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BILL TO ADJUST ' INCOME TIKES Measure Is Introduced by Bar ron County Assemblyman. PLEDGE OF G. 0. P. PLATFORM County Supervisors Will Get Pay Boost of $1 a Day Under Terms of Bill introduced in Legislature by Assemblyman Sachtjen. Madison. —An adjustment of income taxes of the state is proposed in a bill by John L. Dahl, Barron county. Mr. Dahl declares that he has intro duced this measure to carry out the pledge of the Republican platform, de claring in favor of adjustment of in come tax rates in this state. Dahl is administration leader in the lower house. The Dahl hill contains many fea tures now incorporated in several dif ferent bills in the legislature. It read justs the present income tax rates, in creasing the schedule of what they are today and increases exemptions for married persons and individuals so that this feature of the bill will correspond with the present federal law. “It repeals those sections of the present law enacted in 11)11 which per mit corporations and individuals to use, as a deduction in making out their "income tax returns, dividends received from state banks, national hanks, mu tual savings banks and trust com panies subject to taxation in this state. “It repeals the so-called ‘secrecy clause’ of the Income tax law of 1911. This will enable the authorities of the state to check up the correctness of income tax returns of corporations and Individuals as made at the present time, in order, to determine to what extent individuals and corporations of the state have been dodging the in come tax. The tendency of this repeal, if enacted into law, will he to permit anyone who suspects that his neigh bor is not making an honest return to have the opportunity of inspecting the records of incomes. No doubt this will meet with much opposition from many sources, but it should also have the support from all these who wish to see honest returns made, thus placing equal burdens upon all in proportion to their equal incomes that should be reported. “It repeals the so-called personal property offset. The present law per mits anyone who pays an income tax to use his income tax receipt to pay that much of his personal property tax, thus making his income tax that much of an offset of his personal prop erty tax. For instance, a man who pays an income tax of $5O and has a personal property tax of $5O pays but the one tax. This defeats the income tnx to a considerable degree, and it is to remedy this defect that the present measure repeals that part of the law of 1911. “The law of 1011 permits an individ ual who receives dividends or incomes from stocks or interest in any copart nership, corporation, joint stock or as sociation, the income of which has been assessed under the present in come tax law. to deduct sucli amount received from his taxable income re gardless of how large his income may he from this source. That is, if any in dividual had all of his wealth invested In such sources and received, say, an income of $lO,OOO from such sources, he has so far been exempted from taxation; the present bill exempts $2,000 of income from this source and taxes all of such income over that amount. It would seem that any per son enjoying this source of income, after making his usual deductions either as a single person or as a mar ried person, or the head of a house hold, and deducting besides an addi tional sum of $2,000 out of such sources of Income, ought to be amply protected end should be taxed on such incomes above that amount. The total exemp tion of this source of income in the law of 1911 was based on the theory that such corporations Lave already been taxed before declaring such divi dends.” County supervisors will get a pay boost of $1 per day under the terms of a bill introduced in the legislature by Assemblyman Herman Sachtjen of Dane county. Town clerks also are having their salaries boosted from $2 to $8 for each day’s service. The two big education bills of the session will be started on their way in the legislature when committee works open again, Antone Kuckuk, chairman of the committee on educa tion and public welfare of the senate, has announced. First consideration will be given the proposal for up building of the teachers’ retirement fund, followed by a hearing on the Skogmo bill for reorganization of the administrative system of schools. State Capitol at Small Cost. That the total cost of the beautiful state capitol represents an investment of only $2.80 per inhabitant is the statement of J. G. Mack, state engi neer. “The total cost of the building was $7,258,165,” said Mack, “and it is stated on competent authority to be the lowest unit cost building of its character in the country. If the cost was divided by the number of years It took to complete the structure if would represent but 23 cents per year per inhabitant for the 12 years that were consumed.” WOOD COUNTY REPORTER. Education Ccstly in This State. in a bulletin issued by the tax com mission there are presented for the firsr time exact tigures and data showing the cost of education in the cities