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No. 701. Arbitrary distribution of cars on siding at elevator in New Kensington and unreasonable demurrage charge. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 702. Unreasonable and unjust rates on wheat, rye, and other grain from Cannon Falls, Minn., to Chicago, Ill., as compared with rates from Minneapolis to Chicago. Sections 1 and 3.

No. 703. Investigation by the Commission in the matter of alleged unlawful rates charged by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company for the transportation of coal shipped from West Virginia mines to New Haven, Conn., and other points in New England.

No. 704. Unreasonable and prejudicial rates on smoked fish from Seattle, Wash., to Ogden, Utah, as compared with rates from Seattle to Missouri River common points. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 705. Prejudicial and unreasonable rates on lumber from Dalton, Ga., to Cincinnati, Ohio, and other points as compared with rates from Chattanooga, Tenn. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 706. Unreasonable and unjust rates on wheat as compared with rates on flour from St. Louis, Mo., to Arkadelphia, Ark. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 707. Unreasonable and unjust advance in rates on yellow pine lumber from points in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, to points in the Western, Northern, and Eastern States. Sections 1 and 3.

No. 708. Unreasonable charge at Cairo, Ill., and Evansville, Ind., for reconsignments of hay to points in the south and southeast. Sections 1 and 3.

No. 709. Unreasonable and unjust parlor car fare from New York, N. Y., or Boston, Mass., to any intermediate point, as compared with the rate from such intermediate point to New York or Boston. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 710. Prejudicial and unreasonable rates on lump and slack coal from McAlester, Ind. T., to Denison, Tex., as compared with rate from Dallas, Tex. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 711. Unreasonable and unjust freight rates from St. Louis, Mo., and other points to Thibodaux and other Bayou Lafourche points, as compared with rates to New Orleans, Donaldsonville, and Plaquemine, La. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 712. Greater rates on lumber from Dalton, Ga., for the shorter distance to Wytheville, Pulaski, East Radford, and Christiansburg, Va., than for the longer distance to Roanoke and Lynchburg. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4.

No. 713. Unjust classification of hair and wool refuse in the fifth class of official classification. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, and

No. 714. Discrimination against Harrisburg millers in milling-in-transit privileges on wheat, corn, rye, oats, and barley shipped from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois points to New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 715. Unreasonable and unjust freight rates from Chicago, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., and New Orleans, La., to Griffin, Ga., as compared with rates to Macon, Dawson, Albany, and Americus, Ga. Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4.

No. 716. Discrimination in favor of shippers owning grain elevators in matter of supplying cars at Lebanon, Nebr. Reparation claimed. Sections 2 and 3.

No. 717. Unreasonable and prejudicial rates on anthracite coal in carloads from points in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania to New York City, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, and other eastern points. Sections 1, 2, 3, and 5.

No. 718. Unreasonable and unjust charge on two shipments of potatoes from Good Thunder, Minn., to Washington, D. C., and Mankato, Minn., to Scranton, Pa. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, and 4.

No. 719. Investigation by the Commission in the matter of rates, facilities, and practices applied in the transportation and handling of grain carried from points in Kansas to points in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and other States of the United States.

No. 720. Investigation by the Commission in the matter of the transportation of salt from Hutchinson, Kans.

No. 721. Unreasonable and unjust rates on coal from Thacker and the Thacker district, West Virginia, to Hillsboro, Ohio, as compared with the rates to Cincinnati, Ohio. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 722. Prejudicial and unreasonable rates on cotton piece goods in carloads and less than carloads from Boston and Boston points to Denver, as compared with rates from such points to San Francisco, Cal., and Portland, Oreg. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4.

No. 723. Discrimination against Denver in favor of East St. Louis and Chicago, Ill., Kansas City, Mo., and San Francisco, Cal., in rates on cotton piece goods, duck, denims, drills, and sheetings. Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4.

No. 724. Unjust and unreasonable rates on less than carload shipments of horses from Bayou Sara, La., to St. Louis, Mo., computed on estimated weights. Sections 1 and 3.

