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PHIIjADELPHIA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1914.
PRICE ONE CENT
MAYOR IN MESSAGE
ECHOES DEMAND OF
PEOPLE FOR REFORM
GULF STREAM AND SPONSOR WHO CHRISTENED THE SHIP TODAY
Necessity of Providing Funds
for Transit Development
and South Philadelphia
Improvements Are Espe
Mayor Blankrnburg's third nntmai
message, submitted to Councils tbi
nftcrnoon, brought to the attention t
the legislative bodies the demands f
the people for great municipal lmpr
Necessity of prn-vldlne funds for tl- -beginning
of transit development n"t
for the elimination of grade crossings n
South Philadelphia Is particular em
phasized. "The financial problems of the ot. urn
peculiarly the province of your honorable
bodies, and I ask for them your early and
careful ntlentlon." says the Mayor In his J
argument for the great civic betterments. !
"The improvements which seemed Im
portant Inst autumn and winter are even ,
more urgently needed now, nnd public
opinion demands that prAmpt action be
taken to provide for them.
'Public Improvements of the greatest
Importance to the city were Included In
the JS.SOWWi loan, authorized by popular
vote at the election In November, 1913,
and the Jll.W1" loan whose submission
to a special election was provided for by
a later ordinance nf -ounells. '
"These particular loans were prevented
by a decision of the Supreme Court,
which has. however, made clear that the
larger part of these amounts can now
be borrowed under n proper ordinance."
Mayor Blankenbure points out the
splendid condition of Philadelphia's finan
cial credit In connection with the nota
tion of municipal Iimnx "It is not known
that any other American city was able
to float four per cent, bonds at par last
jear," he says.
WANTS WASTE AIUJA KECUAIMKD
Realization of the plan to transform
Pouth Philadelphia below Oregon avenue
from a waste area to an Important In
di!tiial. commercial and residential part
of the city by the elimination of rail
road grade crossings Is declared by the
Major to occupy the place of first im
' portance among the achievements of his
JL.d.minlstratlon In 1313.
Tt means the realization of improvc
ri'ins which have been talked of for
more titan a score of years." he says.
"It includes the completion of tlir Belt
L,!ne system and the transfer of the
terminals of a gieat railroad from a point
on the Delaware, where the development
of South Philadelphia was held In cheek,
to a point contiguous to League Island,
adding a new value to this great naval
"It also includes the acquisition by the
city of a wntet; front that will enable
us to build a dozen or more jrO-foot piers
for the accommodation of large steam
hips, and thus we may realize the hope
to restore Philadelphia to its former posi
tion as one of the great seaports of the
Muyor Blankenburg calls attention to
the economies In floating loans, effected
through the efforts of his administration
by navlng an act passed by the Legisla
ture making it possible for bonds of an
authorized loan to be t.nld only when
the money is actual1)' needed, thus effect
ing savings in Interest and sinking fund
charges. All of the Mayor's request! for
appropriations were referred to thi Fi
COUNCILS SCOItED FOR INACTIVITY.
Councils are scored by tho Mayor for
failure to co-operate with him in an effort
to put the city's finances on a sound basis.
"I entered office determined as far as
lay In my power to put the finances of the
city In such shape that the 'pay-as-you-go'
act could be honestly obeyed and there
would be no excuse for paying current ex
penses ont of borrowed money," he says.
"My efforts were not Feconded by Coun
cils and as a result, the old unsound sys
tem of resorting to loans to pay current
expenses still exists.
"Appropriations have been mad In n
haphazard way and regardless of tho
law. Actual requirements for the year
have been ignored and sometimes the
original appropriations In the annual
budget have not amounted to one-quarter
of the money needd.
"The city's Income has been Inadequate
for Its wants, largely owing to the fact,
as a cursory Investigation showed, that
the assessment of real estate was un
Just and inequitable. A readjustment of
assessments seemed Imperative before the
city could be placed In proper financial
Efforts of the Mayor to have more
equitable assessments made In many in
stances are declared by him to have been
accomplished to some extent In the 1911
The Mayor points out that failure of
John P. Connelly, Charles Seger and
Harry J. Trainer to sign the report of
the advisory committee on municipal
finances, which, he asserts, would have
established modern methods of assess
ment. Is responsible for preventing the
submission of the report to Councils.
.As a result of this lack of cooperation
on the part of the men whom the Mayor
declares, voted for the report, the old
schemes of assessment prevail.
