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sturdy backer of the Brandeis effi
"Are the railroads practicing the
Brandeis scientific management?" I
"All over the country," he said.
"Brandeis is making them eat crow,
and oh, how they hate it!
"Brandeis himself referred chiefly
to the internal forms of efficiency.
He did not point out another phase
which would mean the saving of an
other . 'lion a day. The engineer-
Cixs. 2Tu-e.bI iTl .
ing problems, I mean. In Chicago a
solid square mile directly south of
the business district is taken up by
railroad yards and not more than a
fourth of it is needed. Chicago is a
flat city. You can enter it from al
most any direction. Yet these 29
railroads that come in actually cross
each other 239 times!
"In New York city they spent $200,
000,000 getting two railway stations
enough to put two railways across
"These are some of the engineer
ing mistakes which produce great in
efficiency in the operation of our rail
roads, and which must still be cor
lectea, alter 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
for national defense.
"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!"
BOSTON STORE PUTS UP CLOCK
The Boston Store is the latest of
the State street bunch to put up a
clock for the convenience of the peo
ple. Friday an immense timepiece
was affixed to their new building at
Madison and State.. They have filed
a bond of $10,000 with the city to run
10 years, so if the clock falls on
some one's head there will be money
to pay the damages.
Others who have clocks are Mar
shall Field & Co., Siegel-Cooper, C.
D. Peacock and the Hyman jewelry