It is announced that the conferences between Governor Foss of Massachusetts and the New Haven railroad officials will result in a bill in the Legislature providing: First, for the dissolution of the Boston Holding Company and a lease of the Boston & Maine to the New York, New Haven & Hartford. Second, for the electrification of the New Haven-Boston & Maine system within the metropolitan district. Third, for the construction and electrification of a tunnel between the North and South station in Boston. Fourth, for the elimination of all switching charges as between the two terminals and a flat rate within the electric zone.

Harvard University benefits largely by the will of the late Prof. Abbott Lawrence Rotch of Milton. The meteorological observatory and other buildings, long maintained by Professor Rotch on the summit of Great Blue hill, Milton, and the equipment, are given to Harvard with fifty thousand dollars to be held as a trust fund for the purpose of maintaining the observatory in the future. The Blue hill meteorological observatory was established by Professor Rotch in 1885 and had since been maintained by him. The name of Professor Rotch and of the observatory have been made famous by the investigations made by means of instruments attached to kites.

Plans are on foot in the House of Representatives for rushing through under a special rule a section in the postoffice appropriation bill which establishes a general parcels post and an experimental parcels post on rural routes. The farmers are mainly in favor of the measure; the country merchants and the small business men have opposed it. The pending bill provides a flat pound rate of twelve cents a pound with an eleven-pound package limit, which is in effect the extension to package handled in this country of the international postal convention rates applying to packages sent to and received from foreign countries.

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April 20, 1912

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