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Box 251 YB YH reprimand stove 1874 to 1875

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the tender for the purpose. It may be better to contract with private parties to put??? the buoys in place and to keep them in order.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary.

Comm. J. H. Spotts

Inspector, 12th & 13th L.H. Dists. San Francisco, Cal.

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quested to inform this office who has charge of Yaquina light-station; and whether it is true as stated in Mr. Goddard's report, that he is in the reception of $500??? per year; and also, if there is such person there - whether there is any objection to his assignment to duty as Inspector of Customs.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary.

Commdr L. Kempff Inspector 13 L.H. District Astoria, Oregon.

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Yaquina Bay: shall property be sold.

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Sir:

Your opinion is requested as to whether it is desirable to possess the Yaquina Bay Light Station property, in view of the expense and trouble its custody entails on the Light House Establishment, now that the light is discontinued???. If you think it should be disposed of please state when you think would be the best time for its sale.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary

Lt. Comdr. Louis Kempff Inspector 13th L.H. District, Astoria, Oregon.

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Yaquina Bay - Pay of Custodian

One Enclosure.

October 18th 5

Sir:

Enclosed herewith you will find a copy of a letter from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury, dated October 5th, by which the Board is authorized to pay Mr. R.A. Bensall, at a rate not to exceed $600 per annum for his services while in charge of the Light-House property at Yaquina Bay, Oregon. In accordance with this authority you are authorized to make the payment in question from the appropriation for salaries of Light-House Keepers. Funds for this purpose will be sent you. Please refer to this letter, by date, on the voucher, as your authority for making the payment.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary

Lt. Commndr. L. Kempff. Inspector 13th L.H. Dist. Astoria, Oregon.

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for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1876. There can be no doubt that the draft of $508.69 mentioned by you is composed of amounts from the two different appropriations as specified above, and no further requisition from you will be needed. Separate and distinct accounts should be rendered of expenditures from these two appropriations.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary.

Lt. Comdr. L. Kempff Insp'r 13th L.H. Dist. Astoria, Oregon.

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Buoys at Yaquina Bay/Authority to pay cost of transportation

Mayt 22nd 6

Sir:

Your letter of May 8th, requesting authority to pay the cost of transporting 2 first class buoys for Yaquina Bay to San Francisco, and suggesting that this service can be performed at the usual freight rates, has been received.

In reply I have to inform you that the authority asked is hereby granted, and you are requested to refer to this letter by date on your vouchers as authority for making the necessary expenditure.

Very respectfully ??? Naval Secretary

Lieut. Comdr L. Kempff Inspector 13th LH Dist. Astoria Oregon.

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Yaquina Bay/ Bill for Recovery & transportation of buoys

Sept. 19th 6

Sir:

Referring to your letter of Aug. 18th, with enclosures, relating to recovering and taking to San Francisco two (2) buoys that went adrift off Yaquina Bay Bar, I have to say that although the bill is large, the Board is bound by the action of Comdr Snell in agreeing to pay for the transportation at freight rates by measurement, and you are therefore authorized to pay it provided it has not already been paid by the Inspector of the 12th L.H. District.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary.

Commander L. Kempff, Inspector 13th L.H. District Astoria, Oregon

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Buoyage Coos Bay & Yaquina Bay

Renewal of agreement for

Dec. 5th 79

Sir:

Referring to your letter of Nov. 24th, asking directions relative to the renewal of the agreement for the care of the buoys in Coos Bay and Yaquina Bay, I have to say that the Board desires you to make the best terms you can for the care of these buoys for the present.

It is believed that the tender Shubrick will be permanently assigned to the 13th L.H. District early in Feb'y, and that she will be able to attend to the buoyage of the entire district.

Very respectfully, Geo. Dewey Commander, U.S.N. Naval Secretary

Lieut. G.C. Reiter U.S.N. Inspector 13th LH District Portland, Oregon

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is herewith enclosed for your further information.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary

Comdr L. Kempff, Inspector 13th L.H. Dist. Astoria, Oregon

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this office, to dismissal.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary

Lt. Comdr. L. Kempff, Inspector 13th L.H. District Astoria, Oregon

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Cape Foulweather Stove

Authorized

July 28th 6

Sir:

Referring to your letter of July 15th, I have to say that you are authorized to furnish a suitable heating stove for use in the oil house at Cape Foulweather Light-Station.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary

Comdr L. Kempff, Inspector 13th LH District Astoria, Oregon.

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Cape Foulweather

Purchase of a cook stove authorized

September 29th 7

Sir:

Your letter of September 18th asking authority to purchase a cook stove for the use of the principal Keeper at the Cape Foulweather Light Station, Oregon, has been received.

In reply I have to say that you are authorized to purchase a cook stove for the purpose named and that you may refer to this letter by date on your vouchers as authority for paying therefor.

