Uncle Sam's Pawnshop Victims

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t - Ied swords and a great variety of other things of value presented to officers of the army the navy and other branches of the United States government by foreign foreign powers and potentates They are mere gifts of compliment tangible expressions expressions of amity and good will The Order of Bolivar for example was bestowed bestowed upon Admiral Arnold only a few months ago when in command of an American squadron he visited the port of Caracas and made friends again witli Venezuela - Cupt Richard T Mulligan U S N in like manner fairly earned a silver vase presented to him by the President of Guatemala as a reward for negotiating negotiating a reciprocity treaty between that country and the United States The vase is worth 51000 and its owner would like very much to have It to ornament his domestic sideboard But may he 35 so By no means The government has grabbed it and keeps it in a safe in the Department of State It will never really belong to Mulligan but when he dies k will become the pronerty of his heirs Safe Full of Collateral Could anything be more stupid At the Department of State in the ctfices of the chief clerk is a huge safe filled to overflowing with g - oldan and jeweled ciders and decorations belonging to various persons They are all in pawn Uncle Sam lias lent no money on them but he holds on to them just the same Those who own them will pay the Interest Interest flue by dying and their heirs will get them In the early days of this republic H rppears the notion struck somebody IZJETRY nT rs - rrr vTATIttt T - a - Hnrtrmi - VCtFihtswak IIEPMEaiiy WHO 16 J20mteDZ aTHSv lOF - TKEPJBEaK - - SX y - ic - 3trTT rr - T - t - S - rXI - I HAS IGEIVE05GIDTOiWOiyQie r GOLQG DECOjatlObg BprSPnJ Gold Cups Silver Vases and Other Valuables Belonging Belonging to Officers of the Government Kept In Hock by the Nation Why Owners of Such Articles of Virtu Are Not Allowed to Recover Them Until After They Are Dead that it would not be safe for military or civil officers of the government to receive receive presents from foreign potentates or powers They might bij bribes in disguise disguise Consequently the framers of the Constitution incorporated into that document document a paragraph forbidding the acceptance acceptance of such gifts On the face of it the idea seemed a good one but nowadays nowadays and as applied in modern instances it is surely out of date Recipients of such gifts sometimes gain actual possession of them by securing the I the brief interval Acuities There was the case for ex ample of Dorsey Mohun who held a consular consular job for a while a fewr years ago in Belgium The king of the Belgians gave him a handsome decoration as a matter of compliment which under ordinary ordinary circumstances he would have been unable to receive But on getting back to Washington he formally resigned his post and allowing five minutes to elapse became United States consul to Zanzibar having accepted the Belgian ornament in passage of special bills through Congress permitting acceptance In this way Admiral Admiral Francis W Dickins U S N has been allowed to accept a very beautiful golden decoration from the Spanish crown But such cases are exceptional In a majority of instances petitions of thC kind are turned down and the gifts remain remain in the charge of the Department of State the jeweled orders in the great safe and the gold and silver cups and other valuable presents packed away In boxes Just now an effort is being made to get around the regulation of putting through Congress a bill which will permit army navy and other officers of the government government to borrow their own decorations and other valuables from the State Department Department on memorandum - thus beating the devil around the stump In a manner which will at once satisfy the requirements requirements of the Constitution and grant to the ownerg the use of their own property In occasional instances ingenious means have been found for getting over the dif - The Department of State has in its pos session a silver bltcher belonging to Capt John W Philip U S N It has also a handsome gold watch and chain which Admiral J M Miller is entitled to wear The pitcher was bestowed ty the President President of Colombia the watch and chain by the German Emperor The latter potentate potentate also gave a pair of marine binoculars binoculars to Surg A D Norton of the navy this article and the gold watch Being presented presented in recognition of work done by iMiller and Norton In behalf of Germany during the labors of the Saanoan commission commission Lieut Frederick L Chapin U S N would like very much to have a handsomely handsomely framed photograph of Prince Henry of Prussia which was presented to him by his royal highness but he was obliged to give it up An army officer Capt J C Fremont finds himself similarly similarly deprived of a sword which was given to him by the Sultan of Morocco And there is another sword from the King of Great Britain which Capt Dorr F Tozler U S A feels thet ha has a rieht to call his own if it were not that WntatT1fcriffTOprit elaTmslE During the war Between Russia ana Japan Commander C Marsh and Lieut I V GilHs of the navy as representa tives of the United States watched the naval operations on board - of the Manshu Maru Afterward the Emperor of Japan sen to both of them commemorative medals also conferring the Order of the Rising Sun on Commander Marshl But these complimentary tributes were promptly confiscated fw Double Dragon Held - Too Col TW Symons TJ8 A wouldj like to get the Order of the Double Dragon which the Emperor of China gaye him Capt Sidney Cloman of the army in the same fix with regard - to the Rus - elan Order of St Stanislaus A - youngJ officer of - the marine corps MaJ - Henry Leonard Is likewise entitled - to the Double Double Dragon but cannot get it and the cross of the Order of Merit - of the Grand Duke of Oldenburg properly belongs to Commander William L Howard u s w As for the French Legion of Honor va rious grades of it have been bestowed upon Gen William Crozier the present chief of ordnance In the war Depart ment Admiral W N Brownson Capt Reginald Nicholson and at least twenty other officers of the army and navy Com mander Howard is also a full - fledged knight of the Order of SS Maurice and Lazarus though not allowed to wear - the Insignia conferred by the King of Italy Not Only officers of - the army and navy but also persons in the civil employ of the government are forbidden to accept gifts of any kind from foreign powers and potentates Members of Congress are pot exempt from the regulation Even the President himself must obey the rule the method usually adopted in - his case being to receive the presents and leave them in the white House under which circumstance they become the property of the nation Many valuable gifts bestowed upon va I rious Presidents are today - kept In the national museum at Washington among them a small bottle of - diamonds and an other small bottle of - pearls accepted bvj 1 James Monroe from anOrlental sultan 1 There is also a collection of Jivpanese gold coins some of tfcenU aa blgvesrjtea - plates received during a Tastadmmlstra tlon and a golden sctmiter sent by the Emperor of Morocco Jo Thomas Jeff er SOn KJKiJNiii BAUtUJ r

Clipped from The Washington Post08 Aug 1909, SunPage 1

The Washington Post (Washington, District of Columbia)08 Aug 1909, SunPage 1
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