of Wisconsin. A review of the local tax rates shows that anywhere from one-quarter to more than one half of the taxes collected In cities goes to education of children. Mad ison’s .0225 tax rate gives more than one-quarter for school purposes. On a total assessed value of all property of $81,118,351, Madison taxed itself to the sum of $645,385 for schools in 1920. Of this sum, $31,074, according to the tax commission’s tigures, went to county school tax and $614,311 was raised for local schools. An interest ing comparison of the tax rates for schools in cities can he compiled by using the legal tax rate limit of .0350 as a basis for deduction. This limit of $350 has been exceeded by at least 35 cities in the state. There is pend ing legislation in the legislature now which, by making some of the debts of these cities retroactive, would legal ize their excesses. But #sing tlie legal limit as the basis, there are found the following facts: Alma has a school tax rate of .0278; Altoona. .0254; Au gusta. .0273; Bayfield. .0165; Berlin, .0159; Black River Falls. .0196; Chctek, .0155; Chippewa Falls, .0136: Colby, .0156; Crandon. .0194; Dodge ville, .0105; Eau Claire. .0122; Fenni more, .0182; Fond du Lac, .0133; Hudson, .0258; Hurley, .0118; Keno sha, .0109; Marinette, .0091; Marsh field. .0113; Menasha, .0106; Menom ouie, .0136; Milwaukee, .0123; Su perior, .0186. These are not all the places that have high rates. The list is long. The highest rate Is found In Alma with a tax rate of .0278 for Its schools, the lowest for Delavan with the school tax rale taking a .0004 por tion of the taxes raised by the coni munity. The total taxes raised for local and county schools in Wisconsin last year was $17,072,652, on an as sessed valuation of $1,748,283,801. Wants U. S. to Repeal Rail Act. The Wisconsin legislature lias been asked to memorialize congress to repeal the Esch-Cummins railroad law. The memorial to congress on this sub ject has been offered in the lower house of the legislature by Assembly man Anton Holly, Kewaunee county. A favorable recommendation lias been given by the committee for the pas sage of the resolution. The resolution declares that under the Esch-Curamins law freight rates have been increased to such an extent as to place a heavy burden on the people. That Governor Blaine is back of the movement is in dicated by his recent message, in which he declared that as a result of the passage of the law it would cost $4,000 more per mile to build cement highways in Wisconsin. There will be opposition to the pass age of this resolution and there are many indiactions that the reolution many indications that the resolution may he defeated on the final vote. Those who are opposed to the resolu tion declare that the Esch-Cummins railroad law has not been in opera tion long enough to demonstrate It self. By agreement of the leaders the resolution will be acted on in a few •lays. The house engrossed the con stitutional amendment fixing the sal ary of members of the legislature at >750 a year. All amendments were re jected. 3anks Show Big Increase. Banking resources in Wisconsin show a decided increase and a steady levelopment, in the quarterly report ssued by Banking Commissioner Mar ini!! Cousins. The report covers the period from December 29, 1920, to February 21, 192 J. State, mutual sav ings and trust companies show an in n-ease in resources of $3,200,000. At be same time, there was a decrease n their liabilities of over $3,000,000. -tix banks were organized and opened 'or business during this period. The total bank resources of the state on February 21, 1921. were $2,538,165, more than on February 28, 1920. A vear ago the banks of the state had esources amounting to $509,711,213.94, chile this year their resources had in n-eased to $512,294,379.92. Banking ’ommissioner Cousins granted, during he period covered by his report, 21 authorizations for capital stock in n-eases, reaching a total of $473,000. Five extensions of charters also were minted. ViII Pay for Killing Rats. The common house and barn rat vill now face extermination. Both louses of the legislature have passed he WiettenhiHer bill to accomplish hat purpose. Counties are allowed o offer a 5-cent bounty for the killing •f rats. icome Tax Bill Killed. Federal income tax exemptions of 2.000 for a married man, SI,OOO for a nigle person and S2OO for each child cben applied to the state income tax law wore defeated in the house by a vote of 47 to 32. .Wisconsin Roads Set the Pace. “Wisconsin, the road school of the diddle West,” is a sobriquet which is ■eing applied to the Badger state be muse of the number of delegations, vhich are coming to the state to study ts road system, especially the patrol naintenance. A Missouri legislative lelegation will arrive April 13 to in spect Wisconsin roads. The biggest delegation thus far —the Illinois party, headed by Governor Small —will ar rive April 15 to make an extensive inspection of Badger highways. Entered June 2, 1903 at Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, as second-class matter, under Act of Congress of Mar. 3. 