Hearings Before the Committee .. [February 19, 20, 22, March 15, 17, 1904] on H. R. 12442

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Page 1 - States attorney from any of the provisions, powers, duties, liabilities or requirements of said act of March second, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, as amended by the acts of April first, eighteen hundred and ninety-six, and March second, nineteen hundred and three; and except as aforesaid, all of the provisions, powers, duties, requirements and liabilities of said act of March second, eighteen hundred and ninety-three, as amended by the acts of April first, eighteen hundred and ninety-six, and...
Page 16 - That the Interstate Commerce Commission may from time to time upon full hearing and for good cause extend the period within which any common carrier shall comply with the provisions of this act.
Page 69 - Companies for an Extension of Time Within Which to Comply with the Provisions of the Act of March 2, 1903, Relating to Safety Appliances.
Page 23 - The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection ? The Chair hears none, and it is so ordered.
Page 42 - The committee met at 10.30 o'clock am, Hon. William P. Hepburn in the chair.
Page 7 - ... more effective and better suited to the conditions under which narrow gauge lines are operated, especially on long and heavy grades. In our opinion, based upon the facts disclosed, the law should be so amended as to permit the use of the device now employed by these petitioners on their narrow gauge lines. They ask for such an extension as will give them opportunity to present the matter to the Congress with a view to suitable legislation. It seems clear that this application is based upon reasonable...
Page 7 - ... if not impracticable, is unnecessary and undesirable, for the reason that on their steep and long descending grades the purpose of the law, viz., the control of a train without the use of hand brakes, is much better and more safely accomplished by another device which is described as a water brake. The proofs in these cases show that the objects of the law are fully secured, though not by the precise mechanism which the law requires. Without reciting the facts in detail it is sufficient to say...
Page 69 - Railroad Company; Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company; Southern Railway Company (in North Carolina and South Carolina).; Wisconsin Central Railway Company; Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company; Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Company; Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (in Missouri and Illinois); Wiggins Ferry Company; Illinois Central Railroad Company. Actions, were only begun during the last month, as the inspectors of the Commission have been fully...
Page 50 - These two companies are understood to operate the only important narrow gauge lines in the United States. Briefly, their showing is that the use of this particular appliance, if not impracticable, is unnecessary and undesirable, for the reason that on their steep and long descending grades the purpose of the law, viz., the control of a train without the use of hand brakes, is much better and more safely accomplished by another device which is described as a water brake. The proofs in these cases...
Page 69 - ... condition to meet the requirements of the law, and it should be complied with in every detail. The loss yearly of hundreds of lives, the disablement of many thousands, and the individual suffering, still unrelieved, make up such a record that the Commission can not relax its vigilance in any particular. INFORMATION LODGED AGAINST VARIOUS RAILWAYS. Under section 6 of the original act, the Commission has lodged information with the proper distric attorneys of violations of the act by the following...

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