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11. Wheat, flaxseed, broom corn seed, hemp seed, millet need, popcorn, castor beans, Hun-
garian seed, buckwheat, buckwheat flour, potato flour, wheat ilour, prepared flour and all uncooked
grain or cereal products manufactured from wheat and all articles taking wheat rates as shown
in Western Trunk Lines Rules cir. 1-J.

12. Corn, oats, rye, barley, alfalfa feed r alfalfa meal, bran, brewers' grits, brewers' meal,
brewers' refuse (dry), chopped feed other than wheat chops, corn flour, corn meal, cotton seed
cake, cotton seed hulls, cotton seed meal, gluten feed, gluten meal, grain screenings, hominy feed,
kaffir earn, linseed cake, linseed meal, midlings, shorts, sorghum seed, spelts, wild mustard seed,
oat groats, rolled oats, oat dust, oat hulls, oatmeal, rolled rye, rye flour, malt, pearl barley and all
uncooked grain or cereal products manufactured from corn, oats or rye and all articles taking corn
rates as shown in Western Trunk Lines Cir. 1-J.

25. Lumber. For articles taking Lumber rates or arbitraries above see Western Trunk
Lines Rules Cir. 1-J.

29. Stull Timber, Lagging, Cribbing and Mine Supports classified as follows: Forest products
cut in not over 20 ft. lengths, not hewn or sawed save transversely — -suitable for timbering under-
ground excavations in mines — excludes piling, ties, dimension timbers, trestle timbers, peeled
posts, fence posts, telephone or telegraph poles, and all other commodities specifically classified
or rated. Actual weight to govern on shipments of saw logs. Any road desiring to use estimated
weights must submit to the Commission any rule it is proposed to use.

31. Applies also on articles taking brick rates as per W. T. L. Rules Circular 1-J, and on
creosoted paving blocks, but does not apply on glazed, enamelled or bath brick. Stone rates do
not apply on stone, lettered, figured or polished, nor on marble.

Special commodity rates on Harness and Saddlery, Stoves, Fresh Moat and Packing House
Products, and the car load rates into distributing centers, will remain in effect pending further ac-
tion by the Commission.

SPECIAL RULES.

When rates for exact distance are not shown, the rates for the next greater distance as
shown on Tariff shall govern.

Governed by Western Classification No. 52, amendments or subsequent issues, and by ex-
ceptions and changes made by the Railroad- and Warehouse Commission of Minnesota,- ss named
in Western Trunk Line Rules Circulars 1-J and 7-B, amendments thereto or subsequent issues,
and by individual rules of the carriers.

When preparing a Schedule of Merchandise rates fractions of a mill 1 to 5, to be dropped, 6
to 9 to be called 1.



All class "A" roads published the rates prescribed by this order
and exhibit, effective January 1, 1914. Since the publication of the
rates, changes have been made under the authority of the Commis-
sion in order to relieve some of the industries adversely affected by
the publication of absolute distance rates, and in one instance the
order of the Commission has been appealed to the district court.

CLASS "B" AND "C" ROADS.

The rates prescribed for class "A" roads were used as a basis
for determining the rates to be charged by class "B" and "C"
roads, and for the purpose of developing all -possible information
that could be utilized in determining the correct percentage relation
which the class "B" and "C" rates should bear to class "A" rates,
the following order for a hearing in the matter was issued by the
Commission on December 10, 1913 :



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(Order.)
BEFORE THE RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMISSION OF THE

STATE OF MINNESOTA.
In the matter of maximum class and commodity rates made pursuant to the

provisions of chapter 90 of the General Laws of 1913, known as the

"Distance Tariff Law."

Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad Company, (Illinois Central Railroad)

Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railway Company,

Duluth & Northeastern Railway Company,

Minneapolis & Rainy River Railway Company,

Minneapolis, Red Lake & Manitoba Railway Company,

Minnesota, Dakota & Western Railway Company,

Mississippi, Hill City & Western Railway Company,

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester & Dufbuque Electric Traction Company.

Minneapolis & Northern Railway Company

You, and each of you, are hereby required to he and appear before
the Railroad and Warehouse Commission at its office in the state capitol
in the city of St. Paul, county of Ramsey, state of Minnesota, on Monday,
December 22, 1913, at ten o'clock a. m., to show cause, if any there (be,
why the maximum class and commodity rates, or any or all of the same,
which are to govern upon intrastate shipments within the state of Minne-
sota, and as shown upon the annexed table, marked exhibit "A, w and made
a part of this order, are not reasonable.

