Hearings Before the Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations ... in Charge of Pension Appropriation Bill for 1898 (Google eBook)

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1896 - Military pensions - 17 pages
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Page 3 - Army and Navy pensions, as follows : For invalids, widows, minor children, and dependent relatives, Army nurses, and all other pensioners who are now borne on the rolls, or who may hereafter be placed thereon, under the provisions of any and all Acts of Congress...
Page 5 - That any pension heretofore or that may hereafter be granted to any applicant therefor under any law of the United States authorizing the granting and payment of pensions, on application made and adjudicated upon, shall be deemed and held by all officers of the United States to be a vested right in the grantee to that extent that payment thereof shall not be withheld or suspended until, after due notice to the grantee of not less than thirty days, the Commissioner of Pensions, after hearing...
Page 5 - States to l>ea vested right in the grantee to that extent that payment thereof shall not be withheld or suspended until, after due notice to the grantee of not less than thirty days, the Commissioner of Pensions, after hearing all the evidence, shall decide to annul, vacate, modify, or set aside the decision upon which said pension was granted. Such notice to grantee must contain a full and true statement of any charges or allegations upon which such decision granting such pension shall be sought...
Page 5 - ... to the grantee of not less than thirty days, the Commissioner of Pensions, after hearing all the evidence, shall decide to annul, vacate, modify, or set aside the decision upon which such pension was granted. Such notice to grantee must contain a full and true statement of any charges or allegations upon which such decision granting such pension shall be sought to be in any manner disturbed or modified.
Page 7 - Office such a class of clerks as I would like to see there. We have many old, decrepit people unfitted for work. We have people there (I do not know how they got in) who are unfitted for the work. Mr. NORTHWAY. Here is the case of a mother who has been drawing a pension on account of the death of her son. who was a soldier. Now, of course, all the necessary proof had been made, showing enlistment, service, and death of the soldier. Now the mother dies and the father applies. Why, then, is there a...
Page 6 - Of course there arc blanks of that kind and they breed complaints, but there is another class which rcit-rs to some witnesses or some party, usually not giving the name of witnesses, at some county or town or locality somewhere in .the country, perhaps in the State from which the soldier enlisted. Mr. MURPHY. We will speak about the first class first. Some time ago it was discovered that the special-examination division was behind with its work to the extent of over 24,000 cases; that is, there were...
Page 7 - It is my purpose that every claim shall receive a fair, speedy, and impartial determination, but I must exact of those having business with the Bureau a compliance with the necessary rules and salutary regulations.
Page 9 - Yes, sir; that is fixed by law. The CHAIRMAN. The next item is for clerk hire. What about those brackets there? Mr. BLUE. Had not that better remain as it is? Mr. MURPHY. That had better remain as it is. I have been trying to carry out that proviso of the law there, and only recently I have called for the resignation of six or seven clerks at the...
Page 7 - I have iu mind some instances in which the party would receive two and sometimes three and maybe more communications from the Pension Department of a similar character indicating that the matter had been delayed from month to month and sometimes into years, giving the same reply, that it was being investigated at that point. If you know anything about abuses or neglect in that direction 1 would like to hear what you have to say about that.
Page 4 - The CHAIRMAN. Now, then, what we want to know is whether the amount which you have required for the next fiscal year is justified by the roll in its present condition in your anticipation of the additions and deductions that will be made by deaths? Mr. MURPHY. Yes; I think it is warranted. The CHAIRMAN. You say in the tiscal year ending June 30, 189i;, you expended about *138,000,000?

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