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The Saturday Bee from Hutchinson, Kansas • 7

The Saturday Beei
Hutchinson, Kansas
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JOT mORTDU COBJIEBED III CODBT Salt Magnate Compelled to Admit That the Division of Railroad Rates on Bulk Salt to Missouri River is Practically a Rebate to the Hutchinson-Kansas Salt Company. THE HEXT QUESTION IS THE flJHOUNT HE JJ1HDE BY IT. A CHEERFUL CALL TO CHRISTMAS BUYERS We wouldlike to call your attention to our Immense Holiday line. We are going to make this year's holiday as sortment larger, better and cheaper than any previous year, and we have tried hard to fill our etore with all the good things that will mako the CHILDREN and FRIEMD3 HAPPY. You need not spend any great amount of money on your presents, as we can fit any purse.

But if what you buy doesn't cost much it will be a pleasure for you to give, for Xtnas comes but once a year. Then we all deserve to be happy. Here are a Few of Our Goods Things: Hearing Adjourned to Chicago Where the Railway Officials Must Make Known Boat with sails 53 and the Amounts They Have Paid to Senator Vincent's Half Mile Railroad A Victory for the Independent Salt Men. txr iMn-umwiii iiumh' IOC Regular yachts 25c each. The inquiry of the Interstate Com- field.

At the Morton plant ninety merce Commission into the rights of tons per day were consumed, costing about $1.85 per ton. For want of TWm TYkTTG That's the thiDg for little tots and boys; unbreakable, you know. We have -L1UJJ. IUjo. Iron Engine and Car for 10c; fine long trains, from 25c to $1.50 tne iiutcnmson ana Ars time the commissioner could not nr railroad to a place on joint tariff mit ts ime or inquiry to be pursued sheets with the other railroads in.

further. Freight Traffic Manager W. K. Bid die, of the Santa Fe, was the next When I am in bed and fast asleep Old Santa Claus will come, and how is he a goin' to know how bad J. want a drum.

Don't disappoint that boy when we have nice Metal head drums with sticks 15c Sheep head drums from 25c to $1.25 this city began in the court house Saturday morning. Hon. C. A. Prouty was the commissioner in attendance and the inquiry was conducted by J.

F. Marchand, a special attorney for witness. He identified the rate sheets issued jointly by his road with the Hutchinson and Arkansas River road. It's natural for boyB to want a gun. If he's a little fellow, get him one of our pop guns that shoots sticks.

If he's a larger one, an air gun to shoct shot. He said the rate had never been ap plied except upon bulk salt between the government. Hutchinson and the Missouri river, The charge was made that the Being asked the amount of the divi sion allowed the Hutchinson and Ar kansas River road on the through tar Hutchinson and Arkansas River railroad owned no tracks and that its officials were the same as the offi iff, he demurred about answering on cials of the salt trust and that it was TOY CANNON and BUILDING BLOCKS Boys will be boys and if they have a cannon and blocks to build forts, they'll be happy. We have a big supply. the ground that the commission had We have all only part of the tariff sheets, as never before inquired into the di If you get the ooy a eled, you'll strike him about right, kinds, coasters and high sleds, and at all prices.

vision of the receipts! of other roads entering into joint traffic agreements. subterfuge to secure rebates freight rates for what is known as the salt trust. A preliminary investigation had been made by Mr. Mar The commissioner interposed that in this case the question was as to ft chand in which he reached the con Red Chairs and Rockers A fine little chair, strong and pretty, 20; nice rockers, same as above 25c, and larger ones if you want them. clusion that the situation demanded the propriety of allowing the Hutchinson and Arkansas River road to receive any division and that the some action by the Interstate Com merce Commission.

This is the result amount received was therefore im and the investigation is practically portant. A Mr. Biddle then testified that the For the girl a real table, It doesn't cost much and it will please her so, A nice large table 25c; larger ones with extra leaves 50c Toy dishes go with a table you know, and we have these from 10c to $2.00. Dolls and Doll-Heads such a supply aa you never dream ed of. China dolls, cloth body 5, 10.

15c; kid body dolls, bisque head with hair and eyes that go to sleep, 25c, better ones 25c to $5.00 confined to the right of the Hutchinson and Arkansas River road to receive a division of the freight rate on salt shipped from Hutchinson, Hutchinson and Arkansas River received 25 per cent of the total rate on bulk salt from Hutchinson tp the Missouri river. He had made The hearing results in proof that the Hutchinson and Arkansas River road has acquired about 4,000 feet of this agreement himself on the rep track which was formerly, and is yet, resentations of Mr. Joseph P. Tracy early in 1902. The rate on bulk salt used as switches to gain access to the Celluloid Goods We have bought lavishly of these goods, for nothing makes handsomer Xmas presents.

