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THE ROCK ISI1AXD ARGUS. MONDAY, APRIL 8, 1912.
Lumbermen Ask Verdict
On Alleged Timber Trust
Washington. April 6. Its demand
upon President Taft for publication
of conclusions of the department of
commerce and labor upon 1U Investi
gation of the lumber manufacturing
business, ordered by congress In 1606
was made public today by the Na
tional Lumier Manufacturers' asso
ciation, with other correspondence
between President Taft and the sec
ittary of the department of com
nicice and labor.
This somewhat unusual attitude on
I ber trust' was and la an oppressive
) The petition then 6ays that re
; eponsive to public charges congress
'adopted resolutions . for an investiga
jtion of the lumber business. Atten
tion is particularly called to the fact
that the resolutions required that the
investigation should be conducted
with the "particular object" of ascer
taining the existence of any combina
tion, conspiracy, trust, agreement or
contract in restraint of commerce.
The petition saya further that
while the effect of these resolutions
standing the present attitude of the
administration, as expressed by the
honorable secretary, that you will
promote the prompt justice asked for
by a body of the citizenship now, as
they verily believe, misunderstood
and grievously maligned."
Tn tha netltisin rpferpnrA 1a made
v , , t J was injurious to the lumber Industry,
to the fact that while the department! ,he lnTeBtlgation was welcomed by
of commerce and labor made public lumber producera "who had long
Feb. 13, 1911, a partial report on i been restive nnder the loosa, un-
Candidate for Congress
the lumber industry, it related only j rounaea ana ignorant cDargea made
to the private ownership of standing , " " crcr "
the part of a great manufacturing in
dustry Is in the form of a petition ... ' ..... a .d.jance to the Investigation was given
whiffl fufa inrth that Ina dulov in r.l ' t im.1.1. . , . .
vanced only one of the reasons for " "a acuve ana nearty coop
the alteged high price of lumber; eratlon of the lumber industry It was
that this partial report ignored the fel tht he Inquiry should produce
request of congress to report particu-jearl' results. On the contrary," says
larly as to the existence of comblna-l40 Petition, "It was not until Feb.
tkms, etc., in restraint of trade and I13. 191L more than four years after
therefore failed to give the lumber!-11 passage of the resolution, that
whlffi sets forth that the delay in re
porting the findings of the depart
ment has tended to confirm the pub
lic in the opinion that a "lumber
trust" exists in the manufacturing
side of the lumber business and has
g eiitly accentuated the attacks upon
"We, representing many citizens of
the I'nited Slates, who are entitled
to Justice at the hands of the gov
ernment, and to that Justice which Is
doubly admirable if prompt," says)
the memorial, petition you to have
made public at the earliest possible;
moment the whole conclusion of the
department of commerce and labor as
to the principal question put to it by
the congressional resolutions, that
the people of this country may no
linger hiyve to depend for their opin
ion as to the lumber producing in
dustry upon insinuations, unverified
charges, suspicion or prejudice."
On receipt of the statement and
Petition of th? lumbermen. President
Taft referred the complaint to Sec
retary Nagel, who furnished the pres
ident with a reply. This reply states
the position of the administration In
the matter. The lumber manufae-
producers the verdict which they ask-
! ed for at a conference with the pres
j ldent, Secretary Nagel and Commis
isioner Smith in Washington, Jan. 12,
I "Prices of lumber at the mills,"
says the petition, 'advanced during
the seven years from 1899 to 1906,
about 38 per cent. This correspond
ed with the advance in other commod
ities which enter so greatly into the
cost of lumber and in part to the In
creased values of stumpage.
"Prices to the consumer in some
sections of the country remote from
any report whatever was made by
the commissioner of corporations,
who had charge of this investigation
under the secretary of the deoart-
ment of commerce and labor." The j
petition calls attention to the fact j
that this report was only a partial!
one and failed to give the lumber
producers the verdict they desired. I
The petition closes with an urgent j
request that the "charges against the ;
lvmber manufacturers of the United I
States be as promptly brought to a
conclusion as seem likely to be those
against lumber , dealers who have
lumber-producing sections, advanced been brought Into court."
probably in still greater proportion! Secretary Nagel in transmitting to
due in part to the exhaustion of near the president the answer to the lum-
supplies, making necessary the pay
ment of greatly increased transporta
Notwithstanding these sufficient rea-
bermen's complaint, says the report
of the bureau of corporations was
not only important and relevant to
the issue Involved in the resolutions
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Rons it ia and seems to have of congress, but that the amount of.
turers. upon receiving the letter from! been commonly believed that the in-anuing umoer ana me concentra-
tlie secretary of commerce, made an
other appeal to President Taft, say
ing: "We hoie, Mr. President, notwith-
crease in prices at the mills was due
to the existence of controlling com
binations or agreements commonly
known as 'trusts', and that the 'lum-
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To the Republican Voters
I am rr.akir-g this fina! appeal for ycur support.
