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THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN. FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 17, 1920 HATE HEARING S ENLIVENED - I BY PROTESTS Petition to Corporation I Commission From Roads t For an Increase of 25 Per I Cent in Charges Is Met by Storm of Argument from Shippers r- Emnhatic nrntoctc i - r. -.....- un me pun 01 operating mines and other interests i dzninst fin ; - . ! . .uv.nae in rates of 25 Ti-r ent, asked for l,y the railroads of the tate featured the proceedings vester flay before the stats corporation com mission when three adjudications were prayed for between carriers and pa ron. Of the three hearing, that of Z?J Pcr t,pnt increase was the first and most important to come before the commission, and it was asrainst this that the efforts of protectants wore chiefly directed. The hearing was conducted by Commissioners 1 A. Jones and D. 1 Johnson. The proceedings were opened by II. M. KennemorK, of the firm of Chalmers. Stahl, Kennemore :ind Insra:i. who appeared for the carriers. He risked for an increase in freight rates of "J 5 per cent, in passenger rates of 2 per cent and in Pullman rates a 50 per cent KurcharRo, and based his demand upon a ruling of the interstate com merce commission authorizing such in creases, with the proviso that shippers seeking readjustments could file claims agrainst the railroad or railroads af fected in each instance. The protests against the proposed raise in rates came chiefly from the mining: compa nies of th state in a unanimous dec laration that the increases would stop operations in practically all of the small mines and leased properties in the state, while at the same time ma terially affecting the welfare of the larger corporations. The protests were made in the face of Fennemore's al legation that the Cummins-Ksch bill grave the interstate commerce commis sion power to increase intrastate rates in all cases where those rates conflict with interstate rates. The first protest was launched by J. K. Curry, secretary of the Arizona branch of the American Mining con press, on behalf of the mines in pen eral. He laid particular stress upon Keep Check On Your Picker With Our Simple Records Thft cotton grower who has from 20 to 160 acres of seed cotton to pick should avail himself of a picker's check that is easy to work within the field. There is nothing elaborate about it, like the systems used by the big cotton companies who also must have a check on their own employes and a record for headquarters as well. The individual grower only needs a form for his own use. Our forms take, less paper, and therefor cost less, and are still just, as practical as the more extended checks. Our forms are built on actual " experience, which is one reason why we have already printed nearly 200,000 of them this season, and also why it is more economical to buy from us. "Work printed same days It is received. Samples and prices on request. SAM Phone 32 ME YER, Printer Chandler, Arizona the thought that wlii'e rates miprht justly be rai.cd in some specific in stance:', a blanket increase is unwar ranted anil unfair. This position was that of ail who spoke against the pro posed increases. Oppose Freight Rate Increases ;. H. Powell, general manager of the Copper Queen branch of the Phelps-Dodge corporation, protested particularly against increase in the freight rates for ores between Bisbee and Douglas and fluxes between St. Paul's spur and Douglas, at which point 'the Copper Queen and Calumet Arizona smelters are situated. Dowell also lodged a protest on behalf of the Phelps-Dodge corporation- with regard to customs smelting. He declared that any increase in freight rates for ores from any mining center to Douglas must result in putting small mines out of business. Smelting costs, he said, had almost doubled through freight increases already in effect, and as a result the Phelps-Dodge corporation paid out $225,000 less for customs ores in 19111 than in 191S. a. M. Colvocorresses. general man ager of the Consolidated Arizona Smelting company at Humboldt, fol lowed Dowell with a citation of two specific hauls upon which increased rates could not be fastened without harm. The first was a haul from Mouse to Humboldt, and the second was a thirty mile haul of silver ore to Humboldt. Colvocorcssrs also de clared that in the case of more than sixty customs shippers who send ores to Humboldt smelters for treatment any increase in freight rates will mean an almost total stoppage of produc tion. W. ft. MeRride, general maager of the Old Dominion Jlining