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shall be eligible for discount or rediscount by the Federal reserve bank for the Federal reserve district in which the bank is located. Such note shall be eligible for discount or rediscount whether or not the bank offering the note for discount or rediscount is a member of the Federal Reserve System and whether or not it acquired the note in the first instance from the veteran or acquired it by transfer upon the indorsement of any other bank. Such note shall not be eligible for discount or rediscount unless it has at the time of discount or rediscount a maturity not in excess of nine months exclusive of days of grace. The rate of interest charged by the Federal reserve bank shall be the same as that charged by it for the discount or rediscount of 90-day notes drawn for commercial purposes. The Federal Reserve Board is authorized to permit, or on the affirmative vote of at least five members of the Federal Reserve Board to require, a Federal reserve bank to rediscount, for any other Federal reserve bank, notes secured by a certificate. The rate of interest for such rediscounts shall be fixed by the Federal Reserve Board. In case the note is sold, discounted, or rediscounted the bank making the transfer shall promptly notify the veteran by mail at his last known post-office address.
(c) If the veteran does not pay the principal and interest of the loan upon its maturity, the bank holding the note and certificate may, at any time after maturity of the loan but not before the expiration of six months after the loan was made, present them to the director. The director may, in his discretion, accept the certificate and note, cancel the note (but not the certificate), and pay the bank, in full satisfaction of its claim, the amount of the unpaid principal due it, and the unpaid interest accrued, at the rate fixed in the note, up to the date of the check issued to the bank. The director shall restore to the veteran, at any time prior to its maturity, any certificate so accepted, upon receipt from him of an amount equal to the sum of (1) the amount paid by the United States to the bank in cancellation of his note, plus (2) interest on such amount from the time of such payment to the date of such receipt, at 6 per centum per annum, compounded annually.
(d) If the veteran fails to redeem his certificate from the director before its maturity, or before the death of the veteran, the director shall deduct from the face value of the certificate (as determined in section 501) an amount equal to the sum of (1) the amount paid by the United States to the bank on account of the note of the veteran, plus (2) interest on such amount from the time of such payment to the date of maturity of the certificate or of the death of the veteran, at the rate of 6 per centum per annum, compounded annually, and shall pay the remainder in accordance with the provisions of section 501.
(e) If the veteran dies before the maturity of the loan, the amount of the unpaid principal and the unpaid interest accrued up to the date of his death shall be immediately due and payable. In such case, or if the veteran dies on the day the loan matures or within six months thereafter, the bank holding the note and certificate shall, upon notice of the death, present them to the director, who shall thereupon cancel the note (but not the certificate) and pay to the bank, in full satisfaction of its claim, the amount of the unpaid principal and unpaid interest, at the rate fixed in the note, accrued up to the date of the check issued to the bank; except that if, prior to the payment, the bank is notified of the death by the director and fails to present the certificate and note to the director within fifteen days after the notice, such interest shall be only up to the fifteenth day after such notice. The director shall deduct the amount so paid from the face value (as determined under section 501) of the certificate and pay the remainder in accordance with the provisions of section 501.
(f) If the veteran has not died before the maturity of the certificate, and has failed to pay his note to the bank or the Federal reserve bank holding the note and certificate, such bank shall, at the maturity of the certificate, present the note and certificate to the director, who shall thereupon cancel the note (but not the certificate) and pay to the bank, in full satisfaction of its claim, the amount of the unpaid principal and unpaid interest, at the rate fixed in the note, accrued up to the date of the maturity of the certificate. The Director shall deduct the amount so paid from the face value (as determined in section 501) of the certificate and pay the remainder in accordance with the provisions of section 501.
(g) The loan basis of any certificate at any time shall, for the purpose of this section, be an amount which is not in excess of 90 per centum of the reserve value of the certificate on the last day of the current certificate year. The reserve value of a certificate on the last day of any certificate year shall be the full reserve required on such certificate, based on an annual level net premium for twenty
years and calculated in accordance with the American Experience Table of Mortality and interest at 4 per centum per annum, compounded annually.
