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Under the existing rates, there is no provision that the carrier
shall pay the cost of compressing cotton in such movements at Alex-
andria. No attack is made against the reasonableness of the rate in
effect, the request simply being that the Commission require the Si.
Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern to pay the cost of compressing out
of the through rate now in effect from points on its line to New Or-
leans. The St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway Company
propose to apply the local rate from points on its line to Alexandria
on the cotton to be compressed at that point, and when the cotton is
compressed at Alexandria to refund the in-bound charges, protecting
the rate from point of origin to destination, this arrangement to apply
from points on the Iron Mountain Railway north of Alexandria, and
also from points on the Watkins Division.

The effect of this will be to protect the through rate of $1.80 per
bale from points on the Watkins Division and rates which are slightly
higher than those from points north of Alexandria, and in addition the
shipper will pay the cost of compressing, amounting to about 50 cents
per bale, the benefit of which will inure entirely to the carrier. Should
the initial carrier, the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway
Company, pay the cost of compressing out of the throi^gh rate, it there-
by secures the prompt return of its cars into service, and the Texas &
Pacific Railway Company in hauling the cotton to New Orleans secures
the benefit of the increased efficiency of its cars by hauling compressed
instead of uncompressed cotton.

It is, therefore,

ORDERED, That the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Rail-
way Company and the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, defendants
herein, shall, effective August 15, 1914, so amend their existing rates
on cotton, from points on the H. C. A. & N. and Watkins Divisions of
the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway to New Orleans,
'when moving via Alexandria, in direct line of transit, as to provide
that the existing rates shall include carrier's privilege of compressing
at Alexandria, the carrier to assume the cost of compressing.

BY ORDER OP THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 30, 1914.

Commissioners :

SHELBY TAYLOR,

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest ; A true copy :

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



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Order No. 1781.
Citizens of Red Cross, Louisiana,

Vfl. No. 1923.

Texas & Pacific Railway Company.

Freight and Passenger Depot at Red Cross.

This case was heard by the Commission on September 24, 1913, and
a full investigation made. The decision at the request of the defendant
company was held in abeyance awaiting the completion of certain track
or bridge repairs in the vicinity. It was understood by the Commis-
sion that as soon as this work could be finished the company would
meet with the petitioners and arrange to comply with their demands.
The Commission has been advised that nothing has been done and
that the patrons of the railroad at Red Cross are without shelter for
either passengers or freight. A protection of some sort is absolutely
necessary and the Commission feels that the time allowed since the
hearing of the case has been amply sufficient for the company to make
the proper provisions for its patrons.
It Is, therefore,

ORDERED, That the Texas & Pacific Railway Company be, and
It is hereby, commanded and required, within thirty (30) days from
the date of this order, to erect at Red Cross, a station on its line in
Louisiana, a passenger pagoda and freight room with lock and key so
as to properly accommodate the traveling and shipping public at this
point.
BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners :

SHELBY TAYLOR,

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest : A true copy :
. HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1782.



New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Company,

ex parte. No. 2193.

Application for Authority to Remove Spur Track Known as "Kel-

spuK' at Hygeia, Louisiana.

After carefully considering all the facts presented in this case, the

Commission finds no objection to the removal of the spur track at

Hygeia known as "Kelspur" at Mile Post No. 42 on the Shore Line

Branch of the New Orleans Great Northern Railroad, and Mr. Henry



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Keller, for whom the spur track was constructed, having advised that
he has no further use for same, it is, therefore,

ORDERED, That the application of the New Orleans Great North-
ern Railroad Company, for permission to remove the spur track at
Hygeia, known as "Kelspur," be, and the same is hereby, granted.
BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners :

SHELBY TAYLOR.

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest: A true copy:

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1783.



Kansas City Southern Railway Company,

ex parte. No. 2205.

Application to Discontinue Stopping Trains 4 and 9 at McCoy Station.

The petition in this case asks the Commission for authority to dis-
continue stopping trains Nos. 4 and 9 on flag at McCoy's, a small place
on the line of the Kansas City Southern Railway between Rodessa and
Ravanna stations.

The investigation showed that only one family resides adjacent to
the stops, and the revenues derived therefrom are insignificant. Under
the circumstances, the Commission believes that the request of the
applicant is a reasonable one, and it is, therefore,

ORDERED, That the application of the Kansas City Southern
Railway Company for authority to discontinue stopping trains 4 and 9
on flag at McCoy's be, and the same is hereby, granted.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commisaioners:

SHELBY TAYLOR,

Chairman,
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest : A true copy :

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



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Order No. 1784.

