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Mr. ROSENWALD. I do not think there has been any effort to conceal the requirements of the Government in any sense, but we have made it a point to deal directly with the manufacturers.

Mr. SHERLEY. Suppose a man came to the committee and said, "I am in the business of getting this kind of cloth and making it into shirts, coats, trousers, etc., and I am prepared to furnish the Government with the finished article or with the cloth," would the committee afford him facilities for submitting bids, and go into the question of how much he could supply, etc., or would the committee take the position that in regard to cloth they would deal only with the man who actually made it?

Mr. ROSENWALD. We have no authority to deal with anyone for finished garments. Our order from the Quartermaster provides for yardage, so that if any man came and made a statement such as you make we would refer him to the quartermaster at Philadelphia.

Mr. SHERLEY. Suppose he offered to furnish cloth, would you consider his offer if he were not a manufacturer of cloth?

Mr. ROSENWALD. We have made it a rule that we will deal only, so far as our committee is concerned, with the manufacturers. That does not mean that if we found a man had a quantity of goods on hand that we might use, that it was absolutely positive we would not deal with him, but we have deprecated the custom of people going to the mills and trying to come between the Government and the manufacturers. We have tried as much as possible to cut out the middleman and have refused, in many cases, to deal with commission men, jobbers, or retailers. If they wanted to go to the Quartermaster there would be no objection to that, and the Quartermaster would be at perfect liberty to buy those goods if he wanted to do so, but as far as our committee is concerned we would not entertain any such proposition.

The CHAIRMAN. In the matter of uniforms and shirtings made from flannel, you have been dealing entirely with the acquisition of the material?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Entirely with the acquisition of material for the uniforms; we had nothing to do with their making.

The CHAIRMAN. Take the item of underwear. Suppose some big concern, not a manufacturing concern, had a large stock of underwear on hand, would your committee then deal with that concern?

Mr. ROSENWALD. No; I do not think we would. It is not fair to presume that such a concern would have the specification article that we were supposed to deal with, because it must be made in accordance with certain rules which, in most cases, are not commercial.

The CHAIRMAN. Suppose a representative came in and said he had such a stock, would he still be eliminated?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Well, I do not think he would. If he came in with a sample and said "I have exactly what the Government is buying "

The CHAIRMAN (interposing). Let me ask you something on another line. The statement has been made that houses like Wanamaker, Gimbel Bros., and Marshall Field were refused information. on the ground that they were not manufacturers but occupied the position of middlemen, and that the Wanamaker concern had offered to supply a number of articles which it was believed the Government

required but that they had been shut out. Are you familiar with any matter of that kind?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Yes, sir; I am very familiar with it.

The CHAIRMAN. State what the facts are.

Mr. ROSENWALD. The facts are these, so far as one instance is concerned; there may have been others with which I am not familiar, but I am quite familiar with this instance. Two of Wanamaker's men came into my office and they had samples of certain kinds of material.

The CHAIRMAN. Of what?

Mr. ROSEN WALD. Of wool, olive-drab cloth, which they said was suitable for shirting flannel, as I remember it, for the Government's requirements. I looked at those samples and they were not suitable; they were of a very much coarser quality than the Government specifications called for. I took the opportunity of saying to those men that we did not do business with middlemen; that if Mr. Wanamaker had an opportunity to secure goods which he thought the Government could use we felt his duty would have been to say to that man, "You submit that to the Government direct, because I can not render the Government any service by buying from you and then going and selling to the Government at a profit; I can only benefit myself and not render a service to the Government, but you simply act as a go-between to buy something that you think the Government wants and then take it to the Government and ask them a profit on it," and so far as our committee is concerned we will not encourage that way of trading.

The CHAIRMAN. In the case of this flannel shirting, or whatever it is, did they claim to have a quantity of it or that they were in a position to acquire it?

Mr. ROSENWALD. They claimed to own it.

The CHAIRMAN. There has been trouble in obtaining sufficient shirting material for the number of men required-is not that so? Mr. ROSENWALD. Yes, sir; that is so, as regards the particular kind wanted by the Government.

