The Houston Post. (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 25, Ed. 1 Friday, December 31, 1909 Page: 1 of 12
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? 7 illfl cial offer in.
liide Foreign Comnaniek : :
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Foraetrt for Howtoa nf vldnilr tor fH-
d(r-rFir and wtmwr.ia tlM nortbcMMra po
War CoDtriry jo Comraoo Law
fw' V hen Formed
DISCIOSE AMAZING DEPRAVITY
Declared Attorney General Begard-
w ing Operations by Bushwhack
ing Companiev Eliminating
J vv- (Atsoeiatti prst Rtfort.)
!l 'WABHINQTON. Decembel1 30. -In a.
printed brief of 26S pages. Attorney Oen-
wl Wlckemham and hi apecial'aaalsVi
ant J. C. McReynolds today praaeated
. iKh auprema court of th United Btate
the eaae of the government In the famous
anti-trust tobacco suit which will be ar-
gued next week In that court The eases
were tried In the United States circuit
court for the Southern district of New
York which after dismissing: the peti-
tion as to foreign tobacco companies and
some of the subordinate American com-
panies adjudged the others to be parties
to an unlawful conspiracy and enjoined
them from' continuing their operations
and ' from 1 engaging in Interstate corn-
mere. The attorney general takes the position
that these findings sweeping as they
seem to have been were not broad
enough and he asked the supreme court
to So extend them as to widen their scope
and take In the foreign companies and
some Individuals who were relieved from
the operation of the verdict. Many other
extensions of the Judgment are also re-
eMed;.; 'v MCSQPOLT 13 EXERCISJSD-X
After showing that In 1S8 competition
' fre.:the Various. eaaMUons are
traced kt (he document and facts given
that the company has grown until its
combined assets amount to $400000000. It
la asserted that the combination manu-
facturers all of the cigarettes for export
and almost three-fourths of the smoking
tobacco and cigarettes for domestic sale
more than three-fourths of the plug twist
and fine-cut tobacco and almost all of
the snuft and little cigars that are made.
It la declared that the "defendants per-
sistently have exercised duress have
practiced wicked and unfair methods and
used their great power In oppressive
Further It is asserted that they have
been actuated by a fixed purpose to de-
stroy competition and obtain monopolies.
Competitors have disappeared gradually
and the combination now strongly en-
trenched unduly restricts the business
of those in the trade and prevents others
VIOLATED COMMON LAW.
Putting aside for the time the effect
of the Sherman anti-trust law under
Mrhtah the suit was brought It is con-
tended that the combination under the
namjP of the American Tobacco compa-
ny was illegal when It was entered into
' In 1890 because it was contrary to com-
mon law. Contending for the right of
- congress to enact anti-trust legislation
;' it Is asserted that the essettlal purpose
Of the Sherman law Is to prevent injury
and not merely td reverse a course of
. conduct. The attorney general also lays
down the general proposition that "the
' right freely to buy sell and transfer
property Is not a fundamental oivll right
to be exercised without limitation as ln-
V ' terested parties may determine" and he
adds the assertion that "It Is subordinate
to publlo policy and the lawfully express
:... ad will of officers."
.. Coming to specific instances relative to
' ' the. operations of the trust It Is declared
that substantially all established Jobbers
1 . in New England were Induced to throw
1 out independent products as were those
Pkf' Philadelphia New York and many
A other specified places. It Is asserted that
tv independent Jobbing In New York was
destroyed by the organisation of the
"Metropolitan Tobacco company which
was given an exclusive agency for the
sale of the trust goods
."Jtt also Is asserted that "bushwhack-
v Ins; methods were resorted to In tue use
' of union labels and the method In this
'' proceeding . la denounced as Iniquitous'
and on such as Is Inhabited In an un-
v i civilised conscience.' Indeed it Is declar-
4 that the record 'contains much evl-
. "- '. denoa and a vast deal of correspondence
V concerning the operations of these oush-
whacking companies which disclose
' amaslng depravity and shdw with clear-
aesa how these sinister agencies were ef-
. 4 . fectlvely utilised. " -
Th advertising methods of the trust
1 .war referred to as a means of Influeno-
' "ing both business and publlo sentiment
k ' and It Is said that not less than $10000000
v were expended In this way In the single
i 1- year of lgnp. The attorney general Inter-.
