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“THE OFFICIAL RAILWAY GUIDE" The Official Railway Guide is issued by the National Railway Publication Company, 75 Church St., New York, N. Y., and aims primarily to serve the traveling public. But because it gives mileages and indicates the distance between more important stations, it is of particular value to the traffic man. Many of the so-called “distance tariffs" call for the determination of the distance between points in applying the scale of rates that may be established for such traffic. In a great majority of cases this volume suffices and obviates the necessity of maintaining a complete file of all the distance and mileage tables available.
“THE OFFICIAL RAILWAY EQUIPMENT REGISTER” While this publication was originally prepared at the instigation of the American Railway Association as a ready reference for the use of railroad officials, it is almost indispensable to all large users of carload equipment. It is issued monthly by G. P. Conard, Agent, 75 Church Street, N. Y., and shows by car numbers the marked capacity, length, dimensions, and cubical capacity of freight cars which constitute the equipment of lines which are party to the issue.
TARIFFS In a later section of this work, the various methods of filing tariffs, and the devices used will be discussed.
The most efficiently administered industrial traffic organizations maintain rather complete files of these publications, and are not compelled to rely on railroad quotations exclusively for information on current rates of transportation.
CLASSIFICATIONS These publications must be secured from the respective classification organizations as indicated below! These issues are not distributed gratis as are many of the rate tariffs and other transportation schedules, but are sold to the shipping public on the basis of per annum subscriptions, such subscriptions entitling the subscriber to the classification proper, and such supplements as may be issued from time to time during the life of the subscription.
Official Classification Committee
143 Liberty St., New York, N. Y. Western Classification Committee
Transportation Building, Chicago, Ill. Southern Classification Committee
Grant Building, Atlanta, Ga.
The manufacturer who has any amount of foreign business or expects to go into the foreign field should obtain a copy of the Exporter's Encyclopedia, published by the Exporter's Encyclopedia Company, 80 Broad Street, New York City, N. Y. This volume gives all the particulars and regulations applying on shipments going to foreign countries.
“LA SALLE TRAFFIC LIBRARY”
The LaSalle Traffic Library covers the field of traffic very thoroly. The material contained in these volumes is used primarily in connection with the course in Interstate Commerce and Railway Traffic work given under the auspices of the LaSalle Extension University of Chicago, Ill. It covers the entire field of industrial traffic management, describing at some length various plans employed in making rates in different sections of the country. Then follows a thoro exemplification of the many legal requirements obtaining in the adjustment of rate cases and loss and damage issues.
The principles of correct traffic procedure are treated in detail. Their application as applied to actual ship
ments, with the savings effected, is illustrated thrnout the work. Such examples may be employed to advantage in the development of the efficiency of the industrial traffic department.
To the sixteen volumes comprising this work may be added others by authorities of some standing in the traffic world.
“BLACK'S LAW DICTIONARY”
The phraseology employed in connection with the transportation interests and regulations are of such a peculiar nature as to bewilder the layman and to convey little or no intimation of their meaning and effect.
Touching upon this point, Mr. Balthasar Meyer, now Interstate Commerce Commissioner, says in his work on Railway Legislation in the United States :
In the code of per diem rules adopted by the American Railway Association the first page is devoted to definitions. Terms like “home car,” “private car," "home route" are carefully defined. We may look in vain for similar definitions of terms used in railway laws in the United States. Neither the Interstate Commerce Laws nor the laws of the state contain adequate definition of terms like "railway," "thru traffic," and "proportional rates."
It may be a difficult matter to formulate a definition of technical terms applied in matters relating to railway traffic, yet for the sake of clearness and uniformity, definitions should be incorporated in our laws. At present such definitions are found only incidentally in the decisions of courts and of our commissions.
In the laws of England and of the British colonies the custom of defining the terms employed in the law appears to be well established. Canadian law, for instance, defines such terms as “company, ' “coach,"! "department," "goods," "highway," "lines,” “maps," "plans," "near," "owner railway,” “toll,” “tariff," "the working expenditure," "the undertaking," and the like.
Necessary legal terms can be found in Black's Law Dictionary, published by the West Publishing Company, while the Traffic Glossary of the LaSalle Traffic Library defines the technical terms and phrases applied to railway traffic work.
INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION DECISIONS
These are the orders of the Interstate Commerce Commission entered in connection with various rate cases or transportation problems that have come before it for review. They are issued to the public first in the shape of leaflets, and when a sufficient number of leaflets have been issued, in bound volumes, the bound volumes as a rule running two or three numbers behind the unbound leaflet form.
Subscription for either the bound volume or the leaflet may be entered with the Superintendent of Public Documents, Washington, D. C., at a very nominal expense.
The Superintendent of Public Documents is not in a position to furnish earlier bound volumes up to and including twelve. Volumes 1 to 12 inclusive are controlled by the Lawyers Coöperative Publishing Company, Rochester, N. Y., and these early volumes must be secured from that source.
DIGEST OF COMMISSION DECISIONS
The opinions emanating from the Interstate Commerce Commission regarding complaints laid before it are in some instances very voluminous, and full of irrelevant detail. It has been the custom of the legal fraternity to condense into short paragraphs the principal points of these decisions.
Such a digest of the decisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission from the time of its inception, 1887, to 1906 can be found in a single volume, Digest of Decisions under the Act to Regulate Commerce, by Mr. E. B. Peirce.
A rather elaborate table of contents and index form a complete reference to the contents of the volume. By familiarizing oneself with the classifications, cases parallel to those confronting an industry may be located at will.
Since 1906 summaries of these decisions have been published by H. C. Lust & Company, of Chicago. In addition to the bound volumes covering certain periods they offer a supplemental service in the shape of a paper-covered volume issued quarterly each year, giving the digest of Commission decisions appearing for that period.
“CLAIMS BETWEEN SHIPPERS AND CARRIERS"
Merriam's Claims between Shippers and Carriers, published by the LaSalle Extension University, is an extensive work and includes a digest of all American court decisions on loss or damage issues between shippers and carriers.
Not infrequently the shipper will engage counsel