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MANHATTAN ISLAND HANGS LIKE A TONGUE IN THE MOUTH OF THE MAGNIFICENT PORT
OF THE REASONS SHOWN HERE
haustive study of all terminal operations might be placed before it for considera in the Port of New York.
tion. This it did, working night and After thorough investigation, the Bi day during the summer and fall of 1921, State Commission made final report to and on January 1 of this year submitted the Legislature of 1921, which recom- to the Legislatures of both States a commended the creation of a port district to prehensive plan. be defined by law and to include one hundred and five organized municipali
MANY INTERESTS CO-OPERATE ties, embracing a population of about As an approach to the great task of 8,000,000 people. At present it is served preparing the plan, provision was made by twelve trunk-line railways, which for the formation of an Advisory Counbring to or take out of or through the cil made up of representatives of champort over 75,000,000 tons of freight perbers of commerce, boards of trades, and annum. An immense number of foreign civic societies, of which there are one and domestic steamships, not less than hundred and three within the port dis8,000, equally bring to or take out of trict. The several agencies engaged in the port over 45,000,000 additional tons transportation, such as the twelve trunkof freight per annum. Within the port line railways, the steamship companies, district there is more manufacturing lighterage companies, warehouses and output than in any similar area in the trucking interests, and various specialworld, with a variety of products and ized industries, were all invited to orcommodities to be handled unparalleled ganize co-operating committees in order anywhere else. Four million tons of that points of contact might be immefoodstuffs alone are annually required diately established for the necessary by the people of the port district.
conferences. The Bi-State Commission recom- Inasmuch as this whole problem is mended a treaty between the two States one that not only affects the business calling for comprehensive development interests as far as the cost of business of the port which would effectuate a at the port is concerned, but also vitally compact binding them, and establishing affects the household and the cost of a port district and a Port of New York living, an Educational Council was orAuthority over it. The Port Authority is ganized to inform the public on the subcomposed of three members from New ject and to lend its active assistance. York and three members from New Jer. In this Council individuals as well as sey, and is a body corporate and politic. representatives of all organizations It is charged with the supervision and within the port found membership. carrying out of comprehensive plans After long hours of conference with after they have received the approval of steamship companies, railway engineers, the Legislatures of both States.
and terminal operators, all the facts set On August 23, 1921, President Har- forth as to cost and method in the Biding approved the action of Congress State Commission were substantially ratifying the treaty and affixed his sig. admitted and certain fundamental connature. There were appropriate cere- ditions were laid down as tending to monies to mark so important an occasion. provide a proper solution of the problem
The Port Authority was directed by and to guide the Commission in setting statute to study the plan of the Bi-State forth the physical plans, and, so far as Commission, and any other plan that can be shown to be economically prac
tical, the following definite fundamental principles were adopted:
That terminal operations within the port district, so far as practicable, should be unified;
That there should be consolidation of shipments at proper classification points, so as to eliminate duplication of effort, inefficient loading of equipment, and reduction in expenses;
That there should be the most direct routing of all commodities, so as to avoid centers of congestion, conflicting currents, and long truck hauls:
That terminal stations established under the comprehensive plan should be union stations, so far as practicable:
That the process of co-ordinating facilities should so far as practicable adapt existing facilities as integral parts of the new system, so as to avoid needless destruction of existing capital investment and reduce so far as possible the requirements for new capital; and endeavor should be made to obtain the consent of the States and local municipalities within the port district for the co-ordination of their present and contemplated port and terminal facilities with the whole plan;
That freight from all railroads must be brought to all parts of the port wherever practicable without cars breaking bulk, and this necessitates tunnel connection between New Jersey and Long Island, and tunnel or bridge connections between other parts of the port;
That there should be urged upon the Federal authorities improvement of channels so as to give access for that type of water-borne commerce adapted to the various forms of development which the respective shore-fronts and adjacent lands of the port would best lend themselves to;
Highways for motor-truck traffic should be laid out so as to permit the most efficient inter-relation between terminals, piers, and industrial estabJishments not equipped with railroad
sidings, and for the distribution of called Greenville Yards in New Jersey end that the costs may be reduced, so building materials and many other to a point in South Brooklyn where that New York, through any agency it commodities which must be handled
direct rail connection can be made with may select, can go down before the by trucks; these highways to connect
the New York Connecting Railroad, al- Inter-State Commerce Commission in with existing or projected bridges,
ready built through Brooklyn, for trans- Washington and say: "Here, we have tunnels, and ferries; Detinite methods for prompt relief
fer to the New England lines, with unified our costs. We have cut down must be devised that can be applied
proper spurs along the water-front and the cost of doing business there, and we for the better co-ordination and op
to Jamaica Bay to meet the needs of want our rates. We want that reflected eration of existing facilities while that section. It also provides for proper in the cost of doing business, and of larger and more comprehensive plans spurs from the New York Connecting living in the metropolitan district that for future development are being car Railway to the Brooklyn water-front is encircled by this line called 'the New ried out.
