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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLI-NO. 223.
OMAHA, MONDAY MORXIXG, MARCH 4, 1912-TEN PAGES.
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LOOT TIEN TSLN
Pew Police Loyal While Soldiers Set
Fixe to Houses and Murder
BREAK INTO POTATO MUTT
Destroy Vast Amount of
GERMAN PHYSICIAN IS KILLED
Mutineers Murder Sim While He
Seeks to Aid Friends.
BRITISH TROOPS ARE OK GUARD
Soldiers Lined f at Feaa-Tal with
Leaded Gaae Bald Fifteen
Hundred Chlneae at '
TIEN TSIN. March i-Rlotlng of a
serious nature took placs here last night
Th outbreak had been feared and pre
cautions vera taken as far as possible
to prevent residents front harm. Between
9 and! o'clock the soldiers mutlned, set
(Ire to a number of buildings and then
began looting from housa to house. Their
vera Joined by the rabble. Shops and
hanks In all th Important streets were
looted, and some of them were wrecked.
In order to Intimidate the popular th
soldiers kept up a continual gun fire. The
rattle of musketry could be heard
throughout the night.' Only a few police
remained loyal and they were outnum
bered and powerless to suppress the dis
orders. No fewer than fourteen fires were rag
ing simultaneously In various parts of
the city. The soldiers broke Into the Pely
ang mint, which wss set on fire. Ma
vhlnery to the value of many thousands
of dollars was destroyed. Tha looters en
tered tha silver stores, wrenching off the
Iron shutters and even making holes In
the walla. The mint was looted of every
thing portable and the ground was strewn
with empty cartridge clips and cases,
Ceraaaa Doctor Shot.
Th German consul dispatched guard
to protest German residents la the city,
Jfj composed chiefly of the esajlneerlng staff
of the Tien-Tsln-pubow railway. A Oer-
, man doctor named Schreeter, wax entered
the city to assist German friends, was
shot dead by looting soldiers. Foreigners
generally, however, were not molested.
A company of the Somerset regiment ws
sent to the British station .at-mldnlght to
protect th property. Tha damage done
cannot be estimated. The city was quiet
this morning, although hundreds of carts
laden- with household belongings and
loot were leaving for other parts. Further
disturbances are expected.
British Troosw Ready.
An Associated Press correspondent,
while proceeding from Peking to Tien
Taln today, witnessed a critical Incident
?, Fegg-TaUwhtokjiaa Ja th hands at
tne mutineers, jbe train punea in Be
tween Hne of troops of th Somerset
regiment, wh ware crouching with guns
loaded and bayonets fixed. On hundred
yards away groups of Chinese soldiers
were sulkily discussing tha action of the
Britishers, tl was explained that th
Chinas had stopped the train and had
threatened not to let any pass. They
were given one hour by the British com
mander to vacate their positions. Just
about that time 70 of tha Enirlsklllln
fuslleers arrived and began to detrain a
quarter of a mile away.
The Chinese, who numbered l.MS, did
not move until the Enniskllllns marched
up and took their position. Then ' they
scurried away In all direction as the
train continued on to Tien Tsln.
Peking Mlsslaaarlee Bare.
BOSTON. March L-Assurances of the
safety' of the foreign missionaries sta
tioned at Peking came today In a cable
gram to th headquarters of th Ameri
can Board of Commissioners of Foreign
Sllsslons. The cablegram read:
"All Peking missionaries and mission
PIONEER OMAHA ATTORNEY
DIES SUDDENLY AT HIS HOME.
GEORGE E. FRITCHETT.
OMAHA LAWYER DIES SUDDEN
George E. Pritcbett Passes Away
Shortly After a Bad Fall.
BREAKS ARM AND SHOULDER
Was Civil War Veteran, V. . Dis
trict Attorney far ebmakn and
' Farmer City Attaraeyi Cam
la Omaha la J 870.
George E. Prltchett, ex-fnlted States
district sttorney for Nebraska, veteran
of the civil .war. Nebraska pioneer and
well known lawyer, died at bis noma, H24
Case street, Sunday morning at 1 o'clock.
