To balance the millions of dollars paid in taxes by the West for river and harbor improvements in the United States, the business men of four western States, it is said, will petition Congress to appropriate one million dollars for a wagon road one thousand miles long, to be built from the Yellowstone National Park to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in Arizona. It is argued that the road is of more importance than some of the inland harbors upon which vast sums are lavished annually.

The Attorney General of the United States has directed that a bill in equity be filed to set aside the control by the Union Pacific Railroad Company and its subsidiary corporations, of the Southern Pacific and the San Pedro, Los. Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad; also to have declared illegal the ownership by the Union Pacific or the Oregon Short Line of stock in the Santa Fe, the Great Northern, and Northern Pacific, all of said lines being competitors of the Union Pacific.

A bill, endorsed by the President and the Postmaster General, to provide a rural delivery parcels post for merchandise and other articles actually mailed on rural delivery routes, has been introduced in Congress. It provides for the delivery, at special rates of postage, of foodstuffs, dry goods, drugs, books, and other merchandise, the rate of postage to be five cents for the first pound and two cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof.

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February 22, 1908

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