The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, September 11, 1912, Page PAGE TWO, Image 2
Ooo ooO' Review of the Session of Results Not Imposing, Though Some of Them Are Important. Second -Ooo ny JAMES A. EDCCUTON. ' l'KAICKIt CHAMP OLAUK la au thority for tliu statement that tlic Nceond session of the Slxty-eec-oncl congress put in more actual working time thun nny session in his tory. Anyway, it lasted long enough. That motion is passed unanimously. Any session Unit starts in December and keeps It up till dog days should he canned. It gets oh tho nation's nerves. Moreover, when we arc in the middle of a presidential campaign wo ennnot he bothered by a congressional Bide show. Thlugs locoino warm enough without a hot air mill working overUme. The concrete results of all this labor are not imposing, although some of them are Important. Several tariff bills were successful In Uie house, but came Into violent collision witli a large body in the White House. Two of them passed both houses, but were ve toed, which discouraged the senate Xrom enacting any more. The low or house succeeded In passing the two over the president's veto, but the sen ate balked. So died the hoio of tariff revision lu this congress. The tariff board was killed by u rider on nn ap propriation hill. Tho senate tried to bury the corpse of Canadian reciproc ity that "Our Lady of Uie Snows" had done to death, but the house evidently thought that Uio cadaver might he res urrected and refused to let Uie funeral take place. The session just closed did a large business as a canning factor', hnviiig tied the little tin emblems of its regard to the Itusslan treaty, to Senator Lori mer and to the tariff board, as already set forth. Efforts were also made to can General Leonard Wood and Uie commerce court, but Uie president in terposed. What Was Done. The really important measures en acted into law were as follows: The Panama canal bill, exempting American coastwise vessels from pay ing tolls and barring from the big ditch ships owned by railroads or trusts. Tills has made John Hull and the transcontinental railroads unhappy, likewise several New York newspapers. An experimental parcels post, admit ting packages to the weight of eleven pounds and charging for Uiom by Uie v.oue system. The express companies are not giving three cheers, but Uncle Sam does not seem to notice Uielr lack of enthusiasm and Is going right ahead preparing to carry merchandise on and after Uie 1st of January. A constitutional amendment provid ing for the jwpular election of United States senators passed Itoth houses of congress by the requisite two-thirds vote and now goes to the state legisla tures, three-fourths of which must rati fy before the amendment is adopted. This might have been Included nmong tho canned goods, os it will undoubted ly tie the little cylindrical omhlems to Uie coattalls of several senators. A children's bureau was created whose duty it will lw to gather statis tics as to child labor, care of defec tives, children's diseases, education and other matters relating to child life. An amendment to the campaign pub licity law was enacted providing for publicity in congressional elections be fore os well as after election. A bill to extend the act's provisions to presi dential elections passed one house and will bo taken up in Uie short session. The eight hour day was established for all government work. Fur sealing on the Prlhilof islands was prohibited for Ave years. The Sherwood dollar a day pension bill was passed lu a modified form. Wireless Eegulations. Bills regulating wireless telegraphy and providing that all vessels carrying more than fifty passengers should have two operators were enacted into law. A form of civil government was pro vided for the territory of Alaska. Army transports wore required to have suillclent llfeloata to carry all those aboard. The people of China were congratu lated mi the establishment of a re public A federal employees' compensation act was passed, but an attempt to es tablish a seven year tenure for gov ernment clerks In Washington failed. Provision was made for seven year enlistments In the army, four years in active service and threo years In a newly created nnny reserve. A three year homestead net was passed to encourage settlement of Uie west, and relief was nfforded home stead entry men on reclamation lands. A prohibitive tax waB placed on tho manufacture of white phosphorous matches. Tho advertisement and sale of patent medicines wus restricted. Citizenship was conferred on certain natives of tho Philippines. Moving