Chef de Bataillon Digue, Directeur du Chemin de Fer
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This document was compiled in response to a letter (n° B103) from the governor of Haut-Sénégal-Niger dated February 7, 1907.
(p1) There are reports from several sections. In the first section, Digue mentions ice factories in Kayes, Toukoto and Bamako that sell ice to civilians and railroad employees, and provide it free of charge to sick people. He also mentions that trains and lorries operated between Kayes-Ville and Kayes- Plateau. After December 1906, all of the trains were replaced with lorries.
(Addendum 1) Ingenieur, chef de l'Exploitation Lacheze to Digue, "Travail des Indigènes" (Kayes, February 17, 1907). According to Lacheze, Africans worked 10-hour days in the workshops from 6-12 and from 13h30 to 15h30 or 14h00 to 16h00, depending on the season. Mechanics on the main line worked two days out of three, running between Kayes-Toukoto or Toukoto- Bamako and staying overnight before returning. Mechaniciens de trains de service (mechanics on work trains) get one day off each week. Chefs de gare (station masters) have to work from 6h30 to 19h00, but no trains run at night. Laborers in the largest train stations (main d'oeuvres de grandes gares) work morning or afternoon shifts.
(Addendum 2) Le Medicin aide-majeur 2iéme classe, Chef de Service de la Sante du Railway, Dr. Beinet, "Service de Santé du Chemin de Fer de Kayes à Niger" (Toukoto, February 15, 1907). According to Beinet, the Service de Santé (medical service) was located at Toukoto and at Bamako. There was also a hospital at Kayes. All medicine was free, even for the wives of railroad workers. Twice a month, the doctor employed by the railroad made a round trip along the railroad to treat workers between Kayes and Koulikoro. In addition, there were a variety of ways that workers could get to the nearest medical facility for treatment (but Dr. Beinet doesn't say if this was available to African workers).