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FOR 3 YEARS IS PUBLICS GIFT (Continued from Page One.) which furnished the greatest efficient 1 ) and safeguards. Many important changes hare been made in the principal depart ments in the conduct of their business. BUDGET IS WORKED OCT. “This administration has worked out in complete detail a standardised budget which has beeen in operation during the past two years. With the standardized records finally completed and in opera tion during 1920 it will be possible to compare detailed items of revenues and expenditures in succeeding yea:s. This will be a valuable piece of machinery for the benefit of the public as well as the guidance of departmental heads each year. The entire business of the city is now conducted upon the budget system. “The board of works has made a splen did record for efficiency and constructive achievement. They took over the work of the department at a time when the afreets of Indianapolis were in the most run-down condition they have ever been. The first year they were handicapped for material and labor on account of the war. During the last two years they have car ried oat a very extensive program of streete resurfacing and improvements. Practically all of the downtown streets that had been down more than fifteen years and were in a bad state of pres ervation. were resurfaced.” 33 MILES OF STREET PAVEB. Tender the administration, a total of 33.36 miles of streets have been newly paved, resurfaced or graded and grav eled, a report prepared by John Elliott, assistant city civil engineer, shows. In addition, the three years have seen 12.80 miles of sidewalks and 19 miles of curb ing laid. During the present year 7.50 miles of sewers have *'ecn laid. All of these figures are for improvements which have been charged directly to the tax payers. In addition, approximately *250,- 000 worth of paving has been laid with track elevation funds. The total cost of the 33.36 miles oi pavement was $2,150,479.08, Mr. Elliott s figures show. The report states that 3.78 miles of new asphalt pavement, containing 61,- -55.27 square yards was -laid at a total cost of $285,255.68 and an average cost of $3.52 a square yard. Fourteen and ninety-one hundredths miles of asphalt pavement were resur faced at a total cost of $1,042,702.24 and an average cost per square yard of $2.70. The total camber of square yards laid was 311.952.34. SEVEN MILES OF CONCRETE LAID. Bituminous concrete pavement was laid to the extent of 7:85 miles at a total cost of $562,221.75 and an average cost per square yard of $3.72. The total square yardage was 116.203. One mile of new brick pavement was put down. It cost $36,774.92, contained 82127.10 square yards and the average cost a square yard was $3.55. Eight-tenths of a mile of brick rave ment was resurfaced at a cost of *3,- 726.77 and an average cost a square yard of $3. The total square yardage was 958. Fifty-four hundredths of a mile of wood block strts were resurfaced at a cost of $71,147.55 and at an average cost a square yard, of which there were 12.264 square yards of $4.95. Resurfacing of .15 mile of granite block streets, containing 3.729 coat $20.534 45 and an average of $7.12 a square yard. Reinforced concrete streets, of which 2.26 miles, containing 19 090 56 square yards were laid, cost $77,041.75, at an average of $3.60 a square yard. GR DEI* STREET IMPRO VEMENTS. One and thirty-sixth hundredths miles ot graded streets were laid at a coat of 519.438.56 and an average cost a square yard of 9S cents. Streets graded and gravelled totalled 1.43 miles and cost $24,999.41 at an aver age of $1 15 a square yard. The 12SO mib-s of c--nent sidewalks put down contained 332.736.90 square yards and cost 35 cents a square yard, or a total of 5X73.647.85 The .19 miles of curbing cost $2,882.09 at the rate of $139 a lineal foot. The cost of putting In 7.50 miles of sewers t*-is year was $212,366.56. “Generally speaking, the streets of In dianapolis are in tue best condition they have ever been,” the mayors statement continued. “The program for the next year. n*n completed, will place in fine condition all of the downtown streets and very many of the streets in the out lying d.strlets. STREET RAILWAY MTIATION VIEWED. "'lbe street railway situation has been greatly improved during the past three yea.s. At the beginning of the adminis tration the city street car company was in a deplorab e condition. The serv ice was nn.