Toilet cases, with comb, brash and mirror 50c to 8.00. Joy Morton and Riverside Salt works. The officers of this railroad are the from Hutchinson to Kansas City was 10 cents per hundred, on barrel salt 12 cents per hundred. The railroads officers of the Hutchinson Kansas Salt company. The railroad company hauling to Kansas City and the man has seven directors: Joy Morton, Frank Vincent, Jos.

P. Tracy. Mark ufacturers of salt at Hutchinson had began to feel the effect of competition at Kansas City with salt from England and from Michigan. They had learned of a rate of 14 cents Morton, Daniel Preston, J. C.

Bad We believe in games for child ren. It keeps them at home nights It makes home pleasant, bo this year we have a big table of games. All kinds from 5c to 98c. Beautiful Things Pictures mat ted 15c Fine framed pictures in black irame 19c Then we have fine fancy china dishes and glassware. The se are the presents you should give to your older friends.

deley and Q- Phillips, Joy Morton is president of the Hutchinson Salt Co. Our 5c, ioc, i5c, and 25c counters will be loaded down this year as you have never seen them before, and you can find toys here of every description. Our big Holiday line will be all opened out and on oar shelves and we want you to remember that we are at your service. We caDnot begin to tell you of our plans and our store, but we want you to visit us and let the children come to see us, for this store will be their home while Santa reigns. Mark Morton is treasurer.

Frank per hundred on bulk salt shipped all the way from Liverpool to Kansas Vincent is resident manager of the City. To preserve the traffic to Kan salt company. J. C. addeley is assistant manager.

G. Phillips is pay sas City from this point it was nec essary to meet this rate. Ordinarily the rate would simply have been low master. J. P.

Tracy is in the office of Joy Morton at Chicago. Tracy holds in his 'name 794 shares of the ered. But to lower the rate on bulk salt would have necessitated a lower stock of the Hutchinson and Arkan rate on barrel salt and have lost reve sag River railroad and each of the other directors holds: one share. The men who own this side track receive nue to his rjoad unnecessarily. In this emergency his road and the oth Let us whisper in your ear it's a mighty good thing to do your Xmas shopping early.

Assortments are better stocks are fuller and we can wait upon you with more comfort to yourself Come and look at our stock, it's worth the time. FaJr BeoaLrtment Store ers out of Hutchinson had made their arrangemenft with? Mr. Tracy upon his assurances' that he could keep their traffic up if his road were al 25 per cent of the through rate from Hutchinson to Kansas City, Omaha and certain points in Arkansas. The only service they perform is to permit the use of a half mile of switch at the Joy Morton plant just as Carey 66e STORE THAT SELLS EVERYTHING. lowed 25 per cent of the through rate on bulk salt, which is principally 3E consumed by the packers of Kansas City.

Mr. Biddle had not considered how tinued, would be to drive all independ ent manufacturers out of business. Joseph. The Hutchinson and Arkansas River road does not reach his plant unless it should turn out that this division with the Hutchinson and Arkansas River road was to operate to stimulate salt shipments over his The investigation was resumed in the afternoon. An interesting colloquy; ir.

morion aiso owns me irac. trtv- VtctwAcn at tv fnrer whn built. He haa paid tne feanta $838 to build the switch and he was was on the stand, and Mr. Joy Morton, who cross-questioned him. Mr.

posted the tariffs complained of, and had informed him that there were no such tariffs. C. A. Walker was put on the stand to show that the tariffs were properly posted. His tariffs he said, were as complete so far as he could make them.

Occasionally the sheets were delayed or lost, but no sheets were intentionally hidden. Mr. Walker testified that there was no change in manner of conducting business over H. A. R.

tracks. road. Mr. Commissioner Prouty asked him how he supposed that shipping to Kansas City would be stimulated by a division unless the manufacturers got the division. Mr.

Biddle had not concerned himself with that part of the problem. to be paid $1 per car for all shipments in and out until thel $838 was Carey testified that he was to a large extent shut out of a market for his Paid back. He had had no settlement salt by the operation of the division Wltn tne railroad company dux ex- "Tou must have known," said the in question. peciea ro ciniiri ine roaa so ne coum commissioner, "that business) would nave a piace on me lanns line me E. E.

