A-9855, OCTOBER 10, 1925, 5 COMP. GEN. 243

A-9855: Oct 10, 1925

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SUBSISTENCE - OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS SICK IN HOSPITAL THE PAYMENT OF SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES OF RETIRED OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS NOT ON ACTIVE DUTY WHILE THEY ARE SICK IN OTHER THAN NAVAL HOSPITALS IS NOT AUTHORIZED. THE PAYMENT OF SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES OF OFFICERS OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS ON ACTIVE DUTY WHILE THEY ARE SICK IN HOSPITAL IS AUTHORIZED. IS 75 CENTS PER RATION. 51.85 NONE 51.85 350.85 84.00 266.85 A CHARGE WAS ALSO RAISED BECAUSE OF SUBSISTENCE FURNISHED ENSIGN LAFOT IN ABOVE HOSPITAL. WILL BE PAID FOR TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE HOSPITAL AT THE RATE OF 60 CENTS A DAY BY THE PROPER OFFICERS OF THE NAVY DEPARTMENT.

A-9855, OCTOBER 10, 1925, 5 COMP. GEN. 243

SUBSISTENCE - OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS SICK IN HOSPITAL THE PAYMENT OF SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES OF RETIRED OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS NOT ON ACTIVE DUTY WHILE THEY ARE SICK IN OTHER THAN NAVAL HOSPITALS IS NOT AUTHORIZED. THE PAYMENT OF SUBSISTENCE EXPENSES OF OFFICERS OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS ON ACTIVE DUTY WHILE THEY ARE SICK IN HOSPITAL IS AUTHORIZED, SUBJECT TO CHECK AGE AGAINST THEIR ACCOUNTS OF THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A HOSPITAL RATION PER DAY. THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A NAVAL HOSPITAL RATION, AS FIXED BY THE ACTS OF JANUARY 22, 1923, 42 STAT. 1144; MAY 28, 1924, 43 STAT. 194; AND FEBRUARY 11, 1925, 43 STAT. 872, RESPECTIVELY, IS 75 CENTS PER RATION. EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 1925, THE ACCOUNTS OF OFFICERS OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS SICK IN HOSPITALS SHOULD BE CHECKED AT THE RATE OF 75 CENTS PER RATION INSTEAD OF 50 CENTS.

DECISION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL, OCTOBER 10, 1925:

COMMANDER F. G. PYNE (S.C.), UNITED STATES NAVY, NAVY DISBURSING OFFICER, HAS APPLIED FOR REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT NO. M-11675-N, DATED FEBRUARY 26, 1925, DISALLOWING IN PART THE AMOUNTS PAID BY HIM TO THE ARMY AND NAVY GENERAL HOSPITAL, HOT SPRINGS, ARK., FOR SUBSISTENCE FURNISHED CERTAIN ACTIVE AND RETIRED OFFICERS OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS AND A RETIRED ENLISTED MAN OF THE NAVY WHILE PATIENTS THEREIN AS PER THE FOLLOWING VOUCHERS IN HIS ACCOUNTS:

NOS. 6149, 6150, 7854, 9056, NOVEMBER, 1923; 13158, 13159, 13338, DECEMBER, 1923; 15708, 15710, 15711, JANUARY, 1924; 20914, 20915, 20917, FEBRUARY, 1924; 25112, 25113, 26720, MARCH, 1924.

THE AMOUNTS DISALLOWED REPRESENT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AMOUNTS PAID AND THE AMOUNTS RECOVERED BY CHECK AGE FROM THE INDIVIDUALS CONCERNED, AS FOLLOWS:

TABLE

AMT. PAID COLLECTED DISALLOWED M. JOHNSTON, REAR ADMR., 2-29-24

TO 2-29-24 ----------------------- $21.00 NONE $21.00 LLOYD LAFOT, ENS., 11-1-23 TO

11-15-23 ------------------------- 15.00 $7.00 8.00 H. KINGSNORTH, 2ND LT., U.S.M.C.,

10-22-23 TO 1-17-24 -------------- 88.00 35.50 52.50 I. T. VAN PATTEN, CHIEF PAY CLERK,

U.S.N., RETIRED, 10-7-23 TO

10-25-23 ------------------------- 19.00 9.50 9.50 E. R. PERKINS, PAY CLERK, U.S.N.,

RETIRED, 9-27-23 TO 2-29-24 ------ 156.00 32.00 124.00 JOHN HARVEY, CHIEF PETTY OFFICER,

U.S.N., RETIRED, 12-14-23 TO

2-12-24 --------------------------51.85 NONE 51.85

350.85 84.00 266.85 A CHARGE WAS ALSO RAISED BECAUSE OF

SUBSISTENCE FURNISHED ENSIGN LAFOT

IN ABOVE HOSPITAL; NOT CHECKED FULL

AMOUNT OCT. 1 TO 31, 1923 --------------------------------- 15.50

TOTAL DISALLOWED --------------------------------------- 282.35

THE ACT OF JUNE 30, 1882, 22 STAT. 121, PROVIDED THAT THE ARMY AND NAVY GENERAL HOSPITAL AT HOT SPRINGS, ARK., "SHALL BE SUBJECT TO SUCH RULES, REGULATIONS, AND RESTRICTIONS AS SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.' THE EXECUTIVE ORDER OF AUGUST 14, 1922 (SEE WAR DEPARTMENT G.O. 36), ISSUED PURSUANT TO SAID ACT PROVIDES IN PART AS FOLLOWS:

1. THIS HOSPITAL SHALL BE DEVOTED TO THE TREATMENT OF THE PERSONNEL INDICATED BELOW:

(A) * * *

(B) OFFICERS, COMMISSIONED WARRANT OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS, AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE ARMY, THE NAVY, AND THE MARINE CORPS ON THE ACTIVE LISTS, * * * SUBJECT TO SUCH RULES AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY THE WAR AND NAVY DEPARTMENTS, RESPECTIVELY.

(C) * * *

(D) OFFICERS, COMMISSIONED WARRANT OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS, PAY CLERKS, AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE ARMY, THE NAVY, AND THE MARINE CORPS, * * * ON THE RETIRED LISTS * * * UNDER SUCH RULES AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF WAR.

4. THE SUBSISTENCE OF ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY, MARINE CORPS, * * * ON THE ACTIVE LISTS, UNDER TREATMENT IN THIS HOSPITAL IN PURSUANCE OF ORDERS, WILL BE PAID FOR TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE HOSPITAL AT THE RATE OF 60 CENTS A DAY BY THE PROPER OFFICERS OF THE NAVY DEPARTMENT, * * * UPON MONTHLY STATEMENTS OF AMOUNTS DUE, CERTIFIED BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE HOSPITAL DIRECT TO THE SURGEON GENERAL OF THE NAVY, * * *.

6. SUBSISTENCE CHARGES WILL BE COLLECTED FROM OTHER PAY PATIENTS AS FOLLOWS:

ENLISTED MEN OF THE ARMY, NAVY, MARINE CORPS, * * * ON THE RETIRED LISTS, * * * AT 85 CENTS A DAY.

OFFICERS, COMMISSIONED WARRANT OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS, * * * OF THE ARMY, NAVY, MARINE CORPS, * * * AT NOT EXCEEDING $1.50 A DAY.

ON STATEMENTS PRESENTED BY THE HOSPITAL VOUCHERS WERE PREPARED AND PAID FOR THE SUBSISTENCE FURNISHED THESE OFFICERS AT THE RATE OF $1 A DAY, AND FOR HARVEY, THE RETIRED ENLISTED MAN, AT THE RATE OF 85 CENTS A DAY, FROM THE APPROPRIATION "CARE OF HOSPITAL PATIENTS, 1924," CONTAINED IN THE ACT OF JANUARY 22, 1923, 42 STAT. 1146, AS FOLLOWS:

FOR THE CARE, MAINTENANCE, AND TREATMENT OF PATIENTS, INCLUDING SUPERNUMERARIES, IN NAVAL AND OTHER THAN NAVAL HOSPITALS, $100,000.