Very respectfully, ??? Naval Secretary

Comd'r E. C. Merriman, U.S.N. Insp'r 13th L.H. District Astoria, Oregon

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the article of Assistant Davidson on the subject is also transmitted.

The enclosures are sent for your information and guidance and the Board requests you to make such changes in the buoy list of the 13th District as may be found necessary by this separation of the two points.

Very respectfully, ??? Commander, U.S.N. Naval Secretary

Commdr Geo T. Davis U.S.N. Inspector 13th L.H. Dist. Portland, Oregon.

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Treasury Department Office of the Light-House Board Washington 22 Oct. 1887

Sir:

In accordance with the terms of your letter of the 14 Oct. 1887, the Board authorizes you to procure the article mentioned below by open purchase. Advertisement and formal contract will be dispensed with, as provided by Sec. 3709??? Revised Statutes, the case being one where immediate delivery or performance is required by the public exigency.

Very respectfully,

R.D. Evans ??? Commander U.S.N. Naval Secretary

Capt. Chas. F. Powell, U.S.A. Engineer 13th L.H. District Portland, Oreg.

Cape Foulweather Light-Station, Oreg.

Labor and materials for repairs to roof and spouting????? on roof of wood-shed. Replacing worn out door in dwelling Night latch and keys for door leading to tower. Repair of fences.

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Box 247 1899 to 1900 JA land 4000 app 1866 reserved

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(All communication should be addressed to "THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD.")

Treasury Department Office of the Light-House Board Washington, D.C. 5 Oct. '99

Capt. Wm. C. Langfitt, U.S.A., Engineer, 13th Light-House District, Portland, Oregon,

Sir:

The recommendation in your annual report that a keeper's dwelling be erected at the Yaquina Head, Oregon, Light-Station, was considered by the Board at its session on 2 Oct. '99, when it was decided that the board should recommend in its own annual report that an appropriation of $4,000 should be made for this purpose.

Respectfully, Thomas Perry Captain, U.S.N., Naval Secretary.

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Box 245 1893 to 95 YB lights CF repairs

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M.M.B. 24 Oct., '94

Major J.C. Post, U.S.A.,

Engineer 13th L.H. District, Portland, Oreg.

Sir: Referring to your letter of 18 Oct., '94, the Board has to say that your recommendations are approved, and that you are authorized to repair the Keeper's dwelling and to improve the grounds the Cape Foulweather light station, Oreg., the work to be done by hired labor and the purchase of the necessary materials, in accordance with Article 2, of the Board's circular letter of 22 June, 1894.

The total cost of the work is not to exceed $595., to be paid for from the appropriation Repairs of Light-Houses, 1895.

Respectfully, George F. F. Wilde Commander, U.S. A., Naval Secretary.

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McD. Telegram. Official Business. 30 Oct., '94.

Light-House Engineer, Portland, Oregon.

Cape Foulweather bids were returned in Board's letter of October twenty-five.

George F. F. Wilde Naval Secretary.

Charge Light-House Board. Gov't rates.

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(All communications should be addressed to "THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD.")

Treasury Department,

ESH Office of the Light-House Board,

1 inclosure. Washington, D.C., March 21, 1895.

Major James C. Post, U.S.A., Engineer 13th Lighthouse District, Portland, Oreg.

Sir: Inclosed is transmitted, for your information, a copy of Notice to Mariners, No. 47 of 1895, giving notice that on 7 March '95, four beacon lights were established in Yaquina Bay, Oreg.

Respectfully, George F.F. Wilde Commander, U.S.N., Naval Secretary.

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(All communications should be addressed to "THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD") M.M.B. 3 Enclosures.

Treasury Department, Office of the Light-House Board, Washington, D.C., 22 March, '95.

Marjor J. C. Post, U.S.A., Engineer 13th L. H. District, Portland, Oreg.

Sir:

Enclosed is sent you a copy of a letter from Hon. Binger Hermann, M. C., dated 19 March, '95 together with a copy of its enclosure, a petition of citizens of Yaquina Bay, Oregon, asking for the establishment of a stake light on Ford's Point (Coquille Point,) for the purpose of defining the channel between McLane's Point and the end of the Bulk Head at Yaquina; and a tracing of Yaquina Bay.

The Board requests you to confer with the Inspector of the District, and with him make a joint report and recommendation as to the necessity for and advisability of establishing the light in question.

Respectfully, George F.F. Wilde Commander, U.S.N., Naval Secretary.

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1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports

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(SIDE BAR) Circular detailed estimates, plans etc. 1871 Apr. 11 From Naval Sec'y Rear Adml T. A. Jenkins for Chu. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: The practice does not seem to be uniform among the Engineers in regard to sending detailed estimates with the plans submitted by them.

You are requested in every case of sending the plans for approval to send the estimated cost with it on the form established by the Board, and of which fifty copies are sent herewith.

