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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1920.
Property Owners Kick Because Water Department Arbitrarily Charges, $1 For Each Family Rental agents and owntn of apart mant houo property aro voicing their complaint against the reoent adoption by the Memphis water commission of a unit minimum charge of (1 per month for water service. The charge isvas sesssd arbitrarily against each family using city water, regardless of whether or not they have a sepacata meter. - Many real estate owners and agents as well as Individual property owners, ar protecting this new plan aa unjust, while members of the water commission declare it to be the most equitable plan aver adopted In the city of Memphis. Supt. W. H. Harrison and" members of the water commission are not quite clear aa to how the new ruling; Is to be enforced without the addition of a detective force tq operate in conjunction with the water commlstitoft, but as out- , lined to a reporter for The Newsi Scim itar the plafi Is somewhat as follows: Every family lh Memphis, be they owners of homes or renters of houses or apartments, are to. be assessed a minimum of SI per month for water service, fcndxfor this dollar they are en titled to 400 cubic feet of water, which Is approximately 3,000 Y&Uons. This -i amount of, water, health experts declare Is necessary to the- health and cleanli ness of tho average family per roontn. Sell at Cost. : v The water company, officials say, are not In any sense vendors of water, bitf as agents of the owners of the property; which In the case of Memphis are the taxpayers of the city, are' furnishing water to the community- at actual cost of production. The man who owns property and pays taxes contributes hiB share to the operation of the city gov ernment and also pays the water de partment for the water he uses. It is the Idea of the water depart ment to reach those people who own no property and pay no taxes to the city by assessing; them a minimum of 11-per month for water service and more than that if they use more than 3.000 gallons of water during a month. .These peo ple, they say, are enjoying tne privi leges of water service without paying for it in accordance with their propor tionate share. By taxing each family for water service, the officials say, tne burden will be lifted from property owners who are already doing their bit toward financing the city government, and distribute it among the people who live in Memphis, "Wo wish to emphasize," Mr-Harrison said, "that the water department does not sell water to anyone except to those people outside the city limits. We Bimply furnish the water to the people who own the property at actual cost of production, ana It Is reasonable to suppose that if one man does not pay , his part some other man must pay it, for the water department furnishes the same service to everyone at a stipulated coat." Claim 800 Per Cent Baise. Property owners, however, take an al together different view of the matter, and point out that thewater depart ment will, under the ncr arrangement, receive pay for vast quantities of water that are in reality never served and will net onlyt not relieve the property own ers or a puraen, dui win aaa to tne burden to the tune of 800 per cent in some instances. One property owner who has a num ber of houses occupied by negroes in which 20 families are housed, has four water meters serving these families. The owner pays the water bill, which, under the old arrangement, was ap proximately 65 cents per month per meter and on the four meters the total bills amounted to approximately 14 a month. Under the new arrangement she W4J1 pay $20 per month and use no more water than formerly. 