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14 MMriir, JUL 17; 1M4 HASON CRT GIXWC-GAZETTE Â· , " Â· Â· . ifccgional in physical extent,, but. truly national in scope, and with a function, in our. transportation system of unique importance, that briefly is the story of theiM. St. L. Railway in'war and in peace.. Strategically situated in the heart of the nation on the route between major centers of production and distribution, main roads from ail sectors of the nation funnel into the ISI. St. L. as a central artery, which serves as a connecting link between North and South, East and West. : The range of products which' it carries, knows no l i m i t . Over this road rolls wheat from the prairies of Minnesota and the Dakotas; butter .'and meal from Minnesota, pastures; corn, cattle, and hogs " from the rich midland of Iowa and Illinois. From the East and Northeast, teeming with roaring factories, conies steel and other metals fabricated in Id countless forms; up from the Southeast and. the deep South comes coal, cotton goods and tobacco. Lumber, fruit, canned foods in mountainous abundance flow front the Pacific coast area, then via the AI. St. L. for a stage of their journey into consuming areas. From the Southwest conies, oil and-other minerals, and from every point on the compass now in time of war, rolls a flood of machines for battle.... munitions, and every kind of war material! To better make known the services and facilities of the "Peoria Gateway" to shippers, in all these geographic areas, M. St. L. maintains a closely knit organization of general Â· agents in 33 key cities of the nation. To better serve these shippers a special department gives its total attention to prompt interchange of cars with ^connecting lines at all junctions. Delay which is generally ineidental to movement of freight through congested terminals is avoided, a condition desirable in peace,'and of vital importance in time of war! In keeping with its important role in the nation's transportation sysle'm, M. St. L. has for several years been engaged in a program of modernization affecting services, rolling stock and all facilities. Efficient locomotives have replaced wasteful types. New cars designed for handling different materials easily and with dispatch; have been Padded.- '' ' Well equipped and effectually organized for low-cost operation and to give cfficicjnt service to any shipper, M. St. L, faces with confidence the highly competitive but economically healthy age in transportation, which will follow the war's end. \ \ THE MINNEAPOLIS ST. LOUIS RAILWAY CO General Offices NORTHWESTERN BANK BUILDING, MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.