21 9. CABS. OMNIBUSES.
children under 10 years of age are reckoned as one adult. For each
large article of luggage carried outside, 2d. is charged; smaller
articles are free. The cabman is not bound to drive more than
G miles. Beyond the 4-mile radius from Charing Cross the fare is
Is. for every mile or fraction of a mile. The charge for waiting is
Gd. for each completed '/4 hr. for four-wheelers, and eid. for han¬
soms. The, fare by time for the first hour or part of an hour is 2s.
for four-wheelers, and 2s. Gd. for hansoms. For each additional
'/jhr.jOd. and8d. Beyond the4-mile radius the fare is 2s. 6d. forthe
first hour, for both 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles, and for each ad¬
ditional 1/4 hr. 8d. The driver is not bound to drive for more than
one full hour, and he may decline to be hired by time between
8 p. in. and 6 a. m.
AVhether the hirer knows the proper fare or not, he is recom¬
mended to come to an agreement with the driver before starting.
In cases of attempted imposition the passenger should demand
the cabman's number, or order him to drive to the nearest Police
Court or Station.
The driver is bound to deposit any articles left in the cab at the
Head Police Office, Scotland Yard, where they may be claimed on
The Fly is a vehicle of a superior description, resembling the
Parisian Voiture de remise, and is admitted to the parks more freely
than the cabs. Flies must be specially ordered from a livery stable
keeper, and the charges are of course higher. These vehicles are
recommended in preference to cabs for drives into the country,
especially when ladies are of the party.
Omnibuses, of which there are more than 100lines, cross the
Metropolis in every direction from eight in the morning till midnight.
The destination of each vehicle (familiarly known as a'6ms), and
the names of some of the principal streets through which it passes,
are usually painted on the outside. As they always keep to the left
in driving along the street, the intending passenger should walk on
that side for the purpose of hailing one. To prevent mistakes, he
had better mention his destination to the conductor before entering.
The principal points of intersection of the omnibus lines are
(on the N. of the Thames) the Bank, Charing Cross, Regent Circus
(Piccadilly), Oxford Circus, and the junction of Tottenham Court
Road and Oxford Street. The chief point in Southwark is the
hostelry called the Elephant and Castle.
Those who travel by omnibus should keep themselves provided
with small change to prevent delay and mistakes. The fare varies
from Id. to 6d., and is in a few cases 9d. For a drive to Richmond,
the Crystal Palace, and other places several miles from the City
the usual fare is is. A table of the legal fares is placed in a con¬
spicuous position in the inside of each omnibus.
Omnibus Lines. The following is a list of some of the principal