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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATION BILL.

Mr. CURTIS presented the following

CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE BILL (H. R. 28499), AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1914, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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. 28499) making appropriations to provide for the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June 30. 1914, and for other purposes, 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 9, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 58, 68, 80, 84, 86, 87, 101, 104, 105, 107, 110, 111, 115, 117, 119, 125, and 134.

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 26, 31, 32, 36, 38, 40, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 102, 103, 108, 109, 112, 113, 114, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 126, 127, 129, 130, and 133, and agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 25:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 25, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert forty-two thousand one hundred and eighty dollars; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 29:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 29, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In line 1 of said amendment strike out the words "and support" and insert in lieu thereof the following:, for one year only; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendments numbered 33, 34, and 35:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered 33, 34, and 35, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the amended paragraph insert the following:

Hereafter materials for fireproof buildings, other structural materials, and all materials, other than materials for paving and for fuel, purchased for and to be used by the government of the District of Columbia, when necessary in the judgment of the Commissioners to be tested, shall be tested by the Bureau of Standards under the same conditions as similar testing is required to be done for the United States Government. And the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 59:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 59, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert one hundred and ninety-four thousand two hundred and fifty dollars; and the Senate agree to the

same.

Amendment numbered 93:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 93, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert twelve thousand dollars; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 100:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 100, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

Add after the sum "$975,408" in said amendment the following: which sum shall be paid out of funds and accounted for in accordance with the acts of Congress in relation thereto; and the Senate agree to

the same.

Amendment numbered 106:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 106, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert eighteen thousand and sixty dollars; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 118:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 118, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert three thousand five hundred and thirty dollars; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 124:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 124, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert twenty-five thousand dollars; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 128:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 128, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the matter inserted by said amendment insert the following:

Sec. 7. That hereafter no sign or advertisement relating to the sale, rent, or lease of land or premises shall be located on the sidewalk or parking of any street, avenue, or road in the District of Columbia. One painted or printed sign or advertisement for the sale, rent, or lease of lands or premises may, with the written consent of the owner or legal representative of the owner, be placed, by any one of not exceeding three real estate agents, on any lot, piece, or parcel of land abutting on a street, avenue, or road in said District, or attached to the exterior of any building fronting thereon. The Commissioners of the District of Columbia are authorized to use the police authority vested in them, to require the removal of any sign or advertisement in violation of this provision, and to institute prosecutions in the Police Court of the District of Columbia against persons violating the provisions hereof, and every such person upon conviction of such violation shall be fined in the sum of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars.

And the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 131:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 131, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the matter inserted by said amendment insert the following:

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Sec. 8. Par. 1. That for the purpose of this section the term "commission" when used herein shall mean the public utilities commission of the District of Columbia created by this section.

The term "commissioner" when used in this section shall mean one of the members of such commission.

The term "public utility" as used in this section shall mean and embrace every street railroad, street railroad corporation, common carrier, gas plant, gas corporation, electric plant, electrical corporation, water power company, telephone corporation, telephone line, telegraph corporation, telegraph line, and pipe line company.

The term "service" is used in this section in its broadest and most inclusive sense.

The term "corporation" when used in this section includes a corporation, company, association, and joint-stock company or association. The word "person" when used in this section includes an individual and a firm or copartnership.

The term "joint rates" when used in this section with reference to street railways shall be taken to mean rates between unrelated lines now in effect under existing law or under contract, or which may hereafter be specifically authorized by law.

The term "extension or extensions" when used in this section shall include the reasonable extension of the service and facilities of every street railroad, street railroad corporation, gas plant, gas corporation,

electric plant, electrical corporation, telephone corporation, telephone line, telegraph line, and telegraph corporation as the same are defined in

this section.

The term "street railroad" when used in this section includes every such railroad, whether wholly or partly in the District of Columbia, by whatsoever power operated, or any extension or extensions, branch or branches thereof, for public use in the conveyance of persons or property for compensation, and includes all equipment, construction, maintenance, repairs, switches, spurs, tracks, terminals, terminal facilities of every kind, trackage, joint or reciprocal trackage, transfers of passengers between street railways having connecting lines and street railways having independent lines, subways, tunnels, and stations, used, operated, or owned by or in connection with any such street railroad, and all the property of the same used in the conduct of its business.

