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No. 56. HANDLING FREIGHT AT NON-AGENCY STA
At all non-agency stations the railroads shall load and unload all less than carload shipments. The consignor or consignee shall load or unload all carload shipments. When a shipper at a nonagency station desires to make a carload shipment, the order for empty car shall be placed with the conductor or the agent of the railroad at the nearest station, and said car shall be set off on the siding designated, loaded by the shipper and bill of lading issued by the nearest agent of the railroad in the direction the car moves. When a carload shipment is consigned to a non-agency station, the freight charges on which are prepaid, the car shall be set off at that point and unloaded by the consignee. Railroads shall not leave less than carload freight at non-agency station when there is no one there to receive it if the weather is such as to cause damage, but the same shall be carried to the nearest station for protection and returned at the proper time.
No. 57. HANDLING FREIGHT CARS ON FIRST CLASS
No railroad operating trains in South Carolina shall be allowed to handle any freight cars, loaded or empty, on a train that is operated as a first clss passenger train, or shown as such in the published time table of any railroad except by written permission of the Railroad Commission.
Rules and Regulations as to Express Service
No. 58. GENERAL RULE.
All Rules and Regulations herein prescribed as applying to railroads are to be regarded as applying, with equal force and effect, to express companies doing business in this State: Provided, Such application is practicable and does not conflict with the laws of this State or of the United States, nor with the Rules and Regulations herein distinctly prescribed for the government of express companies.
No. 59. POSTING SCHEDULES.
All express companies in South Carolina are required to file with the Commission, to print and keep posted at each of their offices in this State, schedules of rates, classification and charges for the carrying of freight, which shall be open during office hours to public inspection. No. 60. CHANGES IN RATES AND CLASSIFICATION.
No change in express rates or classification shall be made until thirty (30) days' notice of such change has been filed or posted at all express offices or agencies in this State, and not until thirty (30) days' notice has been given the Commission, and not until the consent of the Commission has been obtained.
No. 61. LABELS ON PACKAGES.
All express companies operating in South Carolina shall paste conspicuously on each package received for shipment a label designed and reading as follows:
If express charges appear as collect on delivery sheet,
deliver free, entering all numbers shown hereon
Express Charges Prepaid
NO. 62. C. 0. 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 fresh fish or fresh meats, or other highly perishable commodities, where the consignee refuses to accept shipment within six hours after arrival at destination, or where the express company is unable to make delivery of such shipments within six hours after arrival, then the express company shall notify, by wire (if such facilities are available), the consignor for further shipping instructions, and unless such instructions are received from the consignor within three hours, then the express company shall proceed to dispose of such shipments by the usual method, selling same to the best advantage to the consignor, and deducting all costs, charges, etc., including the charge for notification by wire as above provided. The receiving of further forwarding or shipping instructions from consignor does not relieve the consignor from the payment of charges for telegraph or telephone
messages. The failure or refusal of the consignor to accept such charges will not entitle such shipper to notification on future shipments unless so ordered by the Railroad Commission.
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. 64. TELEGRAPH RATES.
No telegraph company shall charge or collect more than thirty (30c.) 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 21/2 cents for each additional word on a day message, and no more than 112 cents 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.