The amount exported for the 11 months of the current fiscal year was $1,534,009.16 and the charges paid, $10,951.79. My hon. friend no doubt knows that we have an arrangement with the banks under which, for a small commission and I think the payment of the cost of expressage, we export American silver.
Departments generally-Contingencies-Care and cleaning of Departmental buildings, including amount of $50 each to E. Snowden and W. H. Jeffrey for firing noon gun, $175,000.
My hon. friend will surmise . that this Government would not spend any money that was not absolutely; necessary. I believe it was necessary to rent the buildings. Of course, my department has charge only of the caretaking after they have been rented.