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The News-Herald. (Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio) 1886-1973, December 10, 1914, Image 9

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One of the most serious questions presented to the citizens of Hillsboro in many years is the light question, upon -which they will vote
jj December 15th. Hillsboro js perhaps the only town in Ohio in its class with regard to population, whose streets and alleys are enshrouded
in Stygian darkness after nightfall, with no attempt on the part, of her officials to dispell the shadows by artificial means. Ej
H All modern cities and towns of any consequence keep abreast of the times in illumination development and consider their lighting sys-
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I A Few Facts That Deserve Consideration I
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Are Lights Important to a City?
I? a well lighted city were a matter of little consequence to the
citizens o! a municipality there would be little demand for good lighting
and little condemnation of officials who fail to provide it.
Let the rtader think for just a moment whether he has ever seen in print, or heard
adverse criticism against TOO MUCH LIGHT in any town or City.
If it is difficult or indeed impossible to have tco much light in the business and res
ideutal thorofnres of n municipality, certainly the entire lack of illumination is
altogether inexcusable and dangerous even for a short period of time,
and a poor system at any time reduces the cities attractiveness, desir
ability and commercial efficiency.
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A City in Darkness
Hillsboro is today a town widely rdvertised as a town in darkness. Thiev
ing, crime and immorality are seldom attracted by light. Oppositely
it is well known that they love the shelter of darkness. No agency
in the employ of a city so holds in check elements dangerous to the
life of a people, physical and moral, as a system of proper lighting.
With all her bossted culture, refinement, J.ili ideals and intellectuality, it is not possible
that Ilillsboro will continue to palliate a policy of "no light.s" and take the chance of the
consequences.
(2)
Startling But Possible Headlines
"An Era of Crime and Burglary Envelopes Hillsboro."
'Thieves Attracted to the Town by Darkness."
"Safe Successfully Robbed. Bus-fjlars Make Get Away Because
of Dark Streets."
"Big Damage Suit Filed Against Village by Citizen Seriously In
jured by Fall While Groping Along Street in Darkness."
These are imaginary Headlines, btartlniR it is true, 1 ut pos'ible in Hillsboro papers
at any time.
Individuals and business concernsrany accident, health, burglary and life insurance.
Proper lighting is acknowledged to be the best known form of insur
ance against crime, robbery and misdemeanors.
(5)
The Social and Commercial Elements
With darkened streets the women and children of the town feel thenisthcs housed
in for the winter. A man with a stout cudgel, good nerve and electric torch
might venture a trip through any remote and dark region, even from
the corporation lines to the center of Hillsboro after dark, but few
women and children care to make the trip. They ate thus Tobbed cf many
social pleasures and detained from business and shopping errands Two of the congrcga
tions of the town even find it advisable to hold their evening services before nightfall.
(3)
Our Merchants
A continuation of such a condition means a loS3 of hundreds of dollars to
ElilEsboro's merchants during the hoSsday season. An abundance of light
on the streets means that the throng will be attracted to the shopping cen
ters, otheiwife many will not venture forth after dark at a season of the year when bad
weather is certain to prcail.
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Will Hillsboro Take the Risk?
Will Hillsboro continue under these conditions when she has ample funds to ptovide
the light? In fact is it not little short of criminal for those in authority to permit
stt. It a state of affairs to continue ? The people are for the tune being the officials in au
thotity in this matter in Hillsboro, foi they are to settle the question December 15th, by
their votes.
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:ommg 'Tabernacle BVieeting
Ths Wg Tab-rncla mpotings are row the talk of th- county and u ill poon begin. They argue strongly for well lighted streets when
the Village should b4 crowded writ our o vn p opl and hundr da f str angers every night for weeks. Should the proposed contract be
adoptc-d oy ihe people, THE LIGH F OuMPAN Y WILL AT ONCE LIGH I' THE STREETS with the old lamps until the new system is installed
quare Deal Only is Asked
By ure-s trn Ligh'; C jrapaoy his proved to any unbiased mind that the CONTRACT THEY PROPOSE IS MOST REASONABLE
wlpn crmpK-ted with Kiiowa.it rau-s and total annual cobt 'o the Village, with rates and costs in other towns of similar size.
'Ihe com raot also provides that the Company wili kep abreast Vv it h improvements in -Ucric light development and the public in
terest is safe guarded in every way. THE LIGH V COMPANY HAS MADE ITS BEST POSsJBLE OFFER TO THE VILLAGE. We have
agreed 1 o 'install the most up-to.d tt,e systt-m of street lighting procurable and at a 28$ REDUCTION from the former contract. j he plan sug
gested of sc irmg light of the Tractio-i Com mnr is visionary and impractical. IP H1LLSBO 0 WAITS ON THAT SOURCE OF SUPPLY,
HER CLTlZuNS WOULD EVENTUALLY HAVE Nu MORE NEE J FOR EYUS AFTER DARK IN WALKING TBE STREETS, THAN
HAVE THu FISH IN Mammoth Cav-,. Kentucky.
Fair Profit Ss Al! Company Asks For
The Hillsboro Light & Fuel Compny havi ilwavs trud to meet the needs of the Village according to contract, and have maintained
and kept Up its equipment at considerable fxpnp , ASKING ONLY FOK A FAIR PROFIT FOR CURRENT. Our records and reports to the
Slain show that THIS JS ALL rfcLAT HA EVE 14 3'ilEN RECEIVED WW BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ENTITLED TO FAIR, UNBIASED
CONSIDERATION, FhEE'FROM TnB PREJUDj.CE THAT lo OFTEN BdOWN AGAINST A PU BL1C UTILITY. It is certainly to our in.
trr-!t to beiair and reasonable in contract negotiations, for wo krow that a Contract of this kind will have to bear the keenest scrutiny of the
Public and of those who are opposed to the Company.
Therefore the contract now offered is reasonable in every feature AND IS POSITIVELY THE BEST PROPOSAL THAT THE COM
PANY jS ABLE OH WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE. Iu other words if 1 he people of Hillsboro want the benefits that a good modern system of
lighting will afford, on a basis altogether reaonable FAl-t AND EQUITABLE they will adopt the contract propostd. Wo should be just
c.s wiling to negotiate it with Council but THEY have bee n unwilling, hence the election.
What Defeat of the Proposed! Contract SVSeaos
Shou'd thH proposal be dfeated (ad the seems to b no reason why it should be) and should Council continue it po icy of dicker
ing and d. Uy. the town sms doomed to an ind finite p-rird of darkness. NO REDUCTION CAN POSSIBLY BE MADE FROM THE COM
PANY'S PRESENT PROPOSAL WITHOUT A JLUSB 'I O THtU UOMl'AJN Y. The village c mnot expect us to tnrmsn a product at a loss any
E: more than it could expect to buy its coal or other suppli s on such a basis. We are gc ing to the expanse of this advertising . o that all the
DHOple raiy have a fair, clear underst-nding of the wnole matter, and we beli-ve that the LIGHT UOMrAJN Y MAS AS MUUc ILIGHT TO BE
CONSIDERED FAIR IN ITS PROPOSAL AND STa'J EMENTS AS H AS COUNCIL.
I' ihy PEOpLE OF HILLSBORO WANT LI G-iT AND ALL OF THE SECURITY, CONVENIENCE AND BENEF.TS THAT IT IN-
I SURES, AND WANT IT AT AN EARLY DATE, VOTE 'YES" FOR THE LIGHT PROPOSAL.
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