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A.

Page.

Alaska:

Adjutant General's Office, additional employees..

Advance payments to contractors___.

Agriculture, Department of:

Federal Horticultural Board, pink boll worm, control of
Rent

Fisheries Service.

57, 611

242

124

715

166

Military and post roads, construction and maintenance of..
Alaskan Engineering Commission:

662

Automobile for use in Seattle, Wash_

113

Railroad construction_

108

Allen, G. F., statement of..

American seamen, relief of__

Aransas Pass, Tex., light station, repairs_

Arlington Building, rental of, by Navy Department_

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642

4

165

224

788

789

788

Buildings on leaseholds and privately owned property..

720, 833

Frankford Arsenal-

Artillery case shop building.

794

Artillery firing range..

790

Assembling artillery ammunition, increased facilities for
Barracks building, extension of__

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Small-arms ammunition, increasing facilities for the manufac-

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Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, N. J., additional buildings_

Proving grounds, additional land, etc., for----

803

720, 833

774, 847

963

Maj. WONSON. Yes.

Mr. SHERLEY. And unless there is something to show the state of manufacture of that cloth into the uniforms, and then a further statement of deliveries to depots and a delivery from them to the cantonments and camps, no conclusion can be drawn as to the ability to actually equip the men.

Maj. WONSON. In order to work intelligently with the figures that I have we also carry sets of figures for the articles to be made from this material. For instance, on cotton cloth, I am carrying records for cotton breeches and cotton coats, so that I have a check as to what is being delivered on time of those articles. I have obtained from the Quartermaster Department the records of the contracts that have been placed for cotton coats and cotton breeches, and we are keeping in contact with the dates of delivery, so that I am not depending on my delivery of cotton cloth except to insure that the cotton cloth and woolen cloth delivered is adequate for the needs of the contractors who are making the clothing.

Mr. SHERLEY. So that you are prepared, then, as to cotton coats and trousers, to state that you will be in a position to equip this army, as it is now determined to be called?

Maj. WONSON. Yes, sir.

Mr. SHERLEY. Does that also take in the question of time for distribution from the depots?

Maj. WONSON. It takes in an element of time, but how much we can allow on that or how large a factor that will be I really do not know.

Mr. SHERLEY. You have just taken that thing arbitrarily?
Maj. WONSON. Yes, sir.

Mr. ROSENWALD. We have made an allowance of 25 per cent for fall downs on the part of the contractors, etc.; we have allowed a 25 per cent leeway in the making of our figures.

Mr. SHERLEY. As to the other matters, such as shoes, underwear, and hose, you are dealing with the finished articles?

Maj. WONSON. We are dealing with the finished articles.

Mr. SHERLEY. So your knowledge there has in mind the delivery of those things at the various depots?

Maj. WONSON. Yes, sir.

Mr. ROSENWALD. At the quartermaster depots. You see, that is not even our business, but we have done this because we thought we ought to do it, although we are not concerned, as far as our direct business is concerned, with anything beyond the delivery of the materials to the quartermaster; but in order to satisfy ourselves. we have kept after these other things.

Maj. WONSON. In the matter of shoes, allowing for a 25 per cent delinquency in deliveries, which does not exist, we should have an excess of over 400,000 pairs on the 1st of September.

Mr. ROSENWALD. May I state right there that in spite of that we might have complaints that we can not fit everybody in shoes on the 1st of September; there may possibly be a howl that we can not fit everybody because there are 90 sizes of shoes. Now, in order to keep a supply of 90 different sizes of shoes on hand, it requires an normous surplus stock. Gradually that is going to be supplied, but n the 1st day of September the surplus might not be sufficient to

fit every man that comes there; but, of course, he has his own shoes, which he could wear temporarily.

Mr. SHERLEY. You are not figuring on supplying shoes for a given number of men, but you are figuring on the basis of having an allotment of sizes which, judging by previous records of the Quartermaster's Department, would be sufficient to take care of the situation? Maj. WONSON. That is correct. They have what they call a tariff of sizes which every manufacturer follows, and that is based on long experience in actually delivering shoes to the men. It was revised recently on the basis of the figures that were available from the mobilization last summer on the Mexican border, where, of course, they issued very much larger quantities than they ever had issued before. We get daily reports from Col. Hirsh, of the Philadelphia depot, of this nature [indicating].

Mr. SHERLEY. Is he in charge of all the depots and do they report through him?

