IMAGINARY INTERVIEW. WITH AN OFFICIAL
OF THE BURLINGTON RAILROAD
"Had bad -wreck on your road last
"Yes, I saw something-.about it in
the paper this morning."
"A number of people might have
"Yes, we might just as well have
killed forty or fifty. As it was we
hurt quite a number. Several bag
' gage, passenger and freight carswere
smashed. We lost one of our best
locomotives and a great deal of other
"Several accidents have occurredin
the same general neighborhood,
"Interesting news about the Bul
"Weren't fourteen people killed as
result of rear-end collision a few
years ago at about the point where
last night's accident happened?"
"I recall something about it Ac
cidents will happen even on the best
run railroads. You see last night a
freight car on an east-bound freight
.jumped the track just as a through
f passenger was going west"
"The railroad was in no way to
"By the way, the track back of the
wreck for a mile or more is well car
peted with yellow corn. Possibly a
car was in bad order?"
-"Thanks for telling me about the
corn. I shall telegraph instructions
to have 'it gathered up before the
birds get to it"
"Your road has a wreck train ready
at all times?"
"Oh, yes, we need a wreck train."
"Why did it take several hours for
it to get to a wreck on the edge of
"That is an interesting question. I
shall ask to have a report made on
"May I suggest that you thank the
Santa Fe for loaning you one of. their
"That is a good suggestion."
"How is it that 15 or 16 hours after
the wreck only one of your three
tracks is open?"
"That does not indicate that we did
not have plenty of men and equip
ment on the ground promptly. It
merely indicates that the wreck was
a serious one."
"How about the hundreds of peo
ple who did not get home last night
and the hundreds who were late to
work this morning."
"Well, last night was a beautiful
moonlight night and this is a good
day for golf? The courses are a lit
tle heavy. But this a great day for
golf. I might go to Hinsdale myself
for a round this afternoon, but I hes
itate to pass the distressing wreck
age." "Thanks for the .interview.
"Come in again some time."
"Be delighted. Would like to talk
to you about golf or the Bulgarians
or the pip something you know
CRIPPLING OF U. S. COMMERCE
Washington, Sept 21. Great Brit
ain's crippling of American commerce
was subject of complaint laid before
the state department today. Repre
sentatives of Chicago meat packers
who had products valued at $10,000,
000 confiscated by British prize court
present complaint orally. They held
conference with Acting Secretary of
State Folk. Formal "written com
plaint will follow.
State department officials also were
studying charges that British distrib
utors of rubber and other raw prod
ucts are blacklisting and boycotting
American manufacturers who refuse
to sign agreements curbing American
export trade amdng British customers.
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