At his plant in Smyrna, Del. (pop. 2,346), Farm Fertilizer Manufacturer Warner W. Price, Jr. decided to speak his piece to the Interstate Commerce Commission about the proposed 22% boost in railroad freight rates. Price got off a letter to the ICC opposing the increase, but he soon found that to get the ICC's full attention he would have to spread out letters like a farmer covering the north 40 with Price products. The ICC wanted him to send exactly 62 copies of his letter —24 for the ICC Secretary, 25 for the Washington lawyer representing the railroads interested...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!