1879. WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WOOD COUNTY, WISCONSIN, THURSDAY APRIL 14, 1921. J, A. SLENDER PASSES ON J. A. Slender, a.prominent business man of Hurley, who was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Werle on Bth street north for over Sunday, died suddenly Sunday morning while in bed with Mr. Werle. They had been to the Band Carnival that night and arrived home late. They retired about 1:00 o’clock Sunday morning and while visiting together in bed he was striken with heart failure and passed away. Mr. Werle stated that there was no warning of the approaching death of his brother-in-law. They had just turned out the lights after disrobing and were talking over the enjoyable time they had had at the band carni val, where Mr. Slender had been one of the judges of a contest. Mr. Slen der was conversing freely when the subject was turned to business topics. Several ouestions vrere asked by Mrs. Werle and no response was made. He touched the lifeless body and still no response whereupon he flashed on the lights and discovered that death had overcome his guest. He notified a local physician whose attempts to re vive him failed, pronounced death due to heart failure. J. A. Slender was the husband of Mrs. Werle’s sister. He was sixty-one years of age and had been ailing for some time. About two weeks ago he went to Waukesha to take mud baths and was apparently much benefitted by the treatment He was to have met his wife in Wisconsin Rapids for a visit at the Werle home, but Mrs. Slender who has been visiting with their daughter and son, students in Milwaukee schools, was called home to Hurley. Mr. Slender was engaged in a large tailoring business at Hurley and was one of the city’s most prom inent business men and respected citi zens. He was an active member of the Masonic lodge and other organiza tions. He is survived by his widow and three children, DEATHOF NASHMUCHELL Nash Mitchell, a well known resident of the village of Pittsville who had gone to Milwaukee in the interest of his health, died there Sunday after noon as the result of an operation which had been performed upon him the day before. He had been in poor health for sometime and saught relief in an operation. He took a chance and lost. Mr. Mitchell was a man of keen business qualities, and a member of the Masonic lodge of the city of Pittsville. His body arrived at Pitts ville Monday evening, where the fun eral services were held Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the Masonic hall. The funeral was con ducted by the members of the Masonic lodge of that city. In the year 1895 Mr. Mitchell was elected to the office of register of deeds, and in 1897 was again elected for a second term. Previous to his election he was engaged in business in Pittsville. He moved his family to this city, where they resided until after the expiration of his second term, when he returned to Pittsville, and settled on his farm near that city, later going into the jewelry business. He served as a member of the county board for a number of years, and at the time of his death was a jury com missioner. He is survived by his wife and several grown-up children. MRS, WSTA ' FISHER DEAD Mrs. Augusta Fisher of the town of Sigel died at her home Sunday at about mid-night of old age. She was born in Germany on November 16, 1841, and was 79 years of age at the time of her death. When she was about 25 years old she came to this country and about a year later was married to Mr. Fisher. They liv ed in this city for about four years when they moved on the homestead in Sigel. They have lived on the same homestead for the past forty-eight years. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Emma Bloubach of Spencer and Mrs. Anna Ehlert of Seneca and two sons, Andrew 7 at home and Walter of this city. She is also survived by two stepsons, Ed of Mosinee and William of Spencer and a brother, Fred Shultz, pf Sigel. Funeral services took place Wednes day afternoon at 1:30 from the home and at 2:15 from the Lutheran church in Sigel, Rev. List officiating. Burial in Lutheran cemetery in Sigel. J. HERMANS! DIED SATURDAY - J. Hermansen died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Krom menecker, with whom he was living at 693 Third street north, at 6:45 Satur day evening. Mr. Hermansen was bom in Hol land January 23, 1855. When he came to this country he settled at Depere. Twenty-three years ago he came to Sigel and settled on a farm and two years ago sold his farm and on October 15 came to this city to live with his daughter. He leaves besides his widow, two daughters, Mrs. August Gerbers of Rudolph and Mrs. Albert Krom menecker and one son, Frank, of West Depere. Funeral services were held Wednes day morning at 9:15 from the home and 9:30 from SS. Peter & Paul Cath olic church, Rev. Reding officiating. Burial took place in Calvary cemetery. STUOYING PRODUCTION COSTS ONFARM MADlSON—Director Nordman of the State Market Division recently made some statements concerning the studying of production costs by farm ers which he finds are being directly misquoted by