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Gov. Wilson, Gov. Osborn, Me
dill McCormick and Frank I.
Cobb To Be Heard.
pinner* of Gold in Times’ “Re
main In Michigan” Contest
To Be Announced.
• i- >
While Thursday of this week is to
be a great day ia the editorial round
up, the Board of Commerce is giving
for the entire Michigan press —with
addresses by the president of the as
sociated advertising clubs of America
and the editor of the National Maga
zine in the afternoon and speeches by
Gbv. Osborn, Gov. Wilson. Frank I.
Cobb, Medlll McCormick and A. 11.
Vandenberg. in the evening—it is only
cue-half of the great doings for the
At the Griswold House, Friday fore
noon, the eastern Michigan Press club
will hold its first session. D. W. Gran
don, of Hillsdale, one of nre famous
builders of small dntlles. is going to
tdll how it is done; and FYed W. Gage,
of Battle Creek, will illustrate with
atereopticon views his “Cost System
for printers.”
After luncheon at the Belle Isle
Casino, the patriotic impulse of the
night before banquet will be released
again in the consideration of the gen
eral theme, “What can we do for
Michigan." State Dairy Commissioner
.Lames W. Helme will suggest what
can be done in the dairy; Representa
tive Henry E. Strait has some con
victions on school text-book' reform
that he will offer; George W. Welch,
editor of the Fruit Belt. Grand Rapids,
will consider “Fruit-Growing as a fac
tor in the development of Mlchlgn 1; ”
and President Milton A. Mcßae, of
the Board of Commerce, w ill tell "why
Michigan needs an agricultural com
¥ A fitting finale to this session on
the good of the state will be the
awarding of three prizes in gold—
-9100, |SO and $2«V —to the newspapers
printing the three most convincing
editorials on the subject, "Remain In
Michigan." There are three score of
Smtestants in this patriotic competi
on, end Prestdeut Mcßae, one of the
judges pays they have produced a
•p!etuM> volume of inspiring copy that
cannot fail to do a lot of good in the
UttblUilUng of the state’s resources.
“The Detroit Times' was a most
happy and worthy one." Mr. Mcßae
adds, “and a real contribution to the
gobd of Michigan.
The other judges are Gov. Chase 8.
Osborn and Wm. P. Nisbett, publisher
of the Michigan Press Association
Bulletin. A revised list of the publica
tions competing is given below, but it
la not necessarily complete, as some
papers have been sent to the judges t
that were not mailed to The Times.
City Record-Eagle, J. W.
Hannen; Detroit Courier, G. A. Ferris:
Iron Mountain Tribune-Gazette. Joseph
A. Doran; Petoskey Evening News. C.
K. Churchill: Michigan Presbyterian,
Rev. . 8. Jerome; Elk HupPls Prog
ress, G. W. Perry; Pittsburgh Re-
Sorter, W. K. Colton; Cheboygan Tri
une. C. S. Ramsay; South Lyon
Herald, A. K. Pierce; Fowlovvllle Re
view'. G. L. Adams; Advertiser,
H. T. Johnson; Ulg Rapids Pio
neer. C Gay; Klnde Independent
Farmer, Janies H. Hall; Howard City
Record, James B. Haskins; Ogemaw
Republican, J. W. (luckier; Manistee
Dally Nows. Herbert Harley; Harbor
Hprtngs Graphic, J. C. Wright;
Grand Rapids Herald, A. H. Vanden
berg; Hanover Local, E. P. Lament;
White Cloud Eagle, W. B. Reed; Mus
kegon News-Chronicle, C. A. French;
Presque Isle County News, H. H.
Whltely; Blisstleld Advance, H. D.
Wlnte: St. Clair Republican, G. 11.
Pond; Sault Ste. Marie News. F. Knox;
Monroe Record - Commercial, A. B.
Bragdon. Jr.: Bay City Tribune. R. H.
Woods; Walervllct Record, E. F. Caee;
Port Huron Tlines-Herald. L. A. Welld;
Kalkaska Leader, J N. Tinklepaugh; |
Scottville Enterprise, Fred J. Buck;
Pontiac Press-Gazette, Harry Coleman;
Harbor Springs Graphic, John C.
