Newspaper Page Text
SOUTHERN TO REDUCE RATES.
President Finley, at a Conference With the State Officials at Co lumbia, Agrees to Reduce Straight Passenger Fares to 2 1-2 Cent Basis Throughout the State. Columbia, January 3.--South Car olina will get the benefit, so far as the Southern Railway is coneerned, of -the reduction in rates made by legislative enactment in other states of the south, but without the turmoil of legislative agitation and without the expense of prolonged litigation. President W. W. Finley, of the Southern railway, at a conference in the governor's office today; stated that on April 1, 1908, the Southern Railway would put into effect in South Carolina the following rates: For straight tickets, 2 1-2 cents 1 per mile. For family mileage books, 2 1-4 cents per mile. For 1000-niile and 2,000-mile mil sage books, 2 cents per mile. The conference was attended by Governor Ansel, Attorney General Lyon, Chairman Caughman, of the railroad commission, and Commis sioners Sullivan and Earle on the part of the state, and by President Finley, Vice President Culp, Gener al Counsel Thom and Division Coun sel Abney on the part of the South ern Railway. The conferenee was reld in the office of the governor and was open, being attended by the newspaper men. Mr. Finley, in a conversational way, put the proposition of the Southern befqre thb, governor, ex plaining as he went along tie rea sons for the different rates and the reasons governing the railroad in making this proposition. He explain ed that the Southern on account of the fairness with which South Car olina had treated the railroads had a disposition to give the state the benefit of the reiduced rates, and consequently ti' Southern intends, without compulsion, to put into ef fect the rates which it has propos ed as a compromise in North Car olina, Georgia and Alabama. He felt assured that the- agreement entered into 'would be made effective in these states, and perhaps in Virginia also. The same treatment promised South' Carolina would be giveni Tennessee, which 'has also been liberal in the matter of legislation.] The 2 1-2 cents rate will apply to j all Inter-State passenger business on straight fares. The 2 1-4 cents rate for family mileage books, which con tain. the name of the hread of the family, will cover books for 500 miles, entailing a minimum exp'enditure of $11.25. The 2-cent rate for mileage bo6ks of 1,000 and 2,000 miles relates to individual mileage books, and also to what are termed m'ercantile books, g-ood for memb'ers of a firm or busi n iess concern up to five individuals, the names of 'each of whom shall ap pear in the book. Rates May Become Inter-State. All th'ese rates are, of course, to be Inter-State, 'but if the same rates are agreed to in adjacent states it is the purpose of -the Southern to make the same rates Inter4state. Mr. Culp, vice. president and traf fic manager, further stated that for convenience and facility in handling business the Southern desires to make a minimum charge of ten cents for tickets, selling no ticket for less than that am'ount, and also to sell t-iekets in multiples of five; in other words, if the rate at 2 1-2 cents corn es to $2.32, to sell the ticket for $2.30, and if it com'es to $'2.33 to sell the ticket for $2.35. This is done to save time and trouble in niaking change. Under the decision of the courts in this state the roads cannot charge an extra bonus for fares paii on trains, and in order to discourage this practice the Sou,thern desires to make an extra charge of 15 eents for fares paid on trains, as this is a matter which giv'es the road much trouble. Mr. Finley stated to t'ae governor that so far as the Southern is con ern'ed it does not ask for legisla -tion to make these rates effective, but Mr. A'bney, when called on by Mr. Finley, suggested that legisla tion might 'be advisable and desira ble for ti1e reason that there might be some difficulty in 'enforcing thre rules in reference to cash fares and change. This, however, Mr. Finley suggest ed1, is a matter that should be left with thre governor to look into and make such suggestions as may be 'deemed proper by him. Proposition Put in Writing. Governor Ansel asked that Mr. Finley put his proposition in writing and after some discussion as to what form this should take it was ..agr that Mr. Finley should write i ii, \ ;u'VC01 i 1Id ter llicorporatlin his proposition and it will be left to lhe governor to decide whether or not Whe letter shall be transmitted to the ,feneral Assembly. Mr. Finley stated that the pro position was in the nature of an ex Ueriment and that if the rates wer, round to be unremunerative that iigher rates might be again put into ?ffect, but it is proposed to give it it. least one year's trial. Mr. Lyon suggested that the gen .:! assmbly -night enact a law put :ing the suggested rates into effect or one year from April 1st and this was favorably received by all, :hotwli certain difficulties were sug rested of a minor character. There was no referenc t , what Ihe other roads in th, state, such as he Atlantie Coast Line and the Sea )oard Air Line, might do and might ot do, and the Southern's officials vere manifestly ' careful to avoid hat suggestion. It was perhaps with 1*desire not to be placed in