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Maj. RIDLEY. That is the way it is being carried on now.
The CHAIRMAN. But that is under a very modified program. Prior to this present year there was but one specific appropriation for this purpose and this year there is $200,000! Maj. RIDLEY. Yes, sir.
Thé CHAIRMAN. This is to provide an increase and do in five or six months work that would ordinarily be carried over a number of years. How many Engineer officers will be used in the work?
Maj. RIDLEY. Of officers of the Regular corps, I do not believe it will require more than one man's attention in the office.
The CHAIRMAN. What other employees!
Maj. RIDLEY. The topographers in the Geological Survey have been taken into the reserve corps. I do not know whether you refer to those or not, but, of course, they would be on the work.
The CHAIRMAN. Have all the topographers been made majors in the Officers' Reserve Corps?
Maj. RIDLEY. No, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. How many officers of the Officers Reserve Corps are assigned to this work?
Maj. RIDLEY. No officers of the Officers' Reserve Corps outside of those who are in the Geological Survey.
The CHAIRMAN. There are 15 officers in the Engineer Reserve Corps already assigned to this work?
Maj. RIDLEY. Yes, sir. Those are the men of the Geological Survey who have been taken in the Officers' Reserve Corps and have been assigned to the work that they are doing.
The CHAIRMAN. Then there are 45 of them?
Maj. RIDLEY. Yes, sir. I did not have the figures, and I understood you asked me how many majors there were.
The CHAIRMAN. Then all of these topographers have been made officers in the Officers' Reserve Corps? All the men of the Geological Survey have been given commissions in the Officers' Reserve Corps, is that it?
Maj. RIDLEY. Only men who are qualified to do the work.
The CHAIRMAN. What I want to know is how many, but, of course, I do not want you to answer something you do not know.
Maj. RIDLEY. Well, it is our intention to take them all in and make them officers.
The CHAIRMAN. That is not what I asked you. I asked you whether all of the men in the Geological Survey who are engaged on this work have been commissioned as officers in the Officers' Reserve Corps ?
Maj. RIDLEY. They have not been commissioned yet, but they will be.
The CHAIRMAN. Forty-five of them have been, because they have been actually assigned to duty.
Maj. RIDLEY. But that is not all of them.
The CHAIRMAN. I think we will have to ask Gen. Black in reference to this.
Maj. RIDLEY. I would like to tell you exactly what you want to know, if I have the information.
The CHAIRMAX. But you do not seem to know. I have before me, in the Official Bulletin, information that you do not seem to have, and I want an explanation of it. Have all of the men who are employed in the Geological Survey on this mapping work been commissioned as officers in the Officers' Reserve Corps?
Maj. RIDLEY. No, sir; they have not.
The CHAIRMAX. Then we will have to ask you to bring all of that information to us in detailed form, because that is the information we must have.
Mr. GILLETT. Is it the intention to take them all into make all cf the topographers officers, Major?
Maj. RIDLEY. We are going to take all of them except ordinary rodmen, just the men who are chiefs of division, parties, etc. We are going to make them officers, because those men will be needed in France for that very same kind of work, and also to hold them for this military mapping, so we can control them, and it is our plan to take all of them in. We have only taken in those 45, but the rest are in process of being taken in.
Mr. GILLETT. How many are there altogether!
Maj. RIDLEY. I think 75; they have about 75 topographic parties, and I think that will be just about the number we will take in.
Mr. GILLETT. What is the pay and allowance of a major?
Maj. Ridley. When they are on this work in the field they do not have any allowance.
Mr. GILLFIT. They have their expenses. What do these topographers get as topographers ?
Maj. RIDLEY. I do not know their rates of pay. I can prepare this data for you.
The CHAIRMAN. You will have to do so, because we must have it in that shape.
Maj. RIDLEY. I can prepare the whole thing in tabular form showing you the exact status of the matter.
The CHAIRMAN. I want a statement showing what employees of the Geological Survey and Coast and Geodetic Survey will be taken in and the rank that will be given to them.
Maj. RIDLEY. And you want alongside of that their pay as members of the Geological Survey and Coast and Geodetic Survey?
The CHAIRMAN. We have that. Then we want very extensive information as to the particular areas to be surveyed and the necessity for it.
Maj. RIDLEY. I can give you that.
The CHAIRMAN. And you had better give us the pay of those in the Geological Survey and the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Maj. RIDLEY. I can show you the areas.
The CHAIRMAN. Well, it would be better, if you must prepare this information, to have it presented to us all at one time, so that we will not have an interrupted statement.
MONDAY, JULY 16, 1917.
STATEMENT OF MAJ. A. E. WILLIAMS, ASSISTANT CHIEF.
Maj. WILLIAMS. The Militia Bureau asks for 10 additional employees.
The CHAIRMAN. Is your bureau in active service now?
Maj. WILLIAMS. Yes, sir; the work has increased very greatly, and judging from our experience last year, with a large percentage of the National Guard in Federal service on the border, it will continue to increase after all of the troops are called. This is expected by reason of the reference of cases to the bureau for information that can be obtained only from our files. Also returns of Federal property issued to the National Guard are now examined and settled by this bureau, which were heretofore handled by the supply bureaus. This work has been practically untouched this year on account of lack of clerks. Again, many inquiries are received from Congressmen, which causes the correspondence to very materially increase.
The CHAIRMAN. Those come with reference to the National Guard after it goes into the Federal service?
Maj. WILLIAMS. Yes, sir. Many demands are made on the other bureaus, particularly the office of The Adjutant General, for data that can only be obtained from this bureau. This adds greatly to the already large increase in volume of correspondence.
The CHAIRMAN. So that, although the guard goes into the Federal service, the work of your bureau will increase!
