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Congressional Edition Volume 2913


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 Excerpt: ...existed authorizing it. The statements and affidavits are now on file with the papers in the case, and they appear to this committee to cover all the material points. Or, in other words, the claim appears to be fully fortified and sustained in all its facts. The papers on file are very voluminous, and a fair inference from the reports of former committees, as above quoted from is that the papers were entirely satisfactory. This committee is abundantly satisfied that it is simply just and right that the Government should treat these petitioners with generous magnanimity. They have been patient waiters. The great delay in receiving relief appears not to have been their fault at all. Whatever the Government shall do for them in the nature of a reimbursement of their great losses or of those losses coupled with a consideration as a reward, as recommended in such cases by the Secretary of the Treasury (see Ex. Doc. No. 48, Fiftieth Congress, second session), it will be observed, comes at a late day, and that these petitioners were justly entitled to such reimbursement and reward speedily after their great misfortune. These losses to them occurred a great many years ago, and it is reasonable to believe that at least a portion of these owners, officers, and crews suffered a very considerable pecuniary embarrassment in consequence of this disaster to their whaling voyage; a disaster, involving not only the loss of their annual " catch," but also the loss of at least a considerable portion of their expensive outfit. Your committee find that this Government has on various occasions recognized the justice of furnishing relief to the owners of vessels which have abandoned their own voyages, and in a spirit of humanity, rescued the crews of stranded vessels, a... Hide synopsis

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