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SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE
OF THE SENATE AND OF THE
CHARGED WITH THE INVESTIGATION
OF RURAL CREDITS
Sixty-third Congress, Second Session
PRINTED FOR THE USE OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE
ON BANKING AND CURRENCY.
SUBCOMMITTEE OF TIIE COMMITTEE ON BANKING AND CURRENCY,
UNITED STATES SENATE.
HENRY F. HOLLIS, New Hampshire, Chairman.
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON BANKING AND CURRENCY,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
ROBERT J. BULKLEY, Ohio, Chairman. WILLIAM G. BROWN, West Virginia. J. WILLARD RAGSDALE, South Carolina. CLAUDE U. STONE, Illinois.
EVERIS A. HAYES, California. HARRY H. SELDOMRIDGE, Colorado. FRANK P. WOODS, Iowa. CLAUDE WEAVER, Oklahoma.
EDMUND PLATT, New York.
LIST OF WITNESSES.
Page. Ady, Abel, Klamath Falls, Oreg..
429, 964 Alexander, H. Q., physician and farmer, Matthews, N. C..
280 Allen, Frederick H., New York, N. Y..
969 -Atkeson, T. C., farmer, Morgantown, W. Va.
260 Badow, Gerard, M. J., journalist, Chicago, Ill.
570 Bathrick, Hon. Ellsworth R., Member of Congress from Ohio
858 Breitung, Edward N., mining engineer, Marquette, Mich...
319 -Brooks, Prof. T.J., Agricultural and Mechanical College of Mississippi
240 Coulter, John Lee, secretary United States Commission to Investigate and Study Rural Credits...
151, 830 Cunningham, John, farmer, Granville, Ohio.
599 Joak, W. B., farmer, Clifton Station, Va.
662 Daniel, T. Cushing, financial writer, Washington, D. C..
764 Fischer, George, secretary Northwest Land & Home Builders' Union, Redfield, S. Dak...
134 Fletcher, Duncan U., Senator from Florida
1 Hill, John Sprunt, Durham, N. C.....
442 Hulings, Hon. Willis J., Member of Congress from Pennsylvania
947 Ingalls, Hon. Sheffield, lieutenant governor of Kansas, Atchison, Kans.
784 Jones, Gordon, president United States National Bank, Denver, Colo.. 608, 682 Jordon, Hon. Harvie, member United States Commission on Rural Credits... 557 King, Will R., chief counsel Reclamation Service, Washington, D. C..... 940 Lane, Hon. Harry, Senator from Oregon..
928 Lennox, John, Colorado Springs, Colo...
305, 313 Mobley, H. S., farmer, Prairie Grove, Ark.
686 Morris, Arthur J., lawyer and banker, Norfolk, Va..
717 Moss, Hon. Ralph W., Member of Congress from Indiana.
69, 889 Myrick, Herbert, president Orange Judd Co., Springfield, Mass
513, 965 Norris, Hon. George W., Senator from Nebraska..
915 Norton, Hon. Patrick D., Member of Congress from North Dakota
952 Ousley, Clarence, editor, Fort Worth, Tex....
405 Quick, Herbert, editor, Springfield, Ohio....
799 Robinson, Leonard G., general manager Jewish Agricultural Industrial Aid Society, New York, N. Y...
537 Ryan, William A., comptroller, Reclamation Service, Washington, D. C.... 932 Scudder, S. D., banker, New York, N. Y...
217, 438, 825 Shibley, George H., director American Bureau of Political Research, Washington, DC.
777 Southgate, Thomas S., merchant, Norfolk, Va..
650 Van Cortland, Robert B., retired banker and farmer.
494 Won Engelken, F.J. H., farmer, East Palatka, Fla.
339 Williams, H. Martin, Washington, DC
949 Lubin, Pavia, Addenda
FEBRUARY 16, 1914.
Washington, D. C. The subcommittees assembled in joint session at 10.30 o'clock a. . .
Present: Senator Lee and Messrs. Bulkley, Brown, Stone, Seldomridge, Weaver, Hayes, Woods and Platt.
Present also: Senator Robert L. Owen, chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency.
Senator HOLLIS. Senator Fletcher, will you state your connection with the subject of rural credits up to this time, for the record ?
STATEMENT OF HON. DUNCAN U. FLETCHER, A SENATOR
FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
Senator FLETCHER. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee: As president of the Southern Commercial Congress, I had some correspondence with Mr. David Lubin, the American delegate to the International Institute of Agriculture, with headquarters in Rome, Italy, and Mr. Lubin brought this subject to my attention, and Í invited him to come to our next convention in Nashville, Tenn., in April, 1912, to discuss the subject there.
Mr. Lubin replied that if we would get the consent of the State Department granting him leave of absence and assemble representatives of the different States, and give him a week there, he would be glad to come; that he did not feel like he could cross the ocean merely to make a speech at the convention. It was a good-sized undertaking, but we started into do that, and finally we got leave of absence, throught Secretary Knox, for Mr. Lubin, and we succeeded in assembling representatives from 27 States in Nashville; and Mr. Lubin came and brought all the data that he had been collecting for years, practically ever since he succeeded in establishing that international institute of agriculture, which was in 1905; and they spent six days in Nashville, studying the subject there under the guidance of Mr. Lubin.
And at our convention Mr. Lubin delivered his address, and a resolution was adopted calling on the Southern Commercial Congress to assemble a commission, to be composed of two qualified and representative men from each State, if possible, for the purpose of going to Europe and studying the various systems in operation in those countries for the benefit of agriculture primarily.
It was a good, big contract, but the resolution was adopted by our convention, and we went to work to carry it out as far as possible. I rather protested at the time that the commission was too large. 37031—14—1