In a special message sent to Congress by President Taft, advising more economy and better efficiency in conducting the affairs of the government, he says that ten million dollars is wasted every year by paying two persons for doing work which ought to be done by one. Mr. Taft finds that eighty million dollars is spent each year on first and second class postoffices and he proposes that four million five hundred thousand dollars be saved in salaries alone by abolishing the office of assistant postmaster and paying the postmaster twenty per cent more than the assistant received. He also proposes that the revenue cutters be no longer maintained as a separate organization, but that the vessels be distributed among the departments wherever required.

The governors of the states as a body have filed their solemn protest with the supreme court of the United States against the proposition to strike down state railroad rates as interfering with interstate commerce. They respectfully called upon the bench, having in especial charge the "covenant of the Union," to see that the boundaries of the states remain. The protest took the nature of a brief, filed as "friends of the court" by a committee of governors. The brief was submitted in connection with the "state rate cases," which had been set for oral argument. The brief was of interest, coming so soon after the recent decision of the interstate commerce commission that railroads submitting to low state rates must give similar rates on interstate business.

April 13, 1912

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