1 his is an increase of BOO per cent. The prop orty owner points out that the majority of the families served, on these meters are neerro cooks ana servants wno use the houses principally for sleeping pur )oses and ufce very little water. Outlines Views. The "Van Court Rental agency, renre senting a large number of clients, as ...nil .. V.n.rl.. nn.nl n..n..llT nf its If own, are among the real estate and ft rental Interests opposed to the -flew plan. The Van Court agency outlined Its views in the following- language in a letter addressed to r . u. Froutt. chair man of the water commission, after that agency had propounded a series of questions to air. Harrison ana naa re ccived no reply to its Utter: "While we are ready to grant that a raise of water ratess absolutely nec essary, we feel that it would he a great Injustice to single out certain classes of property and raise the water rates therepn, in some cases as high as from 600 to 800 per cent. It is true that at this time the burden would be largely passed to th tenant, as most property owners will in till probability raise ithe tenants to cover this increase but even in this case it will fall largely on those least able to bear it, aa the poorer classes naturally occupy the property on which the raise of water rates will be the greatest, for it Is the property rented out in one and two rooms that will suffer the most. On the other hand, a larjro portion of this class of property ts owned by women and constitute their sole means of sup- port, while thev can now nrobablv pass the burden to their tenants, as soon as conditions become somewhat depressed this class of property is the first to suffer from, vacancies, and they will find the Wliter department absorbing in many aatsea their enure collections. For it has always been the policy of me water department on tiat rate con neetlons, to charge for the number of units regardless of whether they are occupied or vacant, and this will doubt less be their policy with the minimum rate based on the number of units. An other class who will be most seriouslv affected are the women who run cheaper rooming, Doarnna; ana light nouselteep ing houses in the uptown district. Fre. quently each room is rented to a sen arate family, and this would make the water bill on a 10 or 12 room house a severe burden. "Mr. Harrison states that the present jiihji wuras a narasnip on tne Home owner. As a vcrv large ner cent of the home owners1 are renting out one or more rooms, wnicn win call for a mini' mum of 2.00 or more, when their nres ent bills are 65 cents, do you not think that a raise to them of over 300 per ciiw wuuiu seem a narusiup, anu mat tho Harrison plan would actually work a hardship on them's "Mr. Harrison attumnts tn hmHfv hl jjiau on me grouna mat neaitn expertB ! have ducided that an average of 3,000 j gallons of water are necessary for each family in .order that they may comply with theaws of health and sanitation. 1 his is doubtless correct in the case of ! apartments and houses equipped with uo.iM aim inner moaern plumbing flx , turns: but docs any thlnklnir niHn he. lieve that a tenant occupying one or two rooms, ana pi'ODaoiy working out all day, could possibly consume 3,000 gallons of water per month, or about two barrels each day, when every drop of it has to be carried in a bucket from a yard hydrant, or used through a yard : closet? Still, under the HaniHon nlan. we are asked to pay forthis amount of ier on me grouna mat tne tenants should use that much. If the heniih of the city demands a greater use of mer ny me tenants occupying this class of property, this end can only be achieved by an educational campaign. which certainly should not be conducted under your department, and this brings ua to what la perhaps the moat serious featuce of the Harrison plan, Inasmuch as it will affect the city aa a whole, and its ill-effects will not be confined to the owners of anr one class of prop arty, or to th tenants who ars forced to live in one, two or thro rooms. "We refer to tha enormous needless waste of water that this plan is almost certain to cause. Handling, as we do, a very large amount of property Berved by meter, wo have found it necessary In order to detect leak promptly, that we read all our water meters at least once each week, and keep a record of the amount consumed, This has given us excellent opportunity to study the question from the standpoint of the consumer, and If there Is any one thing that we have noted moreLthan any other, it is the factrthat wllen tenants of this class property are raised, a great many of them