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APPENDIX O O. IMPROVEMENT OF RIVERS AND HARBORS IN OREGON AND IN WASHINGTON TERRITORY—IMPROVEMENT OF LOWER CLEARWATER RIVER, IDAHO-CONSTRUCTION OF CASCADE CANAL, COLUMBIA RIVER. REPORT OF MAJOR GEORGE L. GILLESPIE, CORP'S OF ENGINEERS, EFT. LIEUT. COL., U. S. J., OFFICER IN CHARGE, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1881, WITH OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE WORKS. UNITED STATES ENGINEER OFFICE, Portland, Oreg., July 14, 1881. GENERAL : I have the honor to submit herewith my annual report upon works of river and harbor improvements and of surveys and examinations under my charge for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1881. I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant, G. L. GILLESPIE, Major of Engineers, Pvt. Lieut. Colonel, U. S. A. Brig. Gen. H. G. WRIGHT, Chief of Engineers, U. S. A. O O I. IMPROVEMENT OF LOWER WILLAMETTE AND COLUMBIA RIVERS, FROM PORTLAND, OREGON, TO THE SEA, INCLUDING BAR AT MOUTH OF COLUMBIA RIVER, OREGON. The amount available at the opening of the fiscal year for the continuance of this improvement was $44,995.32. The project submitted for the application of the appropriation—$45,000, act June 14, 1880—received the approval of the department July 10, 1880, and on the 20th of September sealed proposals were opened at this office for building 1,000 feet, more or less, of pile dike, to complete the work of similar character begun the previous year, to close Coon Island Slough on the left bank of the Willamette River near its mouth. The award was made the same day to Messrs. Holmes and Sweeney, the lowest responsible bidders, and on the receipt of the department's approval measures were taken for the purchase of all the necessary materials for construction. Pile-driving was begun October 23, with three drivers, and carried on so rapidly during the pleasant weather which prevailed in October and November that the whole num-

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