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ACCOUNT OF WAR EXPENSES, 1918
SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE COMMITTEE
MESSRS. JOHN J. FITZGERALD (CHAIRMAN), SWAGAR SHERLEY,
URGENT DEFICIENCY APPROPRIATIONS ON ACCOUNT OF WAR EXPENSES, 1918.
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS. J. J. FITZGERALD (CHAIRMAN), SWAGAR SHERLEY, JOSEPH W. BYRNS, THOMAS U. SISSON, FREDERICK H. GILLETT, JAMES W. GOOD, AND JOSEPH G. CANNON, OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ON THE DAYS FOLLOWING, NAMELY:
MONDAY, JULY 16, 1917.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
STATEMENTS OF MR. WILBUR J. CARR, DIRECTOR OF THE CONSULAR SERVICE, AND MR. RICHARD C. TANIS, CHIEF, DIVISION OF MEXICAN AFFAIRS.
APPROPRIATION FOR FAMILY OF TATSUJI SAITO, A JAPANESE SUBJECT.
The CHAIRMAN. Did you estimate or request an appropriation for the family of a Japanese subject named Tatsuji Saito, who was killed at San Geronimo, Mexico, on the night of May 25?
Mr. CARR. That was not estimated by the State but by the War Department; but it was submitted by the War Department on the recommendation of the Secretary of State.
The CHAIRMAN. Is there any case similar to this where a man, the subject of another nation, was engaged in attempting to sell liquor to our troops in violation of regulations, and there was some question as to how he met his death?
Mr. CARR. I do not know the facts of this case myself.
The CHAIRMAN. I have read the statement of the State Department, and, upon the statement of the department, it seems extraordinary that with no definite proof that he was killed by our troops and with proof that he was engaged in selling liquor surreptitiously to our troops in Mexico, that as an act of grace we should compensate his family.
Mr. CARR. I am not acquainted personally with the facts, Mr. Chairman, but Mr. Tanis, of the Mexican Division, is with me and will state what he knows about the case.
Mr. TANIS. My recollection is that this man was selling liquor on the premises at San Geronimo ranch, and at the time he met his death he was violating the military orders. I believe there was an order given that there should be no further sale of liquor, but that he continued to sell it or the soldiers insisted upon receiving liquor from him.