Special Instructions


In order to carry out this undertaking, it is necessary that the following Instructions be strictly observed by all Employes [sic] of the company.


To conductors, Agents, Drivers and Employes

1. –It is expected that all employees of the Company will be at their posts at all time, in order to guard and protect the property of the company. Have teams harnessed in ample time, and ready to proceed without delay or confusion. Where the coaches are change, have the teams hitched to them in time. Teams should be hitched together and led to or from the stable to the coach, so that no delay can occur by their running away. All employees will assist the Driver in watering and changing teams, in all cases, to save time.

2. –When a stage is seriously detained, by accident or otherwise, the Conductor or Driver will have the same noted on way bill and note book, and report fully to the Superintendent at first station, the nature and cause of such delay. Note hours of departure and arrival of all stages at stations, and keep a record of same.

3. –Conductors should never lose sight of the mails for a moment, or leave them, except in charge of the Driver or some other employee of the Company, who will guard them till his return. This rule must not be deviated from under any circumstances. They will also report to the Superintendent, in all cases, if Drivers abuse or mis-manage their teams, or in any way neglect or refuse to do their duty.

4. –The time of all employes is expected to be at the disposal of the Company’s Agents, in all cases, at stations where they may be laying over. Their time belongs exclusively to the Company; they will therefore be always ready for duty.

5.—None but the Company’s Superintendents or Agents, who have written permission, are authorized to make or contract debts, give notes, due bills, or any obligations on account of the Company.

6. – Conductors and Drivers will be very particular, and not allow the Company’s property to be abused, or neglect to report to the proper parties the repairs required.

7. –Be particular to see that the mails are protected from the wet, and kept safe from injury of every kind while in your possession, on your division, and you will be held personally responsible for the safe delivery at the end of your route, or point of destination, of all mails, and other property in your charge.

8. –The Company will not at present transport any through extra baggage, freights, or parcels of any description. All employees are cautioned against receiving such matter in any shape or manner, except such local business of this nature, from place to place, or will be done according to the instructions and prices to be given by the different Superintendents. You will not fail to see that all parcels, boxes or bundles carried on the stage, shall be entered on the way bill, with amount of freight to be charged, and you will be held responsible for the safe delivery, at point of destination, of all such packages. The Agent will see that the charges are paid, and articles receipted for at time of delivery. No money, jewelry, bank notes, or valuables of any nature, will be allowed to be carried under any circumstances whatever.

9. –All Superintendents, Agents, Conductors and Drivers will see particularly that all passengers have their names entered on the way-bill, at point of departure; that their fares be paid in advance, and the amount entered on way-bill as paid to point of destination. No Conductor or Agent must allow any stage to leave his station without personally comparing the way-bill with the passengers, and knowing that they agree. Each Station Agent will be required to note the time of arrival and departure of each stage at his station, both on the way-bill and on a book kept for that purpose, giving the Driver and Conductor’s name and cause of delay, if any has occurred.

10. –Superintendents will report to the President and Treasurer of the Company, and to each other, the names of the persons authorized to receipt fare on the way-bill. No others than those named by them will be allowed to receipt fare.

11. –The rates of fare will, for the present, be as follows: between the Pacific Railroad terminus and San Francisco, and between Memphis and San Francisco, either way, through tickets, $200. Local fares between Fort Smith and Fort Yuma, not less than 10 cents per mile for the distance traveled. Between Fort Yuma and San Francisco, and between Fort Smith and the Railroad terminus, the rate of fare will be published by the Superintendents of those divisions.

12. –The meals and provisions for passengers are at their own expense, over and above the regular fare. The Company intend, as soon as possible, to have suitable meals, at proper places, prepared for passengers at a moderate cost.

13. –Each passenger will be allowed baggage and exceeding 40 lbs. in any case.

14. –Passengers stopping from one stage to another, can only do so at their own risk as to the Company being able to carry them on a following stage. In cases of this nature, the Conductor or Agent at the place where they leave the stage, will endorse on the way-bill opposite their name, “Stopped over at --------.” And on the way-bill of the stage in which the passenger continues his journey, the entry of his name will be made with the remark, “Stopped over from the stage of the ----- (giving the date). Fare paid to ---------- on way-bill of ---------- (date) from ----------- (name the place).”

15. –All employees are expected to show proper respect to and treat passengers and the public with civility, as well as to use every exertion to promote the comfort and convenience of the passengers.

16. –Agents, Conductors, Drives and all employes, will follow strictly all instructions that may be received, from time to time, from the Superintendents of their respective divisions.

17. –Any transactions of a disreputable nature will be sufficient cause for the discharge of any person from the employ of the Company.

18. –INDIANS. A good look-out should be kept for Indians. No intercourse should be had with them, but let them alone; by no means annoy or wrong them. At all times an efficient guard should be kept, and such guard should always be ready for any emergency.

19. –It is expected of every employe, that he will further the interests of the Company by every means in his power, more especially by living on good terms with all his fellow-employes, by avoiding quarrels and disagreements of every kind and nature, with all parties, and by the strictest attention of each and every one to his duties.

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