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and all of the records from this office, including a copy of the X-ray examination.

The CHAIRMAN. We will have to get the hospital record from the hospital authorities, I suppose.

Mr. THOMAS. I have a certain amount of correspondence here that I could leave.

The CHAIRMAN. If there is no objection we will make that a part of the record.

Mr. TOWNER. Now, Mr. Chairman, would it be necessary to make all of that part of the record? Would it not be a good idea-I am only anxious to save the record from unnecessary size-do you desire to have all of this correspondence made a matter of record, Mr. Thomas ?

Mr. THOMAS. Only that part you need to further this investigation.
Mr. TOWNER. Of course, we do not know.
Mr. THOMAS. Well, I can leave it all.
The CHAIRMAN. If there is no objection, the chairman will look it

The chairman does not want to edit it, however.
Mr. SEARS. Let it be filed for the information of the committee.

Mr. King. I think it ought to go into the record in support of this statement. Do you want it to go into the record, soldier?

Mr. THOMAS. I am perfectly willing that it should go in.
Mr. KING. Do you want it to go in in support of your record ?
Mr. THOMAS. Surely.

The CHAIRMAN. If there is no objection, it may be made a part of the record. (Letters referred to follow :)


New York, N. Y., October 12, 1918. Mr. ARTHUR P. THOMAS,

20.5 Madison Avenue, Elmira, N. Y. Dear Sir: Your letter of September 17 sent to the Federal Board for Vocational Education, Washington, D. (., was misplaced in the files there and has only just been referred to u18.

Will you kindly fill out the inclosed form, No. 90, and also state the nature of your disability. We will then proceed with your case as rapidly as possible. Very truly, yours,


Acting D. V.0.


New York, February 19, 1919. Mr. ARTHUR P. Thomas,

United States Varine Hospital, Bujalo, M. Y. Dear Sir: We have received your letter of Febraury 11, and we are writing one of our representatives to get in touch with you as soon as he can do so. Since you have had four years of high-school work, you can enter practically any school in the country that gives courses in business administration. The New York University School of Commerce gives courses in accounting, leading to certified public accountant, courses in business administration, salesmanship, and many other lines.

The only suggestion we have to offer at the present time is that you take just as long a course as you possibly can afford the time for. Yours very, truly,


Acting D. V.O.


New York, June 5, 1919. Mr. ARTHUR P. THOMAS,

456 High Street, Elmira, N. Y. DEAR Sır: Referring to your letter of May 29, making inquiry as to the presen status of your case, you are advised that on May 15 recommendations were forwarded by this office to Washington for a course in stenography and typewriting at the Meeker Business School for a period of three months.

As soon as such course is approved, you will be duly notified and authorization furnished you to enter into training. Yours, very truly,


Acting 1). 1.0.


New York, August 25, 1919. Mr. ARTHUR B. THOMAS,

Care Meeker's Business Institute, Elmira, N. Y.

Ear Sır: In reply to your le of August 14, addressed to Mr. H. E. Sunderland, please be advised that you are correct. You started training on May 12, and your money should be in your hands by this time. We are taking the matter up to-day with our central office at Washington asking them to kindly expedite payment to you immediately. We hope to receive a reply within a week or 10 days, and at that time we will forward to you the money due you which is $28.50 for the month of May; $45 for the month of June; $15 for the period from July 1 to July 10; $53.33 from July 10 to July 31 and $40 from August 1 to August 15. The above amounts are due you from the Federal Board for Vocational Education.

Previous to July 10, your payments in addition to the $45 that you get from the Federal Board should come from the Bureau of War Risk Insurance. After July 10, the Federal Board assumes all payments of the Bureau of War Risk and you will be paid at the rate of $80 per month, in total from us. That is the reason for the $53.33 from July 10 to July 31, which is exactly two-thirds of $80 and the $40 for the month of August is one-half of your money in full. We hope that we shall be able to send you a check in total very shortly. Yours, very truly,

S. E. Farwell, District Vocational Officer. TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

Ilashington, September 11, 1919. Mr. ARTHUR P. THOMAS,

Elmira, V. Y. DEAR SIR: We acknowledge receipt of your letter of recent date, in which you request medical attention. You are advised that this letter has been referred to the chief medical advisor of this bureau for such attention as may be necessary. He will communicate with you further.

