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THE NORTH CAROLINA
YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1903.
COMPILATIONS FROM RAILROAD RETURNS FOR YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1903.
RALEIGH, N. C.:
NORTH CAROLINA CORPORATION COMMISSION.
SAM. L. ROGERS,
HENRY C. Brown, Clerk.
J. R. Loxg, Assistant Clerk.
hiss E. G. RIDDICK, Stenographer.
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
OFFICE OF THE NORTH CAROLINA CORPORATION COMMISSION,
RALEIGH, N. C., December 31, 1903.
GOVERNOR CHARLES B. AYCOCK,
Raleigh, N. C. Sir:—We hand you herewith our report for the year 1903, being the fifth annual report of the North Carolina Corporation Commission,
During the fiscal year ending June 30, 1903, 68.93 miles of railroad were constructed and put in operation in the State, and there was a total at the end of that year of 3,750.88 miles of railroad in operation. The net earnings of railroads within the State were greater for the last fiscal year than they had ever been. Gross earnings amounted to $18,610,815.39, operating expenses $12,136,977.52. The number of employees of railroads within the State for the year was 14,652, against 11,401 for the previous vear. We regret to say that there was considerable increase in casualties also. These reports show that 121 were killed and 1,657 were injured, against the report for the previous year of 87 killed and 1,068 injured. Of the killed, these reports show that 5 were passengers, 43 were employees, and 61 were trespassers and 12 not trespassers. Of the injured, 176 were passengers, 571 were employees, and 131 were trespassers and 32 not trespassers. The total number of passengers carried during the year was 4,442,794.
WORK OF THE COMMISSION.
There were 389 complaints made to the Commission during the year 1903 against the railroad companies. The greater part of these were settled by correspondence satisfactorily to all parties. In some of the cases hearings were had and orders made. These orders were