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t: AJSTD SUN-TELEGRAM. VOL XXXV. NO. 74. RICHMOND, IND., FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 31, 19 iO. SINGLE COPY, 2 CENTS. I) Vs M i 'i A' ' 1 fi 3 ;S II it i fi X ' r f ' N HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESSiTHE MAYOR He Advocates Municirial Ownershin of the Water Wor Plant and Through City Attorney Gardner Presents Tv Methods Which Provide for the City Gradually Purcha ing the Stock of the Corporation, Which Plans Are Ela orations of the Suggestions of the Palladium. MAYOR FAVORS A And Think? that the Richmond Natural Gas Compart Should Be Given Only a Short Term Franchise to Elf i gage in the Manufacture of the Artificial Product Trai; tion Squabble Reopened by Zimmerman in Proposing a Effort to Oust Company's Line from Glen Miller Park. I What the Mayor Favors A provision in the water works franchise, giving the city authority to purchase stock, so that eventually it will be come a municipal planff t: i He opposes reduction in tax rate, saying that it will be difficult foi i the city to meet its expenses under the existing rates. He opposes the proposed reduction in the rate on street lighting. J He would force the traction company to remove its line in Glen Mit. ler park, if possible to do so. f He favors a short term franchise for the Richmond Natural Gas con! pany, in its manufacture of artificial gas, with a 75 cent rate and 10 pe cent reduction for cash payments. I He favors better safeguards for the public at C, C. & L. crossings. i Favors public scales at the market house. f At the council last evening Mayor Zimmerman made bis inaugural ad dress in which he outlined his policies. The most important ones are referred to in the above outline. Incorporated in the mayor's address is an Interest ing report on the water works situa tion by City Attorney A. M. Gardner, -- which is an elaboration of the policy first suggested in the Palladium; and there is also a report on the financial condition of the city of the greatest in terest and importance to every citizen, prepared by the city controller, B. G. McMahan. The address of Mayor Zimmerman, in full, is as follows: Report of the Mayor. Gentlemen of the Common Council: I assure you and the citizens that I appreciate the confidence bestowed upon me by returning me to the high est office in the gift of the city. In my first inaugural address to the council, eleven years and four months ago, I said that there was a great many things I desired to come to pass while I was mayor. What He Wanted Then. I said I would like for the city of Richmond to get lines of intern rban roads, steam railroad, a new Pennsyl vania depot, new fire engine houses, more cement sidewalks and. a govern ment building for the postoffice. I also said I wanted the city to own a new electric light i lant and, last, but not least, to own the water works. All of the above was accomplished by the council and myself during my administration, except the water works, which question is now before the people. I hope to be able to pro duce a plan whereby the city can own that A Few Suggestions. I now have a few suggestions to jnake for the good of the city: Try and own the water wo'-ks. Give the artificial gas company a fair franchise at seventy-five cents per thousand, with ten per cent off and a short term of twenty years. Keep the board of public works as it Is now, unless it proves impractical. I would recommend to council to ad vise our city attorney to look into the legality of the interurban car line in Glen Miller, and if possible, have the car track removed and the gorge filled bs it was. ' 1 also suggest that the C. C. & L, be compelled to put a flagman at the North C street crossing, as it is a very dangerous crossing: also that they be compelled to keep the ice off the side Walk near the water tank. The Are Light Rate. I would advise the council to keep the arc light at the same rate as they have been, for at the end of the year the plant can not give a good showing at a less rate, and then it would be said that the plant was not run right and there would be a howl. If you -will stop tthink. it looks like politics for even a suggestion to lessen the cost of the light. At the end of the year . there would be depreciation and no money to renew running on mere cost. It has been suggested to me by a great many people that the city should have a city scale at the market house. I would recommend that it be looked into and if practical, which I believe ft is ,the city should build a city scale. As to Tax Reduction. The taxes have been lowered, which was not right, for the expense of the city Is about the same now, as it has been in the past three years, and will cost us as much to run and there can be no reason to think that the taxes should he lowered unless the outgoing administration thinks the present ad OUTLINES POLICIES I it 75-CENT GAS RAl i ministration have better business sal ifications to keep down expenes, which I hope and believe they haW During the last administratioothe electric light plant paid to the ity about $59,000 and with that the Ity received of Gaar, Scott & Co., abut $25,000 sequestered taxes, which wb a great boon to the city and kept it jkm making many temporary loans, fhe present administration" wHT "not ve this bonus, consequently will half o make temporary loans, becausetoe present tax rate, which was mad by the last administration, will not be sufficient to pay the demands, asyou will see before I get through witlmy address. The