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said company from the assessment herein provided for. 91 0.
$ 251. Annual reports of railroad companies; when to be
made, and what to containThe president, or other officer in charge of any railroad, situate in whole or in part within the state, shall, on or before the first day of September, in each year, make and file in the office of the commissioner a report, verified by the oath of such officer, for the year ending on the thirtieth day of June preceding, which report shall state:
As to stock and debt. 1. The amount of capital stock subscribed ; 2. The amount of capital stock paid in; 3. The amount of funded debt; 4. The amount of floating debt; Total amount of paid in stock and debt:
Cost of road and equipment. 5. Cost of right of way; 6. Cost of construction ; 7. Amount of all other items embraced in cost of road ; 8. Cost of equipment; Total cost of road and equipment:
Characteristics of the road, etc. 9. Length of main line, single track, laid with rail ; 10. Length of branches, single track, laid with rail ; 1. Length of double track, main line and branches;
12. Aggregate length of sidings and other tracks not enumerated above;
Total length of rail computed as single track ; 13. The maximum grade, with its length in main road, and also in branches ;
14. The shortest radius of curvature, with length of curve in main road, and also in branches ;
15. Total degrees of curvature in main road, and also in branches;
16. Total length of straight line in main road, and also in branches ;
17. Number of wood bridges, and aggregate length;
24. Length of fence required to inclose road, both sides, and reasons why not completed ;
25. Number of engines;
30. The highest rate of speed allowed by express passenger trains;
31. The highest rate of speed allowed by mail and accommodation trains;
32. The highest rate of speed allowed by freight trains;
33. The rate of fare for passengers charged for the respective classes per mile;
34. The highest rate per ton per mile charged for the transportion of the various classes of freight, through and local:
Doings of the year. 35. Length of new rail laid; 36. Length of rerolled rail laid; 37. Number and kind of bridges built, and length; 38. Number of miles run by passenger trains; 39. Number of miles run by freight trains;
40. Number and kind of farm animals killed, and amount of damages paid therefor;
41. Number of passengers (all classes) carried;
45. Total movement of freight, or number of tons carried one mile:
Earnings for the year. 46. From transportation of passengers; 47. From transportation of freight;
48. From mail and express service; 49. From all other sources;
Total earnings for the year:
Expenditures for the year. 50. For construction and new equipment; 51. For maintenance of way and structures; 52. For maintaining and operating motive power and cars;
53. For transportation expenses, including all those of stations and trains;
54. For interest on bonds and other indebtedness; 55. For dividends, stating rate per cent;
56. All other expenditures for management of road, and for other purposes;
Total expenditures during the year: 57. All casualties resulting in injuries to persons, giving the extent and causes of each, and such other and further information as may be required by the commissioner; but if any company is unable to furnish such required information, the reasons of such inability shall be given. 65 v. 183, $ 9.
[This section required fee of one dollar per mile to commissioner.]
Section 251a (86 O. L. 351) is unconstitutional. Railway Co. v. State, 49 Ohio St. 189.
§ 252. The commissioner shall furnish to railroad and
telegraph companies blanks for reportsThe commissioner shall prepare and furnish to each railroad company, or to each organization having one or more railroads in charge, and to each telegraph company or chief manager thereof in the state, or having lines in the state, blank forms for making the reports required by this chapter, which blanks may be so prepared by the commissioner as to obtain the information required by the foregoing inquiries more in detail, or omit such of a historical or permanent character as may have been given in previous reports. 65 v. 183, $ 9. S. & S. 80.
§ 253. Penalty against officer of railroad for failure to
reportA president or other officer in charge of a railroad, whether doing business or in course of construction, who refuses or neglects to make and furnish the report at the time prescribed in section two hundred and fifty-one, or any report required by the commissioner, shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars; and he shall be subject to a like penalty for every period of thirty days thereafter he so refuses or neglects to furnish the same.
70 v. 158, § 10. $ 254. Annual report by telegraph company-When to be
made and what to containThe president or chief officer of every telegraph line or company, whether the line is doing business or is in process of construction, shall make a report of the business of such line or company to the commissioner, in such form as he directs, on or before the first day of September, in each year, for the year ending on the preceding first day of June, which report must be verified by the oath of such president or officer in charge; and for neglect or refusal to make and furnish such report at the time herein named, the company owning such line shall forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars; and the company is subject to a like penalty for every period of thirty days thereafter such president or chief officer so refuses or neglects to furnish the same. 70 v. 158, $11.
§ 255. Defective or erroneous reports shall be amended
in fifteen days—Returns must conform to forms prescribed-Reason must be given for any failure
in this respectWhen the returns of any corporation required to report to the commissioner of railroads and telegraphs are incomplete, defective, or probably erroneous, the commissioner shall notify such corporation thereof, and it shall thereupon amend the return in the matter or matters named, and make return of such amendment within fifteen days; and all returns shall be in strict accordance with the forms prescribed by the commissioner; but if any corporation finds it impracticable to return all the items in detail, as required, it shall state the reason why such details cannot be given; but the fact that it does not keep its accounts in such manner as to enable it to make such returns shall not be considered or taken as a valid excuse; and if the forms for the returns and report furnished by the commissioner makes necessary any change or alteration in the ordinary method or form of keeping the accounts of such corporation, he shall give to such corporation at least thirty days' notice thereof prior to the commencement of the year for which the changes and additions are necessary in order to make the full returns required. 70 v. 276, S 1.
$ 256. Companies operating railroads shall furnish copies
of leases and contracts with other companies
doing business thereonEvery corporation or company operating a railroad, or any part of a railroad, within this state, shall, on demand of the commissioner, furnish him with copies of all leases, contracts, and agreements with express, sleeping car, freight, or rolling stock companies, or other companies doing business upon or in connection with such road; and the commissioner shall have power, personally or by agent, to examine any officer, agent, or employe of any railroad company, or of any of said other companies, under oath, relative to the stock which any officer, agent, or employe of the railroad company has in any of said other companies, so doing business upon or in connection with such road, and his pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, in any of said other companies. 70 v. 276, SS 2, 3.
Fatal accidents shall be notified to commissioner
by telegraph, and he may examine into the cause
of sameThe superintendent of every corporation operating a railroad, or any part of a railroad, in this state, shall promptly notify by telegraph the commissioner of all accidents happening on suc!ı railroad, or part of a railroad, in this state, resulting in loss of life to any person or persons; and the commissioner may, personally or by agent, examine into the cause and character of such accidents. 70 v. 276, S 2.
§ 258. Commissioner has power to, etc.
The commissioner, in the discharge of his duties, has power to subpena witnesses, administer oaths, compel the production of