CHAPTER VIII

MY RESIGNATION FROM THE GUARDIAN TRUST CO.

     Seeming clouds were now shaping fast in my business sky.  Gates was furious at my telling people of his offer and my comments on the injustice of a court's promising a receiver before the case was laid before it.  It appalled me that the bond and share holders in the road had no hearing and that only one side of the case was presented.  Think of the great loss from a partnership of evil men, and the courts of the land used at two A. M. to wreak widows, orphans, and the helpless, merely to swell the coffers of the rich.

     My talk was more than Gates could stand, at the next meeting of the Guardian Trust Company, Mr. Gates' representative on the board told the directors e believed the Trust Company had been used as a private snap by me, and that if I was not its president, auditors would be able to prove his statement.  As the board of was a little inclined toward Gates, I, the second day after the meeting, resigned as president of the company.  The papers now stated that Stilwell would not be re-elected as president of the Southern; that it was insisted a railroad man must occupy the place.

     Oh, if the world only had the real reason! I had refused to be a crook.  I had refused to surrender the road to Harriman (the details of which I will not reveal in this book as it involves names and trickery which under no circumstances would I reveal now.)

     I had refused to give Kountz a million for land that no one before or now has wanted.

     I had refused to help Thalmann collect fifty thousand dollars as Chairman of a so-called Stockholders' Protective Committee, and at the same time allow him to sandbag the people he was paid to represent.

     I had refused to help Gates in his personal attempts to sandbag others.

     Now I was out of my railroads.  All of my work in making the reorganization plan operative was to come to naught; all the money spent by me, personally, the the reorganization was lost.

     I was out of the trust company whose president for thirteen years I had been, but I was in the prime of life and had been able to resist as many temptations as ever came one man's way, and I had left, as I have now, the greatest asset on earth, faith in myself.

 

Arthur Edward Stilwell, Visionary

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