He retired Saturday night at his usual
hour. Shortly after he had entered his
bedroom his housekeeper heard a thud
and entering, found him on tha floor
with a fractured shoulder and upper
right arm. ' '
Doctors Lake and Rich were called and
they set the ehoulder, saying he was "get-(
ting along nicely." At I o'clock he died
of heart failure
George E. Prltchett as born In L'tica,
N. Y., May If. 1841, and was educated In j
the law at Itobsrt college of Geneva. N.
T. Although admitted to the bar at Ro-
Chester In lui h postponed the practice
of his profession snd enlisted In th
army, servtnug In the One Hundred and
Twenty-sixth New York Infantry until
the spring of InS, when he began active
practice of th law. ,
In 187 Mr..rttchett cme to Omaha
and had lived her contlnuouly rtnoe. In
tha early '70s he was city attorney for
Omaha and In UXI was elected a member
of the legislature. Graver Cleveland, upon
assuming office, the first, time he was
siectef president,. aPiuto f4 iUra J.'i(H;el
States JTalrU't sttorney fur Nebraska.
Mr. Prltchett Is survived by three chil
dren: Mrs. John L. Kennedy. Georba H.
Prltchett and Harold L. Prltchett of th
Western Automobile aupply company. A
atsirr. Mrs. Sophia Talmadge. lira at
Worcester, Mass. Mrs. Pritcbett died sev
eral years ago. She was th daughter of
A. J. Hanscom. Mrs. Pritcbett' sister.
Miss Virginia C. Hanscom Is expected
from New York Tuesday morning. Her
brother, Jumea D. Hanscom, I en route
from Cleveland to California and cannot
be resettled having left Cleveland Sunday
Funeral arrangements have not been
made, further than that Interment will
be on Tuesday or Wednesday.
TO GROW LIVELY
Democratic Free Sugar Bill Will
raw Fire from Friends of
SIXTY MILLION CUT TOO GREAT
Reduction in Revenue Will
. Combatted Strenuously.
HOUSE TO PASS MEASURES
Progressive Republicans Opposed to
Sugar Flan. .
DEMOCRATS KOI OF ONE MIND
Minority Leader la Kraate far BUI,
bat Many Draaaerata la Vaaer
Chamber ! ot Follow
II I at.
Will Be Constructed
Knox Fails to Notice
Arrangements are belngnade for the
erection of a parochial school for St.
I Bridget's parish. The school- will prob
I ably be built adjoining the priest's house
at Twenty-elxth snd a streets. South
, Omaha, and work starts soon,
j 81. Bridget's Is the oldest church In the
I - m. ( .- ..j aini u hhib icii uie neea
liartu o nocks ' paro,hi" thi- t
"vv"w school at Twenty-third and Q streets Is
the only Catholic school In the city at
SAX JOSE. Cost. Rica. March 1-Th.!t. preHnt tinM. ,llhoub
American secretary f state. ' Philander j 8t. Mary parish contemplate the erec
C. Knox, had quite as cordial recep-ltlon of a building. The parents In the
tion here as at Colon and Panama. lHjnorth tnd of toutn Omsha cannot send
Panama speech, which was published thelr cniMren to thUj Khaal, ,t trM ttM
" " ana younger ones, because of th distance.
ine norainf iwpers uevoieo pages to tne
details of Mr. Knox's visit. All the edi
torials were couched In friendly lan
gurge. Two slight earth shocks occurred during
the night, but they did no damage and
most of the American visitors. Including
the secretary, were not conscious- of
them. A great crowd marched In Na
tional park last night, opposite the resi
dence occupied by th secretary, and the
national band Serenaded the visitors, al
ternating between the Star Spangled Ban
ner and the Costa Rica national hymn.
Secretary Knox appeared on the balcony,
where be was enthusiastically greeted.
