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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI BONO OF THE BARREL Genius could take so unspeakable a thing as a shirt and sing it into an immortal song, but a barrel--and an oil-barrel, greasy and...
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI BONO OF THE BARREL Genius could take so unspeakable a thing as a shirt and sing it into an immortal song, but a barrel--and an oil-barrel, greasy and ill-smelling--even genius could do nothing with that. But the barrel plays a leading role in the drama of the great monopoly. Out of it have flown shapes of evil that have infected private fortunes, the prosperity of more than one industry, the fiduciary honor of great men, the faithfulness of the Government to its citizens. Perhaps a part of what genius could do for the shirt--force a hearing for the wronged -- may be done for this homely vessel of the struggling independent by the kindly solicitude of the people to learn every secret spring of the ruin of their brothers. The market -- the barrel that went to market--the freight rate that stopped the barrel that went to market--the railway king who made the rate that stopped the barrel that went to market -- the greater king who whispered behind to the railway king to make the rate that stopped the barrel that went to market--this is the house that Jack unbuilt. Such is the superiority of a simple business organization, where "evolution " has not carried the details of the industry out of sight of the owner, and where the master and man, buyer and seller, are in touch, that the independent refiners could overcome the tax imposed on them by this pooling of the pipe line and the railroads, and not only survive but prosper moderately. During the three years--from 1885 to 1888-- following the first attack upon them under the contract just described, they state, in their appeal to the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1888, they were "enabled by their ad ANOTHER "NO" 129 vantages in the local markets to keep up, maintain, and even increase their business."' These "outsiders" shi...
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