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Paving and Other Concessions to
D. U. R. Would Be Outright
Gift of Millions.
Single Proposition Is Now: Shall
The D. U. R. Have a Franchise
For 12 Years More?
A little Incident In the De
troit opera house, Monday
night, during the presentation
of “Alma, Where Do You
Live?” served as an effective
Illustration of the anti-fran
chise sentiment that exists in
Detroit just now. One of the
comedians, posing as a detec
tive, assumed the disguise of a
chauffeur, and as he paused,
Just before making his exit,
called attention to the change
by saying:
“Mayor Thompson, giving the
people three-cent fares.”
Perhaps a dozen persons In
the audience applauded the
sally in a perfunctory way, but
the rest of the audience scarce
ly noticed It.
Straws, etc.
In view of the supreme court’s de
rision that the Hally amendment to
the home rule bill, providing for piece
meal revision of the charter, is uncon
stitutional, the city election commis
sion, Tuesday morning, voted unani
mously to place only one proposition,
the Thompson-Hutchins franchise, on
ihe ballot at the special election to
be held Jan. 23.
It was the opinion of the commission
that nothing was to he gained by put
ting the Glinnan municipal ownership
amendment and the Vernor civil ser
vice amendment on the ballot merely to
obtain an expression of opinion from
the people, as the mayor had suggest
ed. That there is an overwhelming
sentiment for municipal ownership is
conceded by even the franchise advo
cates, and to vote on the Glinnan bill,
when it is known to be unconstitution
al would be merely a wasted effort. It
would Mrve, perhaps, to emphasize the
defeat of the franchise, but there is no
such disposition on the part of the
ill—li 1111. mrnrrnhip forces.
As was td htrwspgcted, the franchise
advocates are arguing that the su
preme court’s decision furnishes an ad
'dltional reason for voting for the fran
chise, in that it means another delay
in the effort to secure municipal own
ership and that the franchise gives the
people the benefit of "three-cent”
fares, universal transfers and exten
sions In the meantime. Its tempting
bait they hold out, but the people are
weary of this kind of talk and no
’doubt will tell Mayor Thompson and
the D. U. R. Just how they feel about
It, Jan. 23.
The attempts of the evening fran
chise organ to convince the public
that the D. U. R. doesn't want the
franchise and that everyone should
turn in and help “cram it down the
company’s throat,” has turned many
people against the franchise who were
disposed to favor it before. The gtorv
on Its face is too silly for belief and
It thows to what desperate straits the
iranchise supporters have been driven
In vhe attempt to check the wholesale
desertions from their ranks.
“It is all over but the shouting,”
Mayor Thompson said the other day.
It Is all over, but not in exactly the
same sense as the mayor meant. The
sentiment in all parts of the city is
decidedly anti-franchise and the peo
ple seem to be Just itching for a
chance to put the seal of their disap
proval on the attempted grab.
Betting on the outcome of the vote
has not been very keen about town
the past few days. There is plenty
of anti franchise money In evidence
but few takers.
For the first time In several weeks,
A. H. du Pont, of Cleveland, who act
ed In an advisory capacity to Mayor
Ihompson and Corporation Counsel
Hally during the secret negotiations
with the 1). U. R. t was In evidence
around the mayor’s office, Tuesday
morning. Evidently the mayor felt
tfce need of re-inforcements and it
looks as though du Pont had been
sent for to lend a hand In the final
days of the campaign.
The closed-door policy is again In
vogue In the mayor's office, in the af
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Owner of London Truth Passes
Away in His Villa at
Fearless Exposer of Rascality,
Also Picturesque Politician
—Was 79 Years Old.
FLORENCE, Italy, Jan. 16.—Henry
Labouchere, aged 79, a famous Lon
don editor and formerly a member of
the English diplomatic service, died
it his villa, near here, today. He had
)een in feeble health for some time.
He was editor and owner of Truth,
and served for 16 years in the house
of commons.
