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To the Honorable S. FREDERICK Nixon, Speaker of the Assembly,

Albany, N. Y.: Sir.—I herewith transmit, for presentation to the Legislature of the State of New York, the Twenty-first Annual Report of the Commissioners of the State Reservation at Niagara, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 1904.

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Commissioners.

CHARLES M. DOW, President.

GEORGE RAINES,

ALEXANDER J. PORTER,

THOMAS P. KINGSFORD, ALVAH K. POTTER.

Treasurer and Secretary.

EDWARD H. PERRY.

Superintendent.

EDWARD H. PERRY.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

Letter of transmittal..

3

Commissioners of the State Reservation at Niagara.

4

Report of the Commissioners...

11

Twentieth anniversary of the Reservation..

11

Increased requirements for maintenance.

13

Electric lighting..

14

Inclined railway superannuated.

14

Elevator needed at Biddle stairway.

16

Work of the Year Ice formations.

17

Recapitulation of requirements..

17

Requirements for maintenance.

18

Estimated receipts......

18

Niagara, Lockport and Ontario Power Co. Charter.

18

Report of the Treasurer.

23

Report of the Superintendent.

49

Ice formations described.

50

Removal of cribs from upper river.

52

Iron railings....

Biddle stairway.

53

Inclined railway cable..

54

Steps removed from railway building.

54

Walks and roads..

54

Walks on riverway.

54

Riprapping river bank.

55

Furnace and steam pipes..

Inclined railway structure.

55

Improvements.

55

Leases..

56

Employees..

56

Number of visitors.

57

Receipts...

57

Memorandum concerning the jurisdiction, powers and proceedings of the

Commissioners with respect to the preservation of the Falls and scenery.. 61

Jurisdiction and powers of the Commission..

61

Opposition to diversion of water.....

66

Efforts to secure international protection.

75

Cribwork in river, east of Reservation..

78

Extracts from Annual Reports...

83

From First Annual Report, Feb. 17, 1885.

83

From Second Annual Report, Feb. 2, 1886.

83

From Third Annual Report, Jan. 31, 1887..

84

From Fourth Annual Report, Feb. 1, 1888.

86

From Sixth Annual Report, Jan. 22, 1890..

86

From Seventh Annual Report, Jan. 29, 1891.

87

From Eighth Annual Report, Jan. 29, 1892.

From Ninth Annual Report, Jan. 31, 1893..

91

From Tenth Annual Report, Jan. 27, 1894.

92

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Extracts From Annual Reports (Continued)

PAGE. From Eleventh Annual Report, Jan. 30, 1895...

92 From Twelfth Annual Report, Jan. 28, 1896..

98 From Thirteenth Annual Report, Feb. 1, 1897.

103 From Fourteenth Annual Report, Jan. 25, 1898.

105 From Fifteenth Annual Report, Feb. 1, 1899.

110 From Sixteenth Annual Report, Jan. 31, 1900.

111 From Nineteenth Annual Report, Feb. 18, 1903.

112 Official correspondence and opinions..

119 A. H. Green to Legislature, April 3, 1889, in re Niagara Hydraulic Electric Co....

119 A. H. Green to S. F. Nixon, April 4, 1889, in re the same.

120 A. H. Green to G. B. Sloan, April 5, 1889, in re the same.

122 A. H. Green to John Bogart, October 25, 1890, in re diversion of water. . 123 A. H. Green to John Bogart, December 2, 1890, in re diversion of water. . 123 John Bogart to A. H. Green, December 1, 1890, in re diversion of water. . 124 A. H. Green to W. Q. Gresham, October 17, 1894, in re international protection....

126 A. H. Green to J. W. Langmuir, October 19, 1894, in re international agreement....

128 A. H. Green to Theo. E. Hancock, July 17, 1895, in re Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company..

129 A. H. Green to Theo. E. Hancock, July 18, 1895, requesting injunction of same.

130 Theo. E. Hancock to A. H. Green, November 16, 1895, in re diversion

of water by Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Co..... 131 A. H. Green to Legislature, April 6, 1895, in re diversion of water by various companies....

110 Report of Sub-Committee of the Constitutional Convention of 1894,

proposing a Constitutional amendment to protect Niagara Falls... 151 Deed, land grants and resolutions...

171 Deed from Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company to State of New York, July 21, 1886...

171 Grant of land under water Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company, August 4, 1886...

172 Grant of land under water to same, July 19, 1893.

174 Permit by Commissioners to same, October 4, 1893.

177 Grant of land under water to Niagara Falls Power Company, September 30, 1897....

177 Resolution by Senator Guy, April 29, 1896, calling for international action......

179 Resolution by Senator Brown, March 17, 1904, in re the same.

179 Application of Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Com

pany to United States Government for permission to erect cribwork,
December 8, 1903...

180 Endorsement of same by Niagara Falls Power Company.

182 Permit from United States Government to erect cribwork.

183 Stages of Legislation and votes on charters of Niagara Power Corporations. . 187 Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company.

187

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