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Messrs. SWAGAR SHERLEY (CHAIRMAN), WILLIAM SCHLEY HOWARD, JAMES F. BYRNES, FREDERICK H. GILLETT,
AND FRANK W. MONDELL
IN CHARGE OF
SUNDRY CIVIL APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1920
SUNDRY CIVIL APPROPRIATION BILL, 1920.
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS.
SWAGAR SHERLEY (CHAIRMAN), WILLIAM SCHLEY HOWARD, JAMES F. BYRNES, FREDERICK H. GILLETT, AND FRANK W! MONDELL, OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRÉSENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE SUNDRY CIVIL APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1920, ON THE DAYS FOLLOWING, NAMELY:
MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 1919.
STATEMENTS OF COMMODORE COMMANDANT ELLSWORTH P. BERTHOLF, COMMANDANT OF THE COAST GUARD, AND CAPT. CHARLES A. MCALLISTER, ENGINEER IN CHIEF.
NEW LEGISLATION ASKED FOR THE PURCHASE, EXCHANGE, MAINTE
NANCE, REPAIR, AND OPERATION OF MOTOR-PROPELLED PASSENGER-CARRYING VEHICLES.
Mr. BYRNEs. Commodore Bertholf, I notice you are asking for some new legislation, the first paragraph being for every expenditure requisite for and incident to the authorized work of the Coast Guard, as follows, including purchase, exchange, maintenance, repair, and operation of motor-propelled passenger-carrying vehicles, to be used only for official purposes.
Commodore BERTHOLF. Yes, sir.
Commodore BERTHOLF. We have found it necessary to provide motorcycles for patrol work at stations along the coast where the distances between the stations were so great they could not be covered on foot, and we are now furnished with those motorcycles by the Navy Department.
Mr. BYRNES. You did not have them prior to the war? Commodore BERTHOLF. We did not have them prior to the war. Of course we have no authority under the Coast Guard appropriation. Under the Navy law we are now operating 15. It costs about $200 a year for the maintenance of each machine. We have estimated that we would need possibly 8 new ones. They cost $400 a piece, and this, together with the maintenance of the 23 for a year would make $7,800. Without this legislation we would have to dispense with the use of these machines after we go back to the Treasury Department.
Mr. BYRNES. Where do you use them?