Improvement of the Mississippi River: Speech of Hon. Randall L. Gibson, of Louisiana, in the House of Representatives, February 5, 1879

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1879 - 21 pages
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Page 6 - Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled^ That a commission is hereby created, to be called "The Mississippi River Commission", to consist of seven members.
Page 6 - It shall be the duty of said commission to direct and complete such surveys of said river, between the Head of the Passes near its mouth to its headwaters as may now be in progress, and to make such additional surveys, examinations and investigations, topographical, hydrographical and hydrometrical, of said river and its tributaries, as may be deemed necessary by said commission to carry out the objects of this act.
Page 5 - Commission for the improvement of said river, from the head of the Passes near its mouth to...
Page 6 - Commission to take into consideration and mature such plan or plans and estimates as will correct, permanently locate, and deepen the channel and protect the banks of the Mississippi River; improve and give safety and ease to the navigation thereof; prevent destructive floods; promote and facilitate commerce, trade, and the postal service ; and when so prepared and matured, to submit to the Secretary of War a full and detailed report of their proceedings and actions, and of such plans, with estimates...
Page 5 - The president of the United States shall by and with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint the commission from officers of the corps of engineers, United States army.
Page 17 - Over whatever other interests of the country this government may diffuse its benefits and its blessings, it will always be true, as matter of historical fact, that it had its immediate origin in the necessities of commerce ; and for its immediate object, the relief of those necessities, by removing their causes, and by establishing a uniform and steady system.
Page 6 - Commission," to consist of seven members. SEC. 2. The ^President of the United States shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint seven commissioners, three of whom shall be selected from the Engineer Corps of the Army, one from the Coast and Geodetic Survey, and three from civil life, two of whom shall be civil engineers.
Page 12 - ... the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction granted to the federal government by the constitution of the United States is not limited to tide waters, but extends to all public navigable lakes and rivers where commerce is carried on between different states or with foreign nations.
Page 6 - Survey such officers and men as may be necessary, and shall place in the charge and for the use of said commission such vessel or vessels and such machinery and instruments as may be under his control and may be deemed necessary. And the said commission may, with the approval of the Secretary...
Page 15 - The great obstacle to the improvement of the low-water navigation and to maintaining a levee system is one and the same for both, viz., the instability of the river from the caving of its banks We believe that the levee system, if undertaken, should be matured and developed in connection with the navigation improvement.1...

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