Wright; Flint Dally Journal, Contrib
uted; Michigan Farmer. Appolls Long;
"Waldron Recorder. Mrs. Rose EL TUlot
■on; Charlotte Tribune, contributed:
Roscommon Herald, D. Eugene Mathe
son: Michigan Volksfreund, Rudolph
Warck: Lanesburg News, Ray V. Bird
sal]; Adrian Times. G. A. Dailey: Law-!
ton Leader. W. K Lane; Petoskey In- I
dependent. R. Ray Baker: Marshall \
Chronicle, J. M. Moses; Fowlervllle
Standard. BUI Peek; Coldwater Dally
Rf porter, Irlo L. Dobson; .Manistee vd
vocate, James G. Madison; Keweenaw
Miner. W. E. Smith; Hastings Herald,
C. F Field; Hillsdale Dally, D. W.
Grandon; Homer Lookout, Elwyn P.
Green, Buckley Enterprise, James E.
Ballard. Michigan Horticulture, C. E.
Bassett; Muskegon Times, George S.
Stanley; Grand Rapids Press. Russell
Gore; Cass City Chronicle. George Mar
lain; Benton Harbor News-Palladium;
Bay City Democrat, George Washing
ton: Michigan Christian Advocate. Rev.
3. H. Potts; Jackson Patriot. B. W.
Sarbar; Petersburg Sun A. P. Fating;
atlonal Barred Rock Journal. J. A
Barnum; Croswell Jeffersonian, Mrs. J.
F. West.
The police are Investigating a
brutal attack by a young man on Vic*
ter Lazen. 75 years old, and residing
at No. 23 Savoy-st. He la in St. Mary's
hospital, with his face terribly lacerat
ed from "brass knuckles.” and the
eight of one eye threatened.
Lazen was attacked near his home,
Sunday, and has furnlahed the police
with the name of his assailant, though
he disclaims all knowledge of the
cause of the assault.
Clara Btill Missing.
* After a search, in which the Juvenile
court officers have been assisted for
three days by the entire police force
of the city, no trace has been found
of Clara Baronowakl, the 15-year-old
girl who jumped through the window
of a Wabash train, last Friday, shlle
bring taken to the reformatory for
girls In Adrian. The girl s home and
the homes of her relatives Jutre been
searched, and inquiry has been made
In all the homes along the railway
near where she made her wild leap
tor liberty.
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Postmaster-General Says He
Favors Government Taking
Over Telegraph Lines.
Official Announcement Says
President and Cabinet Officer
Are Not At Odds.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.—Postmas
ter-Gcneral Hitchcock and President
Taft are not at odds over Hitchcock’s
advocacy of government ownership of
telegraph lines —according to an of
ficial announcement at the white
Loure this afternon.
The statement was made following
a i« port that spread throughout the
city that the president had called his
postmaster-general "On the carpet,”
for his advocacy of the plan, and that
there was a serious breach between
the two.
In a formal statement issued this
alternoon the white house declared:
The recommendation by the post
mister-general that It would be well
for the government to buy the tele
graph lines and Incorporate them in
the postofflee system appeared in an
earlier annual report submitted by
him to the president, some
discussion it was decided at the sug
gestion of the president to postpone
reference to the matter to another
year and not to bring it forward then,
because of the recommendation of
many other Important changes, Includ
ing the postal savings banks and the
rarcels-post. These if adopted, would
take up all the energy of the postof
flce department In making the neces
sary changes.
“The postmaster-general intended
to bring this matter to the attention of
the president before the publication
in advance of this part of his report.
After having made preparation for
publication, he was suddenly called
out of town without having done so.
"His conclusion as to the wisdom of
the taking over of the telegraph lines
hag been reached only after full con
sideration and investigation. As the
report containing the recommendation
has not yet been submitted to the
president, It has not yet been consid
ered by him or by the cabinet with a
view of presenting It to congress as
an administration measure."
Rep. Victor L. Berger, the Wiscon
sin Socialist was enthusiastic over
Hitchcock’s plan.
“There is no doubt that Postmaster
General Hitchcock Is sensible In his
plan,” he declared. “He says we could
get better service from a government
owned telegraph for less than one-third
of the present rates. I might add that
the government would pay much bet
ter wages.
“What holds good for the telegraph,
however, uudoubtedly also holds good
for the telephone. Asa matter of fact
the same wires could often be used for
both purposes and thus afford a still
greater saving."
Berger favored government owner
ship of all utilities.
“It is simply a question whether *Blg
Business,* is to own the government,
or whether the government Is to own
CoatiDnrd on Tw».