superintendent of the jght plant's report to me will show, astlso the park superintendent's report will show that each took his duties wih a scarcity of material to go on. Scarcity of Coal. There was no coal and thenew board had to order coal as the flrist said the coal would only last to the last day of their control and the plants would freeze. I The old board of works would not order coal, so I had Mr. Fred Cbrles order coal before he came into pever, and the same condition existed aj the light office. The question of overhead craning or tunnel under Pennsylvania rafroad tracks will come up and will be avery serious problem, which should be lolv ed by this administration. I have had a talk on the probability of buying the water works witl our city attorney and requested him I get me the figures and plans by whicj the city can buy the plant, and he has given me the following: Report by Gardner. ! "Under the present contract with the Water Works company, the city has the right at any time to purhase the works at a fair cash value, with out bonus or percent added. Sai val uation to be determined by apjrais ers. to be appointed as set forfo. in said contract. X According to the appraisemett re cently made by Mr. Dabney H. Miury, acting for the city, the value oj the plant at this time, including (110, 825.69 for "going value," and $.000 cash for working capital, is S71V718. 33. On this basis, if the city dij not owe a dollar at this time, and alould borrow to the full extent of the con stitutional limitation, she would Jiave only $273,000, or $444,718.23 lessthan the value ot the plant, accordug to Mr. Maury. If the plant is forth $000,000 and we had no debj and should borrow the full amount Slow ed under the constitution, we Tould still lack $327,000 of having eiough to pay for the plant. ? What the Cost Would Be. In addition to the valuation of 717, 718.33, Mr. Maury estimates tfet it will require $135,000 to make meded additions, including a new 24 j inch main, etc. If $100,000 would male all needed additions and the pfesent plant is worth $600,000, the total worth including additions, wouji be $700,000. and with $273,000 as out debt limit, we would still lack $427,0)0 of being able to purchase the ntire plant at this time and make the need ed additions. As we have bondtd in debtedness of $222,000, we in fact lack $649,000 of being able financlaly to make such purchase at this tlmj, es timating the present value of the plant at $600,000 and needed additions of $100,000. Without a constitutional amend ment allowing municipalities to freate an indebtedness of more than two per cent there is very little prospect of CITY COUNCIL the city ever being able to purchase the entire plant at one time. While the city is growing in wealth, the plant is also increasing in value and at the end of another ten or fifteen year contract, we will find that we are no nearer able to shoulder the costs of the entire plant than we are now. Plan is Suggested. It would seem that a clause in a contract with the Water Works com pany reserving to the. city the right to purchase the entire plant at he appraisement, if Gf no value to the city under the present laws. If there is any way by which the city can be come a part owner of the plant at this time and each year hereafter purchase an additional interest, the city could in a few years become the owner of the entire plant. For the purpose of making extensions of the present plant, the city is authorized to be come a part stockholder by subscrib ing to the capital stock of the com pany. If it requires $100,000 to make the necessary extensions, and the capital stock of the company is increased that amount, the city could at this time subscribe for $50,000 of this stock, and as the work progressed, could, from time to time, purchase all the stock issued to make such necessary extensions. The right of the city to purchase the stock issued to make such extensions, could be provided for in the contract with the company. The right to purchase other stock would have to be arranged with the stockholders and the stock placed in the hands of trustees, to be held and transferred to the city from time to time, as the city was able to make purchases. Could Buy in 20 Years. If the entire plant, after making proposed extensions, is worth $800,000 and should be bonded for $400,000 with $400,000 capital stock, the city, by purchasing only $20,000 of the stock each year, could become the owner of all the stock within twenty years. The "going value" of the plant by that time would be very valuable and the city would share in the natur al increase. The valuations used herein are used for illustrations only and are not as- anmail haliig onrrfff ( ( To pay for such stock, the city could use its dividends on stock own ed by it and levy an additional tax each year, the rate of such tax levy depending upon the amount of stock bought each year by the city. He Has Another Plan. Another way in which the city might eventually become the owner of the plant, would be to agree at this time on the value of the plant, and let the company issue stock, and long time bonds representing the present value, then provide that the earnings should be used, first to pay the oper ating expenses, including interest on bonds, second to the payment of semi-annual dividends on the stock of five percent or whatever amount should be agreed upon; third, to such extensions and betterments as may be ordered by the Board of Public Works, and the excess to be paid to the city of Richmond, or