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1st Session.

No. 160.

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A communication from the Secretary of War relative to the completion of

the post at Fort McKinney, Wyoming Territory.

APRIL 6, 1882.-Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be

printed.

To the Senate and House of Representatives :

I transmit herewith, for the consideration of Congress, a letter from the Secretary of War dated the 4th instant, inclosing plans and estimates for the completion of the post of Fort McKinney, Wyoming Territory, and recommending an appropriation of $50,000 for the purpose, in accordance with the estimates.

CHESTER A. ARTHUR. EXECUTIVE MANSION,

April 6, 1882.

WAR DEPATMENT,

Washington City, April 4, 1882. I have the honor to transmit herewith plans and estimates for the completion of the post of Fort McKinney, Wyoming Territory; also a copy of the correspondence accompanying the same.

The reports inclosed clearly show the importance of maintaining and completing this post in a proper manner.

The plans include a system of water supply, which is very necessary as a protection against loss by fire.

The plans and estimates being approved by the department and division commanders and the Quartermaster-General, I beg to recommend an appropriation by Congress of $50,000 in accordance therewith. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT T. LINCOLN,

Secretary of War. The PRESIDENT.

OFFICE ACTING ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER,

Fort Mckinney, Iyo., February 28, 1882. Sir: By direction of the commanding officer of the post, I have the honor to transmit herewith estimates with drawings for materials, &c., required to complete the post. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. DE LANG,

First Lieutenant, Ninth Infantry, A. A. Q. Y. CHIEF QUARTERMASTER,

Department of the Platte, Omaha, Nebr.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PLATTE,
CHIEF QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE,

Omaha, March 7, 1882. Respectfully submitted to the Adjutant-General, Department of the Platte, for the consideration and action of the department commander. Fort McKinney is in an unfinished shape, and to complete it, as set forth in the inclosed estimates, will cost a large sum of money: The very limited yearly allotment of barracks and quarters' funds made to this department admits of the application of but a small sum to each of our several posts and stations, and consequently the completion of Fort Mckinney. from such funds is a very remote event, if not altogether impracticable. The sun of $50,000 asked in the within estimates will complete the post in a substantial manner, including a system of water supply, which is very important as a protection against loss by fire.

M. J. LUDINGTON,

Chief Quartermaster.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE PLATTE,

Omaha, Nebr., March 7, 1882. Respectfully forwarded to the Adjutant-General, Military Division of the Missouri. Approved on condition that the appropriation is not to come from out of the allotment of the department.

GEORGE CROOK, Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE Missouri,

Chicago, March 9, 1882. Respectfully forwarded, earnestly recommending an appropriation of $50,000 for the completion of the post of Fort McKinney, Wyoming Territory, in accordance with the inclosed estimates. This post was established as a camp on the Clear Fork of Powder River in 1878 for four companies of infantry and three of cavalry. On account of its position in the heart of the buffalo region, the region always resorted to by the Sioux, Northern Cheyennes, and Arapahoes, when at war with the whites, because of its supplies of game and isolation, the wisdom of its establishment has been amply demonstrated by tbe protection it has afforded in the past four years, and the encouragement it has given to settlements all along the eastern base of the Big Horn Mountains, and in the valleys o Powder River and Tongue River, and the valleys of the small streams that feed these rivers. In case of hostilities with the Indians, the region it protects would be again the battle-ground, and its necessity for many years to come is beyond question. In view of these conditions, it should be a permanent station, and the troops should be made comfortable by the improvement of the place as herein estimated for.

P. H. SHERIDAN, Lieutenant-General, Commanding.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, March 13, 1882. Respectfully referred to the Quartermaster-General for remark. By order of the Secretary of War:

R. C. DRUM,

A tjutant-General QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, March 16, 1882. Respectfully returned to the Hon. Secretary of War, through the Adjutant-General, United States Army. Fort McKinney was esi ablished in 1878, since which time some $40,000 have been expended thereon from the annual appropriations for barracks and

qnarters, exclusive of some $6,000 from the appropriation for hospitals. From these papers it appears that the post is still in an untinished condition, and that to complete it in a proper and substantial manner, including a system of water supply, which is very important as a protection against logs by fire, will reqnire $50,000 additional.

