Railroad Regulation in Wisconsin (Google eBook)

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Wisconsin Legislature, Senate Railroad Committee, 1905 - Railroads and state - 26 pages
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Page 11 - Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.
Page 11 - Still one thing more, fellow-citizens, a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
Page 5 - ... every railroad company in the United States, whose road is operated by steam, its successors and assigns, be and is hereby authorized to carry upon and over its road, boats, bridges and ferries, all passengers, troops, government supplies, mails, freight and property on their way from any State to another State, and to receive compensation therefor, and to connect with roads of other States so as to...
Page 19 - there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers.
Page 5 - That every railroad company in the United States whose road is operated by steam, its successors, and assigns, be, and is hereby, authorized to carry upon and over its road, boats, bridges, and ferries all passengers, troops, government supplies, mails, freight, and property on their way from any state to another state, and to receive compensation therefor, and to connect with roads of other states so as to form continuous lines, for the transportation of the same to the place of destination.
Page 4 - There is no business in this country which is more completely the subject of legal restraint than is that of railroad transportation. The railroads are regulated not only by the National Government, but also by States, by cities, counties, towns, village boards of trustees, school districts, and by almost every other political subdivision of the State.
Page 22 - ... constantly arising in this department of the public service. Surely there is no apology for the exercise on the part of the state of any power over corporations which can be safely and as wisely exercised by the corporations themselves. There is no principle of American government so thoroughly or so properly established, as that which limits the province of legislation...
Page 18 - During the last two thousand years there has been going on among the foremost nations of the globe a political struggle between the advocates of dispensing justice in the conduct of the interaction of commercial industrial forces through the exercise of the -judicial power and the advocates of accomplishing that purpose through the exercise of autocratic administrative authority, the latter being usually performed by a bureau clothed with autocratic power or with delegated legislative authority....
Page 19 - ... -judicial power and the advocates of accomplishing that purpose through the exercise of autocratic administrative authority, the latter being usually performed by a bureau clothed with autocratic power or with delegated legislative authority. This autocratic governmental method bureaucracy was the potential cause of the downfall of the Roman Empire. It was also the chief cause of the French Revolution of 1795. The only civilized nation in which it now prevails as an unrestrained expression...
Page 22 - They are served by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, and the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad.

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