. preta theC jmplaint as not dlreoted mere-
ly to- the acquisition and ownership of
" stocks or other property but as against
. the company's operations In commerce
.li "Competition has been persistently de-
stroyed; scores of contracts have been
' violated; scores of skilled men retired
: from the trade. Many have been forced
. out and the necessary result of the plan
V - Ions; followed has been to give tLe Oe-
' fendants power to exq'nde others and
l exercise monopoly He seema Inclln-
' ed to the view that- a receiver should be
appointed for the business of the parties
to the combination and adder .
"The very exiatenoa of oertaia defend-
ants le erlmlaal and certainly they can
not rightfully complain because of being
rtrfuned from carrying out the unlaw
1 1 purpose of their creation; they are
'miy in positions where-avery act w
- gresslon.M - . .
v Tenpersture and precipitation records for
Houston for tks twenty-four hours ended at f
p. m. Thnrsdayt . . '-(.' iy- .
Terapertture Msximua 7 mliiiania $4. '
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WASHINGTON. December IO.East Texas
-Fair and warmer Friday in north portion
Saturday fair; light to moderate south winds.
LouIsUim Fair sad warater Friday.' Sstnr.
dsy fair and wanner in the east; light to modV
erate south winds. - r-
West Texas and Oklahoma Qrns'raUy fair
Friday and Saturday.
AMERICANS who aire reached Washington
declare thst Msdris and sot Estrads is the
proper man for pnslaeat of Nicaragua.
REPRESENTATIVE .SIMS of Tennessee will
endeavor to carry a majority of the demo-
crats in the' house in support of the "white
THE NATIONAL anti-treat leane launched
for she purpose of perfecting a National boy-
cott ag ainat . combinations that increase the
cost of living.
ATTORNEY GENERAL WICKERSHAM took
steps looking to .extension of the judgment
of the lower court in the anti-trust tobacco
suit before the supreme court.
THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC stesmer Excel-
sior was scportcd adrift off the North Caro-
lina coast. -
INHUMAN treatment of white women In the
city jail at Atlanta Ga was alleged at a
IT WAS believed in the Chicago corn pita
that cotton speculators had repurchased near-
ly five million bushels of May corn.
R. B. COUSINS Stats superintendent 0f edu-
cation was elected a director of the Southern
Education association at Charlotte N. C
HE GOVERNORS of the New York stock ex-
change will act on the report ef the recent
manipulation of Rock Island eoaaBoa stock
THE DISTRICT COURT at Kansas City or-
dered dissolved the Traders Live Stock ex-
change sssoriatkm ft notation ef the anti.
trust laws. .
INTOLERABLE conditions were reported to
exist in the Uklahoma Mate asylum for the
insane by Miaa Kate Barnard conunissioaer
of charities and corrections.
A TERRIFIC cold wave causing much suffer
mg and casting many Uvea was reported to
. have swept the entire Snith Texas and cx-
. treat Soothers Florida alone escaping.
OMAS I. mSGEN- M -Springfield Mass....
announced that several thousand damage
suits sgainst the Standard Oil company will
be filed by the independent refiners in case
the dissolution decision is upheld.
HENRY ALGERNON GEORGE Earl Percy
died at Paris - report crediting him with
being the victim of a duel.
IT WAS declared st Managua that the Mexi-
can government in no official wsy baa rec-
ognized Msdris ss president.
FORMER President Zelaya at Mexico Cin
denied himself to newspaper men following
an unofficial call on President Diax
A FIRE on pier 1$ at Galveston caused a loss
THE PRISON investigating subcommittee left
Rusk and will continue the probe at liunts-
ville. LAWRENCE POWELL killed his stepfather at
Fort Worth ss he claimed in defense of bis
AFTER willing bis body to science Gus Schell
aged 60 years killed himself by shooting st
THE INSTRUMENT conveying the holdings
of the Security Oil company to John Scaly
was filed at Beaumont.
