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bank's increase of capital, paying therefor its then book value, but
only one-half of this additional subscription will be called in cash,
as hereinbefore provided. In the event of a national bank which is
a holder of the capital stock of the Reserve Association decreasing its
capital, it shall surrender a proportionate amount of its holdings of
the capital stock of the Reserve Association; or if a national bank
goes into liquidation, it shall surrender all of its holdings of the capital stock of the Reserve Association. The capital of the Reserve
Association so surrendered shall be canceled, and the national bank
thus surrendering stock in the Reserve Association shall receive in
payment therefor a sum equal to the then book value, as shown on
the balance sheet of the Reserve Association, of the stock so surrendered.
EARNINGS AND DIVIDENDS.

The earnings of the Reserve Association shall be distributed in
the following manner:
After the payment of all expenses and taxes the stockholders shall
receive 4 per cent. Further earnings shall be divided, one-half to
go to the surplus of the Reserve Association until that surplus shall
amount to 20 per cent of the paid-in capital; one-fourth to go to the
Government of the United States, and one-fourth to the stockholders;
but when the stockholders' dividends shall reach 5 per cent they
shall receive no additional distribution. After the stockholders receive 5 per cent the earnings shall be divided, one-half to be added
to the surplus of the Reserve Association and one-half to go to the
Government. After the stockholders receive 5 per cent per annum
and the surplus of the Reserve Association amounts to 20 per cent
of the paid-in capital, all excess earnings shall go to the Government.
The minimum dividends to the stockholders shall be cumulative.
LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS OF NATIONAL BANKS.

All subscribing banks shall be formed into associations of national
banks, to be designated as local associations. Every local association
shall be composed of not less than 10 banks, and the combined capital and surplus of the members of each local association shall aggregate not less than $5,000,000.
All the local associations shall be grouped into 15 divisions, to be
called districts. The territory included in the local associations shall
be so apportioned that every national bank will be located within
the boundaries of some local association. Every subscribing national
bank shall become a member of the local association of the territory
in which it is situated.




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DIRECTORS OF LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS.

Each local association shall elect annually a board of directors in
the following manner:
The number of the directors may be determined by the by-laws
of the local associations. Three-fifths of that number shall be elected
by ballot cast by the representatives of the banks that are members
of the local association, each bank having one representative, and
each representative one vote, without reference to the size of the
bank. Two-fifths of the whole number of directors of the local association shall be elected by these same representatives of the several
banks that are members of the association, but in voting for these
additional directors each representative shall be entitled to as many
votes as the bank which he represents holds shares in the Reserve
Association. At such elections there shall be no proxies. The authorized representatives of a bank, as herein provided, must be either
the president, vice president, or cashier of the bank he represents.
DIRECTORS OF BRANCHES.

As heretofore provided, all the local associations shall be grouped
into 15 divisions, and each of these divisions shall be designated a
district. There shall be located in each district a branch of the
Reserve Association. Each of the 15 branches of the Reserve Association shall have a board of directors, and those directors shall be
elected in the following manner:
The board of directors of each local association shall elect by ballot
one member of the board of directors of the branch of the Reserve
Association. In this manner there will thus be elected as many directors of the branch of the Reserve Association as there may be local
associations in the district in which that branch of the Reserve Association is located. In addition to that number there shall be elected
a number of the directors equal to two-thirds of the number of local
associations in the district where the branch is located. Such additional directors shall be elected in the following manner:
There shall be chosen by the banks composing each local association
a voting representative or proxy holder. In choosing such voting
representative each bank shall be entitled to as many votes as it holds
shares in the Reserve Association. The voting representatives of the
several local associations which form a district shall then meet at the
office of the branch and elect an additional number of directors of the
branch equal to two-thirds of the number elected directly by the local
associations; that is, equal to two-thirds of the number of local associations composing the district. Each voting representative at such
election shall have a number of votes equal to the number of shares




