered by artificial fills and excavations made by the United States, or by alluvion or erosion, then the boundary shall follow the new mean high-water mark on the Virginia shore as altered, or whenever the location of the pierhead line along the Alexandria water front is altered, then the boundary shall follow the new location of the pierhead line.

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SEC. 2. All that part of the territory situated on the Virginia side of the Potomac River lying between the boundary line as described in section 1 and the mean high-water mark as it existed January 24, 1791, except the area described as the Washington National Airport, is hereby ceded to and declared to be henceforth within the territorial boundaries, jurisdiction, and sovereignty of the State of Virginia : Provided, however, That concurrent jurisdiction over the said area is hereby reserved to the United States. All that part of Washington National Airport heretofore included within the State of Virginia is hereby ceded to the United States and declared to be within the terri. torial boundaries, jurisdiction, and sovereignty of the District of Columbia.

SEC. 3. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as relinquishing any right, title, or interest of the United States to the lands lying between the mean high-water mark as it existed January 24, 1791, and the boundary line as described in section 1; or to limit the right of the United States to establish its title to any of said lands as provided by Act of Congress of April 27, 1912 (27 Stat. 93); or the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States for the District of Columbia to hear and determine suits to establish the title of the United States in all lands in the bed, marshes, and lowlands of the Potomac River, and other lands as described by said Act below the mean high-water mark of January 24, 1791 ; or to limit the authority to make equitable adjustments of conflicting claims as provided for in the Act approved June 4, 1934 (48 Stat. 836).

SEC. 4. The “present” mean high-water mark shall be construed as the mean high-water mark existing on the effective date of this Act.

SEC. 5. The United States Coast and Geodetic Survey is hereby authorized, empowered, and instructed to survey and properly mark by suitable monuments the said boundary line as described in section 1, and from time to time to monument such sections of said boundary line as may be changed as provided for in section 1; and the necessary appropriations for this work are hereby authorized.

SEC, 6. The provisions of sections 272 to 289, inclusive, of the Criminal Code U. S. C., title 18, secs. 451-468) shall be applicable to such portions of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and of the

as are situated within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Any United States Commissioner specially designated for that purpose by the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Virginia, shall have jurisdietion to try, and, if found guilty, to sentence persons charged with petty offenses against the laws of the United States committed on the above-described portions of the said parkway or airport. The probation laws shall be applicable to persons so tried. For the purposes of this section, the term “petty offense" shall be defined as in section 335 of the Criminal Code (U. S. C., title 18, sec. 541). If any person charged with any petty offense as aforesaid shall so elect, however, he shall be tried in the said district court.

SEC. 7. This Act shall not become effective unless and until the State of Virginia shall accept the provisions thereof.

Mr. HUNTER. Ladies and gentlemen, first I am going to ask Mr. Nichols, who was responsible for bringing the bill up yesterday in the committee meeting, to explain the proposed amendment that he has made to the bill in order that those present may be familiar with the purposes of the amendments.

Mr. NICHOLS. Mr. Chairman, the amendment is very simple. I do not think that it requires much explanation. The effect of the amendment is to simply provide that in fixing the boundary between the District of Columbia and the State of Virginia that the new National Capital Airport will be within the District of Columbia, and in doing that I took the description und in S. 3927 which describes by metes and bounds the airport.

Now, the Chairman has asked me where the amendment came from, which I think is the most peculiar request that I have ever had, and I do not think it is anybody's business, frankly. I drew the amendment. If there is any suggestion that there is a sinister purpose back of it

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