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Description: Secretary to Governor Holds Conference;
Petitioning Commission for Advanced Rates
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
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SECRETARY TO GOVERNOR HOLDS CONFERENCE
By Staff Correspondent
Montgomery, Ala., August 19.—Preparatory to the consideration of the suffrage problem created in Alabama by the ratification of the woman suffrage amendment by Tennessee, W. A. Derden, secretary to the governor, held a conference with Attorney-General J. Q. Smith, Tuesday afternoon and received the attorney-general’s informal opinion which will be placed before Governor Kilby on his return from New York. Mr. Derden said he believed the governor would return to Alabama at once.
Attorney-General Smith after a cursory examination of the law expressed the informal opinion that Alabama must take some action in order that all doubt of the qualifications of women may be removed and Alabama’s representation in congress may be unassailed. Mr. Smith will make a thorough investigation and render an opinion to the governor during the next few days. His conference was arranged Wednesday because of his leaving later in the day for St. Louis to attend the National Association of State Attorney-General. The changes which Mr. Smith’s informal opinion mentioned can only be made by the legislature and if the attorney-general’s first impression is continued he probably will recommend that the governor call an extraordinary session of the legislature.
The legislature can be called on short notice. There are no vacancies as all were filled at a special election May 11. Governor Kilby could call the law-makers by telegraph as no mention of time is made either in the constitution or laws.
PETITIONING COMMISSION FOR ADVANCED RATES
By The Associated Press.
Montgomery, Ala., August 19.—Petitioning the Alabama Public Service Commission for an advance in rates sufficient to guarantee a fair return upon its investment The Southern Bell Telephone Company through its president J. Epps Brown, sets forth as an argument in support of same the allegation that rates under the schedule authorized by Albert Sidney Burleson, postmaster General during the time he was director of wire service, have been insufficient to meet this end.