When each work is completed another paper should be sent showing the estimated and actual cost.

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina L.H. construction of- rel Apr. 18. From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Your letter of the 10th instant is received, and you are authorized to return to San Francisco, as requested to make preparations for the construction of Yaquina Light House.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram May 9. From Engineer Sec'y Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

What newspapers and how many times.

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dwelling and tower at Cape Foulweather until next Spring is approved, but the sixty days extension asked for completing the contract will be considered hereafter, and the decision will be communicated to you.

Nov. 8. (SIDE BAR) Yaquina L.H. -non arrival of chimneys for-

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 26th October is received.

It is regretted that the box containing the chimneys for Yaquina Light House failed to arrive.

Nov. 8. (SIDE BAR) Nomination of J. T. Robert as L.H. Clerk

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your communication of the 26th ultimo nominating Joseph T. Robert as a light house Clerk in place of David Pinkney resigned has been received, and forwarded to the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury.

The official oath of said J. T. Robert was also received and sent to the Commissioner of Customs.

Nov. 10. (SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay L.H. contracts with B. Simpson & J. Bien for work on- approved.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 28th instant transmitting copy of letter of August 5th VC???

SIDE BAR

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is received.

The two contracts with B. Simpson and Joseph Bien for work on Yaquina Bay Light House are herewith returned approved and also the contract with C. F. Brown for building Keeper's dwelling at Cape Disappointment, Washington Territory, of which there is but one copy in this office.

Nov. 13.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

The request made to the Commissioner of Customs of which you were informed on the 9th inst. that $774.86 be sent to Col. Duane to pay for the Fog Signal at Cape Flattery has been recalled, and he has been requested instead to send a like sum from the appropriation for expenses of Fog Signals for 1872 for that purpose.

Nov. 14.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

I beg to present to your acquaintance Mr. Chas Nordhoff, for a long time Editor in Chief of one of our principal New York daily papers, who visits the Pacific Coast for literary purposes. He is commended to your courtesies as he has expressed much interest in the workings of the Light House Establishment on your coast.

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(con)taining the 1st order lens, F. 240°, Cape Blanco 935,971: with lamps supplies, &c for Cape Foulweather Light House.

Apr. 18. From Engineer secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 2nd instant, I have to inform you that monthly reports of operations should be forwarded to the Board as soon after the close of the month as possible, so as to embody the month's actual operations.

Apr. 22. From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: The U.S. Treasurer informs this office that your deposits with the Sub Treasury at San Francisco and with the 1st Nat'l Bank, Portland, Oregon, are not divided into Light House funds and Engineer funds.

It is important that this division be made at the bank and you will please attend to it that it be done as soon as practicable, and hereafter you will keep the accounts at the bank separate.

May 18 From Naval secretary C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Referring to your letter of the 2nd

(On the side bar) Cape Flattery L.H.

Referring to your letter of the 2nd

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instant, you are authorized to enter into contraction written tenders for material, labor and transportation for Cape Foulweather Light House, requiring an answer within ten days and sending the tenders to the most reliable parties.

There is a clause in the appropriation bill which, if passed, will hold the appropriation good for two years from the time the site is obtained and jurisdiction ceded. You will be further informed on this point after the passage of the bill.

May 21.

From Naval Secretary C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert. Coprs Engineers.

Sir:

In reply to your letter of the 6th instant relative to Light House reservation at Yaquina, I have to say that the 20 acres referred to should be surveyed and permanent parks planted and report should be made as to whether these 20 acres will be sufficient for the purpose.

May 24.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Referring to your letter of the 6th instant, relative to separation of funds, I have to say that as there is still some misunderstanding between the First National Bank at Portland and the [ Treasurer of the United States, you will please inform the Cashier of the Bank, that you should be mentioned in his reports as Light House Engineer.

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1873 All errors or omissions in the last list should be corrected. The light House Lists corrected as herein required, should be mailed to arrive at this office on or before the 1st of December next.

Sept. 3 From engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: The Board desires that you will at once report in full the present condition of the Light House at Cape Foulweather and the appropriate time it will be lighted.

Sept. 8 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: The extension of time, sixty day, recommended by your letter of the 21st August, to be granted to Charles F. Brown contractor for Light Keeper's dwelling at Cape Foulweather, Oregon is approved.

Sept. 17 From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. C.S. Boggs To Major H M Robert Corps Engineers Immediate repairs at Dungeness authorized

On Side Cape Foulweather L.H. condition Cape Foulweather L.H. keepers dwelling - extension of time on contract Telegram

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From Naval Secretary C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: On your account current of disbursemints on account of general appropriations for the quarter ending June 30, 1872, you report a balance on hand of $458.55. You are requested to pay all outstanding bills incurred prior to July 1st 1872, to deposit any balance of those funds that may then remain in your hands and forward certificate of deposit and account of disbursements to this office as soon as practicable, thus closing all transactions with appropriations for the general service of the last fiscal year.

