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To precipitate a showdown, Langley used a minor scandal to attack McGee and render him politically ineffective. In February 1902, McGee had hired Frank Barnett, formerly an auditor for the Post Ofﬁce and the Bureau of Labor, as a bae clerk. On May 9, 1903, Barnett was arrested for embezzlement and forging the signatures of several bae employees, transferring their paychecks to bogus accounts, and fabricating bills for nonexistent services. He had withheld the paychecks of ﬁeld researchers, including Matilda Coxe Stevenson, Albert Jenks, Frank Russell, James Mooney, and Jesse Walter Fewkes, used the monies for his own purposes, and then doctored the books.
Holmes began his professional career in 1875 as an artist on the Hayden Survey when Hayden sent him and photographer William Henry Jackson to southwestern Colorado to draw and photograph cliff dwellings. They created a series of plaster-of-Paris models of Southwestern ruins and pueblo villages that were the highlight of the government exhibits at the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition along with Jackson’s photographs. Soon Holmes became a material culture specialist for the Bureau of American Ethnology, noted especially for his study of aboriginal pottery.
She was also a well-known intellectual in her own right. With McGee’s encouragement and support she earned an md from Columbian [George Washington] University’s School of Medicine in 1892 and did postgraduate work in gynecology at Johns Hopkins University. She became one of the ﬁrst women to practice medicine in Virginia and Maryland but soon switched to research and building organizations. She had remarkable skills for working Washington politicians. In 1898 she founded the Army Nursing Corps and trained female nurses to serve in combat areas.