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Rights and Duties of the Carrier in Receiving Goods


RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE CARRIER IN RECEIVING GOODS. The carrier is bound to receive and carry goods for all alike, and must not discriminate against shippers. He becomes liable for refusing to carry suitable property and may be compelled to receive and ship such property as he usually transports. (Fish v. Chapman, 2 Ga. 349.) But as a rule he is not obliged to carry all kinds or descrip tions of goods, but is only bound to accept such as he usually transports, or holds himself out to the public as ready and willing to transport. Further, the goods should be such as he can carry in his ordinary vehicles, and he may refuse to accept them when, because of heavy shipments, he has more goods on hand than he can handle. So he may refuse to receive goods unless securely packed, and reject those which arc dangerous or offensive or threatened with destruction from a mob or by fire. (Browne on Bailments, 97, and cases cited.) Nor is the carrier obliged to accept goods for delivery beyond his own terminus (People v. Chicago, Etc., Ry., 55 Ill. 95), unless the carrier also operates on the connecting road. (Erie Ry. Co. v. Wilcox, 84 III. 239.) It is the general practice for carriers to do so, however.

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