Explosives Probe Ordered.
The Interstate Commerce Commission has issued the following notice calling a hearing on October 11 in the matter of rules for transportation of explosives both by express and freight:
“It appearing from the records on file that express companies subject to the act to regulate commerce have established and observed ‘rules and regulations for the transportation of explosives, inflammables and other dangerous articles,’ in respect to the manner and method of presenting, marking, packing and transporting by express certain explosives, inflammables and other dangerous articles, and complaints having been received by the committee which allege, in effect, that said rules and regulations are unreasonable and unduly burdensome, and the commission deeming it necessary to institute an investigation thereof, with a view to establishing for the future such rules and regulations for the government of shippers and express companies as shall be just, fair and reasonable. It is ordered that a proceeding of inquiry and investigation into and concerning the reasonableness of existing ‘rules and regulations for the transportation of explosives, inflammables and other dan gerous articles’ by express companies subject to the act to regulate commerce he, and it is hereby instituted, and that said proceeding be assigned for hearing before the commission, at its office in Washington. D. ( , on the 11th day of October, Bill, at 11 o’clock a. m„ at which time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof shall have an opportunity to lie heard. It further appearing that revision of and amendments to the regulations formulated and published by the commission under date of January 1.1 1910, for the transportation of explosives by freight arc desirable and necessary. It is ordered that this cause also he assigned for hearing before the commission in conjunction with the hearing for the consideration of ‘rules and regulations for the transporta tion of explosives, inflammables and other dangerous articles by express,” and at the same time and place, to wit, 11 o’clock a. m., October II, 1911. at the office of the commission at Wasnington D. G. It is further ordered that a copy ⅛ this order be served forthwith upon all express companies and carriers by railroad subject to the act to regulate commerce, the secretary of the American Railway Association and all shippers of explosives, inflammables ami other dangerous articles, whose names and addresses are known (o the commission.