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Vol. 6; No. 19 SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, JAN. 19, 1907. Pkice 5 Cents l
The State Legislature
Tho State lcgislaturo convened on
Monday and has been tendered so
much advice by tlio dally papers as
to how It should demean Itself, what
it should do and what it should not
do, that in mercy wo refrain from giv
ing it any.
The Tribune told It which proposed
measures it should pass and which it
should send to Umbo. Tho Herald,
News and Telegram, each in its pecu
liar way has told the law makers what
to do and each is fully prepared to
give "free gratis for nothing" further
; advico and counsel on anything and
everything that may come up in tho
future. Some editors in fact u great
many of tho genus, are tho most ego
tistical peoplo imaginable. They un
dertake to direct how everything un
der the sun should bo done and even
giev "pointers" to the great Architect
of the unlverso how ho should di
rect antf govern. It is therefore
not surprising that our legislature
does not escape. Prom the necessar
ily superficial observation of that
body we are of tho opinion, however,
that the members havo Ideas of their
own and will follow those ideas inde
pe:id of the varied advico which is
being tendered them. It, from all
appearances will bo ti strictly business
legislature. It will havo plenty to
occupy its attention during tho sixty
days It will bo in session. Already
1 the members of both houses seem an
xlous to get to work. Tho members
nro good representative men with
more than tho average amount of in
telligence and common senso, and we
think this legislature will do a great
deal which will provo very beneficial
to tho state.
Tho senato Is regarded as a particu
larly strong body of men many whom
havo had experience In tho past in the
art or scienco of legislation, tho House,
while It has many new members,
has a number who were in previous
legislatures whoso cxperlonco will en
able them to expedlto business.
Tho president of the senate, Mr.
Love, and tho speakor o the houso,
Mr. Joseph, wore both well' chosen,
both having had experience and being
well versed in parliamentary rules.
Both aro fair, honorable gentlemen
and have the entire confidence of their
colleagues. The full list of officers Is
President Stephen II. Love.
Secretary It. S. Campbell or Salt
Sergeant-at-Arms Miah Day of Mil
Chaplain Rev. P. A. SInipklns.
Minute Clerk Mrs. Dennis C. Eich
nor of Salt Lake county.
Docket Clerk Benjamin Packman
of Utah County.
Engrossing Clerk Jose A. Smith of
Doorkeepers Samuel Miles, Jr., of
Washington; T. S. Wadsworth of Mor
gan. Watchmen Parley Bryan of Tooele;
Clarence Emery of Weber.
Messengers C. W. Perkins of San
pete; W. G. Rasband of Weber.
Committee Clerks William John
son of Piute, John . Edgehill of
Juab, Mrs. AHco 11. Hamilton of Salt
Lake, Anton Nielsen of Emery coun
ty. Mailing Clerk William Asher of
Stenographer Phyllis Lynch ofS:il(
Speaker Harry S. Joseph.
Chief Clerk Alexander Buchanan of
Salt Lake county.
Minuto Clerk Elijah Hawkins of
Enrolling and Engrossing Clerk
Elwood Orth of Weber county.
Docket Cleric A. L. Toono of We
Sergeant-at-Arms William H.
Thompson of Millard County.
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms Thomas
C. Rowbcrry of Tooolo county.
Watchman Alexander Spenco of.
Messengers William Archibald of
Summit; Peter Mortouscn of Sanpeto
Doorkeopers William L-. White of
Box Elder and Thomas Calder of Rich
Committee Clerks Miss Juno Pack
of Uintah, Miss Sadie Cassldy of
Utah, Miss Florence Hill of Salt Lako
Janitor Robert Huston of Salt
The second bill introduced in the
present legislature was that by Son
itor Benner X. Smith creating in this
state an insurance department and
providing for tho appointment of an
Tho bill provhYos that all Insur
ance companies doing business In the
state shall be under the supervision
of a state insurance commissioner to
bo appointed by tho governor for a
term of four years, beginning July 1
next. Tho commissioner must ho a
man versed in insuranco matters, but
cannot be anyone holdiing a position
of trust with an Insuranco company.
Ho must givo a bond of $10,000, and
will receive $2,000 a year ns his com
pensation, and havo tho privilege of
appointing a chief deputy at a salary
of $1,500, and as many clerks as miv
be necessary for tho transaction of tli
business which may come before hlr
department. Ills office will lie at th
city and county building, and all th
files kept thcrc.shall be public records
Tho expenses, of tho department ar
to be met by tho fees which will b
collected and placed .In a special fun-'
and which will not only meet all o
penses but bo a sourco of rcvpnuo t-'
tho slate. Tho special duties of lh
commissioner will bo lo examine luf
tho stability of all insurance compn '
nles of overy kind doing buslnps" Ir
the stale and refuse a license to Hip
unstable ones a number of which air
doing business hero now, collecting
money ns premiums without glvlm
real protection. Tho measure is ven'
meritorious and wo beliovo will br
passed. Tho next thing then is to
soo that a thoroughly competent and
honest commissioner is appointed, a
man who knows all about Insurance
Governor Cutler's messago to the
legislature was a voluminous docu
ment, well digested and well worded.
His recommendations in tho main
were good, and if carried out wouid
bo of benefit to tho peoplo of the
state. Tho governor assumed respon
sibility whoro it was desirable that lie
should do so, but wlsoly refrained
from taking tho attitude of a dictator
In matters tho responsibility of which i'
rests on the legislature. j H
Tho members of tho stalo board of r H
equalization, county nsscssors and
members of various slato boards rldo '
ill over the stato on passes furnished H
by the railroad companies. Of course , H
tho railroads furnish the passes Just i1 H
because they aro good fellows and not J H
'localise they deslro or expect any fa- H
voi'h In return. A railroad commission i H
would wipe out the pass nuisance. irfl
W. A. Needham, manager of tho H
otail dry goods department of tho , H
'A, C. M. I. left. Friday for tho far I
cast for his firm. H
Gov. Pardee of California has no ' H
faith In railroad commissions. In his I! H
messngc to tho legislature of his state ! H
'ho other day ho recommended that j H
fho railroad commission ho abolished. , H
Mo said it had cost tho stato half a . ' I
million dollars and thnt thero was ab- H
wluloly nothing to show for tho ex- , H
icndilurc. Ninety-six per cent of tho H
'rainc In Iho United States, ho said, H
vas Interstate and subject to tho ju- H
isdiction of tho Interstate Commerce H
oinmission. Tho remninlng 1 per H
enl. was Insignificant at most not of H
ullicU.MiL magnitude to bo worth Jho H
attention of stato commissioners. H
The bill for an act creating a pollco H
mil fire commission for cities of Die M
Irst and second claes and taking those M
leparlmenls nut of politics and con- M
ecquontly out or tho control or muni. H
cipalllies- Is being drawn up and will I H
bo introduced In tho lcgislaturo In a M
few days. It is a meritorious mcas- M
are and should pass and bocomo tho '
Thero was quito n lively contest h M
between tho Hon. Bvlghnm Clcgg and M
tho Hon. Harry Robinson for chair- ;i M
manship of tho Judiciary committco of M
tho legislature In which tho former M
won out. M
Knew His Business. j- M
Bcrtio (to caddie, searching for lost i M
ball) What aro you looking thero for? $ 4 M
Why, I must havo driven it 60 yarda r " H
farther! j M
Diplomatic Caddie But sometimes H
they hit a stone, sir, and bounce back H H
a lerriblo dlstanco! j ' M