Henry labouchere, familiarly call
ed *Labby,” wus one of the most pic
turesque figures in Europe. He served
in the British parliament for thirty
years and wus one of the greatest de
baters and the most powerful friend
or foe that a cause could have. He
was a fearless exposer of humbug
and rascality and yet a friend of the
rich and of the oppressed.
It wus probably as editor and own
er of the Truth that he was
best known In America. This organ,
tounded in 1874, because he wanted a
wider audience for nls journalistic
feats, wits throughout his life a thing
to be dreaded by all English public
men. It was the medium for the ex
posure of more jobbery, swindles and
corruption than any other English or
gan has ever been, atid, never being
tied to a party or a man, except Lab
by himself, was able in its free-lance
campaigns to inflict terrible injuries
on either side in the great political
battles, and not infrequently on both.
The methods which have made
Truth, the weekly Journal, are essen
tially American. It became what It
was by virtue of its utter fearlessness
in attack. It attacked everything or
anything that deserved attack. One
would not pick up a number without
finding some usurer, exposed, some
ridiculous war office regulation turn
ed inside out, some grievance of Tom
my Atkins ventilated, some fresh ma
gisterial absurdity laid bare, some
pseudo-charitable society ridiculed
with criticism, some stock exchange
scandal unraveled and pushed home,
some official job held up naked to the
public view. And It was all done so
well, so freshly end neatly, with so
many flashes of humor, and. above nil,
without any tiresome moralizing, that
no one wearied of it Incidentally it
made Labbv the defendant in more
libel suits than any man living. But
he won all of them—or nearly all of
them —and for years his income from
Truth was well over $50,000 a year.
If he hadn’t gone in for politics and
Journalism he might have been a great
detective. He sent scores of scoun
drels to Jail. No man In Scotland
Yard had such a keen scent for ras
cality or such skill in obtaining proof
of it. It may not be generally known
in America that it was he w-ho un
masked Pigott, the forged-letter writ
er. who fooled the Times and for the
publication of whose epistles the
Times had to pay Parnell heavy dam
From a Special Corrmpondrat.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 16.—This morn
ing by a strict party vote, four Demo
crats and three Republicans, the sugar
investigating committee of the house
stopped further hearings.
F. R. Hathaway, of Detroit, secre
tary of the Michigan Beet Sugar Com
pany, who was on hand to deny cer
tain statements made by the cane
sugar refiners, was denied a hearing.
Mr. Hathaway’s purpose was to deny
the statement that sugar beets in Ger
many bring eleven dollars per ton. He
desired to show by official records that
German beets do not average $4.5t) per
ton, whereas American beets bring
$6.33 per ton.
Congressman Forflney, of Michigan,
Republican member of the committee
displayed considerable ire when the lid
was closed on further hearines and he
told Chairman Hardwick that he would
protect the beet sugar interests of the
United States even to thf extent of
taking Mr. Hathaway’s deposition him
self and Introducing It as a minority
report. SCOTT,
Patent Application* Hied by Bartbsl
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(Ehc gjefrjoil Ijwues
One of Governor’s Supporters in
That City Is Boyez Dansard,
Anti-Bryan Man.
Monroe, Mich., is going to be well
represented at the Democratic mass
meeting in the Light Guard Armory,
Thursday night, to listen to Gov.
Woodrow Wilson, of New Jersey,
Democratic candidate for president.
J. E. Ready, Monroe banker and for
mer county clerk, came to Detroit,
Tuesday morning, to make arrange
ments for Democrats of his city to at
tend the banquet. Among his fellow
townsmen to be on hand w ill be Mayor
H. C. Orvis, ex-Mayor Boyez, Dansard
and Henry Kurz. the latter editor of
the Monroe Democrat, all strong sup
porters of Gov. Wilson.
“Another leading man of Monroe
who is giving Gov. Wilson strong sup
port is ex-Judge iAndon,” said Mr.
Ready. “The judge is a great admirer
of Gov. Wilson, regarding him, as
others do, as a safe, constructive, able
progressive statesman,
i “Gov. Wilson is the favorite among
the Monroe Democrats, so far as I
can learn, for the nomination of presi
dent. Mr. Dansard, who Is support
ing him, has been an anti-Bryan man.
