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"Advance base outfit,” $350,000. The advisability of omitting this new

item entirely is suggested for decision by the committee, as it is a matter

of policy rather than of dollars and cents; a reduction of. Ammunition for ships of the navy and for reserve “Reserve ammunition".

$3,250,000 “First supply of ammunition for new ships".

1, 250,000

$350,000

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4,500,000 In my opinion the amount for “reserve ammunition ” could, without

very serious injury, be reduced by $1,000,000; a reduction of... 1,000,000 "Relining and hooping to muzzle 8-inch mark V guns, ” $60,000. This

item can, without serious detriment, be allowed to wait another year; a reduction of.....

60,000 “Reserve guns for ships of the navy,” $490,000. In view of the fact that

this amount provides for the completion of the reserve list, and no further appropriation under this heading is contemplated, and that there was no appropriation under this heading this year, reduction of this amount to $250,000 is suggested; a reduction of

240,000 New sights for5-inch, 6-inch, and 7-inch guns and modifying their mounts" $490,100. This amount may be reduced to $286,700 by the elimination of the 5-inch, the ships affected being Chicago, Olympia, Kearsarge, Kentucky, Chattanooga, Galveston, Tacoma, Des Moines, Cleveland, and Denver; a reduction of....

203, 400 "Fire-control instruments for ships of the Navy,” $226,800. This may be

reduced by modifying old type instruments until another year; a reduction of...

70,000 "Mines and appliances," $370,000. The reduction of this amount to $300,000 is suggested; a reduction of..

70,000 "Torpedoes and appliances,” $1,250,000. This may be reduced to $750,000,

although the torpedo situation is deplorable and any reduction only aggravates matters; a reduction of....

500,000 Public works.” The following items may be omitted:

Naval magazine, Fort Mifflin, Pa., storehouse and offices, if reductions
must be made.

30,000
Naval magazine, New York Harbor (Iona Island), magazine building,
if reductions must be made..

20,000 Naval magazine, Lake Denmark, N. J., magazine, if reductions must be made.

12,500 Ordnance and ordnance stores." Subhead, “New machinery and tools for

torpedo factory, naval torpedo station, Newport, R. I.” This item may be reduced from $200,000 to $100,000 with the expectation of being compelled to ask for the additional $100,000 at a later date; a reduction of.... 100,000

Total reductions..

3, 140, 850

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(No. 29.]

NAVY DEPARTMENT, Washington, December 16, 1908.

H. R. 21569. FOR THE RELIEF OF SAMUEL GEE.

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Sir: The department has received your letter of the 11th instant, inclosing H. R. 21569, and requesting the department's views and recommendation thereon.

The records of the department show that the service rendered by Samuel Gee during the civil war was in a civil capacity and was not, therefore, service of "an officer or enlisted man in the regular or volunteer forces during the civil war prior to April 9, 1865," and he does not come under the provisions of the act of June 29, 1906, which admits of advancement to the retired list.

In view of the above the department does not recommend the passage of the bill. Very respectfully,

TRUMAN H. NEWBERRY,

Secretary.

Hon. GEORGE EDMUND Foss,
Chairman Committee on Naval Affairs,

House of Representatives.

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(No. 30.]

NAVY DEPARTMENT, Washington, December 16, 1908.

PROPOSED ADDITION TO THE ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS

FOR THE NAVAL SERVICE UNDER “PAY OF NAVY, 1910."

SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith the draft of a proposed additional clause in the naval appropriation bill now under consideration by your committee, and to recommend its incorporation under the caption "Pay of the navy."

The clause as recommended is based upon the act approved April 23, 1908, establishing a Medical Reserve Corps in the Army, and makes exactly similar provision for the Navy. No increased appropriation is involved beyond that authorized by existing statutes, as admissions to the Medical Corps of the Navy will be from the Medical Reserve Corps instead of from the corps of acting assistant surgeons.

If this measure is enacted, it will secure to the Medical Department of the Navy adequate and efficient assistance and will make the services (army and navy) equally attractive to young men in civil life. This equality of attraction does not exist at the present time. Very respectfully,

TRUMAN H. NEWBERRY,

Secretary. Hon. GEORGE EDMUND Foss, M. C., Chairman of Committee on Naval Affairs,

House of Representatives.

PROPOSED ADDITION TO THE ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NAVAL SERVICE

UNDER “PAY OF NAVY, 1910."

Provided, That a medical reserve corps, to be a constituent part of the Medical Department of the Navy, is hereby established under the same provisions, in all respects (except as may be necessary to adapt the provisions of said act to the navy), as those providing a Medical Reserve Corps for the Army and as set forth in the act to increase the efficiency of the Medical Department of the United States Army, approved April 23, 1908.

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