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HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

SIXTY-FIRST CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

REPORT OF

HEARINGS ON H. RES. 587

CALLING UPON THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL TO INVESTI-
GATE THE FINANCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS
OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

PART I

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 1910

STATEMENTS OF

DR. W. F. R. PHILLIPS

AND

MR. HARRY T. DOMER

Printed for use of the Committee

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Dec, 10, 1910.

INVESTIGATION OF FINANCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS OF
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY.

COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Friday, April 22, 1910.

The committee was called to order at 10.40 a. m., Hon. William H. Wiley presiding.

The following is resolution under consideration:

Whereas the bill H. R. 24316 designates the George Washington University as an institution to administer the appropriations of the Morrill Acts as extended by said bill to the District of Columbia, and

Whereas statements have been made in the hearings on H. R. 12343 and in the public press regarding the use of the funds of the institution, the original Boutell bill, and in consideration of the provision made in section ten of the original charter of George Washington University, adopted February ninth, eighteen hundred and twenty-one, which after providing that the trustees of the university shall keep accurate records of its proceedings and financial management, further provides that "the said book or journal shall at all times be open to the inspection or examination of the Attorney-General of the United States; and when required by either House of Congress it shall be the duty of said trustees to furnish information respecting their own conduct, the state of the institution, and of its finances, which shall or may be so required:" Therefore be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives hereby requests the Attorney-General of the United States to conduct a careful investigation of the financial and educational affairs of the said George Washington University, and to furnish the House with detailed report covering a period of at least the last ten years as to the receipts, investments, and expenditures of the university in each of its departments; said report to be especially explicit as to the departments of engineering, architecture, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy, on the following points: First, amount the university has invested in buildings in each of these departments, or number of rooms used for each department; second, detailed statement of items of equipment of each of these departments; third, actual class enrollment for the past three years in each subject taught in each of these departments; fourth, salaries paid the individual professors of each of these departments, and the charges made students for laboratory fees in these departments.

Mr. WILEY. I will make a general statement to the committee about this matter to this effect: The George Washington University has made application for the Morrill fund, which amounts, I understand, to from forty to fifty thousand dollars. It has been recommended by the Committee on Agriculture, and the matter is on the calendar. In their report, and in the various hearings that have been held, there is a decided discrepancy in the figures and in the methods of bookkeeping; they are certainly open to correction. The object of this investigation here this morning is to find out whether the university financially is in such a condition as will warrant us, as individual members of this Congress, in voting that they shall have the Morrill fund. In the charter of the university there is a provision that whenever either House of Congress shall so ask of the Attorney-General he may make an investigation of their financial status. This is a sort of grand jury action, so to speak, the object being to ascertain whether there is sufficient evidence

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