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'S? r0L. XLrYl. No. 292-1 2 Pages. Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday MOKSEsrG-. February 2. 1904, Five Cents. H
3 YSTERY OF A RED HORROR. OF SEVEN YEARS AGO II
$ SOLVED AND MURDERERS ARE BEHIND THE BARS I
Impted his father
itional Disclosures in
f Machen Trial.
I WAS TEMPTER
sr Groff Immunity
& Groffs Price of Fas
e Reduced, or Gov
ild Take No More.
, 1. -Samuel A. Groff.
o street letter box fns
nlshlng ol which con
o have been improperly
ik the stand In the pos
I how ho conceived the
the device and the of
n to tlnd some one be
take an active Interest
d been adopted before
proposed to work up
ior of It among the
country. The witness
lever spoke a word to
fastener other than to
to a question put by
e test, that It fitted too
he said, he had never
diiz, and after making
h hhn witness said he
aln until last summer,
1 A. Grorf on the stand
off. son of Dlllcr 15.
response to a question
torney. that should the
t to purchase the fas
ioyv" have on hand, they
I.orcnz his share of tho
io- with the agreement
I that while calling on
S. tho latter Informed
p'fiulre a reduction In
ra.tf tiers from $l.r.O to
Jed "You can furnish
or not. Just as you see
ra. f.M the witness, nc
miK'llcd to reduce the
Ins to the conversation
inu the postofllce In
ithcr'f house, declared
Inspector Mayer say to
you to do. Mr. Groff, Is
if the Government, and
you and your brother
f will see that you get
ind will return the
this maler previously
ther testltled that his
nn'- the proposition
thcr questions, lie said
several efrorts wcro
an Interest In tho fas
dilation by District At-
Groff described tho
c Groff brothers to fill.
stoMco department for
ired tbot no special ac
W'hen orders were tilled
bursed all papers were
ling Mr Lorenz checks
the fastener. Mr. Groff
Jld Invariably write the
Ion. He could not ree
a receipt from Lorenz.
led the checks them
onvcrsallon which took
father and Lorenz in
resulted in tho acouire
t a half Ictercst In tho
Jratlon of nnd ccr
ileh ho would bring to
re and Congressmen In
icing the fastener.
e ?SP7 Kllled h? Explosion.
'-lb- British India. Feb. 1.
' nf , wcr" k,,lcfl today by an
. cfiBun!ia i V?ns of gunpowder at
FIVE CHILDREN CBEMATED IN
HOME AT COUNCIL BLUFFS;
Council Bluffs, la., Feb. 2. At 2 o'clock
this morning the resldcnco of Peter Chris
tiansen, Sixteenth avonuo and Third
street, was destroyed by fire, his five
children, ranging In ago from a babe In
arms to 11 ycara of age, burned to death,
and Mrs. Christiansen burned so thnt she
The husband was In tho country at the
time. No one knows how the lire
The dead: Edna, 11 years; Frank. S
yenrs; Llla, -1 years; Jane, 2 years; baby,
SMOOT WILL NAME
HIS WITNESSES TODAY
TniJJUNE SPECIAL,. 4-
4- "Washington, Feb. 1. Counsel for
Senator Smoot will tomorrow pre- -f
4 Hcnt to the Scna4.o commltteo a list
4 of witnesses to be subpoenaed In his 4
4 behalf. 4
4 At the coming invest igatlon It Is 4
4 expected that the committee will be 4
4 prepared In n week or two to begin 4
4 hearing witnesses. 4
4 4444444 4 44 4
THIS MORNING'S NEWS.
ALL OVER THE COUNTRY Sensa
tional disclosures made by Dlller E. QrofC
In the trial of Machen, at Washington....
President Francis of St. Louis exposition
explains the proposed loan to Congress....
The present whereabouts of Mrs. May
brick still a mystery Senator Dietrich
asks Senate to Investigate charges against
him.... Consideration of Panama treaty
resumed. ...Secretary of War Taft takes
oath of office.... Price of cotton continues
to go up.
