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Every effort was made at the beginning of the fiscal year to so apportion and allot the appropriations of the department as to avoid deficiencies, except for extra expense of operations in Cuba. Early in the fiscal year, however, it was realized that this was impossible with the appropriations “Regular supplies” and “Clothing and equipage. In case of the former appropriation, failure to secure in full a much needed deficiency estimate for the fiscal year 1907, and the appropriation for the fiscal year 1908 of a sum inadequate to meet demands arising out of the increase of the artillery, together with the extra expense of Cuban operations, threatened a deficiency of $1,365,388.05, for which amount an estimate was submitted with a comprehensive and clear statement of needs therefor under this appropriation, and the deficiency estimate was passed by Congress in full. For the appropriation "Clothing and equipage" $716,163.21 was estimated for and needed to properly clothe and equip the army, meet calls from the militia, extra expenses of Cuban operations, etc. Of this deficiency estimate $116,163.21 was appropriated, and while the reduction rendered it extremely difficult to meet all needs of the army, and impossible to respond fully and promptly to militia calls, it has been managed so as to get through the fiscal year without further deficiency.

A deficiency of $204,240.79 was estimated for under the appropriation “Incidental expenses,"' to meet the extra cost of Cuban operations and increased cost of the recruiting service due to the extraordinary efforts it had become necessary to put forth to keep the army recruited. Of this $200,000 was appropriated and has been made to sullice.

The other deficiency estimates were on account of extra cost of Cuban operations, reappropriations to meet unpaid obligations from unexpended balances, which under the law would be turned in to the Treasury surplus fund, but against which remained outstanding obligations, or special cases.

It is gratifying to be in position to omit from this report a repetition of past arguments for increased appropriations. The appropriations for the fiscal year 1909, while not in any sense extravagant, are sufficient to enable the department to carry on its work and meet the needs of the army to which it ministers, in a businesslike and economical manner. Of course there are directions in which more money could be advantageously used, as in construction of buildings, extensions and betterment of utilities, etc., but so far as actual needs are concerned the provision is sufficient, barring emergencies.

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