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in the Reserve Association held by all the banks composing the local
association which he represents.
The first business of the board of the branch as thus constituted
shall be to add to its numbers by the election of an additional number of directors equal to one-third the number of local associations
situated in the district. Such additional directors shall fairly represent the industrial, commercial, agricultural, and other interests of
the district and shall not be officers of banks. Directors of banks
shall not be considered as officers.
The manager of the branch shall be ex officio a member of the
board of directors of the branch and shall be chairman of the board.
The board of directors of a branch of the Reserve Association will
thus be composed of—
First. A group of directors equal in number to the number of local
associations composing the district, and this group shall be elected
by the directors of the local association, each director having one
vote.
Second. A group of directors equal to two-thirds of the foregoing
group and elected by stock representation.
Third. A group of directors equal in number to one-third of the
first group, representing the industrial, commercial, agricultural, and
other interests of the district, and elected by the votes of the first
two groups, each director thus voting having one vote.
Fourth. The manager of the branch shall be ex officio a member
of the board of directors of the branch and shall be chairman of the
board.
All the members of the board of directors of the branch, except the
ex officio member, shall, at the first meeting of the board, be classified
into three classes, and the terms of office of these three classes shall be,
respectively, one, two, and three years. Thereafter members of the
board shall be elected for a term of three years.
DIRECTORS OF THE RESERVE ASSOCIATION.

The board of the Reserve Association shall consist of 45 directors,
and it shall be composed in the following manner:
First. Six ex officio members, namely, the governor of the Reserve
Association, who shall be chairman of the board; two deputy governors of the Reserve Association, the Secretary of the Treasury, the
Secretary of Commerce and Labor, and the Comptroller of the
Currency.
Second. Fifteen directors to be elected, one by the board of directors of each branch of the Reserve Association. They shall be elected
by ballot, each member of the branch board having one vote.




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Third. Twelve directors, who shall be elected by voting representatives, one representing the banks embraced in each district. Each
voting representative shall cast a number of votes equal to the number
of shares in the Reserve Association held by all the banks in the
district which he represents.
Fourth. The board as thus constituted shall select 12 additional
members, who shall fairly represent the industrial, commercial, agricultural, and other interests of the country, and who shall not be
officers of banks. Directors of banks shall not be considered as
officers.
At the first meeting of the board all the members of the board,
except the ex officio members, shall be classified into three classes,
and the terms of office of these three classes shall be, respectively, one,
two, and three years. Thereafter members of the board shall be
elected for a term of three years.
No member of any national or State legislative body shall be a
director of the Reserve Association, nor of any of the branches, nor
of any local association.
The directors of the Reserve Association shall annually elect an
executive committee and such other committees as the by-laws of the
Reserve Association may provide. The executive committee shall
consist of nine members, of which the governor of the Reserve Association shall be ex officio chairman and the two deputies and the
Comptroller of the Currency ex officio members.
The executive committee shall have all the authority which is
vested in the board of directors, except such as may be specifically
delegated by the board to other committees or to the executive officers.
There shall be a board of supervision elected by the board of directors from among its number, of which the Secretary of the Treasury
shall be ex officio chairman.
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE RESERVE ASSOCIATION.

The executive officers of the Reserve Association shall consist of
a governor, two deputy governors, a secretary, and such subordinate
officers as may be provided by the by-laws. The governor and
deputy governors shall be selected by the President of the United
States from a list submitted by the board of directors. The governor
shall be subject to removal by the President of the United States for
cause. The term ofeoffice of the deputies shall be seven years, but
the two deputies first appointed shall be for terms of four years and
seven years, respectively.
In the absence of the governor or his inability to act, the deputy
who is senior in point of service shall act as governor.




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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF BRANCHES.

Each branch shall have a manager and a deputy manager. They
shall be appointed by the governor of the Reserve Association, with
the approval of the executive committee.
The powers and duties of the manager and deputy manager and
of the various committees of the branches shall be prescribed by the
by-laws of the Reserve Association.
FUNCTIONS OF THE LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS.

Any member of a local association may apply to that local association for a guaranty of the commercial paper which it desires to
rediscount at the branch of the Reserve Association in its district.
Any such bank receiving a guaranty from a local association shall pay
a commission to the local association, to be fixed from time to time
by the board of directors of that local association. The guaranty of
the members of the local association, in the event of loss, shall be met
by the members of the local association in the proportion to the ratio
which their capital and surplus bears to the aggregate capital and
surplus of the local association, and the commission received for such
guaranty, after the payment of losses and expenses, shall be distributed among the several banks of the local association in the same
proportion. A local association shall have authority to require additional security from any bank offering paper for guaranty, or may
decline to grant the application.
The total amount of guaranties by a local association to the Reserve
Association shall not at any time exceed the aggregate capital and
surplus of the banks forming the guaranteeing association.
FUNCTIONS OF THE RESERVE ASSOCIATION.