-at sfactory and the property was not in good operating condition. The financial condition of the company was unstable and a great handicap to the auc<i sifnl operation of the property. The administration insisted upon the adop tion of some new method in the collec tion of fares, such as the installation of the 'pay-as-you-enter' plan. “The company has installed new cars or equipped old cars with •psy-ss-you enter’ devices until today practically al. of the main lines collect the fare by this method. This has proven to be an effi cient way of securing the maximum number of fares. “The consolidation of the two street car companies in existence at the begin ning of the administration was accom plished by the cooperation of the admin istration the Publ.c Service Commission and the street car companies. This mer ger gave to the new company new ability to render better service in many respects, the principal advantage being the re duction of certain fixed charges upon the company's revenue. "Under the emergency clause of the public utility law the city's franchise with the company with respect to fares was temporarily set aside and the.com pany granted a 5-cent fare. It has l>er-ii the policy of the administration that a 5-cent fare was the maximum rate for the production of the maximum amount of revenue. “For this reason we have opposed all PERFECT HEARING FOR THE —DEAF —i The Little Gem Ear Phone awarded the GOLD MEDAL, highest award for Ear Phones In competi tion with all hearing Instruments at Pauama Pacific Exposition. Look at It and you SEE the simplest and smallest device In the world: use it and you FEEL that you have the most wonderful piece of mechanism yet devised for suffering mankind. Let us prove what we say. FREE DEMONSTRATION At Our Store from 9 a. m. to 5:30 p. m Commencing Tuesday, Dec. 28, and Balance of Week THE LITTLE GEM EAR PHON E, the latest patented perfect hearing de vice. With it you can hear under all conditions In the church, theatre and general conversation. The AUTO EAR MASSAGE stops head noises aud makes the cure of deafness possible. Remember, we would not allow such a demonstration in our store unless we had investigated the Instrument thoroughly. An expert from New York City will be with us on the above days. We most earnestly request you to call, make a test privately and receive expert advice without charge. Every Instrument guaranteed. Ask for booklet. Tell your deaf friends. Wm. H. ARMSTRONG CO. 34 West Ohio Street Safe Lock and SIOO Easy for Youth , 13 FREDERICK, Okla., Dec. 27.—A 13- year-old boy, Clyde Watkins, was held here charged with robbing the postoffice at Manltou of SIOO. Offi cials charge the boy worked the com bination to the safe. demands of the company for a greater rate of fare than 5 cents. We believe that a strict adherence to the 5-cent fare, together with the pay-as-you-enter cars, has enabled the company to derive the greatest amount of revenue possible. “The company has done exceedingly well under prevailing conditions in bet tering its service by the addition of more than fifty new cars and the improve ment of its tracks. It has also extended its service on many of its principal lines to the city limits, thus enabling urban district to have the full benefit of city service. The company deserves great credit for the excellent showing It lias been able to make under adverse and abnormal conditions which have pre vailed during the last three years. There Is not a city of the same size as Indi anapolis or larger where the street car system Is operated on a fare as low as 5 cents and is operating without a do licit. Many of the larger cities have street car fares as high as 8, 9 and 10 cents and are still unable to make ends meet. The Indianapolis company has Improved its property as well as its serv ice, operated on a 5-cent fare, and doee not today show a deficit in its operation This is a record of which the citizens may well be proud. “The other utilities under the board of public works have done eqnally well in the operation of their property in rendering service to the city. They have each shown a willingness to do the things conducing to the best service possible. REGARDING ASH HAILING DEPARTMENT. “Among the many changes and im provements in the conduct of its busi ness made by the board of public works was the organization of the ash haul ing department, the work of which was done by private contractors before the new department came into existence. This department has been fully motor ized and the service greatly improved. At the time the city took over this task it faced an almost monumental accumu lation of ashes, left by the breakdown of the private collection system. The city ash hauling department, with the assistance of the street cleaning depart ment, cleared away this accumulation in