company, filed two specific protests'. The first was against a proposed increase of from $2.T0 a ton to $3.1212 on low grade ores from Bisbee to Globe. Me Rride declared that the present rate is already too high, citing the faet that the net value of the ore, includ ing its iron and sulphide content, was $7.5r, and the proposed rate would take almost half of this before any smelt ing process was even started: Such a tariff, he said, would absolutely stop the movement of low grade ores and concentrates. His second protest was against a proposed increase in the rate between Globe and Miami, seven miles. The rate is now 30 cents a ton. with a large tonnage moving. McPride contended that this rate is adequate, and that any increase would result in the curtailment of mining in the Globe Miami district. He declared that his company was already in seriffus dif ficulties due to increased freight rates and other costs. Humor 4n His Protest G. II. McDowell had referred to the small mining companies in conectlon with increased rates, as "sick babies." Georire D. Morris, general manager of the Gila Copper Sulphide company, said his company was not only a "sick baby," but that it had "one foot in the trrave and the other on a banana peel." He protested especially against the increase in the haul from Christ mas to Hayden. which is marked at a raise of from 22'2 cents to 30 cents. He raised a laugh -when he tokl how, when his company was notified of a raise of 25 per cent in rates above the original 22V? cents, with the, notation FUR STARTING TODAY-FRIDAY, AUG. 17-24 'A 1 MOV' : 1 J M FOR STANDARD MAKES-ALL SIZES Buy Sow Avoid Disappointment- For instance: The list price on a 30x32 non-skid tire is $25.50. Buy one at this price and we will sell you an additional tire f or $1.00. This applies to all makes and all sizes. Another instance: The motorist using 35x5 cords which list at $84.50 buys one at this price and an additional one at $1.00. No co. D. No Charges. No Deliveries. Mail Orders filled when cash ac companies orders. During our last sale many motorists were disappointed on account of waiting too long to take advantage of this exceptional offer. p I : .4 I I -. 1 1 I It - ?Ji ih''J-ii 1 iimmi mi m j. r. r Mm 440-442 W.WASHINGTON ST; PMDSWIX- PWDKIE-W8? ARIZDMA. that the new charge would be 30 cents, sent a letter to the railroad showing that 2," per cent of 22 1-2 cents is about o'i cents, and that the whole charge thtrefore should be about 2S cents. The railway replied that a mistake had been made with regard to the tariffs consulted by it and would be corrected. Tie mining company was notified again that it would be assessed 30 cents a ton. and the figurvs were again sent to the railroad. This re received an answer that a mistake had been made a sec ond time. Another no tification was then received by the mining company with the brief com ment that although the tariff should not be 30 cent according to the fig ures, nevertheless the railroad com pany had decided that such a tariff should be assessed. After asserting that he did believe the railroads were sincere in their de mands, he took up a discussion of the freight rates out of Thoenix with ref erence to the increase. His company, he said, maintains its own commis sary, where goods are sold at cost to the members of the camp, which in cludes about 400 people. He said that an increase on all commodities out of Phoenix to the camp, especially one as high as 25 per cent, would so raise J living conditions that demands for in creased wages would follow, and that tht old vicious circle of costs and wages would continue. Percy Williams of the El Tiro Leas ing company, Silver Bell, presented a long and interesting digest of the costs of bringing a ton of ore to a smelter, the smelting and the final returns. He showed by his digest of costs that the ore of his company, containing 130 pounds of copper, to the ton when mined, meant a profit of only SO cents, but the value of his figures was in showing the amounts paid to railroads by the smelters in all their operations the freight paid for fuel oil. for in stance, and for supplies, material and other necessitiees dependent upon shipping all o fwhich charges must be assessed against the ton or ore treated. The conclusion of his digest was that a blanket increase in rates oi 25 per cent would take away the SO cents profits now enjoyed by his com- pany and leave in its stead a deficit of 45 cents. Oppose Other Increases Mr. Steinrll of the United Verde Copper company spoke against in creased rates on mining timbers te tween Flagstaff and Williams and