Newspaper Page Text
Ml Ml Vol. 15 EAST JORDAN, MICHIGANrSATURDAY. MAY 6; 1911. No. IB Likes Commiss'n Port Huron Citizens Endorses C ' New System of City Gov , eminent. i .'A staff correspondent of the Detroit News, writing from Port Huron has the following to say relative to the ' merits of the commission form of gov eminent as found by the citizens of Qthat city. For nearly four months, ' since the first day of January, to be exast, Port Huron has been under the rule of the commission form of government. During the new rule city affairs have been running very smoothly and the champions of the commission form of -government declare that its short trial has proven that it Is a success over the old form of city govern meat, while the opponents have to be con tent by putting up the plea that it cannot be judged in so short a period of time. , The city government of Port Iluron is today tree from politics. Politics has been entirely eliminated, and al though the commission Itself is strongly democratic! it has made no differences in the appointments made by that body; iu fact the republicans have shared better than their oppo nents. If either side has an advantage over the other in this respect. The commission is composed of five members, consisting of a mayor, whose salary is $2,000 per year, and four commissioners, who draw dowa 11,200 per year In return for their duties. Work of the live different commissioners has been divided off, A each commissioner has a special duty to look after, a well as the work which comes before the body as a ' whole. There Is a commission on public affairs, accounts and finance, public safety, streets and public im provements, and parks aud public property. "We have the business down to a working basis," states Mayor Johu Bell. There Is no man working for the city from the commissioners down who is not earning hit money. It is practically a one-man board, and al though we have been in power only a short time, probably riot long enough to give the new form of government a fair trial, yet I knov it U working out verv well." 'The trouble with you fellows, at least the only fault 1 have got to yV-tirid," said a prominent citizen, "is that you are not radical enough. This is a radical movement, a great change over the former method of conducting city affairs, and I believe that whil the work has been very satisfactory, jet you should be more radical in your actions." Iu reply, Mavor Bell stated that he was aware that it was a radical change over the old form of govern ment, yet he believed for that reason that they should go at the matter to as sane a manner as possible. One thing very noticeable in the working of the new government, In Port Iluron, is the ced with which the matters brought before them are dispatched. Formerly accounts, hire of men for work on the streets, and numerous other trifling matters hammered out in a council meeting of several hours length, today the person who has business comes before the body, and the business is done in a very few moments. The only officers elected In the city Sunder the new charter are the city .com minion, justice of the peace and "constables, while the appointive officers are many, they being, clerk, treasurer, assessor, city attorney, superintendent of public works, chief of police, chief of tire department, city engineer and supervisors. The compensation of thrse officers is also fixed by the commission. The elec tions here are nonpartisan in every respect. From the above it would seem as though the commission was Invested witti a large amount of power. In one sense this is true. Yet any mem ber of the commission or any officer of tho cltv can be removed by the com mission or the balance of the commis sion, if it should happen to be a com mlssiouer, who has violated any of Vtbe acts set down in the charter. Among the many things which a commissioner cau be removed is habitual drunkenness, Incompetency, wlltul misconduct and wilful viola tion of any provision of the charter. The charter also provides an In itiative and referendum. The Initia tive provides that If a petition is presented to that body asking for the passage of any ordiuance or legislative act that they are compelled to submit the proposition to the people, while the referendum provides that every ordinance passed by the commission must lay on the table ten days and If during that timo a petition should be presented containing the names of twenty-five percent of the electors it shall be their duty to submit the questiou to the people. " The new form of government In Port Huron has done away with the ward boundaries and aldermen, who were, very anxious to make as good a showing as possible for their wards, and as a result drew money from the treasury in greater sums than under the preseut system, when the board Is free from the strife between the dif ferent wards, and are acting for the whole city, and are elected by the voters of the entire city. As far as salaries are concerned the new form of government is more cost ly than th3 old. 1 he total salaries paid to the city commission are $6,800.00, while twenty-two aldermen drew but $2,640, yet this is more tiian offset by the reduction of salaries in other departments, which are now looked after by the members of the commission. But greater economies have been made by requiring all sup plies and materials to be purchased for cash and under the supervision of the commissioners: the abolishing of all grafting as far as can be discerned and the greater efficiency resulting from requiring everyone to do an honest day's work while in the city's employment. Notice To Patrons of Water-Works. Ordinance No. 33 fixes the season for lawn-sprinkling from May 15 to Sept. 15. The present general use of water for sprinkling does not accord with this rule, and though in a measure justifiable, parties doing so should be very economical in its use. At all times the hours for lawn sprinkling, 6 o'clock to 8 o'clock morn ing and evening, must be carefully observed, aud waste of water avoided. This rule is