Caption: Uncle Sam -- "Trying To Frighten Me, Eh?"

Source/Date: Literary Digest, August 15, 1908

Ultimate Source(if different): Detroit Journal

Creator: Thomas May

Remarks: The Hill and Harriman lines both owned ships. To remain competitive with low cost Japanese shipping to the orient they had been quoting joint rail-water freight rates which in effect resulted in very low rail charges. The ICC required them to separate rail and water rates which would have revealed the low rail rates to be illegal discrimination and would have outraged as well other shippers who paid more. Both lines threatened to go out of the shipping business.

Keywords: Regulation, federal; Freight rates and service; Discrimination; Harriman, Edward H.; Interstate Commerce Commission