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p Promises Support to Director,
Who Tells How Money
for Transit Speed and
jComfort Can Be Obtained
&tlo Start Work Promptly.
Promises to support Director Taylor In
every step of the light for high-speed
transit were made lost night at a rousing
meeting of Woodland avenue resident,
who realise the need of better and quick
er transportation.
Employe and workers, with shouts of
approval and applause, agreed to stand
shoulder to shoulder In the campaign for
Speed and comfort, and packed every
Inch of the Woodland AVenuo Business
Men' headquarters, 71t street and
Woodland avenue, where tho meeting was
Resolutions were unanimously adopted
by those at tho meeting agreeing to at
tend a central demonstration, If ono Is
called, to show where they stand In tho
matter of rapid transit.
Director Taylor told his 'hearers how
the money could be obtained to start tho
proposed system, and said If Councils
authorized a special election to Increase
the city Indebtedness for transit devel
opment and monoy was made available,
tho Department of City Transit would be
prepared to let contracts for the construc
tion of certain sections of tho delivery
loop early In 1915.
Mr. Taylor pointed out that much
money could be saved by the city if
it would take advantage of the present
business depression and buy materials
cheaply for the proposed lines. He also
contended that many thousands of men
could be given employment If tho work
was started.
"Have I your support?" asked the
"You have." replied tho meeting.
"Will you stand by me?"-
"Yfn will," was tho reply.
At this point Magistrate Rcnshnw, who
Is a resident of the 40th Ward and an
ardent rapid transit supporter, presented
resolutions. John T. Pedlow presided.
B JUier explaining prcuiuiuuj y BieiJa 01
the rapid transit program, .Director Tay
lor Bald:
"Philadelphia Is now prepared legally
and financially to proceed with the con
struction of the recommended rapid tran
sit lines. All that is needed Is appro
priate action by tho people, by City Coun
cils and by the Public Service Commis
sion and the work will proceed forth
with. "Here are the only steps which need
be taken before construction Is actually
"An election will be required and
should be authorized at once In order
that the people may authorize an In
crease In tho city's Indebtedness to an
extent necessary to provide funds for
construction. Such an election can be
called for by City Councils. The city has
a borrowing capacity of upward of $10,-
No Wonder!
Diner Walter, that egg was not all It
should have been.
is. waiter xes, air; out rnuaaerpnia is a
i city of many temptations.
I AST nlte for supplr we had corn frit
X tlrs, wich I like awn nkkount of bee
lnr my favorite food, and ma put 4 big
wuns awn my plate, saying, Do you think
you can oat awl these.
O. watch me, I sed.
And I ate the hole 4 as fast as most
peepl! eet wun, probarly awn akkount of
ma liking them 4 times bettir than most
peepjl, and wile I was eating the last half
of the last wun I sad. Ma, can I baye
sum rooar corn frittlrs.
Do you meen. may you, sed ma.
Yes mam, can I, I sed, and ma sed.
How raeay Umra have I told you to finish
what you've got befosr you ask for moar,
no, yam may not have eny moar, 4 Is enufl
fop ajy bw
Aw5 O, tna, I aed, I cood eet 4 with my
t 'X&u bettir give him moar if ha wunts
Imf&r. motblr, sed pop, I bleeve if we let
PitiM, et awl he wunts of aumthlng for
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3. what: happlns, but youll baft to be re-
t WxWsJUl fer the consequenses, sed ma,
JH, pir thf doktor bill and If necesary,
-. tttft ttmurtaker's bill, sed pop. And ma
-,- satye tna 4 moar big corn frittlrs, and I
U yM and sJ, Caa I have cny moar,
Tm tout axuilly mean you oood ree)y
wxy moar. sed ma, and I sed. Yes
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Ala tfeVMM to hli if be wHU them.
Vifiwr Ami ma govs me 3 owar, and I
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JMfsilir seMla?, sd nop, but Im a nun of
; raj- wtifti, giv eblm moar if he wunts
; :wr. ai Hi stick errouad and be in at
-' 1i0jtoth. And itta gav me 3 moar. sbak
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000.000 available for transit development
under the terms of the personal property
tax art without Including the otherwise
general botrowlng capacity.