Mr. Dansard is president of the Dan
sard State bank in Monroe. The sup
porters of Gov. Wilson Include many
of the leading men of Monroe.”
Seven Htmdred Expected
At Banquet to Wilson
Acceptances already received for the
Board of Commerce luncheon In honor
of Woodrow Wilson, to be held In the
Wayne Gardens, Thursday noon, Indi
cate that It will be one of the largest
luncheons ever held by that organiza
tion. More than 700 are expected.
The acceptances for the banquet of the
Michigan Press association which will
be held in the Wayne hotel Thursday
evening also show that there will be
large attendance of Michigan Press
people to hear the fine list of speakers.
Covers will be laid for 300. Badges
will be furnished to the guest* which
will serve to identify them. The the
aters will be open to members of the
association Friday evening.
COLUMRVS, Q., Jan. 16—In an
open letter today John 1). Fackler,
state chairman of the progressive Re
publican organization in Ohio, calls
upon Col. Theodore Roosevelt to tell
the people where he stands on the
tiust, tariff and money questions.
Fackler’s letter to Roosevelt means
that Ohio progressives believe Roose
velt is a seeker after the Republican
Creates Smoke Nuisance, Finea.
The Murphy Power Cos., convicted of
nine violations of the ordinance gov
erning smoke nuisance, was fined flfl
in each case, by Judge Phelan, Tues
day morning.
“You’ll Never Hear of It If I’m
Sick,” D. D. Southwick Says
He Told Her in Quarrel.
The course of true love did not al
ways run smooijily for Mr. and Mrs.
W. I). Southwlck, who are now at op
posite ends of an interesting divorce
trial in Judge Hosmer's court. So
Mr. Southwlck, the defendant, stated,
Tuesday morning. The Southwick's
parted after a married life of six
months, nearly all of which was spent
in Europe.
“Did you ever have any quarrels
during your courtship?** he was asked
in his direct examination.
“Oh, yes,” he answered, "we broke
up just three weeks before her father
died. She broke it off."
"What was the cause of the trou
“Her fickleness and petty little likes
and dislikes.”
"What caused you to make up?”
“She did. She sent for me, and told
me that if she ever heard of me being
ill in any part of the world she would
come and nurse me back to health.
I told her if I was ever sick she would
never hear of it. Then she told me
that no matter what hapi>ened be
tween us. the Tbird-st. property was
to be mine to repay me for the kind
ness I had done her family. Then
she said that she thought our court
ship had gone to far to break up for
such a trifling affair, and I agree with
her. I told her that all I wanted was
her whole love and afTectlon, every
bit of It, and she said: 'You have it
now.’ Then she came over and climb
ed upor. my lap and everything wns
all right, as It would be now if we had
two first-class funerals,” and the de
fendant glared at Judge Harry Lock
wood, attorney for Mrs. Southwlck.
“Theij you mean to say that this
CLEVELAND, 0.. Jan. 16.—A 16-
story fireproof building costing $2,500,-
000 will be built on the Rite of the
Browning. King & Cos. store destroyed
yesterday In the $250,000 fire. The
new structure will not only replace the
Nottingham building, In which the
Browning, KiPg A Cos., and the Baker-
Baum Cos. were located, but will ex
tend on Euclid-ave. to East Slxth-st.,
covering half a block.
for Detroit and vlelaltyt Tueaday
nluht, fair with rl«la« trmprralnrri
\\ edaeaday. elondy nad Maarttlerfi
probably Home snow anil narmrri
rrnlr wlada beeoailaat aontberl'.
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alaht or Hedneadayi rlilay tempera
fprei llgkt variable wlada heramlap
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one year ago today i II la heat tem
peratare. |N| lowrat. 111 ateaa. 111
partly eloady weather.
The aaa aeta fcl tilt a. m aad rlaea
Wedaeaday at SiST a, ■.
Offers SIOO Bonus For Bet of
SI,OOO at Even Money But
Is Not Covered.
