[278 U.S. 460, 461] Messrs. J. Harry Covington, of Washington, D. C., and S. W. Brethorst, Thomas M. Askren, and Edward B. Palmer, all of Seattle, Wash., for appellant.
Mr. Levi B. Donley, of Olympia, Wash., for appellees.
Mr. Justice McREYNOLDS delivered the opinion of Court.
Appellant is incorporated under the laws of Maine. Its authorized capital stock is $45,000,000. Less than $30,000,000 has been issued and the total value of the corporate property does not exceed that sum. It does an extensive business in meats and foodstuffs throughout the Union and abroad. During 1916 when the capital stock was $20,000,000 the articles of incorporation were duly filed with the proper state officer and the corporation began to carry on closely associated interstate and intrastate business in Washington. Its property therein is now worth $40, 000. Gross sales by the corporation for the [278 U.S. 460, 463] year ended October 31, 1926, were $231,750,000. Of these $1,313,275 were made in Washington, less than half being intrastate.
The statutory provisions here important appear in the sections of Remington's Compiled Statutes of Washington mentioned below.
Section 3852 authorizes foreign corporations to do business within the state as those organized under her laws upon compliance with conditions prescribed by sections 3853, 3854
Section 3853 requires every foreign corporation to file with the secretary of state a certified copy of its charter, etc., and section 3854 requires appointment of a local agent.
Section 3836 (as amended by chapter 149, 1, Laws Extraordinary Session 1925) directs that every local and foreign corporation required by law to file its articles with the secretary of state shall pay graduated filing fees, not above $3,000, reckoned upon its authorized capital stock.