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86TH CONGRESS 1st Session

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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REPORT No. 637

AMENDING THE ACT ENTITLED "AN ACT TO INCORPORATE ST. ANN'S INFANT ASYLUM, IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA," APPROVED MARCH 3, 1863, AS AMENDED

JULY 8, 1959.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and ordered to be printed

Mr. MCMILLAN, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany H.R. 7907]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 7907) to amend the act entitled "An act to incorporate St. Ann's Infant Asylum, in the District of Columbia," approved March 3, 1863, as amended, having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

St. Ann's Infant Home was incorporated under a special act of Congress, approved March 3, 1863 (12 Stat. 798). Since this time it has been operated as an infant's asylum in the District of Columbia and is presently located at 2200 California Street NW., which is at the corner of California Street and Phelps Place NW., Washington, D.C. The nature of the neighborhood in which St. Ann's is located precludes further expansion of its limited facilities, which expansion is most desirable due to the increase in its use as an infants' asylum, as well as the fairly recent use of the facilities of the asylum for maternity cases. In an attempt to relieve the pressure for expansion, it has become apparent that it will be necessary to move the asylum into the suburbs, and at present a location just over the District line in Maryland is being given serious consideration. Construction on this site is now contemplated to exceed a total cost of $1 million.

The first paragraph of the original act of incorporation limited the value of the property which the corporation could hold at any one time to be $100,000. This limit was increased by the amendment of 1942 (56 Stat. 768) to $1 million. Furthermore, this same paragraph limited the asylum's area of operation to the city of Washington, District of Columbia. Because of the increased facilities required

and because it is apparent that these facilities must be placed outside the District of Columbia, and finally because of the necessary addition of maternity services to the asylum, it is deemed advisable to

(1) remove the restriction of $1 million on the value of the property that may be held by the asylum;

(2) remove the limitation as to the location of the asylum to the city of Washington, District of Columbia; and

(3) change the name of the institution from St. Ann's Infant Asylum to St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home.

CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

In compliance with paragraph 3 of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by the bill, as introduced, are shown as follows (existing law proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new matter is printed in italic, existing law in which no change is proposed is shown in roman):

(12 STAT. 798; 56 Stat. 768)

That Theresa A. Costello, Lucy Gwynn, Margaret Bowden, Sarah M. Carroll, Catherine Ryan, Louisa Fisher, and Catherine Shea, and their successors, be, and they are hereby, made a body politic and incorporate forever, by the name of [Saint Ann's Infant Asylum] Saint Ann's Infant and Maternity Home, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining [in the city of Washington, in the District of Columbia,] an institution for the maintenance and support of foundlings and infant orphan and half-orphan children, and also to provide for deserving indigent and unprotected females during their confinement in childbirth; and by that name may sue and be sued, prosecute and defend; may have and use a common seal, and the same alter and renew at pleasure; may adopt and establish rules, regulations, and bylaws not repugnant to the Constitution and laws of the United States, for properly conducting the affairs of said corporation; may take, receive, purchase, and hold estate, real, personal, and mixed, [not exceeding in value at any one time $1,000,000, and may manage and dispose of the same, and apply the same, or the proceeds of the sales thereof, to the uses and purposes of said corporation, according to the rules and regulations which now are or may hereafter at any time be established."

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That said corporation shall be entitled to retain under their care, charge, and restraint, and subject to the rules and discipline of said corporation, all foundlings and infant children committed to their keeping as fully and completely, to all intents and purposes, as if they were regularly indented and bound apprentices to said institution, until said foundlings and infants shall be, if males, twenty-one years old, and if females, eighteen years old, or any shorter period that may be agreed upon; and said corporation shall have power to bind them respectively, as apprentices to learn any trade or business, or to learn to be useful in housekeeping, or may, under terms proper in the view of the said corporation and to be by them stipulated, place them for adoption, or as inmates with any familes or persons, said corporation not being restricted in the exercise of their powers of binding or placing out

to the District of Columbia; and all such acts shall be in writing, signed by the president of said corporation, and sealed with their corporate seal, and signed and sealed by the persons taking said children as apprentices or as aforesaid, and acknowledged by said parties before a justice of the peace in and for said District, and within one month thereafter recorded in the office of the register of wills for said District. SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That Congress may at any time hereafter alter, amend, or repeal this Act.

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86TH CONGRESS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1st Session

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REPORT No. 638

AMENDING THE ACT ENTITLED "AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE THIRTIETH, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND ELEVEN, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSE", APPROVED MAY 18, 1910

JULY 8, 1959.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. MCMILLAN, from the Committee on the District of Columbia; submitted the following

REPORT

[To accompany S. 866]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 866) to amend the act entitled "An Act making appropriations to provide for the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and eleven, and for other purposes", approved May 18, 1910, having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill S. 866 do pass.

The purpose of this bill is to amend the act of May 18, 1910 (an act making appropriations to provide for the expenses of the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1911) so as to provide that the separate departments of the District of Columbia government may include illustrations (charts, maps, and graphs) in their annual reports, if so authorized by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, either by their order or by regulation approved by them. Present law (36 Stat. 381; sec. 1-239, D.Č. Code) clearly prohibits this.

Many of the activities of the District of Columbia are of a kind in which both the District and other jurisdictions might benefit from an exchange of information. Examples of these activities are those administered by the Metropolitan Police Department, the Department of Highways, the Department of Public Welfare, and the Department of Sanitary Engineering. Since reports of similar activities conducted by other municipalities have been found to be of interest and benefit to the District departments administering these activities,

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