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BUREAU OF NAVIGATION.

The following table is a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1913, estimates for 1914, and the amount recommended in this bill.

Naval Establishment.

Appropriated, 1913.

Estimates,

1914.

Recommended in this bill.

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Bureau of Navigation:

Transportation.
Recruiting...
Contingent..
Gunnery exercises.
Steaming exercises.
Experiments in aviation.
Outfits on first enlistment.
Maintenance of naval auxiliaries.
Naval training station, California.
Naval training station, Rhode Island.
Naval training station, Great Lakes..
Naval training station, St. Helena.
Naval War College, Rhode Island

Maintenance
Repairs to building and improvement in electric-light

system...
Services of a lecturer on international law.....
Services of civilian lecturers.
Care and preservation of the library, including the

purchase, binding, and repair of books of reference
and periodicals..

Total......
Naval Home, Philadelphia, Pa. (paid from interest on
Navy pension fund)

Pay of employees..
Maintenance..

Total.....

23,750.00
3,000.00
1,500.00
300.00

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“Transportation" has been increased $25,000 owing to frequent transfers of men which is necessary in the enlarged enlistment. "Recruiting” has been reduced $15,000. "Gunnery exercises” is reduced $67,000. "Steaming exercises" is reduced $8,500, and "Outfits on first enlistment” is reduced by $100,000. "Maintenance of naval auxiliaries” has been increased $31,627 and is due to the increase in the size of naval auxiliaries, which require larger civilian crews. The appropriation for "Aviation experiments” is $10,000, the same as last year. The cost of maintenance of the naval training stations is the same as last year except the Great Lakes Training Station, which has been reduced $8,043.

The committee recommends an appropriation of $25,000 for the maintenance of the naval training station at St. Helena in order that proper provision may be made for the care of the men at that station. At times there are as many as 1,500 men there and at present 600 are being maintained. The station has done unusually good training work and has been heretofore hampered by not having any maintenance appropriation.

The appropriation for the Naval War College, Rhode Island, has been reduced $3,000 and the appropriation for the Naval Home, Philadelphia, has been increased $8,740, which provides for additional labor and an increase in the pay of several laborers and for a rebuilding of the river bulkhead amounting to $5,500. The appropriations for the Naval Home are paid out of the income from the naval pension fund and not from the Treasury.

BUREAU OF ORDNANCE.

The following table is a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1913, estimates for 1914, and the amount recommended in this bill.

Naval Establishment.

Appropriated,

1913.

Estimates,

1914.

Recommended

in this bill.

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Bureau of Ordnance:
Ordnance and ordnance stores-

Procuring, producing, preserving, and handling

ordnance material, etc...

Purchase and manufacture of smokeless powder.
Naval Gun Factory, Washington, D. C.-

New and improved machinery for existing shops.
Machinery, cupolas, furnaces, and foundry

equipment for new foundry.... New batteries for ships in the Navy

New sights for 5-inch, 6-inch, and 7-inch guns

and modifying their mounts.
Modifying or renewing breech mechanisms of

3-inch, 4-inch, 5-inch, and 6-inch guns..
Replacing Mark VI 6-inch guns with Mark VIII

guns and repairing and modernizing the Mark

VI guns for issue...
Lining and hooping to the muzzle 8-inch 40-

caliber Mark V guns..
Liners for eroded guns..

Modifying 5-inch 50-caliber Mark V guns..
Ammunition for ships of the Navy.
Modernizing turrets of ships of the Navy..
Small arms and machine guns.
Torpedoes and appliances..
Modernizing projectiles.
Mines and mine appliances..
Torpedo station, Newport, R.I.-

Maintenance.

New machinery and tools for torpedo factory
Experiments..
Arming and equipping naval militia..
Repairs, Bureau of Ordnance.
Contingent, Bureau of Ordnance..

Total....

