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United States or certified for patent by the State of Oregon. Over 40,000 irrigable acres have been filed upon, and approximately 28,000 irrigable acres are occupied by settlers who number over 1,500 or 730 farms; an appraisal of the farms on the project for 1916 shows $2,502,554 in value, and a crop and stock valuation of $785,593. Diligent effort has been made by the State through its contracts for construction and by the contractors to reclaim and settle the lands. At all times during the past 10 years more land has been reclaimed and offered to settlers than has been taken. But lest a claim should be made that the separate legal subdivisions not then reclaimed in the two segregation lists 6 and 19 have been forfeited and abandoned, because the system has not been fully completed and contracts made with settlers for all of said lands, and further, to protect the water filings of present and future settlers and applicants for land which might be jeopardized by releasing the land from the operation of the Carey Act, and also to facilitate the further financing of the work of continuing the reclamation of the lands, it is necessary that an act of Congress be passed granting further time to fully complete this project. And in view of the European war which is now and which will no doubt for a long time to come militate against land settlement, through stopping immigration, and divert labor to other fields than that of agriculture, it is deemed proper that an extension of time of 10 years, after the respective expiration dates of segregation lists 6 and 19 be granted: Therefore be it
Resolved by the Desert Land Board of Oregon, That the Congress is earnestly and respectfully requested to enact a measure providing for an extension of the period of segregation on Oregon list No. 6 from February 13, 1918, to February 13, 1928, and on Oregon list No. 19 from October 17, 1920, to October 17, 1930, and that the cooperation thereto of the Hon. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior Department, be, and hereby is, requested; and that certified copies of the resolution and preamble be sent to the chairmen of the committees in charge of such legislation in the Senate and House, and the honorable Secretary of the Interior, and to each of the Senators and Members of Congress from Oregon. Respectfully submitted.
DESERT LAND BOARD OF OREGON.
BEN W. OLCOTT,
Secretary of State.
THOS. B. Kay,
I, John H. Lewis, secretary of the Desert Land Board of the State of Oregon, and custodian of its records and seal, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing copy of resolution by the Desert Land Board of Oregon, under date of December 20, 1916, to the Sixty-fifth Congress, in re extension of segregation period on lists Nos. 6 and 19, has been compared with the original thereof, as the same appears of record in the files of the Desert Land Board, in my custody, and that the above and foregoing is a full, true, and correct copy of the same and of all thereof.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the Desert Land Board, at Salem, Oreg., this 29th day of December, 1916. [SEAL.]
JOHN H. LEWIS, Secretary of the Desert Land Board. By J. L. MCALLISTER, Assistant Secretary.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
MY DEAR MR. FERRIS: I am in receipt of your request for report upon H. R. 20362, which proposes to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to extend, for a period of not exceeding 10 years, the segregation and time for reclamation of certain lands in the State of Oregon now segregated under lists Nos. 6 and 19, Carey Act.
These lands were segregated in 1903 and 1905, respectively, and the statutory time under which they may be reclaimed will expire in the case of list No. 6, February 13, 1918, and in the case of list No. 19, October 17, 1920.
It is represented by the State Land Board of Oregon that works already constructed on these projects embrace a large concrete diversion dam and three canals; that a part of the irrigable area has already been reclaimed, but that, for reasons beyond the control of the State and the company which has contracted to reclaim the lands, it will be unable to comply with the terms of the law within the period now available. The State land board therefore recommends that an extension of 10 years be authorized. The company represents that it has already expended about $200,000 upon this work. In view of the circumstances appertaining to these selections, of the good faith manifested in the partial completion of the project, and of the urgent request made by the State Land Board of Oregon, I have to advise you that this department has no objection to the enactment of H. R. 20362.
Hon. SCOTT FERRIS,
Chairman Committee on the Public Lands,
FRANKLIN K. LANE,
House of Representatives.
Mr. CHAMBERLAIN, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted the following
[To accompany S. 1695.]
The Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1695) to provide for the military and naval training of the citizen forces of the United States, have carefully considered the samme and report it back to the Senate with an amendment striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting matter in lieu thereof so that the bill, as reported, will be as follows:
A BILL To provide for the military and naval training of citizens of the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That every male person (a) who is a citizen of the United States or (b) who has made a declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States shall, except as provided herein, undergo military or naval training as prescribed by the President for a period of six months during the calendar year in which he reaches the age of 19 years, or, if not then within the description of either (a) or (b) of this section, in the calendar year in which he first comes within such description or in the year immediately following. No person shall be subject to such training after the year in which he attains the age of 26 years, except as otherwise provided in section two, nor for more than one period of such training. During the first calendar year in which there is training under this act the period of training shall be three months.
