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FLEET LETTER NO. 40-22.
San Francisco, California,
1. Reference (a) is quoted for information and report to the Commander in Chief:
"Reference: Article 2241, paragraph 8, Naval Instructions.
"1. The Bureau believes that fresh and frozen mutton is not a particularly desirable addition to the Navy ration and that it is used in minimum quantities only, to comply with the reference. The price of this item under ordinary conditions is higher than some of the other standard items of meat, and consequently, there is no economical advantage in its continued use.
"2. It would be appreciated if the opinion of the vessels under your command could be obtained on the advisability of discontinuing the forced issue of mutton. If it is found that the opinion is largely in favor of this action, to what item or items should the five per cent now provided for mutton be distributed?
/s/ DAVID POTTER.
2. Commanding Officers will submit a report to reach the office of the Commander in Chief by 20 July, with specific recommendation as to the discontinuance of the issue of mutton, and if affirmative, how the five per cent thus released may be best distributed among the remaining fresh meats.
B. F. HUTCHISON,
Distribution L, A, B, D, F to Q inc; S, W, CC.
National Archives & Records Administration, Seattle Branch
Record Group 181, Commander 13th Naval District Correspondence Files 1921-25
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