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COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

OSCAR W. UNDERWOOD, Alabama, Chairman. CHOICE B. RANDELL, Texas.

ANDREW J. PETERS, Massachusetts. FRANCIS B. HARRISON, New York.

A. MITCHELL PALMER, Pennsylvania. WILLIAM G. BRANTLEY, Georgia.

TIMOTHY T. ANSBERRY, Ohio. DORSEY W. SHACKLEFORD, Missouri. SERENO E. PAYNE, New York. CLAUDE KITCHIN, North Carolina.

JOHN DALZELL, Pennsylvania. OLLIE M. JAMES, Kentucky.

SAMUEL W. MCCALL, Massachusetts. HENRY T. RAINEY, Illinois.

EBENEZER J. HILL, Connecticut. LINCOLN DIXON, Indiana.

JAMES C. NEEDHAM, California. CORDELL HULL, Tennessee.

JOSEPH W. FORDNEY, Michigan. WINFIELD 8. HAMMOND, Minnesota. NICHOLAS LONGWORTH, Ohio.

DANIEL C. ROPER, Clerk.

PREFACE.

Tariff hearings were begun on January 6, 1913, pursuant to the following notice:

The Committee on Ways and Means announces to all concerned that it will hold hearings at Washington, Þ. C., looking to the revision of the present tariff act as per the following schedule:

Schedule A: Chemicals, oils, and paints; Monday, January 6, 1913. Schedule B: Earths, earthenware, and glassware; Wednesday, January 8. Schedule C: Metals and manufactures of; Friday, January 10. Schedule D: Wood and manufactures of, and schedule L: Silk and silk goods; Monday, January 13.

Schedule E. Sugar and manufactures of, and Schedule H: Spirits, wines, and other beverages; Wednesday, January 15.

Schedule F: Tobacco and manufactures of, and Schedule M: Pulp, paper, and books; Friday, January 17.

Schedule G: Agricultural products and provisions; Monday, January 20.
Schedule I: Cotton manufactures; Wednesday, January 22.
Schedule J: Flax, hemp, and jute, and manufactures of; Friday, January 24.
Schedule K: Wool, and manufactures of; Monday, January 27.
Schedule N: Sundries; Wednesday, January 29.
Free list: Administrative features and miscellaneous; Friday, January 31.

The hearings will be conducted in the hearing room of the committee, 321 House of Representatives Office Building.

Sessions will begin at 10 a. m. and 2 p. m. unless otherwise ordered.

Persons desiring to be heard should apply to the clerk of the committee previous to the date set for the hearing, to be assigned time on the program for that day. In making such application the following information should be given:

Name; permanent address; temporary address in Washington; person, firm, or corporation represented; paragraphs of the act concerning which testimony will be given; brief mention of attitude to revision of the tariff; and the amount of time desired.

In addition to this the person intending to give testimony should forward in advance to the clerk a copy of his brief and of any documents he desires to file with the comnittee. In preparing this brief it is desired that the following outline be observed:

1. State by items and paragraphs the changes in duties recommended, assigning in each instance reasons for recommendations.

2. Estimate the increase or decrease of imports by paragraphs and items, which would result from suggested modifications of duties.

3. Explain methods or experience relied upon in making estimates. 4. Suggestions as to changes in phraseology of present tariff law.

5. Suggestions as to the betterment of the administrative features of the present law.

All briefs and other papers filed with the committee should have indorsed on them the name and address of the persons submitting them and the numbers of the paragraphs of the present tariff law to which they relate.

0. W. UNDERWOOD,

Chairman. DECEMBER 11, 1912.

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The time devoted to the hearings in accordance with this notice was distributed by tariff schedules as follows, the committee sitting as a rule in both day and evening sessions :

Date. Schedule A.

January 6 and 7. Schedule B

January 8 and 9. Schedule C.

January 10, 11, and 14. Schedules D and L..

.January 13. Schedules E and H.

.January 15. Schedule F.

.January 17. Schedule M.

.January 17 and 18. Schedule G.

.January 20 and 21. Schedule I.

.January 22 and 23. Schedule J.

January 24 and 25. Schedule K.

January 27 and 28. Schedule N.

January 29 and 30. Free list, Administrative and Miscellaneous..

January 31-February 1. Beginning with January 10 and with the testimony on Schedule C, all witnesses appearing before the committee were sworn before giving testimony.

The stenographic minutes of each day's proceedings, together with the briefs and memorials filed, were printed and distributed usually on the day following and about 2,500 copies of this first print were thus disposed of through a mailing list of requests and on personal application. Copies were sent to each witness with the request that he make necessary corrections for clearness in his statement and return the revised copy to the clerk. Such corrections have been observed in preparing this revised edition of the hearings. In this revised edition the chronological order of the statements has been disregarded and the oral testimony and the papers filed on each subject have been grouped and arranged as near as practicable, according to the paragraphs of the present tariff law.

A large number of letters filed with the committee, merely stating the attitude of the writer or substantially repeating arguments already appearing in the hearings, have not been printed in this revised edition but such letters are in the committee's files and accessible to the committee. By this means the size of the volumes has been somewhat reduced, the printing has been expedited, and repetitions and duplications avoided.

DANIEL C. ROPER,

Clerk, Committee on Ways and Means. FEBRUARY 1, 1913.

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