used to purchase stock In the company for the city. The city reserving the right to pur chase all the stock at any time at par, plus dividends of five percent per annum, or whatever percent was agreed upon, if such dividends have not previously been paid. By this method the city would get the advant age of the natural increase in the value of the plant and would be able to purchase the entire stock as soon as the net earnings paid to her, to gether with money that might be rais ed in any other way, equaled the amount of such stock. There would have to be a provision in the contract under which the city would have some rights in the management of the plant so that . the expenses would be kept down within a reasonable limit Like Indianapolis Plan. The plan last mentioned, is some what in line with the franchise of the Citizen's Gas company of Indianapolis, which was organized to take over the properties of the old natural gas com panies and furnish artificial gas at sixty cents. I have not undertaken to set out the details of this plan, but it is possible that both the question of the new franchise to the Water Works com pany and the new franchise to the Natural Gas company could be solved along these lines in a way that would be fair both to the city and the com panies. Zimmerman Continues. If this, or some other plan cannot be carried out then I would advise a short time franchise with some chang es in the contract The comptroller has given me some figures and shows that there will not be enough money at the present rate of taxes to run the city. The following are his figures: Report of Controller. In making the budget for the year of 1910, the city controller recommend ed that the council appropriate $14,750 for street lighting, which amount is a fraction more than $48.00 per lamp, per annum, for 307 lamps. We now have 309 lamps. So you will readily see that the appropriation is not of a sufficient amount to pay for the lamps we now have In service. One year ago the controller recommended an an- (Continued on Page Six.) COUNCIL AVOIDED GAS CONTROVERSY FOR GOOD REASON Owing to Fact That All Mem bers Were Not Familiar With It, No Action Was At tempted Last Night. COMMUNICATION SENT BY COMMERCIAL CLUB In Which the Organization Recommends Making Sever al Alterations in the Pro posed Franchise. The gas franchise, which it was ex pected, would be the occasion of so much wrangling at the meeting of the city council last evening, came up for second reading and then, on motioD of Councilman Knollenberg, was referred to the committee on contracts and franchises and the board of works. The agreement between the old board of works and the gas officials was to the effect that the Richmond Natural Gas company should be given a franchise to manufacture artificial gas and, after the board had approved of the fran chise, which was slightly revised, the matter was sent to council. The old council refused to consider the matter in the short time permitted them, and the franchise was held over for the new administration. At the first meeting of the new council, owing to other bus iness, the gas question did not come up and was deferred until the next meeting. Suggestion by Mayor. It was expected there would be large doings last night, but at the beginning of the meeting Mayor Zimmerman stated that when the gas franchise came up, he would suggest that in view of the fact that the new mern bers of council and board of works were not entirely familiar with the or dinance, the matter again be deferred until the next meeting of council, for the purpose of affording an opportuni ty for careful consideration, at the same time permitting the new mem bers of the present administration to become thoroughly acquainted with the exact nature of the proposed franchise. The suggestion was acted upon by the motion of Councilman Knollenberg. A communication was received from the Commercial club regarding the report of the committee, composed of Henry Gennett, A. C. Lindemuth and Edgar Hiatt, relative to the gas franchise. The communication rec ommended several changes in the fran chise sought by the company. The most important was the reduction in the price of gas from no to cents per thousand cubic feet. It was also suggested that the standard quality of the gas to be furnished should be spe cifically stated in the ordinance to sim ply state, as does the proposed fran chise, that "gas of a standard quality would be furnished" was regarded as entirely too vague and general to be of practical value. Amendments Suggested. Other changes suggested were: "That the term of the franchise be changed from twenty-five to twenty years: that a purchase clause be in serted in the ordinance, permitting the municipality to purchase the plant after a certain time and upon certain conditions; that a clause be inserted prohibiting a sale or transfer of the plant or franchise without the consent of council; that extensions be requir ed for at least one subscriber for each 150 feet, instead of each 100 feet as specified in the proposed ordinance." A letter from Secretary Haas of the Commercial club accompanied the communication and was read to coun cil. The letter was to the effect that the recommendations made in the re port were unanimously adopted by the club, with the exception of the recom mendation relative to the price of gas. It was stated that the action of fix ing a lower price than that set forth in the proposed franchise was the oc casion of considerable discussion be tween the club members. Favors Employing