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CONGRESS

PENSION APPROPRIATION BILL.

JANUARY 21, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. GARDNER, of Michigan, from the Committee on Appropria, ions,

submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 24640.]

The Committee on Appropriations in presenting the bill ma king appropriations for the payment of invalid and other pensions for the fiscal year 1908 submit the following in explanation thereof:

The estimates on which the bill is based will be found on pag a 233 of the Book of Estimates for 1908 and amount to $138,243,000.

The accompanying bill appropriates $138,138,500.

The following statement gives, by appropriate title of expenditure, the amounts appropriated for 1907, the estimates for 1908, and the amounts recommended in the accompanying bill for 1908:

Title of expenditure.

Appropria tions for 1907.

Estimates for Recommended 1908.

for 1908.

Payment of pensions...
Fees of examining surgeons.
Salaries of agents
Clerk hire at agencies..
Stationery and other necessary expenses
Rent
Examination of pension agencies..

Total...

$139,000,000.00 $137,000,000.00 $137,000,000.00

700,000.00 700,000.00 700,000.00

72,000.00 72,000.00 36, 000.00 435, 000.00 435,000.00 371,000.00 30,000.00 30,000.00 30,000.00 7,000.00 4,500.00

1,500.00 1,500.00 1,500.00 140, 245,500.00 138, 243,000.00 138, 138,500.00

In the accompanying bill appropriations are recommended for only 9 agents, at $4,000 each, for the payment of pensions, instead of 18 such agents, as heretofore appropriated for.

The following table, compiled from the annual reports of the Commissioner of Pensions, shows the number of pensioners on the roll, the annual value of pensions, the disbursements on account of pensions, the number of applications filed, and the number of claims allowed each fiscal year from 1879 to 1906, inclusive:

Fiscal year.

Number of
pension-

ers on
the roll.

Annual value
of pensions.

Total

Total Disbursements number

number on account of of appli- of claims pensions, cations

filed.

allowed.

1879. 1880. 1881. 1882 1883. 1881. 1885. 1886. 1887 1888. 1889 1890 1891 1892. 1893. 1894. 1895. 1896. 1897 1898. 1899. 1900. 1901. 1902. 1903. 1904 1905. 1906.

242, 755 $25, 493, 742.15 $33, 664, 428.92
250, 802 25, 917, 906. 60 56,689, 229.08
268, 830 28,769, 967. 46 50, 583, 405. 35
285, 697 29, 341, 101.62 54, 313, 172.05
303, 658 32, 245, 192. 43 60, 427,573. 81
322, 756

34, 456, 600.35 57,912, 387, 47
345, 125 38,990, 985. 28 65, 171, 937. 12
365, 783 44, 708, 027.44 64, 091, 142.90
406, 007 52,824, 641.22 73, 752, 997.08
452, 557 56, 707, 220.92 78,950, 501.67
489, 725 64, 246, 552. 36 88, 842,720.58
537,944 72,052, 143.49 106,094, 250.39
676, 160 89, 247, 200. 20117, 312, 690.50
876, 068 116,879, 867.24 139, 394, 147.11
966,012 130,510, 179.34 156, 906, 637.94
969, 514 130, 120, 863.00 139, 986,726.17
970, 524 130, 048, 365.00 139, 807, 788. 78
970, 678 129, 185, 587.00 138, 215, 174.98
976, 014 129, 795, 428.00 139, 949, 717.35
993, 714 130, 968, 465.00 144, 651, 879. 80
991,519 | 131, 617, 961.00 138, 355, 052. 95
993, 529 131, 534, 544.00 138, 462, 130. 65
997, 735 131,568, 216.00 138, 531, 483. 84
999, 446 132, 152, 800.00 137,504, 267. 99
996, 545 133, 029, 090.00 137, 759, 653. 71
994, 762 134, 130, 203.00 141,093, 571.00
998, 441 136, 745, 295.00 141, 142, 861.33
985, 971 136, 237, 749.00 140,028,562. 47

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Average annual value of each pension, 1905.
Average annual value of each pension under the general law
Average annual value of each pension under act of June 27, 1890.
Average annual value of each pension allowed on account of the war with Spain
Average value of first payments in original cases
Average value of first payments in act June 27, 1890, cases.
Average value of first payments in general-law cases
Average value of first payments in war with Spain cases.

$138. 18

191.43 114.33 127.33 111.07

87.54 161.79 216.32

REFERENCES.

Navy pension fund.Section 4755 of the Revised Statutes provides that navy pensions shall be paid out of the “Navy pension fund," upon an appropriation by Congress, so far as the same may be sufficient.

The naval pension fund at present amounts to $14,000,000, bearing interest at the rate of 3 per cent per annum, and is created under the provisions of sections 4751 and 4752 of the Revised Statutes.

The payments on account of navy pensions during the fiscal year 1906 aggregated $4,204,004.63.

Pension agents. — The compensation of pension agents is fixed by the act of June 14, 1878 (Supplement to the Revised Statutes, pp. 347 and 348), by the act of July 4, 1888, and by the act of March 3, 1885 (Statutes at Large, vol. 23, pp. 99 and 362).

Eramining surgeons. --The compensation of examining surgeons is fixed at $2 for each examination by section 4 of the act of July 25, 1852 (Statutes at Large, vol. 22, pp. 175 and 176).

LAWS AUTHORIZING APPOINTMENT OF AGENTS FOR PAYMENT OF PEN

SIONS AND FIXING THEIR COMPENSATION.

