to Succeed Earling," Railway Age, September 21,
"New York Bankers on Trip," New York Times, April
"Feeder for the St. Paul Road," New York Times,
March 14, 1912, Bellingham Bay & Northern Purchase
Agrees to Railway Truce," New York Times, December
"Earling May be Out," New York Times, May 22, 1902
and Ripley Appointed to Posts," New York Times,
June 2, 1890
Hill Letterbook Collection,
James J. Hill Archives
Series P, 1874, 1877-1916
1897, June 26, "Dear Mr. Morgan, I received your letter on
this date saying that Mr. Earling cannot accept the position
as president of the Northern Pacific Railway." p. 201.
1897, July 2. "Dear Mr. Earling, I told Mr. Morgan I hardly
considered it possible for you to leave your present place."
1898, March 12. To D.S. Lamont, VP, NP Ry. "I know Sir
William Van Horne very well, and I know he is very crafty
and will handle the matter in any way that will secure his
point, regardless of any representation that it may be
necessary to make." p. 283.
1898, August 4, Letter to Gaspard Farrar, London Engineer.
The GN long haul is 221 miles, the Canadian Pacific has 376
1989 May 14, to A.L. Mohler, President, OR&N. "I had a very
satisfactory interview with Mr. Schiff, who practically
represents the Union Pacific."
1898, July 17. To D.S. Lamont. "Mr Adams has made a mess of
everything he has ever undertaken and has forfeited the
goodwill and confidence of every man he has ever been
associated with so far as I have ever heard. ... I went to
Chicago to meet Harriman to try and avoid a crisis between
that company and the Northern Pacific."
Dismissed the South Dakota case except the Milwaukee & St.
Paul -- Hill did not understand why -- the Milwaukee mileage
in SD for rate making purposes valued at $10,000 per mile.
Milwaukee took an appeal. ND case, NP admits to
$28,000 per mile. If his (Judge Cashings) decision stands,
the Milwaukee and St. Paul investment in SD is practically
1898 September 26. Hill to Marcus Daly. Showing Daly a
proposed dam at Coulter's Falls below the town of Great
Falls: "We have under consideration a plan for using from
twenty to thirty thousand horsepower on electric locomotives
which, if successful, will enable us to use electricity
between Havre and Clancy including the line between Belt and
"If our plan works out as well as it promises and electric
locomotives can be used on railways, it will give an
enormous impetus to the use of copper for transmission.
Proposes selling cheap power to Daly. P. 433.
1898, October 26. Hill to F.H. Finney. "Mr. Stevens is a
first rate location engineer. He is also a good man in
construction. If I had to criticize him, I would say he has
been too ambitious to be a contractor." p. 439