Expert It was stated in the letter that it was pretty clearly demonstrated that no definite price could be fixed with out having technical knowledge upon the subject and the club therefore adopted a motion that the city enter into a contract with an expert to make an estimate of what additional money was necessary to equip it for the manufacture of artificial gas, tak ing into consideration the fact that natural gas would enter into the man ufacture of the same. The clause in respect to price, there fore, is not the opinion of all of the members of the Commercial club and this particular phrase will not be con sidered by the board of works as be ins a part of the report from the club. THE WEATHER. INDIANA AND LOCAL Fair and colder tonight and tomorrow. GIGANTIC ANTI-MEAT WAVE IS NOW SPREADING OVER ENTIRE COUNTRY CONDUCTOR GREENE MET VIOLENT END UNDER OWN TRAIN Well Known Railroad Officer, On P. R. R. Train, No. 21 , Died Shortly After Receiv ing His Injuries. HE SLIPPED ON ICE WHEN HE ALIGHTED And His Head Was Struck by Step of a Moving Coach, Tearing Hole in Skull Died At Hospital. While alighting from train No. 20, as it pulled into the Pennsylvania depot yesterday afternoon at 4:oO o'clock, Jo seph Green, conductor, of Columbus, Ohio, slipped and fell on the icy plat form and received injuries from which he died at the Reid Memorial hospital, about three hours later. The train from which Green fell is known as the Keystone Express, a fast limited between St. Louis and New York. As has been his custom for years, when the train pulled into the sheds at the local depot yesterday aft ernoon, Conductor Green alighted while the train was Ltill in motion, for the purpose of hurrying into the strain dispatchers' office and getting his or ders. How Accident Occurred. In steppiip offthe car onto the plat form, Green slipped on the Ice and was thrown forcibly, striking his head against the step of the coach and cut ting a ghastly wound in the back of the skull. He was picked up by the sta tion master and patrolman and car ried into the baggage room, where Dr. A. L. Bramkamp was called. Although the man's suffering was Intense, he did not lose consciousness and watched the doctor dress his wound while awaiting the arrival of the ambulance, from Wil son and Pohlmeyer's. The wound bled profusely and Green was hurried to the Reid Memorial hos pital, where every effort was made to stop the excessive flow of blood. The man's nerve and pluck was the marvel of those who witnessed his extreme suf fering. Never a moan escaped his lips, although the agony he experi enced must have been terrific. With calm deliberation he watched the dressing of his head and endeavored to assist in the work. He was conscious at all times and asked that his wife in Columbus be sent for. Acted Like a Stoic. With the philosophy of a stoic. Green talked of his injury and seemed to real ize that the end would perhaps be only a matter of a few short hours, for he asked that the news be broken gently to his wife in event he died before she arrived at his bedside. He told them that his wife would arrive from Colum bus at 8 o'clock and asned for some one to meet her and hurry her to the hos pital. When told that his request would be granted he thanked them and then sank into his eternal sleep. This was about 8 o'clock. Shortly prior to this hour Green complained of feeling sleepy. His heart action be came gradually weaker and the stimu lants resorted to failed to produce any effect death resulting peacefully and without struggle. Wife Misses Train. Mrs. Green missed the train which arrives in Richmond from Columbus at 8 o'clock and telegraphed Immediately that she would take the next train at 12 o'clock. However, her husband died before that time, and word to the effect that it would not be necessary for her to come was sent. The women was almost prostrated with her grief and is in a serious con dition today, it is said. Conductor Green's daughter, who is married and also resides at Columbus, swooned on hearing the news of her father's death and Is also said to be very HL She was holding her baby when she was told of the death of her father and dropped her child to the floor, so over come was she by the great shock. Green was 48 years of age and well known in local railroad circles. He had been in the employ of the company for about 25 years and was a trusted and popular employe. Owing to the excessive weight of the man, which was 250 pounds .the accident proved more serious than it would otherwise. It is said that death was probably due to concussion of the brain together with the great loss of blood. Albert Harcourt, of Columbus, a very close friend of the family, arriv ed this morning and took charge of the body. The body was taken to Colum bus at 9:50 o'clock this morning for funeral services and burial. Information Received Today Regarding the Progress of the Boycott Shows That It Will Soon Prove to Be a Most Powerful Weapon for the People to Employ in Their Fight to Bring About a Reduction in the Extremely High Price of Meats, Enforced by the Trust. MOVEMENT STARTED And Since It Was Launched at Cleveland, It Has Gained a Strong Foothold in Canton, Youngstown, Omaha, Wil mington and Numerous Other Cities Throughout Illi nois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, Connecticut and Delaware. Watching the Residents of Richmond and Wayne county have been keenly waUh ing the progress of the anti-meat boycott and the thousands who are in sympathy with the movement will be interested in the following