RAILROADS: Cleveland Coronation

Crowned last week was the cleverest, scrappiest U.S. railroad king of the New Deal era. The new king was ruddy-faced, grey-haired, Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Chairman Robert Ralph Young, 45, who has direct or indirect control of 23,000 miles of track rambling through 21 States.

The coronation was held in a Cleveland board room where Financier Young got three of his friends elected to important railroad jobs: lawyer-trained Carl Elbridge Newton, 44, as president of powerful and profitable C. & 0.; up-from-the-yards John W. Davin, 50, as president of C. & 0....

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