the press. He is charg ed with saying that cost of production studies on the farm are a delusion in asmuch as farmers are compelled to take market prices for the’r produce regardless of the cost of such produce. What Mr. Nordman actually did say was that such studies could not be used as a basis for price-fixing since prices of farm products are made by forces beyond the farmer’s control. He did say, however, that such studies are, nevertheless, extremely desirable since they call forcible attention to probably greatest defect in American industrial life which is that the aver age farmer in this country is grossly under-paid for his services. He fur ther said that this condition in our basic industry is bad not alone for farmers but for all other industrial activities as well. Cost of production studies though not capable of positive ly accurate conclusions will, neverthe less, come near enough to actual con ditions to demonstrate the real situa tion. Now it is reasonable to suppose that the financial conditions on the farm shown up as they actually exist and with the menace which these con ditions are disclosed to society that people will be much more likely to support a real remedy and this is the reason why Mr. Nordman favors cost studies and not because he believes prices can be controlled regardless of the law of supply and demand. In other words, it is proposed to use these cost studies to make student ox such questions see the importance of giving the natural laws an opportunity of working out the Department of Mar kets to favor cost of production stud ies. It is just another plan for letting in the light to show what actual con ditions are in the field of agriculture. PROPERCARE OF EGGS But above all it is essential for the farmer to properly grade, pack and candle his eggs. The processes are technical and it is hardly possible for each individual farmer to become an expert in them and to devote to them the necessary time and care. The best way for farmers to establish proper grading, packing and candling of eggs is through cooperation. By cooperat ing in the grading and candling and hiring a competent manager, farmers will be saved the trouble and the loss of time which these processes involve. The cost of operation will be relative ly small because of a large volume of business and the grading will be done more efficiently and more uniformly. But above all, grading and candling by the farmers themselves will pre vent all the waste and expense in volved in the shipment of ungraded products and will help materially to ward the improvement of market con ditions. SCHLATTERER STOKEWEDDING Miss Bernadette Schlatterer, the charming and only daughter of Mrs. Nan Schlatterer of this city, and Carl Stoke of Mosinee, were united in mar riage Monday morning at ten o’clock at the Catholic parsonage by Rev. W’illiam Reding, pastor of SS. Peter & Paul’s Catholic church. They were at tended by Miss Marian Philleo as bridesmaid and John Schlatterer, bro ther of the bride, as groomsman. The bride wore an orchid satin gown trimmed with gold lace, a leghorn pic ture hat trimmed with orchid roses, and carried a bouquet of orchids, pink roses with a shower of pink and white sweet peas and baby breath. Her travelling gown was a navy blue tail ored suit, with a hat of henna color. Miss Philleo was gowned in silver grey taffeta with hat to match. She carried an arm bouquet of pink roses and ferns. Directly after the ceremony, a wad ding breakfast was served at the home of the bride to thirty guests, immedi ate relatives and intimate friends. The bridal table was decorated with a centerpiece of pink and white carna tions, smilax and ferns, and at the four corners, crystal candlesticks with pink candles were used. The decora tions at the smaller tables were of crystal candlesticks with pink candles. In the center of the archway between the living and dining room w T as sus pended a basket filled with pink and white sweet peas and ferns and from the sides of which strings of smilax were festooned to the corners of the archway. The bride was a member of the young society set, with whom she was a great favorite, and was very popular among her numerous acquaintances here and greatly loved and admired by all who knew her. She was employed for several months previous to her marriage in the office of the County Judge J. W. Conway, where she was appointed judge of probate, which position she filled very efficiently. The groom is a young man of the highest ideals, is a fine business man and has a number of friends in this city by whom he is well liked. Mr. and Mrs. Stoke left Monday noon for a wedding trip through the east after which they will return to Mosinee to reside where the groom is superintendent of the sulphite mill of the Wausau Sulphite Fibre Cos. The out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Viele, Mr. and Mrs. George Martin and Miss Irene Carney and Fred Schlatterer of Mosinee, Miss Catherine Lane of Milwaukee, Mias Dolores Ward of Eau Claire and Rob ert Sheriman of Iron Mountain, Mich. BIG ROAD CONTRACT LET Louis Amundson, former