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[Tenth indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, January 9, 1893. The Secretary of War concurs in the views and recommendations of the Chief of Engineers, and they will be carried out. By order of the Secretary of War:

JOHN TWEEDALE,

Chief Clerk. (Eleventh indorsement.] OFFICE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

U. S. ARMY,

January 10, 1893. Respectfully returned to Lieut. Col. C. R. Suter, Corps of Engineers, calling attention to the eighth and tenth indorsements. By command of Brig. Gen. Casey:

H. M. ADAMS, Major, Corps of Engineers.

(Twelfth indorsement.)

MISSOURI RIVER COMMISSION,

St. Louis, Mo., September 14, 1893. Respectfully returned to the Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army, with report of this date.

CHAS. R. SUTER,

Lieut. Col. of Engineers, President Missouri River Commission.

COMMUNICATION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES OF TILE STATE BOARDS OF HEALTH

OF KANSAS AND MISSOURI.

- 1892.

Kansas City, Mo., September DEAR SIR: At a joint conference of the executive committees of the State boards of health of Kansas and Missouri, held in this city on the 10th instant, to discuss the cholera situation, the resolutions, of which we incloso a copy herein, were umanimously adopted.

The sloughi mentioned in the resolutions is a standing menace to the health of both the Kansas cities; and as there is doubt as to which of the cities it legally belongs, neither city seems to think that it is justified in taking care of its sanitary condition. This being the case, it is at this time especially desirable that some methodl be adopted to better its condition from a sanitary standpoint at once and while there is no imminent immediate danger.

It was the opinion of this joint body that if the true river or harbor line should be definitely established, and the dispute as to the ownership on the ground thus settled, efforts would then be made immediately by the proper authorities to drain the slough.

We respectfully beg you to aid us in this precaution, which we think ought to be taken, buy calling the attention of the honorable Secretary of War to the state of atlairs and asking him to give such instructions to the Missouri River Commissioners as shall bring about a speedy location of the river line along the front of the two cities,

Iloping that you will aid us in this matter, which we deem of great anı ugent importance to both Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kans., We are, with respect,

H. D. HILL, M, D., Kansas,
W. G. HALL, M. D., Missouri,
II. M. DOWNS, M. D., Kansas,
E. R. LEWIS, M. D)., Missouri,

Committee. (Signed by authority of the committee by E. R. Lewis.) His Excellency, LYMAN U. HUMPIREY,

Topeka, kans.

RESOLUTION ADOPTED AT A JOIXT CONFERENCE OF TIIE EXECITIVE COMMITTEES OF

THE STATE BOARDS OF HEALTH OF KANSAS AND MISSOURI.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., September 10, 1892. At a joint conference of the executive committees of the State boards of health of Kausas and Missouri, held in this city to-day to discuss the cholera situation, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

“Whereas the West Bottoms or Packing Blouse Slough, a low tract of land made or reclaimed from the Missouri River channel, and lying along the front of said river, between the cities of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kans., is a standing and dangerous menace to the health of the two cities by being a cesspool of filth, refuse, and stagnant water, cut off from drainage to the river; and

"Whereas it is represented to us that the establishment of the true river front or harlor line would result in the immediate efforts to properly drain this slough and otherwise improve its sanitary condition; and

“Whereas the ownership of this tract of made or reclaimed ground is involved in dispute, being at present practically beyond the jurisdiction of either city, and uneared for by either:

Be it therefore resolred, That a committee be appointed, to consist of Dr. H. D. Hill, of Kansas, Dr. W. G. Hall, of Missouri, and Drs. H. M. Downs and E. R. Lewis, health officers of Kansas City, Kaus., and Kansas City, Mo., respectively, to draw up and present appropriato resolutions calling upon the honorable Secretary of War, through the governors of Missouri and Kansas, to give such instructions to the Missouri River Commissioners as shall lead to the speedy location of the river line along the front of the two cities.

Be it further resolred, That Dr. R. C. Atkinson, of the Missouri State board of health, be requested to call upon Col. C. R. Suter, president of the Missouri River Commissioners, and urge upon him the noce

ocessity for the immediate consideration of this important subject.” Official:

M. O'BRIEN, M. D., Secreiary of the Conference.

REPORT OF THE MISSOURI RIVER COMMISSION.