All of the privileges and advantages of the Reserve Association
shall be equitably extended to every national bank of any of the
classes herein defined who shall subscribe to its proportion of the
stock of the Reserve Association and shall otherwise conform to
the requirements of this act.
The Government of the United States and those national banks
owning stock in the Reserve Association shall be the sole depositors
in the Reserve Association. All domestic transactions of the Reserve
Association shall be confined to the Government and the subscribing
banks, with the exception of the purchase or sale of Government or
State securities or securities of foreign governments or of gold coin
or bullion.
The Government of the United States shall deposit its cash balance with the Reserve Association and thereafter all receipts of the
Government shall be deposited with the Reserve Association or (when




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necessary) with such national banks as the Government may designate for that purpose in cities where there is no branch of the
Reserve Association. All disbursements by the Government shall be
made through the Reserve Association.
The Reserve Association shall pay no interest on deposits.
The Reserve Association may rediscount notes and bills of exchange arising out of commercial transactions, for and with the indorsement of any bank having a deposit with it. Such notes and
bills must have a maturity of not more than 28 days, and must have
been made at least 30 days prior to the date of rediscount. The
amount so rediscounted shall in no case exceed the capital of the
bank applying for the rediscount. The aggregate of such notes and
bills bearing the signature or indorsement of any one person, company, corporation, or firm, rediscounted for any one bank, shall at
no time exceed 10 per cent of the capital and surplus of said bank.
The Reserve Association may also rediscount for any depositing
bank notes and bills of exchange, arising out of commercial transactions, having more than 28 days, but not exceeding four months,
to run, but in such cases the paper must be guaranteed by the local
association of which the bank asking for the rediscount is a member.
Whenever, in the opinion of the governor of the Reserve Association, the public interests so require, such opinion to be concurred in
by the executive committee of the Reserve Association and to have
the definite approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Reserve
Association may discount the direct obligation of a depositing bank,
indorsed by its local association, provided that the indorsement of
the local association shall be fully secured by the pledge and deposit
with it of satisfactory securities, which shall be held by the local
association for account of the Reserve Association; but in no such
case shall the amount loaned by the Reserve Association exceed twothirds of the actual value of the securities so pledged.
The rate of discount of the Reserve Association, which shall be
uniform throughout the United States, shall be fixed from time to
time by the executive committee and duly published.
The Reserve Association may, whenever its own condition and the
general financial conditions warrant such investment, purchase to
a limited amount from a depositing bank acceptances of banks or
houses of unquestioned financial responsibility. Such acceptances
must arise from•commercial transactions and have a maturity not
exceeding 90 days, and must be of a character generally known
in the market as prime bills. Such acceptances shall also bear the
indorsement of the depositing bank selling the same, which indorsement must be other than that of the acceptor.
The Reserve Association may invest in United States bonds and
in short-term obligations—that is, obligations having not more than




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one year to run--of the United States, or of any State, or of certain
foreign governments to be named in the act.
The Reserve Association shall have power at home and abroad to
deal in gold coin or bullion, to grant loans thereon, and to contract
for loans of gold coin or bullion, giving, when necessary, acceptable
security for their repayment.
The Reserve Association shall have power to purchase from its
depositors and to sell, with or without its indorsement, checks or
bills of exchange payable in England, France, or Germany, and in
such other foreign countries as the board of the Reserve Association
may decide. These bills of exchange must arise from commercial
transactions and be of a maturity not exceeding 90 days, and shall
bear the signatures of at least three responsible parties, of which the
last one shall be that of a depositing bank.
The Reserve Association shall have power to open and maintain
banking accounts in foreign countries and to establish agencies in
foreign countries, for the purpose of purchasing and selling and collecting foreign bills of exchange, and it shall have authority to buy
and sell, through such agencies, prime foreign bills of exchange
arising from commercial transactions, running for a period not
exceeding 90 days, and bearing the signatures of two or more responsible parties.
DOMESTIC EXCHANGES.