TESTIMONY In an effort to establish self-
defense Vis adduced by the defense in the
Pearson trial st Stephenville.
HARRY BAKER an elevator boy was killed
at San Antonio in a fall through the ele-
vator shaft at the St. James hotel.
A WOMAN was burned to death and a boy
fatally injured when s moving wagon
plunged over a cliff near Floydada.
FIRE destroyed the cotton gin of Lillard &
Malone at Decatur st a loss of $1000 snd
the Stevens gin at Dixon at a loss of $4000.
J. W. NEILL of Howard county was appointed
uj vummiwioncr ui naTKUHure fviinc TO
tak charge of the organisation of farmers'
SUPERINTENDENT P. W; HORN of the
Houston city schools wss elected president
of the Texas State Teachers' sssociation at
Dallas; Abilene was selected ss the 1910
convention city. 1
WANTEDA QUIET HOME j
FAVORS MANN BILL
I ' . A'?
BEPBESEDTATXVE SIMS TO ASK
Proposed "White Slave" Legislation
He Declared Does Not Uiurp
W. D. WILLIAMS believes thst the commto-
sion should have greater power.
IL U. MUDGE was elected president of the
Chicago Rock Island and Gulf st s called
meeting of the directors at Fort Worth.
DAVID E. THOMPSON at Guatemala City
discussed with President Cabrera the pro-
posed extension of the Pan-American railroad
into that country.
THE READING- into the record of many pub-
lished tariffs of the rsilroad commission oc-
cupied much of the day in the differential
hearing at Austin.
M. J. CONDON won the president's goli tro-
phy at Pinehurst N. C
THE OWNERS of the new Philadelphia Na-
tional league plant were revealed in the fil-
ing of the lease.
THE UNIVERSITY of Pennsylvania woa the
eleventh annual chess tournament from
Brown and Cornell at New York.
REPORTS from Paris indicated that the
French seropiaiusts were making desperate
efforts to brcsk the 1S0S
to January 1
THE REAL ESTATE transfers of Thursday
THE CENSUS supervisors will meet in Dallas
on January T and S.
E. A. CALVIN ass issued a statement replying
to that ef D. J. NeilL
DR. J. S. ABBOTT State food eommlu loner
was fat Houston Thursday.
THE RICE MILLERS met yesterday to
cuss the rice market cendltiona
THF BUSINESS LEAGUE has arranged to
make three trade excursion tripe
A RECEIVER hss been appointed to take
charge ef the Alvia Brick company.
THE STATS has filed suit to nearer shout
lltO acres ef land situated near Genoa j
AN ORDINANCE has been passed reoulrmg
the telephone companies of Houston to file
annual reports. - v ......... . r .
THE FIRE insurance agents of Houston wlll4
asa tne city eouacti m pass ea ordinance
regulating the use of gasoline stoves aad the
s atorsge 01 gasolina x v - f
THE HEALTH OFFICK records shew that
.. there were fifty-two easse of diphtheria la
:. Hooeton im three months; there are ealy twe.
(Houston Port Sfeeial.t
WASHINGTON December $0. Repre-
sentative Slma of Tenneaaee la preparing
to support his action In co-operating with
the solid republican membership of the
committee on Interstate and foreign com-
merce In making a favorable report on
the Mann bill for the suppression of the
"white slave" ttafflc. This bill will be
considered In the house early In. January.
Representatives Slma' Russell and Peters
democrats are supporting the Mann bill
while Adanuon and Bartlett of Georgia
and Richardson of Alabama democrats
are opposing It and will voice their op-
position In a vigorous minority report.
BILL WILL "STAND TEST.
Mr. Sims said today that while there
may be some doubt as to the constitu-
tionality of some sections of the Mann
bill that as a whole he la convinced that
the act will stand the test of the courts.
