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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 21, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 30',
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MERRIAM, KENNEDY AND BUCK LOSE IN FIGHT
TO CHANGE SUBWAY ORDINANCE
Aid. Henry D. Capitain worked
hard at the meeting of the council
last night and bysteam roller tac
tics managed to pass an ordinance
which creates a commission of three
engineers to bring in plans for a sub
way. Aid. Merriam had three amend
ments, Aid. Kennedy one and Aid.
Buck one. Capitain talked against
every one of them and tol'd how, after
being duly considered in the local
transportation committee, they were
placed on file. All of the amend
ments lost and the engineers appoint
ed will be bound by the existing
values under the ordinances.
"The street car company has $80,
000,000 worth of watered stock," Aid.
Merriam said. "We should not be
tricked into recognizing this water.
I ask that the ordinance let the en
gineers probe and fix the value of
the companies. Then perhaps we will
get a real report"
"If the value under the existing or
dinances are not accepted the report
will be valueless," returned Capitain.
"This is lke a poker game," said
Aid. Block. "The traction company
raised its capital stock and then the
'L' companies follow. The capital ac
count of the street car company is
now over $150,000,000 and we know
that this property cannot give a fair
return on this amount and give good
transportation at the same time. This
is another attempt to force this water
on the people.
"We have already spent a half mil
lion getting subway reports and there
still remains a question in my mind
whether or not we really need a sub
way. I think we don't I think that
the street car and elevated service
could be improved. If this were done
we would not need subways."
Block predicted that Bion Arnold
member of the board of supervising
engineers, would be a member of the
board. Arnold,. iie claims, has never 1
given the city an even breakince he
was appointed to the board.
Michaelson objected to the alder
men taking up the time of the coun
cil. He said these matters had been
considered carefully in the committee
and committee knew what they were
doing when they placed the amend
ments on file.
"Yes, carefully considered with the
aid of their honorary member, John
Wilkie, vice president of the traction
company and recognized representa
tive of both the 'L' and street car
companies in the council lobby," said
Aid. Block. "Any fan who can't see
this the way we see it doesn't want
to see it. Wilkie sits in with the com
mittee and talks as much as he
The ordinance was finally passed.
Friends of the administration were
happy when the Wets and Drys re
vived an old fight on the enlargement
of the commission probing the liquor
question. Aid. McCormick's minor
ity report to enlarge the commission
Other Doings of Council
Passed orders forbidding sale of
air. guns to kids; directing finance
and judiciary committees to sit
jointly on civil service violations to
report same to grand jury; giving
city employes, except men paid by
day, half day Friday to shop; direct
ing special council to push manda
mus suit in supreme court compell
ing board of education to open their
books before budget is made up.
Deferred until next meeting com
munication from health committee
of City club condemning sub-basements.
Corporation Counsel Ettelson sub
mitted two opinions, one 18 pages,
the other six, stating that the coun
cil probes of Boiler Inspector Nye
and the school board appointes were
wo orders referring to the olic9