"Prompt and formal action should now
be taken by City Councils definitely establishing-
the routes and submitting the
routes adopted and the plan of the mu
hlclpnl development to the Public Service
Commission of the State of Pennsylvania
for approval.
"The way is now clear for the taking
cf each and every one of these steps.
and I confidently believe that if the peo
ple of Philadelphia clearly demonstrate
that it Is their will that these steps be
taken by the municipal authorities forth
with there will be no further delay In
beginning the construction of the high
speed system.
"Tho holding of nn election hv Ihe neo-
plo to vote on an Increase In the city's
indebtedness for transit development will
enable the people to express their Will
with relation thereto. If the people of
Philadelphia Insist on an opportunity
being given them promptly to so express
meir win, mey snouid be given the oppor
tunity to do so at once.
"While formal action has not yet been
taken by City Councils definitely estab
lishing the routes of the recommended
high-speed lines, we should all recognize
that through co-operatlon of City Coun
cils In making the necessary appropria
tions for the establishment and mainte
nance of the Department of City Transit
rapid progress has been made on the
plans and specifications for tho recom
mended facilities, nnd the tlmn la nnvr
ripe for formal action omclally adopting
the routes.
At the present tlmo thore are 97 men
at work In the department, Including reg
ular and consulting engineers, draughts
men, transltmen, rodmen and others. The
department, through councllmanlc co-operation,
has been fortunate In securing
the services of some of the best qualified
engineers In the country, experienced In
tho design of subway, elevated railway
and drainage structures."
After explaining the cost of tho pro
posed high-speed lines, Director Taylor
"A resolution proposing an nmendmont
to the State Constitution which was
acted upon favorably by the Legislature
at the last session will be Introduced nnd
acted upon for tho second time at tho
forthcoming session ns required. It will
then be voted upon by the people at the
November election In 1015.
"This nmendment will authorize the
city of Philadelphia trf borrow ud to 10
per cent, of tho assessed value of taxable
property; the present limit Is 7 per cent.
The further Increase In borrowing ca
pacity thus provided will be over 160,
000.000. "Furthermore the amendment will au
thorize the city to capitalize and pay out
of loan funds all Interest and sinking
fund payments accruing on bonds Issued
for transit development during the con
struction thereof, nnd for ono year after
the beginning of the operation.
"The amendment will also enable the
city to issue 60-year bonds Instead of
30-year bonds, thereby reducing the an
nual sinking fund required to extinguish
tho bonds at maturity from PA per cent,
to 1 per cent.
"This means that the city's average an
nual fixed charge on the bonds Usued
for transit development under the terms
of the constitutional amendment will be
reduced by 114 per cent. The city now
pays 4 per cent. Interest and 2 per cent,
to the sinking fund, a total of EH per
cent, on money borrowed. Under the
terms of the amendment the city will
only have to pay 4 per cent, interest and
1 per cent, to the sinking fund, or 5 per
cent, on the money borrowed. This pro
vision will greatly reduce the city's an
nual fixed charge, which, as stated, would
otherwise be, under existing legislation,
$2,990,000 per year.
"The plans and specifications for the
Frankford elevated line will be completed
In January.
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self, sed. pop, I Jt happened to remtmblr
that the high oet of livnr has affeekted
fuaerlls, and (f I cant give say sort a good
fuaerll I dont want o give him eny,
thaU the kind of felja I am,
Benny, for bewlns sake leave the
tabJl If yuie abll te, sed ma.
Wish I was abll to. awl rite, hvnr
been fulUr than that loto of times, not
beelng hungry but having plenty Qf moar
"There's always a, silver
every cloud."
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Compared with other big cities, Philadelphia is last in high-speed progress. Although it is third in population and is much larger in area
than any other city in the United States, it haa the least money invested in subway and elevated lines than any other metropolis. WHY
"The plans and specifications for the
Oroad street subway and delivery loop
will be completed In tho spring.
"Unquestionably, now Is tho time for
the city to proceed to build its subway
and elevated lines. There should be no
"Owing to the business depression nnd
the present low price of materials result
ing therefrom the city by seizing Its op
portunity In a businesslike manner can
save very largely on the construction cost
and provide much needed work for the
unemployed. The manufacturer of tho
materials for nnd the work appurtenant
to tho construction of the subway and
elevated lines will provide profitable em
ployment for tens of thousands of people
nnd thus be a factor In re-establishing
prosperous conditions In Philadelphia
and elsewhere.
