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with national significance. The proposed bill also contains provisions to accomplish this, and to authorize the establishment of a reference library and the making of necessary researches in connection with particular sites and properties.

The bill would provide the necessary authority for acquiring, restoring, preserving, and operating historic sites and properties.

The great majority of historic houses, over 400 in number, now operated for the benefit of the public in this country are owned and maintained by States, patriotic associations, and individuals. It is believed that much can be accomplished by mutual cooperation between all agencies interested in this subject and the bill would authorize such cooperation upon the part of the Federal Government; in addition, it provides that cooperative agreements with States, and others, may be made for the preservation and operation of historic sites and properties.

In order that historic properties may be properly and accurately interpreted to the public, the bill provides that an educational program and service shall be developed.

In view of the highly technical problems involved in the reconstruction and restoration of many historic properties, the bill contains provisions for obtaining the necessary technical and professional assistance which might otherwise be difficult to obtain.

The bill to create a National Park Trust Fund Board, and for other purposes (H. R. 6734), is a companion bill to H. R. 6670. This bill is substantially identical with the act which created the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, which I am informed has proved to be most valuable in promoting the Library and its work. I believe such an agency will prove to be of equal value to the Park Service.

I am advised by the Acting Director of the Bureau of the Budget that H. R. 6670 is not in conflict with the financial program of the President.

I recommend that H. R. 6734 and H. R. 6670 receive favorable consideration by the Congress. Sincerely yours,


Secretary of the Interior. O


May 9, 1935.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. Patman, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, sub

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[To accompany H. R. 6656)

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The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 6656) to authorize the Pennsylvania Railroad Co., by means of an overhead bridge, to cross New York Avenue NE., in the District of Columbia, having considered the same, report the same favorably with amendments and recommend that the bill, as amended,

The committee amendments are as follows:

On page 2, strike out, in line 1, after the word “through” down to and including line 13, and insert in lieu thereof: square numbered 4105 along and adjacent to the existing main line tracks, thence into and through squares numbered 4104 and 4099, crossing New York Avenue by means of a suitable overhead bridge, thence to and through square S. 4099 and the parcels of land known and identified on the plat books of the surveyor's office of the District of Columbia as parcels 153/44, 143/25, 142/25, and 142/28, to and through the square known as and numbered 4038 (portions of which are included in parcel 142/28), 4093, south of 4093, and 4098, with all switches, crossings, turn-outs, extensions, spurs, and sidings as may be or become necessary for the development of the squares and parcels of land above indicated for such uses as may be permitted in the use district or districts in which said squares and parcels of land are now or may hereafter be included, as defined in the zoning regulations of the District of Columbia and shown in the official atlases of the Zoning Commission.

On page 2, at the end of line 23 insert the following: The said railroad shall, when and as directed by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, construct, at its entire cost and expense, an additional overhead bridge for the track hereby authorized to be established over such other street located between Montell Avenue and New York Avenue as such street

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The second amendment provides that the siding shall also cross by overhead bridge, when and as directed by the Commissioners, the proposed terminal yard crossing to be located north of the intersection of New York and West Virginia Avenues.

The bill provides that the plans for the exact location of the tracks, including the crossing of New York Avenue, shall be subject to the approval of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia. In view of its previous studies of this matter, the Park and Planning Commission will probably desire to have an opportunity to review these plans and submit a report thereon to the Commissioners. It is believed the Commissioners will afford such an opportunity without incorporating a special stipulation to this effect in the bill. Very truly yours,


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May 9, 1935.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed

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



[To accompany H. R. 4507]

The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred H. R. 4507, having considered the same, submit the following report thereon, with the recommendation that it do pass:

This bill is an amendment to the bill approved June 18, 1930, recognizing the historical significance of Appomattox Court House. The bill authorized the erection of a monument to commemorate the spot where the War between the States closed, by the surrender of the Army under Gen. Robert E. Lee to Lt. Gen. U. S. Grant. That bill likewise authorized the appropriation of the sum of $100,000 to carry out the purposes of the act. The impracticability of the erection of a monument has become apparent, and the present bill amends the former act by authorizing the establishment of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and makes possible the erection of monuments by interested parties and organizations in the same manner as on other historical parks.

The Committee on Military Affairs feels that the method provided in H. R. 4507 for the commemoration of the Appomattox Court House is a more logical method than that provided in the act of June 18, 1930.

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