FOREIGN Russia mobilizing army In
Manchuria.... Korean Minister recalled
Government troopH in Uruguay dofeated
by the rebels... . German troops in Africa
are. missing and It Is feared they have been
MOUNTAIN AND COAST President
and cashier of Nogales, Ariz., bank
chaigcd with embezzlement Deputy
sheriff at Welscr, Ida., wounds himself
while hunting a burglar.... Montana Su
preme court reverses Judge Clancy In an
injunction suit against Boston and Mon
tana company Washington Tracy of
Utah hunting an eloping wife at Evans
ton, Wyo.... After thrco years' search an
Oregon man accidentally finds two stolon
children. ...Board of Inquiry makes re
commendations as result of mine acci
dent at Victor, Colo Serious windstorm
at Cheyenne blows stones through win
dows. STATE Davis Scott of Provo accident
ally shoot? thumb from his right hand....
Utah County Com.-nlssSoners annex terri
tory to Lincoln school district.
CITY Murder mystery of seven years
standing is solved and the men Implicated
placed In Jail as the result of a quarrel
between a man and his wife Jesse M.
Smith tells of the plana of the stockmen
to erect packing-houses postlo F. M,
Lyman return from Europe.... Abner How
ell makes a great sport record at Michi
gan. ...Mrs. Lnngtry makes money In Salt
Lake real estate Tea and cofTco jumps
in price as a result of shortage and war
rumors. ...State Treasurer makes his re
port for January. ...Rig damage suit
brought against the Rio Grande... Depos
itors must henceforth pay banks for blank
cheeks.... Real esLalc transfers WU....
Bank clearings ?S 1 1,9-11 Yesterday stock
soles 33.700 shares, for JoJtS.S".
4 LOOKING AFTER CAREY 4
4 LAND ACT MATTER 4
4 TRIBUNE SPECIAL. 4
4 Washington. Feb. 1. O. Q. Haza 4
of Boluo Is at the Raleigh. Ho Is 4
4 hero in connection with the Carey 4
4 land net matter. 4
H ERE, OH WHERE, IS
III JVLRS. MAYBRICK HIDING?
,SV rk Sune believe that Mrs. Maybrlck has been taken to
-it !bMler Prison preparatory to leaving for Americ.i.
i cl Yrk AVo,ld Belief is expressed that Mrs. Florence Maybrlck
ntf. -i j the steamer Oceanic last Wednesday, nnd now on her way to
plated Press Tho Governor of Winchester prison tonight said
lotiw cly that Mrs. Maybrlck was not conllned there.
. J rons do noques, mothor of Mrs. Maybrlck, in a statement made
5 pranec Mrs. Maybrlck will be free July 26th. '
5 . id Sa,lle C stanard 'ot Mobile, Ala., aunt of Mrs. Maybrlck I was
J the Baroness de Roqucs. Mrs. Maybrlclc's mother, -several
rAT j50 lha' Mrs, Maybrlck would be released April let.
J ? Qmiounce"ient- of Mrs. Maybrick's release from Aylesbury
k 81 r''k the mystery concerning her whereabouts has hourly
fcO'B c'Ier' That she has been released from Aylesbury, where she
dMr ff eo many years, thero Is no question. Where ?he Is con-
caTBrtt I,rC8ent' ,10Wl?vor, Is tho mystery, and fame and glory will be
'dftflL f 1110 ""Parr man who succeed m llrst locating her.
rfSfrWt 'tti 4
STORY OF WEALTH
TOLD IN FIGURES
What the Books of Uncle
PUBLIC DEBT INCREASE
Cash In. Treasury Ameunts to
Statement of How the Money Is
Divided Up, and What Is to
Credit of Departments.
Washington, Feb. 1. The monthly
statement of the public debt shows that
at the close of business January SO, 1WH,
tho total debt, less cash in tho treasury,
amounted to 7015,Ott2,C 13. which Is an In
crease of WU.OX. an compared with tho
preceding month. This lncrcaso is ac
counted for by n corresponding decrcaso
in tho cash on hand. The debt io re
capitulated as follows:
Interest-bearing debt. J9M.I70.W0.
Debt on which interest has coased since
Debt bearing no Interest," $302.1 10.1 17.
This amount is exclusive of S0C7.532.EGO
In certlilcates and treasury- notos out
standing, which urn offset bv an equal
amount of cash held In the trcasurv for
their redemption. '
The cash in tho treasury is classified as
Gold reserve fund; S150,(00,(XO.
Trust funds. JOiO.loC.WO.
General funds, $UlS0.fi37.
Jn national bank depositories, $lC'3,59o1
771. In Philippine treasury to credit of the
United Stated disbursing officers, $3,777.-
Against this thero are demand Halblll.
ties outstanding amounting to $1.034.r:0o,
!S3, which leaves a cash balance on hand
amounting to i37S,7IG,0i4.