and into the Bronx, so that sections of York Port District.'” The present old-time method of car: the Bronx not adapted to residential floating freight is the most expensive purposes may be hereafter developed for STRIKES AT ROOT OF HIGH COST OF LIVING that can be imagined. The cost of up- industrial uses, enjoying the benefits of The business interests of the port keep on floating equipment is enormous. direct rail connection with the twelve should be encouraged and every mIt has been set forth that after one win- great trunk lines of the country enter necessary burden should be lifted from ter such as we experienced in 1918, ing the Port of New York.
their shoulders. There is no reason when the harbor was choked with ice, The island of Manhattan presents the why old-fashioned methods of handling the floating property of the railways most difficult part of the problem.
freight should add to the cost of everydeteriorated some thirty-five per cent. The Borough of Richmond is taken thing manufactured at this port. If not NO PROPLITY TO BE ARBITRARILY TAKEN care of by the extension of the inner given relief, there will naturally be a
belt line in New Jersey down and across tendency to move where costs of doing The inauguration of the Port Plan
the Arthur Kill by enlarging the exist business will give a fair start and a does not mean that the entire new plan
ing bridge and widening the tracks of square chance in the great game of comis to be effective at once. It does mean
the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. petition. that it will be undertaken and extended
Aside from its physical aspect, the Public agencies of every kind have as the needs of industry require. It has
plan has for its purpose the unification talked at great length in the last few
of present terminal facilities. During for its most salutary feature the preven
years upon this important question of the war, when the management of the the cost of living. Here is an oppor tion of haphazard, hit-and-miss improvements conducted by various independent
railways was in the hands of the Gov. tunity to remedy one of the evils that agencies to meet temporary conditions,
ernment and they were used as an lie at the root. Because of delay and
agency to win the war, they were com- congestion and rehandling it has been a practice that in the past has interfered with intelligent development of the port.
pelled by Executive edict to unify their scientifically figured out that it costs It does not, however, interfere in the
existing terminal facilities in the inter- almost twice as much to take a sack of slightest degree with the power of any
est of speed and economy. Had it not potatoes from the break-up yards in
been for such unification, it is extremely New Jersey to the retail grocer in the of the municipalities within the port to
doubtful that the Port of New York develop their own facilities, and their
Bronx as it does to haul that sack of would have been able to stand up under potatoes from the State of Michigan to home-rule powers are safeguarded not
the pressure put upon it. As it was the State of New Jersey. The housewife only in the plan, but in the treaty itself,
congestion and delays incident to the as well as the merchant should thereof which Article 6 says:
old-time methods of doing business very No property now
fore be interested in any project that or hereafter
materially added to the terminal costs. has for its purpose the reduction of vested in or held by either State, or by any County, City, Borough, Vil
RAILWAY COMPETITION A MISTAKE lage, Township, or other Municipality,
There is no disagreement anywhere shall be taken by the Port Authority The argument has been made, and on the facts set forth about the present without the authority or consent of made without understanding of the sub- condition. It has been recognized by such State, County, City, Borough, Vil
ject, that there must be competition. even those who have not been in accord lage, Township, or other Municipality.
That is not so. Competition in railway with the creation of the Port Authority NO PUBLIC MONEY REQUIRED
operation is the one competition that or the development of the port by joint To correct some false impressions, let works against the public, and not for action between the States. me therefore say that under no condi- them, because it adds to the cost of the The plan set forth for the developtions can the property of any munici- operation, and that is exactly what the ment of the port is the result of intenpality be touched for the improvement Inter-State Commerce Commission had sive study on the part of the best enwithout its consent. Further, no pub- in its mind a short time ago when it gineers and terminal experts that could lic money is required to finance the declared for a policy of unifying the be gathered together in this country. project. The Port Authority is a body railways, so that there would not be Advising with them were the experts corporate and politic and must by the more than sixteen or eighteen of them and engineers of the great trunk lines, sale of bonds raise the necessary money in the whole United States.
the representatives of the great steamto carry out its projects, and necessarily Under the present competitive system, ship companies, and traffic managers of these must be self-sustaining in order do the people of New York get the bene great industrial plants, and it is entirely that the interest and amortization pay fit of that competition? They certainly deserving of approval by the Legislaments on the bonds can be met from do not, because the rates are fixed bytures of both States and without delay. the profits of operation.