Clarkdale. At this point l-'ennemore interposed a protest of his own against the filing of exhibit's at this on the ground that he was asking for a blanket increase and not increases in specific cases. This ended the morning session. In the afternoon 11. A. Xickcrson of the Saginaw-Manistee Lumber com pany urged the keeping down of rates on logs between Bellemont and Wil liams. K. R. Kountree, traffic expert of the Douglas chamber of commerce and mines, took up the question of in creases in freight rates into Douglas; C. S. Brown of the Arizona farm bu reau examined increases n farm prod ucts, and then C. K. lilaine, traffic expert for the Arizona Tacking com pany, began an attack on the proposed increases from a new angle. He did not protest, he said, against a specific increase in rates, but he did protest against an increase which was based upon "an average of averages," and which placed upon Arizona ship pers burdens which should be carried by other states, which, he alleged, are getting lower rates in the majority of instances, than this state, and he asked for a justification in tariffs for this reason. Switching Rate Attacked The next hearing was that of the petition of the Shattuek-Arizona com pany of Cochise county for a reduction in switching charges from the present rate og $6.50, assessed by the El Paso Southeastern railway. The mining company, was represented by T. O. McGrath, and the railroad by Eugene F"ox, genral traffic manager; L. V. Morris, general superintendent. who was operating witness for the railroad; J. L. Stewart of the legal department, and W. C. Barnes, freight traffic man ager. The third hearing was of sin gular nature. In this proceeding the Santa Ke railroad, through G. H. Baker, assistant general freight agent, asked for a charge of (l a car for loading and unloading cattle in transit for food and water or other purposes in cases where no attendants accompany the shipment. There was. he explained, formerly a charge of $1.25 for this service, but in issuing a printed tariff on cattle ship ments the publishers unaccountably left out this service charge, so that the petition of the railroad company was, irrreality, a reduction in charge instead of an increase. As the charge is to be assessed only when the shipment is from or to a public stockyard, defined as a stock yard where there are federal inspectors and which are under the control of cor porations other than the carrier, C. K. Blaine protestd on the ground that it is discriminatory, a protest which was met by the assertion that as there! were no public stockyards in Arizona a protest on grounds of discrimination in intrastate rates could not well be supported. WEEK AUTOMOBILES STOLE! E 3 A Three automobiles are stolen in Maricopa county each week, data com piled by Sheriff John Montgomery shows. " The percentage of recovery is exceptionally high, however. Total thefts for the first eight and one-half months of the present year are placed at 102, an average of three for each 7-day period for the fi'rst 34 weeks. Recoveries during this period total 95. In other words, approximately P4 out of every 100 cars stolen have been returned to their owners. This is prob ably the biggest percentage of recov eries ever known in the valley. Value of property represented in the 102 stolen machines is given an ap proximate value of $140,000. The value of the seven cars still missing is fixed at approximately $6,500, so the per centage of recovery fixed on the value of property involved is still higher. There is still a possibility that some of the seven stolen cars still missing ultimately will be returned to the own ers. In some instances, cars have been recovered three and four months after they were stolen, and Sheriff Mont gomery is hopeful that some if not all of the machines will be located and re stored to the rightful owners. o About 50.000 persons in the United States have been arrested for violation of the prohibtion law. TO OBSERVE CITY'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1 FEBRUARY I4TH for cotton picking in the various areas of the state. Cotton picked thus far has been unusually free from debr'.s that would naturaly result from the occurrence of rain. The cutting of grain has made good progress in the northern part of the state where the length of stalks would justify cutting, but in Coconino county stock have been turned into a number of fields where shortness of stalks would not permit harvesting. In the Parker sec tion milo maize and sudan grass are about ready for second cutting. . Most of the automobiles, imported to Japan origin. in 131S