He said the report of the joint commis-
sion of the house and aenate made short-
ly before the adjournment for the Chrtat-
maa holidays ahowed that tne "white
slave" traffic was on the Increase and
that many hundreds of alien women and
girls are being brought to this country
from Europe and Asia for Immoral pur
poses. They are virtually slaves con-
tinued Mr. Slma. ' and the procurers ' and
Importers of these white slaves often re-
ceive as high price ror a woman' or girl
aa was paid for a negro prior to the dvlt
FEDERAL ACTION NEEDED.
Mr. Sims says the States acting Inde-
pendently are powerless to break up this
unholy traffic and that nothing less than
the supplementary aid of the National
government can put an end to It. He
does not regard the Mann bill as usurp-
ing the police power of the States any
more than the National quarantine bill
does; that if the Mann bill Is of doubtful
constitutionality he Is willing to solve
the doubt in favor of public health and
moral a Mr. Biros wlU endeavor to carry
a majority of the democrata of the house
In support of the Mann bill and todlca-.
tlona are he will succeed.
There Is nothing In the Mann bill that
relates to peonage.
imMEJATED WHITE SLAVES.
French Press Resented National
A tsoeiif Prttt Rtfon.)
PARIS December SO. The Matin to-
day declares that the finding of the
United States Immigration commission
which placed France first among the na-
tions as an exporter of so-called white
slave recruits constitutes a national dis-
grace and appeals to the government to
commence Immediate pourparlers with
Washington for auppremlon of the traffic
The paper Insists that France In reality
le the most decent country on the globe
ancVone where home life and virtue are
moat beautifully exemplified; yet abroad
and - especially In America' ' woandaloua
French literature le circulated and the
extent of the monstrous white slave traf-
fic; baa given her the reputation of being
the center of depravity. . . -
CORN BOUGHT BACK
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COTTOjT I SKCULATOIS ft BE-
; QAIOTD 0ID HOMDrGS. ; ;
Believed in Pits That Hearly Rre
million Bushels Had Been Put-
chased if Loss
Large Percentage Amerioan Born.
tAmtftut Pro Jttfori.t y '" :. v'
' WASHINGTON Decembvt .-rThe re.
I port of the - Immigration comraiaalon.
IVahowlng the naUonallty of gtrta deals
I.' especially so far aa nationality la con-
(Continued en Fag Two.)
; Honrton Potf SHcioi.1 'J'iM.''-
CHICAGO December SO. It was the
popular belief in the corn pit today that
cotton speculators had bought back be
tween ' 4.000000 and S.00000 buahels
May corn In - the last two days at prlc j
ranging from M to 6 -S cents that hit
been sold earlier In the week at
cenie nisner prauev. 9 WfS i
ket fooled nearly all of the profession
The big cotton trad era. who acted V
largely through Clement Curtis had
difficulty in buying an Immense tjuaif
of corn on a declining scale. The oft
weather forecast ' Indicating -a j
period of mild temperatures; was ex
ad to release a large quantity of j
now held In country elevators an'
sidetracks principally . Ih Illlholf '
which' the railroads had been uni
Much uncertainty still prevailed
rtrrtlnr t ha flnal Autivim Af Tf.
delivery wheat. It was a' popul
among well posted speculators th
was more chance of a slump dul
loading by miscellaneous longs 1
been tailing after the big hole '
there- waa that belated shorts f
badly aqucesed. There- vera
this afternoon of IX 00 busheli
on December contracts and- si
private elevators have ': -bee '
blending and cleaning- wheat j
tract grade all months
WILL sue staxt:
Hisgen Heads Moremei
pendents to Secure I
SPRINGFIELD Maea.. 7
Several thousand damage
the Standard Oil company f
are to be Instituted by if
refiners If tha United 6
court upholds the decision1
court of the Minnesota i'
the corporation dissolved.'
. Thomas L. Hlsgen. )
candidate of the Indepof
the recent National cam r(
the president of tha 1
leum Marketers' asao i
nounced the program t
organlaatlon. The Inde f
oeedlngs on the Shorn '
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NEW TORK. DW
year end flurry in
ket took place tod:
T per cent on the i
the noon hour.
Only' twice In t
year and H04 hs
work higher tha-
flnal Quarter. Ir
12S per cent w
to SS per cent
to HW. . .
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