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RÁRIES

COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERC

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

WILLIAM C. ADAMSON, Georgia, Chairman. THETUS W. SIMS, Tennessee.

JOHN F. CAREW, New York. WILLIAM A. CULLOP, Indiana.

ARTHUR G. DEWALT, Pennsylvania.
FRANK E. DOREMUS, Michigan.

JOHN J. ESCH, Wisconsin.
GEORGE F. O'SHAUNESSY, Rhode Island. EDWARD L. HAMILTON, Michigan.
DAN V. STEPHENS, Nebraska.

RICHARD WAYNE PARKER, New Jersey. ALBEN W. BARKLEY, Kentucky.

JOHN A. STERLING, Illinois. SAM RAYBURN, Texas.

SAMUEL E. WINSLOW, Massachusetts. ANDREW J. MONTAGUE, Virginia.

JAMES S. PARKER, New York. PERL D. DECKER, Missouri.

HOWARD SUTHERLAND, West Virginia. CHARLES P. COADY, Maryland.

CHARLES H. DILLON, South Dakota.

WILLIS J. DAVIS, Clerk.

BILLS OF LADING.

COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE,

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Tuesday, May 16, 1916. The committee met at 10 o'clock, Hon. William C. Adamson (chairan) presiding. The CHAIRMAN. I want to make the following correction in the earings, which have been printed up to date: On page 9 of the olume of the hearings already printed the statement is made, “ The 'omerene bill came over here on the 22d of August, 1914.” It should e "1912."

The views of the minority, beginning on page 239, should have bllowed the Stevens bill ending at the bottom of page 231, as the iinority report applied to that bill.

TATEMENT OF MR. GEORGE F. MEAD, POST-OFFICE BOX 2353,

BOSTON, MASS.

The CHAIRMAX. Give your name, your address, and your occupa

on.

Mr. MEAD. George F. Mead, of Boston, representing the National eague of Commission Merchants of the United States, and the Boson Fruit and Produce Exchange of Boston, Mass.

Mr. Chairman, I learned of this change in the Pomerene bill egarding sections 21 and 22 only a few days ago The CHAIRMAN (interposing). 'We have not made any change in it. Mr. MEAD. The contemplated change. The CHAIRMAN. There were two witnesses who made an agreement bout it; but this committee is not bound by their agreement. We ccept their views for what they are worth, and we will accept yours n the same way.

Mr. MEAD. I desire, in behalf of the organizations which I repreent, to protest against any change in section 21, with reference to he shipper's load and count. We feel that that measure has been 'ully investigated; many hearings have been held and a great many hippers from different sections of the country have been here, and hey have been very unanimous in their desire that the shipper's loadind-count provision should stand as it is in the Pomerene bill as it came from the Senate.

The CHAIRMAN. In other words, you want to make it compulsory upon the carrier, when the shippers request it, to go and count and certify to what there is in the shipment?

Mr. Mead. Yes, sir. We feel that that provision as it stands now in the Pomerene bill is a reasonable one and fair not only to the

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