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CONGRESS

STEAMBOAT-INSPECTION SERVICE.

. LETTER

FROM

THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE,

TRANSMITTING

DRAFT OF A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 4404 AND 4405, REVISED

STATUTES OF THE UNITED STATES, TO PROVIDE FOR 11 INSTEAD OF 10 SUPERVISING INSPECTORS IN THE STEAMBOAT-INSPECTION SERVICE AND STRIKING OUT THE PROVISION IN SECTION 4405 THAT THE SUPERVISING INSPECTOR ON THE PACIFIC COAST SHALL NOT BE UNDER OBLIGATION TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISING INSPECTORS OF STEAM VESSELS OFTENER THAN ONCE IN TWO YEARS.

OCTOBER 10, 1914.-Referred to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce

and ordered to be printed.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, October 8, 1914. MY DEAR MR. SPEAKER: There is inclosed berewith draft of a bill proposing to amend sections 4404 and 4405, Revised Statutes, providing for 11 instead of 10 supervising inspectors in the Steamboat-Inspection Service, and striking out the provision in section 4405, Revised Statutes, that the supervising inspector on the Pacific coast shall not be under obligation to attend the meetings of the Board of Supervising Inspectors of Steam Vessels oftener than once in two years.

The territory embraced in the first supervising inspection district is at present too large for one man to supervise properly, and it is proposed to divide the first supervising inspection district so that the supervising inspector at San Francisco, Cal., shall be in charge of the local inspectors at San Francisco and Los Angeles, Cal., and Honolulu, Hawaii; and the new supervising inspector will be stationed at Seattle, Wash., and be in charge of the local inspectors at Seattle, Wash., Portland, Oreg., and St. Michael and Juneau, Alaska. It is believed that this would result in getting better work from the two supervising inspectors than from one, for the reason that eart supervising inspector having a smaller district could give more detailed attention to the work of the local inspectors under is direction. It is impossible for one man to properly supervise a district which is as large as the first supervising inspection district.

Under the provisions of section 44 5, Revised Statutes, the supervising inspector for the district embracing the Pacific coast is not under obligation to attend the meetings of the Board of Supervising Inspectors oftener than once in two years. For the past several years the supervising inspector on the Pacific coast has attended the mcttings of the Board of Supervising Inspectors each yrar, and it is di sired that the law be so amended as to make it obligatory for him to attend every meeting of the Board of Supervising Inspectors, #5 his presence at these meetings is absolutely necessary. It is recommended that the bill be enacted into law. Very truly, yours,

E. F. SWEET,

Assistant Secretary. The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D. C.

AN ACT To provide for the appointment of 11 supervising inspectors, Steamboat-Inspection Service, in

lieu of 10.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Ameris in Congress assembled, That section forty-four hundred and four, Revised Statutes of the United States, be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to read as follows:

“SEC. 4404. There shall be eleven supervising inspectors, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each of them shall be selected for his knowledge, skill, and practical experience in the uses of steam for navigation, and shall be a competent judge of the character and qualities of steam vessels, and of all parts of the machinery employed in steaming. Each supervising inspector shall be entitled to a salary of three thousand dollars a year, and his actual and reasonable traveling expenses incurred in the performance of his duties, together with his actual and reasonable expenses for transportation of instruments, which shall be certified and sworn to under such instructions as shall be given by the Secretary of Commerce."

Sec. 2. That section forty-four hundred and five, Revised Statutes of the United States, be, and the same is hereby, amended by striking out the following words:

“The supervising inspector of the district embracing the Pacific coast shall not be under obligation to attend the meetings of the board oftener than once in two years, but when he does not attend such meeting he shall make his communications thereto, in the way of a report, in such manner as the board shall prescribe.”

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WITHDRAWAL OF HOUSE DOCUMENT NO. 1175.

LETTER

FROM

THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE,

REQUESTING

WITHDRAWAL OF LETTER OF SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE OF DATE OCTOBER 14, 1914, IN REFERENCE TO PINK BOLL WORM OF COTTON, PRINTED AS HOUSE DOCUMENT NO. 1175.

October 19, 1914.-Referred to the Committee on Agriculture and ordered to be

printed.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

Washington, October 15, 1914. The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SIR: I have the honor to request that the letter which I transmitted to the Speaker of the House under date of October 14, 1914, in reference to pink boll worm of cotton and printed as House Document No. 1175, be withdrawn from distribution and given no publicity for the followiug reason:

A further investigation of the infested area by experts of this department on the ground reveals the fact that a pink boll worm was present, but that it is not the Egyptian pink boll worm. The specimens examined at the time were immature. Examination of mature specimens reveals the fact that the worm is different from the Egyptian boll worm, that the destruction of the cotton was caused by a plant disease, and that this pink boll worm which followed, appearing on the plant, is in reality a scavenger.

It appears, in the light of these facts, that the department has adequate power and facilities for dealing with the problem presented.

The facts in our possession at the time justified the action taken, and, of course, it would have been a serious matter if the first determination of the nature of the worm had been correct and there had been no authority for action by the department. Respectfully,

D. F. HOUSTON, Secretary.

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