He gave into my keeping nearly four thousand dollars in United States
bonds, and was released on his parole.
I found employment for him, and, at last accounts, he was living an honest life.
was tried by court-martial, convicted, and sentenced to be imprisoned and pay a fine of twenty thousand dollars.
There were abuses in the Kittery
, Boston, and Portsmouth yards also; but I need not go into particulars, since it would but be to repeat the same disgusting tale of treason, perjury, conspiracy, theft, and greed.
, no less than Mr. Fox
and myself, was weary of these arrests; and, atter taking some months to turn it over in his mind, Mr. Welles
at last approved a plan I presented him, at the instance of Mr. J. P. Veeder
, my chief assistant in the naval investigations, for the thorough reorganization of the affairs of the navy yards.
My argument was that a system of book-keeping that was adequate to the wants of a vast commercial business like that of the house of A. T. Stewart
& Co., or H. B. Claflin
& Co., was good enough for a navy yard, where each ship was a customer, each master workman the head clerk
of a department, the paymasters cashiers, the Navy Department principal creditor, and the Secretary of the Treasury
I proposed that we should begin with the taking of an account of stock, create the new office of chief accountant, open invoice-books like those of merchants, and not only devise a self-maintaining system of checks of one bureau upon another, and both upon the navy agent, but have a page for each transaction, where its complete history, from beginning to end, should be seen at a glance.
Such unheard — of innovations upon naval routine could not, of course, be lightly approved; but at last the order came, and I was given the Boston yard
to try the experiment in. I hired a competent book-keeper, had a suitable set of books made under Mr. Veeder
's directions, overrode all opposition of officers and clerks, and, at the expiration of the first quarter, handed the Secretary
the first trustworthy balance-sheet of a navy yard that had ever been seen.
The credit for it is all due to my assistants.
The result was so satisfactory that the department ordered the new system applied to all the yards on the Atlantic
seaboard, which was done-Philadelphia following next after Boston
, and then New York and the others.
Thus the primary object of all our labors was, apparently, effected in the bringing about of a reformation, of which individual arrests were but painful incidents.
I was more than glad when, the war having closed, my resignation of the special commissionership of the Navy Department was finally accepted, after a