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WASHINGTON, March 11, 1904. Paragraph 15 of General Orders, No. 5, Headquarters of the Army, Adjutant General's Office, February 2, 1901, is amended to read as follows:
15. Sales on credit.-When the commanding officer and council are agreed that it is to the true interest of the command, the former may authorize a credit at the exchange to any soldier in good standing. This will be given upon the request of the soldier in writing, approved by his company commander, and these credit checks will be carried on the accounts of the exchanges as “bills receivable" until paid. A man seekingc redit privilege will be distinctly informed that credit is given upon the understanding that he must render prompt and unsolicited payment, and only to such men as can be trusted. Defaulters will be immediately debarred the privileges of the exchange, and this under such publicity as will make the act appear disgraceful in the eyes of their comrades. BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:
ADNA R. CHAFFEE,
Lieutenant General, Chief of Staff. OFFICIAL: W. P. HALL,
Acting Adjutant General.
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WASHINGTON, March 15, 1904. I.- The following orders are published to the Army for the information and guidance of all concerned:
WASHINGTON, March 15, 1904. ORDERS:
It is the view of the Department that clerks who have had three years' etcient and meritorious service in the Philippines, and who are eligible under civil service rules, should be favorably considered for transfer to the United States when opportunities arise and when conditions make such transfers practicable and in the interest of good administration.
It is desired hereafter, when practicable, to fill vacancies occurring in the Department's service in the United States by the transfer of eligible clerks from the Philippines; also to transfer from time to time clerks from the United States to the Philippines for a tour of service when such transfers may be in the interest of good administration.
Attention is invited at this time to the orders of the Department of July 44, 1901 (Circular, No. 26, Headquarters of the Army, Adjutant General's Office), as follows:
The Secretary of War considers that the interests of the service require that employees at large in the Department must be subject to orders in regard to transfer of station and a refusal to obey such orders will be deemed a proper and sufficient reason for discharge from the service.
Cnder the provisions of this order those employees who have had one Fear's service and are physically able to work in a tropical climate are subject to transfer to the Philippines for a tour of service.
The physical ability for Philippine service of a clerk nominated for transfer will be determined by physical examination and certificate of an Army surgeon.
Clerks transferred to the Philippines will be allowed an increase of $200 in annual compensation to take effect on the date of leaving station in the United States, unless, with regard to those paid from the appropriation for clerks at military headquarters, conditions relating to such appropriation make it necessary to have the increase commence at a later date. Clerks so transferred will be allowed transportation and expenses en route from station in the United States to station to which assigned in the Philippines.
Clerks transferred from the Philippines will be reduced 20 per cent in compensation, provided that those paid from the appropriation for clerks at military headquarters, whose compensation is graded by law, will receive a reduction approximating 20 per cent as nearly as the grades fixed by law will permit; and provided further that the compensation of classified clerks who were transferred to the Philippines from the service of the Department in the United States shall not be reduced to rates lower than those they received in the United States at the time of transfer, unless their efficiency record calls for a lower compensation. Such
reduction will take effect on the date of arrival at proper station, unless, with regard to those paid from the appropriation for clerks at military headquarters, conditions relating to such appropriation make it neces. sary to have the reduction commence at an earlier date. Clerks so transferred will be allowed transportation and expenses en route from station in the Philippines to station in the United States to which transferred.
When opportunities arise for transferring clerks to the United States nominations will be submitted to the Secretary of War, determined as far as practicable by length of service in civil positions under the Department in the Philippines.
Each nomination for a transfer will state the reasons for determining the particular employee nominated, whether the transfer proposed is from the Philippines to the United States or vice versa.
No employee will be transferred from the United States to the Philip pines or from the Philippines to the United States, and no employee in the United States or in the Philippines will be given transportation on a U. S. Government transport, except upon authority of the Secretary of War previously obtained.
ROBERT SHAW OLIVER,
Assistant Secretary of War. II--Paragraph 258 of the Regulations, as amended by General Orders, No. 121, Headquarters of the Army, Adjutant General's Office, August 14, 1903, requiring the rendition by com. manding officers of companies twice each year (on the last days of September and March) of reports showing the char. acter and scope of instruction imparted during the previous six months, is hereby revoked. BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:
ADNA R. CHAFF E,
Lieutenant General, Chief of Staff.
Acting Adjutant General.