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FISHER BILL LOOKS BEATEN IN
COUNCIL VOTE ON IT TODAY
When the city council voted last
night to adjourn until this afternoon,
the Walter Fisher 50-year franchise
bill was beaten to a frazzle. The ad
journment, opposed by those who
wanted to "bury the bill forever,"
was brought about when friends of
the traction millionaires got the sup
port of aldermen who had campaign
meetings to address last night and
who didn't want to be kept away
from them by a mere council meet
ing. There was considerable specula
tion last night as to why the back
ers of the franchise grab wanted de
lay until today.
The Day Book is able to quote six
aldermen on this. For their protec
tion, they will not be referred to by
, Aid. No. 1: "I think the delay was
made to give the traction companies
a chance to raise their bids. There
will be a lot of money passed in the
next 24 hours."
Aid. No. 2: "They just wanted a
delay because it would give them a
chance to reform their lines. I don't
.think anything crooked will be
Aid. No. 3: "The delay will give
the traction companies 20 hours in
which to work. A man can change
his mind. They saw they were hope
lessly defeated here tonight. But if
theyjcan get enough aldermen to
change their minds over night they
may be able to send the Fisher .bills
down to the legislature."
Aid. No. 4: "I think the forces in
favor of Aid. Capitain's traction
proposition wanted the recess be
cause they saw their bill didn't have
a chance tonight. Then, too, some
of those who voted for postponement
were sincere in that they wanted to
do some campaigning."
Aid. ' No. 5: "Let them delay.
They can't put this thing over on the
council. It's an insult to the alder
jnen to introduce it, I could have
told you this a week ago. A delay
won't change the attitude of the
council a bit"
Aid. No. 6: "I was very much sur
prised to see the turn taken by the
council. I thought they had 40 votes
for it. I have my doubts now wheth
it will go over. I wouldn't be sur
prised if these is considerable money
or pressure exerted tonight on some
aldermen. We can tell by the voc
Long before voting started alder
men private expressed opinions that
the measure would fail because al
ermen up for re-election were not
willing to go to the polls with addi
tional burden of a 50-year franchise
vote on their backs.
Aid. Byrne tried hard to get an
amendment of his before the council,
but didn't get a chance. It provided
that the Fisher bill be called an out-and-out
50-year franchise without
The stiff opposition to the bill was
a surprise to almost every one in the
council chamber. Forty votes had
been counted for the measure and al
dermen vho opposed it were very
quiet in doing so A packed gallry,
expressing its position against the
franchise by applauding and hissing,
helped defeat the measure.
The council was scheduled to meet
again today at 2 p. m., when Aid. H.
D. Capitain, father of the Fisher bills,
has promised to give the aldermen a
speech at least an hour and one-half
long, telling why they should hand
over the city's streets to the same
traction interests to pack Chicagoans
into filthy, slow cars for 50 years
Aid. Miller voted against delay
with the promise that if the bills
came up for a vote the council would
rebuke the traction hogs.
"Let me get a chance at the propo
sition. I'll vote to bury it so deep
It never will be brought out again.
I'm. not owned by any corporation."
Aid. Byrne said he would' vote
against it to "fight Wall sL barons.'1