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INVESTIGATION OF PANAMA CANAL MATTERS.
COMMITTEE ON INTEROCEANIC CANALS
UNITED STATES SENATE
IN THE MATTER OF THE SENATE RESOLUTION
ADOPTED JANUARY 9, 1906,
AN INVESTIGATION OF MATTERS RELATING
TO THE PANAMA CANAL, ETC.
COMMITTEE ON INTEROCEANIC CANALS,
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D. C., Tuesday, March 20, 1906. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m.
Present: Senators Millard (chairman), Kittredge, Dryden, Ankeny, Morgan, Taliaferro, and Simmons.
FURTHER STATEMENT OF JOHN F. WALLACE, ESQ.
Senator KITTREDGE. Mr. Wallace, you testified before the committee some time ago regarding administrative matters.
Mr. WALLACE. Yes, sir. Senator KITTREDGE. In that testimony you gave us the date when you first became connected with the canal as chief engineer. Mr. WALLACE. Yes, sir. Senator KITTREDGE. Do you remember what that date was? Mr. WALLACE. That was June 1, 1904.
Senator KITTREDGE. And you continued as chief engineer until what date?
Mr. WALLACE. Until June 29, 1905.
Senator KITTREDGE. About the 1st of April, 1905, you became a member of the Canal Commission?
Mr. WALLACE. Yes, sir.
Senator KITTREDGE. And continued in that capacity until the same date in June?
Mr. WALLACE. The same date; yes, sir. Senator KITTREDGE. So that in addition to your duties as chief engineer you were also a member of the Commission from about April i, 1905, until June 29, 1905 ?
Mr. WALLACE. Yes, sir. After April 1, 1905, I was chief engineer, member of the executive committee, and Commissioner. About the 10th of April the Panama Railroad was put in my charge on the Isthmus as vice-president and general manager, but I was not able to assume charge of that road on the Isthmus until I returned there about the 25th of May, 1905.
Senator KITTREDGE. You have read the report of the Board of Consulting Engineers? Mr. WALLACE. I have. Senator KITTREDGE. And the views of the minority of that Board ? Mr. WALLACE. Yes, sir.
Senator KITTREDGE. Will you please advise us of the type of canal which, in your judgment, ought to be recommended by this committee to the Senate for construction!