MEMORANDUM FOR THE MILITARY
Please telegraph General
Funston confidentially that the Secretary of War is concerned lest
the great amount of army supplies already on the way may create confusion
unless there is a properly organized force to receive, house and distribute
them. The Secretary suggests in your discretion that Major [Carroll] Devol
would be a suitable officer to be placed in general charge of the stores
and their distribution. This by reason of his previous experience and qualifications.
Mayor Schmitz has telegraphed the President that he thinks Congress intended
that he should have something to do with the distribution of supplies.
The resolution of Congress merely provides that the War Department shall
cooperate with the Mayor in the relief of sufferers. This provision is
entirely satisfied by your asking the Mayor for his advice and accepting
such of it as you deem wise and asking such assistance from him as you
may think best. Of course you will do everything to cooperate with the
Mayor but the army administration alone is responsible for the custody
and proper distribution of the stores and if question arises, you should
advise the Mayor accordingly. Do you need any additional officers to aid
By order of the Secretary
Asst. to Chief of Staff.