Dr. Johann Fllntermann, one of
the oldest and beet known physi
cians In Detroit, died Monday, In
Harper hospital from the effects of
an operation Dr. Fllntermann had
l>een ill one w'eek and It was not
thought hla condition was serious.
Dr. Flintormann was 72 years old
and a native of Amsterdam, Holland.
He eras educated In schoola and uni
versities In his native country and
came to Detroit in 1867, to berome
a practicing physician.
Dr. Fllntermann was a member of
all of the medical societies of the
city, and several national associa
tions, and hla written findings on
the treatment of tuberculosis were
widely read and used, by brother
Mrs. Fllntermann, whose marriage
to the doctor took place In Germany
before emigration to America, and
two daughters, the Misses Elsie and
Emllie, survive. Funeral arrange
ments have not been completed.
The Mutual Benefit league, organis
ed to provide Its members with pro
visions at almost epet price, eliminat
ing the middleman's profit, has open
ed a More a> No. 26 Elixabeth-st. east.
The league promises to pay five per
rent on shares of stork selling at |5
a share. Officers of the leapue say
tor ms may be purchased for the pro
ductions of the articles required for
She gjelroi! toue*
Henry George Association Takes
Up Arms To Fight Thomp
son-Hutchins Measure.
Time To Be Devoted To Getting
Affirmative Vote on
Glinnan Amendment.
The Detroit Henry George associa
tion, with an active membership of
ls-0, has Issued an open letter to all
single taxera in Detroit, of whom
there are several thousand, urging
them to vote against the Thompson-
Hutcbins franchise. The letter fol
"Detroit single taxers will not be
called together until after election,
Jan. 23, In order that they may aaslßt
in public meetings In defeating the
present attempt to again fasten upon
the city anew franchise.
“Let us use all honorable effort to
get an affirmative vote for the GHn
nan charter amendment, so that one
step may be made towards establish
ing the single tax policy.
“This amendment will lay the foun
dation for real city ownership and op
eration at cost, returning to society
that creates the value the full created
value, and, under civil service rules,
paying to labor, mental, physical and
administrative, that operates the
transportation, full and fair remunera
tion for such services, also giving a
sufficient number of clean, warm cars
and vehicles to every part of the city,
and keeping such services up to the
full growth of city and suburbs and
ending all political controversies.
“Land has no value except as so
ciety gives It such value.
“Streets are land and as such have
the value given them by society.
“Society should take the values It
gives to land for the expense of the
government. If It gives away these
values foolishly, our tax collectors
must look to labor to make up the
“Detroit heretofore having, through
the giving away of franchises, sur
rendered its streets at too low an an
nual price, Is forced to levy a high
tax rate on private property, which
results In high rent and high prices
of goods, which means kigfc cost of
“'"Postal service !s demise the
people, not a corporation, control it.
“Water lg .cheap In because
the people control its priee an* dis
tribution at cost and not a foreign
"Street car transportation will he
cheap only when the city owns it.
“It Is the first principle of single
taxers that the government take land
values; and this means the value of
rights to use land for its support,
before taking the product of labor to
which the worker la entitled.”
Thought His Startled Wife
Should Have Grabbed His
Hand Instead of Priest’s.
W. D. Southwick's description of
himself as given on the stand in Judge
Hosmer's court Monday morning, was
vastly different from that given by
bis wife, Frank 8. flouthwick, who is
suing for divorce on the grounds of
cruelty. The Southwlcks lived to
gether only six months, and most of
this time was spent on a trip through
He denied almost every charge she
made of crankiness and Jealousy on
hla part, and those he did not deny
absolutely, he explained very plausi
bly. In her testimony Mrs. Soutbwlck
said that her husband raised a scene
on the steamer when, having been
startled by a falling glass, she threw
up her arm and merely touched the
arm of a Catholic priest. Mr. South
wick declared his 56-year-old wife had
been very attentive to this priest, and
talked with him a great deal, and had
nibbed her shoulder against his when
they were looking over the menu. He
declared that when his wife was
started she did not merely touch the
priest’s sleeve, but grabbed bis hand
and held it firmly.
"I was just as close to her as the
(CMtlaaaS Pace Six.)
Woman Panicky at Firs.