THE DISALLOWANCE WAS MADE ON THE GROUND THAT THE COST OF THE SUBSISTENCE IN QUESTION IS NOT A PROPER CHARGE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN COLLECTED DIRECTLY FROM THE PATIENTS.

THE SAID EXECUTIVE ORDER, IN PRESCRIBING THE RATES FOR SUBSISTENCE AND THE MANNER OF COLLECTION, MERELY FOLLOWED THE PRACTICE IN ARMY HOSPITALS WHERE THE ARMY PERSONNEL WHO ARE NOT ENTITLED TO RATIONS ARE CHARGED THE COST OF THEIR SUBSISTENCE. IT DOES NOT, HOWEVER, PRECLUDE THOSE IN THE NAVY FROM RECEIVING SUBSISTENCE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE GOVERNMENT IF OTHERWISE ENTITLED.

THE SAID APPROPRIATION FOR CARE OF HOSPITAL PATIENTS BEGAN WITH THE FISCAL YEAR 1919 AND ENDED WITH THE FISCAL YEAR 1924. IT SUPPLEMENTED THE HOSPITAL FUND, WHICH THERETOFORE AND SINCE HAS BORNE SUCH EXPENSES.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE ARMY AND NAVY GENERAL HOSPITAL AT HOT SPRINGS SPECIALIZES IN THE TREATMENT OF CERTAIN DISEASES FOR WHICH THE WATERS THERE HAVE AN ESTABLISHED REPUTATION.

IN THE MANUAL OF THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, UNITED STATES NAVY, 1922, PARAGRAPH 2108, IT IS TATED:

* * * ITS FACILITIES WILL NOT BE EXTENDED TO MILD AND TRANSIENT CASES WHICH SHOULD YIELD TO ORDINARY TREATMENT, BUT ARE RESERVED FOR THOSE OF A SERIOUS AND OBSTINATE CHARACTER WHICH, THOUGH RESISTING ORDINARY METHODS OF A RELIEF, PROMISE A RAPID AND PERMANENT RECOVERY FROM THE USE OF WATERS OF THE SPRINGS.

NAVY REGULATIONS, 1920, PROVIDE:

1830. (1) AUTHORITY FOR ADMISSION TO AN ARMY AND NAVY GENERAL HOSPITAL MAY BE OBTAINED BY ALL PERSONS OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS, ON THE ACTIVE AND RETIRED LISTS, FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL OF THE NAVY ON THE REPORT OF A BOARD OF MEDICAL SURVEY OR, WHEN THAT IS IMPRACTICABLE, ON THE CERTIFICATE OF A NAVAL MEDICAL OFFICER, CLEARLY STATING THE APPLICANT'S DISABILITY. CERTIFICATE FROM THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN MAY BE SUBMITTED TO THE BUREAU OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY FOR ITS CONSIDERATION, IF NO OTHER OFFICER OF THE MEDICAL CORPS OF THE NAVY BE AVAILABLE.

1831. OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS, WHEN ON DUTY AT A PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO NAVAL HOSPITAL, MAY BE SENT TO OTHER HOSPITALS UPON THE ORDER OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, OR THE SENIOR OFFICER PRESENT, AND THE EXPENSE OF SUCH PERSONS SHALL BE PAID FROM THE NAVAL HOSPITAL FUND; AND NO OTHER CHARGE SHALL BE MADE AGAINST THEIR ACCOUNTS THAN SUCH AS ARE MADE FOR PERSONS UNDER TREATMENT AT NAVAL HOSPITALS.

THERE APPEARS TO BE NO LAW, OR REGULATION MADE IN PURSUANCE OF LAW, PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR SUBSISTENCE OR ANY PART THEREOF OF RETIRED OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN NOT ON ACTIVE DUTY WHILE PATIENTS IN OTHER THAN NAVAL HOSPITALS.

