de la estación del ferrocarril. enero, 1967.
/HABS, Jack E. Boucher
19 junio 1888
Porto Rico's Railway
San Juan de Porto Rico, June 5,-The french engineers who are to build the
island railway arrived here on May 27 by the
steamer Ville de Marseille from France. The proyected railway will connect
the various ports of the island. The local government has guaranteed 8 per
cent interest for a term of years.
31 octubre 1900
Porto Rico Railway Franchise
San Juan, Porto Rico, Oct. 30-
The railway franchise which the Executive granted yesterday to the North
American Company is very valuable. It will permit the construction of a
veritable network of lines in the island.
20 agosto 1901
Advises Against Franchise
Attorney General Thinks Exemptions Awarded to Porto
Rícan Railway Were Unwarranted.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19.—The Secretary of State has received from Attorney
General Knox an opinion on the question on the approval by the President
of a franchise granting to the Compañía de los
Ferrocarriles de Porto Rico the right to extend íts railway línes between
certain points on the island.
The Attorney General advises that the franchise In question be not
approved by the Presldent, on the ground that the Executive Council of
Porto Rico has undertaken to exempt the company and its property from all
taxation for a period of twenty-flve years.
These exemptions, the Attorney General holds, the Executlve Council was
not authorízed to make. " Congress," he says, " did not delegate to It the
sovereign power of taxation, including the authority to exempt from
taxation. This was delegated to the Legíslative Assembly of Porto Rico.
The two powers are different and dlstlnct things."
The Council, therefore, it is held, has invaded the province of the
Legislative Assembly, and the proposed
exemptions are void.
11 de mayo 1902
A Porto Rican Railway
Company incorporated to operate narrow gauge line 307 miles long on the island
ALBANY. May 10.—The American Railroad Company at Porto Rico, with its
principal office in New York City, was incorporated today, to operate a
narrow-gauge steam road which has been partially built and is being
operated at present between various cities and towns of the Island of
Porto Rico by the Compañía de Los Ferrocarriles de Puerto Rico, a Spanish
The total length of the road is to be 307 miles, about 130 of which have
been constructed. The corporation is also to operate or to lease or
acquire Porto Rican telegraph and steamboat lines in connection with the railroad. The company has a capital of
$1.000,000, of which $400,000 is to be 7 per cent, cumulative preferred
and $6OO.OOO common stock. The Directors are J. de Lapisse, Henry Wiener,
Paul Leveque, and Gabriel Maurel of París. France; Edward Lauterbach.
Herbert R. Llmburger, and Hernand E. Behn of New York City; Jean Charles
Charpentier of San Juan, Porto Rico, and B. P. de Frece of Pelham Manor.
Concerning the American Railroad Company of Porto Rico, incorporated
yesterday, Edward Lauterbach, one of the Directors, said last night:
" All the papers are at my office and the figures I give you are
practically guess work. Between Ponce and San Juan there are three
railroads, or more properly speaking, three sections of what should be a
continuous road. These were built under a Spanish grant and the securities are mainly held In France.
" Our company has completed arrangements to take over the roads now in
operation and make it a continuous route. We have the concessions from the
authorities at Porto Rico, and these have been ratified by President
Roosevelt. By the terms of our grant we can Issue first mortgage bonds.
and there will be no trouble about capital. In all we will have to build
about fíty-five miles of road, and work will be begun at once. When
completed the raílway will be about 135 miles in length."
29 de marzo 1907
Porto Rican Railways Bad
Expert says methods are antiqued
-Preferential rates given.
SAN JUAN, Porto Rico. March 28— James Peabody of
Chicago,-the railroad expert detailed to advise and assist the Governor of
Porto Rico In adjusting rail-road rates and
revising the freight classification now in use, after completing his
investigation of the railroad transportation
conditions of Porto Rico and submitting a
lengthy report on the subject to Gov. Post, sailed for New York on Tuesday on the steamer Coamo.
Mr. Peabody stated in his report that the American Railroad Company was in
absolute control of all the lines; that the
rolling stock was old and inadequate to the needs of the increasing
shipping interests; that the business methods were antlquated; that
preferential rates were given; that poor
discipline prevailed, and that the roads were operated under a franchise
of the Spanish Government which precluded the
Executive Council from ínterfering wlth the
Mr. Peabody recommended the adoptlon of a system by which the roads might
be operated profitably, based on their former earníngs and probable
increases during the next five years, and the formulation of a set of
rules governlng the passenger traffic.