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COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AFFAIRS
COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AFFAIRS
W. FRANK JAMES, Michigan, Chairman HARRY C. RANSLEY, Pennsylvania.
PERCY E. QUIN, Mississippi. HARRY M. WURZBACH, Texas.
HUBERT F. FISHER, Tennessee. B. CARROLL REECE, Tennessee.
DANIEL E. GARRETT, Texas.
JOHN J. McSWAIN, South Carolina.
LEWIS W. DOUGLAS, Arizona.
WILLIAM J. GRANFIELD, Massachusetts. FLORENCE P. KAHN, California. THOMAS C. COCHRAN, Pennsylvania. WILLIAM H. STAFFORD, Wisconsin. GEORGE M. PRITCHARD, North Carolina. JOHN M. WOLVERTON, West Virginia.
VICTOR S. K. HOUSTON, Hawaii.
HOWARD F. SEDGWICK, Clerk
Miles, Maj. F. H., Ordnance Department, United States Army ---- 170
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S. J. 49 as passed by Senate and amended in House Committee, together
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1930
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D.C. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. Harry C. Ransley presiding.
Mr. RANSLEY. At the last meeting of the committee, a letter from Mr. Bell, the president of the American Cyanamid Co., was read. This meeting was called only for the purpose of giving Mr. Bell an opportunity to reply to some newspaper articles that accompanied his communication. The committee will be glad to hear from Mr. Bell.
STATEMENT OF W. B. BELL, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN
Mr. BELL. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I appreciate very much this opportunity to come before you again. You did us the honor some time ago to report out the Wright bill with favorable actiona bill which contains the offer of our companies—and I felt when I got back from Europe, on the 27th of last month, and read these newspaper articles, it was no more than right, in view of the confidence you had reposed in us by that action, that I should make some statement in regard to the matter that appears in those articles.
First of all, it was suggested in the articles that the Tennessee River Improvement Association and/or Col. J. W. Worthington, its Washington representative, were in the pay of the American Cyanamid Co. That is not so. We have never paid them a cent, either the association or Colonel Worthington, nor have we ever made them any promise of compensation. The Tennessee River Improvement Association, so I have understood, is supported by voluntary contributions from people up and down the Tennessee Valley who would like to see the stream improved and would like to see industry brought to it and, obviously our offer was calculated to accomplish those results and they supported the offer. They have frequently criticised the offer; they have taken the stand that unless this were done or that were done, they would not support the offer. They have exercised a very independent judgment and attitude in the whole matter and I repeat that we have not paid them anything and we have never even suggested a promise of future compensation.
While I am on that subject, I would like to add this: Some time ago, I am told, it was suggested that we employed, or had in our employ, or paid money to the American Farm Bureau Federation,