A little amoke which sifted through
the Detroit hotel, on Ellzabeth-st,
near Woodward-ave., from a small fire
in the basement, caused a deal of ex
citement around the hotel. Monday
morning, one woman roomer becom
ing panicky, and descending the front
fire escape with only the first layer of
clothing between her and the chilly
blasts. A crowd rapidly congregated
and she returned to her room and got
a quilt, but she wouldn’t trust the
•*nir«-n» the lire escape.
No damage was done.
For Detroit sort elelaltyt Wonder
night and Tneednr felri colder tonight,
with temaerntare nero nr fcelnwi slowly
rlelng tempernture Tneodar afternoon
or night I mode rote westerly wind* he*
oemtag vnrlnhte.
For l.ower Michigan! Fnlr tonight
nnri Toeodnyj colder tonight | slowly
rlalng temperature Tne«da>.
la. a. « io a. x
Tan. 4 It S. a 1
aa. m 4 13 noon I
» a. a * 1 p. m 1
One >ear tin todnr> lllgheat fem
pemtnre. Shi tow eat, IS| mraa. 23|
pnrtlr cloudy weather with Mnht anew
gurries ontoontlna to .11 Inch.
The ant. art* at 4i34 p. m. nod rlae*
Tnewlar *• Id! a. m.
The moo a rtara at ti!2 a. m. Tare
i'oaatrdsl Credit Cos, Rat Is go.
Highest Tribunal Says Federal
Act Supercedes Statutes of
Several States.
“Congress Spoke For All the
People,” Says Opinion Read
By Justice Van Devanter.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.—The em
ployers' liability law of 1908 was de
clared constitutional by the supreme
court of the United States today.
Justice Van Devanter delivered the
opinion of the court, which waa made
in four cases.
“It rested upon congress,” the
court declared, "to say whether a uni
form law operating upon all states
was better than laws of several
states, it la tnie liability la imposed
only on interstate carriers, but it
does not follow this Is a preference
in violation of the filth amendment.”
The court held the act may and
rightfully does supercede acts of the
various states.
A fireman named Babcock on the
Northern Pacific was killed in a col
lision at Young'B Point, Mont., In
1908. His wife, sued for damages of
SB,OOO under the 1908 employers’ lia
bility law and won the case.
The Northern Pacific contended that
the federal law was unconstitutional
and that the Montana state law on
the same subject governed the case.
The circuit court held the law con
stitutional and the railroad appealed
to the supreme court.
The court held today cases may be
brought In either state or federal
courts having concurrent Jurisdiction,
where such authority of the state
courts Is clearly defined.
“When congress adopted that act,
it spoke for all the people and all
the states,” the supreme court said.
Decision was rendered in half a
dozen different cases, from Connecti
cut, Massachusetts and Montana.
The decision made railroads liable
for Injury or death to employes "re
sulting tn whole or in part,” from a
railroad’s negligence or that of its
employes, or defects of equipment.
PITTSBURGH, Pa.. Jan. 15.—Police
of a dozen Titles are Ihokiffg for the
Rev. Dr. W. A. McFarland, pastor of
a United Presbyterian mission in
Greenville, Tenn., following the recom
mendation of a coroner’s Jury here to
day that he he apprehended and held
until an investigation of charges
against him shall have been made.
The minister Is being sought on a
v/arrant sworn out on statutory
The coroner’s Inquest followed an
Investigation by the district attorney’s
office into the death, last Friday, of
Elsie Dodds Coe, who was McFar
land's secretary when he was head of
the academic department of the Cen
tral high school here for a number
of years.
According to the ante-mortem state
ment, which was made to Deputy
Coroner Church, by Miss Coe, and
evidence gathered by District Attor
ney Blakeley's office, the minister is
accused of performing two operations
upon the young woman, both at her
home. *
The woman who administered the
anaesthetic and assisted at the opera
tion, and the nurse who attended the
patient corroborate in sworn state
ments the stories told by the girl be
fore she died.
Accordlsg to evidence secured by
Detective Berry. McFarland resigned
his position In the high school here.
In June, 1910, to take charge of a
United Presbyterian mission at
Greenville, Tenn. Miss Coe spent her
vacation there. After her return she
requested that he come here. After
wards the young woman, who was 28
years old. became 111 and had to be
sent to the Homeopathic hospital on
Jan. 6, where she died.
When the district attorney's office
began working on the case last week,
a warrant was sworn out for the ar
rest of Dr. McFarland on atatutory
grounds The detectives found that
the minister had four days’ start.