The CHAIRMAN. Are we getting all that is needed?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Not of the exact kind that the Government wants. The CHAIRMAN. But are we, in the absence of that, getting other materials to be used in the meantime?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Yes.

Mr. SHERLEY. There was a certain amount of equipment required for the number of men called into the service. In some lines it was impossible to obtain the required equipment of the materials specified by the Government. In that situation was every effort made to obtain materials which, while not conforming to the Government's specifications, would yet be suitable temporarily while the other articles could be produced?

Mr. ROSEN WALD. I should say, yes.

Mr. SHERLEY. I do not know whether that comes under you? Mr. ROSENWALD. Yes, sir. The nearest that could be had in an emergency were secured.

Mr. SHERLEY. In securing them--they were manufactured articles-how did you secure them?

Mr. ROSENWALD. I am speaking of cloth now.

Mr. SHERLEY. We were speaking for the moment of underwear.

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The CHAIRMAN. We were speaking particularly about flannel shirting. For instance, the statement was made about the shortage of blankets. Someone stated that there was a concern that had several hundred thousand blankets which it wanted to sell to the Government, and, while they did not conform to the Government's specifications, were yet a very satisfactory blanket. Are you familiar with that situation?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Yes, sir. I know that we have recommended the purchase of some blankets that did not conform to the Government's specifications, because it was impossible to get a sufficient quantity of the specification blankets.

Mr. SHERLEY. What would be the practice as to obtaining such blankets?

Mr. ROSEN WALD. The practice would be to get from the millssome of the mills could not make the specification blankets go to the mills and get them to make the nearest thing that they could to the specification blankets.

Mr. SHERLEY. Suppose there were men who had in stock blankets that were serviceable, though not of the kind specified by the Government, were they given a chance to sell those blankets to the Government?

Mr. ROSENWALD. They were not, so far as our committee is concerned. There may have been cases where they were, but there are comparatively few blankets in the market that would answer the purpose, in the judgment of the quartermaster and ourselves. I think there were some blankets bought by various depot quartermasters that did come near enough to the specifications, but to what extent, I am not sure. Maj. Wonson, are you familiar with that?

Maj. WONSON. Yes; several depots have made emergency pur

chases.

Mr. ROSENWALD. But, so far as our committee is concerned? Maj. WONSON. No, sir; unless some have been recently purchased by Mr. Eisenman, of which I am not aware.

Mr. SHERLEY. I may be altogether wrong in my idea, because I know nothing technically about it, but in the matter of blankets, underwear, and the ordinary things that Americans use, it would seem in a Nation of 100,000,000 people there should be available a considerable number of supplies, though not of the kind that the Government uses ordinarily and would prefer-but that scattered over the country there should be actually in existence enough serviceable blankets to supply 500,000 men.

Mr. ROSENWALD. To answer your question, in the first place, if we had bought every blanket that we could have bought, regardless of whether it complied with the specifications and regardless of the price it cost, we might have accumulated all of the blankets that we needed in less time.

Mr. SHERLEY. You, perhaps, would not have had to go to that extreme. You might have been able to get from some people, who had large stocks and who furnish retailers blankets, sufficient to help out what you could not get from the mills. But, here is one of the things that is worrying some of us. It is apparent that you are not going to be able to equip more than a limited number of men on the 5th of September, and instead of the Army being called out all at

once, it is going to be called out in three increments, running from then until October.

Mr. ROSENWALD. Not because we can not supply them with blankets. Mr. SHERLEY. Not necessarily with blankets.

Mr. ROSENWALD. Not because we can not supply them with the things they need. That is not going to be the sticking point. Mr. SHERLEY. I would challenge that.

The CHAIRMAN. That is the statement of the Quartermaster General.

Mr. ROSEN WALD. Regardless of his statement?

Mr. SHERLEY. The statement was made that they would not be able to furnish more than 150,000 soldiers with their equipment on the 1st of September, and I think that fact, perhaps, together with others, has had a determining effect upon the Government's policy in postponing the calling out of all of the troops as of that date. The thing we are anxious to ascertain is whether the Government's capacity in every regard has been availed of and whether it has been availed of even where the result was to get not exactly what you wanted, but something that was good and serviceable. Of course. I do not know the details of any of these industries, and I can only ask general questions.

