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Canton-Massillon Electric Ry. Co., Canton, Ohio.
Metropolitan Railway Co., Washington, D. C.
Citizens' Electric St. Ry. Co., Mansfeld, 0.
Columbia Electric Street Ry. Co., Columbia, S. C.
Atlanta Traction Co., Atlanta, Ga.
Miami Valley Ry. Co., Piqua, Ohio.

13 17 MEMBERSHIP, OCTOBER 15, 1896..

160 At the heginning of the year we found the Association about $6,000.00 in debt. Through the generosity of the members in subscribing to cancel this, and with rigid economy in the administration of the affairs of the Association during the past year, we are now virtually out of debt (a few small disputed bills remaining unpaid), and have the sum of $1,765.! 4.to turn over to our successors.

In this connection we take pleasure in calling the attention of the members of the Association to the efficient and economical administration of the Secretary's office during the year.

The Committee is pleased to announce that, with the amount received from the exhibit at St. Louis and the annual dues for the year 1896-7, the incoming Executive Committee will have at its disposal about $6,500.00, after paying all expenses at St. Louis. It is believed that with this amount it will be possible, without any amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws, for the Executive Committee to enlarge the scope of the work of the Association; and it is contemplated that a monthly bulletin shall be issued, containing information of value to the members.

We have to thank the Local Committee at St. Louis for their hard work in relieving us of all local matters, and their splendid efforts in furnishing the Association with a place of meeting and hall for exhibits, and in arranging an elaborate programme for our entertainment during the meeting in their city. Respectfully submitted,

H. M. LITTELL.
ROBT. MCCULLOCH.
A. MARKLE.
W. F. KELLY.

J. WILLARD MORGAN, Mr. Hamilton, St. Louis: I move that the report of the Executive Committee be received, approved and spread upon the minutes, and that the recommendations therein contained be concurred in; that this Association hereby expresses its appreciation of the able manner in which the affairs of the Association have been conducted during the past year, and its thanks are hereby extended to its officers for their very efficient services in its behalf. Carried.

The President: The report of the Secretary and Treasurer is the next business.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY AND TREASURER.

Mr. Penington read the report as follows: To THE AMERICAN STREET RAILWAY ASSOCIATION,

Gentlemen :-Your Secretary and Treasurer respectfully submits the following report:

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DUES UNCOLLECTED.

York Street Railway Co., York, Pa........
Eckington & Soldiers' Home Ry. Co., Washington
*Toledo Electric Street Ry. Co., Toledo, O..
Duquesne Traction Co., Pittsburgh, Pa....
Lackawanna Valley Ry. T. Co., Carbondale, Pa...
City Electric Ry. Co., Port Huron, Mich...
Allegheny Traction Co., Pittsburgh, Pa...
Quincy & Boston St. Ry. Co., Quincy, Mass.
Dubuque St. Ry. Co., Dubuque, Ia..

$25
25
25
25
25
25
25
25
25

$ 225 00

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MONTREAL EXHIBIT-AMOUNTS DUE FOR SPACE WHICH CANNOT

BE COLLECTED.

James Steel ...
Morris, McCurdy & Smith
St. Lawrence Machine Co...
A. W. Glasyone

$15 00

7 50 15 00 7 50

845 00

In addition to the amount subscribed at Montreal the following members have paid, viz.: Metropolitan St. Ry. Co., Kansas City, Mo... $175 00 Ft. Wayne & Belle Isle Ry. Co., Detroit, Mich.... 25 00 Lowell, Lawrence & Haverhill St. Ry. Co., Lawrence, Mass..

25 00

*Paid since report was made up.

Dry Dock, East Broadway & B. R. R. Co., New York 25 00
Waterbury Traction Co., Waterbury, Conn...

25 00 Vincennes Citizens' Ry. Co., Vincennes, Ind..

10 00

$285 00

The Secretary desires to thank the Street Railway and Electrical Press for their courtesy in publishing all notices sent out by him and furnishing the Secretary's office with copies of their journals for the year.

T. C. PENINGTON,

Secretary and Treasurer.

Mr. Seely, Lock Haven: I move that the report of the Secretary and Trea-urer be received and filed, and spread upon the minutes. Carried.

The President: There are some letters here from gentlemen who are not able to be present.

LETTERS OF REGRET FROM MEMBERS.

The Secretary read the following letters:

METROPOLITAN TRACTION COMPANY,

New York, October 16, 1896. H. M. LITTELL, ESQ.,

PRESIDENT, AMERICAN STREET RAILWAY ASSOCIATION, Dear Sir:- I regret very much to advise you that owing to important meetings of this company to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 20th, it will be impossible for me to attend the Convention in St. Louis.

Owing to circumstances beyond my control, it has been impossible for me to attend any of the Conventions of the Association that have taken place during my connection with street railway interests, and I have anticipated with much pleasure the possibility of doing so this Fall; and I take this means of explaining my position through you to many members of the Association whom I have advised that I would be present.

I beg to assure the officers and members of the Association of my appreciation of the value of the Association and its work in the interest of the street railways of the United States.

Yours truly,
H. H. VREELAND,

President.

New ORLEANS CITY AND LAKE R. R. Co.,?

NEW ORLEANS, La., October 17, 1896. MR. T. C. PENINGTON,

SECRETARY, AMERICAN STREET RAILWAY ASSOCIATION, Dear Sir :- I beg to say, with much regret, that, owing to business conditions, I will be unable to attend the Street Railway Convention and read the paper which I have prepared.

Wishing every success for the pleasure and interest of the members, I remain,

Yours very truly,

BENJ. WILLARD. WORCESTER CONSOLIDATED ST. Ry. Co., I

WORCESTER, Mass., October 17, 1896. Thos. C. PENINGTON, Esq.,

SecRETARY, AMERICAN STREET RAILWAY AssociaTION, My Dear Sir :-I regret that I am unable to attend the Convention, as we have work to do that requires my presence at home. I sent a copy of the paper I prepared on the subject of “Trucks ” to you some time ago, and presume you can have the same read, if you deem it worthy of such consideration. Thanking you in advance for any courtesy you may extend me in the matter, I remain,

Respectfully yours,

JOHN N. AKARMAN.

The President: The first paper on our list is that by Mr. M. K. Bowen, Superintendent, Chicago City Railway Company, on “Tracks and Track Joints, -Construction, Maintenance and Bonding."

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON "TRACKS AND TRACK JOINTS

-- CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE AND BONDING." Mr. Bowen read the report, as follows:

1.

To The AMERICAN STREET RAILWAY AssociatION,

Gentlemen :-After signing a contract to tell my associates in business how to construct and maintain a street railway track, I began to cast around for data bearing upon the subject, and found that the life of a rail was measured by the wearing out of the head, and less than twelve per cent. was worn away before we sold the old rail for scrap; hence the deduction, that the point of contact between the wheel and the rail, in other words, the bearing and wearing part of the track, was the most important consideration. I asked a wheel manufacturer why wheels of street railroad cars were made conical or bevel-shape instead of Aat. His answer was “To draw out of the mold, of course.” Not being satisfied,

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