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January 29, 1900                 Mr. Clark of Wyoming introduced a joint 
Senate                           resolution (S.R. 76) withdrawing certain 
v. 33 (2)                        lands on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, from the 
p. 1250                          public domain; which was read twice by its
                                 title, and referred to the Committee on Public
                                  Lands

AMENDMENTS TO BILLS.
January 31, 1900           Mr. WARREN submitted an amendment intended to be pro-
Senate                    posed by him to the bill (S. 222) to provide government for the 
v. 33 (2)                 Territory of Hawaii; which was ordered to lie on the table and
p. 1327                   be printed.

LANDS ON TUB ISLAND  OF OAHU,  HAWAII.

February  5,  1900              Mr. CLARK of Wyoming.   I am directed by the Committee on
Senate                          Public Lands, to whom was referred the joint resolution (S. R. 
V. 33 ( 2 )                    76)  withdrawing certain lands on the island of Oahu, Hawaii,
p. 1487-1488                   from the public domain, to report it favorably, and I ask for its 
                               immediate consideration.

The PRESIDENT pro tempore.   The joint resolution will be read for information.
The Secretary read the joint resolution.

Mr. FORAKER. I understand that a joint resolution in regard to certain lands on the 
island of Oahu, Hawaii, has been reported from the Committee on Public Lands. I was 
not aware there was any such resolution pending before the Senate.

The PRESIDENT pro tempore. It is a report from the Commit-tee on Public Lands.

Mr. FORAKER.   When was that joint resolution introduced?

Mr. CLARK of Wyoming. It was introduced something like a week ago, when it 
was referred to the Committee on Public Lands, and it has been unanimously 
reported from that committee. It is with reference to the withdrawal from the 
public lands of the royal mausoleum, containing something like 120,000 square feet in 
the outskirts of Honolulu.

Mr. FORAKER. I must certainly have been absent from the Senate when that joint 
resolution was introduced and referred to the Committee on Public Lands. As chairman 
of the Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico,. I shall insist that all matters 
affecting those islands shall be referred to the committee having control of that subject.

Mr. CLARK of Wyoming. Certainly the Senator from Ohio will see the justice of 
having referred this matter to the Commit-tee on Public Lands, when by resolution 
and a proclamation of the President the public lands of Hawaii have been taken over 
to the United States. It seems to me that there is but one commit-tee to which that
 joint resolution and that subject should have gone. It certainly was not such a
 reference of the joint resolution as could properly have been objected to, I think.

Mr. FORAKER. It may be as the Senator from Wyoming says; I have no doubt it is; 
but I did not happen to be present when the joint resolution was introduced and was not 
aware that any such resolution had been introduced or any such reference had been 
made.
I only want to say, as chairman of that committee, that every-thing affecting those 
islands the Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico will feel inclined to claim 
should be referred to it. If everything affecting the public lands in those islands is to 
go to the Committee on Public Lands, if everything referring to finance is to go to 
the Finance Committee, and everything refer-ring to navigation is .to go to the 
Committee on Commerce, we might as well dispense with the Committee on 
Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico. We shall claim the reference of everything of this 
character, in the first instance, to that committee.

Mr. CLARK of Wyoming. I had no thought of discourtesy to the Senator or to the 
Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico.

               Mr. FORAKER. I am sure of that. I am not disposed to make any question on this 
               joint resolution; but, as I have already said.  I want to serve notice
                   that our committee will make claim to every-
1488                thing connected with those islands in the way of legislation that
                   may  be brought before the Senate. 

The PRESIDENT  pro tempore.     Is there objection to the present Consideration of the joint resolution. 

Mr. ALLEN. I object. I think morning business ought to be transacted before anything else is taken up.

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