If there is any betting that the fran
chise will carry, there are many who
would like to know where it is. A
man who heard that there was even
money on the franchise at the case
of L. J. Ouelette, No. 19 Lafayette
blvd., went there, Tuesday morning,
hoping to lay down a big bet against
the franchise. He was told, however,
that there was no betting money
available, whereupon the caller advis
ed the man in charge of the place that
he would make him a present of SIOO
if he could get him to bet SI,OOO,
even money, that the franchise would
win. The visitor was told that It
would be Impossible to get him a bet
of any size in favor of the franchise.
Sherlock Holmes has nothin* on
Jerry Jennings, who accepted the hos
pitality of Gustave Semmler, No. 301
V/aterloo-st., Monday night, and
awoke In the morning to find Semni
ler’s ring in his pocket where his $lB
had been when he retired. He com
municated his suspicions to the po
lice, and Semmler, protesting bis in
nocence, was arrested.
Semmler was rather taken back,
when informed that his ring was
found in Jennings’ pocket, but Insist
ed that he was looking for matches,
and must have lost it then. He had
seen no $lB, he said.
However, Semmler's wife told the
detectives that, she. In turn, ‘ frisked’’
her husband's pockets, and found $lB
that had not been there before. Semm
ler was held for trial before Justice
Declaring that she was afraid that
her life would be in danger if she
took the stand to testify against How
ard Kenneflc, charged with snatching
a $2,700 diamond necklace from her
neck, Mrs. Virginia Osborn, living Dn
Monroenve., declared that she would
sooner lose the necklace than to ap
pear against Kenjieflc, and he was re
Attorney Joseph Sohiappacasse ap
peared for the defendant, who has
been positively identified by the wo
man. who says that he grabbed the
necklace and ran when she answered
his ring at the door bell of her plare.
Hhe says that she has reeelved
threats, advising her not to appear
against Kenneflc.
Assistant Prosecutor Aldrich tried
in vain to get her to testify, and fall
ing. asked that the case be dismissed.
Hehiappacasse flashed an affidavit.
Implicating a saloonkeeper In the
theft of the necklace, and claiming an
alibi for his client.
Abiml Rarsalß Sblb
CUrIM W. S«rr»B A 4 oaapaay,
i»wt)BTt Wirttutiß A reads.
Hostelry That Has Sheltered
Presidents and Monarchs
Is Totally Destroyed.
Falls From Ladder While Refr
cuing Victims—Financial
Loss Is $200,000.
BOSTON, Mass., Jan. 16.—1 none
of the most spectacular fires that has
visited Boston In many years, the his
toric Revere House, once the stopping
place of presidents, monarchs. sol*
diers and diplomats, was destroyed,
early today. More than 300 guests
fled Into the streets with a tempera
ture below the zero mark, clad In the
lightest attire. Nearly all lost their
clothing and were given refnge in ad*
Jolniug structures.
For several hours It was believed
that a number of persons had lost
their lives. One man, hysterically for
getting that he was not at his Lynn
home, reported his wife and daughter
missing, but later told the police they
had not been with him. Servants,
trapped on the top floors, managed
finally to escape, but a number were
so terrified by their experiences that
they hurried from the scene and were
given up as lost for some time. There
will be one fatality, Hoseman J. Kip*
penburger, who fell from a ladder
while aiding in the rescue and was so
badly injured his death is only a ques
tion of hours.
The fire started before daylight in
one of the dining rooms and within
15 minutes all six floors were burn
For some time after their arrival
the firemen devoted their attention to
saving lives and there were many
thrilling rescues. With scaling lad
ders, life lines and other appliances
the firemen hustled the frightened
men and women into the streets and
finally cleared the building.
Many of the rescued were suffering
from smoke and exposure and a score
had to be taken to the hospitals where
they are being cared for In an effort
to ward off pneumonia. The loss will
exceed $200,000.
From a Special Correspondent.
