Message from the President of the United States, Together with the Reports of the Heads of Departments, Communicated to the Two Houses of Congress at the Beginning of the Second Session of the Forty-Fourth Congress

Message from the President of the United States, Together with the Reports of the Heads of Departments, Communicated to the Two Houses of Congress at the Beginning of the Second Session of the Forty-Fourth Congress

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...secured a channel twenty feet in depth and two hundred feet in width at the mouth of the pass, the United States are bound under the law to pay them $500,000; but that on their past, unless Eads and his associates secure a depth of twenty feet entirely through the pass before the 3d of September, 1877, Congress may revoke their graut. This seems to me a perfectly equitable proposition both for the United States and for Eads and his associates; but. in order that there may be no question on either side in a matter involving so large an expenditure of money, I have submitted the case to the Attorney-General for his opinion whether this proposition would be strictly in accordance with the law. Should this view be sustained by the Attorn ey-General, it is my duty to notify Cougress that $500,000 will probably be required to make first payments fo Eads and his associates on or before February, 1877, and the sum of $1,000,000 may possibly be required for further payments during the next fiscal year. The commission reports on the question of " average flood-tide " that the previous interpretation is substantially correct, and that the zero on the United States engineers' gauge is a correct datum from which to measure depths; also that the works are being constructed essentially in accordance with the spirit of the act, adding this proviso: We have already remarked that we deem not ouly at) enlargement of section but a large application of stone to be essential to the security of the jetties, their sea ends especially; and we are of the opinion that this enlargement of section at the sea-ends and consolidation throughout by the application of stone should be undertaken at once, and a reasonable progress therein be made the condition of...show more

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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236785800
  • 9781236785800