WASHINGTON, March t-The liveliest
of the tariff revision fights In the present
session of congress will break this week
when the democratic free sugar bill and
tbe Income or wine tax bill, which gnes
with it to make up the SW.WO.0W a year
that would be lost In sugar duties, prob
ably will go through the house and to de
feat In tha senate. ;
The passage of the bill In the house
seems to be assured by the democratic
majority which ratified them In caucus.
In the caucus, the progressive republi
cans will oppose putting sugar on the free
list, and many democrats view with
alarm the loss of so much revenue, with
only a measure, beset with the possibility
of a trial of its constitutionality as the
Senator Martin, the democratic leaner
in the senate akd a few others have en
dorsed the houdo bills without qualifica
tion. Many other democrats, howover. de
cline to discuss them. There have been
no formal conferences In the' senate over
Klaht aa Free Sasar.
Senator Brlstow, speaking as one pro.
restive, declared that none of his col
leagues favored free sugar, but all did
favor an Income tax. He aald It would
be unfair to American safer producers,
who had grown under stimulus of duty,
to remove all their protection by a sing Is
The progresstv republicans, who bold
the balance of power on party questions
In th senate, have evinced no disposition
to seek common ground with the demo
crats to push tariff revision legislation,
although there have been some personal
Thowntry of th free sugar bill to th
senat will make three tariff revision
measures pending there." the steel and
chemical bills are the other. All of these
will be adversely reported by th senats
Th regular republican will concede
the possibility 0f NMIt of en)v (wft
tariff revision measursa-a wooc bin. and,
aVottoft bill NeKh.r of these measure
ha yet come from the house war and
means committee and tha republican
concession la based on the fact that th
tariff board already ha reported on
wool and will soon report on th cotton
Treat lee (aese la Tarsday.
The pending arbitration treaties with
England and Prance will com up on the
executive day of Tuesday. Senators who
have been supporting their ratification
unamended say they will pass th senate
by the necessary two-thirds vote.
Those opposed I the trestles claim the
constitutional treaty-making powers of
th senat will be Invaded. It Is said to
be unlikely that th senate will amend
the treaties, but probably will pass Sen
ator Lodge resolution of ratification,
which provide no special agreements to
arbitrate questions under the treaties
shall be made without the concurrence
of the senate. Other amendments are
pending and long debate la In prospect.
The senate may meet at noon on Tues-
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"DOPE" INQUffiY AT PRISON
Governor Aldrich Holds Long- Con
ference with Warden.
PROTECTIVE MEASURES TAKER
Life Terse Ceavlet at Head of Hs
pltal Paalshed and Traatlra De
af Prlvllegra May
(hYom a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. March ..-(Special Telegram.)
Discovery that convicts of the state
penitentiary had been dealing extensively
in various forms of "dope" lor om tlm
past led to a long conference today b
tween Warden Delahunty and Governor
Following this the latter Issued a state
ment in which he said: "In the matter
of getting drugs Into the penitentiary, 1
desire to say that Warden Delahunty Is
facing tha same situation that every
prison official has to fear In the entire
country and will always have to rsoe.
There Is nothing new or startling In the
discovery and w ar very thankful that
on channel at leaat baa been discovered
to a certainty and It goes without saying
that this particular channel will not
aaaln opened for the transmission of
drug into the k Nebraska penitentiary
Adopt Plaa of Artloa.
Warden Delahunty and myself have
rone over the entire matter and are
by Federal Launch
in Thrilling Chase
SAX FRANCISCO, March S.-Twenty
one contraband Chines wer captured la
Oakland creek tonight when the launch.
Miming Star, from Knsenade, Lower Cal
ifornia, was overhauled by a custom's
launch, eomroaml.td byljnnilgrntlon ,ln
abactor Thouias Crawfoi d.
STRIKE HEARING CAUSES Mil
Berber Refuses "Blood Money"
Collection for Expenses.
