Complete control of the Handy Bros. railway system, which includes the Detroit, Bay City & Western, the Port Huron & Southern and the Port Huron & Detroit railways, has been taken over by the government, under a lease, and Handy Bros. have given up all connection with the operation and management of the lines. A. C. McDannell, who was auditor and superintendent of the Handy lines has resigned and will continue with the Handy Bros. corporate interests. Chas. S. Ruttle, general freight and passenger agent of the roads, has been appointed as superintendent of the system, under the federal management.
The general offices of the system will be at Detroit and Frank H. Alfred, federal manager of the Pere Marquette, Grand Trunk and other systems, becomes manager of the system. W. L. Booth, of Detroit, will be general freight agent, and W. D. Wolfenden, of Detroit, general passenger agent.
Although there has been no official announcement, as yet, railroad men understand that a similar disposition is to be made of the Detroit & Mackinac system, with important changes in the personnel of that road.
Other changes which are [Unreadable/Missing Text], but of which no official announcement has been made, are the closing of one or more of the local passenger stations and [Unreadable/Missing Text] to exceed two of the local depots.