Mr. ROSENWALD. We think that we have gone to the extreme of securing the needs and that we will be prepared to supply the needs for most everything that the Government requires. There may be such things as uniform cloth, which has to be woven and was not in existence, so that we can not on the 1st of September supply every man with a uniform that will fit him. That is what the Quartermaster General had in mind more than any other one thing-the question of the uniform. The uniform is not a commercial article. You can not buy a khaki coat made according to the Government's specifications from a retail store anywhere. The khaki cloth from which it is made is not a commercial article. That is the only thing in which there may be a shortage of any consequence in the entire equipment. There will not be the slightest difficulty in supplying the blankets, underwear, hosiery, and those articles, but the possibility of a shortage, which I will not even admit, may materialize in uniform coats. A great many of those are to be supplied during the month of August, which will be available for the Army on the 1st of September.

The CHAIRMAN. As I understand your statement, with possibly the exception of the uniforms, which require the weaving of special cloth, and the manufacture of the uniform, advantage has been taken of the resources of the country to supply either the articles according to the Army specifications, or some article that was deemed suitable, although not up to the Army specifications?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Exactly. There will be no shortage in the other items, and I would not be willing to go on record to-day as saying that there will be a shortage in any items.

Mr. SHERLEY. The Quartermaster General testified about two weeks ago that he did not think he would be in a position to equip more than 150,000 men on the 1st of September.

Mr. ROSENWALD. Notwithstanding that statement, it is entirely a difference of opinion.

The CHAIRMAN. Have you information that would lead you to believe now that the Quartermaster General's opinion that, perhaps, uniforms would not be supplied in the quantities desired may not be in accordance with the actual facts?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Aside from the uniforms, I would say that there would be no question but what the needs for 500,000 men could be supplied on the 1st of September.

The CHAIRMAN. How about the uniforms?

Mr. ROSENWALD. A large part of them will be on hand; possibly not in sufficient quantity to be able to fit every man, because this must be taken into consideration, that it requires many times as many uniforms as there are men in order to be able to fit the men; the surplus stock required is very considerable. In the first place, they are divided into many places; there are probably upward of 60 places where there will have to be a stock of these uniforms in order to fit the men who are sent there. As you can readily understand, we have no way of knowing the sizes of these men. Consequently, there will have to be a very large surplus in order to be able to fit everyone. That entire surplus will not, in all probability, be ready by the 1st of September for 500,000, and, possibly, not for 200,000, but a large part of it will be ready, and between the 1st and the 15th a very large additional quantity will be ready. Aside from that, I have no hesitancy in saying that the men will be supplied with blankets, with underwear, with hosiery, with shoes needed for their equipment.

Mr. SHERLEY. As I understand, the committee on supplies and the subcommittees under it had nothing to do with the matter of manufacturing cloth into garments, but only acted as advisers to the Quartermaster touching the obtaining of the cloth itself?

Mr. ROSENWALD. That is exactly correct.

Mr. SHERLEY. You gentlemen undertook to survey the entire field of manufacturers who could manufacture this cloth. Was any effort made to induce manufacturers to convert the mills they had into mills capable of making the cloth?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Yes, sir.

Mr. SHERLEY. To what extent?

Mr. ROSENWALD. To the largest extent possible, a great many of them throwing out the materials that they had been in the habit of making in order to throw their capacity on to the manufacture of these items that were unobtainable commercially, such as khaki cloth, particularly, and duck.

Mr. SHERLEY. In regard to the cloth, how many mills were induced to do that, do you recall roughly?

Mr. ROSENWALD. I would not be able to answer that question.
Mr. SHERLEY. Five or ten?

Mr. ROSENWALD. I could not tell. I did not come into close enough contact. I only know that as their looms ran off, they were induced, from patriotic motives, to substitute these cloths for the goods. that they had orders for for civilian uses.

The CHAIRMAN. Could you obtain that information and put it in the record?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Yes, sir.

NOTE. About 25 mills were so induced to make duck for the Government.

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