"The once pastoral landscape of America, quiet and
undisturbed, was now pierced by the sight and sound of
a mechanical marvel, the
locomotive and its trailing cars.
Wherever tracks were hammered down,
business was sure to follow.
Sometimes whole towns were planned around a
A new social caste system was spreading in the wake of
Now there was a 'right side' and a 'wrong side' of the
The right and wrong side of the tracks was determined by which
way the wind blew the sooty, black engine smoke." - Leonard Everett
Monopolized trade created a cash shortage.
Railroads had to be built with debt.
When two cities wished to link
themselves with a railroad they issued bonds to the extent of their credit and
they induced all the counties along the line to issue bonds.
bonds were sold the money power bought them up.
When the road-bed, or a
considerable part of it was completed, the money power would furnish the iron
and rolling stock secured by first mortgage bonds.
"I recollect that
in 1855 to 1857, one of our cities was making tremendous efforts to build a
railroad reaching toward a great business center.
After two or three
efforts made with intervals
of deep despondency, over one hundred miles of the road-bed was at last
completed; and one of the most distinguished citizens of the state was sent to
London, to negotiate for the iron for the road.
He came back astounded.
He said he found men from all over the world in London on the same
business as himself : all wishing to get iron for railroads, at $10,000 a mile,
secured on first mortgage bonds: and they all got the iron.
"These London capitalists are sure to get the railroads for the first mortgage
bonds; and no man can
foresee the consequences. It will certainly work a mighty change when these
capitalists get possession of all the land transportation of the world." - L.B.
Ownership of railroads gave to the money power entire
control of the internal traffic of any nation whose railroads they had
Railroad ownership enabled them to make hundreds of millions
of dollars in speculations on town lots at points on the railroads known
beforehand only to the agents of the money power.
Jay Gould and Jim
Fisk are full partners in ownership of the New York and Erie R.R. holding
$23,000,000 of railroad stocks.
Jim Fisk is killed holding $11,000,000
in railroad stock.
At the settlement of Jim Fisk's estate his family
receives a few thousand dollars.
Jay Gould could hardly have been worth
more than his partner, Jim Fisk and yet he went West with forty million dollars
according to the newspapers and bought ten thousand miles of
The Wabash System is one-half of the ten thousand miles of
railroad in the Gould System.
Mr. Gould stated in an interview with a
New York reporter that much the
greater number of the
stockholders of the Wabash System were in Great Britain and only a few in
The rest of the ten thousand miles of the Gould System consists
of the Missouri Pacific, the Missouri Kansas and Texas, the Texas Pacific, and
the Iron Mountain Railroads.
Pacific did not belong to Jay Gould, for its
stockholders have had it
taken out of the Gould System by process of law.
Missouri Kansas and Texas did not belong to him; for its
have brought suit and withdrawn the railroad from the Gould System .
Jay Gould stated in an interview with a reporter in that he held more
stock in the Missouri Pacific than all his other investments put together.
The Missouri Pacific is a railroad three
hundred miles long, running from St. Louis to Kansas City.
"It was in the decades following our
Civil War that our industries began to
We had great railroads to build.
The oil, mining,
steel, textile industries were bursting out of their
All of that called for vast financing; much of that
financing had to come from abroad.
That meant the
House of Rothschild,
Jacob Schiff came into his own.
He played a very
Jacob Schiff became the patron-saint
of John D. Rockefeller,
EH Harriman, and
Jacob Schiff financed Standard
Oil for John D.
Rockefeller, the Railroad Empire for
EH Harriman, and the
Steel Empire for
Jacob Schiff opened the
doors of the House of
Rothschild to Morgan, Biddle, and Drexel through
Kuhn & Loeb which provided the
financing to build the industrial empires.
At the time of his death
Edward Henry Harriman controlled
the Union Pacific,
Southern Pacific, Saint Joseph
and Grand Island, Illinois Central, Central of Georgia, Pacific Mail Steamship,
and Wells Fargo.
At the turn of the century
Jacob Schiff had a tight control of the entire
banking-fraternity on Wall Street which by then included
Goldman Sachs, and other
international banks that where headed by men chosen by
That meant control of the nation's money and he was then ready for the
giant step - the entrapment of our national money-system." -
"The operations of Vanderbilt, and Gould and others in
Wall Street can
only be accounted for by the fact that they were the agents of the money power
and were supplied with sufficient capital to make their operations an assured
success much like the success that
Maxxam enjoyed with the help
of an agent of the money power -" Michael Robert
Pacific Railroad Act of
"The Pacific Railroad Act chartered the Union Pacific
Railroad, and provided for it to build westward from the Missouri River in
Nebraska to a meeting with the Central Pacific reaching eastward from
It also granted the two railroads 10 square miles of
public land (later increased
to twenty) for every mile of track laid, and loans in US bonds of $16,000 to
$48,000 per mile, depending on the topography.
The Union Pacific was
being financed by "Credit Mobilier" headed up by Thomas C. Durant.
engineer designing the railroad gave Thomas C. Durant a price tag of 3 million
dollars for the first 100 miles.
Thomas C. Durant then gave a contract
to Credit Mobilier for 5 million dollars while "holding the engineer only to
the original 3 million dollar specifications."
When the engineer
resigned in protest, Major General Grenville M. Dodge was recruited from the US
Army to replace him.
