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Political complexion and qualification of Com
missioners. Powers of Commission
First: To inquire into management of busi
Second : To keep informed as to method,
etc., of business Third : Right of Commission to obtain full
and complete information Fourth : Power to require attendance of wit
nesses, production of books, etc. Fifth : May invoke aid of U. S. courts .
Duty of U. S. courts in premises
tute proceedings, etc.
ports Rules of, and practice before, Commission First : How Commission is to conduct pro
ceedings. Second : Majority to constitute quorum Third : Commission may make and amend
general orders Fourth : Any party may appear in person or
by attorney Fifth : Votes and official acts of Commission
to be recorded Sixth : Commission to have seal Seventh: Either Commissioner
administer oaths Method of procedure before Commission. Who may make complaint
74 74 74
76 76 76 76
First : Any person, etc., complaining of any thing done, etc., or omitted, etc.
74 Second : Complaint forwarded by Railroad
Commission or Railroad Commissioner
74 Third : Commission may institute inquiry of its own motion
75 Proceedings, how begun
· 75 Contents of petition
75 Answer of carrier
77 Decision of Commission and proceedings thereunder.
77 Failure of carrier to obey judgment
82 Petition to Circuit Court presented by District Attorney, etc.
82 Comments upon sections creating Commission, 83
First : Powers of Commission analyzed. 84 Second : Commission's method of investigation examined.
85 Third : Consideration of question of enforcing the judgment of Commission
86 Fourth : Constitutional questions
(a) Power of Congress to “regulate
(6) Power of Congress to delegate its au
Act takes effect April 5, 1887
ERHAPS no measure that ever passed
Congress equals in importance the law which has now become famous under the name of the Inter-State Commerce Act. It is the first attempt on the part of the National Government to regulate, if not to control, a private commercial business ; for, although the transportation of passengers and property is regarded as one in which the public has an interest, it is, in its main features, not different from any other private commercial occupation. The capital invested in such enterprises is generally furnished by individuals, and the business, in its financial features, is conducted purely for private gain. For the
years, however, public attention has been steadily concentrating around the subject of the government of railroad corporations, and, step by step, the Legislatures of the different States have encroached upon the prerogatives of these bodies, and