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WASHINGTON, D. C., January 26, 1916. To The SecretARY:

Your organization, as a member of the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, is requested to register its vote upon the questions submitted herewith on this ballot, which is to be detached and sent by registered mail at the earliest date practicable to the General Secretary at the National Headquarters, Riggs Building, Washington, D. C.

This referendum is taken for the instruction and guidance of the Board of Directors in its action upon the questions presented.

By order of the Board of Directors.

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This Ballot will be counted only if received at National Headquarters, Riggs Building, Washington, D. C., on or before March 11, 1916. (See By-Laws, Article X, on inside of cover.)

...1916.

TO THE GENERAL SECRETARY
of the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

Riggs Building, Washington, D. C.

SIR:

The

(Name of Organization) is a member in good standing in the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and having a total membership of..

.is entitled to... .votes. It desires these votes to be recorded as noted below:

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The Committee recommends that Congress should be asked to suspend at
once sections 4, 13, and 14 of the Seamen's Act which discriminate
against American ports and American ships, and which are restrictive of
American Commerce, until such time as by international agreement the re-
quirements of these sections can become equally applicable to the shipping
of all nations.

In favor.

Opposed.

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6-7

The Committee recommends that the sections of the Seamen's Act dealing
with deserters should be repealed as to foreign vessels, and that the State
Department should seek to have arrest and imprisonment of seamen for
desertion abolished by other nations.

In favor.

Opposed.

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6-7

The Committee recommends that Congress should be asked to request the
President to withdraw at once the notices the United States has given re-
garding abrogation of treaties.

In favor,

Opposed.

IV

The Committee recommends that a Federal Shipping Board should be
created.

See pages

7-8

In favor.

Opposed.

Attest:

Signature of President or Secretary.

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Washington, D. C., January 26, 1916. TO THE SECRETARY :

Your organization, as a member of the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, is requested to register its vote upon the questions submitted herewith on this ballot, which is to be detached and sent by registered mail at the earliest date practicable to the General Secretary at the National Headquarters, Riggs Building, Washington, D. C.

This referendum is taken for the instruction and guidance of the Board of Directors in its action upon the questions presented.

By order of the Board of Directors.

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This Ballot will be counted only if received at National Headquarters, Riggs Building, Washington, D. C., on or before March 11, 1916. (See By-Laws, Article X, on inside of cover.)

...1916.

To The GENERAL SECRETARY
of the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

Riggs Building, Washington, D. C.

SIR:

The

(Namo of Organization) is a member in good standing in the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED States of AMERICA, and having a total membership of.....

is entitled to........ votes. It desires these votes to be recorded as noted below:

See pages

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4-6

The Committee recommends that Congress should be asked to suspend at
once sections 4, 13, and 14 of the Seamen's Act which discriminate
against American ports and American ships, and which are restrictive of
American Commerce, until such time as by international agreement the re-
quirements of these sections can become equally applicable to the shipping
of all nations.

In favor.

Opposed.

See pages

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6-7

The Committee recommends that the sections of the Seamen's Act dealing
with deserters should be repealed as to foreign vessels, and that the State
Department should seek to have arrest and imprisonment of seamen for
desertion abolished by other nations.

In favor.

Opposed.

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The Committee recommends that Congress should be asked to request the
President to withdraw at once the notices the United States has given re-
garding abrogation of treaties.

In favor.

Opposed.

See pages

IV

The Committee recommends that a Federal Shipping Board should be
created.

In favor.

Opposed.

Attest:

Signature of President or Secretary.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

REFERENDUM No. 12

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