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COMMITTEE ON THE PUBLIC LANDS,

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Wednesday, April 24, 1912. The committee met at 10.30 a. m., with the chairman, Hon. Joseph T. Robinson, presiding, and the following members present: Messrs. Taylor, Raker, Fergusson, Rubey, Mondell, Pray, Morgan, and Pickett.

Mr. RAKER. Now, Mr. Chairman, there is a bill, H. R. 22995, before the committee. I desire to have the Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Fisher, heard upon it. The bill is as follows:

(H. R. 22995, Sixty-second Congress, second session.]

A BILL To establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby established in the Department of the Inteior a bureau to be called the National Park Service, which shall be under the charge of a director who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall receive a salary of six thousand dollars per annum; and there shall also be in said service such experts, assistants, and other employees as may from time to time be authorized by Congress.

SEC. 2. That the director shall, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, have the supervision, management, and control of the several national parks, the national monuments, the Hot Springs Reservation in the State of Arkansas, lands reserved or acquired by the United States because of their historical associations, and such other national parks, national monuments, or reservations of like character as may hereafter be created or authorized by Congress.

SEC. 3. That there is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the general expenses of the National Park Service, including the

pay of the director and the necessary experts, assistants, and other employees at Washington, District of Columbia, and in the field, and other expenses requisite for and incidental to the general work of the National Park Service, whether at Washington, District of Columbia, or in the field, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, the sum of seventy-five thousand dollars, to be immediately available.

SEC. 4. That the Secretary of the Interior shall make and publish such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary and proper, not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States, for the management, use, care, and preservation, of such parks, monuments, and reservations, and for the protection of property and improvements, game, and natural scenery, curiosities, and resources therein, and any violation of the provisions of this act or of such rules and regulations shall be punished as is provided for in section fifty of the act entitled “An act to codify, revise, and amend the penal laws of the United States," approved March fourth, nineteen hundred and nine, as amended by section six of the act of June twenty-fifth, nineteen hundred and and ten (Thirty-sixth United States Statutes at Large, page eight hundred and fiftyseven). He may also, upon terms and conditions to be fixed by him, sell or dispose bf dead or insect-infested timber and of such matured timber as in his judgment may be disposed of without detriment to the scenic or other purposes for which such parks, monuments, or reservations are established, grant leases and permits for the use of the land, the development of the resources, or privileges for the accommodation of visitors in the various parks, monuments, and reservations herein provided for, for periods not exceeding twenty years. The funds derived from such sales, leases, permits, and

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