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Mar. 3, 1905. CHAP. 1481.-An Act Making appropriations for the naval [H. R. 18467.] service for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and six, and for other purposes.

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214.]
33 Stat. L.,

(For repairs of Barracks, Marine Corps, Sitka, Alaska.

pt. 1, p. 1092. See p. 71.)

Mar. 3, 1905.

CHAP. 1482.-An Act Making appropriations for the construc[H. R. 18809.]tion, repair, and preservation of certain public works on rivers and [Public, No. harbors, and for other purposes

215.]

33 Stats. L.,

pt. 1, p. 1117.

harbors appro

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assemRivers and bled, That the following sums of money be, and are priations. hereby, appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be immediately available, and to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of War and the supervision of the Chief of Engineers, for the construction, completion, repair, and preservation of the public works hereinafter named:

Alaska.

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Snake River, There is hereby granted to the Nome Improvement Nome Im-Company, a corporation organized under the laws of the pany granted State of Washington, the right to dredge Snake River, right to dredge. which enters Bering Sea at or near Nome, Alaska, for a

provementCom

Toll.

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distance of not exceeding five thousand feet from the mouth thereof, and to extend such channel seaward not beyond a point where the water is twelve feet deep, and to construct jetties on both sides of the channel so dredged, and bulkheads at the outer end thereof, in accordance with plans to be approved by the Secretary of War, with a view to making said Snake River available for harbor purposes for vessels drawing not less than six feet of water, and providing an entrance thereto.

Upon the completion of the dredging of said Snake River and the construction of the bulkheads and jetties, so as to form a channel from the ocean into Snake River not less than fifty feet wide and six feet deep at mean low tide, the said Nome Improvement Company shall have the right, during the time it may maintain the channel aforesaid, to collect as toll on freight and passengers entering or leaving the mouth of the jetties so constructed, as follows: On all freight carried in or out, one dollar per ton; passengers, twenty-five cents each; horses and cattle, one dollar per head; hogs and sheep, twentyfive cents each: Provided, however, That these rates of toll and any wharfage rates charged or imposed by the said company may be revised, modified, or changed by the Secretary of War whenever he becomes satisfied that and the same are unreasonable or oppressive: Provided further, That all native Indians and Esquimos shall have the right of free ingress and egress through said channel and jetties to and from Snake River with their boats, provisions, and personal effects.

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maintain channel depth.

The said improvement company shall have the right to Reclaimed occupy and use land by it reclaimed on each side of its said jetties and channels constructed by it where such land is not at the time of approval of this act legally held or owned by any person, company, or corporation: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed as limiting the rights of any State which may be lands. hereafter organized from said Territory of Alaska to assert title to tide lands: Provided further, That the Right of posUnited States may, upon notice to said company of not United States. less than one year, take possession of and acquire full title to all such harbor or channel improvements constructed and rights in land reclaimed by said Nome Improvement Company under authority hereof, upon payment to said company of the reasonable value thereof, excluding the value of the franchise: Provided further, That the work of improvement herein described shall be provements. begun within one year from the date of approval of this Act: Provided further, That if after the lapse of two Failure to years from date of approval of this Act the said improvement company shall, at any time during the season of navigation, permit any portion of said channel between the jetties, including that portion of the river improved by it, for three consecutive months to be of less depth than six feet at mean low tide, for a full width of fifty feet, then all rights of said company as herein determined shall cease, and the harbor improvements constructed, including bulkheads, jetties, and rights in reclaimed lands, shall become the property of the United States without recompense to the company: Provided further, That no exclusive privileges to dredge in Snake Restriction. River as an incident to mining are herein conferred; and the said improvement company shall assume all liability for damages that may arise as the result of work undertaken by it under the authority of this Act: Provided further, That this Act shall not be held to authorize the Prior rights infringement or impairment of the legal rights of any person, company, or corporation: And provided further, That said, harbor, when duly constructed, shall, under Free to vesuniform regulations to be adopted by said company, and weather. approved by the Secretary of War, be free to such vessels

as may
be able to enter the same as a harbor of refuge in
stress of weather.

not affected.

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Congress reserves the right to alter, amend, or repeal Amendment. any of the provisions of this Act in so far as it relates to this franchise.

