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Judge Cooler's Timely Circular

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The Journal 's prediction that Judge Cooley would make a faithful, conscientious and highly useful chairman of tho Inter-State comrnerce commission has been verified by the .patriotio and masterly circular which was written by him under the authority of the commission and published in the daily press on Tuesday. It is a most timely deliverance, and canuot fail to reassure the supporters of the purposes of the InterState commerce law who had almost begun to despair of the practical utility of the measnre. The judge notifies those railroad managers who have been giving the law a narrow and one-sided construction that the commission wil] not tolérate any covert attempts to deCeat the plain intent of its provisions. The exactioa of higher long haul rates is in a majonty of instances n flagrant violation of the spirit of the act and will be dealt with with a tirm and corrective hand by the commission. It is qnite apparent from the judge's vigorous and pointed language that he is fully aware of the settled determiuatiou on the part oí tüe rauroads to make tbe law as odious as possible bv takiug advautage o( their seltish interpret.ition of ira provisions to inipose unuecessary and burdensome ratea on shippers. His letter will probably have the effect to brint? tbe railroad managers to a sudden halt T'ey will nol care to incur tbe displeasure of the conimission by meauly attempting to sei'np their own arbitrary Corporation rulings against those of Judge Cooley and his associates. Tbe latter evidently mean business, and propose to see tbat tbe law is enforced in accordance witb tbe wise aud patriotic intentious of its framers. This is pre cisely wbat the people demand. If after a thorougb and intelligent trial the law fails to accomplish the ealutary resulta which were contidently expected to flow from its operations it will tlien be time to repeal it. But let us have it fairly and impartially enforced before we unreservedly coDdemn it. - Lansing Jouraal.


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