tected, after Brandeis recommenda
tions are all adopted.
"Suppose there only one railroad
yard and one station in each city.
Think of the waste resulting from
the great amount of territory used
by the rival railroad yards and the
loss due to interference with indus
try and commerce! The Grand Cen
tral station in New York set free 20
solid blocks for city use, by handling
scientifically the problem.
"We are told we have the most
luxurious service in the world. That
is true of the great trunk lines. But
off the trunk lines the service is mis-
erable. One-fourth of our mileage
is better than anything in Germany.
One-fourth is comparable to German
service. And one-half is worse than
anything in Germany! There is no
transcontinental train in the country.
There is no north and south trunk
line at all.
"The president of the Illinois Cen
tral said the railways ought to get
into conference with the government
to arrange for the strategic use of
the roads. But they can't do it. Be
cause the railroads were built for the
strategic use of the financiers, not
"The roads have been promoted
primarily to sell stock, not to serve
the public. They must be reorgan
ized completely by the nation. To
buy them would mean the expendi
ture of a prodigious sum. But Ger
many's spectacular industrial effi
ciency dates from the time when she
bought the railways!"
CURRENT DIES IN COLORADO'S
Denver, Colo., Dec. 31. John Bar
leycorn was laid out in white ribbons
today for interment at midnight
when Colorado's prohibition amend
ment becomes effective.
Preparedness was watchword of
his faithful army and fresh recruits,
who together within past month have
bought upward of $3,000,000 worth
of liquors at bargain prices.
SCHMIDT CONVICTED IN LOS
ANGELES TIMES EXPLOSION
Los Angeles, Dec. 31. Matthew A.
Schmidt, accused accomplice of Mc
'Na'maras in destruction of the Los
Angeles Times plant on Oct 1, 1910,
was convicted of murdering Charles
Haggerty, a pressman, and penalty
fixed by jury at life imprisonment.
Motion for new trial will be heard
STOCKYARDS PLANT BURNING
The Anglo-American Trovision
Co.'s plant is burning at Packers and
Transit avs. A 4-11 alarm has been
turned in. Many engine companies
in that neighborhood had been shift
ed because of the South Chicago fire.
London seems vastly pleased with
the tone of Uncle Sam's latest note
to Austria. The observations of the
British press on the subject prac
tically amount to saying: "Huh! we
wouldn't take that offen anybody, we
Sterling, 111. John Grierson, 74,
20 years postmaster at Morrison, I1L,
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