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clerks and employees as may be designated by the Secretary of the Navy to administer oaths.
In addition to travel-expense claims, civil employees are required to execute oaths in connection with many other personnel matters, such as oaths of office, applications for accrued annuity, for accumulated deductions for age retirement, for disability retirement, for involuntary separation and other matters coming under the jurisdiction of the bureaus and offices of the Navy Department requiring the execution of an oath.
It is considered desirable that the clerks and employees authorized to administer oaths to travel expense claims should likewise have authority to administer oaths with respect to matters of the kind above described. The legislation has, accordingly, been drafted to authorize the administration of oaths required or authorized by any law of the United States or regulation promulgated thereunder relating to any kind of claim against, or application to the United States under the Naval Establishment. The draft further provides that no compensation or fee shall be demanded or accepted for administering such oath.
The legislation does not involve any expenditure of Government funds.
The Navy Department recommends the enactment of the legislation proposed in the enclosed draft of bill. Sincerely yours,
CLAUDE A. SWANSON.
REPORT No. 306
TO PROHIBIT THE UNAUTHORIZED WEARING, MANUFACTURE, AND SALE OF MEDALS AND BADGES ISSUED BY THE NAVY DEPARTMENT
MARCH 4 (calendar day, March 12), 1935.—Ordered to be printed
Mr. Tramwell, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, submitted the
[To accompany S. 1606)
The Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. 1606) to prohibit the unauthorized wearing, manufacture, or sale of medals and badges issued by the Navy Department, having considered the same, report favorably thereon and recommend that the bill do pass.
The purpose of the bill is to prohibit the unauthorized wearing, manufacture, or sale of medals and badges issued by the Navy Department.
The bill, if enacted, will involve no extra expense to the Government.
The following letter from the Secretary of the Navy addressed to the Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs of the Senate sets forth the views of the Department thereon, and is hereby made a part of the report:
Washington, October 30, 1934. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: l'here 18 transmitted herewith a draft of a proposed bill “To amend the act entitled 'An act to amend an act entitled "An act to prohibit the unauthorized wearing, manufacture, or sale of medals and badges awarded by the War Department, approved February 24, 1923,” approved April 21, 1928', so as to include the Navy."
The purpose of the proposed legislation is to make applicable to the Navy the law prohibiting the unauthorized wearing, manufacture, or sale of medals or badges awarded by the War Department.
There has come to the attention of the Navy Department the fact that specimens of Navy service or campaign medals and insignia in regulation sizes are offered for sale to any person who will pay a few dollars therefor. It appears that the purchaser's authority to wear such medals or insignia is not questioned, and that certain stores are in a position to furnish replicas of these various medals,
badges, and insignia as desired. Miniatures of service and campaign medals also have been offered for sale.
Medals and badges awarded by the Navy Department should be no less inviolable than those awarded by the War Department, and the Navy Department believes therefore that the act of February 24, 1923 (42 Stat. 1286; U. S. C., title 10, sec. 1425), as amended by the act of April 21, 1926 (45 Stat. 437; U. S. C., Supp. VII, title 10, sec. 1425), which is applicable to the Army only, should be amended so as to include the Navy.
The proposed legislation, if enacted, will involve no additional expense to the Government. The Navy Department recommends that the proposed legislation be enacted. Sincerely yours,
CLAUDE A. SWANSON. O
ADDITION OF PUBLIC-DOMAIN LANDS TO ROCKY BOY
RESERVATION IN MONTANA
MARCH 4 (calendar day, March 12), 1935.—Ordered to be printed
Mr. WHEELER, from the Committee on Indian Affairs, submitted the
(To accompany S. 613]
The Committee on Indian Affairs, to whom was referred the bill (S. 613) to add certain public-domain land to the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in the State of Montana, having considered the same, report thereon with a recommendation that it do pass without amendment.
The reasons for the enactment of this bill are fully set forth in the following letter from the Secretary of the Interior requesting this legislation:
THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington, January 9, 1935. The CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS,
United States Senate. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Transmitted herewith is the draft of a proposed bill to authorize the withdrawal of a small area of public-domain land in Montana for addition to the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation.
The Rocky Boy Reservation, composed of lands situated in Hill and Chouteau Counties, was established under the act of September 7, 1916 (39 Stat. 739). At the extreme southern end of the reservation is a long, narrow strip of public-domain land about one-eighth mile in width and 9 miles long, embracing 685.38 acres, located between the reservation and the regular established line of survey governing the lower row of sections in township 28 north, ranges 15 and 16 east, of the Montana meridian. Although this land is mountainous and timbered, it can be used beneficially for Indian purposes. The line of survey referred to will make a very desirable course upon which to place a fence to enclose the reservation at this point.
The land was opened to public entry under the act of April 18, 1896 (29 Stat. 95). However, to date only 128.55 acres have been entered, leaving 556.83 vacant and subject to withdrawal. The fact that this area is not attractive to homesteaders is no doubt due to the character and location thereof. Under date of January 6, 1934, this Department withdrew temporarily from all forms of settlement, entry, or other disposition, the 556.83 acres mentioned, until the