"If the City Councils promptly author
ize a special election to Increase the
city's Indebtedness for transit develop
ment and the money be made available
therefor, the department will be prepared
to let contracts for the construction of
certain flections of the delivery loop early
In 1915. This work should be commenced
In advanco of tho construction of the
Droad street subway because It will take
one year longer to build the delivery loop.
"As soon ns tho men engaged In pre
paring the plans and specifications for
the Frankford elevated line complete their
work, they will take up tho preparation
of tho pinna and (ipcclflcntlons for the
Woodland avenue elevnted line, which Is
designed to extend from a point of con
nection with the Market street subway
elevated railway at 30th and Market
streetB, In a southerly direction over 30th
street and a private right of way skirting
on tho westwardly side of tho Philadel
phia, Daltlmoro and Wnohlngton Railroad
to Paschall avenue, thence to Gray's Fer
ry avenue, thence over Gray's Ferry ave
nue to Woodland nvenue, thence, still
southwardly, over Main street, Darby,
and private right of way to a point on
the Philadelphia and Chester turnpike
near the centre of Darby.
"The trnnslt program contemplates the
ueo "of the existing Market street subway
and elevnted lino In connecting up tho
Woodland avenue elevated with tho
Frankford elevated line. Its capacity will
be sufficient for that purpose for many
yearn to come, and when It Is loaded to
capacity a subway is projected to extend
under Chestnut street to furnish a new
connection between tho Woodland avenue
elevated and the Frankford elevated lines.
Ha Eemeitibered
"Now. Perley." said the teacher, "this
Utter is 'U,' see If you can remember
and tell me what it is when I ask. you
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te sshoel the teacher sad: "Well, Per
ley, ean you t) me what this letter It
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pupil; lt's me.M rfew York "World.
Ted I think of getting nrytl, sjmI
I've (toured out what U will east a. year,
KjAYou'd btlf get the girl's figures.
"If tho existing system fall to co-op-crate
with the city as contemplated In
the transit program there is no reason
whatever why the city of Philadelphia
should not proceed at once with the con
struction of the Broad street subway and
delivery loop; alto with the construction
of the Frankford elevated line, nnd the
Woodland avenue elevated line, na soon
as additional legislation has been secured
which will enable the Public Service Com
mission to rcqulro that the Frankford
and Woodland avenue trains be through
routed by tho present Market street subway-elevated
lino on a basis which Is
fair alike to tho existing company and
to tho city.
"The joint use of the facilities of com
mon carriers should bo required by the
public for publo service. Buch Joint use
and through-routing by connecting steam
railroad lines Is required by the Inter
state Commerce Commission and can be
readily required by the Public Service
Commission by suitable wording of the
public service act of the State of Penn
sylvania. "Even though the use of the present
Market street subwny-clevated line could
not bo secured for the through-routing of
trains between Frankford and Woodland
avenue, the city con readily build tho
Chestnut street subway to accommodate
this service."
Regarding plans for tho Woodland ave
nue line, tho Director said:
"The construction of tho Woodland
avenue elevated lino will only cost ?(,
400,000. "Tho city In borrowing this money will
Incur, under existing legislation, an an
nual fixed charge of only J2S5,0OO. This
annual payment will, during the term of
the 30-year bonds, pay tho Interest on
.tho debt and also extinguish tho entire
"The greatest cost In establishing the
rapid transit facilities Is due to the ex
pensive construction In the delivery dis
trict, and the Woodland avenue elevated
can be established at a minimum cost,
as amplo delivery facilities exist to pro
vide for this lino.
"Tho program contemplates that tho
trains on the Woodland avenue elevated
shall bo through-routed, via Market
street to Camden or Frankford, as the
case may be, nnd that passengers will
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In the Woodland avenue district leading
to the nearest station on the Woodland
avenue elevated line, thera to transfer
free to the high-speed system and travel
over the high-speed system of the city
In a forward direction, either directly or
mjm? sWaiVMiB WLHa HfipIjL A'H
Error in Tactic
Nsver offer s. Pre&cb pastry to g. dlor
of THtele origin. JTrwa Fuck.
by free transfer If necessary, to any
other Important section of the city, and
upon leaving the high-speed system take
additional surface car ride from the sta
tion to point of destination all for one 5
cent faro.
