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STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

CHAPTER 513.

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 7.

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A RESOLUTION petitioning the president to commence the construction of the necessary dams at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to supply cheap power for the production of fertilizer by the nitrate plants already provided for by legislation and appropriation from the national government and now being built at that place.

Petition for Muscle Shoals dams.

WHEREAS, Under the provisions passed by the 64th congress providing for the building of a plant for the production of nitrates and appropriating $20,000,000.00 for this purpose the government is building this plant at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and,

WHEREAS, This provision was made by congress largely influenced by the agricultural benefit to be attained from the manufacture of cheap fertilizer by this plant in time of peace and the location was made at Muscle Shoals due to its advantages for this cheap production of fertilizer, resulting from the cheap water power there, its proximity to the phosphate fields of Tennessee and its location and transportation facilities with reference to the fertilizer consuming section of the country, and,

WHEREAS, This great advantage to the nation to be obtained in time of peace from an expenditure also so necessary as a war requirement, depends upon this cheapness of fertilizer produced and the cheapness again depends upon the availability of this tre-. mendous power at Muscle Shoals at low cost, now,

Therefore Be it Resolved, By the Senate and House concurring therein, that we most urgently request this administration to commence the construction of the necessary dams, provided it does not conflict with the present war plans and purposes so that when the war is over these plants can continue to operate at full capacity with cheap power manufacturing fertilizer; and,

Be it Further Resolved, That we request the inembers of the present congress from Mississippi in Washington to use their influence that this work may be commenced and the great benefit to agriculture promised by the building of these great plants and their location at Muscle Shoals may become an assured fact; and,

Be it Further Resolved, That the secretary of senate shall send copies of this resolution to the members of congress from Mississippi.

Adopted by the senate January 21, 1918.

Adopted by the house of representatives January 22, 1918.

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 13.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION extending an invitation to Honorable Charles Edward Russell to address a joint session of the Mississippi legislature.

Inviting Hon. Chas. E. Russell to address legislature.

WHEREAS, We learn with much pleasure the Honorable Charles Edward Russell, a member of the late Root commission to Russia, who has been sent out for a tour of the south by the bureau of public information of the United States government, will be in the capital city tomorrow, January 31, 1918.

Therefore, Be it Resolved by the Senate, the house of representatives concurring, that an invitation be extended to this great writer, thinker and distinguished American to address a joint session of the Mississippi legislature in the hall of the house of representatives at 11 a. m., January 31, 1918, and give its members, and other state officials the benefit of the great message which he brings bearing upon the world catastrophe now convulsing the nations of the earth, with such advice and exchange of views as will best serve our patriotic interests in this serious hour of our beloved country.

Adopted by the senate January 30, 1918.

Adopted by the house of representatives January 30, 1918.

CHAPTER 515.

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 18.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION memorializing the war department of the United States to assist in patrolling, guarding and protecting the Mississippi levees in case of necessity.

Memorializing war department to aid levee patrol.

WHEREAS, The state of Mississippi has three hundred miles or more of levees protecting millions of acres of most fertile delta lands from overflow by the Mississippi river, and,

WHEREAS, There is produced annually on this acreage thus protected, vast quantities of cotton, corn, hay and other valuable food and forage products, which are so essential to the furtherance of the successful conclusion of the present war for human liberty, and,

WHEREAS, A break at any point in said levees caused by a dangerously high stage of said river, or by the act of an enemy to

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America would result in an inestimable disaster of life and property, and said affected territory, and the utter destruction of the crop of 1918, and a serious curtailment of the crop of 1919, to say nothing of the cost of re-construction of these destroyed levees, and,

WHEREAS, Hundreds of young men in the affected territory who would, ordinarily be relied upon in the patrolment and guarding of said levees, have enlisted in the cause of human liberty and cannot now assist in this Herculean task, and,

WHEREAS, To attempt to guard and patrol said levees by civilians alone would furnish in our opinion, easy means of accomplishing the desired end by an enemy who desired to disguise his purpose by posing as a volunteer guard, and while thus engaged cause a breach in said levee by use of dynamite or other methods, and,

WHEREAS, It may require the services of a large number of men day and night to guarantee the proper protection of said levees,

Now, Therefore, the Legislature of the State of Mississippi, for the reasons hereinbefore mentioned, does hereby memorialize the war department of the United States to make available, in case the necessity arises, a sufficient number of soldiers to patrol, guard and protect said levees. Such assistance to be furnished in such numbers and at such times as the president and chief engineers of the levee boards of said affected districts may designate.

Be it Further Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to secretary of war Baker, and to each of the representatives of the state of Mississippi in both branches of congress.

Adopted by the senate February 6, 1918.

Adopted by the house of representatives February 8, 1918.

CHAPTER 516.

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 23.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION asking the president to adjust the freight rates on cattle from the south west to the eastern markets by way of Mississippi pastures.

Petitioning president for adjustment of cattle freight rates.

WHEREAS, Our state affords millions of acres of unused pasture lands; and,

WHEREAS, These pasture lands should be made a source of income to the people of the state and a great help to the nation in the present war; and,

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WHEREAS, The western states are in great need of grass lands for fattening their cattle; and,

WHEREAS, There seems to be no reasonable freight rate for the shipment of cattle from these western states into and through this state from the west for the shipment of their cattle; and,

WHEREAS, This state was released December 1, 1917, from Federal quarantine by the United States government after many years of arduous work at a great expenditure of money and is now for the first time available for pasture purposes, at the beginning of the pasture season. The land owners are now in position to offer to the stock growers and grazers of the south western range territory abundance of pasture at very reasonable rates; provided, a feed in transit privilege can be arranged via Mississippi points to the northern and eastern beef markets in line with the rate and privileges now prevailing from south western breeding grounds via Kansas and Oklahoma pastures to the eastern beef markets; therefore,

Be it Resolved by the Senate, the house concurring, that we respectively urge Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States, who is the authority to make and put into effect rates, at once give this matter the earnest consideration that will be necessary to get prompt action so that these rates can be put into effect at once to the end that the grazing season of 1918 may receive the benefit of the pastures heretofore going to waste in the great state of Mississippi.

Adopted by the senate, February 11, 1918.

Adopted by the house of representatives February 18, 1918.

CHAPTER 517.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 49.

FIXING the date of final adjournment and repealing house concurrent resolution No. 47.

To fix date of final adjournment,

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the senate concurring therein, that the speaker of the house and the president of the senate adjourn their respective houses at 12 o'clock noon, Friday, March 29, 1918.

Be it further Resolved that house concurrent resolution No. 47 be and the same is hereby repealed.

Adopted by the house of representatives March 23, 1918.
Adopted by the senate March 23, 1918.

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CHAPTER 518.

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 47.

FIXING the date of final adjournment, and repealing senate concurrent resolution No. 25.

Final adjournment-to fix date.

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the senate concurring therein, that the speaker of the house, and the president of the senate adjourn their respective houses, sine die at twelve noon, Saturday, March 30, 1918.

Be it further Resolved, That senate concurrent resolution No. 25, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Adopted by the house of representatives March 21, 1918.
Adopted by the senate March 21, 1918.

CHAPTER 519.

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 25.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION fixing the date of final adjournment. Final adjournment.

Resolved by the Senate, the house concurring therein that the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives adjourn their respective house sine die at 12:00 o'clock noon March 27th, 1918.

Adopted by the senate the 6th day of March, 1918.

Adopted by the house the 14th day of March, 1918.

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