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4.5. Conq.ess. Hense,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THE BILLS TO AMEND THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE LAW
(H. R. 146, 273, 2040, 5775, 8337, AND 10930).
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
TUESDAY, April 8, 1902. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. William P. Hepburn in the chair.
The CHAIRMAN. It has taken some time to dispose of these other matters, but we will now take up the subject of interstate and foreign commerce, and if any gentleman here desires to be heard we will hear him on these bills.
STATEMENT OF MR. E. P. BACON.
The CHAIRMAN. Now, Mr. Bacon, we want to get some idea about the time that will be consumed, and the number of gentlemen who will appear before us, so far as you know. Will you favor the committee with your ideas on that point?
Mr. Bacon. I can only give you an indefinite idea with regard to it. There are, perhaps, in all a dozen men, from different parts of the country, whom the committee which I represent expects to be present at these hearings.
The CHAIRMAN. What committee do you represent?
Mr. Bacon. I represent the executive committee of the interstatecommerce law convention, which was held at St. Louis on the 20th of November, 1900. That convention was called for the purpose of promoting the passage of the Cullom bill, which was then pending in the Senate, and that bill having failed, this committee prepared a substitute bill, which has been introduced in the House by Representative Corliss and in the Senate by Senator Nelson. I appear in behalf of the committee to advocate the reporting of the bill.
The committee have been in communication with a number of the commercial organizations of the country, and have furnished them with copies of the bill and with a synopsis thereof, with arguments in favor of its passage, and have received responses from a large number of the associations favoring its passage, indorsing the bill and stating that their several associations have adopted resolutions requesting the members of Congress representing their respective districts to give it their support. I have a list of the organizations, which I will give to the reporter, but I will state that it comprises eight national organizations, consisting of grain dealers, millers, manufacturers, and mercantile organizations, the National Lumber Dealers' Association, and, among others, the National Board of Trade. Also 17 State organizations of various States, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri; the New England Granite Manufacturers Association, the New England Shoe Dealers' Association, the Ohio Grain Dealers, the National Millers, the Texas Cattle Raisers Association, the Texas