two week's time. “The garbage collection department, which also was created and organized by this administration, will be motorized as rapidly as possible. I'nder the plan of organization of the ash hauling, gar bage and street cleaning departments the men and equipment of the three de partments may be interchanged, this making possible an efficient force dur ing times of emergency. During tne summer months the ash hauling equip ment la used for street cleaning pur poses or garbage collection and during the winter months the street cleaning equipment is turned to the ash hauling department. When the motor garbage equipment is obtained it may help in the ash collection. TRACK ELEVATION WORK PISHED. “The city engineering department has pushed the track elevation work as rap idly as possible. Indianapolis was for tunate In the fact that we were permitted to carry on this work during the period of the war. It is expected that the prin cipal part of this great project will be completed during the coming year. "The board of works has completed detailed plans for the permanent Im provement of the city market, which the board of safety will execute when condi tions are most advantageous for the pros ecution of this work. It is hoped that the price of both labor and material will be stabilized sufficiently in the spring to Justify the commencement of the im provement. "The board also has plans for a com prehensive municipal yard to be con structed on the city's property on Ken tucky avenue west of White River. This contemplates the centralizatloo of all city equipment of every kind, excepting fire apparatus, hospital ambulances and police patrols, and the Installation there on of paint shops, machine repair shops, carpenter shop*, warehouses, storage fa cilities, city barns, the municipal garage, etc. “Thus will be consolidated under one overhead expense and at one location all of the yards and substations for equip ment which the city possesses. At pres ent they are scattered all over the city. The completion of this work will mean a great sailug to the city tn the preser vation and maintenance of equipment and reduction of overhead expenses in oper ation and repair of all machinery neces sary to do the city’s work. LEAVER DEPARTMENT WORK NOTED. '.New equipment has also been added to the sewer department, which affords much better and quicker service and is a greater protection to the city's health. "In the street cleaning department new motor flushers have been added to the equipment and have proven very successful. Two new motor flushers will be added to the equipment next year. It has been demonstrated to the board’s satisfaction that scrubbing the streets w.th high powered motor flushers Is not only the most sanitary method of keep ing our streets respectable, but is a great labor-saving plan. It is also the plan of the board for next year to put on a n'ght force of gutter sweepers and clean the downtown streets at night. The work can be done more quickly with fewer men and much more thoroughly this way. “A. O. Meloy, street commissioner, has rendered excellent service in charge of these street and sewer activities. “The board of safety has accom plished great results during the last three years In the organization of the police and fire departments, which main tain a standard of efficient service. The ; board has constantly followed the policy ! of the administration in taking the po lice and fire departments out of politics and establishing the merit system in promotions and demotions. This ad ministration went into office under the ; .pledge of securing the best men avall ; able for responsible positions in both the police and fire departments, irrespective of political affiliations or activities. EFFICIENCY IS I BROUGHT UP. “The board, together with Chief John C. Loueks of the fire department, have succeeded in bringing the standard of efficiency to a high plane. The best avail able men have been selected by the board and chief for the responsible positions. “One of the most significant accom plishments of the board has been the complete motorization of the fire depart ment. By the end of 1921 all horse drawn equipment will have been discarded and new. up-to-date powerful motor equip ment substituted. This will give Indi anapolis as near perfect fire protection aa can be maintained and will have the effect of lowering insurance rates for the property owners of Indianapolis and un doubtedly will put Indianapolis in the first rank in the underwriters' classifica tion. “A training school for firemen has been established. “The alarm system which serves the police and fire departments