Barton being called to the Aa Bulk salt in car loads has increased, but number of cars has fallen off. His business has- been cut in two in bulk. The examination of Mr. Morton was then taken in hand by Mr. Com-' missioner Prouty.

After a few preliminary questions drawing out the statement that Mr. Morton aad Mr. Frank Vincent were chiefly responsible for the Hutchinson and Arkansas River railroad. Mr. Morton was asked: "Who is Joseph P.

Tracy?" The witness became a trifle disconcerted and finally admitted that Mr. Tracy, though he had a few affairs of his own, was one of Mr. Morton's trusted lieutenants in business. He also confessed that all of Mr. Tracy's holdings were held in tru-t for some one elsel A few more direct interrogatories, which -sought the heart of the case with the skill of a master, and sluiiu Eiaiea in response iu inquiries from the commission that he was not be stimulated unless the manufacturers got the benefit of the reduced rate.

How did you. suppose that a division with this new railroad would benefit the manufacturer?" Ed. S. Moore, manager of Ellsworth Made no reports to his company of plant, was called to ehstand. His business received from the H.

A. plant has a capacity of 500 barrels R. railroad company. building a plant to make salt by the Greamie system. It will cost him $2.00 uses his switqh to get cars from his works, just aa( Matthews uses? his switches to get cars from, his plant and just as any other manufacturer must use the switch which the railroad company compels him to build to connect his plant with their line.

The first witness examined was Mr. J. C. Baddeley, one of the officers of the Hutchinson and Arkansas River railroad and an employe of the Hutchinson Kansas Salt Co. No material facts were developed from his testimony.

Frank Vincent was next called. He produced a map showing the location and length of tracks owned by the Hutchinson and Arkansas River railroad and a tract of land acquired for terminals north of the old sugar factory. This tract he acquired in his own name and in the name of others for use for side tracks and right of way of a line to be built to Burrton, which the Frisco was to buy. He bought secretly for fear the holders of property would refuse to sell or raise the price to a railroad company. The road was not built owing to the merger of the Frisco and Rock Island.

Mr. Vincent testified that he received no -salary for connection with' this road. He says he had knowledge of Vie manner in which the Hutchinson and Arkansas River railroad got on joint tariff sheets and was ignorant of the revenue the road per ton to make salt. Thinks it costs per day and is just starting in busi-j rpjjg sensation of Saturday's nearness, getting ho salt on market until the investigation of the salt the middle of October. Did not know rates out of Hutchinson was furnished him 75 cents a ton more than Joy Mr.

Biddle had not ready answer. "Did you know that Mr. Tracy was a salt man? what the competition was before. Morton, because the trust buys coal cheaper than he can. Thinks he should have a profit of 50 cents a ton for bulk salt and 15 cents a barrel on by the testimony of Mr.

Joy Morton, president and owner of the Hutchinson Kansas Salt company. The fact "No." "Did you know what manufacturer Was with the Hutchinson Packing company when that concern was mak would get the benefit of the rate?" barrel salt. He had sold salt to Swift, ing salt. naj been established in previous tes- Mr. Moore stated that this company timony that 25 per cent of the Mr.

Biddle had taken no pains to Armour and Cudahy until the division Mr. Morton admitted that Mr. Tracy inquire. with the Hutchinson and Arkansas felt that they were entitled to equal- through rates from Hutchinson to "Would you make a similar arrange River road was established. Then his ity of treatment from the railroads Kansas City on bulk salt was paid ment with Mr.

Carey to cover the use of his switch?" and thought the rebate to the Hutch- to the H. R. railroad. It was inson Kansas Satl Co. would drive yet asserted, notwithstanding the ap- trade fel loff.

Had always met very severe competition on all points on "Well, let Mr. Carey come to me the Santa Fe, leading him to believe them out of business. They are not parent identity of the two directorates. was the trustee for the same interests whom he, Joy Morton, represented In the salt business. As Mr.

Morton replied to this question it was apparent to every one in the crowded court room that the case was at an end. The point the independent operators had been trying to establish- was made. It was all over but the now running at full capacity. that the H. K.

salt company and the with a proposition and I will give him an answer," said Mr. Biddle. that that road favored the Hutchinson Kansas Salt Co. He thinks the Mr. Moore stated that Michigan and II.

