"Tap Line Case" Summary of Homan & Southeastern Railway  
  Abstracted from "Tap Line Case", published in Decisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission, 23 I.C.C. 277, 23 I.C.C. 549, and in Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, 234 U.S. 1.  

HOMAN & SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY. The main track. of the Homan & Southeastern Railway Company is 12 miles long and connects with the Iron Mountain at Homan, Ark. The mill that it serves is about 1,000 feet from the Iron Mountain right of way, and is named on the record as Arthur. The other end of the track is in the timber and bears no name. The tap line also operates several miles of logging spurs. Its equipment consists of 2 locomotives, 2 flat and 15 log cars; and one logging train runs daily in each direction, on which passengers are carried free. A special train is sometimes run when a carload of freight other than forest products is offered for movement.

The mill was apparently erected in 1904 by the Kelly Lumber Company, which had previously been in business elsewhere. Shortly thereafter the tap line was built, and was incorporated as the Homan & Southern, having at that time 6 miles of track, that has since been taken up and entirely relocated. In 1906 the Kelly Lumber Company failed, and the Homan Lumber Company took over the property. At the same time the Homan & Southeastern was organized and succeeded the Homan & Southern. In 1909 the mill at Homan and the entire capital stock of the Homan & Southeastern, amounting to $27,000, was purchased by J. A. Brown & Company, the Homan Lumber Company at that time having cut off most of its timber. The vendees were not prepared to begin logging their own timber, and therefore leased the mill to the Homan Lumber Company, which continued to operate it until December, 1910, when the mill was destroyed by fire. At the time of the hearing it was being rebuilt by Brown. The Homan Lumber Company was itself building a new mill on the Red River about 31 miles away, and was constructing about a mile of railroad to connect with the Iron Mountain.

There are said to be a number of farms along the tap line and the country is developing. The traffic of the tap line during the year 1910, however, was almost entirely lumber, there being but 306 tons of cottonseed, farm products, and merchandise, the lumber weighing 10,344 tons, with some three or four times that weight of logs moving into the mill. For the fiscal year 1909 the lumber movement exceeded 29,000 tons.

The Homan & Southeastern is a party to joint rates published by the Iron Mountain that are 1 cent higher than the rates from mills on the trunk line itself. The Iron Mountain allows the tap line from 4 to 5 cents per 100 pounds, which includes the arbitrary of 1 cent. On such other traffic as it has the tap line apparently makes a local charge in addition to the Iron Mountain's rate. While the mill was in operation the logs were hauled to it by the tap line without charge against the lumber company; and the lumber was switched by the tap line for a distance of about 1,000 feet from the mill to the Iron Mountain.

The Homan & Southeastern does not file annual reports with the commission.

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