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WHAT CONGRESS DID AND WHAT IT DID NOT
DO IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST
cised the labor provisions. This shows
that the bill is not without merit.
A conference committee fussed
with the Newlands' trade commission
Representative Underwood offered
a resolution calling attention to the
fact that members of the House are
absent without leave and recom
mending that they have their pay
docked. Representative Mann noted
that the Southern primaries are over
and that Underwood waited until iis
fellow-members from the South were
through before introducing bis reso
lution. Will the members pay be dock
ed? No, little children, the members'
pay will not be docked. This is what
is commonly denominated political
The two sub-committees of the
House Judiciary Committee, which
were investigating the impeachment
of Judges Alston G. Dayton and Dan
iel Thew Wright, have gone sound
asleep. Has anybody got a legislative
The Rules Committee of the House
has avoided meeting, in order to avoid
consideration of the woman's suf
frage amendment and the prohibition
amendment. Members of the com
mittee hate to make a record on these
Numerous resolutions were intro
duced in the House calling for an in
vestigation into the rapid increase in
food prices. And the rapid increase
in food prices went on.
War interrupted the tedious word
piffle going on inongress and re
quired some quick action to meet va
rious emergencies. Congress can act
quickly if it must.
By unanimous consent, the so-called
Aldrich-Vreeland act was amended
so as to make it possible for national
banks to take out a billion dollars
worth of emergency currency. The
former limit was five hundred million.
Under the new act banks can draw
to the amount of 125 per cent of their
capital and resources.
Congress passed an act admitting
foreign built ships to American regis
try and authorizing the president by
proclamation to suspend the require
ments of the shipping laws in regard
to measurements, nationality of
watch officers and other restrictions
likely to interfere with the quick
transfer of foreign ships to the Amer
The law was amended removing
the five hundred dollar limit from the
amount which any single person may
deposit in the postal savings bank and
making this limit a thousand dollars.
There ought to be no limit. .
. The House passed the Seamen's
Bill.. This measure has already pass
ed the Senate and goes to conference.
This is a good bill if not spoiled by
The House took up the war risk
insurance bill seeking to have . the
government underwrite ships carry
ing American cargoes abroad. This
will be added to the emergency meas
ures. The House passed the first of the
conservation program bills, that pro
viding for government supervision of
water power developed on navigable
streams. This bill goes to the Senate.
With the water power lobby on the
job this bill is still a long way from
being a law.
The Senate -debated the Clayton
anti-trust bill and particularly criti-
MILK TAKES A JUMP!
Milk is again going up. The Milk
Producers' Ass'n has decided begin
ning Oct. 1 they will charge the re
tailers $2 a hundred pounds instead'
of 1.90 as at present This means a
quarter of a cent a. quart increase to
the retailers alone. It's not yet de
cided what the public will be charged.
The .producers are blaming the hig
cost of corn and, wfe?ak