R. railroad were distinct cor- Further questioning by the com fear of competition from Liverpool New York were given advantages oveV porations owned by different persons. Hutchinson in Nebraska points. Th' is as much of a dream as the Hutch and that the H. K.

salt company got no benefit of the division of rates missioner developed that the joint traffic arrangement with the Hutchinson and Arkansas River road had inson and Arkansas River railroad. between the transportation companies Says it was a device of the packers derived therefrom. He thought the tracks of this road (jommisioner routy then an- Hutchinson field had been contracted since Mr. Joy Morton interested himself in the manufacture of salt at Hutchinson. Replying to questions of Mr.

Mor- This had been asserted as a factj nounced that the case would be bv Mr. Frank Vincent, local represen to compel a contract with the Hutchinson Kansas Salt Co. Says tha" packers use fore'gn salt to cure meat tative and manager of both the salt been withdrawn about the time of the passage of the Elkins law. It was again restored in July of this year. In spite of the device traffic had generally decreased.

W. C. Stith, freight traffic manager of the Missouri Pacific, was called for foreign consumption. were built in 1900. They were structed by Joy Morton and used as switches to the Morton plant.

The Hutchinson and Arkansas River railroad leased them in August, 1902, paying S7.S4S for a ninetv-ninp-vpar Ipass. open for testimony to be filed by the various roads as to the amount of money paid to the Hutchinson and Arkansas River railroad. A further hearing is possible in Chicago about ton, Mr. Moore stated that the rebate company and of the railroad company would injure the independents even When Mr. Morton, upon his own mo- Mr.

Morton cross-questioned to though they were selling to their full tion, took the stand his apparent pur- 1 prove tnat packers were willing to take K-ansns salt for all nnrnnsM. TTo capacity for they were compelled to pose was to add the weight of his nor0. i iThe Hfitchinson Kansas Salt com- alo rmestinns to show that abandon the low price product which word to this testimony. He reiterat- fl, and corroborated Mr. Biddle in all points establishing the division of which then owned the salt vnfo t.

Pany, ITT v.nn 1 It. -r i salt could be produced for less than had a steady sale the year around, ed the statement that the Hutchinson poSFibe that the interstate Commerce $2.00 per ton. Mr. Barton stated that! while the fancy qualities sold only at Kansas Salt Co. got no benefit but Commission may begin proecution nrnflnH cnlt ohoanor ceriain seasons.

A sail piant Closed wnen pressed uy me uuui nTl. Tfio rr: loses ma- inquiries or JXir. r.uu omnanv tho when he could buy coal at $1.75 rath- deterioates rapidly and terially if used only to a part of its he was driven into a corner and forced j-nng act er than 52.75, as at present. Mr. Barton in reply to statement capacity.

to coniess 10 iacts wnicii cieany W. Moore, manager of the Orient proved that he himself benefited Administrator's Notice S.t f7f Salt Co at Anthony, was the next chiefly from the division of the freight state of Kansas. Co-ntv of Reno. one, showed that it could not for the witness. Began his salt career with rate.

Tn th nmhato -miT- in oi r- reason that no one under the present pG.aH Mwn tn stand fnr ln the Probate court and for snid fent picniLo, ici-eiveu mis iiiuney. iu money wiin tne ana Ar- rder laun change was made in the manner of 1 kansas River road. He had entered of emp operating the switch now in its use into with the arrangement on the rho expt thereafter. It now reaches only the representations of Mr. Tracy.

He lines, duel two Plants of the Hutchinson Kansas showed, however, that Tracy had rep-ins? th ical Salt company. resented the proposed road as ex-ubllca and air- Vincent testified that the cost i tending from Hutchinson to Kechi on uld ing of producing salt was in the neigh- the Rock Island, in Sedgwick county a.te. is nDornood of $1-25 per ton. This was instead of to Burrton on the Frisco, not bcuffinot uniform, varying with the qual- His road has ordered a cancellation tor hold of the brine, the kind of coal and of the rate complained of dating from rhile at i tne conditions of the particular plant, the latter part of November, when it an fl pleb Tne various plants now running be- was called in question, md beei longing to his company have an ag- J. F.

Holden, general feright traf-lext whe. Sregate capacity well above 2,000 bar-' fie manager of the Rock Island, at 10 cleairels Per day- As a matter of policy, Chicago, was the next witness. The on crvforcne always divided this about as equal- joint agreement was made before he arrangement could ship salt in bulk but Hutchinson Kansas Salt Co. He had shipped salt in bulk as follows: with the Standard Salt Co. at Chi- the defence.

