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Monday, December 8, 1913. The committee this day met, Hon. Lemuel P. Padgett (chairman) presiding.
STATEMENT OF REAR ADMIRAL VICTOR BLUE, CHIEF OF
BUREAU OF NAVIGATION.
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The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen of the committee, we have with us this morning Admiral Blue, Chief of the Bureau of Navigation.
Admiral, I notice that in the bill there is not very much new language or new provisions under your bureau. On page 17, in the paragraph “Transportation,” the language is the same until you get to the amount, and I see you are increasing the appropriation from $825,000 last year to $850,000 in the present bill?
Admiral BLUE. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Will you please state to the committee the reasons and the necessity for the increase ?
Admiral BLUE. In determining the estimate under this appropriation, the total number of enlisted men in the Navy during previous years considered in connection with the total expenditures for those years, and then considering the total number of men to be in the service during the year 1915, it appeared that $900,000 would be needed under this appropriation, but the bureau is of the opinion that this amount could safely be reduced to $850,000, as it contemplates making transfers of enlisted men by public conveyances to a greater extent than has been done in the past. The appropriation for 1913 was $800,000, and it appears at the present time that there will be a deficiency in this appropriation of $71,193.72.
In explanation of the deficiency it might be stated that in view of the fact that there was expended during the fiscal year 1912, $940,000, approximately this amount on an average increase would ordinarily be required for the fiscal year 1913. The bureau had in view at that time, however, a plan of utilizing naval vessels for the transportation of enlisted men instead of commercial vessels which had received approximately $50,000 from the department during the preceding year. Conditions were such, however, that the vessels which are used at times as transports could not be spared for this duty. A further explanation in regard to that deficiency is the fact that last year when the naval rendezvous was held at New York advantage was taken of enlisting temporarily a great many men of the naval militia of the States bordering on the Great Lakes, who were transported to New York and returned home. That in itself cost $40,000.