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calendar year of 1917, while the imports for the same period only amounted to 40,617 tons, of which about 83 per cent consisted of fish, oysters, and shrimp obtained in local waters.

(b) That the resources of the tributary area to Back Bay, consisting largely of forest products, are insufficient to establish an export commerce, and these are rapidly diminishing.

(c) That the deep-sea ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport located on the Mississippi Sound, 20 miles easterly and 12 miles westerly, respectively, of Biloxi, have been established by the United States at great expense, and articles for export from the territory covered by this examination could be handled through them. The Pascagoula Harbor also offers safe refuge for vessels under all conditions of weather.

(d) That the present transport facilities are ample for all present and prospective commerce.

(e) That the oyster beds in Biloxi Bay owned by firms and individuals would be damaged by dredging operations, and reimbursement from some source would possibly have to be made for the losses sustained.

(f) That sites for building large ships are available at many places along the Mississippi Sound and its tributaries where the necessity for dredging an outlet to deep water can be obviated.

(9) That the great expense for securing and maintaining a channel as considered in this examination would be wholly unjustified in view of the small benefits to be obtained.

F. H. REED, Assistant Engineer in Charge.

(First indorsement.)

OFFICE OF DIVISION ENGINEER, GULF DIVISION,

New Orleans, La., May 26, 1919. The CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, UNITED STATES ARMY:

1. Forwarded.

2. I personally examined this locality in connection with the preliminary examination report of January 23, 1917 (printed in H. Doc. No. 176, 65th Cong., 1st sess.), and would invite attention to my indorsement of March 20, 1917, on that report. The above recommendations of the district engineer are concurred in by me.

J. C. SANFORD,
Colonel, Corps of Engineers,

Division Engineer. [For report of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, see p. 2.]

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CONGRESS, \ HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. { Dec

SAN BERNARD RIVER, TEX.

LETTER

FROM

THE SECRETARY OF WAR,

TRANSMITTING,

WITH A LETTER FROM THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, REPORT ON PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION OF SAN BERNARD RIVER, TEX.

OCTOBER 7, 1919.-Referred to the Committee on Rivers and Harbors and ordered

to be printed.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, October 6, 1919. The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith, a letter from the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, of 3d instant, together with report of Mr. R. C. Smead, assistant engineer in charge, dated November 12, 1917, on a preliminary examination of San Bernard River, Tex., authorized by the river and harbor act approved July 27, 1916. Very respectfully,

NEWTON D. BAKER,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,

Washington, October 3, 1919.
From: The Chief of Engineers United States Army.
To: The Secretary of War.
Subject: Preliminary examination of San Bernard River, Tex.

1. There is submitted herewith, for transmission to Congress, report dated November 12, 1917, by Mr. R. C. Smead, assistant engineer in charge, on preliminary examination of San Bernard River, Tex., authorized by the river and harbor act approved July 27, 1916.

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