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DEPOTS.

During the year depots at the following places were constructed, extensively repaired or are under construction:

SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY.

Smith-New depot erected.

Lancaster-Depot enlarged and passenger facilities improved.

Calhoun-New depot erected.

Tirzah-New depot erected.

Killian-New deport erected.

Barnwell-New passenger depot erected.

Rock Hill-New passenger depot, with all modern improvements, erected.

Warrenville-New depot erected.
Williston-Freight depot enlarged.
Kline-New depot under construction.
Norris Enlarged depot under construction.
Wards-Enlarged depot under construction.

Gramling-Depot ordered erected.

Orangeburg-Umbrella shed between tracks and passenger

station ordered erected.

Liberty-Enlarging depot ordered.

Oakville-Seven Mile and Sigsbee, passenger shelters erected.

ATLANTIC COAST LINE RAILROAD COMPANY.

Loris New depot erected.

Bishopville-New depot erected.

Mayesville-New depot erected.
Lumber-New depot erected.

Barnwell-New passenger depot erected.
Laughlin-Passenger shelter erected.
Zemps Siding-Passenger shelter erected.
Cannon's Siding-Freight platform erected.
Cain Savannah-New freight shed erected.
St. Charles-Station facilities improved.
Pon Pon-New waiting rooms.

Yemassee-Umbrella shed under construction.
Elliott-Reconstructed depot at new location ordered.
Privateer-Enlarging depot ordered.

SEABOARD AIR LINE RAILWAY.

Estill-Depot enlarged.

Great Falls-Depot erected.

Whitmire-Depot enlarged.

McBee-Union passenger station recommended.

CHARLESTON AND WESTERN CAROLINA RAILWAY.

Fairfax-Enlarging freight depot under construction.
Willington-New depot ordered.

COLUMBIA, NEWBERRY AND LAURENS RAILWAY. COMPANY. Hilton-Freight shed erected.

RALEIGH AND CHARLESTON RAILWAY.

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GREENVILLE AND KNOXVILLE RAILWAY.

River Falls New depot erected.

NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA RAILROAD COMPANY.

Smithsboro-New depot erected.

Dillon-New depot under construction.

Depots have been erected at the following points on the Mullins and Pee Dee extension of this line:

Rains.

Centenary.
Eulonia.

Gresham.

SOUTH CAROLINA WESTERN RAILWAY.

Depots have been built at Lydia, Bishopville and Sumter on the Hartsville-Sumter extension of this line.

Florence-Modern depot to be erected in the near future.

GEORGETOWN AND WESTERN RAILROAD.

Depots have been built at Hemingway, Lamberts and Johnsonville on the Andrews and Pee Dee River extension of this line.

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Since the last report a number of accidents have occurred on railroads in this State, but we do not believe these accidents are as numerous or serious as in the past, which is an indication that the physical condition of the railroads has been greatly improved. The fatalities have been unusually small, only one passenger having been killed in this State. The majority of fatalities were caused by persons being struck by trains and not in railroad wrecks.

TRAIN SERVICE.

Train service has been very much improved during the past year, as to number of trains operated, class of equipment, etc. A strong demand was made for additional train between Columbia and Augusta, and the Railroad Commission, through its efforts, succeeded in having this extra passenger train put on. The schedule of the Northwestern Railroad Company of South Carolina has been arranged to the satisfaction of the majority of people, after various hearings in the matter.

GRADE CROSSINGS.

Through its efforts, the Railroad Commission obtained from the Legislature, at its session of 1912, an order placing all grade crossings of streets in cities and street railways under its jurisdiction. The Railroad Commission has especially interested itself in the City of Columbia, S. C., to eliminate some very dangerous crossings, and has the matter well in hand and hopes in the near future to accomplish the result desired. We call attention especially to crossings at Taylor street, Elmwood avenue and Green street, in the City of Columbia.

Complaint regarding crossings as a menace to the public safety has only come before the Commission through the City of Columbia and no other city.

COMPLAINTS AND PETITIONS.

The docket of the Commission will show that a great number of complaints and petitions have been filed during the past year. The Commission has promptly and carefully considered all cases brought to their attention and in most instances, where the complaints and petitions were just and reasonable, the desired relief has been effected.

OVERCHARGES, LOSS AND DAMAGE CLAIMS.

There have been overcharges during the year, over which this Commission has jurisdiction, for the reason that they exceeded the maximum freight rates prescribed by this Commission. These were on intrastate shipments which we could adjust readily under the law. Many of these overcharges were on interstate shipments, over which this Commission has no authority. However, we have checked these matters, taken them up with the railroad companies, and, in many instances, adjusted them satisfactorily. These claims have amounted to hundreds of dollars.

As to loss and damage, this Commission has no right to prescribe a penalty or to try such cases, as they must be tried in a court of competent jurisdiction. We have, however, through our office, taken up many of these matters with the several railroad companies and adjusted these claims without cost to the shipper, knowing that we did not exercise authority, but only presenting the matter in its proper light.

INTERCHANGEABLE MILEAGE BOOKS.

We respectfully call your attention to conditions existing in the State in regard to the issuing of mileage books and mileagebook travel. As is well known, after the passage by your Honorable Body of the Act requiring the acceptance of mileage by the conductors on the trains, the railroads withdrew the interchangeable mileage books and substituted individual intrastate books. They retained the interstate interchangeable books, but this mileage is not good for any part of an intrastate journey and is not accepted upon the trains. This new regulation has worked great hardship and inconvenience upon the traveling public and is an unreasonable requirement on the part of the railroads. To avail oneself of the privileges of mileage-book travel throughout South Carolina, the traveler is forced to purchase four books at an out

lay of eighty dollars, which is a heavy tax and an unnecessary burden. The Railroad Commission has not the power to require the sale of mileage books, nor to make that mileage interchangeable. Persistent and earnest effort has been made to have the railroads remove this great burden from their patrons in this State, but without success. Failing in our efforts to obtain relief from the railroads themselves, the Commission felt it their duty to appeal to a higher authority and on November 27th, 1912, submitted the question to the Interstate Commerce Commission, charging the unreasonableness of the regulations and that unjust discriminations were being practiced by the railroads in that privileges were being granted to other States that were not enjoyed by South Carolina, and asking for the passage of a uniform rule or regulation covering the entire mileage book question. The Interstate Commerce Commission took the matter under consideration and ordered a hearing to be held in Charleston, S. C., December 27th last, and included in their order all railroads operating east of the Mississippi and south of the Potomac and Ohio rivers. The hearing was held and South Carolina was represented by the Railroad Commission and the Attorney-General of the State. A great many witnesses were sworn and much evidence given to sustain the State's side of the question, and we feel that we are warranted in stating that a strong case has been made out. The hearing was adjourned to be resumed in Washington January 15th, 1913. We beg leave to state that this case will be pressed to a finality as rapidly as possible and every effort made to protect the interest of the people of the State.

THERMOMETERS IN COACHES.

The Commission has ordered the various railroad companies operating in South Carolina to place a thermometer in each passenger coach on their trains, so that the train crew can regulate the temperature of the coaches for the health and comfort of the traveling public.

WOMEN'S TOILET COMPARTMENTS.

The Commission has ordered the railroad companies to comply with requirements of the Act of 1912, amending Section 2158 of the Code of 1902, with reference to toilet compartments for

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