The Hepburn Railway Rate Bill has been in effect one year and despite predictions of inefficiency to meet conditions and repair injustice, a great deal already has been accomplished. One fact has developed, that the railroads apparently do not intend to contest the right of the Commission under this law to establish maximum rates. There have been filed with the Commission three hundred and fifty-there formal complaints. The Commission has rendered decisions in ninety-one of them. Of these forty-seven sustained the complainant, and in forty-two the complaint was dismissed. In the other two a rehearing has been granted.

Sixteen battleships will make the cruise to the Pacific next winter. According to the itinerary arranged the fleet will leave Hampton Roads, Va., Dec. 15, Trinidad Dec. 28, Rio Janeiro Jan. 16, Punta Arenas Jan. 31, Callao Feb. 19, Magdalena Bay, after target practice, April 5, arriving at San Francisco April 10. Stops of five or six days are made at these ports. The total distance is 13.772 knots and the total cruising days sixty-three; total days in port, coaling, and target practice, fifty-two .

Ambrose Channel, the new deep waterway leading from Sandy Hook over the shoals of the lower bay to New York harbor, was tested for the first time by one of the big transatlantic liners, Aug. 27, when the Cunard liner Coronia safely passed through it on voyage to Liverpool. The new channel crosses the shoals in a straight line and will eliminate the devious turnings of the ship channel now used by the liners, in which they frequently go aground.

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September 7, 1907

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