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There is no existing law applicable to the purchase of this land nor is there an appropriation available.

No changes will be brought about in existing laws by the proposed legislation.

A secret study has been made of the requirements of the War Department in the defense of the island of Oahu, and it has been determined that the tract of land desired is necessary to such requirements. The cost of the tract of land, approximately 13 acres, and the right of way, approximately 1 acre, is estimated at $12,000. Because of the secret nature of this project, the draft of legislation herewith has been prepared allowing of a wide scope of selection. However, the property has been determined upon and recommended by all concerned and your committee will be furnished with the secret records prepared in this case, if required.

In view of the urgency of the project, I favor the passage of this legislation.

If any additional information from the War Department is desired, I shall be pleased to furnish it.

If the Committee on Military Affairs wishes to have hearings upon the proposed legislation, suitable witnesses will be designated to appear before your committee.

The proposed legislation has been submitted to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget who advises that it is not in conflict with the financial program of the President. Sincerely yours,

JAMES W. Good, Secretary of War. O

AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATION FOR CONSTRUCTION AT FORT SNELLING, MINN., AND CAMP DEVENS, MASS.

FEBRUARY 14, 1931.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. FISHER, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 8160)

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 8160) to authorize appropriation for construction at Fort Snelling, Minn., and Camp Devens, Mass., and for other purposes, introduced by Mr. James (by request of the War Department), having considered the same, report thereon with the recommendation

that it do pass.

Section 1 of this measure carries an appropriation of $54,500 for the replacement of the quartermaster storehouse at Fort Snelling, Minn., which was recently destroyed by fire. Its replacement is an urgent necessity at that post.

Section 2 authorizes the construction of a garage to cost not more than $27,000. Public Law 806, Seventieth Congress, authorized an appropriation of $45,000 for the construction of stables at Camp Devens, and Public Law 1035, Seventieth Congress, appropriated that amount. Since the passage of those acts a motorized organization has been ordered sent to Camp Devens, thereby reducing materially the need for stables, and causing the need for a garage to house the motor equipment. A stable suitable for the present requirements can be constructed for $18,000, therefore your committee recommends that favorable action be taken on this measure, so

the $27,000 can be made available for the construction of a Age. Bothe letter of the War Department is as follows:

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 4, 1930. The SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

DEAR MR. SPEAKER: There is inclosed a draft of a bill to authorize appropriation for construction at Fort Snelling, Minn., and for other purposes, which the War Department presents for the consideration of the Congress

with a view to its

the t

enactment.

The quartermaster storehouse at Fort Snelling, Minn., was recently destroyed by fire and its replacement is an urgent necessity at that post

There are no applicable provisions of existing law.

The applicable provisions of existing law on the subject of the garage at Camp Devens, Mass., appear in the act of February 25, 1929 (Public, 806, 70th Cong.) and in the act of March 4, 1929 (Public, 1035, 70th Cong.). In the former act there was authorized and in the latter act there was appropriated the sum of $45,000 for construction of stables at Camp Devens. Based upon recent studies in the War Department, it has been decided to send a motorized organization to Camp Devens. This has reduced the need of stables at that post and has occasioned the need for a garage to house the motor equipment. A stable suitable to the present requirements at Camp Devens can be built for $18,000. The balance of the $45,000 originally appropriated for that purpose, that is to say. $27.000, can thus be made available for the construction of a garage.

This proposed legislation has been submitted to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget who advises that it is not in conflict with the financial program of the President Sincerely yours,

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of War. O

ACQUISITION OF CERTAIN LAND FOR THE PROPER

DEFENSE OF THE ATLANTIC COAST

FEBRUARY 14, 1931.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the

state of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. Hill of Alabama, from the Committee on Military Affairs, sub

mitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H. R. 11009)

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 11009) to authorize the acquisition of certain land for the proper defense of the Atlantic coast, introduced by Mr. James (by request of the War Department), having considered the same report thereon with the recommendation that it do pass.

An officer of the War Department appeared before your committee to explain the necessity for this legislation. A board of officers approved a project for the procurement of three sites to be acquired for use in connection with the defense of the Atlantic coast. Legislation for two sites has been enacted and the sites acquired. This measure authorizes the expenditure of $1,000 for the third site, which has been determined upon and will be for the coast defense at Sandy Hook. After considering all phases of the subject your committee is of the opinion the site should be acquired for the purposes stated. The letter of the War Department is as follows:

March 19, 1930. The SPEAKER, House of REPRESENTATIVES.

DEAR MR. SPEAKER: There is inclosed the draft of a bill to authorize the acquisition of a tract of land required in connection with the defense of the Atlantic seaboard, which the War Department presents for the consideration of

Congress with a view to its enactment into law. there are no pertinent provisions of existing law affecting the purchase of this lar'he tract desired is one of three approved for purchase in connection with the defense of the Atlantic coast. Authorization for the acquisition of two is conained in section 6, Public, No. 806, Seventieth Congress (H. R. 13825), approved February 25, 1929. The third is essential to the completion of the project.

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Because of the secret nature of this project, the draft of legislation herewith has been prepared allowing for a wide scope of selection. However, the tract to be purchased has been definitely determined and such details in the case will be furnished as you may desire. The amount involved in the acquisition of this land is $1,000. Sincerely yours,

PATRICK J. HURLEY,

Secretary of 'War. O

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