VICIOL'S SYSTEM OF OFFICE HOLD
ING. Tho practice of office holders serving in
Councils Is declared by the Mayor to be
against all good Government policy. "Th
vicious character of this practice, it
seems to me, should be recognized with
out any argument by everybody who has
the real Interests of the city at heart."
Many of Jhe office holders of the county
occupying places In Councils are declared
by the Mayor to represent a political ma
chine and to taKe orders not from a con
stituency of taxpayers but from the men
who placed them In office.
"Men who have no ostensible means of
support except the salary of a position
conferred upon them by a political boss
should never be allowed to hold teats In
Councils," the Mayor asserts.
The Mayor voices his resentment In his
report cf the interferences of Councils
with the members of his cabinet In abol
ishing he office of Assistant Director of
tba Department of Public Safety
'dyisytst&U ISA MISS" ItSAfS !&. TH SPOSa?
' HrTi$KSHBTfcJ-, i o 1
BIG OIL TANKER
GULF STREAM JOINS
JUVENILE COURT BILL
Launched Today at Yards of
the New York Shipbuild
ing Company in Cam-
The Oulf Stream, an oil tanker, went
drwn the ways at the New York Ship
building Company's yards shortly after
noon today In a manner that character
izes what she was built for.
Tho Gulf Stream will never be one of
those dolled up ocean liners with grey
hound speed nnd a press agent's staff.
She will just toto oil for the Gulf Oil
The scheduled time for the Gulf Stream
to plunge into the full tide of tho Dela
ware river was set at 12:13 o'clock. At t:
o'clock mos,t of the stays had been cut
awav Only a fow remained. Mls.s N.s-
Refuses to Snnction Condemnation of
Site for New Building.
An echo of the old fight between the
Mayor and the Municipal Court was
heard again today when His Honor le
turned to councils with his veto an ordi
nance "providing for the condemnation
of premises situated at the northeast
corner of 21st and Race streets, for use
of the Municipal Court for Juvenile and
Mayor Blankenburg based his objections
to the ordinance on the ground that It
contained no authoritative statement as
to the kind of building which It was pro
posed to erect on the site, or the use to
which it should be put.
"If it is Intended to relieve the Mu
nicipal Court." said the Mayor, "because
of scattered quarters now provided for It
In City Hall, there are other ways In
which Increased accommodations could bo
secured for them there at much less pub
lic expense than would bo Involved in the
piesent ordinance. If the Board of Pub
lic Education would, as they easily could,
surrender the space they are still "occupy
ing in the City Hall, part of which Is used
only rarely, eight additional rooms would
be made available.
"I suggest that the needs of the Mu
nicipal Court, both for Juvenile nnd other
purposes, should be made the subject of
more careful study and planning, and If
MAYOR ASKS $50,000 FOR
HIRING OF STREET LABORERS
Urges Councils to Appropriate Money
So Many May Be Re-employed.
An appropriation of $30,000 to enable tho
Bureau of Highways to re-employ a num
ber of men who have been thrown out
of work through the lack of funds, was
urged upon Councils today In n special
message from Mayor Blnnkenbiirg.
For the past six weeks the men have
been without work, nnd It was Impossible
for the Bureau of Highways to employ
them although there was plenty of work
to be done. Dilatory tactics on the part
of Councils are held responsible for this
In his message to Councils the Mayor
Included a letter from Director of the
Department of Public Works Cooke which
explained the situation. The letter stated
during tho past six weeks 443' men had
to be lnld off because of the lack of
It was pointed out that because of the
apparent carelessness or heedlessness of
Councils the streets of Philadelphia were
suffering from the lack of proper atten
tion, nnd In addition to this It was Im
possible for the Highwny Bureau to got
the full value out of the work already
In his letter to Mayor Blankenburg
urging that ho ask Councils to appro
priate the money, Director Cooke suld.
"Tho repair work cannot be done by
contract. It must be done by city
employes under the direction of the High
way Bureau. Furthermore, 'j Is abso
lutely Impossible for the city or any
other employer to build up nnd maintain
a competent corps of employes If they
nre not given fairly steady employment,
or handled In reasonable nrcordance with
presont-dny standards. I dare wiv that
no employer in Philadelphia treats his
employes any worse than uc are forced
to trent the rmplove of th- Highwny
Bureau In the matter of steadiness of
employment. This year has been no ex
ception to the genernl nile. Part of our
original appropriation was made avail
able quite late In the year and the year
was hardly hnlf over before we worn
forced to begin laying off men. At the
present tlmo on HO miles of city streets
wo have only handful of men nt work
only enough to repair dnngerous holes."
