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"JITNEY BUSES" A HUGE HIT IN
MANY COAST CITIES
San Frarrcisco, Jan. 19. "Jitney
buses," or automobiles carrying pas
sengers for miles along principal
thoroughfares of cities for 5 cents,
are sweeping the west. The street
car companies admitted today that
the buses are cutting their receipts
thousands of dollars weekly. A bill
has been introduced in the California
legislature to declare the "jitney bus"
a common carrier under the control
of the state railroad commission.
Practically every city on the coast
has the jitney fever The bus oper
ators have organized themselves into
the "Jitney Bus Association," and it
is expected that 3,000 "jitneys" will
be In operation in San Francisco dur
ing the fair. The city taxes the buses
here $5 monthly. They carry from
four to ten passengers on every trip
and the owners admit they are clear
ing from $10 to $25 daily.
In introducing the bill in the legis
lature to make the "jitney" a com
mon carrier it was argued that the
buses are taking so much business
away from the street car companies
and reducing the revenues of the'se
corporations to such an extent that
the state's revenues would be cut
down by what threatens to be as
much as $150,000 a year.
"JITNEY BUS" HAS EFFECT IN
SEATTLE CAR SITUATION
Seattle, Jan. 19. In two proposi
tions submitted to the city council
abandonment of projects for munici
pal ownership of street railways is
foreshadowed because of "jitney bus"
competition. One, a resolution in
troduced by the leader of the munic
ipal ownership forces in the council,
prevides for dropping all litigation
seeking to acquire an electric line to
a suburban town. The other, a mes
sage from Mayor (Jill, vetoes a bill
passed by the council to submit to
voters a plan to extend the present
municipal line three miles. The may
or's message said: a
"Automobiles are about to super
sede car lines. Street railways m all
parts of the country are experiencing
difficulty in raising money for fear of
motor bus competition. If the city,
in the face of this fact, begins to
spend money on further extensions,
we are fools rushing in where angels
fear to tread."
Portland, Ore., Jan. 19. On the
ground that the operations of "jitney
buses" in Portland was more than
likely to be short lived because it
could not be profitable, the city com
"mission has declined to license 05
regulate their business.
HARRISON FOR BUSES
Mayor Harrison today declared
that the $3,000,000 appropriated for
auto busts would go through. Thi3
was his answer to anxious questions
as to the fate of the mucli-discussed
plan for transportation relief.
WOMAN BACKS UP OFFICER
WHO KILLED MAN
The woman for whom Policeman
Charles Sweeney of the Hudson av.
station shot and killed Frank Singer,
Friday night, came to the station and
verified the story of the policeman
He was then released.
Mme. Clansse, 608 York pi., a
dressmaker, was accosted by Singer,
according to the story of the police
man. Singer resisted an attempt to
arerst him and after beating the po
liceman to the ground, was shot.
FAMILY LOST IN QUAKE MAN
RUNS AMUCK SUICIDES
Jefferson Junction, Pa., Jan. 19.
Crazed by word from Italy that en
tire family had been wiped out in
earthquake disaster, Guiseppe Gab
rindo, an Italian, ran amuck hero
early today with two guns and injured
five persons, one of them fatally, and
then committed suicide.
Caboose of Chicago Junction rail
road caught fire in stockyards. Over-
1 heated jstove.