(h) No payment upon any note shall be made under this section by the director to any bank, unless the note when presented to him is accompanied by an affidavit made by an officer of the bank which made the loan, before a notary public or other officer designated for the purpose by regulation of the director, and stating that such bank has not charged or collected, or attempted to charge or collect, directly or indirectly, any fee or other compensation (except interest as authorized by this section) in respect of any loan made under this section by the bank to a veteran. Any bank which, or director, officer, or employee thereof who, does so charge, collect, or attempt to charge or collect any such fee or compensation shall be liable to the veteran for a penalty of $100, to be recovered in a civil suit brought by the veteran. The director shall upon request of any bank or veteran furnish a blank form for such affidavit.
(i) The Director of the United States Veterans' Bureau is authorized, through such officers and at such regional offices, suboffices, and hospitals of the United States Veterans' Bureau as he may designate, and out of the United States Government life insurance fund established by section 17 of the World War Veterans' act, 1924, as amended, to make loans to veterans upon their adjustedservice certificates in the same amounts and upon the same terms and conditions as are applicable in the case of loans made under this section by a bank, and the provisions of this section shall be applicable to such loans; except that the rate of interest shall be 2 per centum per annum more than the rate charged at the date of the loan for the discount of ninety-day commercial paper under section 13 of the Federal reserve act by the Federal reserve bank for the Federal reserve district in which is located the regional office, suboffice, or hospital of the United States Veterans' Bureau at which the loan is made, but in no event shall the rate of interest exceed 6 per centum per annum.
(j) For the purpose of enabling the director to make such loans out of the United States Government life insurance fund the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to loan not exceeding $25,000,000 to such fund with interest at the rate of 4 per centum per annum (beginning on the date the check for each amount loaned to a veteran is paid by the Treasurer of the United States), compounded annually, on the security of bonds held in such fund.
(k) The disbursing officers of the United States Veterans' Bureau shall be allowed credit in their accounts for all loans made in accordance with regulations and instructions of the director.
(1) For the purpose of this section the loan basis provided in subdivision (g) shall at no time be less than 50 per centum of the face value of the certificate, and in no event shall the rate of interest on any loan made after this subdivision takes effect exceed 4 per centum per annum, compounded annually. If at the time of application to the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs for a loan the principal and interest on or in respect of any prior loan under this section have not been paid in full by the veteran (whether or not the loan has matured), then, on request of the veteran, the Administrator shall (1) pay or otherwise discharge such unpaid principal and so much of such unpaid interest (accrued or to accrue) as is necessary to make the certificate available for use as security for the new loan and (2) deduct the same from the then existing loan basis of the certificate.
(m) Loans made by the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs under this section may at his option be made out of the United States Government life insurance fund, or out of the adjusted service certificate fund created under section 505.
SEC. 507. All amounts in the fund shall be available for payment, by the [Director] Administrator, of adjusted-service certificates upon their maturity or the prior death of the veteran, [and] for payments under section 502 to banks on account of notes of [veterans.] veterans, and for making loans authorized by section 502, as amended.
The following sections of the World War adjusted compensation act, as amended, are not specifically amended by the bill, but are merely set forth in this report for the information of Members of the House:
SEC. 201. The amount of adjusted service credit shall be computed by allowing the following sums for each day of active service, in excess of 60 days, in _the military or naval forces of the United States after April 5, 1917, and before July 1, 1919, as shown by the service or other record of the veteran: $1.25 for each
day of oversea service, and $1 for each day of home service; but the amount of the credit of a veteran who performed no oversea service shall not exceed $500, and the amount of the credit of a veteran who performed any oversea service shall not exceed $625.