At a sreneral session of the Railroad Commission of Louisiana, held
in its office in the Capitol, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 22,
present Shelby Taylor, Chairman, and B. A. Bridges and John T. Michel,
Commissioners, it was

ORDERED, That the following rule be, and it is hereby, adopted:

RULE.
No regular freight or passenger depot, or station, or flag station
shall be closed or discontinued by any railroad operating in the State
of Louisiana without the consent of the Railroad Commission, except
for causes beyond control of the railroad company.

No railroad telegraph office shall be closed, abandoned or dis-
continued without the consent of the Railroad Commission of Louisiana
previously obtained, except for causes beyond control of the railroad
company.

In case any regular passengfer depot or station, or railroad telegraph
office^ or flag station, is closed for causes beyond the control of a
railroad company a full report of the causes requiring the closing of
the same shall be made to the Commission immediately after such
office is closed, and, unless the Commission, after investigation, gives
its consent to the permanent closing of the regular passenger or freight
dpot or station, railroad telegraph office, or flag station, then arrange-
ments to reopen the same must be made by the railroad company within
flfteen (15) days from the date such regular freight or passenger depot
or station, flag station, or railroad telegraph office is closed.
BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners:

SHELBY TAYLOR.

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest : A true copy :

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1785.



At a general session of the Railroad Commission of Louisiana, held
in its office in the Capitol, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 22,
1914, present, Shelby Taylor, Chairman, B. A. Bridges and John T.
Michel, Commissioners, it was

ORDERED, That the following rule be, and it is hereby, adopted:

RULE.
Wherever through trains, or through sleepers, are operated over
any railroad or railroads in the State of Louisiana, through tickets



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shall be sold from any agency station to any agency station through
which the through train or through sleeper stops.

When passenger trains are scheduled to make connections at Junc-
tion points with trains of other railroads, through tickets shall be
sold between points on the different railroads.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners:

SHELBY TAYLOR,

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest : A true copy:

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1786.
Patrons of Prairie Hayes Telephone Company

vs. No. 2199.

Prairie Hayes Telephone Company.

Improvement of Service.

In this case the Commission is asked to require the Prairie Hayes
Telephone Company to open its office on Sundays for the transaction
of the business of the public.

The case came on to be heard as per previous assignment, and was
accordingly taken up at a session of the Commission held in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, on September 22, 1914. A full investigation was made
by the Commission.

Defendant in his answer avers that at the existing rates it is not
possible to comply with the demands of petitioners and maintain the
company; that an additional expense incurred will cause its financial
failure and consequent abandonment.

It was shown at the hearing that the opening of the exchange at
Church Point for a few hours on Sundays will reasonably comply
with the prayer of petitioners, and will not cause additional expense
to the company.

The Commission believes that the public is entitled to adequate
and suitable service, and that telephone service on Sundays is a neces-
sity, and should be provided for by the defendant company.

It is, therefore,

ORDERED, That the Prairie Hayes Telephone Company be, and
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cause its office to be opened on Sundays from eight to ten a. m. and
from three to five p. m., as well as the usual hours on weekdays, for
the transaction of business of the public.
BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners:

^SHELBY TAYLOR.

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest: A true copy:

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1787.



The A. Moresi Company, Limited,

vs. No. 2209.

Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad & Steamship Company.

Spur Track on A. Moresi Company's Plantation.

The petition in this case, signed by the A. Moresi Company, Lim-
ited, was filed with the Commission on September 7, 1914. It alleges
that the crop of sugar cane now standing on the plantation of peti-
tioner and the plantations of neighboring farmers, will yield for market
between four and five thousand tons of cane; that all of said cane is
under contract with the Erath Sugar Company, of Erath, Louisiana,
and must be shipped in order that complainant and others may carry
out their contract with the said Erath factory for the year 1914, and
for future years. It further alleges that there will be produced this
year a large quantity of corn, some of which will be shipped from
complainant's plantation. It also alleges that it is not possible for
complainants to ship the products of their plantations on any other
railroad; and to ship over defendant's road by hauling to any other
spur track would entail great loss of time and enormous expense; that
in order to ship said crop to said Erath factory the said product must
be loaded on defendant's railroad, which has a branch from New Iberia
to Erath, and this branch road is the only railroad connected with tho
town of Erath and the Erath sugar factory.

Complainant avers that the spur prayed for is an absolute necessity,
and until the spur is installed, he is deprived of the railroad as a trans-
portation agent, and unless same is installed wouJd, theref-re, be
compelled to sell his crop at a loss, and also be compelled to abandon
a very profitable contract with the Erath sugar factory.

The A. Moresi Company, Limited, states that they are willing and
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carriers and shippers, and will pay what share of expense is fair and
just. At the hearing, the complainants guaranteed to ship at least two
thousand tons of cane during the coming (1914) season. The rate en
this cane to Erath is 55 cents per ton, and the carrier gets the entire
out-bound tonnage of the product. Other shipments will be made from
the spur.