pleturo films depicting prize fights were prohibited. Provision was made for a standard barrel for apples. An Industrial commission was created. Ono now battleship and various mi nor naval vessels were authorized. Some of the bill pawing one or oth- d Congress More Actual Working Timo Put In Than Any Other Session. O OQf . . or of tho houses nnd which may bo pressed through at Uio nuxt session were Umt creating a deportment of la bor and putUng a labor man into tho cabinet; one applying tho exciso tax to individuals, making It practically an income tax; one extoudtng agricultural education to tho universities, and ono giving Uio right of trial by Jury in certain eases of contempt of court. If I have overlooked anything the reader Ls nt perfect liberty to hunt It out of the Congressional Itocord. I can not turn nil of Uiis article into n cata loguc. Sufllciont has been mentioned, however, to show Uiat congress has not spent all of its time In omitting words. Nevertheless Its output of language has been something prodigious. Some body of a statistical turn of mind has figured out Unit tho invaluable and nev er read Congressional ltecord for this last session contains 18,000,000 words count 'era, 18,000,000-thus putting it nil over Uie record of any other ses sion in Uio history of Uils somowhat roso started, nnd now everybody Is do Ing it La Toilette got into tho game nnd so amended the resolution author izing tho Inquiry that nearly anything relating to presidential nominations or elections since UMIO can he Investigat ed, especially If they appertain to Colo neJ Hoosovelt Hut, Uiere; I came very near talking politics, n thin.T ogainst which I have registered a solemn oath, Taking It by and large It was pome session. Chairman Fitzgerald of tho house appropriations committee says It did not spend ns much money as the corresponding session of tho Sixty-first congress, and old Uncle Joe Cnnnon, who was oueo upon a time chairman of the same committee, suys It did. Then; yon nro. Take your choice. Any wny It spent something llliu $1,000, 000,000. I hnve not Uio remotest Idea how much money that ls, yet I rattled it off as though I knew all about It I only have heard repeatedly that this Is "a billion dollar country," which causes me to wonder whether I ought to give throe cheers or swear ot the taxes. It's n billion dollar country when Uie Hopubllcans are in power nnd n billion dollar country when tho Democrats am In power, so It must be that wo aro stuck nt Uiat figure for keeps. Well, we have n bigger crop than over this year, so perhaps the formers, mill hands and other common folk can make money as fast ns the ptatesinen spend It, so we can maybo manage to worry along. Extending the Monroe Doctrine. This session gnvo n new nnd wider Interrelation to the Monroe doctrine. As a result of tho Mngdnlonn bay inci dent, in which a certain Jnpanese com pany ls reported to have gained fishing Ichts along tho west coast of Mexico. Photos copyright by American Press Association. 1, SENAT0E LA F0LIETTE; 2, SENATOR WILLIAMS; 3, SPEAKER CLAEK; 4, REPRESENTATIVE UNDERWOOD; 5, SENATOR PENROSE. loquacious country. No wonder the members wanted to adjourn. Of course all these words were never really spo ken. They were placed in Uio ltecord under "leave to print" Hut if even a major fraction of that ocean of talk went over the congressional dam since last December, it ls n wonder that the whole United States is not swamped in the verbal overflow. Wo must not overlook tho Investiga tions. These extended all tho way from Lorimer to Uio steel trust inci dentally taking lu Uie sugar trust the beef trust Uio money trust Uio Titan ic disaster, the various departments of the government and presidential campaign funds slnco 1900. The com mittee investigating tho steel trust made its report or, rnthor its reports, for Siivernl of tho minority members went it alone. Tills Inquiry has borno fruit in a government case against Uio Steel corporation. Tho sugar trust committee recommended a reduction of tho sugar tariff. The money trust inquiry stirred up tho llrnzillan coffee scandal and has other tilings yet in store, there now being an effort to get access to the books of the national banks. The beef trust probe has only started, but may bo depended on to turn up something later. Meanwhile Uio price of moat continues to rlso. Tho Investigation of tho departments at Washington turned up a few good newspaper stories, especially in tho bureau of chemistry', hut now that Wiley is out tho bureau of chemistry interests us no more. The Titanio Inquiry. Then thero