It shall be the duty of the Reserve Association or any of its
branches, upon request, to transfer any part of the deposit balance
of any national bank having an account with it to the credit of any
other bank having an account with the Reserve Association. If a
deposit balance is transferred from the books of one branch of the
Reserve Association to the books of another branch, it may be done
by mail or telegraph upon terms to be fixed from time to time by the
executive committee.
FUNCTIONS OF NATIONAL BANKS.

In addition to the rights now conferred by law, national banks
shall be authorized to accept commercial paper drawn upon them,
having not more than 90 days to run, properly secured, and arising
out of commercial transactions. The amount of such acceptances
shall not exceed one-half the capital and surplus of the accepting
bank.
National banks shall not have authority to establish branches
except in the city or town in which they are located.
The organization of banks to conduct business in foreign countries
shall be authorized. The stock of such banks may be held by national
banks. The bank so organized may have an office in the United




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States, but shall not compete with national banks for domestic business not necessarily related to the business being done in foreign
countries.
There shall be established a new class of national banks, to be
known by a specifically designated name. Such banks may have savings departments and may make properly secured loans on real
estate; such loans to be restricted to a certain proportion of the
aggregate time and savings deposits in the bank. The reserve requirement in such banks will be less against savings and time deposits
than against demand deposits.
Another class of national banks shall be authorized, which shall be
in effect national trust companies, to be designated by some appropriate name and to exercise all the functions and have all the privileges, including length of charter, which are given to trust companies
by the laws of the various States. These national institutions shall
be subject, like other national banks, to inspection and examination
by the National Government.
There shall be no change in the percentage of reserve required by
law to be held against demand deposits by national banks, except as
otherwise provided herein, but the deposit balance of any national
bank in the Reserve Association shall be counted as a part of its legal
reserve.
REPORTS TO THE COMPTROLLER.

The Reserve Association shall make a report, showing the principal
items of its balance sheet, to the Comptroller of the Currency once
a week. These reports shall be made public. In addition, full reports shall be made to the Comptroller of the Currency coincident
with the five reports called for each year from the national banks.
All reports of national-bank examiners in regard to the condition
of national banks shall hereafter be made in duplicate, and one copy
shall be filed with the Reserve Association for the confidential use
of its executive officers.
National banks of all classes shall hereafter make a weekly report
to the Comptroller of the Currency showing the principal items of
their balance sheets, such reports to be available for the use of the
executive officers of the Reserve Association.
NOTE ISSUES.

There is hereafter to be no further issue. beyond the amount now
outstanding, of bank notes by national banks. National banks may,
if they choose, maintain their present note issue, but whenever a bank
retires the whole or any part of its existing issue it will permanently
surrender its right to reissue the notes so retired.




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The Reserve Association must, for a period of one year, offer to
purchase at
(a price not less than par and accrued interest)
the 2 per cent bonds now held by national banks and deposited to
secure their circulating notes. The Reserve Association shall take
over these bonds with the existing currency privilege attached and
assume responsibility for the redemption (upon presentation) of
outstanding notes secured thereby. The Reserve Association shall
issue, on the terms herein provided, its own notes as fast as the outstanding notes secured by such bonds so held shall be presented for
redemption, it being the policy of the United States to retire as
rapidly as possible, consistent with the public interests, bond-secured
circulation and to substitute therefor notes of the Reserve Association of a character and secured and redeemed in the manner provided for in this act.
The Reserve Association agrees to hold, for a period of not less
than 10 years, the bonds so purchased, or any Government security
which may be exchanged for them by refunding or otherwise. The
Reserve Association, however, shall have the right, with the approval
of the Secretary of the Treasury, after two years to dispose annually
of $50,000,000 of the bonds held by it to secure circulation. The
Government reserves the right at all times to purchase at par from
the Reserve Association, through the trustees of the postal savings
bank or otherwise, any or all of such bonds so held.
If the Government should adopt the policy of issuing securities at
a higher rate of interest than 2 per cent, the Reserve Association
shall have the right to exchange at par the Government bonds which
it may have acquired from the national banks, previously held by
them to secure circulation, for any bonds bearing interest at a rate
not exceeding 3 per cent, but in that event the amount of annual
taxes to be paid on notes based upon such new securities shall be as
much greater as the interest rate of the new securities shall exceed
2 per cent.
To illustrate: If the Government should decide hereafter to issue a
2i per cent bond, the rate of taxation on currency issued by the
Reserve Association thereon would be 1 per cent, instead of one-half
of 1 per cent, as on the existing twos, and upon a 3 per cent bond the
rate of taxation would be 11 per cent.
In addition to the authority to issue notes to replace any nationalbank notes outstanding at the time of the organization of the Reserve
Association, it shall have the right to issue additional circulating
notes as follows: The whole or any part of the first $100,000,000 of
such additional notes shall pay to the Government an annual tax of
3 per cent; above $100.000,000 and not more than $200,000,000 may
be issued at an annual tax of 4 per cent; above $200,000,000 alai not




