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Union Calendar No. 325.
61st Congress, \ HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. J Report
3d Session . f | No. 1804.
MEMORIAL TO COmiODOIiE PERRY, ETC.
December 21, 1910.— Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state
of the Union and ordered to be printed.
Mr. IvODENBERG, from the Committee on Industrial Arts and Expo-
sitions, submitted the following
[To accompany H. R. 29503.]
The Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions, to whom was
referred the bill (H. R. 29503) to promote the erection of a memorial
in conjunction with a Perry's Victory Centennial celebration on Put-
in-Bay Island during the yeaT 1913 in commemoration of the one hun-
dredth anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie and the Northwestern
cami)aign of Gen. William Henry Harrison in the War of 1S12, hav-
ing considered same, begs to submit the following report and recom-
mends that same do pass when amended as follows:
On page 2 of the bill strike out the fifth and sixth i)reambles.
On page 3, line 6, after the word "of," strike out the word ''such"
and add the word "a."
On ])age 3, line 6. after the word "memorial," add the words "in
commemoration of the victory of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry on
On page 3, line 10, after the word "Commission," strike out the
remainder of section 1, so as to make the amended paragraph read
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America
in Congress assembled, That there is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the
Treasury of the United States not other \vise'appro])riated, the sum of two hundred and
fifty thousand dollars toward the erection of a memorial in commemoration of the
victory of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry on Lake Erie, and in aid of the Perry's
Victory Centennial celebration, to be held during the year nineteen hundred and
thirteen, on Put-in-Bay Island, Lake Erie, Ohio, the same to be disbursed by the
Perry's Victory Centennial Commission.
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In section 2. line 2i, after the word "pay/' add the following:
but who shall be reimbursed and paid out of the money herein api)ropriated for their
actual and necessary exi)enses in attending their oflicial duties —
So as to make the amended paragraph read as follows:
Sec. 2. That the President is hereby authorized to appoint three citizens of the
United States a." commissioners of the said Perry's Victory ("entennial, who shall serve
without pav but who shall be reimbursed and paid out of the money herein ai)pro-
priated for "their actual and necessary expenses in attending to their oflicial duties, of
whom one sliall be chosen from the Army and one from the Navy to represent the
National (Jovcrnment in the proposed celebration and in the erection of the proposed
Perry Memorial, in conjunction with the coramiBsioners representing the several
In section 3, line 8, paire 4, after the word "any," add the word
In section 3, line S, pa<j:e 4, after the word "in." add tlie words
"connection with," so as to make the amcndeil paragraph read as
Sec. 3. That the making of the appropriation provided for in eection one of this act
shall in no wav oiierate by implicatitm or otherwise to require the United States to
incur any further debt or obligation in connection with the erection of such memorial
or in connection with said centennial celebration.
In section 4, line 17, page 4, after the word " act," add the following
Provided, That no part of the simi hereby appropriated shall be available for the
said Perrv's ^■ictory ("entennial celebration until the said United States commissioners
are satisfied that a" sufficient sum has been appropriated by the States participating
therein, including the amount hereby appropriated, for the completion of said
So as to make the amended section read as follows :
Sec. 4. That the monev appropriated by this act shall be paid out on the order of
the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States from time to time and to the treasurer
of the organization engagedin the erection of such monument and in promoting and in
holding the ."aid centennial celebration, and on said Secretary being satisfied the
money api)r()|.riated will be disbursed for the objects, uses, and jnirposes exjiressed in
section one of this act : Provided, That no i>art of the sum hereby ajiprojjriated shall be
available for the said Perry's Victory Centennial celebration until the said United
States commi.'isioners are satisfied that a sufficient sum has been a])pro]iriated by the
States ])articipating therein, including the amount hereby appropriated, for the com-
pletion of said memorial.
It is jiroposed to erect a suitable memorial on Put-in-Bay Island,
Lake Erie, in honor of Commodore Oliver lliizard Perry and to hold
a centennial celebration in the year H)13 commemorative of Perry's
historic naval victorv ami also commemorative of the northwestern
(•ami)aign of Gen. WilHam Menry Harrison. The State of Ohio has
taken the initiative in the matter, and the legislature of tliat State
has apnropiiated tlur sum of SSO.OOO lowaril the proi)osed niemorial
and celebration. A commis.sion has been created by act of the Ohio
Legislature, known as Perry's Victory Centennial Commission, of
wliich President Taft and Oov. Harmon ar(> honorarv vice ]>resi-
(leiits. The governors of the States of Penn.'^ylvania, Illinois, Miciii-
gan, Wisconsin, New York, Rhode Island, and Kentucky, under
the unanimous authority of their respective legislut ures, hiive each
appointed similar commissions, juid the Stales of Indiana and Miiuie-
.sotii are expected to do likewise. Bills will be introduced in the legis-
latures of these States when thev are convened in .I,imiai> , I'.Hl,
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calling for appropriations for the proposed lucmoriul and celebration.
The gentlemen appearing before the committee, among whom were
Commodore Worthington, Webster II. Huntington, Col. Henry Wat-
terson, Gen. Philip C. Hayes, Gov. Judson Ilarmon, and .Senator
John P. Sanborn, gave it as their confident behcf that the 10 partici-
pating States would contribute not less than $.350,000 toward the
success of this undertaking.
In view of the far-reaching importance to the American Kej)ubhc
of Perry's brilliant naval victory and as a tribute to the memory of
one of our greatest naval officers, your committee is unanimously of
the opinion that the Federal Government should cooperate with the
States in the erection of this memorial and celebration, and we believe
that the Congress should appropriate the sum of $250,000 for such
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