Missouri RIVER COMMISSION,

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,

St. Louis, Mo., October 12, 1892. GENERAL: I have the honor to submit the following report on the resolutions adopted September 10, 1892, by the executive committee of the State boards of health of Kansas and Missouri, presented to the lionorable Secretary of War by letter from the governor of Kansas dated September 21, 1892, and referred to me for report by indorsement of the Chief of Engineers dated September 30, 1992; presented also by letter from the governor of Missouri under date of September 26, 1892, and referred to me by indorsement of the Chief of Engineers dated October 1, 1892.

The tract of land referred to lies on the south bank of the Missouri, just below the mouth of the Kansas River, and facing a slough dry at low water, except at the lower end. Considerable accretions have occured here, largely aided by the dike of the National Water Works Company. The inclosed tracing shows the condition of affairs in Feb. ruary, 1892; but the high water of the present season has greatly added to the accretions as there shown.

The subject of establishment of harbor lines at Kansas City, Kans., and Kansas City, Mo., came before the Commission at their meeting of February 18, 1892, at which time delegations from each of the above cities and representatives of other interested parties were heard. The decision reached by the Commission at that time was that they had no power to establish harbor lines unless directed to do so by the Secretary of War.

At their meeting of March 26, 1891, certain bulkhead lines at Kansas City proposed by W. P. Van Aken had been approved by the Commission as not being prejudicial to the interests of navigation; and at the meeting of February 18, 1892, the Commission still maintained the same opinion. It was thought by them that the above bulkhead lines had received the approval of the Secretary of War; but subsequent correspondence (see indorsement of Secretary of War dated Narch 9, 1892, in letter from Secretary of War to Chief of Engineers, dated February 27, 1892), shows that this is not the case.

The lines shown on the inclosed tracing do not differ materially from the bulkhead lines proposed by Van Aken and approved by the Commission, and were considered satisfactory by the Commission, so far as navigation is concerned, when this matter was last considered. Whether this would be true at the present time, or whether they would meet the views of other parties concerned, I am unable to say. A resurvey of the locality and a hearing of interested parties would probably be necessary before any definite decision could be made. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. R. SUTER,

Lieut. Col. of Engineers,

President Missouri River Commission. Brig. Gen. THOMAS L. CASEY,

Chief of Engineers, U. S. A.

LETTER FROM THE GOVERNOR OF TIIE STATE OF MISSOURI.

STATE OF MISSOURI,

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

City of Jefferson, September 26, 1892. DEAR SIR: I inclose copies of resolutions passed by a joint conference of the executive committees of the State boards of health of Kansas and Missouri, held in Kansas City, Mo., September 10. You will observe therefrom that “the true river front or harbor line" has not been definitely located at or near the boundary line between the two States, and that in consequence thereof the condition of the undefined territory is such as to be a menace to the lealth of the immediately surrounding country. I respectfully request that you direct the Missouri River Commission to locate at as early a date as possible the river line in front of the two cities. Respectfully,

DAVID R. FRANCIS,
Hon. STEPHEN B. ELKINS,

Gorernor.
Secretary of War.

[Second indorsement.)
OFFICE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

U. S. ARMY,

October 1, 1892.
Respectfully referred to Lieut. Col. C. R. Suter, Corps of Engineers,
in connection with previous papers sent him September 30, 1892, on
same subject.
By command of Brig. Gen. Casey:

H. M. ADAMS,
Major, Corps of Engineers.

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[Third indorsement. I
MISSOURI RIVER COMMISSION,

St. Louis, Mo., October 12, 1892. Respectfully returned to the Chief of Engineers, L. S. Army, with report of this date.

CHAS. R. SUTER,

Lieut. Col. of Engineers, President Missouri River Commission.

REPORT OF MISSOURI RIVER COMMISSION.

MISSOURI RIVER COMMISSION,

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,

St. Louis, Mo., September 14, 1893. GENERAL: In accordance with your instructions contained in tenth indorsement, dated January 9, 1893, on communication of the governor of Kansas, dated September 24, 1892, the Missouri River Commission have carefully investigated the subject of harbor lines in front of Kansas City, Kans., and Kansas City, Mo. A public meeting was held at St. Louis, Mo., June 2, 1893, at which all persons interested were requested to express their views. Minutes of this meeting with copies of all papers filed are hereto appended.* The views of interested parties may be summed up as follows: The State of Kansas desires that the month of the Kaw River be left in the State of Kansas and that the shore line of 1826 be reestablished if possible. Kansas City, Kans., desires the same. The State of Missouri was not heard from. Kansas City, Mo., is indifferent. the drainage difficulties formerly complained of having been obviated by the construction of an intercepting sewer. Finally the riparian owners are mainly interested in as great a reclamation of land as possible, but above all to liave a definite line fixed to which reclamation can be carried.