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more than $300,000,000 may be issued at an annual tax of 5 per cent;
all above $300,000,000 shall pay an annual tax of 6 per cent.
All note issues of the Reserve Association must be covered to the
extent of at least one-third by gold or other lawful money, and the
remaining portion by bonds of the United States or bankable commercial paper as herein defined, or both. (It should be provided
either that the Reserve Association may also hold in its reserve foreign coin, or that the Treasury will issue gold certificates against
foreign coin.) The notes are to constitute a first lien upon all the
assets of the Reserve Association, and adequate provision must be
made for their immediate redemption in lawful money on presentation at the head office of the Reserve Association or any of its
branches.
The notes of the Reserve Association shall be received at par in
payment of all taxes, excises, and other dues to the United States,
and for all salaries and other debts and demands owing by the
United States to individuals, corporations, or associations, except
obligations of the Government which are by their terms specifically
payable in gold, and for all debts due from or by one national bank
to another, and for all obligations due to a national bank.
The Reserve Association shall at once, upon application and without charge for transportation, forward its circulating notes to any
depositing bank against its credit balance.
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Washington, D. C.,
Thu1'S day Ma !-ch 9
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1911.

• MO

The Commiss ion net, zmrsuant to the call, of the
Chairman, at 11
Messrs. AT,JR I CH (

Present:
(V i ce- Chai rman

TALIAFERRO

, BUJ d.WW3, liALE

man

Virii7;•IA.1:1D

FLINT, TTirrir,ER , BAILEY,

BURTON, WEEKS, BONYNGE

INGE

PIM A_CT-g,AN,

and PAD CiE TT.
The Chairman called attention to the fact that
the re ae re several nevi raralyers who would de sire rooms
in the Senate Office Building.

A Sub-Committee was

appointed consisting of Messrs. kLiaICH (Chairman),
HALE

and BAILEY, to confer with Senatcr Crane

Chair-

man of the Senate Cornmitte on Rules, arid Mr. Elliott
Woods, Superintendent of the Capitol

in regard to this

matter, and to see what space could lie assigned to the
nerabeys of the Commission wishing quarters, and to
report to the

C Orall i El 310rl

at a future meeting.

The ques t ion of stenographers and clerical assistance for the new Members of the Comniss ion was also
brought up, and it was agreed to leave this matter to
the Sub-Committee on Expenses cons is t inz of Messrs.
ALDR I CH (Chairman) VI:ETIAND 1 and
;
The Suggested

rle..n for Monetary L fr,i slat i on which

was presented to tine Commiss i on by the Chairman on the




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1,1

-216th of J:.nuary last, waB bvou;711t up for discussion.

It

was decided that it would be desirable to arrange a
series of hearings in Wasl.A.n:ton, at which the vi,trious
bankin:; and. business associations throuitout

the

country could present to the Connlission their views on
this plan.
Before proceeding upon this, however, several
Members of the Commission expressed the desi,:e to 'lave
the plan taken up paragraph by naragraph and explained
to them by the Chairman.

It was agreed that a meeting

should be called for this turpose r,aturaay morning, tie
11th instant, at 10:30 o'clock:
Thereupon the Commission adjourned.