The comparative statement of the Gov
ernment receipts and expenditures shows
that for the month of January. 100-1, the
total receipts were $ll.5SS.370 and, the ex
penditures $43,272.KW, leaving a deficit for
the month of $;,T$l,iS3. For January. JK.
there was a surplus of SS.M,(ti. Tho re---
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COURT BALL OF
WINTER PALACE AT ST. PETERS
BURG SCENE OF DAZZLING
St. Petersburg, Feb. 1. The court ball
at tho Winter palace tonight was tho most
brilliant event of Its kind held hero for
years, and It marked tho climax of tho
The vast labyrinth of the famous halls
presented a remarkable scene, for every
ono present, from the Czar down to the
lowest civilian, was in uniform.
The ladles were clad In magnificent
court costumes, and the dazzling display
of Jewels probably could not be surpassed
at any other court ot Europe. The ladles
of the diplomatic corps present wore court
go.vns of great beauty.
The Czar and Czarina and tho Imperial
family met tho guests In tho white mar
His Majesty, wearing tho uniform of an
officer of the Imperial guard. led the
grand march with Lady Scott, wife of the
British Embassador, tho Embassador es
corting the Zarlna. Tho Dowager Empress
was not present.
Mrs. McCormlck, wife of tho American
Embassador, was escorted by Grand Duko
Cyrllle. The Czar did not dance tho Rus
sian mazurka, which is the feature of tho
court ball, but Instpad he moved nbout
and conversed with the diplomats.
Whllo speaking with Embassador Mc
Cormlck his Majesty took occasion to re
new the assurances of his warm friend
ship for tho United States.
celpts from the several sources of rev
enue are given as follows:
Customs, J21.190.210, a decrease as com
, pared with January. of $3,000,000; In
ternal revenue, $lC,-lfS,3CJ,' a decrease of
1 31,i0,00"; miscellaneous, $3,920,793, an in
crease oX $25n.0W.
Of the expenditures, tho civil and mis
cellaneous Items show an Increase for the
month of S2.750.000.
Tho War department shows an increase
of nearly S2.Cw.000 and tho navy depart
ment about JiSO.O'O, a surplus of $1,611.00))
as shown for tho seven months of tho
i present fiscal year. Tho monthly clrcu
j latlon statement Issued by the Comp
i troller of tho Currency shows that at the
close of business January SO, 10OI. the to
tal circulation of national bank notes was
j S126.S57,C27. an lnereaao for the year of
! $i2,SS4.0Sl, and an Increas for vho month
of $1.01,009. The circulation based on
United States bonds ajnount to $3(3,057,351,
an Increase for the year of $I7.0(S,792 and
an Increase, for the month of $381. 1S. Tho
circulation secured by lawful money ag
gregated $39,199.S9t", a decrease for tho
vear of S1.1S5.711, and an Increase Tor tho
month of $1.310.oi.
The amount of bonds on deposit to se
cure circulating notes was $390,231,600. and
to secure public deposits $169,441,915, of
which SS0.0W.17u were State and municipal
bonds. Phlllpplno certlilcates and Ha
waiian b nuls.
ALLEGED BRIBER IS
SAFE IN NEW YORK
Governor Odell Refuses to Honor Extradition for Baking:
. Powder Man, Who Is Accused of Having Bribed
Members of the Missouri Legislature.
Abany, N. Y., Feb. 1. Gov. Odell, up
on the advice of Attorney-General Cu
necn, has decided thnt he will not
honor the requisition of Gov. Doekery
of Missouri, demanding the extradition
of William Zelgler of New York city
upon an indictment charging him with
bribery in connection with baking
powder legislation in tho Missouri
Legislature during the session of 1901.
The ground upon which the refusal ia
based Is that Mr. Zelgler Is not a "fugi
tive from Justice" within the meaning
of the law, and that there Is no .evidence-
to show that he was in the State
of Missouri during the month of March.
1001. when the crime is alleged to have
The Attorney-General said, In his
"Under tho authorities I am con
strained to advance that Mr. Zelgler's
presence in St Louis in the early days
of January, 1901. Is not sufllclont to war
rant the holding that he is a. fugitive
from Justice of that State."
WILL THE GOB OF
WAR 0R ANGEL
OF PEACE PREVAIL
Russia Mobilizing Army in
RESERVES BEING CALLED BUT
Korean Minister to Peking. Has
Japanese Intriguing to Create Dis
turbances in the Hermit Kingdom '
Chinese Fleeing in Alarm.
