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PAGE FOUR Washington Notes By Congressman Charles J. Colden The House members are merciless in their crlticisms of each other. Just now, the House members are accusing .the House investxgating comuaittee of permittmg tile beuatc mvestxgating , t,,:;t : ','/IRA rtlllltillg a'vvay with the show. In the cloak rooms the mem- bers i'l,tke a business of making cut- ting criticisms ot the House mvestiga- tors at every opportumty, and at every ietort there is usually a hot combeck and the war goes on constantly. Two n.w words .ave been corned m the cloak room. Congressnmn Shannon of .\/IISSOUFi, t~ll one occasion the last Congress when the battle was hot on a roll call, answered "present," so the members that are neutral are stig- matized as "Shannonized." Brewster of Maine, who is accused of running out on the administration bill, has called forth the reproach on the members who fmled to vote as being "'l~rew- sterized." So if you could not make up ,:v I~;,*lt] ytql :ire "~bannonized" and if you ducked, you are "Brewsterized." It It. It The past week has been occupied by a discussion of the whiskey and to- bacco bills. The whiskey contest was apparently a battle between the barrels and the bottles. Under the old law, passed shortly after the repeal of the 18th Amendment, the use of bottles was urged by the administration, be* cause it was believed that it would promote the sale of authorized [iquor and prevent boot-legging. It was cush,:n when tile tobacco is so stored, to sell each grower's prodnct at an attction sale to the h~ghe st bidder. Since the buyer was the judge of the grade of the tobacco, the grower had no protection. It is claimed that on many occasions, high grade tobacco was auctioned off as a poor grade of tobacco purchased by sl)eculators who immediately resold it at a big profit, thereby depriving the grower of a considerable part of the price he was entitled to obtain for his product. In order to correct this abuse, the new bill proposes that the federal agents shall grade each farmer's tobacco and properly label it, so that he will ob- tain a proper price, thereby eliminat- ing the speculation and the warehouse pets who have been obtainiug their in- comes off of the labors of the grower. An example was given of a farmer of North Carolina who sold 154 pounds of his tobacco and which was bid off at 12 cents per pound. The lmrchaser was a speculator, who resold the same 154 pounds for 22 cents per pound. In this case the speculator's gross profit was $15.40 for a few minutes of his time, while the grower, who had plant- ed and hoed and cut and sweated for a whole season, received $18.48 for his work. A number of instances were given of the advantages that are taken of the tobacco grower because he has no way of grading his product before it is sold, under the warehouse system. One of the humorous sides of this debate was the accusation that some of the popular brands of smoking to- bacco contain a very large proportion of alfalfa. O.ne of the Nebraska mem- bers, who boasted that his district produces the finest alfalfa in the worhl, stated that the product of his state was being discriminated against thought that the buyer of liquor would be assured that he was obtaining because the tobacco companies in liquor in the original package from the their advertisements never gave Ne- distillery. " braska credit for the high type of al- Now tile Committee on W~ays and falfa used. Of course this Nebraska Means has decided that the old barrel member is not familiar with the high grade of alfalfa that israised in and keg should be returned to pristineSouthern California. glory. l~he whiskey trust is accused of It , . controlling the bottling industry and The Naval Affairs Committee has thereby discriminating against the in- returned from California with high dependent distillery. Also the cooper- age business has suffered greatly praises for my home state. They re- from the barrel being excluded from port it was a grand parade from the the business, so the new bill as passed first until the last. All of the delega- by the House permits the use of the tion are singing praises of San Diego, keg and barrel, with the presumption Long Beach, San Pedro and San Fran- that it will thwart the whiskey trust, cisco. In addition, they greatly enjoy- bring down the price of wet goods, and ed the luncheon at the Movie Studio thereby contribute to the elinfination at Culver City, and also the Rodeo at of the bootlegger. Salinas. They were all sold on Cali- fornia, but they were a weary bunch One of the members who assnmes to when they got back t2 Washington. be an authority on the subject, stated that it takes but 40 cents to make the best gallon of whiskey that can be The delegation from the state of made. To carry it for four years in aWashington has a very happy custom barrel, the time required to give it of meeting once each week for a din- proper age, its cost is but 50 cents ner, in which the Senators and Rep- per gallon. It is charged that the resentatives join. The entire state whiskey trust is selling four year old group study and discuss the legisla- whiskey for $72 a case, which is $24 tion that affects their state. It is one per gallon wholesale. This member Of of the best examples of team work in Congress charges that the whiskey Congress. It would be a very happy trust is holding up the price, thereby custom for the California delegation. encouraging the bootlegger. A loud appeal was made for the man who makes staves and lives at the fork of the creek. According to the infor- mation, he is being oppressed and SECRETARIES PUBLICITY COMMITTEES SOCIAL SECRETARIES AND ALL OTHERS Please: Report all meetings the day after they occur. Send in notices of future meetings on Monday or Tuesday. Send in Advertisements or Adlets Monday or Tuesday. If sent in later the forms may be full and the items have to be left out. Please ! DR. FRED J. PERSKE CHIROPRACTOR Bring Me Your Chronic Ailments 321 Clemente Ave., Avalon Telephone 81 " l [ Catalina Hospital [,~ompletely equipped for Medical l [ Surgical and Obstetrical Service | [ X-Ray ud Diagnostic Laboratories[ [ Graduate Registered Nurses ] (fo, ...... Av,. trodden on by the whiskey trust which controls the bottling and is opposed to the old fashioned barrel. The ex- clusion of the barrel was made by a ruling of the Treasury Department be- cause of the uncertain language of the former bill, so the Committee on Ways and Means has made the new law more explicit and returned the barrel to its old time honor. The measure has now gone over to the Senate, where it will receive further tinkering, and although prohibition is a dream of the past, its echoes are frequently heard on the floors of Congress. * * * The tobacco bill was another battle of fuss, feathers and furor. The bill passed by the House provides for the grading of the product of the tobacco grower by the federal government. Some of the members from the to- bacco growing states vigrously opposed any such inspection. The reason for this grading of to- bacco by government officials grew out of the abuse of the grading sys- tem in the warehouses of the tobacco growing districts. 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