There were reports from the general managers of the four Regions of the Taggart system, their pages a typewritten cry of despair over the breakdowns of equipment.
He called the Region Headquarters of Taggart Transcontinental at Omaha, Nebraska, and begged to speak to the general manager of the region.
The man who came on the wire was the assistant general manager of the Iowa-Minnesota District.
Ryan had been the general manager of the railroad’s Central Region.
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He asked to speak to the assistant general manager in charge of his particular district; but the assistant was out of town for the week end and could not be reached.
There was a brief silence on the wire, then the voice of the Omaha operator told him that the general manager had resigned and vanished three days ago-"over a little trouble with Mr. Locey," the voice added.
But they went to their usual posts and went on with their habitual routine, pulling levers, pressing buttons, feeding leather into automatic cutters, piling boxes on a moving belt, wondering, as the hours went by, why they did not catch sight of the foreman, or the superintendent, or the general manager, or the company president.
The cars carried five thousand tons of copper, bound from a mine in Arizona to the Rearden mills, Rearden telephoned the general manager of the Atlantic Southern, but the answer he received was: "Oh God, Mr. Rearden, how can we tell?
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The general manager denied the rumors of a trade.
I ring up the wrong charge for customers twice and have to call for Jed, my uncle’s general manager, to come override it.