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The convention of the Lakes-to-the-Gulf Deep Water Way Association has just been held at Chicago. Among the papers read were, "The Future of Rail and River Transportation" by Theodore P. Shonts, formerly chief engineer of the Panama Commission; "What Europe is Doing with Waterways" by John Ockerson of the Mississippi River Commission; "Conservation of our Resources" by Gifford Pinchot of the Forestry Service. The Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress was in session at San Francisco at about the same time and also considered relative problems.

The new term of the United States Supreme Court began last week. On the docket are many matters of interest. Among these is the appeal from the decision of the Circuit Court concerning the "commodities clause" of the Interstate law as affecting the relation of the Pennsylvania railroads to the control of anthracite properties; also the decision of the Texas courts ousting from the State the Waters-Pierce Company, identified with Standard Oil interests. Another case is that to test the validity of the Bank Guaranty law of Oklahoma as applied to national banks.

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