LlPSON TELLS OF VIOLENCE
Member ml Lawreae Strike Caas.
ssltte Testifies ( killlas af
Wessaa and af laeffea-
' alt Byntaadrr.
day instead of 1 o'clock to expedite con- i agreed as to what ought to be done and
Grand Island Man
Expires in Omaha
Dr. Henry D. Poydea of Grand Inland,
ona of th best knows practitioners In
that section of the state, died Of Brlght'a
disease in Clarkson Memorial hospital
Sunday afternoon alJn o'clock. He was
iS years old and had been confined in tbe
hospital for two months.
Tha body ha been taken to Grand
Island, where funeral services will be
conducted Wednesday. Eesldea his wife.
Dr. Povden la survived by a daughter,
Mlaa Rath. Hoyden, who live at the
1 parental home. -. ,
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since aurca 1 .w en inches
EDWIN BANCROFT FOOTE
LEAVES FORTUNE TO CHARITY
NEW HAVUN, Conn.. March .-Under
the will of Edwin Bancroft Foot, founder
of tbe Foote Boys' club here and a gener
ous contributor to local charities, the
New Haven hospital, the Home of Desti
tute Mea and Women and the Good Will
Farm for Boys, n Maine, will each re
ceive 40.00. according to announcement
here today by tha executors. Six New
York societies which strive to Improve
the condition of the poor will each receive
taM. The residue of the estate, valued
at fl.M,ee, also goes to charity.
PNEUMONIA KILLS 1,400 IN
CHICAGO IN TWO MONTHS
Uenvteney for cor. period 1SI1..11 as ii-h
.Defkneacy for cor. period Jl.aia) iaches
CHICAGO, March x. Pneumonia, ae-
3 'cot dine to a bulletin hnxd by tha dry
health department today, caused Met
deatba In Chicago In January and February-
Deaths due to tubercaloets In the
same period totalled M. Scarlet fever In
that period was the moat prevalent of the
contaeioue diseases. .... .
sideratton and, although the discussion
may take up two or more days, it will
ftlll be on the legislative day of Tuesday.
The proposed investigation of tha
money trust, the Florida everglade, the
Lawrence strike, the proposed abolition
of tbe commerce court and several other
question are taking up the time of the
BRISK WORK IN WORTH DAKOTA
Glffard Placket aad Frank Km ta
GRAND FORKS. N. D.. March 1-Wlttl
the arrival of Qlfford Pine hot tomorrow
and Frank Knox Tuesday, a whirlwind
campaign of Roosevelt and La Follette
force I to be begun In North Dakota
to continue until th presidential pref
erential primary on March 19. Mr.
Plnchot la to apend several day In mak
ing addresses and Mr. Knox Is to remain
In the state In the Interest of Colonel
Roosevelt until the primary. An attempt
also Is to be made to get Mr. Roosevelt
to make a number of addresses here be
fore March IS.
The La Follette forces also are planning
a strenuous two weeks- campaign and
Louis D. Brsndels of Boston probably
will make a number of addresses In th
state before th primaries.
AGED MAN FROZEN TO DEATH
NEAR SIOUX FALLS, S. D.
SIOCX FALLS, a D.. March l-6pe-
cisl r Eluding the vigilance of members
of the household, Halver Kyhus, aged TT,
living with his son, Torger Kyhus, about
tea mile north of Sioux Falls, wandered
away doling the night and died of expo
sure. ' He wss mentally weak and an ef
fort had been made to watch him. He
was heard to break a window In hi room,
but before member of th family could
reach the room be had fled, half-clad.
Into the cold aad darkness. Immediate
search waa made for him, but It was sev
eral hours before be was found la a field
frosen to death.
Free Lee Leader Feaad Dead.
CHICAGO, March . Frank Lewis, one
of the leaders in the "Cplrlt Fruit" cult
st Webster Lake. In Lake county, wss
found deed, sested In a chair In his har-
m shoo wan tne tire in hie Mm still
burning today. At the death of Jacob
Bleihart. several years ago. Lewis, with
a woman strung herself Ulster Vlreinia
Moore, assumed control of the coWny,
the members of which professed to be
lieve In free love teachings. Lewts death
was due to apoplexy,
I want to say In behalf of th warden.
that he I anxious and more than willing
to co-operate with anyone to the end
that this nefarious practice be stopped.
