11 NOVEMBER 1899, Page 15


[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Having knit landed in England, I found in the Spectator of October 28th an interesting article on the Life of my cousin, Mr. John Murray Forbes. May I call your attention to a statement not quite verified by reference to the book ? Towards the end of the article the writer remarks : "Finding that his colleagues on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Board were at once directors and constructors, after pointing out to them the impropriety of their position, he appealed to the shareholders and the Board was overturned." If any one will look at pp. 214-16, Vol. IL, he will find that Mrs. Hughes is very careful not to say what railroad the above quotation refers to. She simply writes :—" At one time he was faced by a dilemma of this description, partly due, as he felt, to his own want of careful inspection of the business methods of his fellow-directors in a railroad company. These directors thought it allowable to be interested in the con- struction company of a brands railroad then building," &c., &a.

(p. 210, Vol. II.)—I am, Sir, &o., AN OLD SUBSCRIBER.