No. 725. Unreasonable and prejudicial rates on cowpeas from Darlington, Florence, Sumter, and Bennettsville, S. C., to New Orleans, La., as compared with rates on other kinds of fertilizers. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 726. Unreasonable and prejudicial rates on live stock in carload lots from Fort Worth, Tex., to New Orleans, La. Reparation claimed. Sections 1, 2, and 3.

No. 727. Investigation by the Commission in the matter of the publication and filing of tariffs on export and import traffic.

The 462 cases handled informally by the Commission can not, on account of the great number, be referred to specifically in the text of this report. The cases of this description presented to the Commission during the present year exceeded the number submitted last year by 112. They embrace almost every grievance that can ordinarily arise in the relations of shipper and carrier. In these 462 cases it was found in 36 that the Commission did not have jurisdiction; in 128 complainants were advised that further proceedings could be had only upon formal complaints, and a large number of such complaints were thereupon filed; 115 are still being investigated, and in 183 the return of overcharges, revision of rates, provision of facilities, or other relief appropriate to the cases was secured. Detailed statements of the formal and informal proceedings brought before the Commission during the year will be found in Appendix C.

HEARINGS AND INVESTIGATIONS.

Hearings and investigations of alleged violations of the act to regulate commerce have been had at general sessions of the Commission at its office in Washington, D. C., and at special sessions held in New York, N. Y.; Chicago and Danville, Ill.; Boston, Mass.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Charlotte, N. C.; Los Angeles, Cal.; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Cumberland, Md.; Pittsburg, Pa.; Duluth, Minn.; Fort Worth, Tex.; Norfolk and Danville, Va.; Atlanta, Ga.; Hutchinson, Kans., and New Orleans, La.

The formal proceedings so heard and investigated involved the following matters:

Investigation in the matter of proposed advances in freight rates. Investigation in the matter of import rates. Investigation in the matter of transportation of dressed poultry in refrigerator cars by the Wabash Railroad Company. Rates from Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, to Charlotte, N. C. Rates from Chicago, East St. Louis, Ill., St. Louis, and other points, to Charlotte, N. C. Pooling of freights by Southern railways.

Classification of pamphlets, almanacs, circulars, and other printed advertising matter. Rates on live stock in carloads from points in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to Chicago, Ill.

Rates on live stock in car loads from Kearney, Mo., to Chicago, Ill. Classification of blacking daubers. Overcharge in passenger fare from Washington, D.C., to Moseley, Va. Rates on grain and grain products from Wichita, Kans., to Galveston, Tex., and New Orleans, La. Rates on coal in carloads from Minden, Mo., McAlester, Ind. T., and Russellville, Ark., to Wichita, Kans. Rates on sugar from Rocky Ford and Sugar City, Colo., to Wichita, Kans. Rates on lumber in carloads from Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana points to Wichita, Kans. Relative rates on flour and wheat from Wichita and other points in Kansas to points in Texas. Delay in carload shipment of hay from Columbus, Ohio, to Washington, D. C., by reason of embargo on such freight. Investigation in the matter of the transportation of salt from points in Michigan to Missouri River points and intermediate localities. Rates on oranges, lemons, and other fruits and vegetables from southern California to Eastern markets; refrigerator cars; pooling. Rates on anthracite coal in carloads from anthracite coal regions of Pennsylvania to New York, Boston, Washington, and other Eastern points. Rates on hay from Johnstown, Alexandria, Granville, Pleasantville, and Baltimore, Ohio, to Wilmington, N. C. Failure to allow carload rates on combined shipments to one consignee. Failure to furnish cars at New Holland, Ohio, for shipment of grain; facilities for unloading coal. Failure to furnish cars at Bainbridge, Ohio, for shipment of crossties; rate schedules not posted. Failure to furnish cars at Myersdale and Keystone Junction, Pa., for shipment of coal; additional charge where coal is loaded from wagons. Failure to furnish cars at Irwin, Johnstown, Jeannette, and Marchand, Pa., for shipment of coal. Rates on shingles from Duluth, Minn., to Chicago, Ill. Rates on flour from Aurora, Mo., to Marked Tree, Ark.; rate schedules not posted. Tapline division of rates on lumber. Investigation in the matter of allowances to elevators by the Union Pacific Railroad Company. Investigation in the matter of alleged unlawful rates charged by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company for transportation of coal shipped from West Virginia mines to New Haven, Conn., and other points in New England. Investigation in the matter of rates, facilities, and practices applied in the transportation, handling, and storage of grain carried from points in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Indian Territories to points in Texas. Failure to allow carload rates on combined shipments to one consignee. Rates on coal from mines to Baltimore, Md., when reshipped by boat to Norfolk, Va.; allowances for barging and discharging. Rates on bananas from Charleston, S.C., to Danville, Va. Early closing of freight station at Cincinnati, Ohio. Parlor-car fare from New York, N. Y., or Boston, Mass., to intermediate points. Rates on lumber from points in Georgia to Chattanooga, Tenn., and Ohio River points. Rates on fruit from points in Michigan to Chicago, Ill. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Chicago & Northwestern Railway. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Chicago Great Western Railway. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railway. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Illinois Central Railroad. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Wabash Railroad. Investigation in the matter of rates on grain and grain products over the Chicago & Alton Railway. Investigation in the matter of class and commodity rates from St. Louis to Texas common points in force over the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway. Investigation in the matter of class and commodity rates from St. Louis to Texas common points in force over the St. Louis Southwestern Railway. Investigation in the matter of class and commodity rates from St. Louis to Texas common points in force over the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway. Investigation in the matter of class and commodity rates from St. Louis to Texas common points in force over the Missouri Pacific and other railways. Excessive minimum carload weight causing damage to shipment of peaches; rates on peaches and plums from points in Georgia to Eastern cities. Investigation in matter of the transportation of salt from Hutchinson, Kans. Advance in rates on yellow pine lumber from points in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana to points in the Western, Northern, and Eastern States.

