If a Kansas City manufacturer ships his product to New York for export, the railroads grant him a special low export rate. During the war the nation's biggest export shipper was the Government; but its shipments never carried their foreign destination, and were often held for weeks at inland storage points to prevent port jams. Says the Government: it usually paid the full freight rate. For such "overcharges," Attorney General Tom Clark last week asked the Interstate Commerce Commission to make U.S. railroads refund "between $1 and $3 billion."

Railroad men yelped in pain as well as anger. What stung...

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