(Revised Statutes, sec. 4780.) The President is authorized to establish agencies for the payment of pensions whenever in his judgment the public interests and the convenience of the pensioners require, but the number of pension agencies in any State or Territory shall in no case be increased hereafter so as to exceed three, and no such agency shall be established in addition to those now existing in any State or Territory in which the whole amount of pensions paid during the fiscal year next preceding shall have not exceeded the sum of $500,000.

(Act of Mar. 3, 1885, Stat. L., vol. 23, p. 362.] That from and after June 30, 1885, the salary and emoluments of agents for the payment of pensions shall be $4,000, and no more, per annum; and of the fees provided by law for vouchers prepared and paid only so much thereof as may be required for expenses incurred in having said vouchers prepared, as well as the necessary clerical work at the agencies, shall be available. EXTRACTS FROM REPORT OF COMMISSIONER OF PENSIONS, 1906.

(Page 3.] The number of pensioners dropped from the roll during the fiscal year 1906 was as follows: By death

43, 300 By remarriage.

975 By legal limitation (minors).

1, 277 By failure to claim...

1,271 For other causes.

621 Total ...

47, 444 (Page 13.] The expenditures for pensions since, and on account of, the war with Spain have been as follows: 1899.

$28, 606. 81 1900.

332, 905. 25 1901.

1, 175, 225. 76 1902,

1, 738, 446. 28 1903.

2, 204, 084.21 1904.

3, 106, 931. 78 1905.

3, 409, 998. 54 1906.

3, 442, 156.53 Total.....

15,438, 355. 16

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PENSIONS OF THE SEVERAL WARS AND OF THE PEACE ESTABLISHMENT.

The following statement shows the amounts that have been paid to soldiers, sailors, and marines, their widows, minor children, and dependent relatives, on account of military and naval service since the foundation of the Government: War of the Revolution (estimate) ....

$70,000,000.00 War of 1812 (on account of service, without regard to disability).. 45, 542, 069.24 Indian wars (on account of service, without regard to disability).. 8, 260, 143. 38 War with Mexico (on account of service, without regard to disability)..

38,059, 245. 23 War of the rebellion....

3, 259, 195, 306. 60 War with Spain and insurrectio: in the Philippine Islands.

15, 438, 355. 16 Regular establishment.

7, 229, 312. 82 Unclassified....

16, 135, 878. 80 Total disbursements for pensions .....

3, 459, 860, 311. 23 Of the above amount, $96,445,444.23 was paid from July 1, 1790, to June 30, 1865.

(Page 31.]
Agencies, dates of payment, and districts.

AUGUSTA, ME.
Quarterly payments March 4, June 4, September 4, and December 4.

District. -The State of Maine. Navy pensioners in this district are paid at Boston, Mass.

BOSTON, MASS.

Quarterly payments March 4, June 4, September 4, and December 4.

District. — The States of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and all navy pensioners residing in this and the Augusta and Concord districts.

BUFFALO, N. Y.

Quarterly payments January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 4. District. The counties in the State of New York not in the New York City district. All navy pensioners in the State are paid at New York City.

CHICAGO, ILL.

Quarterly payments January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 4.
District

. -The State of Illinois, and all navy pensioners residing in this and the Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Topeka districts.

COLUMBUS, OHIO.

Quarterly payments March 4, June 4, September 4, and December 4.
District. --The State of Ohio. Navy pensioners in this district are paid at Chicago.

CONCORD, N. A.

Quarterly payments January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 4.

District. -The States of New Hampshire and Vermont. Navy pensioners in this district are paid at Boston.

DES MOINES, IOWA.
Quarterly payments January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 4.

District. --The States of Iowa and Nebraska. Navy pensioners in this district are paid at Chicago.

DETROIT, MICH.

Quarterly payments March 4, June 4, September 4, and December 4. District. -The State of Michigan. Navý pensioners in this district are paid at Chicago.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.

Quarterly payments February 4, May 4, August 4, and November 4.
District. -The State of Indiana. Navý pensioners in this district are paid at Chicago.

KNOXVILLE, TENN.

Quarterly payments February 4, May 4, August 4, and November 4.

District. -The States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and 'Texas. Navy pensioners in this district are paid at Washington, D. C.

LOUISVILLE, KY.

Quarterly payments February 4, May 4, August 4, and November 4.
District

. -The State of Kentucky. Navy pensioners in this district are paid at Chicago.

MILWAUKEE, WIS.

Quarterly payments January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 4.

District. -The States of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Navy pensioners in this district are paid at Chicago.

NEW YORK CITY, N. Y.
Quarterly payments February 4, May 4, August 4, and November 4.
District

. -The following counties in the State of New York: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington, and Westchester. The following counties in the State of New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren; all navy pensioners in the State of New York, and all pensioners residing in the island of Porto Rico.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.

Quarterly payments February 4, May 4, August 4, and November 4. Distrid.-The following counties in the State of Pennsylvania: Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, and York. The following counties in the State of New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean, and Salem, and all navy pensioners in the State of Pennsylvania.

PITTSBURG, PA.

Quarterly payments January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 4. All navy pensioners in the State are paid at Philadelphia.

district

SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

Quarterly payments March 4, June 4, September 4, and December 4.

District. - The States of California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; the Territories of Alaska, Arizona, and Hawaii; the Philippines, Guam, and the Samoan Islands belonging to the United States; including all navy pensioners.

TOPEKA, KANS.
Quarterly payments February 4, May 4, August 4, and November 4.

District. –The States of Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri; and the Territories of the Indian Territory, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Navy pensioners in this district are paid at Chicago.

WASHINGTON, D. C.

Quarterly payments March 4, June 4, September 4, and December 4.

District. —The States of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia; the District of Columbia; all pensioners residing in foreign countries, and all navy pensioners residing in this and the Knoxville districts.

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