attempt to retali ate by propping the fixtures open and allowing the water to run. "You will appreciate that this Is an absolute waste, and if the practice be came general, it Is impossible to esti mate the amount of water that would be wasted. If the disposition of a great many tenants is try to "even upT'. by allowing the water to run when the rent ia raised. Is it not almost certain that when tho water department vir tually place- a ta.x of 11.00 on each, family, maki (g them pay for water that they know they can not use, that the propping open of fixtures at night Will become a most common practice. , ."At a time when the head of water in the artesian strata under Memphis has been drawn on by tho ever-Increasing demands of a growing city until It has reached a point where tho water has ' to be pumped about 30 or 40 feet Instead of having flowing wells ms was the case some 30 years ago, and where your superintendent has said that it would only be a matter of time before the city would have to go to the Mis sissippi river for water, and In order to put off that day as long as possible, he has even proposed passing laws to prevent private owners from boring wells within the city of Memphis In or der that the city may retain absolute control of the water supply, should that day be hastened, by adopting a policy that Is almost certain to cause an end less waste of water, when we wr)l be forced to make at large bond issue to construe) such a plant as has New Or leans, so that the river water may be Utilized? ? . - "Hoping that 'if tho real purpose of the Harrison plan Is to benefit the pub lic health, that you will abandon it and leave the public health to the depart ment to which it belongs; or if the in creases of revenue Is the purpose, and we grant that this is necessary, that you will adopt an increase In rates that is based on the amount of water con sumed, or an increase in the minimum rate for, each meter, and not attempt to single out certain classes of consum-' ers for a raise ranging in cases as high as 1,200 per cent, when the city is ex erting every energy at her command to be sure that a raise of possiblly 50 per cent to the Oas and Electric com pany is Justified, and when she has brought all the legal talent at her command to prevent the Street Car company from securing a raise of 40 per cent from the old five-cent fare. We do not mean this as a criticism of the city officials, for they should see that the public Interest Is protected, but a department of the city should not raise the water rates 10 to 20 times the raise asked by the public corporations, and this on a two-day notice." ' WALLACE REID "What's Your Hurry" MACK THE TRUCK STRAND, SEPT 19-25 FURS STORED My Fur Department will store your fnr 1 , nlur, vmnte'1 to do every kind of fur repair work. Millers Keady-to-Wear, Milliner? and Fur &hop, 174 ouuwi Aiain t. to ism m SAY "DIAMOND DYES" , ' : Don's streak or ruin your material In a poor dye. Insist on "Diamond Dyes." Easy directions in every package, adv. GIRLS! LEMONS BLEACH; WHITEN Make Lemon Lotion to Double Beauty of Your v Skin Squeeze the Juice of two lemons Into a bottle containing three ounces of Orchard White which can be had at any drug store, shake well and you have a quarter pint of harmless and delight ful lemon bleach for a few cents. Massage this sweetly fragrant lotion Into the - face, neck, arms and hands each day, then shortly note the beauty of your skin. Famous stage beauties use lemon juice to bleach and bring that soft, cliar, rosy-white complexion. Lemons have always been used as a freckle, sunburn and tan remover. Make this up and try it. adv. TRUSSES Call and let our expert fit you with a truss that will give you satisfac tion. Also carry a line of abdom inal supporters, elastic hosiery, in valid chairs and sick room supplies GWINNER-MERCERE CO. 191 Madison Ave. Two Doors East of Third St. ' Agency Honest John Truss The only Truss that reaches the right spot. Expert Fitter Guaranteed o hold or money refunded. Send for descrip tive pamphlet. Lady Attendant R. W. SNELL 1)1 Madison Ave. THE NEWS . SCIMITAR. Dorit use .cosmetics to hide skin trouble Resinol aids poor