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APPROPRIATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 1923

HEARING

BEFORE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE COMMITTEE

ON APPROPRIATIONS

CONSISTING OF

Messrs. JAMES W. HUSTED (CHAIRMAN),
GEORGE HOLDEN TINKHAM, ROBERT E. EVANS,

BEN JOHNSON, AND GORDON LEE

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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SIXTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION.

MARTIN B. MADDEN, Illinois, Chairman. CHARLES R. DAVIS, Minnesota.

JAMES W. HUSTED, New York. DANIEL R. ANTHONY, Jr., Kansas.

ELIJAH C. HUTCHINSON, New Jersey. WILLIAM S. VARE, Pennsylvania.

ROBERT E. EVANS, Nebraska. JOSEPH G. CANNON, Illinois.

L. J. DICKINSON, Iowa. C. BASCOM SLEMP, Virginia.

JOSEPII W. BYRNS, Tennessee. SYDNEY ANDERSON, Minnesota.

THOMAS UPTON SISSON, Mississippi. WILLIAM R. WOOD, Indiana.

JAMES P. BUCHANAN, Texas. LOUIS C. CRAMTON, Michigan.

JAMES A. GALLIVAN, Massachusetts. PATRICK H. KELLEY, Michigan.

JAMES F. BYRNES, South Carolina. EDWARD H. WASON, New Hampshire.

GORDON LEE, Georgia. WALTER W. MAGEE, New York.

BEN JOHNSON, Kentucky. GEORGE HOLDEN TINKHAM, Massachusetts. CHARLES D. CARTER, Oklahoma. BURTON L. FRENCH, Idaho.

EDWARD T. TAYLOR, Colorado. MILTON W. SHREVE, Pennsylvania.

WILLIAM B. OLIVER, Alabama. CHARLES F. OGDEN, Kentucky.

THOMAS W. HARRISON, Virginia. WILLIAM H. STAFFORD, Wisconsin.

ANTHONY J. GRIFFIN, New York.

MARCELLUS C. SHEILD, Clerk. 2

APPROPRIATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 1923.

HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE (MESSRS. JAMES W. HUSTED (CHAIRMAN), GEORGE HOLDEN TINKHAM, ROBERT E. EVANS, BEN JOHNSON, AND GORDON LEE) OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE AND JUSTICE APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1923, ON THE DAYS FOLLOWING, NAMELY:

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 1922.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

STATEMENTS OF HON. HARRY M. DAUGHERTY, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ACCOMPANIED BY MR. RUSH L. HOLLAND, ASSISTANT, AND MR. JOHN D. HARRIS, CHIEF OF THE DIVISION OF ACCOUNTS.

GENERAL STATEMENT.

5.

Mr. HUSTED. General, I thought there might be some special matters you wanted to bring to the attention of the committee in a general statement and emphasize.

Mr. DAUGHERTY. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee, there is nobody connected with this administration more anxious than I am to reduce the running expenses of the Government. I am thoroughly in sympathy with the desire of the President that the expenses of Government be reduced, and it has been my effort from the date I became Attorney General to study conditions of the Department of Justice and to see where it was possible (and to insist wherever it was possible) to reduce the cost of operating the department, and in that connection, having a general interest in the administration, wherever possible to lend advice or service in reducing expenses and increasing efficiency.

The Department of Justice naturally, as you know, rode into great demands and expensive requirements to assist the departments in straightening out the business affairs of the Government. You take a private concern that has gone through a period of depression, where credit has been strained, money is scarce, although it does not go through the hands of a receiver or is not pitched into bankruptcy, necessarily the services of experts and lawyers are required to straighten out its affairs, and this is always a very expensive experience to a private business concern of any considerable magnitude. But you take a government where not only the business affairs of the Government itself, but its relations with foreign countries are involved, and you will have some conception of the picture of what

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