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Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 30, 1914

The war tax passed by congress last October goes into effect in the morning, and special stamps for fractional part of a cent have been received by the post office for use. The ordinary one and two cent stamps are used for higher amounts. With business awakening, it is expected that the tax will be short-lived.

The Home Telegraph Company is serving notice upon its subscribers that the tax of one cent for every long distance message of over 15 cents, imposed by the law, will be added to their monthly toll statement under a separate item, but computed and payable with the regular account.

Under the new law a tax of 10 cents is attached to marriage licenses adding to the cost of loving and living. A fractional tax is imposed on legal papers filed through the county offices. Toilet articles and fancy groceries are also taxed along with patent medicines.

The tax, unlike the English war tax, falls heaviest upon corporations and people who can afford it. In England the tax is on tea, beer and flour, mainstays of the middle class of that country.

On the Pacific System of the Southern Pacific company, there are over 4,000 bridges, aggregating more than 685,000 feet or about 131 miles. During the past 80 years the company has built an average of one steel bridge per month; and in the entire history of Southern Pacific not one passenger has lost his life in a bridge accident, this result being obtained by eternal vigilance and through constant inspection and proper construction of the structures.

All truss bridges — steel is the standard for these — are equipped with signals and derails interlocked with the operating machinery. The use of wood or other combustible material is eliminated to the fullest extent, and where wood is unavoidable, the timber is chemically treated. The standard main line trestle is provided with a gravel deck. Special devices, like the rope tickers suspended from the track, foot walks and hand rails are put on bridges and trestles wherever trainmen have to cross them in the course of their duties, so that the danger may be obviated.