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Fast Horses At Public Expense

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Hany extremely zealous advocates of reform and econoaiy in the public service have developed in the House during the last day or two, and it is suggested to them - particularly to those who are at the head of prominent coinmittees, where extravugance can be readily checked - that there is rooin for the exercise of the virtues they extol in the various departments here, whose clerks and other officers are fnrnished with horses and carriages at public expense. The Secrotary of the Treasury has, for instance, a carriage and span of horses. The Commissioner of Internal Eevenue has a doublé and single carriage, and span of horses ; the Appointment Clerk of the Treasury Department has a carriage and horse ; the Superintendent of the Treasury Building, au officer unknown to the law, has a carriage, a buggy and a horse ; the Supervising Architect has a carriuge and horse ; the Second Auditor has a carriage and horse ; the Treasurer has a horse and carriago ; the Superintendent of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a horee and carriage ; each of tho Assist ant Secretarles have horses, carriages and drivers. All these horses and carriages aro bought by governraent and kopt at the public expense. There is a stable just below the treasury building, which is used for this purpose, and the Superintendent of Stables, who has charge of the concern, is employee! and paid $900 per annum, and four assistants are furnished him at $2 per day, each. There are seven uien who do nothing but drive these virtuous officials about in government vehicles, who are on the rolla of the departtnent at #60 per iuonth each. Tho other departiuents of the governuient are not suffering for transportation faoilities. Tho Attoruey-General has threo horses and two carriages, with drivers and footmen, who are paid as inesseagers. The Secretaries of War, Navy and Interior, and tho Postmaster-General are likewise furnished with public conveyauces for themsclves and families, while all their principal subordinates are equally well supphed with horse-flesh. A iittle ruight be saved by looking into this matter and prohibiting the application of appropriations to the purpose of furnishing horses and vehicles to officials who have no shadow oí right. : - - 1 1 . i


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Michigan Argus