OFFICIAL EXPOSURE OF THE OCTOPUS. EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT OF THE U.S. PACIFIC RAILWAY COMMISSION, 1888. By Robt. E. Pattison. Governor of Pennsylvania ... [caption title]. [Washington, 1 December 1887.]. 20.8x13.3 cm, pp.  2-16, self wrappers, now bound in modern quarter leather and marbled boards. First edition. The United States Pacific Railway Commission was created by an act of Congress 8 March 1887 to investigate the financial practices of railroads that received federal funding for their construction. Robert Emory Pattison (1850-1904), the chairman of the commission, wrote its minority report "which stands today as one of the most valuable contributions to the financial history of the land-grant railroads" (DAB). Signed at the conclusion of text on page 16: "ROBERT E. PATTISON, Commissioner. / WASHINGTON, December 1, 1887." Cowan (1933), p. 476. Faint, old vertical mailing folds, pulpy text paper tanned, a very good copy. (#167615).
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