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CANCELLATION OF HOMESTEAD ENTRIES ON RECLAMATION PROJECTS IN IDAHO.

LETTER

FROM

THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR,

TRANSMITTING,

IN RESPONSE TO SENATE RESOLUTION OF JANUARY 27, 1913, INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THE CANCELLATION OF CERTAIN HOMESTEAD ENTRIES ON RECLAMATION PROJECTS IN IDAHO.

FEBRUARY 8, 1913.-Referred to the Committee on Public Lands and ordered to be printed.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington, February 7, 1913.

The SECRETARY OF THE SENATE.

SIR: The Department of the Interior is in receipt, by your reference of January 27, 1913, of a resolution of the Senate of the United States dated January 27, 1913, as follows:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Interior be directed to advise the Senate whether or not the department contemplates the cancellation of any homestead entries upon any of the United States reclamation projects in Idaho because of the failure of entrymen to make payment covering the operation and maintenance charges; and if so, the names of the entrymen and a description of the location of their entries.

There are two United States reclamation projects in Idaho, the Boise and the Minidoka. No charges have been announced by public notice on the Boise project, so that no entries on that project are subject to cancellation for nonpayment of charges.

The following list shows the entrymen on the Minidoka project who are delinquent two or more charges for operation and maintenance, and whose entries are subject to cancellation on that account. This is exclusive of charges due December 1, 1912.

Operating and maintenance charges, Minidoka project, unpaid Feb. 4, 1913.

[List only includes cases where charges are unpaid for more than one installment, and is exclusive of charges

due Dec. 1, 1912.)

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All of these entrymen, except Stephen Dallolio, have failed to make two or more payments of the building charge, and such entries are subject to cancellation under section 5 of the reclamation act (32 Stat., 388). In reference to the entry of Stephen Dallolio, it seems that there is some misunderstanding in regard to the amount of his operation and maintenance charge due December 1, 1910, and for that reason a small part of that installment still remains unpaid. The case is being taken up for adjustment.

It may be stated that in view of the pending appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States from the decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Baker v. Swigart (199 Fed., 865), the department does not contemplate the cancellation of any entries solely on account of the nonpayment of the operation and maintenance charge. The department is doing everything in its power to secure an early decision from the United States Supreme Court on this appeal, motion for advancing the case having been filed February 1 and now pending.

The above tabular statement is also exclusive of the South Side pumping unit of the Minidoka project, for which public notice under section 4 of the reclamation act (32 Stat., 388) has not been issued fixing the charges per acre on these entries, although orders were issued on March 24, 1911, March 19, 1912, May 13, 1912, and October 10, 1912, fixing certain rental charges on the South Side pumping unit, "to afford an opportunity for the operation of the irrigation works and pumping plant under service conditions and as preliminary to the regular opening of the project."

The department at this time does not contemplate the cancellation of any of the entries under the South Side pumping unit for nonpayment of the temporary rental charges fixed by the orders referred to, although in the orders the charges are referred to under the designation, "operation and maintenance charge," as well as "rental charge. WALTER L. FISHER,

Very respectfully,

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Secretary.

LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL EXPENSES.

MR. WARREN presented the following

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE ON THE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL (H. R. 26680) MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, AND JUDICIAL EXPENSES OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1914.

FEBRUARY 10, 1913.-Ordered to lie over and 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. 26680) making appropriations for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government 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 31, 32, 33, 34 35, 36, 40, 48, 51, 52, 70, 99, 100, 104, 105, 117, 118, 119, 125, 126, 127, 128, 132, 133, 141, 157, 158, 159, 175, 197, 198, 199, 202, 206, 207, 218, 219, 220, 221, 236, 241, and 242.

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the Senate numbered 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 49, 50, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 91, 92, 96, 97, 101, 102, 103, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 129, 130, 131, 134, 135, 136, 143, 144, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 176, 203, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 222, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 237, and 238, and agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 20:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 20, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In line 8 of the matter inserted by said amendment strike out "three thousand five hundred dollars" and insert in lieu thereof the following: two thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 44:

That the Hcise recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 44, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

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

Amendment numbered 45:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 45, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

At the end of the matter inserted by said amendment insert the following: Provided, That no person shall be employed hereunder at a compensation in excess of $4,000 per annum; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 53:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 53, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert: eighty-seven thousand nine hundred and ninety dollars; 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: four thousand dollars; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 60:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 60, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

In lieu of the sum proposed insert: sixteen thousand one hundred and twenty dollars; and the Senate agree to the same.

Amendment numbered 98:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate numbered 98, and agree to the same with an amendment as follows:

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

For legislative expenses, namely: Salaries of members, $21,600; mileage of members, $6,500; salaries of employees, $5,160; printing of laws, $3,500; rent of legislative halls and committee rooms, $2,000; stationery, supplies, printing of bills, reports, and so forth, $3,500; in all, $42,260, to be immediately available.

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: one hundred and sixty-six thousand three hundred and fifty-eight dollars; and the Senate agree to the

same.

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