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THE PEOPLE AND THE RAILWAYS
A POPULAR DISCUSSION OF
THE RAILWAY PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES,
BY WAY OF ANSWER TO “ THE RAILWAYS AND THE REPUBLIC,”
BY JAMES F. HUDSON, AND WITH AN EXAMINATION OF
THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE LAW
NEW YORK AND CHICAGO :
AN ALBUM OF STATESMANSHIP.
“We're going to lead the railroads a wild and lively dance, and make it lurid for them in the Legislature this winter.” (The Editor of a Democratic Agricultural Paper in Iowa.)
“We don't propose to hear the railroad side of the question now. We'll hang them first and try them afterwards." (A Reform Member of a Senate Railroad Committee.)
“We will pass the anti-railroad legislation and hear the railroad men afterwards. The condemned are always allowed to speak from the scaffold.” (Another Reform Senator of a Railroad Committee.)
“I wrote a radical mining bill, and submitted it to the coalminers themselves, and told them that if it wasn't severe enough against the mine-owners, to add to it anything they wanted, and I would advocate and secure its passage in the House." (A Reform Member and Leader of the Lower House of a Legislature, and the owner of a Reform Newspaper.)
“Let us make a secret compact of a pledged and sworn majority, and vote this legislation through without debate, right or wrong.
If it hurts the railroads let them take care of themselves. Our leader has said, Organized capital may be depended upon to take care of itself."" (The next Reform Leader in rank in the Lower House of a Legislature.)
“Light! Who wants any light on this subject? I am not open to conviction ? But I am ready to vote for this bill to-day and hear the railroads to-morrow." (Another Reform Senator of a Railroad Committee.)
“ If the proposed legislation should bankrupt any of the railroads in the State, I will call an extra session of the Legislature to relieve them.” (A Governor of a State lobbying before a Senate Railroad Committee.)-Iowa State Register, February 27, 1888.