It is likely that books and other printed matter now handled as third-class mail at eight cents a pound wil be made mailable as parcel-post matter. Steps have already been taken to induce Congress so to amend the parcel-post act as to permit this. Reports received for the first ten days from fifty leading cities of the country are said to indicate success of the parcel-post project at the start. The number of packages sent through these fifty post-offices was 1,989,687; and as these cities handle about one half of the postal business of the country, postal officials estimate that between three and four million parcel-post packages were mailed from Jan. 1 to Jan. 7.

Senator Nelson's bill prohibiting the taking of testimony behind closed doors in suits brought by the United States under the Sherman antitrust act, has passed the Senate. The bill was introduced soon after the institution of the United Shoe Machinery suit in Massachusetts, as a result of the order of Judge Putman for secret proceedsings. According to the measure, in taking testimony in antitrust suits and in hearings before any examiner or special master appointed to take testimony therein, "the proceedings shall be open to the public as freely as are trials in open court, and no excluding the public from attendance on any such proceedings shall be valid or enforceable."

January 25, 1913

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