Excerpt from The Fixing of Rates and Fares: A Series of Evening Lectures to Students Given at the Victoria University Manchester Readers of this book will soon discover for themselves that it contains a more exhaustive description of railway charges in this country and of the legal limitations imposed upon them than is to be found, perhaps, in any other work. Railway men will of course welcome the information collected for them; and those like myself whose interest is rather scientific than practical will be ne the less grateful. As the Israelites in Egypt complained that they could t make bricks without straw, so ecomists to-day might equally complain that they cant construct any but the most abstract theories without facts. And all business facts are t easily elicited. Many business men cultivate a t altogether incomprehensible reticence about their affairs. But we may look forward with confidence to the conviction increasingly gaining ground that there is usually more to be gained than lost from publicity. Collections of facts systematically ordered, and theorizing and discussion about them, may be trusted to afford hints to the business man, if only of hasty generalizations to be avoided, and to provide him with the equivalent of the scientific enlightenment of mechanics to the practical engineer. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.