SEC. 2. CONTINUED LIABILITY TO TRAIN.-That if any person liable to training does not train in any year in which he is subject thereto, he shall, in addition to the penalties prescribed by law, undergo training in the next succeeding year up to the calendar year in which he reaches the age of 26 years, and avoiding training in any year shall constitute a separate offense.
SEC. 3. EXEMPTIONS.-That there shall be exempted from training (a) members of the permanent military or naval forces of the United States; and (b) persons physically unfit for any military or naval service whatever; and (c) persons on whose earnings a father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or child is wholly dependent for support. Every person exempted under (b) and (c) of this section shall be required to report for reexamination at periods fixed by regulation, up to and including the year in which he attains the age of 25
years, and if on any such reexamination it is determined that the cause of exemption no longer exists, he shall undergo training in the next training period.
SEC. 4. TRAINING OF MEMBERS OF CERTAIN RELIGIOUS SECTS.-That members of any religious sect or organization now organized and existing whose creed forbids its members to bear arms in war shall not be required to undergo training in the bearing or use of arms, but shall be trained in the noncombatant branches of the military or naval service.
SEC. 5. CRIMINALS AND PERSONS OF BAD CHARACTER. That a person who has been convicted of a felony, or who is of notoriously bad character, shall undergo training only in a special unit or units.
SEC. 6. CREDITS FOR MILITARY INSTRUCTION.-That any person who has completed a course of instruction approved for this purpose by the Secretary of War or by the Secretary of the Navy shall be allowed a credit, which shall consist of the deduction from the training period of not more than one month for each year in which he has completed such course to the satisfaction of the Secretary of War or of the Secretary of the Navy, except that the period of actual training undergone as a member of the Citizen Reserve Army or Citizen Reserve Navy shall never be reduced to less than three months by such credits.
SEC. 7. EXPENSES. That persons undergoing training shall receive transportation and subsistence while going to and returning from the place of training, and subsistence, clothing, and medical attendace while undergoing training.
SEC. 8. TRAINING STRICTLY PERSONAL.-That no substitute shall be accepted in place of any person called for training under the provisions of this act, and no such person shall be permitted to escape training or be discharged therefrom by the payment of money or any other thing of value.
SEC. 9. ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE AND ROSETTE.-That each person exempted from training shall receive a certificate of exemption, and each person who has completed his training shall receive a certificate of training and a distinctive rosette showing the year's class to which the wearer belongs. Whenever a certificate or rosette issued under the provisions of this section is lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit for use, without fault or neglect upon the part of the person to whom it is issued, a new certificate or rosette shall be issued to such person without charge therefor. No person shall wear a rosette to which he is not entitled, and no person shall use a certificate to which he is not entitled.
SEC. 10. NATURALIZATION.-That no person liable to be trained under this act shall be naturalized as a citizen of the United States unless he has a certificate of training or an unexpired certificate of temporary exemption or a certificate of permanent exemption from training or is undergoing training.
SEC. 11. PERSONS WITHOUT CERTIFICATE INELIGIBLE ΤΟ CERTAIN EMPLOYMENTS. That no person liable to be trained under this act shall hold any posi tion of trust or profit created or authorized by the Congress of the United States unless he has a certificate of training or an unexpired certificate of temporary exemption or a certificate of permanent exemption from training.
SEC. 12. EMPLOYMENT OF PERSON WITHOUT CERTIFICATE PROHIBITED.-That no person, corporation, partnership, or association shall hire, engage, employ, or continue to employ, any person up to the age of 28 years who is or has been liable to be trained under this act, unless he has a certificate of training or an unexpired certificate of temporary exemption or a certificate of permanent exemption from training.
SEC. 13. TRAINING DISTRICTS.-That for the purposes of this act the Secre tary of War shall, subject to the approval of the President, divide the territory of the United States into such training districts as may be convenient, and shall establish for training purposes in each such district one or more cantonments. As far as practicable, such division shall include a single State or group of States.
SEC. 14. REGISTRATION AND EXAMINATION.-That every person liable to undergo training shall register himself or be registered by a parent or guardian, and shall submit to examination as to physical fitness at a place and time fixed by the Secretary of War, except that the President may designate any consular office of the United States as a place of registration and examination for persons resident without the territory of the United States.
SEC. 15. NAVAL TRAINING; EXPRESSION OF PREFERENCE AS TO KIND AND TIME OF TRAINING. That the President may require such portion as he deems advisable of the entire number of persons undergoing training in any year to undergo naval training. Every person may at the time of registration express his preference for training (a) in the Army or the Navy, or (b) in any arm or