The Ferris bill, providing for the development of water-power and the use of public lands, has been passed by the House of Representatives and is before the committee on public lands of the Senate. In the bill the secretary of the interior is empowered to lease to citizens of the United States, or to associations or corporations, or to any state or county or irrigation district, public lands, including lands in public forests and other reservations, for the purpose of developing and utilizing hydro-electric power.
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