The estimate is approved by the department and division commanders, and the preceding indorsement of the Lieutenant-General, to which attention is called, very elearly sets forth the importance of maintaining and completing the post iu a proper

Sabject to the further approval by the General of the Army, I recommend that Congress be asked to appropriate the $30,000 called for by the plans and estimates herewith.

RUFUS INGALLS, Quartermaster-General, Brt. Maj. Gen., U. S. A.

manner.

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, March 21, 1882. Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of War.

R. C. DRUM,

Adjutant-General. Cost constructing one set of captains' quarters at Fort McKinney, Wyoming Territory. 35, 605 feet lumber, at $19 per M

$676 50 20 window-sashes, 4 lights, 14 by 34, at $1.35 per pair.

13 50 18 window-sashes, 6 lights, 10 by 12, at $1 per pair

9 00 8 panel doors by $ by 1$, at $1.45 each..

11 60 9 panel doors 2 by 8 by 1$, at $1.75 each.

15 75 10 sash-fasteners, at 30 cents each..

3 00 40 sash-pulleys, at 5 cents each

2 00 40 sash-weights, at 12 cents each

4 80 240 feet sash-cord, at 15 cents per foot

3 60 17 door-locks, at $1 each.....

17 00 8 pair butts, 4 by 4, at 25 cents each

: 00 9 pair butts, 31 by 31, at 20 cents each..

1 80 2 gross screws, cut 1}", No. 9, at 23 cents gross.

46 1' gross screws, cut 1", No. 8, at 19 cents gross

19 1 gross screws, cut $", No. 6, at 18 cents gross

18 24 wardrobe-hooks, at $2 per gross

33 75 pounds whiting, at 2 cents per ponnd.

1 50 3 kegs nails, cut 20d., at $3.75 per keg.

11 25 5 kegs nails, cut 100., at $4.75 per keg

23 75 3 kegs nails, cut 8d., at $4.75 per keg

14 25 1 keg nails, cut 10d., casing

4 00 1 keg nails, cut 8d., casing

4 25 14 kegs nails, cut 3d., at $5.45 per keg.

8 17 2 kegs nails, cut 4d., at $4 per keg

8 00 3,000 bricks for chimneys, &c., at 2 cents each.

60 00 125 bushels lime, at $1 per bushel

125 00 15. bushels plastering hair, at 19 cents per bushel.

2 85 14 barrels plaster of Paris, at $2 per barrel

3 00 400 pounds white lead, at $8.37 per 100 pounds

33 48 2 gallons linseed oil, at 75 cents per gallon

21 00 21 gallons turpentine, at 65 cents per gallon

13 65 10 pairs window-shutters, at $2.75 per pair

27 50 10 sets fastenings for same, at $1 each

10 00

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Cost of materials. 4 carpenters and plasterers, at $80 per month each, for 24 months....

1, 133 36

800 00

Total cost of 1 set captains' quarters ...

1,933 36

3,866 72

Cost of 2 sets.

Cost of constructing shed to one set captains' quarters. 1 005 feet lumber at $19 per M.

2 window-sash, 6 lights, 14 by 12, at $1 per pair
1 panel door, 3 by 1-14, at $1.75.
1 door-lock and knob, at $1
1 pair butts, 34 by 34.

$19 12

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Cost of construction one porch to one set of captains' quarters.

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Cost of constructing one double set of lieutenants' quarters. 43, 874 feet of lumber, at $19 per M

20 window-sashes, 4 lights, 14 by 34, at $1.35 per pair
20 window.sashes, 6 lights, 12 by 10, at $1 per pair..
16 panel doors, if by by 14, at $1.45 each..
8 panel doors, by f by 1$, at $1.75 each.

7 panel doors, 3 by : by 1$, at $1.75 each.
10 sash-locks, at 30 cents each
40 sash-pulleys, at 5 cents each.
40 sash-weights, at 12 cents each
240 feet sash-cord, at 14 cents per foot..
16 pairs butts, 4 by 4, at 25 cents per pair
15 pairs butts, 31 by 31, at 20 cents per pair
3 gross screws, cut 1!", No. 9, at 23 cents per gross.
2 gross screws, cut 1", No. 8, at 19 cents per gross
3 gross screws, cut t", No. 8, at 18 cents per gross.
3 kegs nails, cut 20d., at $3.75 per keg.
3 kegs nails, cut 10d., at $4.25 per keg.
3 kegs nails, cut od., at $4.75 per keg
2 kegs nails, cut 4d., at $4 per keg .
21 keys nails, cut 3d., at $5.45 per keg
1 keg nails, cut 8d., casing

1 keg nails, cut 10d., casing 8,000 brick for chimneys, set, at 2 cents each 250 bushels lime, at $1 per bushel..... 30 bushels plastering hair, at 19 cents per bushel 31 door-lock and knobs, at $1 each..... 150 pounds whiting, at 2 cents per pound.

