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THE ROCK TSUAND ARGUS. FRIDAY,1 DECEMBER 1, 1911.
AUTO FEES GROW
TO A LARGE FUND
More Than $300,000 Will Be
in the Illinois Treasury by
MAY USE ON HIGHWAYS
Governor Probably 'Will Include
Subject tf a Special Ses
sion I Called.
"When the Illinois general assembly
gain mest one of tbe important sub
jects to be considered Is what dispo
sition Is to be made of the money re
ceived from the licensing of automo
biles and chauffeurs within the limits
of the state.
If there Is n extra session of the
47th general assembly called early the
coming year the fund on hand in the
state treasury will run somewhere in
excess of $"?00,000. It may approxi
mate in the vicinity of $400,000. If
there I no. extra session the subject
will go over for consideration of the
48th general assembly to be elected
almost a ywr hence. By that time
the fund will be considerable in ex
cess of a ball million dollars. It may
run pretty well up to the three quar
ter million mark. That depends
largely on tbe manner in which the
law Is enforced.
KIND GROWING DAILY.
This pile of money which first comes
Into the handa of the secretary of state
and thence passes to the state treas
urer is grong daily, but it la in
creasing 011I7 by little dribs, two-bit
pieces, half -lollars and an occaslonel
dollar. But the last of December and
the first of January It will pile up.
. The dollars will pour Into the state
treasury in a stream like corn meal
from a grist mill.
It wag purely through an oversight
on the part of the regular session ot
the general assembly that 'this money
is accumulating o rapidly in the elate
treasury. Automobiles are increasing
at a furious rote in Illinois. The au-
toists too are tearing the roads to
pieces and at the same time are de
manding mo'e and better roads. It
takes a better road for an automobile
than it does for the farmer's rig. The
, latter Is content to go along at any
where from three to 10 miles an hour,
but the chauffeur and his boss wants
the road so that he can make from
E0 to 100. He wants to fairly burn up
AIMED TO IMPROVE ROADS.
Under thesa circumstances the law
makers in their wisdom thought it no
more than rl;ht that the owners and
patrons of automobiles should pay
portion of the freight and a now law
was passed greatly increasing the an
nual license fee and providing that
the license fees shall be deposited in
the state treasury and set apart as a
special fund to be known as the "road
fun" which shall be used solely for
tbe permanent Improvement of the
highways of the state outside of any
Incorporated city, town or village, and
shall be subject to appropriation by
. the general assembly for that purpose
Here the wisdom of the members of
the general Assembly departed tbem.
For they forgot to pass any legisla
tion appropriating this money out of
the state treasury, and there it must
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remain, constantly increasing In siie
until there is some legislative enact
ment In the future. But It won't concern
the state, for the longer the fund is
allowed to accumulate the loiger its
proportions wUl be. It la a nest egg.
that will amount to some dimesnlona,
by the time the melon is cut.
There is found to be a big scram
ble among various communities to
get as large a share as possible. The
legislature, however, evidently ln-
that will amount to some dimensions,
the coin, for the law says:
"The amount appropriated and ex
pended from such road fund in any
county for the permanent Improve
ment of the highways within Its lim
its, In any one year, shall be in the
same proportion as the amount leev
led in each county for road and
bridge taxes bears to the total
amount on the road and bridge tax
levied in all counties of the state."
This is certainly explicit and evi
dently means that the bulk of cash
big while it is kept together is to be
distributed a drop here and a drop
there, until in reality no one gets
any benefit from it. Of course, nei
ther Chicago, Springfield, Peoria,
East St. Louis, not any of the other
larger cities of the state, the ones
that will contribute the greater por
tion of the money will derive any
direct benefit for the law provides
the money must be expended "out
side of any incorporated city, town
MILLION UPENT OX ROADS.
It is estimated that the state of
Illinois, through its various boards
of highways have squandered mil
lions of dollars in good roads, but
which are absolutely no better than
they were years ago. The wrong
system has been in vogue. Instead
of the construction of permanent
hard roads the highway commission
ers have been content with some
good grading here and there and
ditching at other points, to keep
their teams employed. They have
paved a few roads with gravel to
have it disappear the next spring,
only to be followed with some more
of tbe same kind.
There are miles and miles of Illi
nois paving that has become so thor
oughly mixed with mud, that it is
impossible except by consultation
with the records, to tell that a hard
road was ever built there. The cit
ies of the state build roads, good
reads, and roads that last. Why not
the country? It can be done, and
done easily if there is but some sys
tem to it. but the scattering of a
handful of dollars here and another
handful somewhere else broadcast
over the entire state is not going to
It is up to the legislature to find
the means of getting this money out
of the state treasury. To do this
will require an amendment to the
present law. This could be done to
provide for n good permanent road.