All future rorrespondence relative to this claim should bear your full name, former rank and organization, as well as our file number"(-5172." Yours, truly,


Assistant Director in Charge of Compensation and Insurance Claims Division.


Neu York, January 23, 1920. Mr. ARTHI'R P. THOMAS.

4.56 High Street, Elmira, N. Y. Dear Sir: According to the report from our public health physician, you are now taking treatment in the hospital,

As soon as you are able to resume training, please report to us in order that we may arrange for your sick leave. Yours, very truly,

W. A. ('LARK,
Iching District locational Officer,
By ('. S. MERRIAM, Y. D..
Assistant District Vedical Officer.

Per S. A. K.,


New York, February 16, 1920. Mr. ARTHUR P. THOMAS, Flower Hospital, Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Streets and Avenue A,

New York ('ity. DEAR SIR: According to our records you began a course in journalism at Columbia University, located at New York City, on August 23, 1919.

Your training has been discontinued for the following reasons: Thirty-day sick leave to February 19, 1920. Notification from hospital that the case will require seven or eight weeks for recovery.

We have notified our central office, Washington, D. (., requesting the removal of your name from the pay roll of this board, effective February 19. 1920.

If, at any future time within five years after date of discharge, you should desire additional training under this board, we should be pleased to hear from you. Yours, very truly,

William A. CLARK,

Acting D. V.0.





New York. DEAR SIR:

1. You are directed to appear before Dr. H. Graebner at 10 o'clock a. m. February 19, at Earl Hall, ('olumbia University, for physical examination to determine whether or not you are in suitable condition to continue your training. This examination will, in all probability occupy very few moments, but it is absolutely necessary that you should report for same on the date and at the hour stated. 2. This notice will excuse you from any class which may occur at the stated hour. Yours, very truly,


A. A. S., U. S. P. H. S. By the order of district medical officer, for district vocational officer, Federal Board for Vocational Education.

Mr. King. I would like to ask the witness one question, if I may,

You have practically exonerated the board here in Washington from any irregularities, except in mailing your checks promptly to you. How many checks did you receive during that period when you claim you did not get them regularly—about how many?

Mr. Thomas. I received none from May 12 until the early part of September

Mr. King. How many checks should you have received?
Mr. Thomas. I received none in that space of time.
Mr. King. But how many should you have received ?

Mr. THOMAS. Just a moment I mean I received none in that space of time from the Federal Beard, but I did receive an Elks' fund draft for $50, which I had to pay back.

Mr. King. I understand, but you complained of the irregularity with which your checks were sent by the locational Beard. I was trying to ascertain how much irregularity there was in sending those checks to you.

Mr. THOMAS. I received none.
Mr. King. How many would you have ordinarily received ?
Mr. THOMAS. Two a month.
Mr. King. Did they all come at once in September?

Mr. Thomas. No; there was some shortage, I think-I am not positive, but I think the records in the New York oflice will show just how much of a shortage there was.


New York, February 23, 1920. On January 19, 1920, I was called to examine Arthur P. Thomas, who complained of pain, more or less constant, located in the back. A spinal transplant had been inserted about two years previously, which had become displaced and failed to provide fixation.

On January 22 I reoperated him, inserting an additional bone transplant. This necessitated his being kept in bed for six weeks, to be followed by a spinal support for three months.

He has made an uneventful recovery, and by March 14 he should be able to resume his normal activities.

AINSWORTH BINGHAM. Mr. King. Did you notice the dates on the checks when you got them? Did it show they had been delayed after the execution of the check here?

Mr. THOMAS. I can not answer that.

Mr. BRAND. May I ask him just one question, Mr. Chairman? You have been paid up to the 1st of March of this year, have you not?

Mr. THOMAS. I believe so.
Mr. BRAND. Don't you know?
Mr. Thomas. No; I can not say that I do.
Mr. BRAND. Well, you claim to have not been paid up until then?

