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BRIDGE ACROSS THE CUMBERLAND RIVER, TENN.

FEBRUARY 12, 1917.-Ordered to be printed.

Mr. SHEPPARD, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 18551.]

The Committee on Commerce, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 18551) granting the consent of Congress to the county of Montgomery, in the State of Tennessee, to construct a bridge across the Cumberland River, having had the same under consideration, respectfully reports the same back to the Senate with the recommendation that the bill pass without amendment.

The House report and favorable report from the War Department are attached.

House Report No. 1255, Sixty-fourth Congress, second session.]

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 18551) granting the consent of Congress to the county of Montgomery, in the State of Tennessee, to construct a bridge across the Cumberland River, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the letter attached and which is made a part of this report.

[Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, December 22, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration by Congress of the accompanying bill, H. R. 18551, Sixty-fourth Congress, second session, for the construction of a bridge across Cumberland River, Tenn.

WM. M. INGRAHAM,
Assistant Secretary of War.

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Mr. SHEPPARD, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 18725.]

The Committee on Commerce, to which was referred the bill (H. R. 18725) granting the consent of Congress to Kratka Township, Pennington County, Minn., to construct a bridge across Red Lake River, having considered the same, report thereon and recommend that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the letter attached and which is made a part of this report.

[Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, December 18, 1916. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration by Congress of the accompanying bill, H. R. 18725, present session, for the construction of the proposed bridge across Red Lake River, Minn.

WM. M. INGRAHAM,
Assistant Secretary of War

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TO RECONSTRUCT A BRIDGE ACROSS FLINT RIVER, GA.

FEBRUARY 12, 1917.-Ordered to be printed

Mr. SHEPPARD, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 20574.]

The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 20574) granting the consent of Congress to the county commissioners of Decatur County, Ga., to reconstruct a bridge across the Flint River at Bainbridge, Ga., having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it pass.

The bill has the approval of the War Department, as will appear by the letter attached.

[Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 30, 1917. Respectfully returned to the chairman Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives.

So far as the interests committed to this department are concerned, I know of no objection to the favorable consideration by Congress of the accompanying bill, H. R. 20574, present session, for the reconstruction of an existing bridge across the Flint River at or near Bainbridge, Ga.

WM. M. INGRAHAM,
Assistant Secretary of War.

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RIGHTS OF TRUSTEES OF MUNICIPALLY OWNED INTERSTATE RAILWAYS.

FEBRUARY 12, 1917.-Ordered to be printed.

Mr. POMERENE, from the Committee on Interstate Commerce, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 455.]

The Committee on Interstate Commerce, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 455) to define the rights and privileges of the trustees of municipally owned interstate railways and construing the act to regulate commerce with reference thereto, having considered the same, report thereon with amendment, and as so amended recommend that it pass.

Amend the bill as follows:

That nothing contained in the act to regulate commerce, approved February 4, 1887, or the acts amendatory thereof, shall be so construed by the Interstate Commerce Commission, or by the courts, as to prevent the lessee of the Cincinnati Southern Railway from complying with its obligation assumed in leasing said railway, to furnish free transportation to the trustees of said Cincinnati Southern Railway, their officers and agents: Providing, That the free transportation referred to shall be furnished only when persons entitled thereto are traveling on the business of the company.

In support hereof we submit the report of the House committee on this bill, which is as follows:

NECESSITY FOR THIS LEGISLATION.

The board of trustees of the Cincinnati Southern Railway consists of five appointees of the superior court of Cincinnati, Ohio, under the act of the General Assembly of Ohio, passed May 4, 1869 (66 O. L., p. 80), under which act and the subsequently enacted legislation of Kentucky and Tennessee, the Cincinnati Southern Railway, extending from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Chattanooga, Tenn., a distance of 336 miles, was constructed.

The railway was built by the city of Cincinnati and is the only municipally owned steam railroad in the United States.

The board of Cincinnati Southern Railway trustees is a permanent body, the appointees holding office during good behavior.

The trustees are charged by law with the care, supervision, inspection, and control of the line of railway, the title to the railway being vested in said trustees under said laws for the benefit of the city of Cincinnati.

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