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November 27, 1909

House of Representatives committee on interstate and foreign commerce

JAMA. 1909;LIII(22):1838. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550220050016

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Dr. Frederick R. Green, Chicago:

Dear Sir:  Replying to your recent favor, I beg to say that I am not in favor of making a chief sanitary officer on the Canal Zone of the same rank as the chief engineer. It is not possible to have good government on the zone with a lot of different heads, but under the bill which I introduced the President has full authority to continue the Chief Sanitary Officer and give him as much authority as he now has. It would be impossible to carry on the work of the canal without constant friction if your sugestion was incorporated in the law and I trust that you will not push it. Certainly the sanitation of the canal will be cared for and there is no intention to let down on the character of the work now being performed.

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