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COMMITTEE ON INTEROCEANIC CANALS.

JAMES A. O'GORMAN, New York, Chairman. JOHN R. THORNTON, Louisiana.

FRANK B. BRANDEGEE, Connecticut. WILLIAM E, CHILTON, West Virginia. WILLIAM E. BORAH, Idaho. JOHN K. SHIELDS, Tennessee.

COE I. CRAWFORD, South Dakota. THOMAS J. WALSH, Montana.

JOSEPH L. BRISTOW, Kansas. CHARLES S. THOMAS, Colorado.

GEORGE C. PERKINS, Callfornla. ROBERT L. OWEN, Oklahoma.

CARROLL S. PAGE, Vermont, F. N. SIMMONS, North Carolina.

FRANK OLIVER, Clerk. 2

JUN 17,

PANAMA CANAL TOLLS.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 1914.

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON INTEROCEANIC CANALS,

Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock, a. m., pursuant to the call of the chairman.

Present: Senators O'Gorman (chairman), Thornton, Shields, Walsh, Thomas, Simmons, Brandegee, Borah, Crawford, Bristow, Perkins, and Page.

Also present: Senators Ransdell and Jones.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. Senators, regarding the proposed legislation affecting the Panama Canal, the committee has been called to consider the bill H. R. 14385, an act to amend section 5 of an act to provide for the opening, maintenance, protection, and operation of the Panama Canal and the sanitation of the Canal Zone, approved August 24, 1912, which provides for the repeal of the coastwise shipping exemption, which is as follows:

(H. R. 14385, Sixty-third Congress, second session.) AN ACT To amend section five of "An act to provide for the opening, maintenance, protection, and

operation of the Panama Canal and the sanitation of the Canal Zone." approved August twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred and twelve.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the second sentence in section five of the act entitled “An act to provide for the opening, maintenance, protection, and operation of the Panama Canal and the sanitation and government of the Canal Zone,” approved August twenty-fourth, nineteen hundred and twelve, which reads as follows: No tolls shall be levied upon vessels engaged in the coastwise trade of the United States,” be, and the same is hereby, repealed.

Sec. 2. That the third sentence of the third paragraph of said section of said act be so amended as to read as follows: "When based upon net registered tonnage for ships of commerce the tolls shall not exceed $1.25 per net registered ton, nor be less than 75 cents per net registered ton, subject, however, to the provisions of article nineteen of the convention between the United States and the Republic of Panama, entered into November eighteenth, nineteen hundred and three.'

Passed the House of Representatives March 31, 1914.
Attest:

SOUTH TRIMBLE, Clerk. We also have the following Senate bills and resolutions on this subject to consider:

S. 4694, introduced by Senator Chilton;

S. 4893, introduced by Senator Owen (which is the same as the House bill);

S. 5086, introduced by Senator Lewis;
S. 5088, introduced by Senator Reed;
S. 5090, introduced by Senator Fall;
S. 5101, introduced by Senator Thomas;

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