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July 9, 1898

RED TAPE.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(2):75-76. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450020031006

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Abstract

Officers of the Volunteer Army are prone to consider as needlessly strict and formal many of the requirements of Army Regulations, particularly those relating to reports, returns and other so-called paperwork, and to make use of the term, red-tape, as embodying their opinion of all such requirements and as accounting for and excusing any ignorance of the subject on the part of those who, like themselves, have volunteered for the intensely practical work of grim-visaged war. But no business can be managed successfully without attending to the accounts. Even the small affairs of the family circle involve a certain amount of orders, memoranda and bookkeeping to house, feed and clothe the members of the family and have the various bills settled at the end of the month. The company is the military family; and if its head, the company commander, fail to keep proper account of the pay due his

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