McFarland left a wife and son in
Tennessee when he came here to visit
Miss Coe. He is about 60 years old.
Electric light service from the Edi
son Illuminating Cos., at an average of
$1.60 a month for a three-story brick ■
rooming house at No. 104 Bagg-st. was '
pretty "soft" for Orville Bright, son
of the landlady, while It lasted, but
the service Is now shut off. and Bright
paid a fine of $25 In Justice Stein's
court, Monday, when convicted of a
charge of stealing electricity.
Bright is an electrician, operating a
shop in the basement of the rooming
house, which Is conducted by his
mother, Mrs. Mattie Cross. The Edl-
Ron company often wondered how the
big rooming house got off with such
light light hills, but a big light dawned
on an agent when he saw Bright’s
sign in the basement window.
The agent went in. He had a rare
with Bright to get to the meter, but
“beat him to It.” and learned the
cause of the low' bills.
LANHING, Mich., Jan. 16 —TheGer
man Commercial Insurance Cos. of
Philadelphia, has announced to In
surance Commissioner Palmer Its In
tention of withdrawing from Michi
gan. This Is one of the companies
that was criticised by the committee
of insurance commissioners and ac
tion is now pending to revoke the
company's permit »o transact busk
ness in this state.
Will Conduct Strenuous Cam
paign From Now On To De
feat Thompson Plan.
Mayor Fails To Interest Them
in Noon-Day Talk at Bur
roughs Plant.
Municipal ownership forces are now
united In one final stand against the
fhompson-Hutchlns franchise grab
and It's a fight to a finish. The fran
! chlse advocates are not Idle, either.
Although there ‘has been many deser-
I lions from the ranks and the franchise
' organs have grown frantic In their at
tempts to muster the necessary three
fifths vote, the officer In command.
Mayor Thompson, and his lieutenants
are putting up a brave front and try
! Ing to instill confidence In their fol
i lowers.
The mayor, now an avowed advo
| cate of the franchise, is Addressing
noou-time meetings in the factories
| daily and his nights will also be well
' occupied from now on. He spoke,
Monday noon, before the employes of
the Burroughs Adding Machine Cos.,
: but his remarks were received rather
indifferently and a strong anti-fran
chise sentiment was manifest.
The board of Commerce has been
asked to supply speakers to represent
ihe pro-franchise side of the contro
versy at the noon-day meetings to be
held In the headquarters of the De
troit Federation of Labor, beginning
Tuesday noon, and It has agreed to
comply. Each side will be given a full
opportunity •to present Its views and
the meetings will be open to the gen
eral public. They will be in charge of
an Impartial chairman, who will see
to It that the speakers are given fair
play. George William Moore will talk
for municipal ownership, Tuesday. The
Board of Commerce has not announced
its speaker as yet.
The first of Aid. Charles E. McCar
ty’s anti-franchise meetings In the
Thirteenth ward Is scheduled for
Monday night. In Kurkowskl’s hall,
McDougall and Kirby-aves. Aid. Mc-
Carty is one of the few members of
the council who have dared to tell
their constituents Just how they stand
on the franchise personally, and hq la
doing his utmost to heat It. He |Mk
arranged for four meetings this wee*
at his own expense and several prom
inent municipal ownership advocates
hive consented to act as speakers.
Among those who will speak at Mon
day night’s meeting will be William
T. Dust, Aid. Glinnan, whose name the
municipal ownership amendment
bears; George William Moore, Justice
Jeffries and Aid. McCarty himself.
The Board of Commerce has arrang
ed for a meeting in Frank’s hall,
West End and West Jefferson-aves.,
tonight, and It is understood that
Mayor Thompson will speak. Senti
ment In the Eighteenth ward is said
to be strongly against the franchise.
(COBtIZHM pm« *ii.)
Victim, Unidentified, Poorly
Dressed, With Shawl Tightly
Wrapped Over Head.
Tottering feebly across Gratiot-ave.,
near Rlopelle-et., Monday morning, a
white-haired woman, abont 70 years
old, was struck and instantly killed
by a rapidly moving milk car of the
D. U. R.. her skull being crushed. Her
unidentified body Is awaiting a claim
ant at the county morgue, and Coroner
Rothacher will hold an Inquest In the
effort to place the blame.
