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46.

Resolution of the Atlanta (Ga.) Freight Bureau favoring passage of S. 3575.

[Presented by Mr. Nelson, June 19, 1902.]

Whereas our attention having been called to a bill now pending before Congress known as the Nelson-Corliss bill, the purpose of which is to enlarge the jurisdiction and powers of the Interstate Commerce Commission; and

Whereas we believe that the public interests would be better subserved by granting the Interstate Commerce Commission full power to adjudicate all rate differences, to name just and reasonable rates, and to enforce its decrees: Therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Atlanta Freight Bureau indorses the Nelson-Corliss bill, and the traffic manager is instructed to forward copies of this resolution to Senators A. S. Clay and A. O. Bacon and Congressman L. F. Livingston with the request that they use their best efforts toward the passage of said bill.

47.

Resolution of the Atlanta (Ga.) Freight Bureau opposing passage of S. 3521.

(Presented by Mr. Nelson, June 19, 1902.]

Whereas our attention having been called to a bill now pending in the United States Senate known as the Elkins bill, the purpose of which being to legalize pooling of freight by the railroads of this country, which we believe would be greatly to the disadvantage of both shippers and producers: Therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Atlanta Freight Bureau is opposed to the passage of said bill, and its traffic manager is hereby instructed to write Senators A. O. Bacon and A. S. Clay and Congressman L. F. Livingston requesting them to use their best efforts toward the defeat of said bill.

48.

Resolution directing the Interstate Commerce Commission to investigate rates filed with said

Commission by common carriers, etc.

Mr. Carmack submitted the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Interstate Commerce Commission be, and is hereby, directed to investigate and report to the Senate during the month of December next, in such form and to such extent as may be practicable

1. The rates filed with said Commission by common carriers subject to the act to regulate commerce and now in force on import and domestic traffic of like kind carried from ports of entry in the United States to interior points of destination which show material differences, in favor of through shipments of imported articles and against shipments of imported articles and against shipments of like articles originating at such ports of entry.

2. What, if any, kinds or classes of imported articles have actually been transported at any time between January 1 and July 1 of the present year by common carriers subject to the act to regulate commerce at rates from ports of entry in the United States to interior points of destination materially less than the rates contemporaneously charged by such carriers upon the same kinds or classes of articles as domestic shipments from such ports of entry to the same interior points of destination; and whether, if it can be ascertained, the rates actually charged upon both the import and domestic traffic were in conformity with the rates in effect thereon as shown in rate schedules filed with said Commission.

3. Show in said report in connection with any such differences in schedule rates in favor of import and against domestic shipments the tariff or customs duties in force under the laws of Congress upon such import traffic carried at any time during the six months' period above specified; and to enable compliance with this requirement

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the Secretary of the Treasury is hereby directed to furnish the said Commission, upon its application, a statement showing the tariff or customs duties applicable to such import traffic.

4. Whether in the opinion of said Commission any such differences in rates in favor of import and against domestic shipments operate to produce discriminations and preferences in favor of foreign manufacturers and shippers and against American manufacturers and shippers which ought to be removed, but which can not be remedied by proceedings under the act to regulate commerce; and if so, in what manner that statute should be amended to prevent such discriminations and preferences.

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