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H. RES. 103
THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT
APRIL 9, 1912
(Committee room No. 296, House Office Building. Telephone 591. Meets each Monday.)
JAMES M. GRAHAM, Illinois, Chairman. HENRY GEORGE, JR., New York.
FRANK W. MONLELL, Wyoming. WALTER L. HENSLEY, Missouri.
LOUIS B. HANNA, North Dakota. OSCAR CALLAWAY, Texas.
CHARLES H. BURKE, South Dakota. JOHN F. McCARRON, Clerk.
INVESTIGATION OF INDIAN BUREAU.
COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Tuesday, April 9, 1912. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. James M. Graham (chairman) presiding.
Present: Representatives George, Hensley, Mondell, Hanna, and Burke.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will please come to order. Gentlemen of the committee, I believe each one of you had a copy of a certain paper containing charges directed against the Commissioner of the Indian Bureau. The commissioner also had a copy of that paper. I suppose it is unnecessary, under those circumstances, to read it.
Mr. MONDELL. Is it your idea to have that put in the record, Mr. Chairman?
The CHAIRMAN. It ought to go in the record at this stage. The clerk will place in the files of the committee the paper filed with it by Mr. Herbert J. Browne. Does any gentleman desire the reading of it? The Chair thinks it unnecessary to read it at this time.
In the absence of an objection, the reading of it will be dispensed with.
Mr. MONDELL. No; I do not think there is any necessity for read-
The paper referred to is as follows:
EXPENDITURES INTERIOR DEPARTMENT,
House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. SIR: I request an investigation by your honorable committee into the conduct of R. G. Valentine, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, in certain matters prejudicial to public interests and the interests of the Indians.
I charge Commissioner Valentine with instigating secretly attacks on an official of his own bureau, such instigation being against the interests of good service and tending to destroy discipline and efficient conduct of important affairs.
I charge Commissioner Valentine with responsibility for willfully creating conditions which led to the suspension and removal from the Indian Service on ba seless charges of Joseph R. Farr, general superintendent of logging.
I charge Commissioner Valentine with responsibility for inviting bids for the sale of standing timber on the Jicarilla and Fort Apache Indian Reserva . tions without issuing therewith proper preliminary and detailed estimates of quantities, the bids being called under regulations of such character as to make the prospective logging operations uncertain and open to fraud of the grossest character.