RAILROAD: Bargain Regretted

It was a Government shipment, and the Southern Railway Co. speeded it over the most direct route. Nevertheless, the U.S. Comptroller General refused to let the bill be paid. He claimed that the freight charges should have been based on a circuitous routing, which, though many miles longer, would have resulted in a lower freight rate. Last week the Supreme Court upheld the Government's curious claim.

The longer routing would have diverted the freight to a section of the Southern Railway built years ago under a Government land grant. Under land grants...

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