Business: Southwest Rails

As the crow flies between New Orleans and Kansas City the distance is 650 mi. From Kansas City to Port Arthur, Tex. it is 625 mi., from Port Arthur to New Orleans 250 mi. Near the centre of this big southwestern triangle is a man-made lake near Hot Springs, Ark. called Catherine. On an island in the lake is Couchwood, the spacious summer home of Utilities Tycoon Harvey Crowley Couch, onetime (1932-34) RFC director, chair-man of Louisiana & Arkansas Ry. and Arkansas' richest citizen. The four C's in Harvey Couch's book read: "Courage, Confidence,...