the Inter-State Commerce Commission. Delay is dangerous if competition The plan, among other things, recog. The competition is not one calculated to with our canal system and our port by nizes the fundamental business principle be healthy for the public, but it is one the St. Lawrence Waterway is to be that as much as possible of existing for particular lines of business as be avoided. If the port is to stand in property and equipment already built tween particular railways. The railway healthy competition with the other ports and in operation should be used. Ac- that can get an advantageous position of the country, and if the people themcordingly the plan takes full advantage on the water-front-the East River selves in the great metropolitan district of the great classification and break-up water-front of New York-can control are to reap the full benefits and blessyards already built and in operation on certain commodities that are coming ings that should flow to us from the the New Jersey side. The next step is from the West. That is the kind of greatest natural harbor in the world-a to connect them with the New York side competition that the declaration of gift of Almighty God himself and fashof the port. That is proposed to be done fundamental principles in the Port Plan ioned with his own hands-the work by a tunnel under the bay from the so- is endeavoring to do away with, to the should immediately be begun.
AFTER THE WAR JOTTINGS
where, and generally hit somebody.
One day Waldeck Rousseau was the TT was certainly a busy and crowded sterile discussions. He did not care
next gun. Ferry fired, and W. R. fell wander-year that the famous Eng what people thought or said. It was
into a ditch, nothing being visible but all one to him. He had succeeded, lish war writer, Colonel Repington,
his boots. People ran up. "Qu'as tu and all those who had failed owed
donc?" . . . "Mais je n'ai rien." . .. took in order to acquaint himself with
him a grudge for succeeding. Yes,
"Alors pourquoi ...?" "Oui! mais the new personalities and the new ideas
he could destroy many reputations by
ce malheureux a un second coup à thrown up in Europe and America after
a word. But that was no service to
tirer!" the great war storm. His idea of a France. If he said what he thought In Germany Repington found every. restful vacation seems to be to rush of X, he would make bad blood be
body talking about Hugo Stinnes. He about with incredible agility and rapid
reports General Degoutte as saying: ity. The sub-title of his diary mentions
“Stinnes seemed to him a type of domisome of the places visited-namely,
nator much more dangerous than NapoLondon, Paris, Rome, Athens, Prague,
leon. He was a Napoleon of commerce Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Berlin,
and economics, and bent, or tried to Sofia, Coblenz, New York, Washington.
bend, all the world to his will. It was But this by no means includes the full
a type that the world could not permit list of places visited, while a list of the
to endure, and a type likely to be the men talked with would be surprising,
cause of future wars if it did. One man not only from their number, but from
should not be allowed to possess such their importance.
infinite powers for mischief." Colonel Repington's book “After the
Inquiring from a French ex-War MinWar”ı has been criticised as scrappy
ister, M. André Lefèvre, about Gerand disjointed, and also as indiscreet or
many's military position, the author scandalous. As to the first charge, the
drew out the opinion that a renewal of very plan of a diary involves a rapid
war might come within five years unless fire of notes, impressions, and talks; but
the Allies adopted more drastic courses. one rarely finds this method wearisome,
The poorest passages in the book are for mingled with many minor details
those in which Colonel Repington brags the reader constantly comes across anec
about the popularity and sale of his dotes and readable passages. As to the
own writings and asks, "If my contemsecond charge, the word indiscreet is
poraries cannot refute me, how can hismore apt than the word scandalous.
tory do so? A few old cats have squalled There is not much in the book that ap
privately." At times also he bursts into peals to the lover of gossip, but there (C) Paul Thompson
quite unnecessary explosions of personal are many reports of conversations which LIEUTENANT-COLONEL CHARLES A COURT
feeling or opinion, such as that in which, might well annoy the persons reported
after looking at an ancient statue of and make them wish that they had been
Gutenberg, he declares: iess frank. All the world knows that
ween England and France, and that
was of no service to either. Let them Colonel Repington is a newspaper man
Nobody knows who invented printtalk. and that discretion is not his most noted
ing nor ever will know. If we knew quality; so that those who talked to
The author saw General Pétain just we should posthumously burn him at him have only themselves to blame if to Blame if
the stake. He has been responsible after the occupation of Düsseldorf, and
for all the heresies, illusions, troubles, reports his talk with him as follows: they talked too freely. Yet one doubts
and wars of five centuries. He still whether Clemenceau would be particu Pétain sarcastic about the whole
perpetuates enmities by permitting larly pleased when he is reported as
proceeding. He expected nothing
every hasty word of some oversaying of Foch that "on several occasions
from the Occupation. He thought
wrought politician to be placed next
that we had all been wasting our he had had to speak to Foch, who owed
day before all the people outraged by
time in interminable discussions and him a grudge for it and had shown it."
it, and far from aiding or promoting
that the desire to please the English Nor with the ascription to him of the
civilization he has debased it.