St. Petersburg. Feb. 1. It has been
well known for months that Russia has
been steadily strengthening her army
and navy in the far East to meet the
preparations which Japan was openly
making. The available warships were
dispatched to the far East, and the last
division, which left the Mediterranean
a month ago, Is now nearing Its destin
ation. Quietly but surely It was necessary
that Russia's preparations should keep
pace with those of her diplomatic ad
versary. The feverish activity of Japan during
the last few weeks naturally Increased
the distrust of her ultimate intentions,
and tho Russian authorities have been
pushing their precautionary measures
with more vigor. It is understood that
six or seven military trains daily have
been going east, over the Siberian road,
and the charters' of some 'ships', cargoes
for the Pacific have been cancelled be
cause the water route was considered
There has been some difficulty at
Irkutsk, the capital of eastern Siberia,
on account of tho stoppage of the Ice
breakers and the excessive cold Imped
ing the sledges from crossing Baikal
lake, but this will be obviated wlien the
line around the lake is completed, which
will bo soon.
Chinese coal exclusively has been
purchased for the Rusian Ileet.
The authorities now feel that the sit
uation is secure should Japan reject
CZAR WILL EDIT REPLY
TO JAPAN TUESDAY
St. Petersburg, Feb. 1. The draft of
Russia's reply probably will be sub
mitted to the Czar tomorrow. The As
sociated Press is assured that it will be
pacific, and should "lead' to a settle
ment." The Associated Press informant
reiterated what he said a few days ago:
"Wo hnve conceded much already, and
we are read to concede more, but some
things we cannot grant. From our
standpoint the Manchurlan question
was settled by Russia's circular note
to the powers recognizing all the Chi
nese treaties. Why should Japan de
mand more than the other powers?"
The Russian papers today agree that
treaty guarantees covering Manchuria
and permission for Japan to fortify
southern Korea, making a closed sea of
the Sea of Japan, are Impossible.
Viceroy Alexieff is shortly to have a
colleague in the administration of Rus-
(Contlnucd on Paco S.)
WIND OF CYCLONIC PROPORTIONS
SWEEPS OVER COLORADO TOWNS
Passenger Train on the "Colorado & Southern Road in Clear Creek Canyon Lifted From
the Rails by Force of the Wind. and Overturned, Several Persons Being Injured
x Two Men Killed in Denver Storm Was Far-Reaching.
Denver. Culo., Feb. 1. High winds
prevailed today along the eastern slope
of the Rocky mountains In Colorado and
Wyoming and considerable damage to
property wns wrought.
In Denver two men lost their lives as
a direct result of the gale. Charles
Ormsby and William Daniels came in
contact with a live electric wire which
had been blown from its fastenings into
the street and were Instantly killed by
Reports are being received from
points in northern Colorado telling of
tho destruction of farm buildings and
haystacks in the country districts, and
the falling of tree3, small buildings,
chimneys, etc., In the towns.
In some places the force of tho wind
was so great that small stones were
blown about promiscuously, shattering
windows and Injuring people.
Numerous fires were started, but as
yet no reports of serious losses from this
source have been received.
TRAIN DERAILED BY WIND.
A special to the News from Idaho
Springs, Colo., says:
"A passenger train on the Colorado
& Southern railroad, which left Denver
this morning for Georgetown, was
wrecked by a gale, two coaches and a
combination baggage and express car
being blown over and badly damaged.
"The engine and tender remained on
""Four of the train crew and one pas
senger were Injured.
"The list follows: J. K. Robinson, ex
press messenger,' Denver, ribs broken,
Internally injured, may die: W. Straight, j
banker, Dunlap. Kan., hand and hip in
jured; M. Smith, brakeman, Denver,
wrist hurt and face badly cut; Patrick
O'Mearn, conductor, head cut: A. S.
Hurley, news agent, Denver, face cut
"The train had come to a standstill
about li'OO icet from the station In
Georgetown, being unable to proceed
further because of the wind.
CARS LIFTED FROM TRACK.
"While waiting for the gale to sub
side, the cars were lifted, from the rails
by the wind' and forced over on their
"The passengers and crew were
thrown with great force against the
sides on the cars, but were able to
escape through tho doors and windows.