BUUY MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
sle Haig. daughter of Robert Halg, rep
resentatlve of the Lloyd's Shipping Regis- I quarters nre to be provided for the court
trv of this city, with Mrs. William Q. I outside the city Hall It should be done In
Pnrt. Mrs. F. G. Collins. Mr. and Mrs.
mil 1 1 in i n ii i
George A. Smith, Dr. nnd Mrs. Leslie
Mulford. Miss Mary Christie. Miss Ucssli
Dykes. Mr. nnd Mrs. James Kennedy and
George F. Sproulo nnd other guests i
cllmoed to the staging under the bow of
the big vessel. Workmen slung Medges ,
for a few minutes and the big ship be. '
Can Its glide.
Miss HniK swung a gaily decorated bot
tle of champagne at the disappearing
bow of the ship- She struck the steel
plates harder than most sponsors do.
Workmen who were standing below to
catch the spilled wine were disappointed.
The wine drenched every one within SU
feet of the stand nnd still thern was not a
drop to drink. It fell In a drizzle.
Then Miss Hnlg named tho ship nnd
wished it good luck and all that sort of
thing if she did the proper thing. Her
lips moved, but no one heard what she
reallj did say. She took n last glance
nt the disappearing ship nnd made a
movement as if she was nbout to toss
a bis bouquet of roses she held on her
arm afttr it, but changed her mind.
She snuggled the roses under her chin,
held her hand out for congratulations
and then started for the luncheon party
given In the yard in her honor.
tempting to restrict by certain quallflca
tions the office of Assltant Director of
the Department of Health and Charities.
That action tht Mayor declares to be
exactly the same as If 'Councils had at
tempted to dictate whom he should qp
point as members of his cabinet, or con
trol absolutely the appointing power
conferred on him by the charter of the
I.ACDS RRCF.VT LEGISLATION.
Gratification Is expressed by the Mayor
on the legislation secured .t the last I,eg.
islature inferring on Philadelphia wider
powers that make possible greater de
velopnient of her industrial possibilities.
He commends the law that will restrict
tne opeiatluns uf loan sharks In the city
and the law that ftubllhed u bureau to
insure proper weights and measures In
ttepoils of th- directors of the munici
pal departments accompany the annual
message of the Mayor outlining the pro
gieswlve stride tnat have been made
during the year toward a greater Philadelphia.
connection with n study of the needs of
nil tho courts. This may lead to .1 re
newMl consideration of the erection of a
Hall of Justice."
2015 GERMAN CASUALTIES
BKHLIN iby way of Copenhagen) Sept.
IT. Tho twenty-fourth German casualty
list given out today given a total of
tftl.1 killed, wounded or missing.
Mrs. Sara Graff Newlin Strnngled
Child nnd Herself.
Union IIIU Cemetery was the csene of
a double burial this afternoon In tho
funeral of Mrs. Sara Grnff Newlin nnd
her S-yenr-old daughter, Elizabeth, of
Chodds Ford, Pa., who were found
strangled near Ellzabethtoivn. N. V.. last
The Itev. W. Harry Graff, former rec
tor of the Holy Comforter Momniial
Episcopal Church, and the Itev. Thomas
Tnylore. rector of the Kennett Square
Episcopal Church, conducted the funeral
sirvlces, attended only by a fow rela
ttves. That Mrs. Newlin strnngled her
daughter and herself Is the veidlct
reached by Coroner's Jury.
H'fSr MEGHMY M.
fc MiNur sr
PROPOSED AUTO BUS LINE
A petition for a franchise to operate double-deck gaso-electrlc cars will be
put before Common Council today. The project has been hailed by traction
men interested in the Taylor rapid transit plan as b scheme to gve an excuse
for delaying action on subway. Officers of the United Traction Improve.
ment Company," the lather ot tne pian, aemea is ivw
COUNCILS ASKED TO
FOR AUTO BUS LINE
New Company Plans to
Operate 120 Heavy Cars.
Damage to Pavements
Feared Director Taylor
"lW 1 n
I CHRtsrMSfi fc
An effort to obtain a city franchise for
nn omnibus lino onthe principal streets
was made today at the meeting of
Common Council. For days a story has
been current that part of tho program
of opposition to the subway proposition
was to be a petition for an omnibus line,
on tho plea that It would relieve tho
need for Improved trnlfic facilities. This,
the story ran, would be seized upon as an
excuse to delay action on the subway.
Walter C. Mclntlre, an electrical con
tractor nt 12 North Fifth street. Is the
man in charge of the omnibus project.
