The Fortnightly Review Volume 34

The Fortnightly Review Volume 34

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...criticised and contested. But the argument in favour of this enlargement of railway responsibility is of the strongest kind. In the first place, pointsmen, signalmen, engine-drivers, and guards have necessarily very real and onerous duties of superintendence entrusted to them. They do not belong to the rank and file of ordinary workmen, from whom they have been selected and promoted to the particular office which they fill. The work of each one of them constitutes a little department of itself, and it is of paramount importance to the general public that it should be done with minute and sustained care. The new clause is in fact quite as necessary in the interests of the public-as of the workman. It is plain that any accident caused by the negligence of a person classed under any one of the categories of employment just named, would be attended by serious results not only to the employed, but to the public; it is at least extremely improbable that the damage done would be limited to the companies' employe's. What, therefore, can be fairer, and what more expedient to some degree in the interests of the railway companies themselves, than to increase as far as is possible the guarantees that they will use the utmost degree of care in the selection of their servants? The great railways, it must be remembered, are monopolies; they are in enjoyment of special and exclusive legal advantages. The interests entrusted to them are enormous. It is only right that in consideration of these facts the fresh inducement which the law will supply to them to take every possible precaution and care should be furnished. It is also to be hoped that instead of introducing amendments into the Bill, in which they will re-assert with fresh emphasis the doctrine more

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  • Paperback | 386 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 685g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236765087
  • 9781236765086