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TONNAGE AND RECEIPTS BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO AND HEALDSBURG, AUGUST 1 To DECEMBER
31, 1887 AND 1888.
Average, 1888, $3 45 per ton. Average, 1887, $4 33 per ton.
The above shows a reduction of 88 cents per ton since the western classification took effect, July 23, 1888, being a reduction of nearly 20 per cent on former rates.
TICKET RATES REDUCED FIFTEEN PER CENT.
At a regular meeting of the Board, on March 15, 1889, ticket rates on the San Francisco and North Pacific Railway Company were reduced 15 per cent.
GENERAL CONFERENCE OF RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS.
INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,
WASHINGTON, December 28, 1888. To the Honorable the Railroad Commissioners of the State of California, San Francisco, Cali
fornia: GENTLEMEN: A suggestion has been made, in view of the importance that the various State Railroad Commissions should be brought as far as possible into harmony and coöperation with this Commission, that it may be advisable to call a general meeting of the Commissioners of the various States, to be held in Washington some time in the spring of 1889, for the purpose of a general conference.
This suggestion impresses the Interstate Commerce Commission favorably. Its members would be glad of an opportunity to make the personal acquaintance of the various members of the State Commissions, and there are several matters connected with the administration of the law as applied to the regulation of the railway system of the country, in respect to which unity of action and harmony of purpose among all those charged with such administration is exceedingly desirable.
Please consider the subject, and at an early date inform this Commission whether the project meets with your approval, and whether, in case a request for such a convention should be made, we could rely upon your attendance. Very respectfully,
EDW. A. MOSELEY,
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San FRANCISCO, CAL., January 9, 1889. EDWARD A. MOSELEY, Esq., Secretary Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D. C.:
DEAR SIR: In reply to yours of December 28, 1888, will say, that the project as proposed meets with the hearty approval of this Commission; and, notwithstanding the fact that we are so far away, we will be pleased to be on hand when notified of date of convention. Very respectfully,
V. W. GASKILL,
INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, }
WASHINGTON, January 31, 1889. To the Honorable Board of Railroad Commissioners:
Sie: The State Railroad Commissions, with gratifying unanimity, have heartily approved the suggestion for a general meeting, and many who desire to attend have indicated the first week in March as the most convenient time.
You are therefore invited to participate in a general conference of Railroad Commissioners, to be held at the office of the Interstate Commerce Commission, No. 1317 F Street, in the City of Washington, at 11 o'clock A, M., on the fifth day of March, 1889.
Among the subjects which may be properly considered are the following:
Railway statistics, with especial reference to the formulation of a uniform system of reporting.
Classification of freight, its simplification and unification.
And such other topics affecting State and interstate commerce as may be brought forward by members of the conference, the above suggestions not being designed to exclude the consideration of any other subjects of common interest.
An opportunity will also be afforded for consultation in respect to the heating and lighting of cars, automatic car-coupling, continuous train-brakes, and other matters now more particularly within the sphere of State authority:
Brief papers are invited from members of the conference upon any topic deemed of importance. Arrangements will be made for preserving a permanent record of the proceedings. Respectfully yours,
EDW. A. MOSELEY,
OFFICE OF THE BOARD OF RAILROAD COMMISSIONERS,
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., February 25, 1889. EDW. A. Moseley, Esq., Secretary Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D. C.:
Dear Sir: On account of lack of funds this Commission will not be able to appear at the general conference of Railroad Commissioners, to be held at Washington, D. C., on March 5, 1889. The Hon. Jas. W. Rea, of this Commission, who is now visiting Washington in a private capacity, will represent California at the conference. Yours very truly,
ELECTION OF BAILIFF.
At regular meeting of Board, held on January 29, 1889, Louis Montgomery, of San José, was elected Bailiff of the Commission, to take office on February 1, 1889.
RAILROAD COMPANIES ORDERED TO FURNISH TARIFFS.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., February 4, 1889. DEAR Sır: You will furnish this Commission, at your earliest convenience, with a copy of every tariff, both passenger and freight, in use on your road on the date of the receipt of this request. This is done so that the Commission can approve all existing tariffs.
In future you will please furnish this office with a copy of any tariff before the same is put into effect, so that the same may be approved by this Board. Yours respectfully,
V. W. GASKILL,
EDWARD FISHER VS. SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY.
At a regular meeting of the Board, held on February 15, 1889, complaint of Edward Fisher, of Vacaville, was read, and as a result of said complaint and the proceedings that followed, rates were reduced 20 per cent.