County Highway Commissioner has landed the grading and bridge and culvei'ts contracts for a stretch of road between Merrill and Wausau on Route No. 10. The amount of the contract is said to be $45,000. Mr. Amundson will start crews to work this week to prepare the ground, the work being a grading con tract. This is Mr. Amundson’s first contract in road making. The grading under the specifications calls for surfacing with rock and granite for a stretch of five miles. The work will start at a point on Route No. 10 four miles south of the city of Merrill and will be worked to ward Wausau. Three crews will be used and seventeen teams will be needed to carry the work through. Mr. Amundson looked over the ground pn Friday last and returned to make preparations. It is expected that the work will be started under full opera tions within ten days. There is in addition to the grading project a SIO,OOO concrete bridge and culvert contract which will be carried on simultaneously with the grading work by a crew under Contractor Amundson. Mr. Amundson was for eight years county highway commissioner. He has had wide experience in road mak ing and will doubtlessly make an ex cellent record for himself in the con tracting business. HEN WANTED To work on Cranberry Marsh. Ap ply to Jacob Searls, 21t Bth Street North, City. 15-2 t THE CEDAR OFLEBANON Maud Robinson Toombs Note—The following ai’ticle will be read with interest by our readers as it refers to C. H. Rintelman, a bro ther of Mrs. A. L. Fontaine, From earliest bibical times the Cedar of Lebanon was the symbol of majesty and held sacred. It is called “the tree of Jehovah planted by His right hand crowning the great moun tains,” and in the XCII Psalm is the beautiful verse: The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar in lebanon. The cedar is a native of Syria on the coldest part of Mt. Lebanon where | it grows at an altitude of 7,000 feet. It is a coniferous evergreen of the larger sort, bearing large roundish cones of smooth scales, standing erect, needles one inch long and thick set. The wood is reddish hue and very aro matic, reputed almost imperishable and of such bitter taste that worms and bugs cannot endure it. For this reason the ancients used tablets of cedar when they wrote anything they wished to last. They also smeared their books and writings with a juice drawn from cedar to preserve them from rotting. Cortes is said to have built a palace in Mexico in which were 7,000 beams of cedar most of it 120 ft long and four feet in diameter. The cedar used in the main mast of the galley of King Demetrius measured 130 feet long and eighteed feet in dia meter. The wood was in particular demand for religious buildings. King Hiram of Tyre sent it to King David as the most precious material with which to build the temple of Jer usalem. j Its massive trunk’s great height and dark heavy foliage, green at all sea sons, made the forests of Lebanon fa mous the world over even in the days of the prophets. Heroes and emperors were likened to the kingly cedar of Lebanon which stood for all that was precious and majestic in trees. The wonderful fragrance of its wood, which never dies away, also made it highly prized. Some of the giant trees on the slopes of Me. Lebanon were said to have been planted by Solomon himself, and when Palestine was opened to the Christians in the middle ages the patriarchs threatened with ecclesias tical censure those who harmed these venerable old trees by making pil grimages to them in order to collect wood for crosses, tabernacles and the interior of churches. In this manner, the grove was no doubt saved for fu ture generations, but a scientific in vestigation conducted by Sir Joseph Hooker, the eminent English botanist in 1860 reported a rapidly diminishing number of trees. Those remaining did not exceed four hundred in num ber, varying in girth from eighteen to forty feet, and he found no seed lings or young trees, showing that favorable condiitons for the germina tion of the seed must occur at great intervals. It will be seen therefore how rare and valuable these trees are and how difficult to raise from seed. In 1863 the cedar of Lebanon was introduced into England, and in the latter part of the eighteenth century is was brought ot this country. It is claimed that there are only five adult specimens in the United States, many of the trees which pass for Lebanon cedars both in this country and in England, being the much easier grown and far less valuable cedar of Mt. Atlas. The trees in the United States are: The “Old Cedar” in a field in the northern section of Flushing, Long Island; one on the Prince estate, also in Flushing; one at Woodlawn, Prince ton, New Jersey; one on the Collis Huntington estate at Throggs Neck, L. 1., and one in Idaho. The “Old Cedar” has a right to its title as it is the largest, most vener able of the fire trees. It has been the object of many pilgrimages from tree lovers all over the country, some coming all the way from the Pacific coast, and with reason, for it is a ma jestic specimen. It stands at a heignt of 75 feet, with a