The term "street railroad corporation" when used in this section includes every corporation, company, association, joint-stock company or association, partnership, and person doing business in the District of Columbia, their lessees, trustees, or receivers, appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling, or managing any street railroad or any cars or other equipment used thereon or in connection therewith.

The term common carrier" when used in this section includes express companies and every corporation, street railroad corporation, company, association, joint-stock company or association, partnership, and person, their lessees, trustees, or receivers, appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling, or managing any agency or agencies for public use for the conveyance of persons or property within the District of Columbia for hire. Steam railroads, the Washington Terminal Company, and the Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Company, and all companies engaged in interstate traffic upon the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay are excluded from the operation of this section, and are not included in the term "common carrier."

The term "gas plant" when used in this section includes all buildings, easements, real estate, mains, pipes, conduits, service pipes, services, pipe galleries, meters, boilers, water-gas sets, retorts, fixtures, condensers, scrubbers, purifiers, holders, materials, apparatus, personal property, and franchises, and property of every kind used in the conduct of the business operated, owned, controlled, used or to be used for or in connection with or to facilitate the manufacture, distribution, sale, or furnishing of gas (natural or manufactured) for light, heat, or power.

The term "gas corporation" when used in this section includes every corporation, company, association, joint-stock company or association, partnership, or person manufacturing, making, distributing, or selling gas for light, heat, or power, or for any public use whatsoever in the District of Columbia, their lessees, trustees, or receivers, appointed by any court whatsoever, and in said District owning, operating, controlling, or managing any gas plant, except where the gas is made or produced and distributed by the maker on or through private property solely for its own use or the use of its tenants and not for sale to or for the use of others.

The term "electric plant" when used in this section includes all engines, boilers, dynamos, generators, storage batteries, converters, motors, transformers, cables, wires, poles, lamps, meters, easements, real estate, fixtures, and personal property, materials, apparatus, and devices

of every kind operated, owned, used or to be used for or in connection with or to facilitate the generation, transmission, distribution, sale, or furnishing of electricity for light, heat, or power, and any conduits, ducts, or other devices, materials, apparatus, or property for containing, holding, or carrying electrical conductors used or to be used wholly or in part for the transmission of electricity for light, heat, or power, except where electricity is made, generated, produced, or transmitted by a private person or private corporation on or through private property solely for its own use or the use of tenants of its building and not for sale to or for the use of others.

The term "electrical corporation" when used in this section includes every corporation, company, association, joint-stock company or association, partnership, or person doing business in the District of Columbia, their lessees, trustees, or receivers, appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling, or managing any electric plant, including any water plant, or water property, or water falls, or dam, or water-power stations, except where electricity is made, generated, produced, or transmitted by a private person or private corporation on or through private property solely for its own use or the use of tenants of its building and not for sale to or for the use of others.

The term "water-power company" when used in this section includes every corporation, company, association, joint-stock company or association, partnership, and person, their lessees, trustees, or receivers, appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, managing, or controlling any plant or property, dam or water supply, canal, or power station for the development of water power for the generation of electrical current or other power or for the distribution or sale of such electrical current or other power.

The term "telephone corporation" when used in this section includes every corporation, company, association, joint-stock company or association, partnership, and persons, their lessees, trustees, or receivers, appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling, or managing any plant, wires, poles for the reception, transmission, or communication of messages by telephone, telephonic apparatus or instruments, or any telephone line or part of telephone line, used in the conduct of the business of affording telephonic communication for hire, or which licenses, lets, or permits telephonic communication for hire.

The term "telephone line" when used in this section includes conduits, ducts, poles, wires, cables, cross arms, receivers, transmitters, instruments, machines, and appliances, and all devices, real estate, franchises, easements, apparatus, fixtures, property, appurtenances, and routes used, operated, controlled, or owned by any telephone corporation to facilitate the business of affording telephonic communication for hire, or which licenses, lets, or permits telephonic communi

cation.

The term "telegraph corporation" when used in this section includes every corporation, company, association, joint-stock company or association, partnership, and person, their lessees, trustees, or receivers, appointed by any court whatsoever, owning, operating, controlling, or managing any plant, wires, poles, or property for the purposes of communication, or of transmitting or receiving messages by telegraph, or by any telegraphic apparatus or instrument, or any telegraph line or part of telegraph line used in the conduct of the business of affording

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