has been re organized so that the former two de partments are now combined in the new electrical department. This has proven very beneficial to this important service. The board has placed in repair the ex pensive electrical equipment and placed the department tinder the management of a competent organization of experts. “Installation of the two platoon sys tem next year will give the firemen an opportunity to enjoy their home life. “The police department has been re organized and placed upon a real basis of public service. On the resignation of former Chief of Police George V. Cof fin, superintendent of Detectives Jerry Kinney was elevated to the position of chief of police. Chief Kinney was se lected because of his recognized ability, his honesty and worth as a police officer. His record has been good. OLD TWO-SHIFT SYSTEM CHANGED. “The old two-shift system has been changed and the men now work in three shifts. This covers every police district In the city. With n now shift of men every eight hours under the new sys tem, each patrolman .not only does strictly police duty, but makes reports upon all other service rendered by other departments of the city, such as repairs to streets and sidewalks, daugerotis ob structions, electric street light outages, condition of electric wiring, sanitation of streets and alleys, etc. All of these Items are covered in the dally reports which each patrolman is required to make at the end of hla period of duty each day. “Patrolmen rotate at given Intervals ■o that each may become familiar with conditions prevailing In each district of the city. “The traffic department has been im proved and enlarged. “Work of the women's division has been far greater than was anticipated when it was organized This adminis tration conceived the Idea of a women's division of the department and immedi ately upon coming into power organized the first women's department in Amer ica. Today it la the largest in the coun- j try and many of the principal cities have followed our plan, the work under the able supervision of Lieutenant Burnsides having attracted the attention of the entire country, it la the purpose of the board to increase the number of police women and broaden the scope of the women's division Just as rapidly as the need arises. It la Invaluable in its service to the community. COMPLETE STUDY OF MARKET. “A complete study of the market and the market house has made by the board of safety and complete plans for the Improvement of the physical fa cilities as well as the reorg nizatlon of the market itself have been prepared. It is hoped that this work can be prose cuted in the early spring. “The work of the building inspector, the city sealer of weights and measures and the city dog poundmaster has been very satisfactory under the board's di rection. “It should not be forgotten that the board bes organized a police reserve, consisting of several hundred substantial citizens who can be called upon to do police duty In times of emergency within , an hour. “The administration has added to the list of departments. cre..ted a fire pre vention bureau which works In coopera tion with and under the direction of the chief of the fire department. This de partment. using members of the fire force, makes complete Inspections of every building and fire hazard during the year. It la their duty to correct and eliminate ns nearly as possible fire risks and hazards. This branch of the service has been Instrumental in doing away with a vast number of dangerous fire traps, thereby protecting property and j lives. “I'nder the able direction of City AMUSEMENTS. Vpaojf "duster! 1 mI A Remiu-kable Entertainment With Beautiful ISV ml lj§ “BLUE” BERT .KENNEY I "PL. JACK—ROLLS & ROYCE—RUSH I A Vehicle of Claas and Speed s ANTOS J HflYE s REVUE LUCAS & INEZ Lynch & Zellar in Three Scenes With ART CLASSIC” “SIX BEST CELLARS" 1 B ° B A. Y w.u^ lh ™ KINOGRAMS Digest Topics SAUL MARSHALL With the Pert, Pooler and Pithy 1 BROADWAY BEAUTY CHORUS Seats always one week in advance INDIANA DAILY TIMES, MONDAY, DECEMBER 27,1920. Controller Robert H. Bryson the de partment of finance has had a difficult task. The untiring services of this de partment has made poasible many of the economies practiced and the work ac complished. “The legal department under the di rection of Corporation Counsel Samuel Ashby has rendered unusual and excel lent public service. Many important legal questions have commanded their time and energies In the courts, Thomas D. Stevenson, city attorney, assisted by H. E. Y'ookey. Dixon Bynum and Will liemy, have been unusually successful In pro tecting the city against damage suits and in enforcing our contraoturnl rights. “Mr. Ashby has very effectively pre sented to the courts and the Public Serv ice Commission the city's contentions with reference to the perplexing prob lems involved in public utility hearings. No public servant could have rendered more efficient and honest service than has Mr. Ashby. “The purchasing department under Dwight S. Ritter, has been instrumental, through the application of up-to-date business methods, such as any big man ufacturing institution would adopt. In saving the city thousands of dollars in the purchase of equipment and materia.