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Washinr,ton, D. C.;
Saturday, Ma:-ch 11, 1911.
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The Commission met, pursuant to agreement, at
10:30 a. m.
Present:

Messrs. AT,i)ij_CIT

(Vice-Chairman) BURROWS

hairman), Vrclf-!land,
TELLE.L, FLIT, TALIA

FE1O, BJLTO, ‘E,
:aS, B01171;i1E, PADGF.7
7,

PlUNCE 9

and

Mr. Hale, from the Sub-Committee on Rooms, repo •ted tlaat .qe had conferred with Senator Crane, and
-1
that rooms would be provided in the Senate Office Building for those members of the CommiF.Ision who we: former
-e
Senators.

lie rportd that there were several rooms

being finished on the first floor of the Delaware Avenue
wing of the building available for this purpose, and that
members desiring rooms could secure the same by making
ap lication to Senator Crane and Cuperintendent v.ioods.
The Chairman's plan was then taken up for informal
discussion.

It was read para;ra.ph by )arar.;raph, and was

e):
.21,-t1n, in detail by the Chairvran vrd r".3cus.!!e(1
.!cl
ly by tie members.
The Corniczion took a recess from 1:0:) p. m. until
3:0 p.

rel
••
.

and 3at until six o'clock, at whicb time the

r-!ading was concl'ided.
It was decided to invite the Currency Commist;ion of

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the American Bankers Association to net t'ne Monetary Commission in Washimton, at 11 o'clock, Wednesda7 morning,
March 22, 1911.

It was also decided to invite Mr. F. 0.

Watts, of I4ashvil1e, Tennessee, President of the American
Bankers Association, to be present at this meetinc:
Thereupon the Commission adjourned.




Mr;T:ES.

Washinton, D. C.,
rch 14, 191L.

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•

The Commj sci on met pursuant to thE

call_ of t - le

Cha rman at 1 i:00 a. m
Prsent:

Messrs:

(VICE- CHAIRMAN) BURROWS

ALDRICH, (CHAIMAN) ITREELAIID,
TELLER, PRINCE

WEEKS, BURTON

and MCI-JAC:MAT%
Se flat cr Aldrich read .Ltter i'n-yri Mr. A. B. Hepburn
an6 IL'. Fred E. Farnsworth of t ie American Bankers
Association, relative to inability of Currency Commission
of that Association to attend a meting of the Nat i(mai
Monetary Commission on the 22nd ins ant
'
Tve.cday, March 28th, at 11. o clock, a. m., agreed
,
,
upon as time for hearing, ana Secretar: was instructed to
notify C,arrencz) Commi ss i on and members uf Monetary Commission.
The question of the continuous holding of hearings
anct trie

.çtner.l

opinion feached

ia

ar-

rangements shoald be made for holding them throughout
the country.
Mr. Weeks sur,27cs 4 ,ed askiiir- each member of the Corn,
mi

I on to name cn

o r- two :):-;:esons whom he would 1 ilte to

.1;i:P! the Commission hear, after the hearings of Af.1.3cicia1




tions were completed, with the understanding that the
Chairman shall invite any su7:7ested in sch a way.
A general discussion followed as to who should be
heard.
The question of furnishin

speakers for varivas

o!sganizations asking for sor.eone from the Mcn.itary Commisliion was discuooed.
The subject ').f arranging a SouthE)rn tour before
eeather becom9s too warm, after hearings in Washin:7ton
are

OVE.-

vs

discussed, and Mc. Weeks sui!.f.c1,-:d takilw

along as many members of the Corwalssion a.s ,1.ild go.
Sneator Alarich suggestea seeing the leaciAn:7 officezs
of the Farmurs Organizations and Labor Unions throughout
the count.ry, which was ai;reed to.
/L... Weeks suggested that a sub-committee he appointed
to curI7 ou

plans for trakrelling and holdin ,7 heal.i.lgo as

above mentioned, and it was ared that the

sholAld be

left in the hands of a commi:tee consisting of Senator Aldrich, Chaivman, and Messrs. Vreeland and Teller, which committee should also see to it that no further delay occurs
in prosecutinR -nr)

arins to ;.1

Coud,asion adtjourned

t 1i:55 a. m.




Washington, D. C.,
Tuesday, March 28, 1933.

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0.

The Commission met at eleven a. m., pursuant to
the call of the Chairman.
Present:

Messrs. ALDRICH (Chairman), Mr.