The aged woman had a shawl tight
ly wrapped around her heatl, prevent
ing her from hearing the gong, which
Motorman Albert Schultz Is said to
have clanged loudly, though, accord
ing to the statement of one eye wit
ness, he failed to slacken the speed
of the car, though the feeble old wo
man was In plain sight as she started
across the track.
She was poorly dressed, wearing
one black snd one tan shoe, cheap
clothing, snd a shawl. She qarrled a
key ring, with one old-fashioned brass
door key and tvo other keys, and with
a German mark as a tag. She had
false teeth In both upper and lowet
jaws, and both were knocked out
wheu she was struck.
Funeral service* for the late Mr*.
Mary Tomlln*on, who died in Chicago,
Friday, will be held in the residence
of C. A. Newcomb, Sr., No. 625 Wood
w&rd-ave., Tuesday. Mr*. Tomlinson
wan born In Detroit, 48 years ago. and
was a well-known public school teach
er. With her husband and sons she
had lived In Chicago the past 16
years. Mr. Tomlinson and three sons,
Daniel, Weldon and Franc!* survive;
also Mrs. Tomlinson's mother, Mr*.
Anderson, and one sister. Mm. Jennie
Evans. Mm. Tomlinson was a niece
by marriage of Mr. Newcomb.
CMef WrlXHieell HlaSly Sf»f«fc»rf4.
Tho members of the detective bureau
at police headquarters have purchased
a gold badge. 3« pennyweight, set with
a diamond stone of three-quarter
carat, to be pree- nte«| to t’npt. James
McDonnell, recently retired and now In
Florid® on a trip The badge Is to be
forwarded to him. The bodge was
made by W. Swaab. .leweler, No. 13*
Woman U tppwlated %mt»assad«r.
WASHINGTON, Jau. 13.— Tresldeut
Taft today nominated Kdwln V. Mor
gan. of Ntw Tork. to be ambassador
to Brasil
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MADRID, Jan. 15. —Premier Canale*
Jas, after announcing yesterday that
he would resign his office, reconsid
ered today, and notified King Alfonso
that he would continue as prime min
Canalejas said he would retire when
King Alfonso, In opposition to his
recommendation, commuted the death
sentence of the ringleader of the Cul
lers rioters who murdered a Judge
and wounded several high officials
last September. The king had been
deluged with petitions that the chief
rioter's life be spared and he decided
to risk Canalejas’ retirement rather
than oppose popular opinion.
Justice Jeffries Says That Col-
Lection of Nickel Rate on
Hastings-St. Line Is Wrong.
At the hearing of Conductor Mc-
Leod, of the Brush line, on a charge of
disturbing the peace, preferred by Abe
Ackerman, whom McLeod put off a
Brush car on Hastings-sU when Acker
man tendered an eight-for-a-quarter
ticket, and refused to pay a flve-cent
fare, Justice Jeffries gave the import
ant decision, Monday, that the com
pany had no right to charge five cents
for a ride on a car, running on a track
covered by a three-cent franchise.
The case was adjourned until Wed
nesday, to allow the D. U. R. to bring
in some more evidence, but Justice
significantly remarked: "Un
less you can show some radically dif
ferently testimony, I shall find this
man ,,
The com party produced ordinances,
containing permission given by the
council to re-route the north-bound
Brush cars up Hastlngs-st, over the
Fourteenth line tracks. Ackerman
took the stand that a three-cent ticket
ought to be Hood on any car on Hast
lngs-st., and wVa upheld by the court.
Wielding billiard cues in pool rooms
proved an expensive pastime for Jack
Mack, of No. 680 Orandy-ave., and
John Peters, a Greek, of the Colonial
Pool Room, Brush*st. and Gratlot-ave.,
both of whom appeared In police court,
Mack beat Andrew Plechockl, the
aged proprietor of a pool room, at No.
512 Bast Canfleld-ave., badly lacerat
ing his head. Mack was fined $35. with
30 days at the workhouae as the al
Peters broke a loaded billiard cue
over the head of Arthur Beecher, In
the Colonial pool room, and afterward
gave battle to Patrolman Fred Juer
gens. Peters was fined SSO. with the
alternative of serving 60 days.
