But …. What I mean is, there are practical problems to solve, which …. For instance, what was that matter of our last allocation of new rail vanishing from the storehouse in Pittsburgh?
He paused, then added, "The Director of Unification is sole judge of the public welfare and has sole authority over the allocation of any motive power and rolling stock on any railroad anywhere in the United States."
The steel had been allocated by a directive which explained that the Spencer Machine Tool Company was a rich concern, able to wait, while Confederated Machines was bankrupt and could not be allowed to collapse, being the sole source of livelihood of the community of Sand Creek, Illinois.
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allocate time and resources
The company has committed to allocating more money for research and development.