NP, WTW 3/8/1861

From the Western Tennessee Whig (Jackson, Tenn.}
March 8, 1861
??? Railroad
   ???? past the Memphis ????? finding grave fault with the manner in which the Mobile & Ohio Railroad has been managed south of Corinth, and they have not scrupled to charge unjust discrimination against Memphis, on the managers of the road. Feeling sure in our own mind, that these charges were not well founded, but not having the data by which we could make it appear, we forebore to make any allusion to the matter, trusting that some one in possession of the facts would appear to vindicate the road against the assault made upon it. Our hope has not been in vain. We find the following article, explanatory of the charges preferred, copied into the Appeal of the 5th inst., and gladly transfer it to our columns, as a clinching argument:
The Mobile & Ohio Railroad
   The Mobile Tribune gives the following explanation of the charges of unfair discrimination to the injury of Memphis merchants on this road: "When the tracklaying was completed to Corinth, the Mobile & Ohio Railroad Company did not own a sufficient quantity of land on which to erect a warehouse, or place any of the conveniences necessary for the receipt, delivery or transshipment of freight. It was entirely unprepared to perform the freighting business at that point, and as has been the custom, at the station to which the road has been opened during its progress, refused to receipt for freight for delivery there, or to run their freight trains to that point. Notwithstanding this, many persons without notice that the road was ready to take it, purchased supplies in Memphis and directed them to be forwarded to Corinth for delivery on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, but failed to make any provision for the payment of freight, either on the Memphis {& Charleston} or the Mobile road. All goods shipped to Corinth were detained until the parties made the necessary arrangements for paying the freight there, which provision produced some complaint. All persons between Mobile and Corinth who have ever shipped anything on this road knew that it has been the invariable custom, sanctioned by every administration on the road, to require everything, except cotton, to be prepaid, and therefore had no great reason to complain of the delay produced by failing to make the necessary arrangements to comply with it. The agents of the Memphis merchants have industriously circulated the report in Mississippi that higher rates are charged from Corinth southward than from Mobile northward, or between intermediate stations. Upon inquiry, we ascertained that this is untrue, as the tariff in existence was made in June, 1857, and is applied alike for the same distance to all parts of the road.