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!! Question. How do you account for the difference in price charged for (strychnine, viz: on the 14th November, 1840, one-quarter of an ounce • $375, and on the 12th November, two days previous, one ounce $34?. - Answer. The deduction referred to in the foregoing answer was made in part from the price of this article in the bill against the Yorktown.

Question. Have you never had occasion to send to other places to procure articles ordered from you for the naval service on this station, after said articles were required ?

Answer. Yes. 11 TOY

Question. What is the greatest length of time that has intervened between the receipt of a requisition by you and the entire fulfilment of said requisition ?

Answer. Sometimes a week, and sometimes longer. We have always put them up within the time prescribed by the surgeon who présented them. The surgeon would sometimes leave town, and direct the articles to be ready by his return. * Question. Will you submit your books to our examination ?

Answer. With the consent of my partner, I will. '.

Question. What is the highest advance upon the cost which you have charged to the United States for articles furnished ?

Answer. On medicines and chemicals we usually charge from 25 10 35 per cent. ; hospital stores we furnish at cost; and on surgical instrúments we charge from 15 to 20 per cent. advance.

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. Question. Have I ever called upon you to furnish any medical supplies for sea-going ships or ihe hospital ?

Answer. Not to my recollection.

Question. From the manner in which medical supplies, hospital stores, &c., are required by surgeons attached to ships, can they be furnished upon the same terms that they are furnished for ordinary uses? . .

Answer. They cannot, on account of the difference in packing, and being at our risk until delivered on board of ship and receipted for.

NORFOLK, July 17, 1841.

After a careful examination of our books, I wish to substitute for the answer given as to the highest advance upon the cost, the following: : :

On the whole amount of any of our bills our profits, we think, have not exceeded 25 per cent.; on medicines, instruments, &c., our advance has been more. So:ne articles have been charged at very small advance, while others are much higher; a fair average, we think, would be from 35 to 45 per cent. on the medicines and instruments.

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TO ADDITIONAL INTERROGATORIES BY MR. LOYALL. ;.

Question. You say that you have ordered, at the request of surgeons, particular kinds of instruments, &c., which afterwards have been declined and thrown upon your hands, not on account of quality, but in consequence of a new preference. Do you now recollect any such instance ?!!.

Answer. I'recollect an instance of a case of lithotomy instruments which were ordered by a surgeon, made to our order, and cost from $70 to $80, which were declined, as the surgeon said he would remove the patients to the hospital, and the instruments are now on our hands. There was also an easy chair which was ordered, and declined for want of room. Also, a set of scales and weights, ordered by Dr. Blacknall for the hospital, and declined. I' . ;'

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is... TO ADDITIONAL INTERROGATORIES BY THE COMMISSIONERS."

Question. Have an articles furnished by your firm for United States ves. sels of war been returned to you in consequence of the quality or price?

Auswer. The scales and weights, before alluded to, were declined on ac'count of the price. A very few articles have been returned to us on account of quality

Question. Will you be pleased to state what those articles were; for what ; ressel or vessels furnished, and for what cause returned ? : Answer. I cannot recollect at present.

Question, Were other articles substituted by you for those returned, or were any of them obtained at other places ?

Answer. The articles originally furnished by us, and returned, were generally replaced with others by us, and a few obtained at other places. I recollect only one instance, of some blister plaster, furnished for the Delaware, another supply of which Dr. Cornick obtained elsewhere.

Question. Of whom or where do you most generally purchase your supplies of drugs and medicines ?

Answer. Of different wholesale druggists in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, and a small portion only in Boston. For the last twelve months we have bought nothing from Taylor & Moore, of New York, whose prices current are submitted with my answer to a former interrogatory.

Question. Is not a deduction from wholesale prices, as stated in the prices 'current, frequently made by the wholesale druggists in the Northern cities?

Answer. A small deduction is sometimes made, but the articles are generally sold at the prices there in :tited.

Question. What is the rate of that deduction ?
Answer. I cannot state.

Question. For what cause did Dr. Blacknall decline taking the scales and weights, ordered by you at his request, and have you the same now on "hand

Answer. They were declined by Dr. Blacknall because he thought them too costly, and were afterwards taken by Dr. Çornick, for the Delaware, at

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$ati...' TO ADDITIONAL INTERROGATORY BY MR. LOYALL.

Question. Have you not found it necessary to be exceedingly careful and particular in procuring drugs, medicines, instruments, &c., ordered by the surgeons of the navy ? Answer. We have found it necessary to be very particular.

! CHARLES H. BEALE. NORFOLK, July 20, 1841. g . Sworn to before me, this 27th day of July, 1841.

W. J. HARDY, . ..... Alderman, Norfolk borough,

Interrogatories propounded to Doctor Baynham Baylor, examined on

behalf of George Loyall, Esq., navy agent, Norfolk, and his answers - thereto.

TO INTERROGATORIRS BY MR. LOYALL.

* Question. Are you a practitioner of medicine in Norfolk; and, if yea, how long have you been engaged in the profession?

Answer. I have been a practitioner more than nine years, in Norfolk, and no where else.

Question. Will you be pleased to examine the accounts of N. C. Whitehead & Co., and Whitehead & Beale, for medical supplies, hospital stores, surgical instruments, &c., now submitted to you, together with the depositions taken, to show that the prices therein charged are unusual and exorbitant, and state what you know and believe in regard to the same ? - Answer. I examined the accounts of Whitehead & Beale, in connexion with those of Buff & Co., Santas, S. & W. Watts, all against the United States, and found then, upon the aggregate, lower than those of the other gentlemen.

TO INTERROGATORIES BY THE COMMISSIONERS.

Question. Are you in the habit of procuring, and from whom, medicines in this place, for your own use as a practitioner?

