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Twenty-Third Annual Repor
Inteiitajte Cqpnprce Com.
Washington, Dec. 21.—Vigorous
recommendations for changes ia the
present law regulating transportation
companies are contained in the twen
ty-third annual -report of Inter-State
Commerce Commission transmitted
today to the congress.
Notwithstanding the recommenda
tions made, however, the report, in
this respect, Is notable rather for
what it does not, than for what It
does, contain. Five of the sugges
tions made hy the special committee
selected' by President Taft to draft
changes in the existing inter-state
commerce act are offered in the re
port. It is known that the commis
sion, as a body, favors the plana pro
posed by that committee but, as a
matter of courtesy, it has refrained,
in its report, from discussing the
changes in advance of the special
message on $he subject which Pres
ident Taft has indicated he will send
to the congress.
The commission expresses its con
viction that certain amendment to the
present law are necessary to enable
it fully to accomplish the purposes of
congress. Briefly summarized, the
proposed amendments are as follows:
That a physical valuation be made
of the interstate railroads of the
country. The commission points to
the difficulty experienced in certain
cases where its orders are attacked
in court meeting the testimony as to
physical value offered by the car
riers, and says that if its rates are
to be defended, some method must
be furnished by which a value can be
established which shall be binding on
the courts and the commission.
The commission again suggests that
It be given power to prevent advances
in rates or changes in regulations or
practices to the disadvantage of the
shipper, pending an Investigation in
to the reasonableness of the propsed
change, tt is stated that where a
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rate has been in effect for years it
is presumably reasonable and that
there would he no hardship on the
carrier in giving the commission au
thority to require continuance of the
rate until opportunity had been of
forded to investigate the proposed
The commission's authority to es
tablish a joint rate and through route
is limited to cases where no such
route exists, and the commission rec
ommends that this limitation be
stricken out of the law, so that it
may establish a through route where
ever upon investigation, it is found
that the public necessity and conven
ience require such action. A further
recommendation is to the effect that
In certain instances the shipper be
permitted to direct the intermediate
routing of his traffic. It is further
requested that the law be so amend
ed as to give the commission un
doubted authority to enter a correct
ive order as the result of an investi
gation instituted by the commission
upon its own motion.
The commission, again calls to the
attention of congress the increasing
importance of some form of federal
control over railway capitalization
and expresses the opinion that ade
quate legislation upon this subject
is required by the interests involved.
The annual reports to the commis
sion from the carriers show that for
the fiscal year ended June 30th, 1908,
the gross operating revenues of all
railroads in the United States were
$2,461,521 345, and the operating in
come (derived by substracting oper
ating expenses and taxes- was $656,
418,321. For 1909 the operating rev
enue was $2,494,115,589 and the oper
ating income $742,987,191 indicating
an increase for 1909 of $32,594,244 in
gross earnings and $86,568,870 in net
earnings. The average number of
miles operated in 1908 was 228,164
To Be
and in 1909 233,002. The large In
crease in net as compared with gross
earnings is accounted for by a re
duction of operating expenses in
1909 below those of 1908 of $59,
The report indicates that a larger
number of formal complaints was
with the commission in 1909 than in
1908. During the last year 1,097 for
mal proceedings were Instituted and
during the same period 788 formal
cases were disposed of. Approxi
mately 9,000 informal complaints, of
which about half involved informal
reparation claims, were adjusted du
reparation claims, were adjusted dur
ing the year. Six hundred and one
hearings and investigations—an aver
age of two for each working day—all
involving alleged violations of the in
ter-state commerce act, were held at
sessions of the commission in Wash
ington and in various cities of the
Country, at which 61,000 pages of tes
timony were taken.
Since December 1st, 1908, thirty
five indictments for criminal viola
tions of the interstate commerce law
have been returned and forty two
prosecutions have been concluded.
Practically all of the prosecutions
were for some form of rebate or con
cessions. The fines collected under
these indictments aggregated $304,
233.84. The opinion is expressed that
violations of the law, such was rebat
ing in one form or in another is de
Some account is given of the pro
ceedings had during the year in the
enforcement of the safety appliance
law, and the commission states that
the results in this respect are gratify
ing. In 1903 the number of men em
ployed In coupling and uncoupling
cars for each one killed was 349,
while in 1908 the number employed
for each one killed was 983. The
number of men employed In coupling
and uncoupling cars for each one in
jured in 1893 was 13, while in 1908
it was 62. Stated in another way, the
number of men killed in coupling
and uncoupling cars for each 1,000
employed was 3 In 1893 and 1 In 1908,
while the number of injuries was 77
in 1893 and 16 in 1908.
In that part of the report devoted
to statistics and accounts detailed fig-
Way Down in Our Heart
"Christmas" Has Man Meanings
Not only to be merry, thankful, etc., because it is Christmas but
to have a store like ours to select the many different presents
that make that joyful feeling endless. We have a very large
stock of appropriate and useful articles on hand that cannot
be appreciated unless you come in and see. this choice assort
ment of goods for Christmas and the holidays.
