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A prolonged litigation between the city of St. Louis and the United Railways Company has been brought to an end by a judicial decision which upholds the contention of the municipal authorities. The decision confirms the city's right to collect from the company's gross revenue one tenth of one cent for each passenger carried on the company's line. Announcement of the decision caused a decided fall in the market value of the railway company's securities.
An agreement has been reached between the city government of Toledo and the Toledo Railways and Light Company which brings to an end, for the present at least, various differences existing between them. By the terms of this agreement the street railway company is to maintain a three-cent fare for four hours each day, two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon. During all other hours six tickets will be sold for twenty-five cents and transfers given over all parts of the company's lines.
At an election held as the result of an initiative petition presented by the Electrical Workers' Union of San Francisco, the voters of that city expressed themselves by a considerable majority in favor of a project for the municipal ownership of a telephone system.
The first woman's city club has been established in Los Angeles, Cal., and now possesses a membership of 1200. In its organization and plan of work it follows the line laid down by similar men's clubs in Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and other cities. Its chief aim is to bring into close contact and mutual acquaintance the great body of women voters who are interested in civic improvement through the agency of non-partisan effort.
The Common Council of Richmond, Va., has passed an ordinance creating an administrative board to which will be entrusted immediate control of all the city's administrative affairs, with the exception of the police, fire and health departments. The board will be made up of five members who will be elected by popular vote next June and will take office in September.
In Chicago arrangements have been made for opening thirteen public school buildings as evening social centers. During the past year nine buildings have been used for this purpose and the experi
ment has proved popular. It is now planned to broaden the work, particularly by providing at the building instruction and recreation which will be attractive to adults.
A recent act of the Pennsylvania Assembly has authorized the city of Scranton to establish three new municipal departments, namely, a department of city supplies with the city treasurer at its head, a department of art made up of nine members, including the mayor and the director of public works ex officio and a department of city planning, likewise composed of nine members appointed by the mayor. Similar departments have already been established in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The National Municipal League has recently established an annual prize of twenty dollars, to be known as the “Cincinnati Prize." Competition is open to all students of the University of Cincinnati and will be for an essay upon some subject chosen each year bearing upon the municipal government of the civic life of the city of Cincinnati. This year the subject chosen is “Municipal Civil Service Reform."
The City Council of Portland, Ore., some months ago appropriated $10,000 to provide work for the city's unemployed. Similar action was recently taken by the commissioners of Topeka, Kan.
On May 28 the voters of Atlantic City, N. J., voted to adopt a commission government charter.
NEWS AND NOTES: PERSONAL AND BIBLIOGRAPHICAL
EDITED BY W. F. DODD
Prof. John B. Phillips of the University of Colorado has been appointed a member of the Colorado State Tax Commission, for a sixyear term, and has resigned his university position.
Prof. Edward G. Elliott of Princeton University will be on leave of absence next year, and will probably spend a part of the time in Europe.
Dr. Frank Green Bates, formerly of the University of Kansas and more recently librarian of the Rhode Island Historical Society, has been appointed asssociate professor in the University of Indiana and will devote his attention more especially to the field of municipal government. Professor Bates will also organize a Bureau of Municipal Research at the Indiana State Library.
Mr. William Franklin Willoughby, now a member of President Taft's Commission on Economy and Efficiency in Government, has been appointed McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University.
Prof. J. W. Jenks of Cornell University has become professor of government and public administration and director of political studies in the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance of New York University.
Prof. George Grafton Wilson of Harvard University will be exchange professor in France from that institution for 1912-13.
Dr. John C. Dunning has become assistant professor of political science in Brown University.
Prof. Allen Johnson of Yale University will publish in the fall, through the Houghton, Mifflin Co., a volume of readings in American Constitutional History for the use of college classes.
Dr. R. S. Saby has been promoted to an assistant professor in Cornell University.
Dr. Robert H. Whitten, Librarian-Statistician of the New York Public Service Commission, First District, has been granted a leave of absence to undertake an investigation of public service regulation in Great Britain, in behalf of the Department of Interstate and Municipal Utilities of the National Civic Federation.
Mr. Earl Crecraft has been appointed instructor in politics in the new School of Journalism of Columbia University.
Mr. Dixon R. Fox has been appointed lecturer in politics in Columbia University.
Mr. William Bethke of the University of Minnesota has been appointed instructor in political science at the University of Colorado.
Mr. S. C. McNemar has been advanced from an instructorship to an assistant professorship in international law at George Washington University.
Prof. H. Parker Willis of George Washington University will be on leave of absence next year. Prof. C. W. A. Veditz will be acting dean of the College of the Political Sciences during Professor Willis' absence.
Prof. Paul S. Reinsch concluded his lectures at the University of Leipzig early in July and returned to the United States at the end of the month.
Prof. H. L. McBain, of the University of Wisconsin, published in July of the current year, two volumes, entitled Readings on City Government.
Prof. Chester Lloyd-Jones, of the University of Wisconsin, has in process of completion a work on Statute Law-making in the United States.
Mr. U. G. Dubach and Mr. R. M. Zillmer, of the University of Wisconsin, have been appointed assistants in political science at the University of Wisconsin for the coming year.
Prof. J. W. Gannaway, of Grinnell College, is a member of the Political Science faculty of the University of Wisconsin for the summer session.
Mr. Charles H. Burr of Philadelphia has been awarded the Henry M. Phillips Prize of $2,000, offered by the American Philosophical Society for the best essay on The Treaty Making Power of the United States and the Methods of its Enforcement as Affecting the Police Powers of the States."
Those interested in Philippine local government will welcome the publication of the Municipal Code and the Provincial Government Act, compiled and annotated by George A. Malcolm (Manila: Bureau of Printing, 1911. Pp. xiii, 455).
The Primary Election Laws of California (Sacramento, 1912, Pp. 159), and the General Election Laws of the State of Nebraska (Lincoln, 1911, pp. 208) have been issued by the respective states.
There has been issued for the use of the Committee on Interstate Commerce of the United States Senate a small volume on Trusts in Foreign countries (Washington, 1911, pp. 132), in which have been printed the laws of Australia, Canada and New Zealand, several articles by Dr. Francis Walker, and two consular reports upon the legal status of trusts in Germany.
The Library of Congress has recently published two lists which will be of value to students of political science: Select List of Reference on the Initiative, Referendum, and Recall (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1912, pp. 102); Select List of References on Employers' Liability and Workmen's Compensation (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1911, pp. 196).
A recent volume published by the World Peace Foundation contains in extenso the argument of Senator Root in behalf of the United States before The North Atlantic Coast Fisheries Arbitration Tribunal at The Hague. Dr. James Brown Scott, who was of counsel for the United States in this case, furnishes a scholarly and elaborate history and analysis of the points at issue and the decisions thereupon. The texts of pertinent treaties, statutes, circulars and correspondence are given in an appendix.