ARTICLE 1831 OF THE NAVY REGULATIONS CITED HAS NO APPLICATION TO PERSONS ON THE RETIRED LIST NOT ON ACTIVE DUTY. IT RECOGNIZES, HOWEVER, THE RIGHT OF THOSE ON DUTY TO NECESSARY HOSPITAL TREATMENT, AND MAKES PROVISION FOR FURNISHING SAME AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE IN OTHER HOSPITALS WHERE NO NAVAL HOSPITAL IS AVAILABLE, SUBJECT TO THE SAME CHARGE FOR SUBSISTENCE AS MADE IN NAVAL HOSPITALS.

LITERALLY INTERPRETED IT DOES NOT COVER THE CASE OF AN OFFICER OR ENLISTED MAN SENT TO THE ARMY AND NAVY GENERAL HOSPITAL, AS HE IS NOT SENT THERE BECAUSE THERE IS NO NAVAL HOSPITAL AT THE PLACE WHERE ON DUTY, BUT BECAUSE THE FACILITIES OF THE NAVAL HOSPITAL DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PARTICULAR CASE. IN THAT SENSE, WHICH IS IN HARMONY WITH THE GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE REGULATION TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY TREATMENT, IT MAY REASONABLY BE HELD THEY WERE "ON DUTY AT A PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO NAVAL HOSPITAL" WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE REGULATION. SEE IN THIS CONNECTION 12 COMP. DEC. 28.

IT IS CONCLUDED, THEREFORE, THAT OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY OR MARINE CORPS ON DUTY WHO ARE SENT FOR TREATMENT TO THE ARMY AND NAVY GENERAL HOSPITAL AT HOT SPRINGS, ARK., ARE ENTITLED TO THE BENEFITS OF SAID REGULATION.

THE QUESTION NOW ARISES AS TO THE PROPER AMOUNT CHARGEABLE AGAINST THE ACCOUNTS OF OFFICERS OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS WHILE PATIENTS IN A NAVAL HOSPITAL, OR IN ANOTHER HOSPITAL UNDER SAID ARTICLE 1831, NAVY REGULATIONS.

SECTION 4812, REVISED STATUTES, PROVIDES:

FOR EVERY NAVY OFFICER, SEAMAN, OR MARINE ADMITTED INTO A NAVY HOSPITAL, THE INSTITUTION SHALL BE ALLOWED ONE RATION PER DAY DURING HIS CONTINUANCE THEREIN, TO BE DEDUCTED FROM THE ACCOUNT OF THE UNITED STATES WITH SUCH OFFICER, SEAMAN, OR MARINE.

THIS SECTION WAS TAKEN FROM THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 26, 1811, 2 STAT. 650, ESTABLISHING NAVAL HOSPITALS. AT THE DATE OF THAT ACT ALL OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS WERE ENTITLED TO RATIONS. THE MEANING OF THE ACT WAS CLEAR, AND ITS TERMS COULD THEN BE STRICTLY COMPLIED WITH IN ALL CASES. THE RATION WAS DEDUCTED FROM THE RATION ALLOWANCE AND ALLOWED THE HOSPITAL. SINCE THEN MANY CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE AFFECTING THE RIGHT TO RATIONS, THIS RIGHT HAVING BEEN GRADUALLY WITHDRAWN UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, AND FROM CERTAIN CLASSES OF OFFICERS UNTIL JULY 1, 1922, SINCE WHEN UNDER THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 625, NO OFFICER OF THE NAVY IS ENTITLED TO A RATION.

THIS SECTION HAS BEEN HELD TO MEAN THAT THE NAVAL HOSPITAL FUND IS ENTITLED TO ONE RATION OR THE COMMUTATION VALUE THEREOF PER DAY FOR EACH PERSON TREATED IN A NAVAL HOSPITAL, AND WHEN THE OFFICER IS NOT ENTITLED TO RATIONS THE COMMUTED VALUE SHOULD BE DEDUCTED FROM HIS PAY AND CREDITED TO THE SAID FUND. THIS IS FOR THE REASON THAT ALTHOUGH AN OFFICER IS ENTITLED TO MEDICINES AND MEDICAL TREATMENT IN A NAVAL HOSPITAL HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO SUBSISTENCE WHEN NOT ALLOWED RATIONS. THE PRACTICE OF DEDUCTING THE COMMUTED VALUE OF ONE RATION PER DAY FROM THE PAY OF THE OFFICER NOT ENTITLED TO RATIONS WHILE HE WAS IN HOSPITAL BEGAN WITH THE FIRST LAW TAKING AWAY THE RIGHT OF CERTAIN OFFICERS TO RATIONS AND HAS CONTINUED TO THE PRESENT TIME. SEE 17 COMP. DEC. 663.

