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FISCAL YEAR 1918-19

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AFFAIRS
n. s. Cong. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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THE BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE UNITED
STATES MILITARY ACADEMY FOR THE FISCAL

YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1919

STATEMENTS OF

MRS. L. E. LOGAN
COL. S. E. TILLMAN
COL. E. J. TIMBERLAKE

FEBRUARY 11 AND 12, 1918

WASHINGTON
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

1918

COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AFFAIRS.

S. HUBERT DENT, JR., Alabama, Chairman. WILLIAM J. FIELDS, Kentucky.

JULIUS KAHN, California. PERCY E, QUIN, Mississippi.

DANIEL R. ANTHONY, Kansas. WILLIAM GORDON, Ohio.

JOHN C. MCKENZIE, Illinois. A. C. SHALLENBERGER, Nebraska.

FRANK L. GREENE, Vermont. CHARLS POPE CALDWELL, New York. JOHN M. MORIN, Pennsylvania. JAMES W. WISE, Goergia.

JOHN Q. TILSON, Connecticut. RICHARD OLNEY, Massachusetts.

THOMAS S. CRAGO, Pennsylvania. SAMUEL J. NICHOLLS, South Carolina. HARRY E. HULL, Iowa. T. W. HARRISON, Virginia.

JAMES H. DAVIDSON, Wisconsin. DANIEL E. GARRETT, Texas.

J, KUHIO KALANIANAOLE, Hawai GEORGE R. LUNN, New York.

MARK L, BLACK, Clerk.
J. GLENN STANLEY, Assistant Clerk.

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1918

MILITARY ACADEMY APPROPRIATION BILL.

COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AFFAIRS,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Monday, February 11, 1918. The committee this day met, Hon. S. H. Dent, jr. (chairman), presiding

STATEMENTS OF COL. S. E. TILLMAN, SUPERINTENDENT, AND

COL. E. J. TIMBERLAKE, POST QUARTERMASTER, UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, WEST POINT, N. Y., AND MRS. E. L. LOGAN, HOTEL LESSEE.

The_CHAIRMAN. Mrs. Logan, you have charge of the hotel at West Point? Mrs. LOGAN. Yes.

The CHAIRMAN. And you desire to make some statement to the committee as to the condition of the hotel?

Mrs. LOGAN. Yes.
The CHAIRMAN. You may proceed in your own way.

Mrs. LOGAN. I think that the hotel needs a little attention. It is in pretty bad condition throughout. In the first place, there is a lack of proper plumbing, there is a lack of proper heating, and it is not large enough to accommodate the people who are there on any ordinary occasion which arises. The capacity of the dining room is 150 people and we are frequently called upon to take care of 300; and when we

have
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occasion at all which calls for the hotel, we have to refuse constantly, the applications of the parents of the cadets who really have the right to come to see their sons on occasions. The thermometer at times can not be gotten up in the winter in some of the rooms above 50. That is cold for sitting. Ve can keep warm with the open fires by sitting right up next to them, but you can not always get close to them. We have 27 coal fires that we use and we have 12 open grates. We have many rooms that are not heated by anything except gas stoves, and when the gas freezes there is nothing to heat them. When you get caught with nothing to heat and with the temperature at zero or 6 or 12 below as we have had it this winter, it is pretty cold.

The CHAIRMAN. How long has that structure been there?

Mrs. LOGAN. I think it has been there something like 86 years, nearly 100 years; about 100 years.

Mr. Kaun. I think it was constructed in 1828.

Mrs. LOGAN. It is called by most people who come there the "national disgrace.” One time I felt so mortified that I might be held responsible, that I put up a sign, “This is Government property.”

Mr. Kaun. That is the only place where people can get accommodations?

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