Transportation in Europe

Transportation in Europe

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Transportation in Europe

Transportation in Europe

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In the summer of 1909, shortly after the writer had completed a three-years' study of the freight traffic and freight rates of the United States, opportunity was given him to accompany the National Waterways Commission for an investigation of the conditions affecting transportation and traffic in Europe. His sojourn was prolonged under the auspices of the Commission for six months, during which period he was accorded every facility by diplomatic and consular officers of the United States, by cabinet ministers and officers in charge of the ways of communication on the Continent, and by the Board of Trade, officers of railways and the Royal Canal Commission in England, to obtain the information embodied in this volume. So much travel and research were crowded into a short time that it was not possible, in all cases, to collect material in as full detail as was desired, but the writer believes that the necessary data have been obtained on all important topics. The statistics are from official sources; the accounts of the existing status are based either upon governmental publications, information received directly from those charged . . .

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