3 barrels plaster of Paris, at $2 per barrel. 500 pounds white lead, at $8.37 per 100 pounds... 35 gallons linseed oil, at 75 cents per gallon. 28 gallons turpentine, at 65 cents per gallon. 14 pair window-shutters, at $2.75 per pair. 14 sets fastenings for same, at $1 per set.

Cost of material.. 5 carpenters and plasterers for 24 months, at $80 per month each.

Total cost of 1 double set lieutenants' quarters....

$833 60

13 50 10 00 23 20 14 00 12 25 3 00 2 00 4 80 3 60 4 00 3 00

69 38

54 11 25 14 25 14 25

8 00 13 62 4 25

4 00 160 00 250 00

5 70 31 00 3 00 6 00 41 85 26 25 18 20 38 50 14 00

1, 592 68 1,000 00

2, 592 68

Cost of 2 sets...

5,185 36

Cost of constructing one porch to one double set lieutenants' quarters. 2,400 feet lumber, at $19 per M.

30 pounds pails, cut 4d., at $4 per keg
25 pounds nails, cut 20d., at $33.75 per keg
25 pounds nails, cut 8d., at $4.75 per key
50 pounds white lead, at $8.37 per 100 pounds

6 gallons linseed oil, at 75 cents per gallon
1,000 bricks for foundation, at 2 cents each
5 busbels lime, at $1 per bushel ...

Cost of material.... 1 carpenter and mason for 20 days, at $80 per month..

$45 60 1 20

96 1 19 4 18 4 50 20 00 5 00

32 63 53 33

Total cost 1 porch....

135 96

679 80

Cost of 5 porches ....

Cost of constructing shed to double set of lieutenants' quarters. 1,324 feet lumber, at $19 per M

4 window-sashes, 6 lights, 10 by 12, at $1 per pair
2 panel doors, by by 18, at $1.75 each....
2 door locks and knobs, at $1 each
4 pairs butts, 31 by 31, at 20 cents per pair
2 strap hinges, 6', at 30 cents per pair

gross screws, cut l", No. 8, at 19 cents per gross
20 pounds nails, cut 4d., at $4 per keg:
20 pounds nails, cut 10d., at $4.75 per keg
20 pounds nails, cut 20d., at $3.75 per keg.

$25 16

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Cost of constructing one porch to one set of field-officers' quarters. 2,267 feet lumber, at $19 per M...

30 pounds nail-, cut 4d. fine, at $4 per keg:
10 pounds nails, cut 20d. fine, at $3.75 per keg
15 pounds nails, cut 10d. fine, at $4.75 per keg.
20 pounds nails, cut 8d. fine, at $4.75 per keg.
50 pounds white lead, at $8.37 per 100 pounds..
12 gallons linseed oil, at 75 cents per gallon...

Cost of material...
1 carpenter, at $80 per month, for 15 days

Total cost of porch

Cost of fence around officers' quarters at Fort McKinney.
53,000 feet lumber, at $19 per M
1, 100 posts, 7 feet long, at 10 cents each..

26 sets grate hinges and fastenings, at $1
36 pairn strap hinges, 8 inches, at 30 cents each.
6 keys nails, cut 20d., at $3.75 per keg
10 kegs nails, cnt 10d., at $4.75 per keg
36 thumb-larches, at $1.06 per dozen

4 gross screws, cut, No. 11, 1}", at 30 cents per gross

4 kegs nails, cui 10d., casing, at $4 per keg.. 1,000 pounds white lead, at $8.37 per 100 pounds

116 gallous boiled linseed oil, at 75 cents per gallon..

$1,007 00

110 00 26 00 10 80 22 50 47 50 3 18 1 20 16 00 83 70 87 00

Cost of material.... 10 carpenters for one month, at $80 per month each

1,414 88

800 00

Total cost of fence

2, 214 80

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