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Report Of Storage-In-Transit Committee
Hearing At Excelsior Springs
By William L. W'agner, Chairman While some may think that the endeavors of the Conference Committee on Storage-in-Transit are not producing the results that should be produced, to those familiar with the difficulties attendant upon obtaining concessions from the railroad companies, a little review of what has been done and accomplished will result in showing considerable progress.
In 1911 the Committee gained its first point when the Trans-Continental Freight Bureau recognized the principle of storage in transit for this Committce and published its tariff subject to the tariffs of the individual lines interested, granting the privilege on a basis of ten cents per hundred above the through published rate, on apples taking advantage of the privilege. While this rate was published so late as to in a measure destroy its effect, it nevertheless became sufficiently effective to (lemonstrate its value to the industry..
The Committee continued its endeavors, not only with a view to having this arbitrary rate reduced, but to spread the territory in which the privilege was really available.
A request was made for a further hearing before the Trans-Continental Freight Bureau, and the hearing was promised and placed upon the docket. Strange to say, though, the hearing has never as yet been granted, and, from all that we know, the Committee has never held a meeting.
Our endeavors did not stop there, however, but the work was kept up with the individual lines, and we were mighty ably assisted by certain of the producing organizations in the Northwest, with the result that the “Billings Gateway" was opened and the Northwestern Lines published tariffs reducing the arbitrary increased rate five cents per hundreil. making this rate effective October 15th, 1912. Again this was too late to be as valuable as it should be, but it did help some.
The Committee at once turned its attention to all of the Pacific Coast Lines, but up to this time has been unable to make the rate effective on apples originating in California, etc., and at the time of writing there has been no change other than indicated above.
There is a large territory in the Southeast, including Atlanta, Augusta, Chattanooga, Vacon, Savannah, Jacksonville, etc., that we had been unable to open up to the benefits of storage in transit rates even as publishel, but Supplement No. 9 to Trans-Continental East Bound Tariff No. 3), effective December 3rd, opens up these points on box apples from California and following this Supplement No. 3 to Trans-Continental East Bound Tariff 2-1, effective January 16th, 1913, opened up this territory from Northwestern points.
We have kept continually active in our endeavor to have the Central Freight Association, and also the Trunk Line Association, agree with our views in these matters and have the constituent lines publish tariffs similar to those published by the Western roads, making these rates effective through all of the Eastern and Southeastern territory
So far we have met with complete failure, but the work is being kept up.
In Trans-Missouri territory this privilege has been enjoyed for a number of years, and without any increase in rate. By chance it came to the notice of the Committee that the Trans-Missouri Freight Association would meet in Kansas City on February 4th, and their docket showed for discussion and action à proposition to increase the tariff in
issouri territory 2120 per hundred on apples that were stored in transit.
ice came so late as to preclude the possibility of the Conference Committee appearing before them as a body, although one of the organizations did appear.
ommittee, through its chairman, filed protest by wire with the representative of each of the interested roads, requesting that either the present status be (lefinitely maintained or the question put over until the
quo be heard. As a result of our request no action was taken.
give you a summary idea of what has been done, and inciEvery individual member of our organi
we are making progress, but making it very slowly. he can by way of bringing pressure to bear
Ilial member of our organization should be doing what Santa Fe and Salt Lake lines, especially t
of bringing pressure to bear upon the Southern Pacific,
alt Lake lines, especially toward a reduction in this rate on apples from their territory As a matter of fact, pressure should be increased rates abolished entirely.
an of the Trans-Continental lines in the West to have the The Committee does not hesitat
littee does not hesitate to say that if a burden is placed in any way, that burden shoull be paid for, but we should
1. agree upon what makes a reasonable basis of compensautmost limit of consideration and to evo
due. We believe that the commodity is entitled to the
consideration and to every privilege that is granted to any other commodity, and upon at least as
y, and upon at least as favorable terms. should be brought to bear upon the Central Freight Assote Trunk Lives Association, to the end that they should all " their tariffs this privilege along the same lines as granted
Pressure should be bro ciation and the Truk Lives Ass incorporate in their tariffs this privi in Trans-Continental issues.
has any bearing whatever 11 attention of the committee. In doing everything that can be
Surely, enough by w experiences of this vear, and the i
allthing new come to the attention of any member and that
ng whatever upon the subject, it should be brought to the pe committee. In short, it is a case of all pull together,
enough by way of argument can be brought out from the
I this year, and the absolute need of a more complete cowith us by the railroads is certainly apparent, if we are to move
P of the future upon such a basis as will maintain the inhe benefit of the railroads or with profit to any of those
the apple crop of the future
In December last the Con
has found greater si
nber last the Conference Committee gained a valuable adilithe American Warehousemen's Association appointed three 'ers to work as members of this Committee. The Committee breater support during this year on the part of growers orpanci, taken altogether, we are showing more and more strength
with each month.
