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ROADS SAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY THE
LOUIS D. BRANDEIS' PLAN
BY KENNETH W. PAYNE
Boston, Jan. 3. Brandeis was
Louis D. Brandeis, the mild-man
nered Boston lawyer who five years
ago had the nerve to confront all by
himself America's most colossal
combinations of capital and to tell
them how their business ought to be
One million dollars a day they
could save, he declared, it only they
would adopt scientific pfficiency
methods! And when he told them
how to do it, you remember the way
the railroads jeered!
But they aren't jeering at Brandeis
today! They merely hate him now.
For the year 1915 has actually made
them buckle down and do the very
thing Brandeis told them to!
And the railroads own statistics,
which have just come to light, reveal
what treemndous savings have been
realized by the practice of the hated
Brandeis efficiency methods. In the
fiscal year 1915 the roads earned
. $163,000,000 less than in 1914, yet
by practicing true efficiency they ac
tually, cut operating expenses by the
tremendous total of $186,000,000,
thus showing really an increase in
Brandeis is one of those radicals
who think the function of railroads
and other utilities is as much to serve
the public as to serve private exploit
ers! And Brandeis was right on effi
ciency. What if Brandeis should be
right in this, too.
More than half of this economy
was in transportation expenses, ac
cording to the Railway Age Gazette.
They were cut down 9 per cent per
mile. The efficiency has been realized
in part by the scientific loading of
trains, using larger cars, loading
more freight into each car and by
running more cars per train.
And now we come to the animus of
tual accomplishment," says the Rail
way Age Gazette, "Louis D. Bran
deis' 'scientific management' scheme
for saving the railroads a million dol
lars a day pales into insignificance."
"How about it?" I asked Brandeis
"Weren't your efficiency 'schemes' of
"Why, yes," he answered. "Effi
ciency of this kind was only part ofi
what I advocated. The Railway Age
Gazette is right, however, in calling
attention to the results of the oper-
the thing. "Coninared with this ac- j economist, sociologist, traveler and a
ation of the railroads for the fiscaj
year 1915 as being remarkable. "
"To have reduced operating ex-T
penses $186,000,000 when gross"
earnings fell off $163,000,000, show-
ing an actual increase in net returns
proves anew how 'necessity is the
mother of invention.' " "
When the modest Brandeis had
said all he would, I went to a "neu
tral observer" one of the keenest
in the country, Prof. Chas. Zueblin, '