Some Advantages of Membership in Bureau of Explosives, page 2
-2- Inspector who would be as efficient as the Bureau Inspectors. By referring to the blank forms that have been prepared to systematize the work of these Inspectors and the facilities to instruct railway employes, you will see at a glance the advantage of centralized action in this respect. 6. In spite of all precautions we must face the possibility of an explosion. When this causes loss of life, the first question in investigating it will be "Has this line adopted all the precautions that have been suggested by united experience in this matter?" It is believed that the answer will be negative for any road not a member of the Bureau, and it will then be incumbent upon that road to show that the course adopted by it is better than association with the Bureau. 7. An implied obligation on members of the American Railway Association is also involved. Over 90% of the mileage of this Association is represented in the Bureau of Explosives, and any scheme that really promotes railway interests deserves the support of the entire Association. The relatively trivial expense involved cannot justify the minority in refusing its co-operation. This minority is receiving material benefits from the work of the Bureau, since the contents of any factory or storage magazine are liable to travel over any railroad. The discovery and withdrawal from circulation at any point of a specially dangerous product is a benefit to all carriers. Lines that are not members are placed in the humiliating position of accepting almost daily favors of this kind without compensation, and in return they ask their connections to assume the grave risk of transporting shipments that have not been properly safeguarded. This is not the spirit that distinguishes the American Railway Association.
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