SECTION 1585, REVISED STATUTES, FIXED THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A NAVY RATION AT 30 CENTS; THE ACT OF OCTOBER 6, 1917, 40 STAT. 397, AMENDED SAID SECTION AND FIXED THE COMMUTED VALUE AT 40 CENTS, AND BEGINNING WITH THE ACT OF JULY 11, 1919, 41 STAT. 147, THE COMMUTED VALUE HAS BEEN FIXED IN THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ACTS.

IN THE NAVAL APPROPRIATION ACT OF JUNE 30, 1914, 38 STAT. 404, THE APPROPRIATION FOR ,PROVISIONS, NAVY," CONTAINED THE FOLLOWING CLAUSE:

* * * AND COMMUTED RATIONS STOPPED ON ACCOUNT OF SICK IN HOSPITAL AND CREDITED AT THE RATE OF 50 CENTS PER RATION TO THE NAVAL HOSPITAL FUND; *

SIMILAR PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE IN EACH OF THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ACTS SINCE.

IN 70 MS. COMP. DEC. 452, AUGUST 4, 1914, IT WAS HELD THAT THIS PROVISION DID NOT ESTABLISH 50 CENTS AS THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A RATION IN ALL CASES FOR SICK IN HOSPITAL; THAT IT ONLY FIXED THE AMOUNT TO BE CHARGED AGAINST THE APPROPRIATION "PROVISIONS, NAVY," AND CREDITED TO "HOSPITAL UND" ON ACCOUNT OF RATIONS STOPPED FOR THOSE RECEIVING SAME WHILE THEY ARE SICK IN HOSPITAL; AND THAT IT HAD NO APPLICATION TO OFFICERS NOT ENTITLED TO RATIONS WHO SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE CHARGED WHILE IN HOSPITAL WITH THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A RATION AS FIXED BY SECTION 1585, REVISED STATUTES.

THE ACT OF JANUARY 22, 1923, 42 STAT. 1144, MAKING APPROPRIATION FOR THE NAVAL SERVICE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1924, UNDER THE HEAD OF "PROVISIONS, NAVY," PROVIDES:

FOR PROVISIONS AND COMMUTED RATIONS FOR THE SEAMEN AND MARINES, WHICH COMMUTED RATIONS MAY BE PAID TO CATERERS OF MESSES IN CASE OF DEATH OR DESERTION UPON ORDERS OF THE COMMANDING OFFICERS, AT 50 CENTS PER DIEM, AND MIDSHIPMEN AT 80 CENTS PER DIEM, AND COMMUTED RATIONS STOPPED ON ACCOUNT OF SICK IN HOSPITAL AND CREDITED AT THE RATE OF 75 CENTS PER RATION TO THE NAVAL HOSPITAL FUND; * * * SUBSISTENCE IN KIND AT * * * AND NAVY AND MARINE CORPS GENERAL COURTS-MARTIAL PRISONERS UNDERGOING IMPRISONMENT WITH CONFINEMENT; * * * PROVIDED, THAT THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY IS AUTHORIZED TO COMMUTE RATIONS FOR SUCH GENERAL COURTS-MARTIAL PRISONERS IN SUCH AMOUNTS AS SEEM TO HIM PROPER, WHICH MAY VARY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LOCATION OF THE NAVAL PRISON, BUT WHICH SHALL IN NO CASE EXCEED 30 CENTS PER DIEM FOR EACH RATION SO COMMUTED; * * *.

SIMILAR PROVISION IS CONTAINED IN THE ACTS OF MAY 28, 1924, AND FEBRUARY 11, 1925, 43 STAT. 194 AND 872, RESPECTIVELY.