It Is believed that Messenger Robinson's
injuries were due to trunks falling upon
"It was several hours before tho news
of the accident could, be sent to Denver,
as the telephone and telephone wires
were prostrated by the wind
"A specia' relief train sent from the
latter city encountered poles and wires
strewn over the track In many places,
and with dililculty reached' its destina
tion. "The severely injured were taken to a
hospital In Georgetown for treatment.
"The wind- In this vicinity and in
Georgetown did considerable damage.
"Tralllc on this branch of the Colorado
Southern was Interrupted for several
At Fort Collins.
Fort Collins. Colo.. Feb. 1. A gale,
which attained a velocity of ninety
miles an hour, prevailed here during the
forenoon today, and caused considerable
damage by blowing off roofs of houses
and breaking windows. Seven fires
started while the gale was at its height,
nnd for a time they threatened the de
struction of the town. Hundreds of citi
zens aided the firemen in fighting the
fires, and they were brought under con
trol after several houses and barns had
Cheyenne, Wyo., Feb. 1. The worst
wind storm in the history of Cheyenne
prevailed today. Stones half an Inch In
diameter were sent hurtling through the
air and many windows were broken.
The wind attained a velocity of slxty
Hvc miles an hour, and numerous
fences, outbuildings and barns were
Crime In Which An Old Miser H
Living Alone Was the Victim, H
Is Brought to Light in the Be-
trayal By His Wife of One of I
the Men Implicated. I
Story, of the Almost Forgotten Murder of H
Fred Buetler and an Account of How a' H
Little Incident Caused the Facts to .Be H
Laid Before the World. H
Betrayed 1)3' his wife as having been
In a consplracj' to commit a burglary'.
George W. Muncy. an old saldler, has
been led to confess having been im
plicated In a murder committed seven
years ago the killing of Fred Buetler,
a miserly umbrella-mender, who was
found strangled to death In a cabin at
148 West South Temple street on tho
night of February 25, 1S97.
In a signed confession made before
Sheriff Emery and County Attorney
We'stcrvelt, Muncy states that on the
night In question he and John Rice nnd
Abe Hunter went to Buetler's cabin for
the purpose o'f robbing the old man of
$1000 In money which they understood
he had concealed In the house; that he
(Muncy) threw Buetler on the bed and
held him down while Rice stuffed raga
in his throat to stifle his cries for help,
and that after proceeding thus far they
were frightened by some one knocking
on the door, when the three would-be
robbers made thoir escape, leaving
their victim alone in his death strug
gles and without even looking for the
money which led them to commit the
OTHER EVIDENCE AT HAND.
Although Muncy was never suspected
of any connection with the murder of
Buetler until very recently, when he
let fall some slight allusion to it in con
versation with his wife, which was
overheard by deputy sheriffs who were
endeavoring to secure evldenco that he
was engaged with others in planning a
burglary, yet there Is considerable cor
roborative evidence to bear out the
statements made in his confession.
On tho night of Buetler's murder. Jo
seph Morris, who lived next door to
Buetler's cabin, heard the knock on the
old man's door, heard him yell "Mur
der." and heard a scuffle inside the
cabin. Morris then left his own house
through a back window and went to
the corner of West Temple and South
Temple streets, where he met a man
named Holt, whom he told that he be
lieved Buetler and his wife, who had
separated a short time before, were
having a fight.
They telephoned this suspicion to po
llco headquarters and Capt. Esllnger
and Officer Shannon hastened to the
scene. Upon arriving there about S:15
o'clock they found Buetler lying on the
lloor dead. They placed him on the
bed and removed the rags from his
mouth, but could not revive him. They
then called an undertaker to take
charge of the remains, after which a
thorough but futile search of the prem
ises was mode for traces of the mur
derers. POOR CASE AGAINST RICE.
Knowing that the murdered man and
his wife had had trouble, the officers
arrested Mrs. Buetler. who was then
Washington, Feb. 1. Attorney-General
Knox, in answer to Inquiries as to
whether the bill recently introduced in
to the Senate to amend the Intcrntatc
commerce and- anti-trust laws so as to
relieve foreign commerce from their
operation and so as to enabln contracts
to bo entered Into In reasonable re
straint of commerce was lntroducued
with the knowledge and approval of tho
administration, replied, "absolutely so."
Mr. Knox continued:
"Tho amendment propoEe-s to repeal
the Interstate commerce law and the
nntl-trust law so far as foreign com
merce Is concerned. This would, result
In giving foreign commerce an ad
vantage over our dome-stic commerce.
