President Taft, in his long tour of the country, which has taken him through the Northwest, the Pacific coast, and the Southwest, reached the Mississippi river last week. He was accompanied on the trip down the river to New Orleans, where he attended the fourth annual convention of the Lakes-to-the-Gulf Deep Water Association, by thirty-six governors, seventy-six United States senators, more than one hundred and fifty congressmen, and ten foreign ministers. At a banquet to the governors aboard ship, he invited them to come to the White House in December when the civic federation is to meet to consider the question of securing uniformity was state laws. This question of uniformity was touched upon also in the late convention at Louisville, Ky., of the National Tax Association, when it suggested a conference in the future of all state governors to consider the matter.

A decision of the court of appeals gives New York city a margin of $100,000,000 in its borrowing capacity. This condition results from releasing the subway and dock bonds, which are self-supporting, from the computations of the dept limit. The amendment allowing this to be done and so enabling the city to undertake further subway work, has been opposed by some who have believed that it opened the way to various extravagances, and by others who were in sympathy with the efforts of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company to keep the city's hands tied in the matter of building subways until the city should yield to the traction combination the monopoly it has until recently demanded in the construction of new routes.

That a bond issue for the improvement of the inland waterways will not be recommended by the national waterways commission, is the information brought to Washington unofficially by members of this commission who have just returned from a tour of Europe. The national rivers and harbors congress, which is to hold its annual meeting in Washington in December, is demanding an annual expenditure of fifty million dollars for such improvements, the money to be raised through a bond issue. President Taft has on several occasions since he started on his present tour of the country, declared in favor of such an issue.

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November 6, 1909

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