He la constsntly on the alert to put this
traffic down and has bees doing all within
hi power to accompllih It and from a
careful Investigation, made, I am satisfied
that the use of dope hs at the present
lima been reduced to a minimum. And
I also wsnt to say for myself a chief
executive of the stats and also In behalf
of Warden Delahunty that wa welcome
any reliable Information at any time that
will aid or assist him in making condi
tions better at this penal Institution.
May Bar Wassea Teachers.
"la this connection It I proper for me
to remark tha I am seriously considering
the advisability of dispensing with women
teachers In the Sunday school causes at
tha penitentiary. Many prisna men be
lieve that It' is impracticable to have
women mingle as teachers with this class
of men. I am not fully advised a to
what ought to be done, and I sbsH make
careful investigation and try to profit by
tha experience of men who hav been at
the head of penal inatltutiona and ascer
tain as far aa I coa what ought to be
done In this regard."
Tbe governor also ordered that Trusties
Crawford and Tooman, woo war dis
covered In the act of taking th morphine
from convict named Bums, who had
only recently been releasee) from th
state penitentiary, would hereafter be cut
from their privileges.
Darter rrieaae Pnalslted. x
Doctor Dtnsmore. serving a life sen
tence In the penitentiary and who has
been at th head of the hospital for some
Urn past will hereafter be compelled to
eedve a a commit prisoner and will not
handle drug la any fashion whatsoever.
Drunken guards will be released, from
the employ of the state and efficient mea
will he hired to take their places. A care
ful watch will be kept upon tbe man and
tha atat executive will co-operate with
the warden la making a rigoroaa at
tempt to suppress the traffic.
Prison association officials who have
been especially Interested In th Investi
gation snd who accompanied ex -Convict
Barns to the prison late Friday night
when the teat was made, were Rev. L F.
Roach. 4aator of C Paul s Methodist
church of this city; ex-State Superin
tendent J. L. McBrten. Bert Wilson, bead
of the Mea and Religion Forward snero
ment, and Judge Lincoln Frost, formerly
of th district beach.
Chinese, wl.o leiped Into the mud of th
oretk. lost themselves In a wilderness of
abandoned and rotting whaling ships, and
escaped In a covered wagon.
With every reason to expect a foggy
night, th Morning Star slipped In through
Golden Oats shortly after dark, and ran
Into a breese, which was driving fog and
clouds out to sea. Hugging the north
shore of Ban Francisco bay. It crept past
Angst Island In th thsdow of th Berke
ley hills. The coughing of Its exhaust
caught Ihe ear of th Immigrant lookout,
and a launch was started to head It off.
The Morning Star took to Its heels.
With no further reason for hiding, it
ran Into a great sweep of moonlit water
and headed straight across the paths
of Oakland and San Francisco ferry
boats, for the creek, which Is ths es
tuary In th Inner harbor. Here It
struck a mile of smooth water In which
the government Munch overhauled It
relentlessly. It surrendered within fifty
yards of the covered wagon waiting to
spirit away the Chinese.
The Morning Star, which 1 a forty
foot gasoline launch, we manned by two
Italians and two Americans, On t ths
latter jumped overboard when the smug
gler saw tliat capture waa Inevitable
and escaped. Th other three never
relaxed In their efforts to get the
Chinese scattered under the coal bunkers
and along the wharf. The Inspectors
spent an hour dragging the Chines from
biding places In th mud.
Tippler's Comedy is
Resented at Y.M.C.A.
George Fllsgerald mot a few friend
down town Saturday night. He likewise
met a few new bartenders. When the
saloons closed at S o'clock he waa well
under way on a stormy cruise. He ended
up at the Young Men's ChrtattaB associa
tion building at 1:30 a. m. and there
created a seen by standing In front of
the counter snd ordered several spiritu
ous, malt and vinous concoctions.