Answer. I have procured them for the last nine months from Santas & Toy; for nine months previously to that time, I got them from Whitehead & Beale. .

Question. Have not the articles furnished by Santas & Toy, for your own use, been of a satisfactory and approved quality ?

Answer. Yes.

TO INTERROGATORY BY MR LOYALL.

* Question. Are the same articles charged by Whitehead & Beale, which you usually purchase for your own use, in your opinion reasonably charged, allowing for the greater expense of putting them up and delivering them for the navy?

Answer. The few articles which I have examined I think are.

TO INTERROGATORY BY THE COMMISSIONERS.

Question. Are you in the habit of examining the bills of medicine furnished by the apothecaries for your use; and are you acquainted with the prices of medicines generally? Answer. No; except as to high-priced articles.

BAYNHAM BAYLOR. NORFOLK, July 17, 1841.

STATE OF VIRGINIA, borough of Norfolk, sct:

I, William E. Cunningham, a justice of the peace in and for the borough of Norfolk aforesaid, in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that Doctor Baynham Baylor personally appeared before me, in my said borough, and

made oath, in due form of law, that the answers given to the interrogatories propounded to him, as written on this sheet, are true and correct. * In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-seventh day of July, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one.

WILLIAM E. CUNNINGHAM, J. P. [SEAL.]

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Interrogatories propounded to Doctor Eleazer 0. Balfour, examined on · behalf of George Loyall, Esq., navy agent, Norfolk, and his answers

thereto.

TO INTERROGATORIES BY MR. LOYALL.

Question. Are you a practitioner of medicine in Norfolk ; and, if yea, how long have you been engaged in the profession?

Answer. Yes; for about eleven years.

Question. Will you be pleased to examine the accounts of N. C. Whitehead & Co. and Whitehead & Beale, for medical supplies, hospital stores, surgical instruments, &c., now submitted to you, together with the depositions taken, to show that the prices therein charged are unusual and exorbitant, and state what you kuow and believe in regard to the same?

Answer. Doctor Baylor called upon me to examine the accounts in company with him. We compared them with accounts of two persons in Portsmouth, and one or two in Norfolk, against the United States, and found the charges of Whitehead & Beale, with the exception of three or four, were lower than those of the other persons.

Question. Do you believe that the statements of Messrs. Bernard, King, and Toy, in their depositions, as to the terms upon which they would have furnished the medical supplies, &c., enumerated in these accounts, were made from a careful examination and accurate understanding of the subject ?

Answer. Certainly not.

Question. As surgeon of the marine hospital on this station, you have been in the habit of purchasing and contracting for medicines and hospital stores; do you find such articles charged in the accounts of Whitehead & Beale exorbitant, or higher than you have paid for similar articles, allowing for the greater expense of putting them up for the navy ?

Answer. Certainly not.

TO INTERROGATORIES BY THE COMMISSIONERS.

Question. Are you acquainted with the wholesale prices of drugs and medicines in other markets ?

Answer. No.

Question. Are you familiar with the prices, generally, of drugs, medicines, hospital stores, and surgical instruments, in Norfolk ?

Answer. No; I cannot say that I am.
NORFOLK, July 17, 1841.

I wish to amend my answer to the last interrogatory by the commisi oners, by the following:

Although not conversant with the exact market prices of medicines,

• still I should be enabled to detect any exorbitant charge for the more important medicines used in my practice.

E. O. BALFOUR. NORFOLK, July 27, 1841.

STATE OF VIRGINIA, borough of Norfolk, sct:

J, William G. Camp, a justice of the peace in and for the borough of Norfolk aforesaid, in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that Doctor . Eleazer 0. Balfour this day personally appeared before me, in my said

borough, and made oath, in due form of law, that the answers given to the • interrogatories propounded to him, as written on this sheet, are true and correct.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twentyseventh day of July, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one.

WILLIAM G. CAMP. (SE AL.]

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Interrogatories propounded to John Dickson, by Benjamin Homans and

J. H. Butler, commissioners appointed to investigate complaints allegedl against the navy agent, Norfolk, and his answers thereto, as well as to interrogatories by George Loyull, Esq., nuvy agent.

TO INTERROGATORIES BY THE COMMISSIONERS.

Question. Who are the principal dealers in ship chandlery in Norfolk ?

Answer. John Hipkins, James F. Hunter, William W. Spence, Higgins & Brother, and myself.

Question. Will you be pleased to examine the accounts now submitted to you, and state whether the prices therein charged are fair and reasonable, according to the prices then current in the Norfolk market; or whether they are higher, and how much, than the wholesale prices for similar articles of the best quality ?

Answer. I answer only from the time I commenced business on my own account, viz : August 1, 1840. In October, 1840, sheet lead is charged at · 10 cents per pound; I sold sheet lead, in October and November, 1840, at 74 cents per pound, at four months' credit. In September, 1840, I sold spirits of iurpentine at 45 cents per gallon; it is charged in August at 50 cents, and in September, 1840, at 621 cents per gallon; the price by the barrel was then 35 cents. Sewing twine, which is charged at 50 cents per pound, I have sold ever since I have been in business at 38 cents. Suffolk iar, charged at $2 50 per barrel, September 17, 1840, I would have furbished at the time at $2; and April 7, 1841, at $2 121, which I would have sold at $1 75. Green paint is charged at 75 cents; the price was 25 cents per pound. Black paint, charged at $3, I would have furnished at $2 25 per keg of 25 pounds. Bunting is charged at $9 per piece. The average price of blue, white, and scarlet, is $8 per piece. Sail needles, charged at 5 cents, I should have been glad to have sold at 4 cents. 500 pounds zinc, furnished April 7, 1841, is charged at 124 cents; I sold it in October at 10) cents, and would have sold it at the same price at any subsequent

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