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HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

UNITED STATES SENATE

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Printed for the use of the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

WASHINGTON

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

1916

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COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY,

THOMAS P. GORE, Oklahoma, Chairman, GEORGE E. CHAMBERLAIN, Oregon.

FRANCIS E. WARREN, Wyoming. ELLISON D. SMITH, South Carolina,

CARROLL S. PAGE, Vermont. HOKE SMITH, Goorgia.

ASLE J. GRONNA, North Dakota. MORRIS SHEPPARD, Texas.

JAMES H. BRADY, Idaho. JOHN F. SHAFROTH, Colorado.

GEORGE W. NORRIS, Nebraska. JOSEPH E. RANSDELL, Louisiana.

WILLIAM S. KENYON, Iowa. WILLIAM H. THOMPSON, Kansas.

JAMES W. WADSWORTH, JR., Low York. EDWIN S. JOHNSON, South Dakota.

J. Roy THOMPSON, Clerk.

SUBCOMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE IMPORTATION OF SISAL AND MANILA Hemp

AND THE PRODUCTION OF BINDING TWINE.

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CONTENTS.

Statement of -

Dr. Victor A. Rendon, of the Comision Reguladora Del Mercado De

Henequen, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.---

6, 64, 93, 126

Jr. John T. Meehan, Private Secretary to Dr. Rendon.

110

Mr. Sul. Wexler, of J. S. Bache & Co., New York City.

15+, 218

Hon. Charles Curtis..

257

Mr. Peter E. Hatch, attorney for Mid-City Brokerage Co., Kansas City,

Mo

262

Jr. Edward B. Buyley, of Henry W. Peabody & Co., Boston, Mass 269,

941, 955, 1004

Mr. Lynn H. Dinkins, President Interstate Trust & Banking Co., New

Orleans, La

274, 295

Señor Fernando Solis Camara, of Yucatan, Mexico.

326, 334, 373

Jr. Henry Town, Warılen of the Wisconsin State Penitentiary, Wuu-

370)

Jr. Charles A, Lukens, Editor Farm Implement News, Chicago, III. 400)

Mr. E. J. Baker, Secret ry-Treasurer Harm Implement News Co---- 407, 445

Mr. Domingo F. Evia, planter, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico..

448

Felipe G. Canton, of Yucatan...

514

R. Camara Palma, of Merida, Yucatan.

540, 351

Mr. C. S. Reed, Stillwater, Minn..

618

dr. Henry Wolfer, of Si. Petersburg, Fla.---

638

Mr. Augustus P. Lorins, President Plymouth Cordage Co., Beverly,

Mass.

705

Mr. Edward Frensdorf, member Board of Control, Michigan State

l'rison, Jackson, Mich..

755)

Mr. Grant Slocum, Supreme Secretary Gleaners' Association, Detroit,

Mich.

761

Hon. Frank S. Talcott, Warden North Dakota State Penitentiary, Bis-

marck. N. Dak.---

785

Mr. C. 1). Orth, reprezenting Hanson & Orth, New York, N. Y.-- 808, 836, 1004

Mr. Frederick D. McKenney ---

1002

Mr. A. C. Schmidt, National Society of American Equity, Wausau, Wis. 1015

Mr. Leo Charles Bruwie, Assistant Secretary of the Pan American

Commission ('orporation, New Orleans, L.

1026

IMPORTATION OF SISAL AND MANILA HEMP.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1916.

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met in the committee room, Capitol, at 10.30 o'clock a. m., pursuant to the call of the chairman. Senator Joseph E. Ransdell presiding.

Present: Senators Ransdell (chairman), Gronna, and Wadsworth.

Also present : Hon. Walter L. Fisher and Mr. Philip Wells, representing the International Harvester Co.; Mr. A. P. Loring, president Plymouth Cordage Co.; Dr. Victor A. Rendon and Mr. Walker Spencer, representing the Comision Reguladora del Mercado de Henequen; Mr. Sol Wexler, Mr. Lynn 8. Dinkins, and Mr. Levy Mayer, representing the Pan-American Commission Corporation, of New York; and Mr. C. D. Orth, representing Hanson & Orth, of New York.

The CHAIRMAN. The subcommittee has met pursuant to S. Res. 91, which is as follows: Whereas binding twine is one of the large items of expense in the production

of grain; and Whereas it has been alleged in the public press and by individuals that the

present price thereof is exorbitant and is fixed and controlled by certain persons and corporations : Therefore be it

Resolved, That the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry of the Senate, or any subcommittee appointed by said committee, be, and is hereby, authorized and instructed to investigate and report to Congress what companies and corporations are engaged in the importation of said sisal and manila hemp and the production of binding twine and to what extent, if any, they control the price thereof, and whether there are any combinations or agreements to fix and control the wholesale or retain prices of sisal and manila binding twine in the United States.

The committee is authorized to admninister oaths, subpæna witnesses, and send for persons and papers in the prosecution of the said investigation.

The CHAIRMAX. Before proceeding, gentlemen, I wish to state that the committee has decided that they desire to obtain all the facts in this matter. They will conduct the examination themselves, but in order that either side may have an opportunity to cross-question, if it is so desired, if those who have questions to ask will jot them down as the examination proceeds and submit the questions to the committee, they will propound them, if pertinent and proper, so there will be full opportunity given to have propounded to the witnesses any · searching questions that you desire to have asked.

We will begin with Dr. Rendon.

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