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The Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee on Expenditures, 1913 United States Congress House Commerce

The Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee on Expenditures, 1913

United States Congress House Commerce

Published September 27th 2015
ISBN : 9781331966937
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Excerpt from The Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee on Expenditures, 1913We took this list of tagged skins and numbers, and measured them for their sizes, and then reweighed them in the salt. It became clear, as this workMoreExcerpt from The Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee on Expenditures, 1913We took this list of tagged skins and numbers, and measured them for their sizes, and then reweighed them in the salt. It became clear, as this work progressed, that the small 31-34 inch skins were so loaded with blubber that they actually weighed as much as the large 40-43 inch skins, which were not loaded - never loaded- so that without these measurement checks upon them, those little yearling skins (30-34 inch skins)appeared in this list of green weights as well as or as heavy as the large, or 40-43 inch skins.This accounts for the fierce insistence of the officials of the Bureau of Fisheries that their 6-pound and 7-pound skin weights were proof of the fact that they were not yearlings - were 2-year-old seals. This insistence they kept up until it was at last extorted from them that the measurement of the skin alone declared its real size or age. On page 446, Hearing No. 9, April 13, 1912, House Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce and Labor, the following sworn statement is made by Mr. Lembkey, who is the same man that ordered and directed the Willing and skinning of these 400 seals on July 7 last, which we handled July 29 following:Mr. Elliott. Mr. Lembkey, you say you never have weighed these skins after you have salted them? You have never weighed them?Mr. Lembkey. I have never weighed them after the salting on the islands- no, sir.Mr. Elliott. Have you ever issued any orders or heard any orders issued to have more or less blubber taken?Mr. Lembkey. Never.Mr. Elliott. Is it not true that a native can skin a 41/2-pound skin off and add blubber to it so as to make it weight 5 pounds?Mr. Lembkey. It certainly is.Mr. Elliott. Would it destroy the value of that skin if he did?Mr. Lembkey. Not in the least, except that it would require longer to salt.Mr. Elliott. And it would absorb more salt, would it not?Mr. Lembkey. I think so- yes.Mr. Elliott. And that would add very much to the weight of the 41/2-pound skin?Mr. Lembkey. Yes- the blubber would.Mr. Elliott. All that can be done, can it not?Mr. Lembkey. I might state here, while you are on that point, that it would not alter, except in perhaps a very slight degree, the classification of that skin when it was received in London by the factors.Mr. Elliott. Certainly.Mr. Lembkey. You might make a yearling skin weigh 9 pounds by the adding of blubber, yet when it got to London it would be only so long and so wide.Mr. Elliott. That is it.Mr. Lembkey. And of course it would develop in the classification when the skins would be exposed for sale.Here Mr. Lembkey (who has directed all of the island killing of seals for the lessees since 1899, and up to date of July 7, 1913) tells the committee that he has never issued any orders to have more or less blubber taken, yet here are 400 skins under our eyes which were all taken under his personal direction, July 7 last (1913), and nearly every small skin is loaded with blubber so heavily that it weighs as much as the larger skins, which, in turn, are all clean skinned, and so weigh near to their real size.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.co