Science of Railways Economy of Rates Private Vs Government Control 1896

Science of Railways Economy of Rates Private Vs Government Control 1896

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Science of Railways Economy of Rates Private Vs Government Control 1896
The Science of Railways Economy of Rates Private Vs Government Control By Marshall Kirkman Hard Cover 1896 FOURTH Edition revised 358 Pages
Railway growth, legal status of railroads, the basis of tariffs, discrimination, the influences that determine rates beyond private control, nature of railway competition, more With illustrations.  Volume 8 of 12.  Each on a different topic.
The object of this volume is to explain the principles that govern the traffic of railroads and assign it where it belongs, with the other industries of the world. An understanding of these principles is necessary to the proper government of those who work for railroads.
The object of every intelligent, honest and patriotic man is the attainment of that which is best. What I have to say in regard to railway rates and government control is actuated by this desire. It is based on what is practicable and true; on what is attainable. If it runs counter to the opinions of the public, or of those to whom the public looks for information, I am sorry. I do not write from the standpoint of the railways, but from that of an observer and student; from the standpoint of one interested in the prosperity of his country, and believing in the intelligence and uprightness of his countrymen.
A portion of this volume was written and published in 1891. The principles then laid down have not changed, and never will change. I have, therefore, nothing to correct, nothing to withdraw, and very little to add. What I have to say that is new will, in the main, be found in the first section of the book. It is intended to be a summarization of the more important arguments that follow.
Much has been said and written during the last few years about the Railway Problem. So far as rates are concerned there is no problem not known to every student of political economy. The same laws that govern manufacturers and traders govern railways. Men have sought to make the people believe that there is something special about the operation of railways that invites arbitrary laws and practices. The truth of the matter is that air and water do not adjust themselves more naturally than the rates of railways adjust themselves to the vicissitudes of trade; the needs of business. Wherever they do not, the case is exceptional and not more important or worthy of special notice than other exceptions to well known principles.

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