He Is related to George C. Plcrle, of the
Board of Registration Commissioners. Tho
belief that the scheme may be urged as
a substitute for other transit plans Is
supported by a statement Issued by Mc
lntlre for the United Traction Improve
ment Company, which will operate the
Mclntlre says: "Tho petition for the
franchise puts the question of Immediate
relief of passenger traffic conditions In
the residential sections squarely up to
the city government."
In the dllVR IVhPM tha nmnltiiiii Una n.ns
nothing but a rumur those who heard It
said the plan might be used to divert
attention from the transit proposition be
"Of course, a bus line never would tnko
the plnce of a subway," said one man
prominently concerned in the subway
plans, "but, nt the same time, those op
posed to the subway might use it as
a pietcxt for delaying action."
Mclntlre denied this In a statement to
day. He said:
"The statement has been made that the
franchise asked for by this company will
first hnve to be offered to tho present
Traction Company. We nre advised by
counsel that this Is not true, nnd that
tho reference only applies .to electric rail
way compnnlcs desiring franchises In this
city. A careful reading of the act will
mnke this quite clear to anyone, nnd, In
addition, there nre Supremo Court de
cisions bearing out this position.
TAYLOR WON'T COMMENT.
Director Taylor, of the City Transit De
partment, declined to discuss the plan
for an omnibus line. He had not heard
a petition for a franchise was to be In
troduced. Electricity generated by gasoline motors
carried on the cars will be tho motive
power for the new bus line. The "United
Traction Improvement Company" Is the
name of the organization which seeks the
franchise. Mclntlre Is the president.
According to Mclntlre the organizing
officials have visited England, Germany
and France to study modern omnibus
construction. The United Traction Im
provement Company will have 120 cars.
Mclntlre says. Each can carry 2S pas
sengers nt n sliced of miles an hour
The cars will weigh io,300 pounds, but
that is not too great n weight for the
pavement. Mclntlre asserts.
Three routes nro designated In tho
petition to Common Council.
Route number one will start at Front
and Market streets, and will traverse
Market, Broad, Diamond, 25th stieets.
Allegheny avenue, 27th. Diamond, 33d
and Dnuphln st roots.
Route number two will start at Front
and Mniket streets, and will traverse
Maiket, Broad, Porter, 21st, AVolf, 2"d
Mllllln, 21th and Christian streets.
Routo number three will start at Front
nnd Mnrket streets, and will traverse
Market, .12(1, Chestnut. 33d, Walnut and
PAVING DAMAGE FEARED.
William D. Uhler, assistant engineer in
the Highwny Bureau, was asked today
whether he thought nn omnibus weighing
10,500 pounds would damage paving. Tho
bus 'line project was news to Mr. Uhler.
'I hnd not heard that anyone planned
to operate a bus line," ho said, "and
until I have s-onif details as to tho way
the trucks will be built it would be Im
posslbln to tell what effect they would
nave on the pavement. Somo of the Bald
win Locomotive Works trucks are heavier
than those proposed for the bus routo
nnd Chief Connell Is Investigating now to
see how much damage heavy trucks In
dict nn the city streets."
When the Hughes bus line was running
on Broad street the damage to paving
Blueprints showing the construction of
the proposed cars were issued today by
the traction company. The cars will re
temblo those used by the Fifth avenue
lino in New York city, but their motive
power will be electricity instead of gaso.
line. This, according to Mclntlre, will
eimlnate tho shock of starting and stop
ping noticeable on the New York stages.
There will be double lows of cioss
teats Inside the stagts and on a top deck
winding stairs will lead up from tho rear
entrance platform to the open air deck
On the left side nre six cross seats!
Divided by an aisle tunning the length
nf the car nro four more und one aisle
sent. Arrangements will be the same for
BILLS AS UNFAIR
OR BADLY DRAWN
Measures Include One Plac
ing 3 City Squares and
Parkway Under Care of
Fairmount Park Commis
MT. AIRY TO PLAY PHOFS
One of tho best games of the season
between local teams will be played next
Sunday afternoon at Chestnut Hill be-
(ween the Chestnut Hill Professionals ond
he Ml. Ally nine. This is the second
nine of a series of three to decide the
bamplonship of the Northeast section
if the city. Chestnut Hill winning the
first of last Sunday by the s-ore of 7 to 3
.Jnhny Barker will occupy tho box for
Chestnut Hill with his In other, Charlie
from tho Trenton Til-Statc team on the
Elmhft Beats Harrisburg Champs
HABRISBURG. Sept. 17 -The Harris
burg Club, champions of the Tristate
league, lost the second game nf the post
season series to Klniira, tho j;ew york
State League title holders, yesterday by
tho score of 2 to 1. The game went 11
Innings- Llmira s victory evens up the
FIRE IN KNITTIN GMILI,
Fire hturtlng this afternoon la the -un
room of the Royal Ascot Knitting Mill
210 Ashmead street. Germantown was
extinguished b employe, before 'it did '
serious damage u .