the atti ude of asking the general assembly -o compel their competitors5 to put n low;r r ates that no le2i,lation wra.. isked for by the Southern. Bills on Calendar not so Liberal... The1re are inow on the calendars oi; he two houses several hills iookin: :o the reduction of rates. but none >f them is as sweeping in its pro isions as the proposition today nade to the State of South Carolina )f its own accord by the president of :he Southern Railway. The probab lity is that the states of North Caro ina, Georgia; Alabama and perhaps Virginir, will enact uniform laws, ilong the lines of today's proposi ;ions, and in that case the Southern it least will put into effect for In :er-State travel the rates now pro )osed tentatively for South Carolina. Members of the railroad commis ion suggested that if legislation is iad some exceptions would have to >e made for the shorter roads of the ;tate, and there were other sugges ;ions of a minor nature during the !ourse of the conference, which was ntirely pleasant and harmonious. At its conclusion. Governor Anse? ?xpressed himself as pleased with the >lan had been present'ed by Mr. Fin ey and it is inferred that the gov ~rnor will transmit the. proposition o0 the general assembly with his en lorsement. President Finley before leaving he city addressed the formal letter o Governor Ansel, incorporating the >roposition, a.s follows: President Finley's Letter.... "To his Excellency. Hon. Mar in F. Ansel. Governor of South Car lina-Sir: Being desirous of aijust ng with the various states through vhich this company operates all con-! rovrsies in respect to passenger ates, like South Carolina, where ve have no controversy, I respectful y suggest to your Excellency that his company, in order to accomplisl' ~uh adjustment, will voluntarily put he following passenger rates into effect in South Carolina, not later han April 1, 1908, namely: "1. A flat rate of t.wo and a half ents <per mile for Intra-State pas renger travel, with an extra charge >f fifteen cents against per.sons board .ng a train without a ticket except at tations where there are no agents; provided that no charge shall be, ess than 10 cents, and in the event hat a charge at. the said rate of 21 L-2 ents per mile shall aggregate a um between two multiples of five. uh charge shall be made that mul :iple of five to which it is nearest. "2. Two thousand mile books, In ra.State, interchangeable with such f the solvent roads of the state as vill consent 2 cents per mile, good ror heads of firms and employees 2ot 'exceeding a total number of five. :he names to be furnished at the time >f the purchase of mileage booksan ntered thereon. "3. One thousand mile books, In-. tra-Staife and interchangea'ble witii uch of the solvent roads of the state is will consent, limited to one indi idual at 2 cents per mile, and good nl in the hands of the purchaser, he name of the purchaser to be fur ished at the time of the purehase >f the book and entered thereon. "4. Five hundred .mile books at 1-4 cents per mile, good for heads >f families and dependent mrembers thereof, Intra-State and non-interP hangeable, the names of the families : be furnished at 'the time of pur hase and entered thereon. "All of such mileage 'books to be imited to one year from date of purchase and redeelnable, charging or the part used at 2 1-2 cents per nile. "I further propose that these rates hall be kept in effect for a period of twelve months, so as to give a fair trial to the same and to ascertain whether or not they are confiscatory >r unreasonably low for the servics cendered. "It is .nrper for me to Bay to you I nat Lle man algenem ii < i m panly regards t he 1roposd raCS as involving substan .al financial sac rifices on the part of the conpaay, but we regard it as in the interest both of the people and of the com pany that there should be some rea sonable adjustment, and the cor' pany is, therefore, willing to make some financial sacrifice in the matter "It should be borne in mind that the proposed 1sis of rates has nev er been tried in the south and we cannot aecurately estimate what will be the result, and it will, of course, be realized that it is not to the inter est of the people of South Carolina nor to the interesit of the company that rates should be continued which, n fair trial, have proved destruc tire or confi. r. n.1reasonably low for the service rendered, and if, fter the trial of t:we,c months here inbefore provided for. it should be found that sn eh is a restlt, it is only fair and just that the c':ilpaiy 1 not considere.d as havi:i. by such rial. waived any right to praper" re ! .il coli [:Ii V. t at it s il pa' riea ))lc after reac"'ig sl'l1 t:111 !ii'.I~11c1 of 1I?t - 4a to lasseng1 ln ae~ in tht" varionl ;tates. to ,idjutt" i.ts f;tra-State pas :en rer rates to points on its (:wnl li'l in such adjacent states and to points on other lines in such states is will consent thereto. on the same basis and for a like period of trial, including in this p-oposed adjust ment of Inter-State rates the propos ed 2-cent mileage books, which it is our purpose, under the conditions mentioned, to make Tnter-State and int,er-chan.geable with such roads as will consent. RespectfulIy. ''W. W. Finley, "President.' A. K. A Match for a Tip. The water smothered an embar rassed grin when the red faced, ah ;ent-minded man handed him his tip. After the ailentminded man had 4one the waiter looked after him and then at his tip, still with a half (1rin a his face, says t-e Cleveland Plain Dealer. ''The ti,p the man had handed to [ii was a mateh-just a common vrydayi\ sulphur mateh of commrer ''He meant well enough.'' said the waier. "He was just thinkini' about~ somethinig el-e. The chancees ar that somebody in his offline keeps othering~ himf iCr maches arid lie's 2of so in the habit of givmng matches to eop!.