complexions If Your Comnlexlon is mrl. - l pimply, don t try to cover tip the de fects with cosmetics whirli Ar. nn . - wis irui mil- ceal, but usually attract attention to the reason for their use. Begin today to clear your skin with Resinol Ointment nrA T - - T . I C miiu JCMIUI OUiip, This treatment nr,t Anlu -- i , j ; , . viwuc roe Skin and nahUa it in i . . w DUl usually removes blotches, redne 4 lnd Aak your dcalar lot Resiaol Soap and Otnuoani. ' ) Woman Rural Mail Carrier To Attend , Notional Meeting KN'OXVILLE. T.nn R.ivt ! f Sr,l 1 Tennessee may have the only woman in annual convention oi tha National Association of Rural let ter Carriera, In Dallas, Texas. Miss Cassis M. Pent ice t. rural carrier, of Martin, Tenn., has gone to the conven tion which will be held four days In the Lone Star state. Miss Penticost is the only regular rural carrier In Ten nessee, and carries a standard route. WHITE COUNTY FARMERS PLAN TO HOLD COTTON SEARCY, Ark., Sept. 2. (Spl.) Farmers and business men from the many sections of White county met at the courthouse In Sea rev Monday and organised by electing E. A. Kobblna, of Rosebud, chairman, and R. U. Moon, of the same place, secretary. The matter of holdinr cotton until a satisfactory price is ffered for It by me spinners , was discussed ana cul minated in the adoption by a unanimous vote a resolution to that effect, which waa miroaucea Dy J. a. vani'clt, of El Paso. BLOW SAFE; GET NOTHING. KNOXVILLE. Tenn.. Sent. 22 Tha county bank at Rutledge was badly damaged last night when yeggmen at- lempieo. 10 diow me sate, rney were frightened away bv the exnloainn. Bloodhounds lost trail of the men after pursuit of several miles. dAYS NAMES COMMITTEE TO SHOW PARTY UNITY NEW TORK. Sept. 2S. Will II. Haya, chairman f the Republican national committee, last night announced ap pointment of an advisory campaign committee of 40 member which, he aid, ts recruited "from every faction within the party" and proves that "the great party of the Union ia Indeed a unit." Twenty-four men and H women com prise the committee. Chairman Hays declared the personnel of the committee indicates that "absolute harmony" ex ists within the Kepuniican ranks, and he calls attention that former candi dates for the Republican presidential nomination and their managers, as well as former Progressives, have consented to serve. ASHLAND HIGH OPENS. ASHLAND, Miss., Sept. 82. (Spl.) The high school opened here with 165 pupils enrolled and 12 boarders. There will be about 3G more to enroll. The faculty follows: Miss Maude McKInistry, principal: Misses Temple, Hoggs. Dick erson, Johnson, Webb and Mr. Johnson, the three latter being new teachers. PASTOR TAKES CHARGE. CAMDEN. Ark., Sept. 22. (Spl.) Th Rev. Charles 1 hidden Nabers, of Car rollton, Ala., recently elected pastor of the Kirst. Presbyterian church of this city, will preach his Initial sermon here next Sunday morning. Rev. and Mrs. Nabers are driving overland to Cam den this week from Alabama. (Km. 0f . .- ' hhh i mnmm ii i m i i MSMiiiiaiiiniiiiiWWii tana 1 1 ii.aMiumJ.ia aa imm.ninaiiia M am m Maxwell House COFFEE Mb. Can - 42c Maxwell House COFFEE 3-lb. Can " $1.24 Y ou Are Cordially Invited to Attend the Grand Opening of the Big Tree Catering Co. OPENING DAY TODAY Phone Hemlock 2764 Summer Avenue, West of Raleigh Car Line Station A High. Class, Refined, Quiet, Homelike Place Where the Best People May Feel at Home. Ladies Will Find Here Only the Moet Refined and Exclusive Atmos phere. A Gathering riace for the Elite. Special Fried Chicken V' Dinners Table D'Hote SOVT DRIVGS SERVED Prepared and Served By Polite and Experienced Caterers. Special Attention Given Weddings' and Social Junctions No Effort or Expense Has Been Spared in Making Tills One of the Best and Most Exclusive Places in Memphis. W. C. C0RRELL, Manager PAGE THRCI TRI-STATE FAIR, .SEPT. 25-OCT. 2 Let's Go B v I jCUa I I Get a Close-Up Of course we want you to see the Columbia Grafonola. But above all else we want you to hear it played. Then and" only then will you realize why it is the choice of musicians and of those who appreciate correct tonal effects. Columbia Grafonola Call at our store and get a close-up of this beautiful instrument Ask us to explain the questions of tone and tone control. Ask us to demonstrate why the straight tone arm allows the music todevelop.fully and naturally. Don't fail to ask for a demonstration of the Non Set Automatic Stop. Never stops before it should. Always stops at the very end. Nothing to move or set or meas- lire. io otner pnonograpn has it no other phonograph can get it. Be sure to call and get this interesting and convinc ing close-up of the Columbia Crafonola. ar . 