SECTION 1585, REVISED STATUTES, AND ALSO AS AMENDED, FIXED BUT ONE RATE AS THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A NAVY RATION. THIS RATE WAS SUPERSEDED BY THE PROVISION IN THE ACT OF JANUARY 22, 1923, QUOTED SUPRA, AND IN THE SUBSEQUENT APPROPRIATION ACTS, WHICH FIXED FOUR RATES; 50 CENTS FOR ENLISTED MEN GENERALLY WHICH MIGHT BE TERMED THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A DUTY RATION; 80 CENTS FOR MIDSHIPMEN; NOT EXCEEDING 30 CENTS FOR CERTAIN GENERAL COURT-MARTIAL PRISONERS; AND 75 CENTS FOR THE SICK IN HOSPITAL, WHICH MIGHT BE TERMED THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A HOSPITAL RATION. THESE RATES ARE APPARENTLY FIXED SO AS TO COVER THE COST OF SUBSISTENCE IN VARYING CIRCUMSTANCES, AND NO ONE OF THEM CAN BE SAID TO BE THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A NAVY RATION IN ALL CASES, BUT EACH IS THE COMMUTED VALUE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES STATED FOR EACH.

WHILE IT IS TRUE THE SAID PROVISION RELATING TO THE COMMUTED VALUE OF THE HOSPITAL RATION HAS NO DIRECT APPLICATION TO ANYONE NOT ENTITLED TO RATIONS, THE SAME IS ALSO TRUE WITH REGARD TO THE SAID PROVISION RELATING TO THE COMMUTED VALUE OF THE DUTY RATION FOR ENLISTED MEN. THE QUESTION AS AFFECTING ONE NOT ENTITLED TO A RATION IS MATERIAL ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF SAID SECTION 4812, REVISED STATUTES, AND FOR THIS PURPOSE IT IS NECESSARY ONLY TO FIND THE COMMUTED VALUE OF A RATION AS FIXED BY LAW, FOR THOSE ENTITLED TO RATIONS WHILE SICK IN HOSPITAL, AND THAT VALUE AS FIXED BY SAID ACTS OF JANUARY 22, 1923, MAY 28, 1924, AND FEBRUARY 11, 1925, IS 75 CENTS PER RATION, WHICH IS THE APPLICABLE RATE TO BE DEDUCTED UNDER SAID SECTION 4812, REVISED STATUTES, FROM THE PAY OF ONE NOT ENTITLED TO RATIONS, AND NOT THE DUTY RATE OF 50 CENTS.

THIS CONSTRUCTION OF THE LAW WILL BE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 1925.

ON THE VOUCHERS COVERING THE SUBSISTENCE FURNISHED REAR ADMIRAL JOHNSTON, ENSIGN LAFOT, AND SECOND LIEUTENANT KINGSNORTH ARE NOTATIONS THAT RATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO THE PAY OFFICERS CARRYING THEIR ACCOUNTS. CHECK AGES HAVE NOT BEEN MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRESENT PRACTICE THE MATTER IS ONE TO BE ADJUSTED IN THE SETTLEMENT OF SUCH PAY OFFICERS' ACCOUNTS.

THE DISALLOWANCES MADE IN THESE CASES AMOUNTING TO $81.50 WILL BE ALLOWED, AND CHARGE RAISED OF $15.50 WILL BE REMOVED.

IN THE CASES OF THE OTHERS WHO ARE ON THE RETIRED LIST THE PAYMENTS MADE WERE UNAUTHORIZED. THESE PAYMENTS AMOUNTED TO $226.85. IT APPEARS THAT $41.50 HAS BEEN RECOVERED BY CHECK AGE. THE BALANCE $185.35 WILL BE DISALLOWED, SUBJECT TO CREDIT ON SUBMISSION OF EVIDENCE OF ADDITIONAL RECOVERIES.

UPON REVIEW THE SETTLEMENT IS MODIFIED AND THERE IS CERTIFIED DUE THE UNITED STATES $185.35 INSTEAD OF $282.35.