WASHINGTON. Jsn. 16.—Congress
man iw»r*tttb,s. of Michigan, address
ed the house committee on foreign re
lations this morning on Niagara Falla
water pow f er for Detroit
He said that the Detroit manufac
turers were interested in getting
cheaper power and the citizens were
interested in getting cheaper light
He also favored putting the regula
tion of prices to consumers In the
hands of the Interstate commerce com
In speaking of the effect this might
have on the scenic beauty of the falls,
Mr. Doremus said, he assumed that
the existing treaty between the
United States and Great Britain cov
ered this, as It was made for that pur
pose and that a great amount of this
power not being used tinder the
treaty could be used to good advan
tage in Detroit.
He told the committee that there
is a strong sentiment in Detroit for
municipal ownership of the street
railway system and if the city decid
ed in favor of this proposition It
would want to use some of the pow
er, also if the city decided to engage
in private lighting It would also want
to use It. BCOTT.
Former District Attorney Frank H.
Watson argued against the motion to
quash the indictment against the
Caldwell Lead Cos., one of the defend
ants In the bath-tub trust case, be
fore Judge Angell. Tuesday morning.
He claimed that the objections raised
were merely technical, and that there
wag no actual harm done to the de
fendants in leaving out the word "un
leasonable" in the charge of restraint
of trade; that the defendants knew
perfectly well the charge that was
laid against them. He declared in an
swer to tho argument of Attorney
Honoyman, who attacked the constltu-
Uonaiity of the Sherman Anti-Trust
law. that the law had been declared
constitutional In the packera’ cases In
The case was continued, Tuesday
afternoon, and It Is expected that
Judge Angell will give his decision
this week.
Bhepherd Tries Case.
Prosecutor Hugh Shepherd is mak
ing his first appearance In a criminal
trial In Judge Phelan's court, where
Thomas Rooker, a Negro. Is on trial
on the charge of killing Joe Williams,
another Negro. In a row over a wo
man at Williams’ home, No. 126 Ben
ton-rt., on Dec. ®.
I Pvron M. Henderson, a Negro at
torney. is the opponent against whom
Prosecutor Shepherd will test his first
lance. In the criminal lists.
I.rar-Yfar Party at CallmM, TSara.
I«tb. Hl* rvrwt- Prlsee.
Girl With SIO,OOO Annual Income
Scrubs Floors In Restaurant
CHICAGO, Jan. 16. —Scrubbing floors In a cheap restaurant for ten
or eleven hours a day Is the latest undertaking of Miss Zeila Eraersoa,
settlement worker, who has an income of SIO,OOO a year. She was i!4*»
charged from a local restaurant after four days' service for ineAcleocy.
Mias Emerson put in the Chrfttmas holidays as a salesgirl In s department
store. She Is seeking to ascertain the true conditions under which women
work In Chicago nnd to find out If tho ten-hour law is being violated.
Miss Emerson's next experience will probably be In a factory. When
she completes her "lietectlve work,” she will make affidavit befere the
superior courts as to violations of the ten-hour Inw and as to wochtßf c©»*
dltione under which women are forced to enra their livings.
Public-Spirited Men Burn
Midnight Oil To Help You
Make Up Your Mind.
Lawyers, Business Men, Taxpay
era and Experts Present Their 1
Views, Opinions and Figures*
MONTREAL, Qua., Jan. IS.-
D«trolt United stock sold at aa
advance of five point# here till
morning, selling at 71 1-2, oa
the news from Lansing.
The following analysis of the Thomp* j
gou-Hutchins franchise -represent* ' a
month’s work of sacrifice on the part J
of a band of Detroiters who have been 1
Lurnlng the midnight oil and who j
withhold their names that the result of |j
their labors may be viewed from an :
entirely impersonal standpoint. ; J
The Times wishes, however, tw‘|
vouch for the men who have prepared
a clear and convincing statement, as J
public-spirited citizen* whose interest ?
is alone that of good government, pub* c
lie economy and fair play for the peo-'
pie of Detroit, just now exposed to
another franchise grab.
It will enable you to vote Intelligent- .1
!y on the proposition Mayor Thoigp- :
son recommends, but from which ,/the
Detroit United railway, alone, will
profit In the long run.
