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CLAIMS OF AND AGAINST THE CHICKASAW AND CHOCTAW INDIANS.

MESSAGE

FROM THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,

TRANSMITTING,

IN RESPONSE TO SENATE RESOLUTION OF FEBRUARY 25, 1913, CERTAIN INFORMATION IN RELATION TO CLAIMS OF AND AGAINST THE CHICKASAW AHD CHOCTAW TRIBES OF INDIANS.

MARCH 1, 1913.-Read, referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs, and ordered to be printed.

To the Senate:

I am in receipt of a copy of resolution adopted by the Senate February 25, 1913, reading as follows:

Resolved, That the President be requested, if not incompatible with the public interest, to cause to be transmitted to the Senate copies of all letters, telegrams, reports, opinions, and other documents on file in either the Department of the Interior or the Department of Justice in relation to any contract or claims for fees or compensation on the part of the firm of Mansfield, McMurray, and Cornish, or any member thereof, against the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes of Indians, which claims are alleged to be due and unpaid and are now pending before the President or any department of the Government; and, second, to transmit like copies of all such letters, telegrams, reports, opinions, and other documents in relation to any claim on the part of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes of Indians against the firm of Mansfield, McMurray, and Cornish, or any member thereof.

Resolved further, That the President be requested to withhold action on any and all said claims until further action by the Congress or by the courts.

In view of the request contained in this resolution I shall withhold action on any of the claims referred to in the resolution. The papers called for are, however, so voluminous that it is impossible that they should be adequately prepared for transmission to the Senate or that any adequate consideration could be given to them before the expiration of the present session. I have concluded, therefore, to remit the whole matter for the incoming administration to deal with.

THE WHITE HOUSE, March 1, 1913.

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WM. II. TAFT.

AGRICULTURAL APPROPRIATION BILL.

Mr. BURNHAM presented the following

CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE BILL (H. R. 28283) MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1914.

MARCH 1 (calendar day, MARCH 2), 1913.-Ordered to be printed.

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill (H. R. 28283) making appropriations for the Department of Agriculture for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1914, having met, after full and free conference have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the Senate recede from its amendments numbered 1, 2, 4, 12, 34, 38, 39, 45, 64, 66, 69, 73, 75, 76, 77, 80, 81, 88, 101, 104, 107, 108, 113, 114, 115, 116, 120, 121, 128, 129, 130, 135, 140, 141, 157, 158, 159, 160, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 181; 182, 189, 190, 193, 194, 200, 205, 208, 211, 213, 215, 216, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 226, 227, 228, 229, 237, 240, 243, 244, 245, 246.

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 29, 32, 35, 37, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 63, 67, 70, 71, 84, 89, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 102, 109, 111, 112, 122, 123, 125, 127, 136, 138, 139, 142, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 152, 153, 154, 156, 162, 163, 180, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 191, 192, 195, 198, 202, 203, 204, 207, 209, 210, 212, 233, 235, 239, 242, and agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 11:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 11, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum inserted by said amendment insert $303,820; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 16:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 16, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of "thirty-seven messengers, messenger boys or laborers at $600 each," insert thirty-one messengers, messenger boys or laborers at $600 each; and the Senate agree to the same.

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Amendment numbered 17:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 17, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum inserted by said amendment insert $325,860; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 23:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 23, and agree to the same with an amendment es follows:

In lieu of the sum inserted by said amendment insert $120,000; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 24:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 24, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum inserted by said amendment insert $45,000; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 26:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 26, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum inserted by said amendment insert $1,356,750; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 27:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 27, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum inserted by said amendment insert $1,707,610; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 28:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 28, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

Strike out "There shall be one" and insert in lieu thereof One, so it will read: One chief of bureau, $5,000; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 30:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 30, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In ieu of the sum inserted by said amendment insert $2,500; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 31:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 31, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum inserted by said amendment insert $359,250; and the Senate agree to the same.

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