We Call Your Attention to a Few of the Many
"Flexible Flyer" sleds "Jewel" stoves and ranges
"Klipper Klub ice skates "White" washing machines
"Meteor" coffee percolators "Keen Kutter" razors
"Meteor" chafing dishes "Ingersoll" watches
"Keen Kutter" carving sets Bathroom fixtures
"Stransky" enameled ware Revolvers and rifles
"Savory" roasters Food choppers
Safety razors from $1 to $5—All guaranteed
"Cole's" steel ranges—For lignite coal
ures respecting railroad operations
for 1908 and 1909 are given, and the
work of the commission In the for
mulation of a uniform system Of ac
counting is described, and satisfac
tion is expressed with the results ob
Everyboy knows that the only place
in town where hand embroidered
articles can be found Is at
If you need something for Christ
mas, do not put Jl off till the last
diays, but order at once- so you can
be sure of prompt deWvery. We 'have
already quite a number of orders to
be filled. You can also work the
articles yourself and we will furnish
the famous Richardson Silk Oo.'s
outfit and silks, and gladly give you
all the Information you want. We
carry a stock of hand embroidered
sofa pillows, scarfs, centerpieces,
handkerchiefs, 'bags, pin cushions and
an amount of other things in the- line,
also a big line of leather bags of the
latest style, from 50 cents to J7.00
per piece. Combs, belt pins ptc. W?
will give Red Cross stamps for sales
from 25 cents and up. For orders
and laybys, will be asked a reason
able deposit. Wf have a nice line of
winter hats, and if we have not one
to suit you. we will make you one.
H. Ward, "the reliable Piano Tun
€0% is here this week. Leave orders
at Knowles and nancy's.
A large line of Jardinieres with or
without pedestals, also umbrella urns
at Fields, Main and Third streets.
Cowan's drug store is giving away
with each purchase a Red Cross stamp
until after Christmas.
.When you buy a watch go
to a reliable jeweler who deals
in nothing but jewelry and
watches. He will not sell you
a watch until it is in correct
shape, is regulated and oiled—*
then, if the watch is a Wal
tham, it will,stay correct.
N. B.—When baying a Waltham
Watch always ask your jeweler
for one adjusted to temperature
and position.
Don't fail to procure Mm. Win
slow's Soothing Syrup for your child
ren while cutting teeth. It sooths the
chill, softens the gums, allays all
pain, cures wind colic, and is the
best remedy for diarrhoea. Twenty
five cent a bottle.
And Booklets—appropriate and
inexpensive promulgators of the
•'Christmas spirit." We refuse
to recognize competition In these
lines—either as to quality, quan
tity or price.
Can't Hold a Candle to New York, In
Magoon'a Opinion.
According to Charles E. Magoon. for
mer governor of Cuba. American dip
lomat and globe trotter of many years'
standing, Paris, with all its reputed
gayety and folly, is not to be com
pared in these respects with New
"New York is a bigger place In every
way." says Mr. Magoon. "Her build
ings are bigger, her people are busier,
and her lights—why. there Is no com
parison between the lighted thorough
fares of Paris and those of New York.
"The glare of Broadway has no
equal In the world, and the promenades
of Paris, with their centuries of fame,
are not to be compared with America's
great Broadway.
•'And as for the hotels—everybody
knows that New York hotels are big
ger and better than anything in the
world and infinitely better living
places than the hotels of the French
"The night life of Paris is that of a
remote village compared with a night
in New York," said the governor. "By
midnight the Place de l'Opera and the
Rue de la Pali are completely deserted
and as quiet as well regulated grave
yards. Why, the doors of my hotel in
the Place Vendome were closed at mid
night Imagine snch a thing in New
York! Just picture a New Yorker who
would have to ring at the door of his
own hotel to get in to bed a half hour
after he had left a theater!"
Failure of Hellenic Cause In Crete Has
Brought About Disturbance.
The cause of the naval revolt in
Greece which led to the tight at his
toric Salamls is to be found probably
In the recent failure of the Greek cause
in Crete when the powers upon Tur
key's protest removed the Hellenic
flag which had been hoisted in Kanea.
For this failure to secure Crete for
Greece the blame was popularly laid
to governmental inefficiency, and as
a result several weeks ago two bat
talions of troops at Athens mutinied.
Retiring to the suburbs, they demand
ed the surrender of tbe high places
held In the army by Crown Prince Con
stantine. commander in chief of the
Greek army Prince Andrew, a cap
tain of cavalry, and Prince Christo
pher, a sublieutenant in the Infantry.
Tbe cause of the malcontents was
espoused by the powerful Military
league, which on Oct. 15 fpreed tbe
chamber of deputies to vote a meas
ure abolishing the right of the crown
prince to hold ?he post of commander
in chief and of the other princes to
hold military commands. King George
earlier In the day baving persuaded
his sons, the Princes Constantine.
George. Nicholas and Christopher, to
resign their commissions. Before the
passage of the military bills in the
chamber of deputies thirty royalist
members showed their disapproval by
withdrawing from tbe chamber. These
loyalists insisted that the Military
league was determined to force tbe
king to abdicate.
To some observers it seemed tbat
the crisis had been postponed by tbe
retirement of the princes, but to all it
was evident that it was likely to grow
acute again if the Cretans returned
deputies to tbe chamber at the next
Meanwhile tbe Military league, not
satisfied with the humiliation of tbe
royal family, issued aD ultimatum de
manding the enactment within twenty
four hours of an ordinance suspending
all promotion for five years, tbe aboli
tion of the post of rear admiral, here
tofore held by PriDce George, together
with two vice admiralships and fifteen
positions of lesser rank. The premier
offered a compromise in the form of
a bill altering tbe age limit for super
annuation from sixty-tive years to fifty
eight years. This was not satisfactory
to the league, and thirty naval officers
retired to the island of Salamis, upon
which is situated the arsenal which
these officers seized and where pre
vious to the engagement between the
fleet and their torpedo boats they in
trenched themselves.
Indiana Senator Gives Some of
Rules That Guide Him.
**l never knew any other way in
politics except to trust the people, go
right to them with my story, and to
h— with the bosses!"
"In politics be for tbe things you
want your son to remember, take them
to the people and let the consequences
take care of themselves."
"The business of the men in politics
la to make tbe lives of th* vast massea
of the people easier."*

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