> that he hanas out a match witonit thinkiv ' any more about it than lie world about drawin.g his brath. He felt that he o'ught to and me something, and he just made VEAT AN HO ~?PRiCES -rMETeIC WE FEEL THAT WE CA SQUARE IN THE FACE Al NEW YEAR, BECAUSE 3 AR E CoNSCIOUS oF H AV RoNS RIGHT IN THE P. PRoVES THIS. IN THE 3 PRoMISE To Do NO MoR1 THAT HAVE PASSED. V EXTEND ANYTHING BUT PATRoNS. WE KNOW 1 TIoN To CoME To oUR S HAVE NoT YET CoME oU GER IN oUR ToWN, WE INVITATION To COME AM RESPECT COR. 1A "W h '1' ' c(';m ii. the waiter, "ou d he sor. -'e absent minded pcople ' at a tip. The other fellow, a sol,_ in looking man, "ave me a , ..r l;'il-jusi tne amount nis dinner came to. He want e ive me a little piece for myself, nd ;ti c as 'e started out he reached oaek and gave me a handful of cloves that he'd pulled out of the 'ittle pocket where he kept his small change. And he wasn't doing it to be kidding, either. He never knew he (lid it. "But,' says the waiter in a ser ious tone, "somehow the absent mindedness hardly ever makes 'em loosen up any more'n they would when they're right at themselves." NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of th^ rtfok h'olders of the National Bank of N . berry. S. C., will be held at the office of the President at the bank, on Tuesdtny, the 14th day of January, A. D?.. 190S. at 10 a. m. for the lac tiii of dirt'ctits of the said bank. Jos. H. Hunter, Cashier. NewbJerry. S. C.. Jan. 2, 1908. STOUKHOLDERS MEETING. The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Commercial Bank of Newberry. S. C., will be held at their banking house on Wednesday, 8th. January, 1908, for the purpose of electing directors for ensuing year, and transacting any otber business that may come before the meeting. J. Y. McFall, 2t Cashier. Attention Pensioners. I will be in the auditor's office each Saturday in January, 1908, to pre pare pension applieations, the ap plicants can call at the office now and get the blanks. - Old pensioners do not have to apply except where they ar. entitled to a raise to a higher class. The last Saturday in January is the -last day to prepare applica tions. W. G. Peterson, Pension Commissioner. NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT We will matk-e final settlement on the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Cam'er on. deceased, in the probate court for Newberry county on Friday, the sev antenth day of January, 1908, at 11 o 'clock in the forenoon, and im mediately thereafter apply to the said court for letters dismnissory. All persons indebted to said estate will make payment 'on or before said date and all persons having claims against said estate will present them duly attested. H. W. Cameron, T. L. Cameron,' Executors. .SOLVED. DVRING THE LA ST E HAVE SULlT QP E.ST ThMDE \JITH PEOPLE BY SELULNC rGOODS AT HONEST -N.XT 'YEA R SAMIVE DS %BSTR BROWWV NLooK OUR PATRONS D WISH THEM A HAPPY ITHIN OURSELVES WE NG TREATED oUR PAT T. oUR PATRONAGE EAR To CoME WE CAN THAN IN THE YEARS E NEED NoT, WE KNoW, THANKS To oUR oLD HEY NEED No INVITA ToRE. To THOSE WHO R WAY, To THE STRAN XTEND, HoWEVER, AN D SEE US. FULLY, EWART-PERRY CO., MIN AND coLLEGE STS., R To the State Bank Exar Bank of Newberry, S. ber 16th, 1907. Loans and d1scounts....... nlverdrafts _............................... Furniture and fixtures... Cash and Exchange......... Capital stock............................ Undivided profits, net.... Unpaid dividends................ Cashier's Checks............... Deposits, Banks.................. Deposits, Individual.......... Bills payable............................. WA Our friends to to our s TENNE Tenney's Crea late Almonds. nuts, Chocolati Chocolate, Pe4 lows, Zettes, all A nice line of For anything Candy, etc., C Droet Herald a Sme.mesamsa JONE The best I Head Le The freel The Cris S The mos Homem Nat'l Bis S Fruits of +Norft for your THE FRE~ JONI Phone 212. EPORT ainer of the condition of The Exchange C., at the close of business Decem (CONDENSED) RESOURCES: . .... ........$161,790 26 .-3....- .--.- 3,479 93 .3....... ........ 3,636 92 .......... .._...----...._...__10 ,60 1 0 7 $179,508 18 LIABILITIES: ......-..........$ 50,000 0 ........... .......... 9,094 42 .. . 12 50 .................. . 2,049 10 ....... $ 2,779 72 ............. 111,072 44-113,852 16 ..................... _.......... 4,500 00 -$179,508 18 LNTED! know that we have added tock a nice line of CY'S CANDY, m Cake Chocolate, Choco- - Korn Nuts, Salted Pea a Cream Drops, Assorted .nut Brittle, Marshmel o Mackintosh Toffee, &c. 5c. and- I Oc. Box Candy, in Stationery, Cigars, ALL ON lus,& Rull. AT THE * ~nd News Ofc FOR * Celery an ttce betCabris petPtt*hp,+ Cler ander petFoanto'is,Sad