This must be my final word, because I cannot afford
to greet you through paid poll workers tomorrow as
one of my opponents will do. That I am unable to
make the same lavish expenditures that he will
make does not mean that I am less entitled or less
deserving of your vote. I pay my own expenses.
Mo corporation helps me.
I am a candidate for the office of state's attorney
on the republican primary ticket and feel certain
that I will be elected, in which case I promise a vig
orous, faithful administration of the affairs of the
office. I have ability to do this. In the conduct of
the state's attorney's office the best legal talent in
the country is used in defending the law breaker. On
this account study your l est interest and vote for
a candidate who has ability and experience and
who has a reputation of m?king a strong defender or
prosecutor of any case in which he is connected. If
elected I myself will be the state's attorney. I have
conducted my own campaign, paid my own expenses,
no corporation or faction has assisted in any way or
p3id a p,nny to my campaign fund, and the only
promises I have made are that I will be a faithful
and efficient state's attorney, treating all alike. I
respectfully ask your support and that you use your
influence to have others vote for me and I promise
that ycu will never regret having done so.
Ycurs for la.v and order,
WILLIAM E. WHITESIDE.
tion of its ownership were absolute
ly essential to the discussion of the;
questions involved. The secretary ;
says the bureau found a wholly un
expected and a very remarkable de-;
gree of concentration of standing!
timber. It thus applied a second and
absolutely essential ba3lc fact in the j
discussion of lumber prices. i
The secretary says the bureau of
corporations has, considering the
j magnitude of the task, supplied nec
essary facts as rapidly at possible;
ithat it is now carrying on also an
j investigation into competitive meth-,
jods, a report on which will be pre-;
jsented as soon as possible. Refer-,
I ling further to the statement of the:
I lumbermen that the first and onlyj
i report made by the department of
'commerce and labor was the report,
in 1911 on standing timber, Secre
tary Nagel says the bureau has also
for some time been carrying on in-;
', vestlgatlons inti the actual course,
'o the prices of lumber, and this, too,1
jwill be presented as soon as finished,
i Incidentally Mr. Na?el points out the
difficulty of gathering this informa-,
Secretary Nael says, in reply to
'the demand for a verdiit, that it
I would be wholly impracticable for the,
j bureau and entirely out of its juris-j
Miction, to render a verdh-t on tho,
existence of tho so-Cilled lumbbr
tru:-'t or conspiracy in restraint of
.trade; that the question is strictly a!
le;al one. Any attempt on the part!
of the bureau of corporations, says,
the secretary, to make such a finding
j of puilty or not guilty, would be an!
'absurdity in itself and would estab-;
; lish a most embarrassing precedent. ;
I Manager Bronson, in the letter to
I President Taft, under date of March
!l, takes up seriatim the subjects as
! stated and commented on by the sec-
'rotary, and says that not withstand-1
jing the importance of the inquiry as
;the standing timber, it is not respon
sive to the part of the senate reBO
! luMon that the investigation of the i
lumber industry should be conducted!
, with the particular object of ascer
taining the existence of any combina
tion, conspiracy, trust agreement or
contract In restraint of commerce.
Manager Bronson expresses the
hone that the investigation Into com-1
r.etitive methods, which Secretary
Nagel says is under way, will be pre
sented as soon as possible.
Regarding the request for a ver
dict. Manager Bronson says they felt
that Secretary Nagel's criticism is un
worthy, that the indictment mention
ed in the letter the president was
referred to as a moral indictment,
and that the verdict asked for is of
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I have made a thorough canvas of the other counties
in the district and am certain I will carry three of them.
I came home expecting to spend the last two weeks of the
campaign in Rock Island county.
As everyone knows, I have been required to devote the
entire two weeks" to the special grand jury, and cannot finish
my canvas as I should.
False and vicious stories have been started to discredit
me. On the other . hand, I have conducted a clean cam
paign, free from mud slinging. I call upon all lovers of
fairness to support me while I am at my post of duty.
LAWRENCE M. MAGILL