Massillon, Ohio: James E. Wharton, Printer, 1856. Disbound, 22pp. Light wear, Good+.
The Company was chartered in 1848 by the legislatures of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Its mission, beginning at Pittsburgh, where the Pennsylvania Central Rail Road ended, was to link that Road with the railroads of Ohio, which would then connect with other roads westward and thus become, it was hoped, a crucial part of the rail transportation system. Unfortunately, the Company "sustained heavy losses from various causes" in seeking to accomplish this mission; an Investigating Committee was appointed to figure out what caused the calamity.
This pamphlet -- signed in type at the end by Thomas W. Bartley, Dwight Jarvis, and W. Bagley-- is the Stockholders' review of that Report. They give it a grade of "unsatisfactory." The Investigating Committee treated the Company's managers with excessive deference and tenderness, ignoring or minimizing their shocking cost overruns, defalcations, and mismanagement.
OCLC 16315711 [1- OH Hist. Soc.] [as of September 2012]. BRE 247 [related pamphlets]. Item #29362