To provide for the improvement of navigation in the St. Lawrence river and for the construction of dams, locks, canals, and other appurtenant structures therein at and near Long Sault, Barnhart, and Sheek islands.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the Long Sault Development Company, a corporation organized under a law of the state of New Mr. SPROULE.
York, entitled ' An Act to incorporate the Long Sault Development Company, and to authorize said company to construct and maintain dams, canals, power-houses, and locks at or near Long Sault island, for the purpose of improving the navigation of the Saint Lawrence river and developing power from the waters thereof, and to construct and maintain a bridge, and carry on the manufacture of commodities/ which became effective May twenty-third, nineteen hundred and seven, its successors and assigns, be, and they hereby are, authorized to construct, maintain, and operate for navigation, water-power, and other purposes for a period of ninety-nine years a dam or dams in so much of the Saint Lawrence river as lies south of the international boundary line between the United States of America and the Dominion of Canada, near Long Sault, Barnhart, and Sheek islands, either independently or in connection with like works now erected or to be erected in so much of said river as lies north of said international boundary line, with a bridge or bridges and approaches thereto, and a lock or locks, a canal or canals, and other structures appurtenant thereto; provided, that such dam or dams, lock or locks, canal or canals, and other structures appurtenant thereto, except as herein otherwise provided, shall be constructed, maintained, operated, modified, or removed in all respects subject to and in accordance with the provisions of the Act entitled ' An Act to amend an Act entitled " An Act to regulate the construction of dams across navigable waters/ " approved June twenty-third, nineteen hundred and ten: provided further, that such bridge or bridges and approaches thereto, except as herein otherwise provided, shall be constructed, maintained, operated, modified, or removed in all respects subject to and in accordance with the provisions of the Act entitled ' An Act to regulate the construction of bridges over navigable waters/ approved March twenty-third, nineteen hundred and six: and provided further, that the Secretary of War shall cause a survey of that portion of the Saint Lawrence river to be affected by said improvements to be made with a view to securing a navigable channel, suitable for commerce up and down said river, from a point opposite the western end of Croil island to a point opposite the eastern end of Barnhart island, together with plans and specifications therefor, and all rights herein granted to the Long Sault Development Company shall be conditional on its improvement of said channel at its own expense, in accordance with said plans and specifications, said channel to be completed simultaneously with the other works herein authorized, all expenses connected with such survey and the preparation of such plans and specifications to be paid by the said company, its successors, or assigns.
Section 2. That said Long Sault Development Company, its successors and assigns, shall be subject to the provisions of the treaty between the United States and Great Britain relative to the boundary waters between the United States and Canada, proclaimed by the President' of the United States on the thirteenth day of May, nineteen hundred and ten.
Section 3. That the actual construction of the works hereby authorized shall be com-
rnenced within two years and shall be completed within fifteen years from the date of the passage of this Act; otherwise this Act shall be void, and the rights hereby conferred shall cease and be determined.
Section 4. That if said Long Sault Development Company, or any other company or companies acting with it in such development, shall develop power by the construction of works, a part of which shall be located north of the international boundary line, at least one-half of the power generated shall be delivered in the United States. Provided, that when in the opinion of the Secretary of War and the chief of engineers use cannot be found in the United States for the full share thus assigned to this country the surplus may be temporarily diverted to Canada, but shall be returned to the United States when in the opinion of said officers it is needed. Provided further, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the importation from (Canada of the whole or any part of the power generated from any of the said works in the St. Lawrence river.
Section 5. That should the works hereby authorized be or become at any time, in the opinion of the Secretary of War and the chief of engineers, inadequate to accommodate, or an interference with, the navigation of that portion of the St. Lawrence river affected thereby, said company, its successors or assigns, shall, under the supervision of the Secretary of War and the chief of engineers, make adequate provision for the accommodation of navigation; and should said company, its successors or assigns, fail so to do, the United States government shall, under the supervision of the Secretary of War and the chief of engineers, do anything required to make such provision for navigation, and the expense thereof shall constitute a debt of said company, its successors or assigns, and a lien upon all its property.
Section 6. That the Long Sault Development Company shall execute a bond obligatory on itself, its successors and assigns, with good and solvent sureties in the sum of five hundred thousand dollars, payable to the United States, for the use and benefit of the riparian and other landowners in and along the St. Lawrence river conditioned to pay all damages that may accrue to them, or any of them, by reason of overflow, ice jams and other causes produced by the erection or maintenance of said dam or dams, and the work of construction shall not commence until said bond is executed and approved by the Secretary of War and deposited in the War Department.
Section 7. That the right to alter, amend or repeal this Act is hereby expressly reserv-, ed, and the United States shall incur no liability because of the alteration, amendment or repeal thereof.
That is the Bill which is now before the Senate in Washington, and I understand the one that Congress has thrown out. There are one or two points in connection with it to which I would draw the attention of the Prime Minister. It refers to the treaty proclaimed by the President, May 13th, 1910. They make no reference whatever to the Ashburton Treaty. As I remember the International Waterways Commission Treaty was dated January 11th, 1910.