CARRIERS: Monkey Business

With 921 miles of beautifully straight track darting south from Chicago like a three-pronged serpent's tongue to St.

Louis, Evansville and the soft-coal fields around Cairo, Chicago & Eastern Illinois Ry. is more important than its size would indicate, for it is a connecting link in the great Van Sweringen system. To get control of C. & E. I. after ICC had disapproved linking it with the Chesapeake & Ohio, the Vans pulled off a slick deal in which Paine, Webber & Co. acted as dummy purchasers. A subsequent circumventing of legal requirements,...

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