By means of such a power tho tarllf
protection will be largely nullified.
"It Is known that the steamship com
panies and railroads have In Instances
combined so that foreign traffic has
been carried from Eerlln to Chicago at
rates 60 per cent lower than similar
goods made In thif country could be
transported from New York to Chicago.
"BooIh, clothing, hardware, eta,, from
Germany have been carried through to
living in Murray. The woman dls- ll
claimed nil knowledgo of the murder. il
but stated that on tho day before the Hl
killing John Rice had called on her to
ask where her husband lived, svtylng
that he had a friend who wanted some
umbrellas mended. On this cluo Rice
was arrested and on preliminary ex-
amlnatlon before Police Judge Wenger
was bound over to the District court.
He was discharged by the higher count,
however, on account of insufficient evl-'
dencc to connect him with the crime, jH
while Mrs. Buetler and Alvln Mitchell. IH
her son-in-law, who was also arrested
on suspicion of knowing something of
tho crime, were released at their pre-
RICE SETTLED DOWN.
Soon after his discharge John Rice
went to Tooele county, where he on
gaged In tho sheep business and was
later married, having now a wife and
several children, and with his depart
ure the murder of. Buetler was practl- H
cally dropped as an Impenetrable rays- H
Its revival at this time lfi duo to an ll
accident a circumstance which goes El
far toward proving the old ndago that Hl
"Murder will out." It In at least a pe- ll
cullar example of the Irony of fate that
the very first intimation the officers
had of Muncy's implication In any
crime more serious than that of con
templated burglary was In a boast he
made to his wife of having so long
escaped detection for the killing of
Muncy, the man who makes the con-fc-sslon,
Is 56 years old and a Virginian
by birth, und Is said to come from a
good family. When a young man he
emigrated to Illinois, and at the break- IH
ing out of the Civil war enlisted in the VM
Forty-eighth Illinois reglmciiL At the
closo of the Avar he was discharged with
the rank of sergeant, and at once re
enlisted in the regular army, serving
three years. Following this service lie fM
drifted to the far West and lias lived '
in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming nnd Montana.
He came to this State first in 1S90, II v
ing fur a time at Terrace, and it was
there he was married to the woman who IH
is now his wife. The couple finally
settled In this city in 189G. :
MARRIED WIFE TWICE. IH
It appearing that there was something IH
Irregular about the marriage ceremony jM
which- first united them, they were ro- I
married in 1SDS, and It I said that
Muncy's main object In having the sec
ond ceremony performed was to make
sure that his wife would i of be com
pelled to testify against him in the
event thnt he should be arrested- for tlu jM
Buetler murder, he having confided to
her his participation in the crime.
So far as known Muncy has never jH
been connected with any other serious jH
crime. He has always been a drinking jH
man, however, and has had more or WM
less trouble with his wife. His occupa-
tlon has been that of a teamster, he hav- JH
Ing for some time past been In the em- H
ploy of the B. & O. Transfer company.
On September 10th Inst Muncy and I
his wife had an altercation in their
(Continued on Page 11.) j
WOULD OPEN WIDE 1 1
DOORS FOR CARRIERS
Attorney-General Knox on Proposed Amendment to Inter- '
state Commerce Law Freight From Europe to Pacific
Coast Cheaper Than From Atlantic Points.
San Francisco at rates fi6 per cent
lower than was charged by the railroad (
carrier on similar manufactures of our jH
own country from Atlantic ports to San IH
"While It may be a wise policy to in- t IH
corporate the rule of reasonableness n
InU) the regulation by law of contractu 1 IH
between Individuals and contracts of JH
industrial corporations which are pri- ilH
vate corporations, thnt rule has nover iljl
been applied to what are known as quasi IH
public corpora lions railroads, for ex- ,
ample, which exercise public functions IH
and enjoy public rights. IH
"This amendment would tend to re-
licvc them from many of their most wM
Important duties to the public, ILi en-
actment, instead of being n protection i
to commerce, would be to effect an un- J
doing of very much of the most im-
portant remedial legislation of the pant
fifteen years; If this proposed amead
ment shall be regarded as wise leglsla
tlon, It ought not to be done secretly.
but openly, with full knowledge of the
House nnd full opportunity to It to be jH
heard on the subject. lH
"Such an amendment as Is now pro- IH
posed ought not to be attached to any IH
bill in the closing hours of a moribund