"To offset tha annual fixed chargo of
$285,000, which tho city Incurs for 30 years
and no longer, In establishing tho Wood
land elevated lino, the city will have tho
net Income produced thorcby In excess
of the reasonable payments allowed tho
"But that Is not all. Tho city and the
rltlifn will have tho advantage of tho
following additional returns on the in
vestment: "Annual lime saving to passengers In
tho section served by the Woodland ave
nue elevated, 815,653 hours, whloh, at IS
cent per hour, would be worth $122,000.
"Annual saving to passengern in- the
district served by the Woodland avenUo
elevated resulting from the elimination
of the exchange ticket charge of 150,000
por annum.
"Increase In tax return resulting in
Increase In taxable values which will fol
low th2 construction of tho Woodland
avenue elevated.
"As nn examplo of tho effect of rapid
transit on realty values, I desire to call
your attention to tho fact that 1782 acres
In tho 46th Ward which Ho west of 45th
street and south of Market streets; tho
assessed value of real estate Is $63,190,-
625, or $35,263 per ncre. This ward was
largely vacant land a little over 10 years
"Tho 6137 acres In your 40th Ward are
assessed at $36,370,350, or $6990 per acre.
against $35,263 per aero In the 46th Ward.
Thero can be no doubt that millions will
be added to realty vnluoa In the 40th
Ward as soon as tho Woodland Avenuo
Elevated Is established. Tho Woodland
Avenue Elevated will save time to 67,000
passengers per day.
"The operation of the Woodland Avenue
Elevated In conjunction with the other
high-speed lines under tho terms of tho
trnnslt program wilt eliminate tho exist
ing congestion of traffic that exists on
the present surface lines and the delay
and Inconvenience Incident to surface
travel. A large part of the travel into
and out of your district Is to and from
other sections of the city far beyond the
central business district,
"The recommended high-speed system.
Including the Woodland Avenue Elevated
The Source
"From where dp cows get their milk?"
The little girl wished to learn.
"From where do you get your tears, my
Her mother askqi in turn.
And then with widely opened eyes.
Lifting; her childish brows.
"Oh, mother," she asked, la qulek sutv
."Do they have to spank the cowsT"
Harvard Lampoon.
A Novelty
Hanger She appsara to have changed
her clothes,
FaagenrHlBst PWjpU disappear to As
tMuHlMU JMk of Lantern,
24 1914.
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lino operated as recommended, will re
duce tho tlmo required to travel from
C3th nnd Woodland avenue as follows:
"To City Hall, from 28 minutes to 18
minutes-a saving of U minutes on the
round trip.
"To League Island, from 43 minutes to
33 minutes a. saving of 18 minutes on the
round trip.
"To Roxborough, from 78 minutes to
43W mlnutes-a saving of 1 hour and 6
minutes on the round trip.
"To Brbad street and Allegheny avenue,
from 67W minutes to 30 minutes a sav
ing of 65 minutes on the round trip.
"To Germantown, from 71 minutes to
44 mlnutos-a saving of 64 minutes on tho
round trip.
"To Frankford, from 78 minutes to 43
minutes a saving of 1 hour and 10 min
utes on the round trip.
"To Olney, from 73J4 minutes to S8 min
utes a saving of 1 hour and 11 minutes
on tho round trip.
"This means, fellow citizens, that n
largo number of you will be enabled to
save from a quarter of on hour to over
an hour per day which you now waste
in traveling by facilities which ore in
capablo of properly serving long-dlstanco
travel and which are obsolete for that
"The people travellnffto and from your
district nro wasting 815,683 hours por
year, which they aro entitled to save
for recreation or other useful purposes.
"No burden will bo placed upon tho
city or upon the taxpayers In establish
ing the recommended self-supporting
transit system.
