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"Short Dog" Train Stays On, 1914

From The Murray County Messenger
October 29, 1914

"SHORT DOG" STAYS ON

Notwithstanding the Effort of the Chatsworth Times
and Others to Have It Taken Off, It Still Remains.

The petition of the L. & N. Railroad to have trains Nos. 36 and 37, commonly known as the Short Dog, removed, was heard before the Railroad Commission at their offices in Atlanta on Wednesday of last week. On Thursday morning the Commission, after hearing and discussing the matter, gave out an order retaining the trains for the benefit of the traveling public.

The road was represented by Col. Bayless, the Superintendent of this Division, counsel, and others. The people were represented by several legal lights (among them were Cols. Steed, Anderson and Sellers) and numerous petitions bearing the signatures of hundreds of the people of this and neighboring counties.

In the course of this argument to have the train removed, Col. Bayless remarked that it was a surprise to him that there was any opposition to the effort of the company to have this train taken off, as he had a letter from the editor of the Chatsworth Times to the effect that if the fast trains were stopped at Chatsworth and Fairmount, it was perfectly satisfactory to the people of Murray and Gordon Counties to have one or both trains taken off. He said he had made arrangements to have the fast trains stopped at these places in conformity with this letter.

Col. Steed: It is your intention to have these trains stopped at these places for passengers to Etowah and beyond, and for Cartersville and beyond?

Mr. Bayless: Yes.

Chairman Candler: This would be of no benefit to the people of Murray County.

The remarks of Col. Anderson at this juncture were very much to the point. He told the Commission that Mr. Hufstetler DID NOT represent the people of Murray in any particular, much less in this. He did not know as he represented himself. But, if Mr. Hufstetler represented the people of Murray County in this matter, why in the name of reason were they (those mentioned above) down here with these petitions to have the trains kept on? Many many other things did Col. Anderson say that would make very interesting reading.

But the outcome of the matter was that the Commission was more impressed with the appeal of others than of Mr. Hufstetler. They did not evidently, think that the gentleman was aware of the fact in the case when he wrote that very interesting letter, and gve their decision FOR THE PEOPLE and against Mr. Huffstetler and those he represents.

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