Greed and corruption continued with a few key
people becoming quite wealthy at the expense of the Union Pacific.
financial wrangling of the Central Pacific was also quite questionable, but
their books were never reviewed.
CP Huntingdon claimed they had been
destroyed when the company disbanded.
The investigators concluded,
nevertheless, that the Big Four had benefitted excessively." - Charlton
Theodore Judah lobbys for passage, Congress passes the act
and Lincoln signs it.
At the time the Central Pacific Railroad project
began, C P Huntingdon is a grocer with limited means in San Francisco.
Theodore Judah, C P Huntingdon, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins build the
Central Pacific Railroad.
The US government aid is only paid when a
stipulated number of miles of railway have been completed: the men in the
company had not the means to do so much work before receiving the government
When CP Huntingdon appeared before a Congressional Committee
and insisted that the Central Pacific railroad was in dire circumstances.
When a member of the Committee asked him if he shared the depressed
financial condition of the road, he paused for a considerable time before
answering with extreme caution, "No: I am said to be rich."
Huntingdon insisted that he had made no money out of the Central
Commodore Vanderbilt is the manager of a line of steamers
running the Isthmus route from New York to San Francisco.
Vanderbilt quit the shipping line, went to Wall Street to speculate in railroad
stocks with one million dollars.
Frequently Commodore Vanderbilt had the
whole of Wall Street against him, but he was always able to put down any
combination that was formed against him.
Commodore Vanderbilt was
constantly opposed by Daniel Drew, who was worth $15,000,000.
Commodore Vanderbilt carry his vast operations through, with the one million
dollars he was worth when he went into
Vanderbilt purchased sole ownership of the Harlem railroad.
Vanderbilt soon afterwards bought the Hudson River railroad, and the New York
Central; and he continued to purchase railroads, until he owned a grand system
extending far into the Northwest.
On Commodore Vanderbilt's death his son, William Henry
Vanderbilt, immediately transferred a controlling interest in the New York
Central System to a syndicate of New York capitalists representing money power
for $50,000,000; which William Henry Vanderbilt at once invested in four per
cent US bonds.
the people! I do not run my roads for the benefit of the people."- William
Those 4% bonds were deposited in London, in the
banking house of John Bidall Martin in Lombard street.
Martin gained ownership through foreclosure of the Erie railroad and the Wabash
Most of these first mortgage bonds carried usurous
rates - so high that all profits go directly to the bond holders as interest
This web site is not a commercial web site and
is presented for educational purposes only.
This website defines a
new perspective with which to engage reality to which its author adheres. The
author feels that the falsification of reality outside personal experience has
forged a populace unable to discern propaganda from reality and that this has
been done purposefully by an international corporate cartel through their
agents who wish to foist a corrupt version of reality on the human race.
Religious intolerance occurs when any group refuses to tolerate religious
practices, religious beliefs or persons due to their philosophical ideology.
This web site marks the founding of a system of philosophy named The Truth of
the Way of the Lumière Infinie - a rational gnostic mystery religion
based on reason which requires no leap of faith, accepts no tithes, has no
supreme leader, no church buildings and in which each and every individual is
encouraged to develop a personal relation with the Creator and Sustainer
through the pursuit of the knowledge of reality in the hope of curing the
spiritual corruption that has enveloped the human spirit. The tenets of The
Truth of the Way of the Lumière Infinie are spelled out in detail on
this web site by the author. Violent acts against individuals due to their
religious beliefs in America is considered a "hate crime."
This web site
in no way condones violence. To the contrary the intent here is to reduce the
violence that is already occurring due to the international corporate cartels
desire to control the human race. The international corporate cartel already
controls the world economic system, corporate media worldwide, the global
industrial military entertainment complex and is responsible for the collapse
of morals, the elevation of self-centered behavior and the destruction of
global ecosystems. Civilization is based on cooperation. Cooperation does not
occur at the point of a gun.
American social mores and values have
declined precipitously over the last century as the corrupt international
cartel has garnered more and more power. This power rests in the ability to
deceive the populace in general through corporate media by pressing emotional
buttons which have been preprogrammed into the population through prior
corporate media psychological operations. The results have been the destruction
of the family and the destruction of social structures that do not adhere to
the corrupt international elites vision of a perfect world. Through distraction
and coercion the direction of thought of the bulk of the population has been
directed toward solutions proposed by the corrupt international elite that
further consolidates their power and which further their purposes.
views and opinions presented on this web site are the views and opinions of
individual human men and women that, through their writings, showed the
capacity for intelligent, reasonable, rational, insightful and unpopular
thought. All factual information presented on this web site is believed to be
true and accurate and is presented as originally presented in print media which
may or may not have originally presented the facts truthfully. Opinion and
thoughts have been adapted, edited, corrected, redacted, combined, added to,
re-edited and re-corrected as nearly all opinion and thought has been
throughout time but has been done so in the spirit of the original writer with
the intent of making his or her thoughts and opinions clearer and relevant to
the reader in the present time.
Fair Use Notice
This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has
not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making
such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of criminal
justice, human rights, political, economic, democratic, scientific, and social
justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such
copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In
accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is
distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in
receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For
more information see: www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to
use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond
'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
© Lawrence Turner
All Rights Reserved