Maj. WILLIAMS. It will. At the present time the number of telegrams is many times greater than a month ago. They include telegrams from governors, State adjutant generals, State disbursing officers, members of the Regular service, and Members of Congress. We have these to answer, and it is all necessary work. The calling of the National Guard into the service of the United States has been and will remain to be the occasion of innumerable inquiries from anxious relatives and friends of members of the National Guard, and doubtlessly the number of such inquiries will increase. They will so far as possible be answered by this bureau. Last year we thought the work would decrease, but it did not, and it has not so far this year. On the contrary, as stated before, it has increased.
The CHAIRMAN. How much are these 10 additional clerks to receive?
Maj. WILLIAMS. $1,000 each. We ask for $10,183.38, but I think we employed some of them before the beginning of this fiscal year.
MONDAY, JULY 16, 1917.
RENT OF BUILDINGS.
(See pp. 92, 93, 336, 752, 908.) STATEMENTS OF MR. JOHN C. SCOFIELD, ASSISTANT AND CHIEF CLERK; CAPT. WALTER E. KRUESI, OFFICE QUARTERMASTER GENERAL; AND COL. W. W. HARTS, IN CHARGE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS.
The CHAIRMAN. “For rent of buildings in the District of Columbia, fiscal year nineteen hundred and eighteen, $196,400; and the Secretary of War is hereby authorized to enter into contracts for the lease of suitable buildings for the use of the War Department as follows: One for a period not exceeding five years from date of completion, at an annual rental of not exceeding $92,800, and one for a period not exceeding two years, beginning July first, nineteen hundred and eighteen, at an annual rental not exceeding $40,000: Prorided, That the Secretary of War is hereby authorized to take over from the Navy Department the unexpired portion of the lease for the rented building on New York Avenue between Seventeenth and Eighteenth Streets northwest, known as the Navy Annex, from such time as the Navy Department can relinquish the building to the War Department, at an annual rental not exceeding $40,000.”
MONROE COURT, FIFTEENTH AND Y STREETS. Mr. SCOFIELD. The rental of 66,000 square feet of space in the fireproof building at Fifteenth and M Streets NW., from the 1st of August, 1917, to July 1, 1918, we estimate at $36,667 That is at the rate of $40,000 a year.
The CHAIRMAN. How much a square foot!
Mr. SCOFIELD. About 60 cents. That does not include the space in the basement, does it!
Capt. KRUESI. Yes, sir; it is 604 cents, I believe.
Capt. KRUESI. Yes, sir; 60,000 square feet, at $10,000, would be 66 cents.
The CHAIRMAX. Is that the available space?
Mr. SCOFIELD. At Fifteenth and M Streets NW. It is a new apartment house which is nearly completed. It is on the southwest corner.
The CHAIRMAN. A yearly contract ?
Capt. KRUESI. Yes, sir; a one-year contract, with the request that the Secretary be authorized to renew it for a period not exceeding two years.
The CHAIRMAN. What service goes with this?
Capt. KRUESI. None. The owners will provide shades, screens, and awnings, and certain things of that kind which we freqưently do provide.
The CHAIRMAN. Have you any estimate of what it will cost for heat, light, and elevator and janitor service?
Capt. KRUESI. I have no estimate.
Mr. SCOFIELD. The heat and light will cost $6,000 or $8,000 a year. The CHAIRMAX. Has it been estimated ?
Mr. SCOFIELD. There is no estimate. I am figuring on the estimates for the other buildings. There is no estimate included.
The CHAIRMAX. This building is now in the course of construction!
Mr. SCOFIELD. Yes, sir.
Mr. SCOFIELD. Yes, sir. Four floors are arranged for apartments; it is being built for an apartment house. The upper floors are not yet partitioned off. The board which the Secretary appointed to look into the question of space for the department found this to be the best proposition that was submitted to them. The owner agreed to make certain changes.
The CHAIRMAN. Will the four stories already constructed for apartments be suitable for offices?
Mr. SCOFIELD. He has agreed to take down certain partitions. It was concluded that with those changes they would make admirable offices. Col. Harts, who was on the board, can tell you about that.
Col. Harts. With the changes that are proposed by our board and consented to by the owners, the building will furnish very excellent office accommodations.
The CHAIRMAN. Do you know what the building is to cost?
The CHAIRMAX. Please furnish us with information as to what the building is to cost and the present assessed valuation of the land. Mr. SCOFIELD. Yes, sir.
JULY 17, 1917. From: Capt. W. E. Kruesi. To: Assistant and Chief Clerk, War Department. Subject: Valuation of Monroe Court.
Referring to your request, I have determined from Mr. John L. Warren that the property at the southwest corner of Fifteenth and M Streets, upon which Monroe Court is located, is assessed at $1.45 per foot for 16,400 feet, or $23,780. He states, however, that the property cost him in trades about $50,000. The unfinished building was assessed in June at $100,000. It was then somewhat more than half completed.
He states that he is unable to state the cost of the building, because it is not yet complete, and that he is unable to state or to estimate the cost, because it is not yet complete, and he will be put to considerable additional expense on account of his agreement to remove certain partitions and equipment from the building and to store and replace this equipment at the end of the Government lease. He holds the property for sale at from $375,000 to $400,000.
WALTER E. KRTESI, Captain Quartermaster, United States Reserres. The CHAIRMAN. What is the situation with respect to office space in the War Department?
Mr. SCOFIELD. They are working out in the corridors, absolutely crowded in the rooms. We have had to move the Surgeon General and the Insular Bureau to the Mills Building, which we have rented.
The CHAIRMAN. The Provost General has gone down to the Land Office?
Mr. SCOFIELD, Yes, sir; the Land Office is full. We have rented the Hooe Building for the Ordnance Bureau, also the old Red Cross