He lives in Chicago, county. In ie matter of the cago, and later to go with the Nation- and is president of the H-K Salt of Wilhelmina Schnurr, deceased. No-al Salt of New Jersev. The lat- and the H. A.

R. railroad. Says tire is herebv riven that Itltorc nf January 1 to June 30, 1902, 9,981,000 ter concern went into the hands of his salt company receives no rebates rit pounds. July 1 to December 31, 1902, a receiver, and was succeeded by the from the railroads. Mr.

Morton went a nae tjeen to 7,900,000 pounds. Janury 1 to June International Salt also of New into the story of the organization of tn undersigned on the e-tate of Wil-30, 1903, 5,910,000 He had Jersey. The Hutchinson-Kansa? Salt the H. A. R.

railroad whose pur-i helmina Schnurr. late of said county. lost several valuable contracts be-' Co. has no relation to thi eomnanv. Dose, he said, was to admit his salt on Stwho i1'1' as ne coum Deiween tnree ran- became connected witn tne itocK is-1 cause tne trust was aoie to underbid so far as ne knows.

-company into tne neid or tne "isco a marks.nesaroaas entering nere. or late th fac- land. May, this year, he ran across him 40 cents a ton on bulk salt in were in determining the road that got it and cancelled it. In July he re- Kansas City. Explaining, the system of making railroad.

Says the original plan to salt by the vacuum process, he fays build to Kechi was abandoned owing' aforesaid, dated the 7th day of No-that the brine is boiled i a vacuum, to cost of right of way, and negotia-1 vember. A. D. 190S. Now.

all person the auic'tne shipment was the ability of the established it after a conference! S. Matthews testified that his com talk. ties: road to set the cars to the works sought by Joseph P. Tracy. He pany paid for tracks laid to hi plant.

'-at a lnwur tomrtoratnra movinc it a tion were besrun to eret usp. of Santa! having claims against the said estate first. had Haun tnougmt tne rate auowea tne nuicn- ania was 10 pay ior swucmng cheaper product- The vacuum pro- Fe tracks to Burrton. The whole nwnwcu incjr inu-i io sucandl An effort was here made by Mr. inson anl Arkansas River road very on this track $1.00 per car, but had Cess received a large amount of at- scheme fell throuerh upon the merger present the same to the undersigned arked.

to representing the independ- excessive. The service rendered was never paid. Costs him $2.00 a ton'tention from the attorneys question- of the Frisco nnd Rock Island. His fr allowance, with one year from room row ent manufacturers to ascertain the only trackage for a few car lengths, to make salt. Says he did not know mg all the witnesses.

The object company wa? then able to get Frisco the date of said letters, or they mav Wood each cos of coal to the trust. It appeared Emerson Carey testified that his the rebate was given the "octopus" seemed to be to show that this pro-' cars and there was no further need of be precluded from any benefit of s-ich the statiat for the last eight months all company had shipped at the rate of until a "friend" told him of it. He cess would not work In the Hutchin-: the line he proposed to build. nate; and that If such claims be not ias a Eron-the coa used by the trusts had come 3,000,000 pounds of salt per year until had asked teh Santa Fe people wha son field, but was successful In the Object of his company then be- exhibited within three years after the lr Roiindin over the Santa Fe, exclusively. July of this year, when the division the published joint tariff meant and east permitting closer competition came to facilitate the handling of date of paid letters, they shall be for- le rooinugl-1 reason, nowever, was mat tne with tne Hutcninson and Arsansas tney were uname to tell him.

Tie from the Ohio. Michigan and New (freight In the freight yards of this ever paired. November IS. 1903. man sron Missouri Pacific could spare no coal was restored.

In the last five months sold his salt mostly ln Kansas and York fields. city by completing terminal facilities. re saw 1L lermury ana me kock is- ne has snipped only 4uu.uwu pounds. uKJanoma. juas snipped probably 40' L.

Dick, a clerk for Carev Salt Co. There was no thought at first of a L. A. BUNKER. Administrator.

21-5t land cMd not reach the desired cal The effect of the division. If con- or 50 cars of bulk salt lately to St. testified that the Santa. Fe had nt division of rate. tor Hi Secre rally, a iging Senate" fairs, gazed upl I year? eu time eeinn-ai cusucusiuu w..

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