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No. 62. C. O. D. SHIPMENTS.
If C. O. D. express shipments are refused or cannot be delivered within twenty-four (24) hours after arrival at destination, the shipper must be so notified immediately. If such shipments are not disposed of within thirty (30) days they may be returned, subject to charges both ways. In the case of perishable property, the consignor must be notified within six (6) hours after refusal of consignee to receive such perishable shipments or failure of the express company to effect delivery.
As to closing Express Agencies, refer to Rule 15.
No. 63. ACCIDENTS.
All express companies in South Carolina are required to comply with Section 3228 of the General Statutes of South Carolina, “Accidents, Notice to be Given," and Rule No. 14 of the Railroad Commission, “Accidents."
Rules and Regulations as to Telegraph Service
No. 61. TELEGRAPH RATES.
No telegraph company shall charge or collect more than twentyfive (25c.) cents for any message of ten words or less, exclusive of date, address and signature, between any two points within the limits of this State, on its lines, nor more than two cents for each additional word on a day message, and no more than one cent for each additional word on a night message.
No independent telegraph office where messages are received and transmitted for the public shall be discontinued or abolished without first obtaining the consent of this Commission, upon an application duly filed by the said company desiring such discontinuance, wherein shall be stated the reason therefor; it being understood that this refers to the main offices, and does not include branches of the main offices at any place. Such branches may be opened or closed as the exigencies of business may require.
Whenever a message is sent over two or more telegraph lines owned, controlled and operated by separate and distinct corporations or individuals, the joint rate shall not exceed the sum of forty (40c.) cents for such message, of ten body words or less, exclusive of date, address and signature, between any two points within the limits of this State, nor more than three (3c.) cents for each additional word.
No telegraph company shall make any charge or collect any amount for delivering messages in towns or cities whose corporate limits do not exceed one and one-fourth (1 1-4) miles, and all messages shall be delivered in a radius of one and one-quarter (1 1-4) miles from the center of the town or city free of charge in towns and cities whose radius exceeds one and one-quarter (1 1-4) miles.
No. 65. ANNUAL REPORTS REQUIRED. On or before March 1st of each year the telegraph companies shall make to the Railroad Commission an annual report of their operations in the State of South Carolina, including receipts and expenses, for the year ending December 31st, preceding.
No. 66. GENERAL RULE.
All Rules and Regulations herein prescribed for the government of railroads are to be regarded as applying with equal force and effect to telegraph companies doing business in this State: Provided, Such application is practicable, and not inconsistent with the laws of this State or of the United States, and not in conflict with the Rules and Regulations of the Commission herein distinctively prescribed for the government of telegraph companies.
No. 67. ACCIDENTS.
All telegraph companies in South Carolina are required to comply with Section 3228 of the General Statutes of South Carolina, "Accidents, Notice to be Given," and Rule No. 14 of the Railroad Commission, "Accidents."
Rules and Regulations as to Telephone Companies
No. 68. ANNUAL REPORTS REQUIRED. On or before the first day of March of each year, all telephone companies shall make to the Railroad Commission an annual report of their operations in the State of South Carolina, including rates and expenses for twelve (12) months ending December 31st preceding. Said report to be made on blanks as furnished by said Railroad Commission, and a separate report shall be made for each exchange where one company operates one or more exchanges.
No. 69. MANNER OF HANDLING COMPLAINTS.
All complaints made by firms, corporations or individuals as to any telephone company doing business in this State, shall be addressed to the Railroad Commission in writing, setting forth in detail, as near as possible, the condition complained of, and the remedy desired. When any such communication is received, the Secretary of the Commission shall send a copy of said communication to the telephone company complained of in said communication, and it shall be the duty of such telephone company, upon receipt from this Commission of a copy of said complaint, to immediately investigate the same and report to this Commission, notifying said Commission within thirty (30) days of their answer to said complaint.
Upon the answer of said telephone company complained of being served upon this Commission, the Commission shall call a meeting for a formal hearing by this Board, the day being named by the Commission for said hearing, and the following procedure shall prevail :
(a) This Commission shall designate the time, place and hour at which such hearing shall be had, and the Secretary of this Commission shall notify interested parties in writing to this effect.
(b) All testimony given at such hearing shall be under oath.
(c) At such hearing, the burden of proof shall be upon the party complaining, and the individual, firm or corporation against which complaint is made, shall be heard in reply.
(d) The decision of this Commission shall be in writing, and a copy of the same shall be given to each of the parties interested.
No. 70. TELEPHONE RATES.
On or before the first day of March each year, each telephone company shall file with this Commission a separate report for each exchange operated by it in any city or town in this State, and all rates or charges for telephone service at said exchange shall be submitted to this Commission for approval.
No. 71. CONTRACTS AS TO RATES.
All contracts and agreements as to any rates or charges for services or connections, made between any exchange or exchanges, and any private lines, must first be submitted to this Commission for approval.
No. 72. ACQUIRING ADDITIONAL LINES.
All additional lines and connections acquired by purchase or otherwise by any telephone company or exchange, must be reported immediately to this Commission, giving schedule of rates charged, number of telephones, etc.
No. 73. REPORTS AS TO TOLL RATES.
All toll rates or long-distance charges to and from all places within the State of South Carolina, must be reported to this Commission in detail on or before the first day of March; and any changes on said toll or long-distance charges must be submitted to this Commission immediately.
No. 74. FIXING RATES FOR NEW EXCHANGES.
Any telephone company establishing a telephone exchange in any city or town in this State, shall file with this Commission a schedule of rates, charges, etc., for services in said city or town, to be approved by this Commission, and said rates shall not go into effect until they are approved by this Commission.
No. 75. CHANGING RATES.
Any telephone company operating a telephone exchange in any city or town in this State, which desires to change the rates charged for telephone services in such city or town, from the rates charged by such company on the 25th day of February, A. D. 1904, where the rates are not limited by the franchise under which said company is operating in such city or town, shall be allowed to do so by agreement with the subscribers connected with such exchange; failing to secure such agreement from the subscribers connected with such exchange, no change shall be made in such rates without the consent of this Commission. One or more of such subscribers may petition for a hearing, said petition to be made as prescribed in Rule 69.
No. 76. ACCIDENTS.
All telephone companies in South Carolina are required to comply with Section 3228 of the General Statutes of South Carolina, “Accidents, Notice to be Given,” and Rule No. 14 of the Railroad Commission, "Accidents.”