VREELAND (Vice-Chairman), BUITOWS, TELLEE, BAILEY,
FLINT, TALIAFERRO, WEEKS, BONYITGE, PADGETT, and
MCLACHLAN.
The Chairman announced that the Currency Commission of the American Bankers' Association was
present at the request of the National Monetary
Commission, to lay before it their views in regard
to monetary legislation.
The Currency Commission then appeared, consisting of the following members:

Mr. James B. For-

gan, Vice-Chairman, of Chicago; Mr. Festue J. Wade,
of St. Louis; Mr. Joseph T. Talbert, of New York;
Mr. Charles H. Huttig,

of St. Louis; Mr. John

Perrin, of Indianapolie; Mr. Luther Drake, of
Omaha; Mr. Myron T. Herrick, of Cleveland; Mr.
Solomon Wexler, of New Orleans; Mr. Lobert Wardrop, of Pittsburg; Mr. Arthur Reynolds, of Des
Moines; Mr. Joseph A. McCord, of Atlanta; Mr. W. V.




Cox, of Washington; and Mr. John L. Hamilton,
of
Hoopeston, Illinois.
Also the following members Ex-Officio:
Mr. F. 0. Watts, President, American Banker
s'
Association; Mr. Wm. Livingstone, Vice-P
resi6ent,
American Bankers' Association.
Also W. William BarJ.ett Ridgely.
Mr. Forgan, on behalf of the Currency
Commission, presented the following recomm
endations, which
had been adopted by the Currency Commissio
n at a
meeting in Washington the day before
:




CURRENCY CO:relISSION OF TT41 KIERICAN BANKERS' ASSOCIATION,

ADDITIONAL RECO222NDATIONS
r\DOPTT1D AT THE MEETING AT THE NEW WILLARD HOTEL
WASHINGTON, D. C.
MONDAY, MARCH 27; 1911,
70 BE PRESENTED TO TIM MONETARY COMISSION.

Moved by Mr. Talbert, seconded by Mr. George M. Reynolds,
and agreed to:
That under the heading "Charter and Location", the second
paragraph should read:
"The country shall be divided into fifteen districts to be
named in the bill prepared by the Monetary Commission, and a
branch of the reserve association shall be located in each
district, the location thereof to be determined by the directors of the national reserve association.°
Moved by Mr. Wade, seconded and agreed to:
That to the section under the heading "Directors of Local
Associations", there be added the following paragraph:
"That each local association, branch and the national reserve
association itself, shall have by-laws which, among other
things, shall provide a method of filling vacancies on the
respective boards of directors,"
or words to that effect.
Moved by }lir. McCord, seconded and agreed to:
"That the clause be interlined providing in effect that




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local associations shall have corporate powers."
Suggested by Mr. Tallyart:
It is suggested that the directors of each district shall
elect one director of the central reserve association, and at
the same time shall nominate one votin

re)resentative, thereby

creating a voting representation of fifteen, who shall have
the power to nominate the twelve directors ,) ovided for in
paragraph 3.
Sugzested by Mr. Talbert:
what the eighth paragraph s under the heading "'Directors of
the Reserve Association" be amended by inserting the words
"from their nundbern,

so that it will read:

"The directors of the reserve association Etha,11 annually
elect from their number" an executive committee and such other
committees as the by-laws of the reserve association may provide," etcetera.
Moved by Mr. Talbert, seconded by Mr. George

i. Reynolds,

and agreed to:
"Tht it be suggested to the Monetary CorLaiE,sion that in
regard to the appointment of the executive officers of the
reserve association, the power to appoint and to remove t:a(=
governor and deputy governors be left in the: hands of the
board of directors.
rr. Wexler:

That means, of course, a majority of the

Board of Directors?
Ch-Liroan;




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Sugfr,ested and agreed to that under the heading