A full and complete investfeation was made by the Commission.
The allegations in complainant's petition were proven, and reasonably
demand the installation of the spur. Railroad companies should fur-
nish ample and adequate facilities by the construction of side tracks
or spur tracks wherever reasonably necessary. The carrier unjustly
discriminates when it refuses to construct an industrial spur or side
track for one shipper under conditions similar to those which cause
it to build spurs for another shipper.

The plaintiffs in this case are entitled to relief, and it is, therefore,
ORDERED, That the Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad &
Steamship Company be, and it is hereby, commanded and required,
within fifteen (15) days from the date of this order, to construct a side
track or spur track on the plantation of the A. Moresi Company, Lim-
ited, between Culvert 112-E and Culvert 112-D, at a point east of the
Albania water tank, of sufficient length to properly and adequately ac-
commodate the loading and unloading of cars at that place, and that
the expenses incurred in the construction and maintenance of the said
spur shall be borne by the said A. Moresi Company, Limited, and the
said Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad & Steamship Company, ac-
cording to the terms of the usual spur track agreement.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners :

SHELBY TAYLOR.

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest : A true copy :

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



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Order No. 1788.

Texas & Pacific Railway Company, and

St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway Company,

ex parte. No. 2128.

In R0 Rate on Rails from New Orleans to Monroe and Shreve-
port, Louisiana.

This case was called as per previous assignment and consequently
was taken up by the Commission at a session held on September 23, 1914.

On July 1, 1914, the Commission Issued its Order No. 1757, and on
July 29, 1914, amended the said Order No. 1757 by the adoption of
Order No. 1758, establishing maximum rates on scrap iron, including
Iron and steel rails and fastenings, in carloads, straight or mixed, mini-
mum weight 30,000 pounds. The rates named in the order referrea
to are considered by the Commission to be reasonable, and will apply
in any direction.

For the reason that the adjustment of rates on rails made in
Order No. 1757, as amended by Order No. 1758, of July 29, 1914, is a
complete adjustment of the issues presented in this case, it is

ORDERED, That the petition in this case be, and it is hereby, dis-
missed, without prejudice.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners:

SHELBY TAYLOR,

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest : A true copy :

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1789.



Illinois Central Railroad Company,

ex parte. No- 2133.

Application for Increase in Rates on Manure, Carloads, from New
Orleans to Illinois Central Stations in Louisiana.

This application on the part of the Illinois Central Railroad Com-
pany for a readjustment of rate on stable manure, carloads, between
New Orleans and Illinois Central stations in Louisiana, came on to be
heard as per previous assignment, and was accordingly taken up by the
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The Commission made an investigation into the merits of the ap-
plication and found no good reason why the said . application should
not be granted.

The premises considered, it is, therefore,

ORDERED, That the Illinois Central Railroad Company be, and
it is hereby, authorized to publish rates on stable manure, carloads,
from New Orleans to Illinois Central stations in Louisiana as follows:

Rates in Dollars
To — Per Car.

Stations Luzon to La Brach, inclusive 10.00

Stations Ruddock to Ponchatoula, inclusive 12.00

Stations Hammond to Areola, inclusive 14.00

Stations Tangipahoa to Greenlaw, Inclusive 15.00

Maximum weight 40,000 pounds.
BY- ORDER OP THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners :

SHELBY TAYLOR.

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICH!EiL.
Attest : A true copy :

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1790.



The Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Company,

ex parte. No. 2134.

Application for Increase in Rates on Manure, Carloads, from New
Orleans to Y. & M. V. R. R. Stations.

Pursuant to notice given in this case, a hearing was held in the
Capitol, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Wednesday, September 23, 1914,
when a full inveaiigation was made by the Commission.

The Commission feels satisfied that the request of the Yazoo &
MiFsissippi Valley Railroad Company in this instance is not unreason-
able.

The premises considered, it is, therefore,

0RDF:RED, That the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Com-
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carloads, maximum weight 40,000 pounds, from New Orleans, Louisiana,
to points named, as follows: ,

Rates in Dollars
To— Per Car.

Stations Shrewsbury to Hermitage, inclusive lo.oo

Stations Montz to Convent, inclusive li'.OO

Stations Uncle Sam to St. Gabriel, inclusive 14.00

Stations Oakley to Baton Rouge, inclusive 15.00

BY ORDER OP THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners:

SHELBY TAYLOR,

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest: A true copy:

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1791.
Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad & Steamship Company,

ex parte. No. 2189.

Cancellation of Transit Privileges on Rice and Rice Products. .