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SEC. 9. That the Secretary of War is hereby directed to Preliminary cause preliminary examinations or surveys to be made at etc., authorthe localities named in this section as hereinafter provided. In all cases, unless a survey or estimate is herein expressly directed, a preliminary examination shall first

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be made which shall embrace information concerning the commercial importance, present and prospective, of the river or harbor mentioned, and a report as to the advisability of its improvement. Whenever such preliminary examination has been made, in case such improvement is not deemed advisable, no surveys thereof or estimate therefor shall be made without the direction of Congress; but in case the report shall be to the effect that such river or harbor is worthy of improvement, or that a survey and estimate should be made to determine the advisability of improvement, the Secretary of War is hereby directed, at his discretion, to cause surveys to be made and the cost of improvement of such river or harbor to be estimated and reported to Congress: Provided, That in board of engi- all cases preliminary examinations as well as surveys shall be examined and reviewed by the board provided for in section three of the river and harbor Act of June thirteenth, nineteen hundred and two. Such examination and review shall be made by the said board of all examinations or surveys provided for in this Act, whether contained in section one or section ten; said board shall also on request by resolution of the Committee on Commerce of the United States Senate, or the Committee on Rivers and Harbors of the House of Representatives, examine and review surveys provided for by Acts or resolutions prior to the river and harbor Act of June thirteenth, nineteen hundred and two, and report thereon: Provided further, That at any time prior to the assembling of Congress in December, nineteen hundred and five, all reports of preliminary examinations and surveys that may be ready for printing shall, in the discretion of the Secretary of War, be printed by the Public Printer as documents of the Fifty-ninth Congress.

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Saint Michael Canal, with a view to straightening and otherwise improving the same.

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Mar. 6, 1905.

CHAP. 1483.-An Act Making appropriations for sundry civil [H. R. 18969.] expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thir[Public, No. tieth, nineten hundred and six, and for other purposes.

216.]

33 Stats. L., pt. 1, p. 1156.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assemSundry civil bled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, for the objects hereinafter expressed, for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and six, namely:

expenses appropriations.

UNDER THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT.

PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

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Repairs, etc.

For repairs and preservation of public buildings: Re- Sitka, Alaska. pairs and preservation of custom-houses, court-houses, and post-offices, and quarantine stations, buildings and wharf at Sitka, Alaska, and the other public buildings and the grounds thereof under the control of the Treasury Department, exclusive of marine hospitals, four hundred and fifty thousand dollars:

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for protection of the seal fisheries in Bering Sea and the Seal fisheries. other waters of Alaska, and the interest of the Government on the seal islands and the sea-otter hunting grounds, and the enforcement of the provisions of law in Alaska; * * *

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MISCELLANEOUS OBJECTS, TREASURY DEPARTMENT.

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ALASKA FUND: That the moneys described as the "Alaska fund," in section one of "An Act to provide for the construction and maintenance of roads, the establishment and maintenance of schools, and the care and support of insane persons in the district of Alaska, and for other purposes," approved January twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred and five, be, and the same are hereby, appropriated out of the Treasury of the United States for the uses and purposes in said Act mentioned.

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Alaska fund.

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(For Field Expenses, surveys, Alaska. See p. 227.)

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Fish hatcheries, Alaska: For the establishment of one Salmon or more hatcheries in Alaska for the propagation of sal- eries, etc.

fish

Agents.

Agents' s alaries, etc.

Food, etc., for natives.

mon and other food fishes, at points to be selected by the Secretary of Commerce and Labor, including the purchase of sites, construction of necessary buildings and ponds, purchase and hire of boats, equipment, and such temporary help as may be required for construction and operation of the hatcheries, to be immediately available, fifty thousand dollars.

For the protection of the salmon fisheries of Alaska, including salaries of one agent, at two thousand five hundred dollars, and one assistant agent, at two thousand dollars, seven thousand dollars.

MISCELLANEOUS OBJECTS, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND
LABOR.

ALASKAN SEAL FISHERIES: For salaries and traveling expenses of agents at seal fisheries in Alaska, as follows: For one agent, three thousand six hundred and fifty dollars; one assistant agent, two thousand nine hundred and twenty dollars; two assistant agents, at two thousand one hundred and ninety dollars each; necessary traveling expenses of agents actually incurred in going to and returning from Alaska, not to exceed five hundred dollars each per annum; and for the purchase of stationery for the use of said agents, and the expense of transporting the same to the Pribilof Islands, Alaska; in all, twelve thousand nine hundred and fifty dollars.

To enable the Secretary of Commerce and Labor tofurnish food, fuel, and clothing to the native inhabitants on the islands of Saint Paul and Saint George, Alaska, nineteen thousand five hundred dollars.

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Surveys,

rates.

SURVEYING THE PUBLIC LANDS.

For surveys and resurveys of public lands, four hundred thousand dollars, at rates not exceeding nine dollars per linear mile for standard and meander lines, seven dollars for township, and five dollars for section lines:

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Provided further, That in the States of

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the district of Alaska, there may be allowed, in the discretion of the Secretary of the Interior, for the survey and resurvey of lands heavily timbered, mountainous, or covered with dense undergrowth, rates not exceeding twentyfive dollars per linear mile for standard and meander lines, twenty-three dollars for township, and twenty dollars for section lines; the provisions of section twentyfour hundred and eleven, Revised Statutes of the United

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