A commitment for the arrest of
John D. Rutherford, the Wayne cir
cuit Juror, who 1* said to have told
i court secrete to Henry Wormsdorf,
I the bartender who later called up At
i torney E. B. Bacon and offered to
I "fix” a Jury for a certain amount, was
I issued by Judge Murphy, Monday
The criminal proceedings started
against Wormsdorf on a charge of con
spiring to bribe a circuit court Juror,
hpve been dropped, and he will be
held on a charge of contempt of
court. Prosecutor Shepherd has de
cided that s bribery charge against
Wormsdorf would not stand, as he
was arrested before he had a chance
to pay over the money.
Mala or City 13.
I.rap-Vrar Party at Collarnai, Thar*.
I*tk. Rig rrrat. Prisma.
Don’t Fail To Vote “Yes"
On Municipal Ownership
The Giinnan amen.lment, providing for municipal own
ership, will be submitted to the voters of Detroit at the same
time as the Thompson-Hutchins franchise, Jan. 33. Don’t
fail to vote YES, by marking the ballot as here indicated:
Do you favor amending the city
charter to provide that the city shall
acquire or construct, own and operate a
street railway system, and that there \
shall be elected a Board of Street Rail
way Commissioners, and directing the
Common Council and Board of Estimates
to make for the preliminary expenses of
investigation by such Board an appro
priation of such portion of SIOO,OOO as
said Board may demand? YES [~X|
one rt- v r
' ' J
Supreme Bench Denies Man*
damus To Compel Submission
of Civil Service Measure.
Decision Applies To Glinnan
Amendment and Nullifies
Option To Buy Clause. . i
LANSING, Mich., Jam. 1 A—(Spe
cial.) —The supreme const today
handed down a decision, denying the
application of Aid. Jansen Veroor, of
Detroit, for a writ of mandamus to
compel the city election commission
of Detroit, to place the Veroor clvU
service charter amendment on thn
ballot along with the Glinnan amend
ment and the Thompson franchise,
Jan. 23.
The court holds that Sec. 21, of act
No. 203, public acta of 1911, authoris
ing amendments to any existing city
charters, Is unconstitutional-and sold.
As the Vernor amendment hinged
on the validity of this amendment,
which waa secured by P. J. M. Hally
as corporation counsel, it naturally’
falls by the wayside. The Glinnan
municipal ownership amendment la
on the same footing, and cannot be
legally submitted to the electors of
the city of Detroit on Jan. 23.
The court’s decision Is a death-blow
to the Thompson-Hutchins franchise.
It means that tho Glinnan amendment
Is unconstitutional and that the option
douse in the franchise Is worthless
until the city obtains the power urn
der Its charter to own and operate
sireet railways. The Glinnan amend
ment gave that authority, but the
court holds that the charter cannot
be tcvised by the piece-meal method,
which means that the Glinnan amend
ment la unconstitutional and the fran
chise agreement Illegal,
If the franchise Is passed thw etty"
will be powerless to exercise Its op
tion to purchase on six months’ no
tice, until the charter Is revised. Yet,
the minute the franchise becomes
operative, the obligation to tahe care
of the paving between tracks and the
foundations under them, is binding on
the city. Mayor Thompson has said
that he agreed that the city should
assume the paving burden as the prin
cipal oonceesion In return for the op
tion. but while the paving obligation
Is binding on the city, the option is
not effective. Thus the franchise be
comes s one-sided bargain, the injus
tice of which Is apparent to
Not only that, by the word of the
mayor, hie chief reason for entering
Into the negotiations with the com
pany becomes no reason at all r the
reason for giving the streets to the
company rent free becomes no reason
at all, and, the agreement, vold-in-one
partlcular-vold-ln-all, becomes no
agreement at all.
LANSING, Mich., Jan. 15.— The
financial condition of th* state treas
ury was bolstered up today wb«e th*
following countie* delivered their
state tax money: Cess, $22,000;
Washtenaw. $40,000; Kent, $126,000;
Lenawee, $15,000.
Criminal Cases Now On.
The hearing of county criminal
cases started In Judge Murphy's court,
Monday morning. Most of the eases
are for minor offenses. John Miller, a
Hungarian, who has taken an Amer
ican name, pleaded guilty to carrying
concealed weapons In Hamtramck
township, and was remanded for sen
tence. John Gomatid. of Wyandotte,
charged with breaking Into a saloon
during the night and stealing $6 !n
cash, asked to be allowed to change
his plea of not guilty to guilty, but hie
request was denied and he was or
dered to prepare for trial.

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