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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1906 Excerpt: ... to their interest for the government to enforce an "equalized" tariff, if you please, on traffic, or whether it is not better to allow the private competition as between our transportation lines to make trade no matter what the distance. It shows that a rate which is fair, one locality with another, is still unfair to the people as a whole. It shows that a rate control under any form of tariff promulgated also works injury if inflexible, and all forms of government control of necessity must recognize the rights of localities. The absolute destruction of the so-called rights of locality in the United States has created out of our nation a "homogeneous whole," and it should not be changed. CHAPTER XXII. Russian Railroads. There are economic conditions in Russia and the United States which make a comparison between the two countries of much value. Russia presents an example where government attempts to do business, and the United States the result of private incentive not hampered by government control. Seventy years ago each of these countries presented about the same chances for economic development as the other. Vast stretches of undeveloped country extended backward from settlements near water transportation, that only waited the advent of cheap land transportation to become prosperous and active communities. Private capital operated in the United States and we see as the result, a net-work of railroads binding our country together, operated so cheaply as to nearly eliminate distance from calculation of transportation and equalizing values of all commodities over three thousand miles of territory. We have constructed and have in operation six times as many miles of railway as Russia (seven times the amount of Russia in Europe) and operate nearly the whole ...

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