Authority Is asked of the Commission by the Morgan's Louisiana &
Texas Railroad & Steamship Company, the Louisiana Western Railroad
Company, Iberia & Vermilion Railroad Company, New Orleans, Texas &
Mexico Railroad Company, and J. D. O'Keefe, Receiver thereof, the
Texas & Pacific Railway Company, New Iberia & Northern Railroad
Company, Opelousas, Gulf & Northeastern Railroad Company, to cancel
tariffs and provisions in JtarifCs providing transit privileges on rice and
rice products shipped from points on their respective lined in tiie State
of Louisiana to New Orleans, Louisiana, issued In accordance with the
voluntary applications of these carriers under various authority num-
bers ol this Commission.

After a full investigation and hearing, the Commission finds no
serious objection to the cancellation of the transit privileges on rice
and rice products, and the request of the carriers appears to be fair
and reasonable.

It is, therefore,

ORDERED, Ihat the application of the Morgan's Louisiana & Texju*
Railroad & Steamship Company, Louisiana Western Railroad Company,
the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, Opelousas, Gulf & Nortneasteru
Railroad Company, New Orleans, Texas & Mexico Railroad Company,
and J. D. O'Keefe, Receiver, New Iberia & Northern Railroad Company



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and the Iberia & Vermilion Railroad Company, for authority to cancel
tariffs and provisions in tariffs allowing transit privileges on rice and
rice products from points on their respective lines in Louisiana to Nesv
Orleans, Louisiana, be, and the same is hereby, granted^ and all rates
rules, regulations, orders or authorities in conflict herewith are hereoj
cancelled.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
CommiBsionera :

SHELBY TAYLOR,

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHEL.
Attest : A true copy :

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1792.



Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

vs. No. 2180.

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Company,
Texas & Pacific Railway Company, and
New Orleans, Texas & Mexico Railroad Company, and

J. D. O'Keefe, Receiver thereof.

In Re Rates on Cotton from, to and Through Alexandria, Louisiana.

This case was heard by the Commission at Alexandria, Louisiana^
on July 27, 1914, after due notice had been served on all mterested
parties.

The complainants, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and de-
fendant companies were duly represented at the hearing.

After a full investigation by the Commission, at the request of all
parties it was decided to hold the decision of the Commission in abey-
ance until the defendants could be authorized to publish a rate satis-
factory to all parties and which had been agreed upon at the hearing.
It was agreed to by all present that the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
Railway Company would make application to the Commisison for
authority to publish a rate of $1.80 per bale on cotton from Alexandria
to New Orleans with carrier's privilege of compression and carrier
assuming cost of compression, the rate to apply on cotton concentrated
at Alexandria, originating at points in Louisiana on the line of the
Chicago. Rock Island & Pacific Railway.

The application for the authority not having been made in accord-
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ORDERED, That the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway
Company, the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, and the Ne?v Orleans,
Texas & Mexico Railroad Cpmpany, J. D. O'Keefe, Receiver thereof, be,
and they are hereby, commanded and required to cease and desist from
charging a higher rate than $1.80 per bale on cotton, from Alexandria.
Louisiana, to New Orleans, Louisiana, with carrier's privilege of com-
pression and carrier assuming cost of compression, the said rate to
apply on cotton concentrated at Alexandria and originating at points
in Louisiana on the line of the Chicago,. Rock Island & Pacific Railway.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 23, 1914.
Commissioners :

SHELBY TAYLOR,

Chairman.
(Seal.) B. A. BRIDGES.

JOHN T. MICHBL.
Attest : A true copy :

HENRY JASTREMSKI,
Secretary.



Order No. 1793.



Louisiana Railway & Navigation Company,

ex parte. No. 1939.

Application for Readjustment of Ri|,tes on Cotton Seed Between
Points on Its Line in Louisiana.

This is an application on the part of the Louisiana Railway &
Navigation Company for readjustment of carload rates on cotton seed
between points on this road in Louisiana.

After due notice, a hearing was held and a full investigation made
by the Commission.

A careful consideration of all the evidence before the Commission
in this case leads to the conclusion that a moderate advance in the
rates under consideration should be allowed.

The premises considered, it is, therefore,

ORDERED, That the following rates be, and they are hereby, fixed
and established to apply on cotton seed, carloads, minimum weight
30,000 pounds, between stations on the Louisiana Railway & Navigation
Company:



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Rates in Cents
Distances — Per 100 Pounds.

10 miles and under 5

20 miles and over 10 miles 7%

30 miles and over 20 miles 8%

40 miles and over 30 miles 9V4

50 miles and over 40 miles .' . 10

60 miles and over 50 miles 10%

70 miles and over 60 miles 11

80 miles and over 70 miles 11%

90 miles and over 80 miles 12

100 miles and over 90 miles 12%



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