TAE, February VATASOLLE, } A. ABBOTT, Esq.:
DEAR Sır: I have been requested by several of the citizens of this vicinity to notify you, as Railroad Commissioner, in regard to the rates of fare as charged by the railroad of this place. They are charging at the rate of 6 cents or 7 cents per mile, which we think is an outrage. The fare from Elmira to Vacaville is 25 cents (4 miles); from Elmira to Winters, $1 (15 miles); Elmira to Madison (23 miles), $1 75, and so on, and hope you will please investigate this matter at your next session of the Board, and oblige, Yours truly,
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., February 20, 1889.
DEAR SIR: Yours of February seventh in relation to excessive passenger rates on Vacaville Division, at hand.
In reply would state that mileage rate has never been fixed on that division on account of the limited amount of travel; but passenger rates all over the State are to be adjusted in a short time, and then your case will be looked into, and rates fixed that are fair to the traveling public and the railroad company. Yours very truly,
V. W. GASKILL,
REDUCTION OF TWENTY PER CENT IN TICKET RATES.
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inhabitants and prosiness of manufacturing the said articles and shipping the same by the
JOHN F. CUNNINGHAM vs. SOUTHERN PACIFIC COMPANY
(SOUTH PACIFIC COAST RAILWAY DIVISION). On January 29, 1889, J. F. Cunningham et al. filed a complaint against the Southern Pacific Company (the South Pacific Coast Railway Division), praying that freight rates on certain material from Boulder Creek to San José be fixed at former rates.
The complaint, summons, return of service of summons, answer, letter of E. J. Martin, letter of Richard Gray, tariff with reductions, dismissal of plaintiff's attorneys, letter of Creed Haymond, dismissal of the action, are as follows:
Geo. H. CHAPPELL, Complainants,
Now come the complainants above named, and complain of the defendant above named, and for cause of complaint aver:
That the defendant is now, and for more than six months continuously last past has been, a railroad corporation, carrying passengers and freight for hire, as a common carrier, between the Town of Boulder Creek, in the County of Santa Cruz, and the City of San José, in the County of Santa Clara, and other points within the State of California.
That the plaintiffs are residents of said Town of Boulder Creek and vicinity, and producers and interested in the production of cordwood, shingles, and split material, at said Town of Boulder Creek and its vicinity, and the shipment thereof by the railroad of defendant, commonly know as the “Narrow Gauge” Road, from said Town of Boulder Creek to said City of San José.
That for many months last past the rates of freight upon said cordwood and other material established, charged, and collected by the defendant, and paid by these plaintiffs, between said points, have been, and up to December 1, 1888, continued to be, as follows: For redwood, per cord
$1 35 For pine and rough hardwood, per cord.
1 85 For peeled oak, per cord
2 10 For split inaterial, per cord
2 10 For split madrona, per cord.
1 85 For shingles (per four bunches), per M.
20 That on or about the first day of December, A. D. 1888, the defendant arbitrarily changed the said rates of freight to the following, and immediately put the same into operationi, and is now charging and collecting the same, to wit: For redwood, per cord...
$1 75 For pine and rough hardwood, per cord
2 10 For peeled oak, per cord..
2 474 For split material, per cord..
2 80 For split madrona, per cord.
2 471 For shingles (per four bunches), per M..
35 Such old rates and new rates being for transportation of such material, by the railroad of defendant, from said Boulder Creek to said San José.
That said old rate of freight was a fair and just rate, so far as the defendant is concerned; and as these plaintiffs are informed and believe, and upon such information and belief aver, are an ample compensation for the service rendered in such transportation. That relying upon the continuance of such old rates, these plaintiffs, and many other
owners of said Town of Boulder Creek, have invested large sums of said railroad of defendant, to San José for sale. That with the said old rates of freight in force, said materials could be sold, and were constantly sold at San José, at a small but reasonable profit to said producers and shippers. That said City of San José is the principal available market thereof. That with the new freight rates in force, such materials cannot be manufactured at Boulder Creek, and shipped to San José, and there sold at any profit; on the contrary, the same will entail a loss upon the producers and shippers.
And these plaintiffs allege that said new rates exacted by defendant are unjust and extortionate, and, as these plaintiffs are informed and believe, and upon such information and belief allege, greatly in excess of a fair compensation to the defendant for its services in transporting said material; and are a direct injury and damage to these plaintiffs and the other inhabitants and property owners of said Town of Boulder Creek, and ought not to be allowed or approved, or permitted to continue by this honorable Commission.