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American energy, and when applied to the European war was bound
to get results by sheer pressure. It can be illustrated with a few comparisons. One of the best is the American freight car. Europe hauls com modities around frugally, in ten-ton freight cars, and over short distances-—this is true of Great Britain also. But America has its fifty-ton freight car, and thinks nothing of hauling perishables 3,000 miles under refrigeration. That meets our transportation conditions, just as the little freight car of Europe is more suitable there. "When Uncle Sam was assigned a sector on the "Western Front he immediately planned to develop his end of the world war on American railroad lines. Locomotives and cars were shipped over bodily. American railroaders went along to construct a transporta tion system in keeping with our methods in moving tonnage and pas sengers. When their plans began to materialize, our section of the Western Front was equipped to haul freight as it is hauled to feed Chicago, with the facilities for moving troops on a scale equivalent to the suburban trains of Chicago. Not even German efficiency could stand against that. The bigger railroad standards of another con tinent had been transported to the "Western Front. Uncle Sam built in France 937 miles of standard guage railroad and 538 miles of narrow guage—a total of 1,475 miles, nearly as much standard guage railroad as there is in Connecticut—almost another Lackawanna system. Counting in the narrow guage, there is more mileage than the railroads in Maryland, and nearly another Chicago, Great "Western system. In locomotives, 1,333 standard guage engines were shipped to France, and 1,055 erected 406 narrow guageloco motives shipped to France 18,013 standard guage cars shipped to France and 14,302 erected 3,751 narrow guage cars shipped over. In this country the armistice found half as much railroad equipment again ready for shipment or under construttion 599 standard guage locomotives, 32.685 standard guage cars, 217 narrow guage locomo tives. 4,872 narrow guage cars. Again, Europe feeds itself on a local system. Thrifty France grows nearly enough wheat for her own use in ordinary times, and needs no system of grain elevators or grain cars to distribute it. 5.