The rates herein set forth have been made by the Commission pursu-
ant to the provisions of chapter 90 of the General Laws of 1913, known as
the "Distance Tariff Law," and have been adopted by this Commission as
applicable to class "A" railroads.

, By order of the Commission,

(Seal.) A. C. CLAUSEN,

Secretary.
Dated at St. Paul, Minn., December 10, A. D. 1913.

Pursuant to the above order the hearing came on at ten o'clock
a. m., December 22, 1913, before Commissioners C. F. Staples and
C. E. Elmquist. Representatives of all the class "B" and "C"
roads appeared, also a number of shippers of forest products, which
constitute a very large percentage of the traffic moving over the said
class roads.

Testimony was taken by Miss J. C. Smith, reporter, and the
following witnesses were present and testified : W. E. Brown. John
Millen and H. Oldenburg, for Duluth & Northeastern Railroad;
E. C. Watson, attorney, and P. B. Smith, superintendent, for Minne-
sota, Dakota & Western Railway, W. W. Manker, for Mississippi,
Hill City & Western Railway, A. L. Molander, general manager,
Minneapolis. Red Lake & Manitoba Railway, J. S. Brown, general
freight agent, Illinois Central Railroad.

Representatives of the Minneapolis & Rainy River Railway Com-
pany were unable to be present and requested that some later date
be set for the hearing in its case. An adjournment was taken at
four p. m. until ten a. m. of December 23rd, at which time the Minne-
apolis & Rainy Railway Company would be heard on the question
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The adjourned hearing came on pursuant to notice. The fol-
lowing representatives of the Minneapolis & Rainy River Railway
Company and shippers Avere present and offered testimony: G. W.
Martin and A. Pelham, for the shippers ; F. A. Bill, general manager
for the railway company.

It was understood and stated that whatever conclusion and
decision were arrived at in the present inquiry would be applicable
as an adjustment of the question brought by the Minneapolis &
Rainy River Railway Company for increase in rates.

• It was found before any reasonable order could be made by the
Commission it would be necessary to go over the accounts of each
of the class "B" and "C M roads in order to determine what per-
centage of increase over the rates prescribed for class "A" roads
each of the class "B M and "C" roads should be entitled to charge in
order to insure a reasonable amount of revenue. The percentages
shown in the various orders were arrived at only at the expenditure
of a large amount of labor and time, and owing to the lack of any
positive knowledge and information as to the effect of the applica-
tion of the rates prescribed, the companies were urged to keep a cor-
rect account of the revenue derived from the new rates as compared
with their former income, in order to afford the Commission re-
liable information in the event that changes are found necessary.

Orders were made for each of the several roads, a copy of the
findings and order of the Commission in each case being presented
herewith :

(Orders.)
BEFORE THE RAILROAD AND WAREHOUSE COMMISSION OF THE

STATE OF MINNESOTA.
In the matter of maximum class and commodity rates made pursuant to

the provisions of chapter 90 of the General Laws of 1913, known as the

"Distance Tariff Law."
To the Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad Company. (Illinois Central).

In the above entitled matter the Commission having duly heard and con-
sidered the evidence and argument finds:

1. That the above entitled railway company is a corporation operating
a railway through various part? of the state of Minnesota, and carries
freight and passengers for hire.

2. That during the preceding year the Dubuque & Sioux City Railroatl
Company earned gross annual earnings of less than three thousand dollars
per mile, and is, therefore, classified as a class "C" railway company.

3. That the classification of freight to be applied to intrastate business,
except as to commodities named in the attached schedule, shall be Western
Classification No. 52, and amendments or subsequent issues, and such ex-
ceptions and changes as have been made by this Commission, the same
being published in Western Trunk Line Committee Rules Circulars Nos. 1-J
and 7-B and amendments thereto or subsequent issues, and by individual
rules of the carriers.

4. That upon the tenth day of December, 1913, the Commission made
and issued a schedule of reasonable maximum rates on classes 1. 2, 3, 4, 5,
"A," "B," "C," "D," and "E" and commodity rates on classes numbered



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from 11 to 36 inclusive, as shown by exhibit "A" attached hereto and made
a part of this order, and provided that the same be regarded as reasonable
maximum distance rates for all distances from one to four hundred miles
inclusive, on the line of each class "A" railroad.

5. That the Illinois Central Railroad Company has a total mileage of
773 miles, of which 30.18 miles are in the state of Minnesota; that the line
Is situate in a well settled and competitive territory and that no good reason
has been presented to show that this road should be granted rates in excess
of those fixed for class "A" railroads; that the rates fixed as maximum
rates to apply to class "A" railroads, as shown in exhibit "A" are reason-



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