National Affairs: McCarl

Galena, 111., is subject to floods and very wet weather. So Secretary Mellon thought the Treasury was justified in furnishing rubber boots, coats and hats to Postoffice and Custom House employes stationed there. Then Secretary Mellon wrote a memorandum to Comptroller General McCarl, watchdog of the Treasury, saying that the Galena officials received small salaries and he deemed it only fair to classify rubber boots, etc., as "necessary equipment," not as "wearing apparel" (which must be paid for by the men themselves).

Mr. McCarl shook his head, overruled Mr. Mellon.

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