It is your duty, not only to yoaraelf |
but to coming generations, jrouy chil*
dren and grandchildren, to digest caro* '
fully every point that is made Oor you. J
It contains the views of prominent g
lawyers, business men and taxpayers!
and the figures of experts, and is sa|]
This ordinance is declared to bes
"supplemental and subject to the De»>
trolt railway ordinance.” J
Why is the phraee “subject to" used |
by the framers?
Possibly, because In section 4 of thsr*J
Detroit railway ordlnunoe overbeadj
trolley wires are required to be uaesL||
thua abutting off any future council 3
from ordering the D. XJ.t R. to try ua*|
derground trolley*, stqnrage bafSMHH
oraay other device wMcb would jjatH
plTrihc vaiue of their prevent mefhyl
power plant and overhead
Perhaps it la because the cotoWH
Is allowed to use wooden poles, tUB
neceessrUy endangering life and pt*M|
erty. nr
Hut more probably the reason la »wj
cause Sec 20 establishes a method b#9
which the city should It wtah to taluj
over the property In ISS4, must paVi
for the property as a going cotteemH
rather than take it at Its Junk valusf
os much as It might require, rejecting 1
all other, as would he the case werwj
there no other method prescribed by v
franchise agreement.
It may be that the words subject
to" are for the purpose of granting $
to the D. 13. R. privileges confirmed by
See. 18, which gives them "First right'
t»» streets." or in other words, a monop--
oly agalnat any and all persona what
soever of the transportation business
surface, overhead and aubway until
The terms of this ordinance grant
to the D. U R the privilege until 1934
of operating merchandise and express
cars, and which right they now pos
sess only as a revokable permission,
upon fixed terfns and conditions only
over such portions of their lines ’
ar«» still operated under franc Mas —■
(Sec. 1 of Ordinance, April IS. IM1.) .
The present rate of payment to the
city 50 cents per car. la In the nature
of s license for use of land only, if
the city has to maintain the track
foundations these heavy ears would do
far more damage than the amount of ■;
the license.
Up to the present time no special
ordinance has been passed recognising
(he difference between Interurbaa a»d
urban cars. For preservation of the
tracks and foundations a limit of
weight for anv car (except wreck, der
rick and like occasionally used oars)
should be fixed . .
It Is not apparent wherein the citi
zens of Detroit are benefited by altow-
In* either of the freight or interurhaa
cars over Its stress while It Is evi
dent that this privilege la of gtwat
value to the D./U. R Why not Insist
on proper remuneration or their pro
hibition altogether?
By the way. all this freight business
Is handled, for some reason known
only to the D. U. R. by an indepen
dent corporation the Klectiio Depot
flection 2. Thla section la chiefly re
markable for the phraae "as of ISll"
HR pertaining to the present status of
the company's existing franchises.
Note that the D. U. R has not ac
knowledged the expiration of any
franchise and sheltering itself behind
such corporation intrenchments as flee.
6147, of the compiled laws of Michi
gan of 1897, claims perpetual rights is
any streets they have once Occupied.
Thla la the condition of the fran-’
ehlae "as of 1911." The ordinance
should Include a concise statement of
all the franchisee granted to stree*
mil wavs now a part of th# D. TJ. R*e
setting forth clearly the expiration
dates and the acceptance of this should
he required of the D. tT. R In pins#
of the tight little phrase “as of 1111.
flection 4. This ordinance has been
called by Its advocates a three-oea*
ordinance. If that is so, then why not
*ay the fare Is thr*« cents, or. as In
Toledo, five tickets for It cents. Bet
the ordinance says specifically: "Thn
rat* of fare for a single ride shall be
five cents ** Tn order to get e cheaper
rate one must he in possession of 25
cents. If the company can afford to
carry so- 844 cents a paaenger who te
h capitalist to the extent of *8 cents,
whv should It charge five cents te the
poor devil who ha» only 84 eents be
reetleeed ea Page Eleven.

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