I have your letter of January eighteenth enclosing copies of your bill with regard to extension of the powers of the Interstate Commerce Commission and also the bills introduced by Mr. Cullop and Mr. Sims.
I notice that you yourself query the feasibility and justice of the provision which seeks to squeeze the water out of the capitalization. I share that doubt. I think that on the whole it would be wisest until we see our way more clearly after the new provisions of law shall have gone into operation to omit that part of the bill. I think, also, that it is very necessary to attach a provision for criminal punishment in the case of the violation of any one of the provisions of the act.
I quite agree with you that it is not wise to incorporate a code of practice and procedure. You are certainly right in thinking that that is unnecessary, inasmuch as the commission has ample authority to make its own rules and develop its own procedure. The bills taken together furnish an excellent basis for what we want, and I am very happy indeed that the matter is in the hands of men who so thoroughly understand how we ought to act.
Hon. William C. Adamson,
House of Representatives.