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Mr. LISHMAN. Mr. Cheseldine, the records of the association contain a copy of your hotel bill at the Hotel Pontchartrain of 5 nights' lodging amounting to a total of $236. How was this bill satisfied
Mr. CHESELDINE. I paid them by check, because I couldn't, I left early on Sunday morning and I could not get the clerk to give me the bill because it had been transferred, much like the thing that happened in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Moss. Do we have copies of that?
Mr. LISHMAN. I have before me a letter dated January 23, 1970, from Mr. Robert D. Schuler, addressed to William J. Lippman concerning the hotel bills paid in Detroit by the Motor Carrier Lawyers Association for the 1968 convention which indicate that the amount paid by Mr. Cheseldine is $236.60.
Now I would like to have this letter and the attachments thereto, which are copies of the hotel ledger, included in the record.
Mr. Moss. Is there objection?
Mr. SPRINGER. Did you include the letter of Matheson, Bieneman, Veale & Parr?
Mr. Moss. That is the one he is requesting.
Mr. SPRINGER. I have no objection to this if the witness is allowed to comment on it for whatever it is worth.
Mr. Moss. The witness will of course be allowed to comment.
With that stipulation, the matter will be included in the record at this point. (The letter with attachments referred to follows:)
MATHESON, BIENEMAN, VEALE & PARR,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
January 23, 1970.
DEAR BILL: Enclosed please find the deposit records, check stubs, canceled checks, and certain hotel bills and related bills growing out of the above conference, for your use and the inspection of Congressman Harley 0. Staggers, pursuant to the letter of John E. Jandera of January 12, 1970. I also enclose a copy of our final financial report. In the financial report there are only two items that have any direct bearing upon our I.C.C. guests, contained under guests' hotel accomodations and also under pen sets. I have included the billings and the canceled checks directly related to those two items. No other expenses were made on behalf of our I.C.C. guests.
The pen set item is self explanatory. There were sis pen sets for desk use which, with engraving, cost less than $10.00 apiece.
The guests' hotel accomodations figures, which total $839.78, include $714.98 which we paid on behalf of our I.C.C. guests. I have enclosed the total bill from the hotel (which covered the I.C.C. guests as well as members of our law firm), the canceled check paying the total bill, and the individual room statements. I believe the individual room statements for the I.C.C. would be the only matters of any real interest to the Staggers' committee.
We paid the basic room cost for the I.C.C. guests plus the cost of an adjoining sitting room or parlor which we furnished for their use, although they neither asked directly nor indirectly for such a parlor. In other words, it was purely on our own responsibility that we decided to make a parlor available for them and the parlors were the expensive item. In each case, the parlor was charged to the bedroom. Taking the first two bills as an example, for Mr. John Robson there was a basic room charge of $14.50 plus tax and the hotel forgot to charge for the parlor. The hotel thus issued a separate charge for $35.00 plus tax. The situation is the same as to the other bills for J. C. Cheseldine, Dale Hardin, Burt Stillwell, Paul Tierney and Neil Garson, that is, for each day they attended there may be a total room charge of $45.50 plus tax. This covers in each case a charge for a sitting room which was apparently $30.00 plus tax in each case, with the basic room charge being apparently $15.50 in each case, plus tar. (As you can see, room and parlor charges vary.)
There were some personal expenses incurred by the I.C.C. personnel, but apparently those were paid individually. On the bill of Burt Stillwell there is a notation "paid difference when he checked out?" I believe that Burt Stillwell and J. C. Cheseldine had incurred some separate charges for restaurant and laundry and they paid those themselves.
To summarize, then, we paid the basic hotel room charge of $14.50 or $15.50 per day for each day each of our I.C.C. guests stayed with us and, without their request or knowledge, we also furnished a parlor or sitting room for them which cost, for each day's use, $30.00 in most cases and $35.50 in the case of John Robson. (It is ironic that John Robson never actually used his room or his sitting room. I believe that is partially true as to one or two of the other 1.C.d, people, that is, I believe we had a room available for them on one day bot they were unable to come in until the next day and we were left with an extra charge.)
At most, I believe we incurred approximately $225.00 expense for our I.C.O. guests for basic room costs and roughly double that for the sitting rooms which were not requested by them. In addition we gave each I.C.C. guest a pen set