Naturally, we re duly thankful that we i
culi thanly, we regret that we cannot report greater progress, but are
I that we are able to report progress of any kind.
On March 11th your Chairman, President Lux and Secretary Tidwell, of The Western Fruit Jobbers' Association, W. J. Hogan, of the Warehousemen's Association, R. 11. Jones, representing the National League, and Mr. Ebner of the Ebner Ice & Cold Storage Company, appeared before the Trans-Missouri Freight Bureau at Excelsior Springs. Mo. We appeared in opposition to any advance in the storage-in-transit charge on apples originating in the Trans-Missouri territory. We are able to report that we were successful and that no additional charge will be made.
Naturally, as a Committee, we were unable to hold much by way of a satisfactory conference. It was impossible for Mr. Hogan to be with us on Monday at Kansas City, but in a general way we have agreed that in Trans-Continental matters pressure should be brought to bear upon the Southern Pacific. It is to be hoped that at no distant date it may be found possible to have one or more members of the Conference Committee take this matter up with Mr. Luce of the Southern Pacific at San Francisco. We believe that intluence should be brought to bear upon that line.
In the Central Freight Association territory Vír. Hogan will begin to work toward a conference with that Association, and when such a conference is arranged for, it will be the duty of this Conference Committee to do its part.
In the Trunk Line territory we believe that similar steps should be taken, and we should begin again to work to have the privilege established in that territory. Naturally, the Eastern members should make the arrangements for the conference, but again the entire Committee must support it to the utmost limit.
The Dear Old Apple Tree
And burst in bloom in lay;
With fragrant new-mown hay.
With juices rich and fine,
And mixed with spicy wine.
And, dipped in crimson dves,
And painted butterflies.
And in the fireside glow,
And summer perfumes blow.
With secret pride and glee;
The dear old apple tree. —Presbyterian Banner.
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Mr. J. H. Hensley Vice-President for Colorado
Mr. J. M. Walker, of Denver, who had long been our honored licePresident for Colorado, retired from business last fall and resigned his post. Mr. Walker was one of our most earnest workers and a power in every advance movement. Tlis reports covering crops and production generally were full, specific and accurate, and his response to every appeal prompt. We shall miss him greatly.
The Executive Committee has elected to his place Vr. J. II. Hensler, of the Lawrence-Hensley Fruit Co., of Denver, and a gentleman who meets every requirement to the full. He is a worthy successor to Mr. Walker. The Association is to be congratulated on its good fortune. Mr. Hensley has been a loyal, prompt, intelligent and thorough worker year in and year out. Every request is fully covered and often anticipated. In other words he has had the interest of the Association at heart. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with him.
We Can Not Go To Atlantic City
Hunting Headquarters Spring Meeting of Executive Committee The Convention of 1912, at Chicago, voted to go to Atlantic City, N. J., for 1913. Your President and Secretary made careful personal investigation of the facilities at this point in February.
The Convention cannot be suitably accommodated. August is the busy month at Atlantic City, with as high as 200.000 visitors a day. It has grown in popularity and we in size since 1906. Hotels are crowded beyond capacity. We would have to divide our people among a dozen hotels and over a widely extende:l area. Vo suitable meeting room can be had and no room for the apple exhibit. Rates are high. Two or more people would have to occupy a room. Much discomfort would likely result from the accommodations. We cannot hold a suitable or profitable Convention from a business standpoint at this place in the month of
Tugust. The Executive Committee have therefore decided to go to some other city.
PRESENT POSSIBILITIES. Many cities have been suggested and have strong backing. Boston, with the memories of Hancock, Warren, Adams, Otis, Washington and the heroic Continentals still living in Bunker Hill, Lexington and Fanueil Hall, wants us. She wants us to see Ol! Vorth Church, where the famous lanterns started Paul Revere on his ride to endless fame, and God's Acres where sleep the heroic dead who launched the great republic uponi the tide of empire.
New York, the most collosal and stupendous city on the globe, wants us. New York, where the wonders of the world are but commonplace. where the tides of mankind flow unceasingly under the rivers and the solid earth, over the surface and through the air-New York, which