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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 11, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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LINES WITH THE $16,000,000?
Let the city start auto bus routes
with money from the $16,000,000 city
traction fund, say Public Ownership
league men, It's a-better way to get
improved street car service than by
plunging into subways.
Members of the league point to
subway talk popping lately and say
these moves all in one week are
worth notice:
Aid. Henry D. Capitain, who votes
and speaks for the street car compa
nies on the council floor, said Oct. 9
there is danger the state utilities
commission will grab the city's $16,
000,000 traction fund and "build a
subway of its own planning."
Bion J. Arnold, chairman board of
supervising engineers, on Oct 7
spoke before the American Electric
Railway ass'n in San Francisco and
advised Chicago: "Why not build the
subway bore as far as possible with
these surplus profits (the $16,000,
000 traction fund), as represented by
the city's share, as a municipally
owned project, not necessarily munic
ipally operated?"
Mayor Thompson on Oct 4 urged
action for some kind of a subway, not
comprehensive but maybe "dinky."
What's the answer? Why does Aid.
Henry .Capitain, the best friend the
traction companies have in the coun
cil, holler for the city's $16,000,000
to be spent for a subway? Why does
Bion J. Arnold, the so-called expert
who "rehabilitated" the street rail
ways under the 1907 ordinances till
service is worse than ever, who has
drawn $234,000 salary under the 1907
ordinances, now call tor the city 'to
plunge and. sink its $16,000,000 in
underground tunnels?
And is there any connection be
tween Mayor Thompson's declaration
for subways coming on the first and
only night the mayor had sitting on
he platform with him in council
hamber Sam Ettelson, law partner
if Dan Schuyler, attorney for the
State Street Stores ass'n?
"As we figure it out," said Morton
L. Johnson of the executive commit
tee of the Public Ownership league,
"the traction companies would like to
lift out of the city treasury one way
or another that $16,000,000. So long
as it's there it's a threat to them. Any
time public ownership sentiment gets
strong enough the people will order
cross-town lines and start auto bus
service that will put a crimp into the
traction game.
"We will keep watch and call the
number on every public official who
favors raiding this $16,000,000 fund
for a subway scheme. That pile of
cash would go better for auto bus
lines and other transportation than
for subways."
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.Clarksdale, Miss. Two negroes
who confessed to killing A. H. Cage,
cashier of Planters' bank of Clarks
dale, in attempted robbery, lynched
by a mob.
.Oostburg, Wis. Tobas Bloomers,
93 years old, found dead in attic of
his home, where he hanged himself.
Philadelphia. All hope abandoned
for Swedish steamer Norbotten, due
ten days ago. Vessel left Norway
Sept 11.
Christiania. Women voted today
for first time in Norwegian general
Boston. One man instantly killed,
40 injured, when boiler of George R.
Strong & Co. shoe factory, West Wey
mouth, exploded.
London. Drink sales slumped
heavily as result of new regulation
prohibiting treating in London and
neighborhood, under penalty of $500
fine and six months in prison.
Washington. This government's
long postponed note to Great Britain
sharply protesting against American
trade interference planned to go this
i Monmouth, II). Grappling hooks
! being used in effort to recover bodies
i of three negroes who drowned in the
1 Mississippi river.

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