The resolutions passed by the recent National Irrigation Congress at Albuquerque, N. M., strongly favor liberal grants of the use of public lands for the development of electric power, a census of the standing timber in the United States, the general conservation of waste water through reforestation, and other means, giving sweeping endorsement to the work of the reclamation service and the geological survey, and an increased appropriation for the support of these bureaus, the speedy cession of the Southern Appalachian and White Mountain national forests, an international congress on irrigation in Washington in 1910, and the placing of sugar on the free list.

The Country Life Commission, which was appointed last August, is expected to make a in time to be available for the President in his message to Congress in December. Many facts desired were already at hand in various governmental departments, and these will be supplemented by correspondence along special lines. Its investigations will relate mostly to business and social conditions in the open country. The Commission will meet Dec. 8 in joint session with the National Conversation Committee.

The Massachusetts Railroad Commissioners, to which body the Merchants' Association and others of Boston and vicinity referred their complaint, have found that, based upon the facts relating to intrastate business, the rates of the American Express and the National Express Companies, within a radius of fifty miles of Boston, are "excessive and unreasonable."

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October 17, 1908

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