Oct. 18

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: Enclosed herewith please find copies of letters from Colonel I. C. Woodruff, Engineer 3rd Light House District, relative to the lantern for Cape Foulweather, which is sent you for your information.

Copy.

Office of Light House Engineer Third District. Tompkinsville, N.Y. October 17, 1872

Prof. Joseph Henry S. S. D. Chairman L.H. Board Washington, D.C.

Sir:

In reply to the Board's letter of the 15th

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1873. July 14.

From Naval Secretary Comdr. J. G. Walker To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: Herewith enclosed please find a copy of a letter from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury respecting the basis of currency upon which payments are to be made for services rendered and materials procured withinthe United States for the Government.

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July 22.

From Acting Engineer Secretary Major O. M. Poe. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: I herewith enclose for payment a bill for advertising in the "Alta California" Boilers for Fog Signals, approved by the Secretary of the Treasury and amounting to $8.75.

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July 25.

From Acting Engineer Secretary Major O. M. Poe. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Exhibit Foulweather light August 20th, and thereafter.

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July 25.

From Acting Engineer Secretary Major O. M. Poe To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: Herewith enclosed are transmitted three copies of contract duly approved made with James A. Robb for completion of Cape Foulweather Light-House, Oregon. One copy for file in the Engineer's office, one for the Superintendent of Construction, and one for delivery to the contractor.

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Yaquina Bay Built 1869 to 1871

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(in)spection of the premises resulted in the opinion that a change of Keepers at this Station would be for the interests of the service. The Board concurs in this opinion, and begs leave to add that the successor of Mr. Miller should be a person who understands machinery sufficiently to enable him to attend and keep in repair the new fog-signal at that Station, a trumpet sounded by a caloric engine. The letter of Mr. Smythe is returned. ______________________________________________

Feb 25, 1869

From Chairman L.H. Board Adml. W.B. Shubrick

Yaquina Bay - necessity of light for

Sir: I have had the honor to receive the communication from the Committee on appropriations (???), referred by you to this Board for report. The Board has had under consideration the question of the necessity for a light at or near Yaquina Bay, Oregon, in connection with a general programme for lighting the Pacific coast, and as a necessary preliminary have secured by reservation a sufficient quantity of land for this purpose. It is not deemed advisable, in advance of the next annual estimates, to call for further appropriations for the Pacific coast ______________________________________________

Feb 25, 1869

From Naval Secretary Adm. A.A. Harwood. U.S.N Notice of Board (Bd ???)

Sir: I have the honor to state that the regular

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March 9, 1871 From Engineer Secretary Maj George H. Elliot U.S.A.

Yaquina Bay - title papers of _rel to_

Sir: _ I have the honor to transmit here - with title papers to a tract of land sold to the United States for Light House purposes at Yaquina Bay, Oregon, and to request that they may be transmitted to the Attorney General for his opinion regarding their validity.

The following is a list of the papers enclosed: 1. Deed from Sester P. Baldwin and Sophionia S. Baldwin to the United States. 2. Certified diagram of land purchased by Sester P. Baldwin from the United States. 3. Letter from Register of Land Office relative to patent fro Sester P. Baldwin. 4. Certificate of County Clerk of Benton County, Oregon. 5. Abstract of title to lands deeded to United States by Sester P. Baldwin and wife. 6. Letter from United States District Attorney for Oregon transmitting these papers.

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Mrh 11, 1871 From Naval Secretary Adml. Thornton A. Jenkins

Req for funds ??? salaries clerks L.H. Bd

Sir: _ I have the honor to request that you will cause a warrant to be issued in favor of Thomas J. Hobbs, Disbursing Clerk, for the sum of Six hundred and sixty

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Correspondence of LH board 1901-1910

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Fifty-Seventh Congress ----------- JOHN H. MITCHELL, OREGON, CHAIRMAN. JOSEPH R. HAWLEY, CONN. GEORGE TURNER, WASH. JULIUS C. BURROWS, MICH. CHARLES A. CULBERSON, TEXAS. BOIUS PENROSE, PA. JAMES P. TALIAFERRO, FLA. CHARLES H. DIETRICH, NEBR. ALEXANDER S. CLAY, GA. GEO. L. WELLINGTON, MD. F. MC L. SIMMONS, N.C. HARRY C. ROBERTSON, CLERK COMMITTEE ON COAST DEFENSES, UNITED STATES SENTATE, WASHINGTON, D.C. April 10, 1903.

Captain Charles T. Hutchins, Naval Secretary, Light House Board, 721 13th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.

Sir:

Will you kindly return the enclosed letter of Mr. S. G. Irvine of Newport, Oregon, with answer to his inquiries.

Very respectfully, [John ???]

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