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The winter of 1892–1893 was an exciting period for members of the U.S. Geological Survey. Congressional criticism of Major Powell's administration had reached the point when the appropriation had been reduced, necessitating the retirement of several of the ablest geologists, and where the open antagonism of geologists not directly connected with the organization was awakened. A senatorial investigation of the management of Survey affairs had been ordered and a committee appointed, with Senator Wolcott1 of Colorado as chairman. Letters from Washington told of the discontent and the struggle going on within...

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