The interstate commerce commission in an opinion just made public, establishes the far-reaching principle that a railroad must so adjust its rates that justice will be doe between communities regardless of the state lies. If a railroad makes a low rate upon traffic wholly within a state, even when forced to do so by a state commission, it must grant the same rate to interstate traffic moving under substantially similar conditions. The principle was laid dow by a vote of four to three. The minority held that the powers of Congress were usurped by the majority opinion and that the remedy for such a situation should be applied by additional legislation. legislation.

Enough potash to supply the United States probably for the next thirty years has been discovered by government scientists in Scarles lake, San Bernardino county, Cal. The estimate of field men of the geological survey and the bureau of soils is that the deposit may amount to four million tons. The land on which the potash is located belongs to private individuals. President Taft has sent to Congress a message urging the immediate enactment of a law to protect from private entry and exploitation fields of potash such as these just discovered in southern California.

A notable body of Canadia legal talent, with a fair sprikling of large business interests, harbor commissions, boards of trade, and mercantile marine organizations, spent two hours before Secretary Stimson last week in vigorous protest against the application of the sanitary district of Chicago for permission to more than double the amount of water now being drawn from Lake Michigan through the Chicago drainage canal.

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April 6, 1912

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