After full consideration of the subject, the Commission beg leave to report that in their opinion a reestablishment of the shore line of 1826 would be incompatible with the present direction and location of the river above, and also with the safe passage of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad bridge at Kansas City, Mo.

They therefore respectfully recommend the harbor line exhibited on the accompanying mapt as best fulfilling all the requirements of the situation. This line, it will be observed, leaves the month of the Kaw in Kansas, provides for a considerable amount of valuable reclamation, and at the same time gives a favorable direction of approach to the Hannibal and St. Joseph bridge. Mapt appendel, Appendix A (scale 1 inch = 2,000 feet), gives a general view of the locality and the proposed line. Maptappendel, Appendix B (scale 1 inch = 250 feet), gives the location of the line in detail with the reference points from which it can be determined. These reference points with bearings and distances to marked points on the line are further described in Appendix ('. Letters and references are the same on both inaps. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. R. SUTER,

Lieut. Col. of Engineer's,

President Missouri River Commission. Brig. Gen. THOMAS L. CASEY, Chief of Engineers, T. S. A. * Not printed.

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(First indorsement.)

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OFFICE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

U. S. ARMY,

October 5, 1893. Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War.

The Missouri River Commission having lad under consideration, in accordance with the instructions of the Secretary of War embodied in the seventh, eighth, and tenth indorsements on 1244-D-W.D., 1892, the subject of harbor lines on the Missouri and Kaw rivers in front of Kansas City, Kans., and Kansas City, Mo., bas given the matter careful investigation and submits the within report and accompanying papers and drawings, to which attention is respectfully invited.

The Commission recommends for adoption the harbor lines shown by full black lines on the drawing marked Appendix B, the points on which line are designated by capital letters, beginning with "A," at the mouth of Dry Creek, in the northern part of Kansas City, Kans., ard terminating at “B B," where the proposed harbor line intersects the revetted bank of the Missouri River. A description of these points, with bearings and distances from certain fixed reference points, is given in Appendix C.

I concur in the recommendations of the Commission, and recommend that the selected line be approved, and that the Secretary place bis approval upon the drawing marked Appendix B.

Attention is invited to the communications of July 14 and 15, respectively, from the governor of Kansas and the mayor of Kansas City, Kans., requesting to be informed regarding the line proposed by the Commission before final action is taken on the matter by the Secretary of War.

Tios. LINCOLN CASEY,
Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers.

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(Second indorsement.]

WAR DEPARTMENT, December 9, 1893. The harbor lines proposed by the Missouri River Commission, as shown on tracing marked Appendix B, are approved.

DANIEL S. LAMONT,

Secretary of War.

APPENDIX C.-DESCRIPTION OF REFEIENCE POINTS.

POINTS DETERMINED BY THE CITY ENGINEERS OF KANSAS CITY, MO., AVI KANSAS

CITY, KANS., TO BE CONNECTED WITH THE RIVER SURVEY FOR DETERMINING
POSITION OF THE KANSAS CITY IIARBOR LINE.

a. Point in prolongation of the center line of Virginia arenne, 1,301 teet east of intersection of center lines of Virginia avenne and Thire street, Kansas City, Kiills.

b. Point in the prolongation of a line 34 feet sonth of and parallel to the north line of Wasbington avenue, 652 feet east from the center line of Third street, Kausas (ity, kans.

c. On center line of Minnesota avenue, 508 feet east of center line of Third street, kansas City, Kans.

d. Point in the prolongation of a line 20 feet north of and parallel to the couter line of Ohio avenue, 450 feet northeast from the center line of James street, Kansas City, Kans.

e. Boundary monument on line between Missouri and Kansas, 19.6 feet south of arrow mark on the brick wall of the office of the Armour Packing Company; also 638.4 feet north of a point 125 feet south of the south line of Ninth street.

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