lispatch sent out today by the American News Service, which shows that the boycott will prove a powerful weapon to employ against the packing trust (Palladium Special) Chicago, Jan. 21. The anti-meat strike, or wave, is sweeping the coun try from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic ocean. The new nation-wide effort to down prices was started in Cleveland, Ohio, a week ago, as a pure ly local affair, and has spread until it is estimated today that one million persons have pledged themselves eith er individually or collectively to a thir ty day abstinence from animal food. "Assist in the movement to reduct prices of meats" was the announce ment on the bill of fare cards in Bish op's restaurant the leading eating house in. .Kansas City. Kansas, which announced that beginnlngtoday ttte servlnfg of meats in that establish ment would be only on the absolute de mands of the patrons. Two hundred members of a Methodist church took pledges to eat no meats or packing house products. In Baltimore the Federation of Labor ordered fifty thou sand buttons reading "I don't buy meat, do yon?" The anti-meat move ment has gained strong foothold in ROUTINE AFFAIRS OF CITY COUIICI L Complaints About Alleys, Streets and Sidewalks Made Last Night. KING ASKS INFORMATION REQUESTS MAYOR TO TIP HIM OFF AS TO DUTIES OF COMMIT TEE ON PUBLIC PRINTING AND STATIONERY. William Peterson, whose property adjoins the new sewer constructed In the alley between South Second and Third streets, has entered protest to council about his sewer assessment. Council could not act as the assess ment has been confirmed by the board of works. Mr. Peterson might take legal action. Councilman Bart el made complaint In the interest of a constituent that the p; .ty living at 130 South Eleventh street has been in the habit of dumping ashes in the narrow alley in the rear of his residence. The passageway is blocked by a large pile which has not been removed. He also complained that the catch basin at Twelfth and South A street was not working prop erly, as water was backing up into the cellars of near by residences. Dirt on Sidewalks. There are several wagon loads of dirt which have washed onto the side walk at Sixteenth and E street from the adjoining property, which is much higher than the leved of the street, and Councilman King tecommended that the city haul this away, as the proper ty owner is a non-resident Both his communication and those of Mr. Bartel were referred to the streets and alleys committee, and the street com missioner. A petition was presented to council, signed by Charles HJlbert and a num ber of others, for the location of an arc light at Seventeenth and North C streets. The matter was referred to the board of works. Councilman Burdsall called the at tention of the street commissioner to the bad condition of Charles and Wil liams streets, Fairview. The street Is JUST A WEEK AGO Movement Canton, Youngstown. .Cleveland, Oma ha, Wilmington and numerous othei cities throughout Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin. Iowa. Ntbraska, Michigan, Connecticut, Delaware and Chicago.. While the laboring classes predomi nate in point of numbers, almost every class of citizens are joining the move ment. Resolutions, petitions .and oral pledges are the methods of declaring abstinence. ACTION AT PITTSBURG. Pittsburg. Pa., Jan. 21. The Iron City Trades Council has adopted the following resolution: - Resolved that all members of Local Trade Unlonrud organisations affili ated with this body be called npon to declare a boycott against the meat trust by refusing to eat meat for a pe riod of : days unlera there is a decid ed amelioration of the deplorable con ditions regarding the price of this commodity and that all members use their endeavors lo secure others not affiliated with local organizations to do likewise." unimproved and several horses have become mired recently. Through its chairman, H E. King, the committee on public printing and stationery Inquired of Mayor Zimmer man last evening what Its duties were. Mr. King said that the committee wanted to work. He Is still waiting for information. HOME FOR WEE GIRL No disposition has been made by the Board of Children's Guardian of Vernace Ruth French, the Jour year old little girl, who was removed from the custody of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shoop, early this week, and placed in the Home for Friendless nntll some more suitable provision for her ' sup port could be made. In the affidavit against the child, the authorities petition Judge Fox of the juvenile court to send her to an orphan asylum. It is stated In the petition that the girl's mother. Bertha French, neglected the child when she was very young, and that the woman's present whereabouts are unknown. The Shoops were given charge of the' child but are unable to properly pro vide for her. ASK FOR JUOGMEUT The Chicago and Erie railroad com pany has filed motion in the circuit court that final judgment be rendered in the case . of the Cincinnati. Rich mond and FL Wayne Railroad compa ny versus the Indiana Railroad com mission, to set aside ruling. The case was venued to the Wayne circuit court June 27. 1007. and Is one of the oldest on the docket. SHE ASKS DIVORCE Habitual drunkenness la the charge averred by Mrs. Cora L Neathery. nee Cora L Mumbower. for dltoroe from William E. Neathery. Her complaint has been filed In the circuit conrL The couple married April 10. 1903 and lived together until December 9. 1909. The plaintiff wishes her maiden name restored.