*. The city has had the advantage of Mr. Ritter’s experience as the purchasing agent of one of the biggest manufactur ing firms in Indiana prior to his ac ceptance of his present post. His depart ment serves every other department la the purchase of every article the city uses and he has organized a very effi cient corps of workers who are render ing excellent service. STOREHOUSE FLAN IS AFPROVED. “It is hoped that it will be possible to adopt the storehouse plan for Mr. Ritter’s department, whereby the city will have the benefit of buying standard ar ticles and materials in larger quantities, thereby receiving the price reduction die to purchase by lota, during the coming year. “Complete plans for the sewage dis posal system have been worked out in the last three years and the work of accomplishing them Is well under way br the sanitary commission. This Is one of the greatest projects Indianapolis ha* ever undertaken. When completed It will successfully care for and scientifically dispose of the great sewage watte of the city. This will mean much to the health of the community, inasmuch as it will keep our open streams pure from sew age, which heretofore has found its out i "■sTT^BTiiiaT^i i a 4 43 One Solid Week’s Engagement Os Strous and Franklin’s “PEPPY” GIRLS From the FOLLIES Featuring that fast-working Comedian, FREDDIE (Fat.) BINDER Ably assisted by Billy Kelly, Lew Howard, Billy Walsh, Theodore Murphy, Mabel White, Lucia Arnold, Pauline Graw, May Kennis and H |4 I | Thi* Coupon and 10 cents, with kJ JL I—4 JLa war tax. entitles lady to re served seat at any Matinee BURNING durlna th ® weok CHORUS holidays excepted. Spend a Few Hours in the MIMIC WORLD let in Fall Creek and White River. The large Interceptor which connects bho sewage system of the city with Sellers' farm is well under way to completion. It is estimated that a large part of the work will be completed by the end of next rear. “The sanitary board alßo has success fully operated the garbage reduction plant at Sellers farm. During the time of the war when the by-products of the plant were in great demand the board disposed of garbage at a great profit to the city. It is not presumed that city government should be an institution to make money. Its purpose is rather to render such community service as the general public requires. SOME REVENUES REPORTED IN "However, there are some activities from which the city derives revenue to offet the expense of the service ren dered. The operation of the garbage plant has afforded the city revenue* to offset the service of collecting the garb age which it renders to the f.eople. "The business affairs of the sanitary board under the direction of Chairman Lucius B. Swift have been very econom ically and efficiently handled. “The health board has rendered excel lent service, not only in the department of sanitation and public health, but also in the conduct and management of the City Hospital and City Dispensaries. The board has plana for anew nurses' home which will be constructed in the spring. This is to be a modern building contain ing not only dormitories for the nurses of the hospital, but also the chemical labor atories and experimental rooms for the benefit of the medical service of the hos pital. “The present board of health found conditions at the hospital very insanl tary and run down. On its limited funda. In the fare of greatly increased coats, the hoard has succeeded in thoroughly sani tizing the institution end placing an or ganization In control of its operation which la competent and trustworthy. The institution is giving the greatest amount of service that Is possible with its lim ited facilities and financial resources. COUNTY HEALTH LAW SOUGHT. “It is hoped that the coming session of tbe Legislature will enact a law which will provide for a county health district under the control of a board of trustees that will take over the property and management of the City Hospital and dispensaries together with Sunnyslde Tuberculosis Sanitarium. Julietta