A General Freight and Passenger Post: A Practical Solution of the Railroad Problem

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G. P. Putnam, 1896 - Parcel post - 312 pages
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Page 286 - Men, my brothers, men the workers, ever reaping something new: That which they have done but earnest of the things that they shall do: For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be; Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails, Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales ; Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rain'da ghastly dew From the nations...
Page 286 - For I dipt into the future, far as human eye can see, Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be, Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails, Pilots of the purple twilight dropping down with costly bales. . . . Heard the heavens filled with shouting, and there rained a ghastly dew From the nation's airy navies grappling in the central blue.
Page xv - Of all inventions, the alphabet and the printing press alone excepted, those inventions which abridge distance have done most for the civilization of our species. Every improvement of the means of locomotion benefits mankind morally and intellectually as well as materially...
Page 154 - The highways of nations are the measure of their civilization. Without roads there can be no society, government, commerce or intelligence. In exact proportion to the abundance and excellence of highways (and in exact proportion to the cost of transportation on those highways) , are the exchanges of services between men, the communication of thought, the augmentation of wealth, the growth of comfort, the development and consolidation of the civilized States.
Page xiv - The whole business of public transportation should be pooled under the control of the post-office, and the rate charged for the shortest distance for any particular service (the cost of service rate) should be adopted as the uniform standard rate for that class of service for all distances within the limits of the postal system.*" "This,
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Page 266 - by numerous personal interviews and observations must inform himself concerning the needs of the service in his district, investigate and remedy complaints and evils without delay, and take such measures as will secure the most efficient service.' It is also one of his duties to inform the public concerning the organization and administration of the railways. The management has nothing to hide from the public, but, on the contrary, desires the public to know exactly what is being done and why. "...
Page 37 - When the master of one of the greatest Western lines travels towards the Pacific on his palace car, his journey is like a royal progress. Governors of States and Territories bow before him; legislatures receive him in solemn session; cities and towns seek to propitiate him, for has he not the means of making or marring a city's fortunes?

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