SEC. 501. The director, upon certification from the Secretary of War or the Secretary of the Navy, as provided in section 303, is hereby directed to issue without cost to the veteran designated therein a nonparticipating adjusted service certificate (hereinafter in this title referred to as a "certificate") of a face value equal to the amount in dollars of 20-year endowment insurance that the amount of his adjusted-service credit increased by 25 per centum would purchase, at his age on his birthday nearest the date of the certificate, if applied as a net single premium, calculated in accordance with accepted actuarial principles and based upon the American Experience Table of Mortality and interest at 4 per centum per annum, compounded annually. The certificate shall be dated, and all rights conferred under the provisions of this title shall take effect, as of the first day of the month in which the application is filed, but in no case before January 1, 1925. The veteran shall name the beneficiary of the certificate and may from time to time, with the approval of the director, change such beneficiary. The amount of the face value of the certificate (except as provided in subdivisions (c), (d), (e), and (f) of section 502) shall be payable out of the fund created by section 505 (1) to the veterans 20 years after the date of the certificate, or (2) upon the death of the veteran prior to the expiration of such 20-year period, to the beneficiary named; except that if such beneficiary dies before the veteran and no new beneficiary is named, or if the beneficiary in the first instance has not yet been named, the amount of the face value of the certificate shall be paid to the estate of the veteran. If the veteran dies after making application under section 302, but before January 1, 1925, then the amount of the face value of the certificate shall be paid in the same manner as if his death had occurred after January 1, 1925.
SEC. 505. There is hereby created a fund in the Treasury of the United States to be known as "The adjusted-service certificate fund", hereinafter in this title called "fund". There is hereby authorized to be appropriated for each calendar year (beginning with the calendar year 1925 and ending with the calendar year 1946) an amount sufficient as an annual premium to provide for the payment of the face value of each adjusted-service certificate in twenty years from its date or on the prior death of the veteran, such amount to be determined in accordance with accepted actuarial principles and based upon the American Experience Table of Mortality and interest at 4 per centum per annum, compounded annually. The amounts so appropriated shall be set aside in the fund on the first day of the calendar year for which appropriated. The appropriation for the calendar year 1925 shall not be in excess of $100,000,000.
ADDING CERTAIN LANDS TO THE IDAHO NATIONAL FOREST, IDAHO
FEBRUARY 14, 1931.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. SMITH of Idaho, from the Committee on the Public Lands, submitted the following
[To accompany S. 116]
The Committee on the Public Lands, to whom was referred the bill (S. 116) to add certain lands to the Idaho National Forest, Idaho, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that the bill do pass.
The facts concerning the proposed legislation are set forth in the following letters from the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, addressed to the Chairman of the Committee on Public Lands and Surveys of the Senate:
Hon. GERALD P. NYE,
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
Chairman Committee on Public Lands and Surveys, United States Senate. DEAR SENATOR NYE: Reference is made to your letter of April 27, inclosing copy of (S. 116) a bill to add certain lands to the Idaho National Forest, Idaho, and asking for the views of this department thereon:
This bill is identical with Sena te bill 1578, on which the department made a report on January 18, 1928, recommending favorable action on the proposed legislation. It would place under national forest administration all of townships 23 north, ranges 2 and 3 east, and that part of the west one-half of township 24 north, range 4 east, Boise meridian, which is not already within a national forest. The lands are adjacent to the Idaho National Forest and were carefully examined in the summer of 1924 by officers of this department to determine their suitability for national forest purposes. The report shows that the lands are mountainous in character and wholly unsuited to cultivation. They contain a stand of merchantable timber estimated at approximately 175,000,000 bord-feet, in addition to which there is a substantial stand of smaller timber not of merchantable size.
If these lands were added to the Idaho National Forest they could be economically administered as a part thereof without a material increase in the appropriations hitherto made for the management and protection of that forest. The data which this department has obtained shows pretty clearly that the lands
contain a large amount of timber and that topographically they are unsuited to agriculture and have very little value for any purpose other than the growing of timber and watershed protection, with an incidental grazing value.
The department renews its recommendation that favorable action be taken on this measure.
MY DEAR SENATOR NYE: Replying further to your report for a report on S 116, I have to inform you that an examination by the Geological Survey of this department shows that the lands described in the bill are valuable principally for their timber resources and are, therefore, of the type properly subject to inclusion within a national forest reserve. Consequently, I see no objection to the enactment of the proposed legislation.
Very truly yours,
RAY LYMAN WILBUR.
[S. 116, Seventy-first Congress, third session[
AN ACT To add certain lands to the Idaho National Forest, Idaho
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following-described areas be, and the same are hereby, included in and made a part of the Idaho National Forest, subject to all prior adverse rights; and that said lands shall hereafter be subject to all laws affecting national forests: All township 23 north, ranges 2 and 3 east, and that part of the west half of township 24 north, range 4 east, which is not already included in the Nez Perce National Forest; all Boise meridian.