Punch,  34 (1858), 107.

A Railway that Pays





Railways, Commerce, Accidents

    The writer is alarmed by the complaint made by Mr Vance at the half-yearly meeting of the Eastern Counties Railway Company concerning the extensive compensation payments it made to passengers injured on its lines. Noting the assurance of Horatio Low, chairman of the board of directors, that the matter was being given the 'most serious' attention, points out that the 'best method of saving fracture-money' would be to 'organize the arrangements of his dangerous railway rather better'. Adds that his thrift should 'consist in the reduction in casualties involving liabilities for funereal baked meats and similar matters, such as surgeons' fees, splints and bandages'. Thinks that Low should have silenced 'such indiscreet complaints' as those made by Vance if he wanted to run his firm without caring for passengers.

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