One good road across the state would
do more good than a hundred thous
and patches here and there which
will quickly disappear and no one
be the wiser to the fact that the
automobile owners are contributing
in excess of $300,000 per year for
keeping up the roads.
Right now there is an agitation
sweeping over the country for good
roads. This Is particularly true in!
Illinois, where the roads are prob
ably poorer, or at least as poor as
any state in the union and Illinois
is one of the largest. It is so far
behind Ohio and Indiana in this di
rection that it will take years to catch
up. The automobile license fund
finds a good opportunity of making
a start in the right direction. If
25 or 30 miles of good roads could
be constructed each year. It would
not be long before Illinois had some
thing worth while to talk about, be
sides mud everywhere in wet, rainy
raOIKO NATIONAL HIGHWAY.
Advocates of good roads are advo
cating the Lincoln way from Washing
ton across Illinois. Other national
roads are being agitated. Why not
have a good state road, one stretch
ing from east to west or from north
to south clear across the state. Of
course Springfield would like to have
it pass through that city, but if this
route Is not feasible, let It go some
where else. Somebody will be the
gainer no matter where it goes. After
the state has started one good road
that amounts to something it will be
speedily followed by others.
The different communities will take
up the question on their own Initiation
and they will build good roads reach
ing to it. It will offer such easy trans
portation across the state that they
will want to be connected with the
great highway by one equally as good.
It Is bound to stimulate good road
building In Illinois as nothing else.
If the state gets to spending money
where the benefit will be appreciable
and lasting, it is a certainty the dif
ferent communities will spend several
dollars for every one expended by the
state. There will be a goal toward
which to strive, and 10 years from to
day Illinois will have some roads to
point to with pride and will be able to
establish an enrlable reputation, as it
has In other directions.
DESEE1 TO CONSIDER PLAN.
If an extra session is called, it is a
certainty Governor Charles S. Deneen
will include this subject. It has al
ready been referred to him by James
A Rose the secretary of state, who
has officially called his attention to
the defect Then it will be np to the
state legislature to say whether each
community will get its bit, which may
keep a few men and teams at work for
a few days, or whether a broad system
of road building will be adopted which
in another decade is sure to bear
The new law went into effect July
1 of the present year, and by its terms
ell licenses expire Dec. 3L Under the
old law the license was $2 per annum,
regardless of the size or the purpose
.tor wcicn tne automobile was used
J Under the present act it ranges froni
$4 to $10, according to the horse pow
er of the motor. Up to the present
time there have been Issued 37,972
licenses and there has been paid Into
the state treasury as fees $81,229.05.
PROVIDES ENORMOUS INCOME.
This small figure is no criterion to
what the full income from the law will
be. If a man with a 26 or less horse
power au'o mobile took out a license
June 30 of the current year, for the
year he paid $2. The next day the
new law became effective by which his
annual license became $4, but by its
terms he could secure a license only
for six months, as it is the intention
to make every license expire Dec 31.
The $2 annual license just offset the
bix months' license. He got a new li
cense and paid no money Into the treas
ury. In each Instance an old license
applies on the new one, and the owner
cf the motor pays the difference. In
many instances this amounts to only
25 or 30 cents. A person buying an
automobile now and taking out a li
cense pays for only a short time more
than a month. The result Is that
the fees are all small ones. None of
the $4 to $10 ones are being paid In,
and none will be until near the close
of the current year.
nearly ee.oeo licenses.
Just Tiow many licenses will be Is
sued next year is one of the uncer
tainties. Charles Rose, who has
charge of this department of the office
of the secretary of state, thinks it will
run somewhere in the neighborhood of
"I think there are fully that many
automobiles in Illinois," he said.
Everyone will pay at least $4 if he
takes out the license on the first day
of the year. Many of them will pay
$6, $8 and even $10 for the larger
motors. But they won't all be taken
out on tne nrst or tne year. Many a
man will La7e his automobile In the
State Savings Baek
& Trust Company
At the Nortnwest Comer of
15th Street and 5th Avenue,
Will Be Open to the Inspection of
the Public for the First Time
Saturday, December 2d.
npHE Officers and Directors of this Bank extend a
ii cordial invitation to all to come and see this
handsome new room The most perfectly appointed
and beautifully fitted banking room in the state of
Illinois, outside of the city of Chicago.
JJ G. Allen, President.
C. I. Josephson, Vice President.
Sol Hirsch, Cashier.
- C. F. Lundberg, Assistant Cashier.