was Senator William Al den Smith's personally conducted probo into tho sinking of tho Titanic that caused merriment in England, estab lished that nn iceberg consists of rock, dirt and likewise of ice and really found out more than tho more digni fied and ponderous inquiry in Eng land. It has been qulto n year for in vestigations, and Uio end is not yet Tho latest probo uncovered n powder magazine, and tboro havo been fire works ever since. This was the cele brated and sizzling Inquiry Into cam paign funds since tho year L Pen- I Senator Lodge Introduced a resolution, which was ndopted, declaring this gov ernment's opposition to tho obtaining by other governments of strategic har bors or bases of operation for military use in Uie western hemisphere. In Uio early part of the sesslou tho Tuft arbitration treaties with England and France were so amended In Uio senate us to render Uiem Ineffective. New Mexico and Arizona were ad mitted to statehood, and their senators and representatives sat in this session for the first time, although the legisla tion admitting tho two now states was passed at an earlier date. Among measures of Importance fall ing to get through were the constitu tional amendment increasing Uie presl denUul term to six years and making the president ineligiblo for re-election, tho bill providing for Uio physical val uation of railroad property, and tho Immigration bill. Every' session ls guilty of sins of omission nnd commission, and has oth er faults. Every session also docs a few good things, some more, some less, according to the viewpoint In theso particulars the late lamcuted was not j largely tnuerent from Uio rest. Well, u is over ana ueroro another session gathers, a now president of the United States will have been elected, likewise a new congress. Thus the people will havo given n verdict ou the deeds of the two houses and that is tho verdict which will stand, whatever we ns In dividuals may say. Hut in the passage of tho amendment for direct election of senators, tho parcels post, campaign publicity and other tilings, It must be admitted that wo aro making progress. Yearly Cash Prize to Perfect Girl. M. Carret rich, eccentric and onco a member of tho French chamber of deputies, but who retired from politics many years ago to llvo In nn Alplno cave in Savoy, died recontly. A will bos been found In which ho leaves his wealth to his naUve town on condition that each yoar a prizo of $2,000 be awardod to the girl In tho department of Savoy who ls physically and moral ly most perfect tKtntntlH WHEN THERE IS ILLNESS in yonr'fatnily you of course call a reliable physician. Don't stop at that; nave his prescriptions put up at n reliable pharmacy, even if it is a little farther from your home than some other store. You can find no more reliable store than ours. It would be im possible for moro care to be taken in tho selection of drugs, etc., or in tho compounding. Proserin Hons brought here, cither night or day, will bo promptly and accurately compounded by a competent registered pharmacist and tho prices will be most rea Bonablc. O. T. CHAMBERS, PHARMACIST, Opp, D. & II, Station. Honesdale. Pa. laaanmmtuto nmst ttmumxmmnmmuuttmtt MARTIN CAUFIELD Designer and Man ufacturer of ARTISTIC MEMORIALS Office and Works; 1036 MAIN ST. HONESDALE, PA. STOCKHOMKH8' NOTICE. At a mooting of tho directors of tho Honosdalo" Dlmo Dank, hold on July 25, 1912, tho following resolu tion was unanimously adopted: "Itesolvcd, That wo recommend tho stockholders of tho Honesdalo Dlmo Dank to increaso tho capital stock of tho said hank from $75,000 to $100,000." In nccordanco with the nhovo res olution a mooting of tho stockholders Is called to convene at the hank on Thursday, tho 10th day ot October, 1912, between tho hours of 3 and 4 o'clock in tho afternoon of tho said day, to Uko action on tho ap proval or disapproval of the propos ed Increase Note: In tho event of tho (stock holders approving tho increase or rocommondod, the Doard of Direc tors will fix tho price for which tho said stock shall ho sold at ?200 por share. DENJ. F. HAINES, , , Secretary. Honesdalo, Pa., Aug. 5, 1912. G3w9. If you want good Job printing glvo us an order. WANTED EXPEHIENCED RIBBON WEAVERS: Piece work: can make $18.00 per week, but aro guaranteeing $15.00 per week of 55 hours. Married peo ple preferred. Schnum & Uhltnger high-speed double deck looms. Ap ply by letter only to VIRGINIA SILK COMPANY, INC., South Richmond. Vn. 50tf (T We wIsTi to secure a good correspondent in every town in Wayne county. 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