imperative in order that the Department may be enabled at all times to furnish an adequate supply for every purpose and emergency. -It. A. Bkintnall, Water Tax Collector. In the Wake of the Measles The little son of Mrs. O. B. Palmer, Little Hock, Ark., had the measles. The result was a severe cough which grew worse and he could not sleep. She says: One bottle of Foley's Honey and Tar Compound completely cured him and he has never been bothered since." Croup, whooping cough, measles cough all yield to Foley '8 Honey and Tar Compound. The genuine is in a yellow package always. Refuse substitutes. Hite Drug Co. The girl who wont flirt Is only teas-Ingyou. Steamer Hum Resumes Schedule Nl.YViiJATluiN opened at this port several weeks ago, but I nwlncr in txt fnlvn ronalra rrnl n cr nn all ulntpr V.asf. .Tnrrlan'i boat The Steamer Hum until this week. She made the first trip up Tuesday morning, return ing In the afternoon, and went on the Spring Schedule, Friday, running as follows: Leave East Jordan at 7:00 a. ni. and 1:00 p.m. Lave Charlevoix at 9:30 a. m. and 4 .IX) p. m. Leaves R. R. dock at Charlevoix 15 minutes later. The Ilum Is now practically a new boat. During the winter she was fitted out with a new oak hull, and there isn't an old board In it. With the new engines and boilers which were placed a year ago, this makes The Ilum one of the most substantial and sea-worthy boats on the lakes, and will not have to be rebuilt for fifteen years or more. Mrs. George Jepson, owner of the boat, Is to be congratulated by our citizens for her efforts to furnish a first-class boat for the East Jordan & Charlevoix Line. The Hum this year is captained by Wm. P. Jepson, with Leonard Thompson cnglucer, Roy Gregory fireman, and George Jepson, wheelsman. Farm Wives in the Union, Too Ladies' Society of Equity Aids Men to Boost Prices National President Here (From Grand Rapids Dally News of Aor. 20th.) Allied with the Farmers' Society of Equity In the country-wide move ment to unionize farmers, so that they will be able to control the prices of their crops, the Ladies' Soci ety of Equity has Joined with the men, and from Grand Rapids Is plan ning a campaign to thoroughly organize women of the farms of Mich Igan. With J. A. Everitt, president of the Farmers' Society of Equity, officers of the ladies' society attended the convention with the meu. They will remain in Grand Rapids until Monday to complete their plans, al though the meeting of the farmers' organ izitlon adjourned Thursday evening. Mrs. James Howey of East Jordan, Charlevoix county, national president of the Ladles' society; Mrs. Cora Senef. state president, and Mrs. Mar tha Culbertson of Three Rivers, St. Joseph county, national orgaulzer, are in Grand Rapids. They attended the convention held by the men, which closed last night, when J. A. Everitt of Indianapolis, president of the Farmers' society, completed plans for organization in Michigan. Like the men, the Ladles of Equity are engaged In a lively campaign for members all over the country. 'The ladles are not only Indirectly Interested iu the more important crops which of course are grown by their husbands, but there are parts of the business of farming of which they must take charge," said Mrs. Cul bertson. "You will fine few farms where they deal in shipping fruits, dairy products, poultry and such things, where the woman does not have full control of this branch of business. We are in every way In sympathy with the struggle the farm ers are maklug to free themselves from the shackles of the combines that have been dictating the prices for our products. It is one of the objects of our society to aid them In every way we can." One line of work which the wom en's organization has already taken up iu their effort to help the men is the Equity hall movement. The object of this is to raise enough funds In each lodge to build a hall in a city or village which could be easily reach ed by the farmers. "We hope that these halls will take the place of saloons," said Mrs. Cul bertson. "There will be rest rooms In them and comfort and amusement will also be provided. In connection with the hall, will be operated an Equitv market, where the consumers (Continued on eighth page ) 4.1 was not ready for regular trips When you need Wall X Don't forget we carry X n linn 4 a.m miiAAn ti Ami iiuu ui mil pnuco. I Call and see us. We will please you. Have you seen our X line of fishing tackle? X Call and look it over X before buying. X X See our window dis- i X play. I W. C. SPRING ! Drug Co. Real Estate -W. A. Loveday FIRE INSURANCE. The Ever Present Problem Is The SHOE PROBLEM. J This problem is cor t rectly solved if you buy X your shoes here. To be correctly dressed this spring and summer; to get the correct shoes, this is the problem. We can fit you; we can suit you. There never before was such an assortment of high-grade shoes in East Jordan at one time. Look in our South win dow, see what we are offering in Oxfords and in high cuts at from $2.50 to $4.00. The above represents our fine shoe departing. Do not forget that we are sole agents for the well-known Rindge every day shoes by all odds the best wearing shoes that we have been able to produce after more than twenty years exper ience in shoe buying. $2.00 to $3.50. Come in and see us. "Quality First of AH' Our Motto. A Sale on Curtains All Next Week May 8-13 An opportunity to purchase your season's Curtain wants at remarkable reductions. These lines embrace the well-known Scrim and Madras Curtains in all shades and patterns. Call and let us show you this fine display of Window Draperies. 1 B. C. HUBBARD & CO. MARINE SUPPLIES. GEOKGE H. SPENCER. r X ' MP- l ( w I Fred E. Boosmger i Hot Water For cleanliness and comfort hot water Is absolutely Indispensable. If you already havs it in your house, and any of the faucets are leaking and needs fixing, send for us. If you have not a hot-water system In your house, let us put It In. We will do it In the very best manner by skilful workmen and at moderate cost. Let us do it and It will be done right.