When Informed that he wss in the
wrong pew he instructed Ihe desk man to
order a cab a h wanted to see th
sights. The cab which the desk man
ordered carried FUsgeraid to the Hotel
de Haver, where be still remains la bliss
ful slumber awaiting th arrival of Judge
Foster this morning.
WA8H1XOTON, March t-At lh con
clusion for Saturday of aa unusual hear
ing before the house committee on rule
and bills proposing n investigation of
conditions relating to th strike of textile
worker at Lawrence, Mass., Representa
tives Victor Berger of Wisconsin aad
Robert McCartney of the dtlsens' com
mittee of Lawrence almost rams to blow
snd wr separated by Jepressntatlv
Wilson of Illinois.
The rules committee bed adjourned the
hearing to be resumed on Monday, neces
sitating the stay In Washington of woman
and children from the Lawrence woolen
mills, wh had been sent tiers to glv
testimony concerning strlks conditions.
"Who I going to pay th expenses of
these people?" asked Representative
Berger, th socialist member of the house,
as tha committee waa about to adjourn.
Representatlv Henry, chairman of th
committee, declared nothing could be done
by tha committee In advanc of an In
vestigation on such a matter, whereupon
Representatlv Wilson of Pennsylvania
suggssted thst a collection be taken to
defray th expenses. Samuel Gompers,
president of the American Federation of
Labor, was tbe first to contribute and
Representative Berger held the bat. Sev
eral Lawrence young women collected the
contributions which came from men and
women In the committee room. When
Lewis S, Cox. th postmaster of Law.
renee. contributed a dollsr. Representa
tive Berger protested.
"Give him bsrk his money," said Berger
to Miss Josephine Lisa, who had collected
it. "We don't want any blood money." -
McCartney, who waa standing nearby.
Immediately protested against Berger's
Insinuation, and for several minutes the
committee room waa In confusion.
As Mlse Lisa gave hack the money
Representative Wilson of Illinois, a mem
ber of the rule committee. Intervened
between Berger and McCartney, who were
almost on the verge of combat. HI In
terference in the squabble ended the con
troversy and McCartney and Cox left the
MILD WEATHER, PROMISE
MADE BY CHIEF FORECASTER
WASHINGTON. March l-There Is
nothing to Indicate that a cold wave will
mt the country this week, aarordlng
to the wekly bulletin of the weather
bureau Issued tonight.
"There will be." says the builettn, "a
general though gradual reaction ts nor
mal temperatures over the regioa east of
the Rocky mountains on Tuesday and
Wednesday and moderate temperatures
thereafter until tha close of tbe week.
A dlsturaanca that now covers the
west and southwest will advanc slowly
eastward and cause a continuation f un
settled weather, with rains la southern
and snow and rain in middle and north
ers states east of the Rocky mountains
during tbe next several days. Ths next
disturbance to cross the country will ap
pear In the far west Thursday or Friday
and prevail over th middle west at the
end of the week.
"Moderate weather and wind conditions
will prevail over the transatlantic steam
ship route the coming week."
This was the climax to aa exciting ses
sion of the committee In which tbe Law
rence strike conditions were revealed
from several rival souroaa
In a room crowde wirn spectators, I
Samuel Upson, a member of th Lawrence I
strike committee, testified on the witness :
stand. Llpson told of the police grabbing j
th children and throwing them Into the
patrol wagon and of shouting at and i
dubbing tha mothers of the children when
the police and militia prevented the send
ing away of children.
upson reierrea to tne swing oc John j
Barney, who was bayonetted by the I
militia as hs stood Inoffensively, the wit
ness said. In front of his own home. He-!
said Ramey was not a striker and that
it was known he was not even a sympa-1
"The police started this trouble." he
said. "We were not striking against tbe
polios or th militia. They started to
mak us move faster when we gathered
In groups on tbe street and they en
forced their arguments with the bayo
nets." Referring to the killing of a woman
striker, Anna I-aplzo. Llpson ws? eies- I
t toned: ,
"Who killed herr' -td Chairman
"Our witnesses," said Llpson. "swear !
they saw Policeman Benolt shoot and i
tbe woman fall, bat the police ten a j
Weren't two strike leaders. Ettor and
BUSiNESS MEN TO
CONSULTON LAWS .
