Hartford, Conn., this week dedicated, with festivities lasting three days, its handsome stone bridge spanning the Connecticut River. The bridge takes rank as the finest of its kind in the world, taking into consideration its length, size of arch, perfection of structure, and symmetry of outline. In every respect save one, it is claimed, it surpasses London Bridge, which hitherto has ranked first among stone bridges. It is 1,192.5 feet long, 82 feet wide, and is composed of nine arches, with a maximum span of 119 feet and a maximum clear height of arch of 45 feet. The bridge has taken three years to complete, includes an extensive boulevard at either end, and has cost $3,000,000.

The extent to which the various express and gas companies doing business in New York City are allied through stock ownership is detailed in the first volume of the Public Service Commission's annual report just issued. From this it appears that the Adams Express Company and the American Express Company are holders of stock of the United States Express Company, and that the American Express Company holds nearly all the stock of the National Express Company and of Westcott's Express Company as well. It also appears that the Consolidated Gas Company owns all the stock of the Westchester Lighting Company.

Chief Justice O'Rear, of the Court of Appeals at Frankfort, Ky., in an opinion affirming judgment in a case of the Commonwealth against the Adams Express Company, which had been indicted and fined for carrying whisky from one local option county into another, said that "common carriers ought to obey the law like other persons, not merely in keeping the statute while breaking its spirit, but both in letter and spirit, as others are expected to do."

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October 10, 1908

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