Maj. WONSON. All the depots at the present time are supposed to report through the Philadelphia depot, which is really a clearing house.

Mr. SHERLEY. That is what I mean.

Maj. WONSON. Yes, sir.

Mr. SHERLEY. So that in getting a report from him you have embodied in it a report from all the other depots?

Maj. WONSON. Yes; in fact, the other depots are supposed to take up with him, or with the committee, through him, any recommendations that are made. If they have a very large offer on a certain article they take it up with him and find out whether it is agreeable that they purchase those particular articles. In my books I list, or my assistants list, every sample contract that is placed as soon as we get this notification from Col. Hirsh; this includes the name of the concern, the name of the place at which the goods are to be delivered, the price at which the goods are placed, the date of the contract, and the deliveries which are promised on the contract. As soon as a contract is placed a card is made out which gives in red at the right the deliveries which the contractor promises to make; we enter in this column the deliveries that he reports each week and carry the total forward here. If a man is delinquent from week to week we immediately get in touch with him and endeavor to ascertain why he is delinquent and what steps he is taking to remedy his delinquency.

Mr. SHERLEY. Have you had any delays incident to difficulties in agreeing on prices?

Maj. WONSON. No; because by the time the matter comes to my attention there is no question of price; the price has been actually determined.

Mr. SHERLEY. Perhaps you are not in a position to answer my inquiry. Here is a manufacturer who is capable of producing a certain quantity of goods. Has there been a delay in getting him started in making the goods over a difficulty as to the price he should receive?

Mr. ROSENWALD. Not of any consequence. There have been isolated cases of that kind where the delay may have been a day, a week, or two weeks, but in very, very rare cases has there been any delay.

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Old and worn-out machinery in armory shops, replacing_

813

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833, 840

Watertown, Mass., Arsenal-

Armor-piercing projectiles, increased facilities for production of

Building for storing patterns_.

Erection shop, extension of

Field officers' quarters_.

Gun carriages, increased facilities for manufacture of..
Locomotive crane_

Office building, extension of..

Replacing obsolete and worn-out machine tools.

Replacing roof and floors of machine shop.

Roads, etc., construction and repair of....

Testing machines at

Watervliet, West Troy, N. Y., Arsenal-

Fire protection, increasing facilities for.

Garage and oil storehouse_

Mobile artillery cannon, increasing facilities for the manufac-
ture of

Army.

Ayers, E. J., statement of..

Atlantic seaboard, need of increased quarantine facilities upon the_.
Auto Livery Co., refunding of taxes paid by-.

Office buildings, alteration and improvement of
Steam-heating system, alteration and improvement of
(See Military Establishment or War Department.

25, 31

99, 124

B.

Babbitt, E. B., statement of

Baker, Newton D., statement of

Barracks and quarters..

Barrows, William J., statement of.

Benicia, Cal., Arsenal-

Garage

Road repairs.

Storehouses

Bennett, E. L., statement of

Benton, Mrs. John R., statement of..

Black, William M., statement of_

Bliss, Tasker H., statement of--

Blue, Rupert, statement of--

Board for standardization of first-aid methods.

Boston, Mass., quarantine station, increased facilities at.

Bower, W. T., statement of

Braisted, W. C., statement of

Brett, J. Q. A., statement of

73

327, 904

568, 589, 904

118

788

789

788

245, 274

858

359

904

19

202

25.30

152

260

374

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Cape Charles, Va., quarantine station, increased facilities at_.

Cape May Naval Hospital..

Carter, C. C., statement of..

Carlisle, T. W., statement of..

Carr, Wilbur J., statement of..

Census Office, transfer of funds and employees for war emergency work.

Charleston, S. C., naval hospital__

Chelsea, Mass., naval hospital__.

Chief of Staff, Officer of:

Clerks in____

Military Information Section_.

Chisholm, Daniel V., statement of

Civilian military training camps-

338, 432, 602, 616

25, 27

268

617

918

3

172

265

262

340, 382

340

205

554

Civilian Naval Consulting Board, expenses of..

Claims for damages to and loss of private property-
Claxton, Philander P., statement of

233

97, 554

911

Clothing:

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Columbia Institution for the Deaf, new dormitory for women_.

107

Commerce, Department of:

Census Office, transfer of funds and employees for war emergency
work___

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Lighthouses, Bureau of, draftsmen, additional compensation to....

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Steamboat-Inspection Service, Tampa, Fla., inspection district, force

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