were of American Owing to an error in letter writing it was stated that the semi-centennial of Phoenix and Maricona counv would be held Feb. 12, "which also is admis sion day," J. H.MeCintoek stated yes terday in making the correction. Ad mission day falls on Feb. 14, which is also St. Valentine's day. The colonel as chairman of the committee ro'-om-mended admission day as the best day for holding the semi-centennial cel ebration and the recommendation has been acted upon favorably by the board of directors. Feb. 12 was the day Governor Saf ford fifty years ago signed the bill treating Maricopa county. In the lat ter part of February, 1871. Phoenix was incorporated into a municipality, although it actually began on its pres ent site Oct. 20, 1920, v.-hen citizens in mass voted to move the town from the old ruins east of town. Too many things are going to hap pen this fall; therefore, the joint fif tieth birthday of Phoenix and the county will be held, as recommended, on admission day. The legislature will, be here then and it is possible thV legislature will ester into tlje cere mony by reason that it was that body which fifty years ago passed the bill that chewed off a large chunk of Yav apai county and named it Maricopa. FRAMK LLOYD STUCHAL VIOLINIST AND TEACHER 241 North Fifth St. Phone 2345 SCATTERED SHOWERS DURING WEEK NOTED Telegraphic reports from cattle re gion observers of the weather bureau state that the weather o-cr the dis trict during the last seven days has been cool, attended by scattered show ers, but with a sufficiency of sunshrtie. The heaviest showers fell in the vicin ity of Prescott and Seligman, where pastures were freshened up and the water supply slightly replenished.- The Pinedalo. Williams and Tinto districts affected by heavy showers of the week previous, show marked im provement; water continues plentiful and cattle generally fat. Viewed from car windows and from main traveled roads, pastures over the state generally appear short and overgrazed, but some distance away and remote from tanks and water holes they are generally abundant and in many places hav is being cut for winter use. In the Colo rado river bottoms, covered this slam mer by high water, an abundance of pasture and browse Is available and is being grazed by stock shipped in from points outside the state.. Absence of rain in the agricultural sections of the state has been favorable for farm work of all kinds, particularly 7 r fjrrfonT fr TARDY AGAIN! Send him to school on a Bicycle and he will always be on time. The exercise is excellent fcr him and makes him wideawake and eager to get to his studies. By all means send the boy to school on a bicycle. He'll like the sturdy built "bikes,Hwe sell each one is guaranteed Iver-Johnsons, Westerns, Snells, Racycles. A complete line awaits your selection. KING BROTHERS "THE BICYCLE KINGS' 110 East Adams Phone 1365 We Deliver The GOODS Patton Bros. Grocery Phone 1751-1709 Agency Stien Bloch and Fashion Park Clothes A M s a alter of Fsict Your first year at college will teach you to keep your eye open. You'll soon know where to get off at. You'll want to swing into the procession easily with lots of pep. And boy, you'll want o look the part your raiment will carry you a long way. Get a good start. It's simply joyous to take a peep at the col lege Uied suits we offer this fall. They are a creation an expert choice of weaves and as sure as you are a foot high they are so clever so unusual in every way. But mind you, we have marked them dangerously low. Selling at less profit than ever before. Meeting the situation fairly and squarely with good quality and enormous stock, models that will gladden any young and strug gling college chap. You'll proe out our enthusiasm when you compare our suits' and overcoats with any in the world at the price. '$35.00, $40.00, $45.00 and up. f You'll do bettor at STEJN-BtOCH-CtOlHES And by the Way And by the way, when your train pulls into the station a full minute ahead of time you'll want to Rather up baggagn of the on hundred pcr cent kind. Well it's here, ready to pack with the following needed parapher nalia. Feature Hats Feature hats with that free and carelea look. Both cloth and felt. Rristling: styles from the world's best hatters, $3 and up. Caps Perhaps you'll feel merest rase in a cap that will harmonize with your suit, $2.50 and up. Shirts Shirts of silk and other weaves that travel with tomorrow. Chosen with care, $2.50 and up. Pajamas Pajamns and N'isht Kohes in soft pliable fabrics, outms flannel, madras and muslin. 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