"It is unthinkable that tho people of
Philadelphia wilt for one moment tolcrato
further delay In securing to them this
necessity which Is required for tho com
fort and convonlenco of every street-car
passenger In this city. Those who ride
only short distances on surface cars will
bo enabled to do so comfortably by tho
diversion of the long-distance riders who
now overcrowd the surface lines to the
high-speed lines. The existing congestion
will thus bo relieved. Those who have
to travel long distances will be enabled
to do so wtlh comfort, convenience and
"Phlladelphlans who pay over $300,000
per year for exchange tickets will be re
lieved of that charge and save the
"You who have established homes and
those who in the future may establish
homes In this vicinity will be enabled
to reach every Important place of em
ployment In tho city quickly, comfort
ably and conveniently for E cents. There-
love Can Tell '
"I'm not at home to that gentleman.
Jane," declared the bell.
"You haven't seen his card yt," pro
tested mother, "You doti't know who It
Is," -
"True; but It isn't the machine I am
waiting fpr. J can, tell by the honk,C
Louisville CourlerJournl.
Cooking in Hard Times
"How will you havo your eggs oookedt"
osktd the waiter.
"Make any difference in the cost qt
am?" inquired the cautious customer with
"N raggea ord.
"TTjs aok them th P of a slice
. ... mr,A h members of youi
lly may accept employment In any
ion of the city without shifting r
place of residence or dividing up it
boarding houses. .. t
"I challenge any man to atlnpt
deny you the necessary ts"a,Wrp
system and tho benefit, which you 0N 1
-V. . i u..i.. thorafi-nm without add.
tlonal cost and at great profit to tho cltyrr3
and to the Individual cu. :
ri... 4imA fcn. rnme for action, .nave
I your support?
ntl -. t. iaaartf 4rt call VOU
great central demonstration In order th
. Ihl
the overwneiming commnnu -pie
in this matter may be duly ertpha
sized. If such a call Is Issued, will you
and the people of your district respond!
"Hold yourselves In readiness to dis
play tho overwhelming sentiment wh on
exists In favor of Immediate construction
of tho recommended lines by the city.
Director Taylor will address the rell
dents of Falls of Schuylkill tonight at
American Hall, 35th street and Sunny
side avenue,
Comparison With Other
Centres of Population
Shows Conditions Here
That Must Be Improved.
Although the largest city In the United
States In point of area, Philadelphia is
last In high-speed transit. One of tho
chief causes of this is the obstacles
thrown In tho way of development by
an Indifferent, pessimistic attitude to
ward anything new. Dut the figures,
facts nnd results In other cities, coupled
with tho Inconvenience which thousands
of residents here now suffer, has changed
the situation as far as the people them
selves are concerned. Tho largely at
tended mass-meottngs now being held
in all sections attest better than words
where thoy stand on the subject
A glance at the accompanying char
acteristic figures tells In a nutshell of
the progress made In high-speed cities up
to tho present time.
Philadelphia, the largest city of all, has
$17,000,000 Invested In high-speed lines. It
has 14.7 miles of subway-elovatcd trades.
Of this, there Is 10.6 miles elevated and
4.1 of subway. Up to 1910 the population
of tho city and its immediate suburbs
was 1.940,833.
Boston, which Is much smaller In, area,
has $14,000,000 invested In high speed lines
for a population of 1,573,345. It has 2
miles of high speed tracks, of which 17.7
is elevated and 8.8 subway.
In Chicago, $93,000,000 has been Invested
In all elevated systems, of which there
are 143 miles of track. Tho population
to 1910 was 2,340,637.
Greater New York leads all American
cities In high speed progress. Up to 1913
thero was $331,000,000 Invested in these
rapid transit lines. It has 236 miles ot
tracks on Its elevated lines and up to
the time mentioned had 78 miles of sub
way tracks. Tho population of Greater
New York up to 1910 was 6,313,207.
It Is highly probable, however, that be
fore the campaign now being led by Di
rector Taylor has been concluded this
city will have started a high speed sys
tem which will change its place, decidedly
on the transit map.
An Afterthought
Voice (at tho other end of the phone)
Will you marry me?
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It speaking?
The Poor Insurance Company
Bride (half crylng)-oh, dear, some
thing terrible has happened! My whole
Sunday's roast has been burnt, and It cost
me three marks (Suddenly Illuminated
by a brilliant idea). But. say. dear, we
have a fire Insurance, haven't weT-Lus-tigo
All in the Game
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er, as he separated the buckshot from the
quail.-Yale Record.
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