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Governor Pinchot has three big things on his hands just now any one of which would be enough to keep an ordinary man busy: the enforcement of prohibition laws through the closing of saloons found violating State or federal statutes, the coal situation and the classification of pay for State employes. The Governor has said that he intends to carry his war against the illegal sale of liquors to the point of driving recalcitrant saloonkeepers out of business and a fight in the courts will be the result. The coal problem is pressing, for there is no indication that the operators or the sellers have any thought other than passing the Pinchot wage increase along to the public. It is known that the Governor is collecting much data concerning conditions in the retail trade and it is expected he will make it public shortly, along with some tart observations of his own on the subject. What the result will be nobody will predict. Certainly it will not make for peace in the coal trade and the effect on prices remains to be seen. With respect to classification of salaries: the Hill is in a turmoil. The thing was done in a most cold blooded manner, regardless of special fitness, faithfulness or term of service. To be fair about it, however, adjustments are being made in a number of cases to meet special conditions and it is expected more will follow. The manner in which a reform of the kind may occasionally tramp on its own toes is shown by the application for retirement with pay made this week by one employe. He had
been drawing $3600 for a special type of work with which he alone, on the Hill, is familiar. The new order slashed his pay to $1800. He was past the age when he might legally retire on age, so he has applied for that privilege. The result will be that he will receive $1800 a year pension while the State will have to hire an entirely inexperienced man at $1800 to take his place. However, in a general way, the pay as proposed is based on what is paid for similar service in business or professional lines and it is felt that the places of those who quit will be readily filled. Just how State Treasurer Snyder will view the orders of the classification by the Executive Board, which is a creation of the administrative code, the legality of which he questions, remains to be seen. From certain inquiries that have been going out, however, it is believed he has something in mind and that the payrolls of one or more departments will be held up when they are submitted the coming month. The State Sanitary Water Board is proceeding to make, through the Department of Fisheries a survey of all the waters of the State, with a view to ascertaining how many and to what degree they are contaminated, upon which the Board will base a clean-up campaign that will require a long time to work out. Auditor General Samuel S. Lewis is about to start an inquiry in the sale of fire-damaged paper for $908 which the very next day was re-sold for $5,500. He wants to know why the paper was held for months after the fire and why it was not sold under the general waste-paper contracts. Peter G. Cameron, Secretary of Banking, launched a blow at those who have been charging that Bureau of Securities has not been fairly operated. A little later he will have a full statement of policies and methods of the Bureau. The Secretary lays adverse criticisms to the doors of certain lawyers more desirous of procuring certificates for clients than in the enforcement of law. His attitude is that of one who means to go through with the program he has outlined under the new statute. The new automobile tags for 1924 will be precisely the opposite in colors as compared with those of this year. They will be yellow with blue lettering. In 1925 the tags will be of the same color as those of 1923.
Public Service Commission
BOROUGH OF ROCKWOOD 2. ROCKWOOD WATER CO.
Water companies-Extensions-Reasonableness --Graded
Where the proof of inadequate water pressure for fire protection purposes was conflicting and far from convincing, the Commission refrained from making any order relating thereto.
A prayer for the extension of water mains upon three streets in the complainant borough was refused as to two of the three streets involved upon the ground that the extensions sought were unreasonable. The extension upon the third street was ordered made upon condition that the grade be officially established and the physical work done to make the terrain conform to the grade thus established, all work by the company to be deferred until the borough comply with the conditions in full.
COMPLAINT DOCKET No. 5418
Report of the Commission
By THE COMMISSION, Sept. 25, 1923 :
The Borough of Rockwood, Somerset County, with a population of about 1500, is located on the main line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad on the right bank of the Casselman River at the confluence of Coxes Creek. The area within the borough rises rather sharply towards the north reaching an elevation of 140 feet above the river in a third of a mile. Main Street in the borough parallels the stream valleys and extends generally in an easterly and westerly direction. Broadway, Leora Avenue and Somerset Street parallel Main Street, with Bridge, Market, Whiteoak and other streets intersecting at right angles. The business section of the town centers at Main and Market Streets.
The Rockwood Water Company supplies the borough with