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This is better than to use the name of the chairman of such associations, for, like the babbling brook, "agents may come, and agents may go, but the association goes on forever.

INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION NUMBERS

In conformity with an order of the Interstate Commerce Commission, each schedule applying on interstate traffic is assigned a number by which it is designated and referred to in correspondence with the Commission respecting that particular publication. This number appears in the upper right-hand corner of the title, or first, page of each schedule, and after being once assigned, cannot be used on any other schedule. The tariffs should next be arranged in the order of these Interstate Commerce Commission numbers.

On account of cancellations, the current I.C.C. numbers will not present an unbroken sequence. For example, the first number might be I.C.C. No. 19, the next effective number might be I.C.C. No. 265, and following No. 265 might be No. 312. The usual method is to proceed in the arrangement from the lowest number to the highest number.

Having segregated and arranged the tariffs in this manner, they should then be filed as a permanent record so that they may be located with the least amount of time and effort.

TARIFF DEPARTMENT (Conta)

Loose-Leaf Binders: Tariff Punches; Allotment; Advan-
tages of Loose-Leaf Binder-The Shallow Drawer Plan:
Disadvantages The Vertical Filing System-Special Tarifi
Devices: The Cook Tariff File; An Economical File-The
Tariff Index: Plan Adopted by the Interstate Commerce
Commission; Advantages of the Plan; Alphabetical Ar.
rangement.

Various methods of filing freight-rate schedules for ready reference have been tried out.

The most satisfactory methods are: (1) loose-leaf binders, (2) shallow drawers, (3) vertical files, and (4) special tariff files.

Each of these systems has its advantages and disadvantages, and the scheme that is ultimately decided upon should be weighed by various considerations before it is adopted.

In discussing the various types of filing devices mentioned, they are to be considered merely representative of certain styles. It is not the purpose of the discussion to advocate the makes of certain manufacturers or to favor any individuals. A half dozen manufacturers may be found dealing in the loose-leaf binder, or the sliding shutter compartment device, or whatever device is decided upon. A canvass of all dealers should be made before placing the order.

LOOSE-LEAF BINDERS

The transportation companies quite generally employ the so-called “loose-leaf binder" of the Tengwall type

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for the accommodation of their tariffs. Similar devices are sold by various manufacturers, and the results following the use of this type have been pronounced uniformly satisfactory.

Tariffs are required by state and federal commissions to be of uniform size, and a standard size device may be used for accommodating them.

Fig. 10 indicates the Tengwall binder open for the purpose of inserting or removing tariffs. These binders are made with backs varying in width from two to five inches or more, and will accommodate a number of schedules. The larger sized volumes, however, are unwieldy and difficult to handle, and the generally accepted size is the three-inch back.

The prongs shown in the diagram fit thru holes which are punched in the margin of the schedule, and lock by means of a thumb spring or clasp when the book is closed.

These binders are filled with the tariffs as they have been arranged alphabetically and numerically, according to line or association issue.

The volumes are readily opened by releasing the thumb clasp at any given place in the volume for the purpose of inserting new schedules or supplements, and removing those that may be cancelled.

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Tariff Punches

The majority of tariffs are punched with holes by the railroad printer to accommodate the prongs of this device. For those that are not punched, the manufacturers of the binder have manufactured a punch, illustrated in Fig. 11. This will make the four necessary perforations with one operation.

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