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FIFTY-SECOND CONGRESS. Sess. H. Ch. 195,196. 1893. 531 Indiana, sixty feet south of the southeast corner of lot numbered eight, in block numbered twenty-one, in Israel T, Canby’s addition to the town (now city) of Crawfordsville, Indiana, thence south three hundred and eighty-five feet, thence west one hundred and seventyseven feet, thence north three hundred and eighty-ive feet, thence east one hundred and seventy-seven feet to place of beginning. Approved, March 2, 1893. CHAP. 196.-An act to promote the safety of employees and travelers upon rail-' March 2, 18%. roads by compelling common carriers engaged in interstate commerce to equip their -———————-— cars with automatic cou lers and continuous brakes and their locomotives with driving·wheel brakes, and) for other purposes. | Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the first imggifwneeituuka day of January, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, it shall be unlaw- {§§:s,u,u,gQs,;gggfj;j ful for any common carrier engaged in interstate commerce by railroad mem. touse on its line any locomotive engine in moving interstate traffic not equipped with a power driving-wheel brake and appliances for operating the train-brake system, or to run any train in such trafic after ·r¤u¤.nm1m»y¤am. said date that has not a sufficient number of cars in it so equipped with power or train brakes that the engineer on the locomotive drawing such train can control its speed without requiring brakemen to use the common hand brake for that purpose. Sec. 2. That on and after the iirst day of January, eighteen hundred Automatic euuplm and ninety-eight, it shall be unlawful for any such common carrier to ""“““’° °" ‘“°“'“‘ haul or permit to be hauled or used on its line any mr used in moving interstate traffic not equipped with couplers coupling automatically by impact, and which can be uneoupled without the necessity of men going between the ends of the cars. Sec. 3. That when any person, iirm, company, or corporation engaged Comgying comp-? in interstate commerce by railroad shall have equipped a sufficient §j$;,§c,;,,}’{;Y {gg'; number of its cars so as to comply with the provisions of section one psd qnrsfrom cuuueuv of this act, it may lawfully refuse to receive from connecting lines of mg “"°“· °°°‘ road or shippers any cars not equipped sufficiently, in accordance with the first section of this act, with such power or train brakes as will work and readily interchange with the brakes in use on its own cars, as required by this act. Sec. 4. That from and after the first day of July, eighteen hundred 0**** i*°¤¤»°'°; and ninety-five, until otherwise ordered by the Interstate Commerce Commission, it shall be unlawful for any railroad company to use any car in interstate commerce that is not provided with secure grab irons or handholds in the ends and sides of each car for greater security to men in coupling and uncoupling cars. Sec. 5. That within ninety days from the passage of this act the smqnqm Railway American Railway Association is authorized hereby to designate to the ,§f,§‘;°;‘{Q,‘j,’_‘{nf;‘{ mpg; Interstate Commerce Commission the standard height of drawbars for ¤f·1ruwbur¤f¤rr‘r¤igb¢ freight cars, measured perpendicular from the level of the tops of the °‘"‘ rails to the centers of the drawbars, for each of the several gauges of railroads in use in the United States, and shall fix amaximum variation nunuumvumiuu. from such standard height to be allowed between the drawbars of empty and loaded cars, Upon their determination being certified to C¤r*i¤¤¤*¤· the Interstate Commerce Commission, said Commission shall at once give notice of the standard fixed upon to all common carriers, owners, sence or mucus. or lessees engaged in interstate commerce in the United States by such InterstateCommerc»e Hl€‘1Ul§ for the Commission may deem proper. But should said associa- g:,‘;fj{j;“g“Qf"“0’} tion iml to determine a standard as above provided, it shall be the duty Association. of the Interstate Commerce Commission: to do so, before July first, eighteen hundred and ninetyfour, and immediately to give notice thereof as aforesaid. Ami after July first, eighteen hundred and °¤’**’“""° "“‘°· 1H11B?)'-HV9, B0 cars, either loaded or unloaded, shall be used in inter- __;;;{,;,¤gm’*3£§ state traiiic which do not comply with the standard above provided for. `