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The appropriation "Ordnance and ordnance stores” has been increased $400,000. This is the working appropriation of the bureau, and provides for all material and labor necessary for the care and preservation of ordnance material on shore and afloat; also supplies and equippage for all vessels in commission, and a great variety of miscellaneous items, including target practice. The department requests an increase of $400,000 to be expended in target practice, but the committee allowed an increase of $300,000 only. The remaining $100,000 of the increase is necessary to provide for the increase in the wage scale of the mechanics at the Washington Navy Yard, and proving ground, Indianhead, together with $140,000 for the same purpose to be paid from the appropriation "Armor and armament, increase of the Navy."

"Purchase and manufacture of smokeless powder" is the same as last year, but the committee inserted a limitation on the appropriation, fixing the price at not more than 53 cents a pound for powder, to be purchased out of any appropriation in the bill. The committee recommends the remaining ordnance appropriations indicated in the bill to bring the ordnance up to date and to modernize projectiles. The appropriation “Ammunition for ships of the Navy” is the same as last year.

An increase of $100,000 is recommended for "Experiments, Bureau of Ordnance” in order that experiments may be continued and results obtained which will be of benefit to the naval service. The remain mg appropriations in that bureau are the same as last year and can not be reduced.

BUREAU OF EQUIPMENT.

The following table is a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1913, estimates for 1914, and the amount recommended in this bill.

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The appropriation “Equipment of vessels" has been increased $756,700. The department requested an increase of $1,366,700. The increase recommended by the committee is necessary because of the fact that the number of ships in commission has increased from 216 in 1910 to 277 in 1913, and the increase in the number of battleships in commission has been greater in proportion than in other vessels except destroyers. During the present fiscal year, in order to prevent a deficit under this appropriation, the department has been forced to take unusual action and to some extent hamper the efficiency of the fleet and its auxiliaries.

An increase of $1,000,000 is recommended for “Coal and transportation,” $75,000 of which is to be used for experimental tests of coal in Alaska for use on battleships. The large increase in this appropriation is deemed necessary because the contract price of coal is 20 cents per ton higher than in 1912 and the cost of transportation to west coast points has increased 20 per cent, due to increased commercial demand for foreign bottoms. Fuel-oil prices at the present time have increased approximately 60 per cent and a further increase is expected due to increased demand. The cost of handling coal has increased 10 per cent. The increase in this appropriation is itemized as follows: Coal purchased at home...

$200,000 Freight.

200,000 Fuel oil.

500,000 Handling coal, etc..

35,000 Coal purchased abroad.

15,000 The committee recommends the repeal of section 1552, Revised Statutes, which authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to establish coal depots without the supervision of Congress as to where the

depots are to be located. Heretofore a large amount of money has been expended to establish coaling stations which have since been abandoned, and the committee deems it necessary to repeal the statute in the interests of economy.

An appropriation of $500,000 for "Depots for coal and other fuel,” to complete authorizations heretofore made, is recommended.

Owing to increased survey work in the Caribbean Sea an increase of $15,000 is recommended in the appropriation "Ocean and lake surveys,” in order than an additional vessel may be equipped for this work.

The committee recommends that the work of the Bureau of Equipment be distributed for another year without permanently abolishing that bureau.

BUREAU OF YARDS AND DOCKS.

The following table is a comparative statement of the appropriations for 1913, estimates for 1914, and the amount recommended in this bill:

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The appropriations "Maintenance, Bureau of Yards and Docks,” and “Contingent, Bureau of Yards and Docks,” are the same as last year and can not be reduced.

PUBLIC WORKS, BUREAU OF YARDS AND DOCKS.

The following table is a comparative statement of the various appropriations of the various navy yards and stations for public works for 1913, estimates for 1914, and the amount recommended in this bill:

Naval Establishment.

Appropriated,

1913.

Estimates,

1914.

Recommended in this bill.

