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They wanted artifacts but no congress of races. Francis now felt that to try to send expeditions was unpractical. Lehmann strenuously objected, so the board tabled the problem yet again. The anthropology committee stagnated. 17 Under the new streamlined organization, the lpec was divided into four executive divisions, with internal departments, without ofﬁcial advisory committees. The Department of Anthropology became Department H, part of the Division of Exhibits under Skiff ’s direction. Skiff reported directly to Francis.
They apparently thought the ambitious plan would be very expensive. One unnamed “leading anthropologist” stated that he estimated that living expenses for each demonstrator would be two dollars per day. There would also be preparatory expenses, travel, outﬁtting, and wages for the lpec agents, translators, and enticements for group members. He said that for seventy-ﬁve groups the absolute minimum would be one and a half million dollars, but three million was actually realistic (McGee 1905d). The anthropology committee ultimately relied on Frederic Ward Putnam’s assessment of the plan.
Skiff took Putnam’s advice on this point but not the focus on archeology. ”16 The board approved the title change but again tabled the report and requested more study. Skiff Takes Charge of the Division of Exhibits The lpec reached no ofﬁcial agreement on the report. It sat with others in Francis’s ofﬁce. The company was in trouble and it was soon clear that it would not make its mid-1903 anticipated opening. The anthropology committee disbanded in frustration. Holmes and McGee received no correspondence about the initiative and there is no further mention of it in their papers.