Government Regulation of Railway Rates: A Study of the Experience of the United States, Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and Australia

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CHAPTER VI AUSTRIA-HUNGARY AND THE DANUBIAN PROVINCES

IN the period from 1860 to 1880, the merchants of Stettin, at the mouth of the Oder, exported to England large quantities of grain drawn from Bohemia, Moravia, Galicia, Hungary, Rumania and even from the territory lying to the north of Odessa, in Russia. In 1867, for example, the Board of Trade of Stettin publicly thanked the Austrian and Galiclan railways for the intelligent and energetic support extended to the merchants of Stettin, who were endeavoring to expand their operations in eastern Europe. As late as 1877 Stettin exported to England some 25,000 tons of Rumanian wheat. But in the four years ending with 1901, the railways carried into Stettin from Russia, Rumania, Galicia, Hungary, Bohemia and Austria no wheat, no rye and only 486 tons of Indian corn.

This complete destruction of Stettin's export trade in grain raised in eastern Europe affords a dramatic illustration of the destructive effect upon commerce of the refusal of the State railway systems of the several European countries to coöperate with one another

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