Secretary of War Stimson has returned to the Senate committee on commerce the bill for the development of the water-power of the Connecticut river at Windsor Locks. The bill has been amended so that it is satisfactory to the administration, to those who plan to invest capital in the work, and to the conservation association. The principal change is that which gives the government the right to charge a rent or royalty for the use of the site on the power developed. The income from this source, it is planned. will go to the improvement of the stream for the purpose of navigation. If Congress passes the bill in this form, it will set a precedent for future water-power bills and will establish a principle for which conservationists have long contended.

A measure proposed by the register of deeds of Suffolk county, Massachusetts, materially shortening the legal forms involving transfers of titles to real estate, was enacted into law last year and has just become operative. This will result in a saving of time for those examining the records, economize storage space, and reduce materially the cost to the county for transcribing the records. The register is planning to introduce a bill to the Legislature providing a short form for cooperative bank mortagages, and is considerinig the feasibility of suggesting legislation to make unnecessary the use of seals on instruments presented for record.

January 18, 1913

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