"Functions

of National Banks", in the second paragraph on ?age 17, the
words "a new" be stricken out and the word "another" bt

in-

serted, so that the paragraph will read:
"There shall be established another class of national banks,
to he known by a specifically designated name," etcetera.
Suggested by Er. Drake, seconded and agreed to, t•-Laj,under
the heading "Note Issues" in the second line the words "or
bank notes by national banks" be amended to read "of

ank

notes by any national bank", so that the .
0arilLra,h will read:
"There is hereafter to be no further issue, beyond the
amount now outstanding, of bank notes by any national bank."
Suggested by Mx. Wexler and Mt. Talbert, and aread to:
"That we regard it as a menace to the future prospects of
the Reserve Association if it should take over the enormous
nnount of bonds proposed, at the price stated therein, unless
some definite plan for the refuniinG of those bonds

hali

boon worked out•bc.for?3iand 7and tho Government d,:tfinitel, committed to that plan.
"Suggested by Mx. Talbert and agreed to:
That the third paragraph, under the heading wiTote Ises"
be amended by inserting after the words "of outstndin,, notes
secured thereby", the words "circulating notes issued to

re-

place existing national bank notes shall be free of all taxation," so that it will read:




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e bonds with
"The reserve Association shall take over thes
and assume rethe equivalent currency privilege attached
entation) of outsponsibility for the redemption (upon pres
standing notes secured thereby.

Circulating not.;.s i5sued to

frae of all
replace existing national bank notes shall be
taxationr3




These recommendations were presented in detail
and discussed by Mr. Forgan and the various members
of the Currency Commission during the entire session
of Tuesday, March 28, and also at an adjourned meeting
held the next day, Wednesday, March 29th.
The proceedings of the two days' deliberations
were reported by a stenographer and are on the files
of tie

Commission.

The Commission adjourned at five o'clock, Wednesday, March 29, 1911, to meet at the call of the
Chairman.




Washington, D. C.,
Monday, April r!, 1911.

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The Commission net at eleven a. m., pursuant
to the call of the Chairman.
Present:

Messrs. ALDRICH (Chairman), BUR-

ROWS, BAILEY, WFEKS, BOMNTA,, PUJO, PRINCF, and
MCLACHLAN.
As there was no quorum present, no formal
business was transacted.
The question of inviting various organizations
throughout the country to send representatives to
Washington to present their views before the Commission was discussed.

Senator Bailey suggested

that the Chairman be authorized to correspond with
different organizations and to arrange for meetings.
The Commission then adjourned.




Washington, D. C.,
Wednesday, April 26, 1913.

OD 410. g-

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The Comrission net at eleven a. m. pursuant
to the cal) of the Chairman.
Present:

Messrs. ALDRICH (Chairman), VREELAND

(Vice-Chairman), BURROWS, MONEY, WEEKS, PADGETT,
PUJO, PF(INCE, and MCLACHLAN.
The Chairman stated that in pursuance with the
suggestion made at the last meeting of the Commission he had arranged for hearirg the representatives
of various organizations throughout the country;
that he had been in conference with the secretary
of the National Board of Trade and that he was advised that they had provided for the appointment of
a committee representing their different organizations, with a view to forming a Business Mens'
League.
This committee is in session at the present time
in Chicago.

As soon as its organization is completed,

it will be sent to Waeh1ni4ton to confer with the
Commission.

This committee will he representative

of all the organizations embraced in the National
Board of Trade
The Chairman reported that he had not yet been




able to get in touch with the farmer's organizations.
He requested Mr. Money and Mr. Pujo to arrange for
hearings for the Farmers' Union; Mr. Vreeland, Mr.
Prince, and Mr. Padgett to arrange with the
Farmers' Grange; and Mr. Vreeland, Mr. Pujo, and Mr.
McLachlan to arrange with the labor organizations.
The Commission then adjcurned.




Washington, D. C.,
Monday, August 21, 1911.

The Commission met at ten a, m., pursuant to the
call of the Chairman.
Present:

Messrs. ALDRICH (Chairman), VIUMAND

(Vice-Chairman), MONEY, TALIAFEERO, PENBOaE, BURTON,
WEEKS, PADGETT, PUJO, and PRINCE.
The greater part of the session was occupied with
the discussion of legislation then pending in Congress
in regard to the National Monetary Commission, hut no
formal action was taken in this connection.
The question of holding hearings in different parts
of the country was discussed and a sub-committee consisting of Messrs. Aldrich, Vreeland, and Pujo was appointed to make arrangements for such hearings, it being
understood that they would commence about the middle of
October.
The Commission tl-rn adjourned to meet at the call
of the Chairman.

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