diameter of six feet, and its lower limbs extend fifty-four feet. Its heavy and matted branches spread their plane-shaped masses of dark green, both winter and summer. The origin of this venerable ancester cannot be traced but it was probably brought over as a seedling in the re volutionary times. The cedar on the Huntington estate was imported by Philip Livingston, the former owner of the estate. It is about seventy feet tall. The Princeton tree was planted at Woodlawn by the late Judge Feld in 1842. It is in the neighborhood of sixty feet. The tree in Idaho was one of two trees planted from seed brought from the holy land many years ago. Onei VOLUME 63, No. 15 tree died, but the survivor—a mere youngster as cedars are measured—is about forty feet high and has a dia meter of about fourteen inches near its base. The cedar of Lebanon is one of the hardest trees to propagate' and almost every one who has tried it has failed. The “Old Cedar” in Flushing was particularly the subject of experi ments and was at last pronounced sterile, as no one had ever obtained results with its seeds. It remained for C. H. Rintleman of that town to experiment successfully with its cones. He loved the tree, made it his hobby, and finally, after many years spent in struggles and difficulties, be found a method of his own, and today he has several thousand hardy one, two and three year-old seedlings growing in his nursery. These seedlings are are growing successfully in the Ar lington national cemetery, some as far away as Wisconsin and California. • After making the mistake of following the old books on the subject and coddling the baby cedars, and after he had lost all of his shoots but three out of several hundred he took the op posite viewpoint and put them out of doors in the snow and icy February weather, after which they did wond erfully. One of the illusti’ations show the first season’s growth of seedlings, and in speaking of this Mr. Rintleman says: “The four larger seedlings in the picture are ten or eleven inches high. That is what the seedlings'dook like from the first season’s growth. The little seedling in the center is a white, five-needled pine; it represents i fair growth for the first season. It was grown to illustrate how much stronger grower the cedar of Lebanon is than the other needled varieties. A tree of- this sort can readily attain a heighth of thirty-six feet in seventeen years. “The picture showing the cones and blossoms (there are four of these) also gives an idea of the dense forma tion and compactness of the needles. The blossoms are about one and one half inches long, and one-half inch in iiameter. When they first open they are of a bright yellow color, turning to a rich brown, and they remain on the branches about a month. The l hree cones are nearly of matured size, are about four inches long and about three inches in diameter, weigh about a half pound, and when matured are of a chocolate color. The cones and blossoms stand erect. The blossom of the cedar of Lebanon produces a ?one about the size of a nutmeg. It is filled with a substance which looks like powdered sulphur and smells like resin. It does its fertilizing of the eed bearing cones its substances in the month of June. The seed bearing cone is a growth and when it is the size of a hen’s egg it becomes covered with a very fine wooly-like growth. If the cone is obstructed so that it doesn’t receive any fertilizer there will not be any seed in that cone. For instance if a cone happens to have a branch and its needles resting on it that part of the cone will be seedless. A cone which has its full share of fertilizer will bear 150 to 175 seeds. The cone g-ow r s from three-year-old wood and it ;akes two years to grow a cone from the cone bud which grow r s from the branch. The branch on which it grows is five years old when the cone comes to maturity. Then the cone and the seeds are scattered, but by that time, in tiiis climate, al most all the seeds become rotted by the weather and rain before ready to fall. There must therefore be some Man for taking the seeds from the cone.” Mr. Rintleman is recognized as an authority on raising these difficult trees. In his opinion there is no tree so well worth planting as the Cedar of Lebanon.—Gardener’s Chronicle of America, ACT NOT CONSTI TUTIONAL, STAND LA CROSSE—Contending that the interstate commerce commission has no authority to compel the abandon ment of the branch line of the Green Bay and Western Railroad Cos. into La Crosse, the state railroad commission, through its law examiner, A. H. Long, appeared at a hearing before the in terstate commerce commission here questioning the constitutionality of the transportation act of 1920. In a brief filed with Examiner R. W. Clark, the railroad commission asks that the application of the Green Bay railroad to the interstate commerce commission for permission to abandon its line into La Crosse be dismissed on the ground that in so far as the Esch-Commins act purports to au thorize the abandonment of any line of railroad in the state of Wisconsin, the act is unconstitutional and void.