Mr. THOMAS. I say that I received—I am quite sure I received all Federal board checks up to the date mentioned in their letter, which was February 25.

Mr. Robsion. I had just one other question I would like to ask. Now, Mr. Thomas, in giving you this notice at the end of 30 days, when you think you ought to have had an extension, do you claim that that in any way prejudices your rights, either to pay, compensation, or vocational training?

Mr. THOMAS. I did not quite understand all of your question.
Mr. Robsion. Read the question, please.
(The reporter read the question as above recorded.)

Mr. THOMAS. I don't think that it prejudiced my case with the War Risk Insurance Bureau, but I do believe that the Federal board were already prejudiced for some reason or other.

Mr. Robsion. I doubt if you understand what I mean by the term “prejudiced.” Mr. THOMAS. I don't believe I do, frankly.

Mr. ROBSION. In other words, do you think that the fact that they gave you this notice at the end of 30 days instead of giving you the extension--do you think that that injured you in your rights, in your substantial rights either to pay, to compensation, or to vocational training?

Mr. THOMAS. Yes; I do think it prejudiced my rights, because I had been given to understand-I was planning on going back to Columbia University at the end of 60 days. ' I felt quite capable-I thought I would be able to go, and this letter came so shortly after my operation that-well, you may be able to imagine my mental condition. I spent practically two years out of the last three in hospitals and I am naturally nervous and irritable and excitable and that letter certainly threw me into a nervous state.

Mr. ROBSON. I have not inquired as to how it might have affected you physically or mentally, but do you feel that that took away any of your rights?

Mr. THOMAS. Yes; surely

Mr. Robsion. As to pay, compensation, or vocational training?

Mr. THOMAS. Yes, sir; I do. I have been led to believe that I could have at least 60 days sick leave.

Mr. Robsion. But you still have the same right to vocational training, do you not?

Mr. THOMAS. How am I to know?

Mr. Robsion. Well, from the report that you received from the board, don't you understand that you can enter again into vocational training whenever you desire to do so within five years?

Mr. THOMAS. Yes; I understand that.

Mr. Rossion. That order did not affect your pay, or your compensation. You are entitled to one or the other, you understand, do you not?

Mr. Thomas. No; other than a certain amount of delay it did not affect my pay, my compensation.

The CHAIRMAX. We are very obliged to you, Mr. Thomas. We will now hear Mr. Theodore Lind.


The witness was sworn by the chairman.

The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Lind, will you state what your disability is and the ground for your claim for training?

Mr. LIND. When I was examined at general hospital No. 41, Fox Hills, Staten Island, by Maj. Martin, my diagnosis was otitis media, chronic. In other words it means that my ear, the left ear is affected, and I have totally, as far as I can feel for myself, gone deaf. I was examined by him and told that from Governor's Island, the Eastern district, I was awarded 10 per cent disability, and through no effort or further seeking of what was my diagnosis. I let the matter go by what Maj. Martin told me.

That was about the middle of June, 1919, and on the 28th day of June-excuse me, the same day-I was examined by Maj. Martin, I was sent to Mr. Gildersleeve of the Federal board for vocational training, district No. 2, New York. Mr. Gildersleeve interviewed me and talked with me in regard to training. Ile asked me what did I want. I wanted mechanical surveying and drafting. He says, "Why?”. I told him that I had always had an inkling for fooling around with mechanical work. He turned around and talked with me and he said: “Don't you think it would be advisable to take something else?” I says, “I would prefer stenography and bookkeeping for the meantime.

I was discharged on the 28th, about 10 or 12 days later from my examination, and on the 1st of July I went back to see Mr. Gildersleeve. I couldn't see him. He was out. Then I went to the Federal board office at 469 Fifth Avenue, and I was told to register. I registered. I sat there fully four hours and a half before I had anything done for me.

The CHAIRMAN. Was the office full of people?
Mr. LIND. No, sir: it was not.
The CHAIRMAN. Was any interview given to you?

Mír. Lind. I did not get an interview. I only got a chance to register. Then they told me I would have to see

The CHAIRMAN. Was there any reason given why you had to wait four or five hours?

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