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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1966

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION,
SPECIAL SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONTRACTS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10:37 a.m., in room H 329, Capitol Building, Hon. Wayne L. Hays (chairman) presiding.

Present: Messrs. Hays, Burleson, Nedzi, Lipscomb, Devine, and Dickinson.

Also present: Daniel L. O'Connor, associate counsel; C. William Tayler, associate counsel; and Julian P. Langston, chief clerk; Ralph Smith, legislative assistant to Mr. Dickinson.

Mr. Hays. Mr. Langston, you have been sworn previously.

JULIAN P. LANGSTON, having been previously duly sworn, was recalled and testified further as follows:

By Mr. TAYLER:
Q. Will you state your name again for the record?
A. Julian P. Langston.

Q. You are the chief clerk of the Committee on House Administration?

A. That is correct.

Q. Now, as the chief clerk you have custody of the files of the committee?

A. That is right, sir.

Q. And did you find in your files a copy of a subpena issued by the Special Subcommittee on Contracts to one Y. Marjorie Flores?

A. Yes; I have a copy of that subpena here.
Mr. TAYLER. Can that be marked "Langston Exhibit 7??

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(The above-referred to document was marked "Langston Exhibit 7" and received in evidence.)

By Mr. TAYLER: Q. Was that subpena delivered to the U.S. marshal in San Juan for service upon Miss Flores?

A. Yes. It was mailed on December 14, 1966.

Q. Now, did you receive from the U.S. marshal in San Juan a return of service of that subpena?

A. Yes, sir; we had a return of service.
Q. Do you have with you a return of service on the Flores subpena?
A. Yes; I have a return of service from the marshal in San Juan.

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Enclosed please find subpoena for above-mentioned witness duly executed by Deputy U. S. Marshal José A. López on December 15, 1966.

Please send us check for $9.44 for fees and mileage, payable to the order of the United States Marshal.

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Q. Will you tell us when the marshal served Miss Flores, according to the return?

A. According to the return, the marshal served Mrs. Flores at 7:10 p.m. on the 15th day of December 1966.

Q. And that was the subpena calling for her appearance before this subcommittee on December 19, 1966?

A. That is correct, sir.

Mr. TAYLER. May that be marked "Langston exhibit No. 8,” the return of service on the Flores subpena by the U.S. marshal in San Juan.

(The above-referred-to document was marked "Langston exhibit No. 8" and received in evidence.)

By Mr. TAYLER: Q. Mr. Langston, did Y. Marjorie Flores appear before the subcommittee at any time on the days of the hearings, December 19 through December 21?

A. No; she did not appear.

Q. Did there come a time during that period when the committee received a communication from Miss Flores?

A. Yes, sir; the committee received a cablegram on December 20. Q. To whom was it addressed?

A. The cablegram was addressed to Congressman Wayne L. Hays, U.S. Representative.

Q. Signed by
A. Signed by Mrs. Adam Clayton Powell.
Q. What does the cablegram say?
A. The cablegram states, “Unable testify public hearings."
Mr. TAYLER. Can you mark that "Langston No. 9"?

SAN JUAN, P.R., December 19, 1966.
WAYNE L. HAYS,
U.S. House of Representatives,
Washington, D.C.:
Unable testify public hearing.

Mrs. ADAM CLAYTON POWELL. (The above-referred-to document was marked "Langston exhibit 9” and received in evidence.)

By Mr. TAYLER: Q. Did you, at the chairman's direction, prepare and send a reply to that cablegram from Mrs. Powell?

A. Yes, I did.
Q. When did you send it?
A. It was sent on December 20, 1966, about midafternoon.
Q. Do you have the copy of that cablegram with you?
A. I do have a copy here.
Mr. TAYLER. That will be marked “Langston No. 10."

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 1966.
Mrs. ADAM C. Powell,
Barrio Cerro Gordo,
Vega Alta, P.R.:

It is imperative that this committee have your testimony. A closed meeting has been scheduled for December 29, 1966, 11 a.m., room 2255, Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C., for this purpose. Paid Eastern Airlines round-trip

tickets have been arranged for you and your son. These are available at EAL reservation desk, San Juan. In the event you wish to arrange care for your son in San Juan during your absence, the committee will reimburse reasonable care costs. Your travel expenses in addition to transportation for the trip will be reimbursed.

WAYNE L. Hays,

Chairman, Special Subcommittee on Contracts. (The above-referred to document was marked "Langston Exhibit 10° and received in evidence.)

By Mr. TAYLER:
Q. And will you read that into the record, please.

A. Yes, I will be glad to. The cablegram is addressed to Mrs. Adam C. Powell, Barrio Cerro Gordo, Vega Alta, P.R.

It is imperative that this committee have your testimony. A closed meeting has been scheduled for December 29, 1966, 11 a.m., room 2255, Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C., for this purpose. Paid Eastern Air Line round-trip tickets have been arranged for you and your son. These are available at E rn Air Line reservation desk, San Juan. In the event you wich to arrange care for your son in San Juan during your absence, the committee will reimburse reasonable care cost. Your travel expenses in addition to transportation for the trip will be reimbursed.

Signed, "Wayne L. Hays, Chairman, Special Subcommittee on Contracts."

Mr. TAYLER. May we go off the record a moment, Mr. Chairman? Mr. Hays. Off the record. (Discussion off the record.)

By Mr. TAYLER: Q. Mr. Langston, has the committee received any information from the telegraph company as to whether or not the cablegram you just read was ever delivered to Mrs. Powell?

A. Yes. The committee received a message dated December 30, the time 10:13 a.m., from the Western Union Telegraph Co.

Q. And that message was received today; is that right?
A. Yes, sir; that is correct.
Q. What does that say?

A. The message is addressed to Wayne L. Hays, chairman, room H-329 Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

Your telegram of December 20 to Mrs. Adam C. Powell, Barrio Cerro Gordo, Vega Alta, is undelivered. The house is closed and the whereabouts of the addressee is unknown. Please advise disposition of message.

Signed, “Western Union Telegraph Co."
Mr. TAYLER. Will you mark that "Langston No. 11."

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 30, 1966.1
WAYNE L. HAYS,
Chairman,
Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

Your telegram of December 20 to Mrs. Adam C. Powell, Barrio Cerro, Vega Alta is undelivered. The house is closed and the whereabouts of the addressee is unknown. Please advise disposition of message.

WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH Co. 1 Backdate Dec. 27, 1966.

(The above-referred-to document was marked "Langston Exhibit 11” and received in evidence.)

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