had always held the French back, bon mot .(after Clemenceau's recovery We should be made fools of, as usual. Perhaps the most dramatic passage in from appendicitis): "There are only If the Boches said "yes" we should the volume is the story of Stamboulisky, two perfectly useless things in the go back, and when we were gone the who alone of all the Ministers of King world—the appendix and Poincaré." Boches would say "no." Pétain would
Ferdinand of Bulgaria opposed BulSuch remarks are quite out of keeping
prefer to occupy the territory neces
garia's entrance into the war on the
sary to bring the Boches to reason, with the report of Clemenceau's feeling
would administer it and take its
side of Germany. Stamboulisky told the as to discussing the past. That passage
revenues, and would tell the Boches
King to beware, he might be risking his is indeed so striking that we quote it
that he would stay there till all the
crown. "And you might be risking your at some length:
debt was paid. He did not care head," replied the King. In point of No, said C., he had said nothing,
whether it was five years, or thirty fact, Ferdinand did throw this brave had written nothing, and was not go
years, or fifty years. The Boches Minister into jail and planned to have ing to. He took no interest in con
would have to pay before he left.
him executed. Word came to the pristroversies about the past, which was
So the diarist moved about hither and oner from the King, says the author, over. He had lived through the greatest period and had done his best.
thither in Europe, talking with every "that if he would recant and send a It was enough to contemplate in si
body about the League, about the occu- message to the Bulgarian army that it lence the grandeur of it all. He took pation of the Ruhr district, about the should march unitedly under F. in the pleasure in his disdain of all discus situations in Rumania and Czechoslova- good cause, his life should be spared. sion over the past. He had been too kia and Upper Silesia, always bringing He took an agonizing half-hour to deeply concerned in these events, and out from those with whom he talked weigh his reply. He was young and the events had been too tremendous,
salient facts and observations. Inter- loved life and activity intensely. On for him not to feel it unworthy of
spersed with all this are amusing anec- the other hand was his personal and him to waste his remaining years in dotes, such as this of Jules Ferry:
political honor. He decided to refuse, 1 After the War. By Lieutenant-Colonel
but came back into the dock with a pisCharles à Court Repington.
C. told us of Jules Ferry's shooting
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. $).
exploits. He fired at anything any
tol concealed about him, determined to
take his own life in the court if he were whether we were walking on our heads appear after he had polished them for sentenced to death rather than trust or our heels. Something had cracked; the public. They are interesting as a himself to his executioners. But F. the helmet of Mars, perhaps."
disclosure of the auto-communion of a must have feared to murder the peas. The personal impressions of America notable scholar and preacher and will ants' favorite at such a moment, so he are superficial and irresponsible, with be stimulating to other scholars and had him clapped into prison for life by out any intention of unfriendliness, how- preachers. the judges instead." ever. The characterization of President
TIRED RADICALS, AND OTHER PAPERS. By Naturally, Americans will turn with Harding, that he "sees neither black nor
Walter Weyl. B. W. Huebsch, Inc., New special interest to Colonel Repington's white in a case, but only gray," sounds York. $2 final chapter, which describes his im- wise, but is not sustained by instances These essays increase the regret that pressions of America and what he saw and carries no conviction. Of course, like his too early death has deprived the and heard at the Washington Confer- every English visitor nowadays, the au- world of so earnest a thinker on modern ence. It is distinctly comic now to read thor talks about the failure of prohibi. problems as Walter Weyl. The essays the early forebodings of the author as tion—"One wants to drink mainly be are of unequal merit, but not one of to the probable futility and failure of cause it is forbidden;" about the ice them is muddy or feeble. He saw the Conference followed by accounts of water habit, about overheated houses, clearly and wrote vigorously, though his stupefaction at the famous speech of and about the universal rush-"length generally he saw modern evils more Secretary Hughes, with its definite plan. of life said to be seven years less here clearly than he did methods of dealing He says: "Mr. Secretary Hughes sunk than at home." New York impresses with them. Thus he describes effecin thirty-five minutes more ships than him as “the highest, lowest, cruelest, tively the peril to American life from a all the admirals of the world have de cunningest, noisiest of all great cities.” conglomerate immigration, but he did stroyed in a cycle of centuries. . . . We This dash in and out of Colonel Rep not see the undeliberate and unconseemed spellbound ... a few men to ington's book may be all the more a fair scious forces which are imbuing these whom I spoke babbled incoherently.... picture of the original in that it is immigrants with the American spirit of We came out in a trance, not quite sure helter-skelter and disorderly.
freedom. He saw clearly the discontent of "the truly revolutionary class," but
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from danger. Mr. Weyl impresses the care whether the outcome of the story is Union, talks art and literature on lines
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there is a remedy, though it is not yet and lively and its agreeable characters ding, and self-centered idea of college
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