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"Public-owned Railways," or "State-owned Railways." Reasons in favour of public-owned railways. The effect of such a system on the defence of the country. The best means for a systematic development of the resources of any country, and especially a new and growing one. A state-owned system of railways as the cheapest, and for many reasons. The patriotism of a state-owned railway. The lack of discrimination in favour of preferred interests or preferred customers in a state-owned railway. A state-owned railway system complementary of the waterways of the country. The ideal railroad for Canada as a state-owned railway, from the seaboard of the Atlantic to the seaboard of the Pacific, double-tracked or four-tracked, without unnecessary curves and with the lowest possible grades, with branches at proper intervals running right and left: a national spine and ribs. State-ownership of transportation facilities in Europe. The private-ownership in the United States, and consequences of such a system. A comparison of the treatment of employees in the two systems. Other comparisons. The address was followed by a question and answer period.