Insane* Asylum, the Marlon County Poor Farm. Detention Home and Workhouoe, there- AMUSEMENTS. by Insuring to these Institutions a con tinuity of management and consolidation of all these institutions under one efficient business administration. “This will insure more finances by the elimination of duplicating overhead ad ministrative costs, which will enable the board of trustees to secure as general manager for the new system a man who Is medically educated and. specially trained in institutional management. In my opinion no greater reform in the management of our public charitable and correctional Institutions can be brought about. "The park board has maintained a strict policy of economy during thd abnormal conditions of the last three years. It has consistently followed the plan of improvements and extensions in parks and boulevards, but has under taken no extensive program of work during the period oi unsettled busi ness conditions. “This administration had the recrea tion department taken from the board of health and transferred to the depart ment of parks, where it rightfully be longs. Under the direct supervision of R. Walter Jarvis, director of recreation, and James H. Lowry, superintendent of parks, the recreation department has made a phenomenal growth and develop ment. The recreation work now extends to every park and playground in the city. The community is familiar with the splendid work of the department, through the free public concerts, the amateur athletics, folk dances and pag eants, together with some branches of vocational training conducted on the playgrounds and in the community cen ters. Tbe department has been health ful In its influence and has afforded much Joy and pleasure to the people of the city. “The department of public gardens, un der Harry Mleaae, which was organized st tbe beginning of the war for the pur pose of encouraging war gardens, liar, continued its work and has constantly grown since the signing of the armlstico. Mr.'Mlesae deserves the appreciation of the citizens of this community for his untiring efforts and Intensive Interest in this work. He donates hi* services to the department, and it Is of Inestimable value. Hla department has transformed hundreds of unsightly vacant lots Into beautiful, productive vegetable gardens Tbe department has taught hundreds of nmateur gardeners the value of raising their own produce, and yet the cost of the department baa never exceeded SI,OOO a year." j AM USE ME NT 3. ENGLISH'S EX MATINEES WED.. SAT. America’* Foremost Girlleaqne Mario qulnade MARCUS SHOW of mo Company of 78, Including MIKE SACKS, 800 Wtnsoino, Charlie Ab bato. Milo Morion and Fomou* MARCUS PEACHES. PRlCES—Night* and Sat. Mot., 80c to *2.00 i Wed. Mot., bout eoot*. sl. Frldov Night, Now Year’* Eve.. SOe Next Monday-All Week Motlnooa, Wed. and Sot., 50c to (1. Evening*. 50c. 75c. $1 and *1250. SEATS NOW SELLING. HAMHH-COID! MBS Ha Km You Forget Your Troubles SeJwyn dr Company's LAUGH FESTIVAL laiHA CURZOH THIS WEEK Dubln and Oliver Present “Now and Then” A Melodious, Youthful Revue Jimmie Rosen Famous Lilliputian Comedian. ©Other Big £* 1921 Features O MuraT"- Matinee* Wednesday and Saturday. Robert Milton Present* THE CHAKM SCHOOL A comedy by Alice Duer Miller and Robert Milton, with a wee bit of mnlc by Jerome Kern. PRICE? —Tonight, 50c, SI.OO, st.so *2.00, *2.50. Except Friday (New Year’* Eve.), *I,OO to *3.00. Wed lies lay Matinee. 50c, 75c, *l.uo, *1.50. Saturday Matinee, 00c, 75c, *I.OO SI 30 *2.00. - a .. . - - IVI<3T . IO . N .. PtCTURES ‘ FIRST HALF THIS WEEK Eg! Wm. S. Hart 1 “The Testing Block” H 10 10 Entire j IO I U Week I RoSCOE (FATTY) j ' * ‘The Life of the Party ” gyg Mending Tissue Ko sewing or darning. Repairs clothing, •ilk, satin, cotton goods, ribbons, fabrics of all kinds, kid gloves, mackintoshes, umbrellas, paraeola, stockings, etc. Pack age postpaid. 15 cents, two packages, 26 cents. Address FKNN PUBLISHING CO., AUalrsvlUs, Pa. The Theatre Beautiful Home of Continuous Popular Priced Vaudeville Extra Special Attractions Anniversary Week You’re Sure to Like It —No Stops—No Waits A O Interesting j O !&. Features IL 3-orchestras-3 Music and Entertainment Every Minute Fyn&a vbpaW J CO- CpNTIN WU.S All this Week—Entire New Company A JINGLING TINGLING Musical Comedy k Ce Luxe Revue of Song & Mirth 25-PEOPLE-25 A BEVY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRLS MOTION PICTURES. The copyboy detective of “Go and Get It” In Christmas Pageant J COMIC. CIRCLETTE OF NKWS.^^^H this wEEK-Thomas Meighan IN "CONRAD IN QUEST OF HIS YOUTH” -A Runaway Romance of Roars —Alao-, d[ Q § 1 1 | gj ] “wedding AMUSEMENTS.