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Devoted to me Bar Interests or the Home, the 5hop and the ta
Eleventh Year, No.
JfAFKK. ! IE Alt.'
Railroad Bill
Is Passed.
Creates a Court of Visitation Along
New and More Extensive Lines.
(The full text of the railroad bill Is Riven
on page lit.)
The railroad caucus did Its work well.
It gave to the attorneys Its plan for legis
lation. This was arrived at after consid
erable consideration of the matter, and
the attorneys went to work. As they
progressed they saw what they believed
to he valid objections to some of the in
structions given and made such alter
ations as seemed best in their judgment.
Five or six days and nights of hard
work were put in on the work. Every
point was weighed carefully. No pos
sible weak point was left. The object
of all concerned was to make the bill as.
strong aa it could possibly be made.
When all of this work was done, the
completed bill was submitted to the joint
caucus, which was attended by a ma
jority of the members of botn nouses.
There it was read section by section and
carefully considered. Printed copies of
the bill had been placed in the hands
of each member. Each member went
into this meeting fully convinced that
the question of whether the State was to
have a railroad bill was to be settled be
fore this caucus adjourned. They went
in with a determination to get together
and at the same time to get the best pos
sible bill. The discussion covered a wide
range of views and was earnest in every
respect. Few changes were made in the
bill but the members were determined to
know what they were voting for. The
hardest fight was over the provision to
appoint the first commission next April,
thereby giving Stanley power to name it
Governor Lewelling made the hardest
fight for this provision. He based his
fight on the theory that this Legislature
should give no man a title to any office
which he did not have on election day.
He is now a member of the railroad com
mission and if the appointment was to
bo made by Governor Leedy he would
likely hold his place, but he preferred
to do that which he 'believed to be right.
His position may not have been right
but his position was an honorable one.
In the course of his remarks Senator
Lewelling said:
"Do you want the Populist party to go
down in history as a party of pelf-seekers
who were after office and office only?
This movement is wrong. The Populist
party has no right to attempt to hang
on to the Jobs and legislate a fejjr men
into office."
The provision was left in the bill by
a vote of 58 to 25.
Some of the changes made in the ori
ginal bill authorized the Governor to
name the commission instead of giving
that authority to the executive council
and did not require their confirmation
by the Senate. In case the complainant
in an action believes that the solicitor
provided for in the law favors the
side of the railroads, he may procure
the appointment of a special solicitor for
that case. This prevents the solicitor
from favoring the companies by declin
ing to bring suits. - The strike section
was modified somewhat,
The real fight came when the bill was
brought up for consideration In the
House. The railroad bill which was in-
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troduced Saturday was placed on third
reading. A motion was promptly made
to substitute the caucus bill for It. This
was in the committee of the whole
House, with Falrchild of Kingman in
the chair. He promptly cleared the area
around the members' seats and made the
visitors keep out of range. As the read
ing of the substitute was completed
Seaton (Rep.) moved that the bill be re
ferred to House Committee on Railroads.
He made quite a speech in favor of his
motion and was frequently called down
by the chair for drifting around among
a variety of subjects which bore no re
lation to the motion. The motion was
The first section was read and Barkley
of Elk moved its adoption. Foley sec
onded the Motion. It was carried. Sim
ilar action Was taken with reference to
other sections. After every vote the
Republicans would call for a division.
Finally the chair called for a division,
and on a standing-vote the section passed
by a vote of 69 to 33. That settled the
division calls and no attention was given
to them on subsequent votes.
When the section providing for a so
licitor was read, Fitzgerald (Rep.)
moved to strike It out and transfer the
duties to an assistant attorney general.
His amendment was promptly voted
down and with a unanimity which
plainly showed to the Republicans that
the fusion members did not propose to
have any fooling and that the bill as
reported was to be passed without any
alteration or Interruption,
Keefer of Leavenworth tried to include
passenger business with that of freight,
but his amendment did not pass. He
immediately left the House and did not
return until after the vote on all points
affecting the bill were taken.
Jackson (Rep.) of Harvey moved to
adjourn as it was past noon, but his mo
tion went the way of all motions made
by Republicans. After a number of other
sections had been adopted Larimer
(Rep.) moved to report the bill back to
the House with the recommendation that
the enacting clause be stricken out Of
course his motion was in vain.
Brown (silver Rep.) of Cowley moved
to strike out the anti-pass feature. This
failed. Then he moved that a provision
prohibiting all State, county and local
officers from accepting passes be adopted.
This failed. It would have had no force
because it had no proper place in the
bill. Along at the close Ell Williams of
McPherson, who was elected as a Re
publican but who accepted the Populist
nomination this year, tried to amend by
striking out the strike feature. His mo
tion was lost
At the conclusion of the reading and
when each section, had been adopted,
Brown of Pratt moved to amend the title
so as to conform to the substituted bill.
This was carried. A motion to report
the bill to the House with the recom
mendation that It pass was then adopt
ed and the. committee rose. Speaker
Street took the chair and Mr. Falrchild
mads the report of the committee of the
whoie and moved its adoption. His mo
tion carried but a roll-call was taken. It
resulted In 68 voting aye and 37 voting
no. It was now after. 1 o'clock, and
everyone was hungry, but the determina
tion to pass the bill before adjournment
had not even begun to disappear and the
members stayed In their seats and kept
at work,
Immediately after this roll call Hack
ney moved to consider the bill engrossed
and read It the third timo. His motion
prevailed and the final vote began. This
was the only chance for Republicans to
talk and they Improved it. They ex
plained their votes. Barker (Rep?) was
the first. He argued that the session was
unconstitutional and that the legislation
attempted was vicious. Brooke, Burk
holder. Brown (silver Rep.) of Cowley,
Finney, Grimes, Haywood, IrwJn, Jack
son of Harvey, Johnson of Nemaha, Ked
dle, Larimer, McKeever, Seaton, Seaver
and Shouse followed. Many others sent
written explanations to the clerk's desk.
Larimer of Shawnee made the most
vicious speech. He made no Impression
though as his principal strength lies in
his ability to say things which are calcu
lated to make others feel disagreeable.
The fusion members laughed at his
tirade and when he referred to them as a
repudiated band of boodlers they did not
even refer to the fact that Larimer him
self had been similarly treated by his
home people. McKeever tried to make
about the same sort of a speech but he
failed signally. He talked as if he were
thinking of his candidacy for Bpeaker at
the regular session.
Doyle (silver Rep.) said that many
features of the bill were very objection
able to him but he would vote for it any
way. Williams of McPherson scored the
Populists for their management of the
bill, for rushing it through and for some
of the features which were In It, but he
voted aye.
The roll-call gave the bill 70 votes,
which is 7 more than a constitutional
majority, while the Republicans, with
(Continued on page 9.)

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