H. J. Gripp, Mgr. Real Estate Dept.
F. G. Allen, Vice President Moline Plow Company.
Geo. W. Johnson. Pres. and Treas. Moline Furniture Works
M. W. Battles, Jr., Druggist.
L. C. Blanding, Assistant Secretary Moline Plow Co.
A. H. Arp, Physician and Surgeon.
J. B. Oakleaf, Real Estate.
Sorling, Real Estate.
garage and will not take It out for use
until spring opens.
He is supposed to pay a license on It
whether he uses It or not. The law
makes no distinction in this regard.
But many an owner will swear to an
affidavit for the sake of saving a dollar
on his license. He will make affidavit
to the secretary of state that he has
just purchased the machine. The sec
retary will have to take his word for
it, for he will have no means of know
ing to the contrary.
POLICE BIG FACTOR.
The total amount to be paid by the
automobile owners will be In the neigh
borhood of $250,000. It may run a lit
tle less, it may run more. It depends
largely on the manner in which the
police authorities enforce the act in
the different cities. When each city
had its own automobile license ordi
nance and collected its own fees it
got every cent coming. Now that they
are barred from collecting a tax, and
it goes into the state treasury with
out the city getting a cent's worth of
benefit, the civic authorities are in
clined to be a little lax.
"I was In Peoria the other day," Mr.
Rose continued, "and I saw but two
new state licenses. Every automobile
had a number on it Some were paint
ed on old tin cans, some were on card
board, and some were the very first
licenses ever issued by the state. There
was no enforcement of the law there at
all. In Springfield, too, very few new
licenses are to be seen on the automo
biles." In Chicago, Mr. Rose said the law
was being strictly enforced, and It la
from there a large portion of the li
cense fees are coming.
CHAIFFEIRS MUST PAY.
Another source of income will be the
chauffeurs, who will be forced to pay
a license after the first of the year.
Under the old system, where they paid
Seiffert, of Moline Plow Company.
a dollar each, 9,477 chauffeurs were li
censed. "I think thtre will be fully 10,000 un
der the new system," Mr. Rose said.
"Each chauffeur is compelled to pay a
fee of $5 for the license the first year.
It is renewable thereafter at the rate
of $3 per annum."
Mr. Rose has gone to Chicago to open
a branch office there which will be in
charge of D. U McKenney- and locat
ed in the Heinsen building at 610
South Dearborn street. It is the inten
tion to commence the examination of
chauffeurs at this office on and after
"We want to complete the examina
tions in Chicago by the first of the
year," Mr. Rose said, and then we will
be ready for the rest of the state."
It is estimated that there are close
to 8,000 in Chicago alone, as big firms
like Marshall Field & Co. employ 75
alone. It is the expectation that the
Chicago police will enforce this fea
ture of the law as closely as they do
that requiring the autoa to be licensed.
TO HOLD EXAMS IN MANY CITIES.
Mr. McKenney, the examiner, will
then tour the state, making it as easy
as possible for the chauffeurs to take
the license examination and with as
little expense to them. He will put in
a couple of days at Peoria, and at
Bloomington, at Springfield, East St.
Louis, Decatur, and in fact all the
larger cities In the state. Chauffeurs
in the smaller communities can go to
the nearest large city for the purpose
of taking the examination.
No great difficulty Is anticipated io
assembling the chauffeurs. The chief
of police will be notified of the coming
examination, and he will be requested
to instruct his men to notify all chauf
feurs and all garages. In a reasonable
time no one will be permitted to oper
C. I. Josephson, Jeweler.
Sol Hirsch, Cashier.
P. H. Wessel, Physician and Surgeon."
G. Henry Sohrbeck, Druggist.
C. A. Banister, Treasurer Moline Plow
F. A. Landee, State Senator.
H. H. Kuehl. Insurance.
ate an automobile unless he possesses
the required license.
' ttl'IET SEASON FOR AUTOS.
This is the dull season in the auto
mobile department of the secretary of
state's office, and If it was not for the
preparations for the anticipated rush
certain to come the 'first of the year
and the work of getting supplies to
the Chicago office, there would be lit
tle to do. However, everybody con
nected with the department will soon
be making up for the slack business of
Thousands of copies of the new au
tomobile law, and a synopsis contain
ing the salient points have been dis
Greatest aid to home baking
Makes the cake biscuits and
bet-breads o! superior flavor
Absolufety free from a turn ami other
tributed all over the state so that
there will be no excuse for any owner
of an automobile or a chauffeur tc
plead ignorance of tbe provisions ol
Penalties of from $10 to $200 ar
provided for a violation of the pro
visions of the act. '
When a cold becomes settled is
the system, it will take several days'
treatment to cure it and the besi
remedy to use is Chamberlain'i
Cough Remedy. It will cure quick
er than any other and also leavei
the system in a natural and health
condition. Sold by all druggists.