tract was not made by him, but came from Washington.
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Mr. Magee. Did he state at that meeting that it was entered into-
at Washington over his head?
Mr. HoRTON. Yes, sir; I think that was the expression.
Mr. Magee. As stated by Mr. Chinn?
Mr. HoRTON. Yes, sir.
Mr. Magee. What impression did you get as to whether or not CoL
Disque was in favor or against this Siems-Carey-Kerbaugh contract t
Mr. HoRTON. Well, I thought he was favorable to it.
Mr. Magee. What?
Mr. HoRTON. I thought he was favorable to Siems-Carey.
Mr. Magee. You got the impression that he was favorable to giving
them the contract, or did you get the impression that he was offering
some excuse, so far as he was concerned, for the entering into of the
contract with Siems-Carey-Kerbaugh Corporation?
Mr. HoRTON. Well, I could not say as to that. I could not read the
Mr. Magee. I am asking what impression you got, if any?
Mr. HoRTON. Well, my impression was that he was favorable to the-
contract with the Siems-Carey.
Mr. Magee. Well, then, why should he state that it was entered
into at Washington over his head ?
Mr. HoRTON. Well, that was in reply to questions that came up
in reference to our dealing with the Spruce Production Bureau — or
Spruce Production Corporation.
Mr. Magee. That is all I want to ask him.
Mr. Frear. Was there anything said about the cancellation of the
Mr. HoRTON. I cairt recall that there was.
Mr. Frear. Well, the agreement was to cancel the other contracts^
was it ?
Mr. HoRTON. Yes, sir ; I believe that was so.
Mr. Frear. You don't remember whether there was anything said
about this contract, or not?
Mr. HoRTON. No, I don't.
Mr. Frear. That is all.
Mr. Lea. As I understand it, this Siems-Carey-Kerbaugh contract
was approved by the authorities at Washington, who, of course, were
over the head of Gen. Disque. Did vou understand that he was
calling attention to that fact, or that he was repudiating that con-
Mr. HoRTON. No, I didn't get that meaning of it. I got thb
meaning, that the contract was made in Washington and forwarded
to Maj. Disque for execution, to be carried out.
Mr. Lea. Tliat is all.
(Thereupon, at 4.40 o'clock p. m., the subcommittee adjourned to
meet to-morrow, Saturday, August 23, 1919, at 10 o'clock a. m.)