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Excerpt from Hearings Before the Committee on Naval Affairs, U. S. House of Representatives, May 1, 4, 8, 18, 22, 25, 29, June 1, 5, 8, 12, 22, 1894: On the Bill H. R. 6338, to Abolish the Bureau in the Treasury Department Known as the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and Transfer the Work of Said Bureau to the Hydrographic Office in the Navy Department and the Geological Survey in the Department of the Inte The Committee on Naval Affairs this day met, Hon. Amos J. Cummings in the chair. The Chairman. We will give Prof. Woodward, of Columbia College, New York, a hearing on Mr. Enloe's bill providing for the transfer of the Coast and Geodetic Survey to the Navy Department, and the bill is as follows: A Bill to abolish the Bureau in the Treasury Department known as the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and transfer the work of said Bureau to the Hydrographic Office in the Navy Department and the Geological Survey in the Department of the Interior. Be it enacted by the Senate and Rouse of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Thaton and after the first day of July, eighteen hundred and ninety- four, the Bureau in the Treasury Department known as the Coast and Geodetic Survey be, and the same is hereby, abolished, and all the duties now performed by the Coast and Geodetic Survey relating to the survey of the coasts of the United States and adjacent islands, including the survey of rivers to the head of tidewater or ship navigation with such topography as may be necessary thereto, and the preparation of charts and nautical publications therefrom, and all soundings, examinations of temperature, and of the deep-sea and tidal-current observations, be, and the same are hereby, transferred to the Department of the Navy, and the Secretaries of the Treasury and of the Navy shall cause to be transferred to the Department of the Navy all the vessels, buildings now owned or controlled by the United States and occupied by said Coast and Geodetic Survey, and such of the records, materials, and employees of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, as may be necessary in order to carry out the purposes of this Act. Sec. 2. That all of the duties now performed by the Coast and Geodetic Survey relating to the geodetic survey are hereby transferred to the Department of the Interior, and shall be performed by the United States Geological Survey attached to said Department, and such of the records and materials as belong to, or are used in, said work, together with such employees as may be necessary, shall be transferred to the Department of the Interior. Sec. 3. That the chief of the Hydrographic Office shall be an officer not below the grade of commander, and he shall be entitled to the highest pay of his grade. The Chairman. I want to say that this bill is recommended by the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of the Treasury. Prof. Woodward desires a hearing, and, with the permission of the gentlemen of the committee present, he will proceed. Statement Of Prof. R. S. Woodward, Of Columbia College New York. Prof. Woodward then addressed the committee; he said: Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen of the Committee: My colleagues and I, of Columbia College, New York, have drawn up a protest against this bill for the abolishment of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and that protest has been submitted to the chairman. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
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