Applications filed by numerous carriers for extension of time to comply with the provisions of the safety-appliance act of March 2, 1893, as amended March 2, 1903, have also been heard and considered.

CASES SETTLED AND DISCONTINUED. The following cases have been settled through concession of relief by the carriers or agreement of the parties:

A case originating at Knoxville, Tenn., in which it is alleged that discrimination is shown in the matter of supplying cars for shipment of coal from Jellico mines, in Kentucky, to Knoxville, Tenn., was dismissed on motion of complainant because the operator who had agreed to supply coal to complainant had sold his entire output.

Another case, arising at Philadelphia, Pa., alleging that the rate on lumber from Emporium, Pa., to Charlton, Md., is higher than the combination of the locals to and from Hagerstown, an intermediate point, was settled by the carrier allowing the application of the combination of local rates.

A case involving rates on coal from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Trenton, Ga., was also settled by the carrier reducing the rate to the satisfaction of the complainant.

A case originating at Bridgeport, Conn., involving an excessive charge on carload shipment of crated peaches from Benton Harbor, Mich., to Bridgeport, Conn., has been settled by payment of the reparation claimed.

A case originating at Washington, D. C., involving the right of a minister of the religious denomination of Spiritualists to reduced rates granted ministers of religion was dismissed on stipulation of counsel, after having been heard at Washington, D. C. It was agreed that complainant was entitled to the permit usually issued to ministers of religion.

Another case, originating at Chicago, similar in every respect to the one just mentioned, was likewise dismissed upon the usual permit being issued to complainant.

A case involving rates on freight from Buffalo to Chicago was settled by the carriers reducing the rate to the satisfaction of complainant.

A case arising at Nashville, Tenn., involving rates from Clarksville, Tenn., to Guthrie, Ky., was dismissed because relief was conceded by the defendant.

Another case, originating at Boston, Mass., involving classification of marble and granite blocks, slabs, tombstones and monuments in less than carload lots, was dismissed upon reclassification of the commodities to the satisfaction of the complainants.

A case originating at Kansas City, Mo., involving rates on grain from points in Kansas to Eastern and Southern markets, has been dismissed, the rates complained of having been readjusted by the carriers.

A case originating at Wichita, Kans., involving class and commodity rates from Dayton, Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburg to Wichita, Kans., was settled by the carrier reducing the rates to the satisfaction of the complainants.

Another case, involving rates on bananas from Charleston, S. C., to Greensboro, N. C., was likewise settled by the carriers reducing the rate to the satisfaction of the complainant.

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