President Sanctions Call of Con
tention of Delegates from Ra
tion's Commercial Bodies.
KANT DtTOATIONS SEHT OUT
Thousand Industrial Bodies Asked
to Send Representatives.
FOLLOWS OUT FLAK IN MESSAGE
Gives Government Chance to Con
suit Over Law Enforcement
FOE THE EXPANSION OF TRADE
Caagrrsa Saaald Have Medlass ta
Furnish First Hand lafarasatlaa
f Official Kalare About
WASHINGTON. March l-Presldrnt
Tuft ha takea the Initiative In the mvoe
ment to bring business men of th coun
try into touch with the government for
advice and counsel la th administration
of laws, tha enactment of new statute
and the dovelopment of commerce.
Virtually, th president proposes a na
tloa board of trade broadly representa
tlv of tha commercial and Industrial or
ganisations and of such character as tha
govhrnment may properly recognise by a
charter from congress.
As ona of th first step In th plan.
Secretary Kegel of the Department of
Comment and Labor, by direction of tha
president,. has called a convention of dele
gate from conuntrclal organisations In
aU part of the country to meet la Wash
in si un on April IS for discussion and to
plaa tha organisation. Invitations al
ready have been sent to l.oW local chant
bars of commerce, board of trade and
other commercial bodies. Responses to
th announcement of th teatavle plan -hav
been such that President Tart la
convinced the tlm Is rip for putting th
proposal to tha test of practical experi
Th president first renom mended such
a plan In a message to congress last De
cember In which he suggested that offW
dais of th Department of Commerce ad
Labor and member of appropriat eon
greslonal committee might be mad
member ex officio of such aa associa
tion. In a statement made publlo today
President Taft outline th purpose of
such an organisation.
Oppartaalty ta Caasalt,
It would glv to th govern nwnt the
opportunity to consult with th business
world on all propositions of tradej suprem
acy. It would afford co-operation la the
expansion of commerce at bom and
abroad and would provide a means by
which government offlnera charged with
th enforcement of laws could become
acquainted with th complexities whins
su round their administration, in th huaV ;
aes. world. Further thaa thst nongresa
In framing new uatuts affecting trad .
and commerce would hav first hand ad
vice of an official nature.
In some respect th plan would not be
unlike th German government system
of eo-operetloa with boerde of trade
throughout the German states, although
many of th features of that system prob
ably would not be applicable here.
The president's statement announcing
the launching of the plaa wa la part
"Jt la not my intention to defln th
purpose of such an organisation or la-
deed any matter to anticipate the scope
of tha discussion upon which such dsl
gutss may conclude to enter; but It ap
pear to me to be obvious that such an
organisation must b Instrumental la a
vary large field to aid and assist th
executive and legislative branches of tha
govarnnwnt In domestic and foreign trade.
Aid ta Eieeatlve.
'For illustration, such a organisation
property represented at th seat of gov.
eminent could be of Incalucuable as
sistance la advising th executive branch
of government with respect to the
method and rule to bo adopted In the
administration of existing law. It could
be of like aasistanca in giving advice In
regard to proposed legislation and lu
counselling representatives of tbe leglsla
tlvs branch when asked to aubmlt recom
mendation upon bills Introduced and
pending before committees.
'Such an organisation would be In th
best possible position to suggest Held
for new Inquiry at home and abroad, tha
methods by which such Inquiries should
be pursued and tha mean by which the
result can be most advantageously
brought to tha attention of our merchants
snd manufacturers; and It la eat to as
sume that If such an organisation la
created lu chief activities will b de
veloped la th light of our own experience.
it may not be necessary that we
adopt a course in all respects patterned
on the system of any other commercial
or Industrial country, but It is obvious
that by soms means immediate relations
between ths government activities and
the commercial and Industrial' forces of
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