1 I COLUMBIA GRAFONOL Style II and 5 Records $170.00-410.00 Cash, $6.50 Month Memphis Tri-State Fair, September 25th to October 2d Let's Go!" September Qiie CttomeTLimih offering unusually advantageous pricings September, the month when everyone i s coming home and preparing for the indoor season, turns thoughts directly to the needs of the home, and we, antici pating these requirements, make their fulfillment a matter of economy, as the following will indicate September sale of beddings extensive stocks dependable kinds It is impossible to list the may items which make this sale of so much importance, but the fol lowing will show the savings to be had Blankets $11.50. fine wool blankets, at tractive plaid styles, excel lent grades; a pair $7.95 Spreads $10.00 86x94 satin bedspreads, cut comers, scalloped, attrac tive patterns; each $7.49 , . Bleached sheets $2.50 81x90 'sheets, "Cayuga" brand, heavy linen finish, seamless, an excellent grade; aq p i ,yo Blankets $20.00 guaranteed all - wool blankets, beautiful colors, verv fine grades; a pair $14.95 for Bed sets $12.50 colored satin spreads and bolster throw in pink or blue, fine grades; a set $9.85 f i Pillow cases 75c 42x36-inch pillow cases of the well-known "Salem" brand, a very fine grade; fa to sell for, each OVC Bedding store second floor. Towels in the September sale An assortment typical of the excellent values to be had in this event towels, Turkish $4.00 18x36-inch huck towels, heavy, absorbent, all-white or with red borders; d r j- 27VtC each or a dozen ZiD $6.00 huck towels, linen finish, all white with fancy border, very durable ; -3 a r ipu an each 29c or a dozen. Towel section main floor. 50C lx3b-inch oath towels, Turkish weave, excel lenv quality; 5A to sell for O V C 75c Athletic bath towels, ribbed style, extra heavy and durable, very absorbent; fa each 4 '. O V C In the drapery sale including curtains, curtain fabrics and overdraperies you will find assortments extensive enough t o offer satisfactory selection, no" matter what the wish and at prices that make purchasing very much worth while Filet curtain nets white and ecru offerinR a wide range of the smartest new patterns Kile Filet net", a vard 41c &Se Filet new, a yard 55c 85c Filet nets, a yard 67e 1.25 Filet net, a yd. 89c CurtaiA scrims with plain white and ecru centers and drawn work border effects, 3D Inches wide. 4.rio Rerlms, a yard. ...35c 70c Hrrlms, a vard. ..40 Soo Scrims, a yard.... 60c fl.00 Brrioia, a yard....6c Terry cloth new patterns and colors i irmrte $1,49 featuring DO distinct patterns to choose from; that we sell regularly at K .00 a yard, in t, wide choice, for Drapery stare third floor. Sale of high-grade rugs in which every requirement in floor covering can be most successfully, filled and at marked reductions from regular prevailing prices, because of our months of carefully planned preparations Royal Wilton rugs in finest grades, exquisite colorings and in new conventional and Oriental designs $100.00 9x12 Turkestan rugs $()9 95 $122.66 9x12 Lakewood rugs j J Qg QQ $146.66 ' 8 iixlOia HaVdw'ick $126.00 $158.00 9x12 Hardwick rugs $ 29 00 $lW.66'9xl2 Agrati Wilton AQ ff S M. r m V v rugs lor Axminster - and velvet rugs Oriental and conven tional designs, lovely col or combinations ster rugs for .. 1tJ.vO $65 9x12 velvet -f-r nr rugs for 3OOaUU $75 9x12 Axmln-Aj qj uter rugs for .. J0T.VO $85 9x12 Axmin-Apy a an Mter rugs for . . J I T.VD $90 9x12 Axmln.-57P7 ff ster rugs for .. V UU floor covering section third Linoleum $1.50 linoleum, E jrrade, printed ef fect, very attractive patterns t 1 1 C and colors; choice, a square yard vllt)