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UNITED STATES. CONGRESS. HOUSE.
COMMITTEE ON WAR CLAIMS.
Legal Representatives of.
in Baltimore and ar#ford Counties, Md. Employees of the Minneapolis Steel &
Machinery Co., Minneapolis, Minn. etc.
District no. 123, of Illinois, etc.
Volunteer Service of the United States who served in the Philippine Islands beyond the period of their enlistment, etc.
72nd Congress: Claims of the International Arms & Fuse Co.
THE COMMITTEE ON WAR CLAIMS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1925
COMMITTEE ON WAR CLAIMS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JAMES G. STRONG, Kansas, Chairman STUART F. REED, West Virginia.
FRANK CLARK, Florida. DANIEL A. REED, New York.
CHARLES F. X. O'BRIEN, New Jersey. SID C. ROACH, Missouri.
BILL G. LOWREY, Mississippi. WILLIAM I. SWOOPE, Pennsylvania.
MILES C. ALLGOOD, Alabama. HIRAM K. EVANS, Iowa.
SAMUEL F. GLATFELTER, Pennsylvania. CHARLES E. WINTER, Wyoming.
C. D. HUDSPETH, Texas.
LANE DUTTON, Clerk
RELIEF OF LESLIE WARNICK BRENNAN
COMMITTEE ON WAR CLAIMS,
Thursday, February 5, 1925. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. James G. Strong (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen of the committee, there are two special bills here that are up for consideration this morning that Members of Congress and members of the committee have asked to be given consideration. We will first consider Senate bill 2552. Mr. Snyder, I believe you are going to present this.
STATEMENT OF HON. HOMER P. SNYDER, MEMBER OF CON
GRESS, STATE OF NEW YORK
Mr. SNYDER. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee, I am indebted to you for the opportunity of presenting this bill here this morning. I have reference to Senate bill 2552, a bill which passed the Senate last Friday, a claim in the interest of my friend and constituent, Mr. Leslie Warnick Brennan. I think I can give you the foundation of this proposition better by reading a letter by Mr. Elihu Root, dated June 24, 1924, which was addressed to Mr. Norman H. David, president, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and which reads as follows:
CLINTON, ONEIDA COUNTY, N. Y., June 24, 1924. NORMAN H. DAVID, Esq., President the Woodrow Wilson Foundation,
New York City. MY DEAR SIR: My neighbor, Mr. Leslie W. Brennan, of Utica, has shown me documentary evidence relating to the use of moving pictures to facilitate the training of recruits, which was adopted by our War Department and used extensively in our Army during the Great War with most satisfactory results.
It appears that this system was originated by Mr. Brennan in June, 1917. In that month, while training in a local military organization in Utica, he observed the difficulty of getting an understanding of the movements required, and he went to West Point to see the cadets drill as a matter of his own education as a volunteer soldier. While there it occurred to him that motion pictures, taken from the point of view of the raw recruit, might afford to others some such benefit as he received from seeing the drill itself. Accordingly he sought permission to take such pictures. He applied to General Bell, commanding the New York Department, who referred him to Colonel Kennon, commanding a mobilization camp at Syracuse, and on the 22d of June, 1917, Colonel Kennon gave him a letter of introduction to Colonel Tillman, commanding at West Point. On the 26th of June Colonel Tillman gave him a permit to make the photographs. He then employed the best moving-picture photographer obtainable and hand the pictures taken in July at his own expense. I have before me one receipted bill from the photographer amounting to $7,385.69. The prints from the negatives thus taken at West Point he sent to General Bell, to Colonel Kennon, at Syracuse, to Colonel Heavey, commanding the Fort Niagara training camp, to the camp at Plattsburg, to Fort Myer, and to the War Department at Wash