Navy yard, Portsmouth, N. H.
Navy yard, Boston, Mass.
Navy yard, New York, N. Y
Navy yard, Philadelphia, Pa
Navy yard, Washington, D. C.
Navy yard, Norfolk, Va..
Navy yard, Charleston, S.C.
Naval station, Key West, Fla.
Navy yard, Mare Ísland, Cal..
Navy yard, Puget Sound, Wash.
Naval station, Guantanamo, Cuba..
Naval station, Olongapo, P. I...
Naval station, Guam.
Naval station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Buildings and grounds, Naval Academy.
Naval Training Station, Rhode Island, buildings.
Naval Training Station, California, buildings.
Naval Observatory.

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Naval Establishment.

Appropriated,

1913.

Estimates,

1914.

Recommended

in this bill.

$31,200.00
11, 100.00
40,000.00
26,500.00
38,500.00
26,500.00
13,000.00
53,000.00
152,500.00

Naval Proving Ground, Indian Head, Md...
Naval magazine, Fort Miffiin, Pa...
Naval magazine, New York Harbor (Iona Island).
Naval magazine, Lake Denmark, N. J.....
Naval magazine, St. Juliens Creek, Va...
Naval magazine, Mare Island, Cal..
Naval magazine, navy yard, Puget Sound, Wash.
Naval magazine, Hingham, Mass.
Naval magazine, Kuahua, Hawaii.
Naval magazine, Fort Lafayette, N. Y.
Naval magazine, Olongapo, P. I..
Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I..
Government landing, Narragansett Bay, R. I.
Naval coal depot, Melville Station, R. I.
Engineering experiment station, Annapolis, Md.
Marine barracks, Boston, Mass.
Marine barracks, Philadelphia, Pa.
Marine barracks, Mare Island, Cal.
Marine barracks, Puget Sound, Wash.
Marine barracks, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Marine barracks, Isthmus of Panama...
Depot of supplies, Philadelphia, Pa.
Repairs and preservation at navy yards and stations....

Total public works, navy yards, and stations.....

135,000.00

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175,000.00

7,000.00

35,000.00 63,000.00 400,000.00 800,000.00

800,000.00

4,623,300.00

4,433, 945.00

The total appropriation for public works for last year amounted to $4,623,300. The amount recommended in this bill is $4,433,945, a decrease of $189,355. This appropriation cares for improvements in buildings and facilities at all navy yards and stations, including the Naval Observatory, Naval Academy, naval proving grounds. magazines, and public works for the Marine Corps. The principal items in yards are $200,000 at New York, to continue dredging and improvement of the water front. The committee recommends & graving dry dock in the navy yard, Philadelphia, 1,700 feet long and i10 feet wide, connecting the Delaware River with the reserve basin the cost of which is not to exceed $3,000,000, and an appropriation of $15,000 is recommended for the preliminary work. An appropriation of $150,000 is recommended for torpedo-boat berths at Charleston Navy Yard, S.C., the total cost of which is not to exceed $300,000. The naval station and magazine on the island of Oahu, Hawaï, have been provided for, to complete work heretofore estimated for. The committee recommends a provision by which the harbor master at Pearl Harbor is to receive his salary of not exceeding $3.000 a year from the pilotage receipts at Pearl Harbor. An appropriation is recommended of $100,000 to purchase land and buildings for & new dairy site at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., the cost of the land not to exceed $75,000. This amount is to be advanced for the purchase and the Government is to be reimbursed from the profits from the midshipmen's commissary store at the academy.

The committee also recommends that the Secretary of the Navy be directed to investigate and report at the next regular session of Congress the most suitable location for a new firing and proving range for high-power guns of the Navy in the vicinity of the Indian Head Proving Grounds or elsewhere, and authorizes him to secure options for the purchase of said land, if possible, and report the options to Congress for its consideration and action.

The committee recommends an appropriation of $400,000 for marine barracks on the Isthmus of Panama. It is believed that the erection of barracks at this time would be more economical than

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