The flames we,e disco ered In a pile of '
of water before the arrival of engines
Th damage, according to officials Jf the
plant, will not exceed 1W.
Among seven measures vetoed by
Mayor Blankenburg nnd returned to
Councils today was on ordinance de
signed to place Washington, Rlttenhouso
nnd Logan Squares and tho Parkway In
the care of the Fairmount Park Com
mission. In signifying his disapproval of this
measure, the Mayor said, while there
might be Borne advantage In such action,
at tho same time It was not n fair pot
Icy to select from the large number ot
city squares only four nnd place, them
under tho care of tho Park Commission
for Improvement nd at the same time
neglect the others.
Flvo of tho remaining acts vetoed by
the Mnyor provided: One, for the open
ing ot UOth street, Irom Dickinson
street to Moore! two, for paying city em
ployes during vacations nnd for over
time jvork; a fourth was a section of nn
ordlnanco providing nn appropriation to
the Bureau of Highways for street
sprinkling, nnd another was part of a
transfer ordinance providing an appro
priation of J2500 to pay clerks of Coun
ells for "Promoting the Interests of Phil
adelphia." VETO OP PARK BILL.
in connection with his disapproval ot
the ordinance designed to plnce certain
grounds under the care of the Park Com
mission, Mnyor Blankenburg, In this con
nection, wroto to Councils saying!
'Tho ordinance has apparently been
somewhat hnstlly drawn. It Includes
Washington. Rlttenbouse and Logan
squares, but omits Franklin square, the
remaining one or the four principal
squares near the centre of the city.
"If these squares and the Parkway
were placed under the Jurisdiction of the
Fairmount Park Commission, their police
protection would doubtless be put In tho
hands of Pnrk guards, and not of city
policemen. This would be a most con
fusing, expensive and Inefficient arrange
ment nnd could hardly fall to lead to
doubt nnd trouble as to the respective
authority of the two.
"The transfer of the custody of these
grounds would place the appointment of
their superintendents, gardeners, labiTr
ers, etc.. In the hands of the Fairmount
Park Commission Instead of the city au
thorities. This would remove them from
the protection of the civil service laws.
Their appointment thereafter would be
made not with reference to merit, deter
mined competitively nfter civil service
tests, but solely at the discretion of tho
appointing ofilccrs. This would be a dis
tinct backward step. Our efforts should
be not to restrict the operation ot the
merit system. In nn Indirect manner sucii
as this, but to extend Its scope nnd make
It applicable to an Increasing number of
The Mayor vetoed the ordinance pro
viding for the opening of 30th street
between Dickinson and Moore be
cause he said that section of the thor
oughfare had not been dedicated to the
city and Its opening would cost the pub
lic nt least Jfi.COO. Because the street had
not been dedicated to the- city, Mayor
Blankenburg thought It should not be
opened nt public expense.
Of the two nets dealing with the pay
ment of city employees, one wns an or
dinance authorizing directors of various
departments to pay regular per diem em
ployes for one week's vacation, for legal
li'illdnys and for disability or sickness
contracted while in the employ of the
"This ordinance," na!d the Mayor In a
letter, "aside from Its mandatory nature,
contains nothing which is not fully pro
vided for by the resolution of councils,
npproved duly 15, 1913.
"While I nm entirely in accord with
the principle of the eight-hour working
day, this ordinance nppears to me to be
very loosely drawn. In the first case, by
its broad application, nil workmen and
mechanics, those on a per diem list as
well ns those upon nn annual salary
basis, would be entitled to extra payment
for nil overtime work. Again. It has not
been prepnied with consideration of the
actual working conditions now existing In
the departments. In n number of tho
bureaus the service Is continuous in
shifts. It would manifestly be no greater
hardshli. for those in the night shift to
work overtime thnn for those in tho day
shift, but under this ordinance the first
might receive double pay for nil overtime,
whereas the second would receive but
time and half time. Also, under this ordi
nance the work necessarily required of
some on Saturdays would call for the
payment nf two days' wages for eight
The Muyor vetoed a section of an ordi
nance In appropriations to the Bureau
of Highways lor street sprinkling be
cause of nn enor which would have du
plicated a payment of SI3S2 to James Ir
win, a contractor, frir work already paid
for In the third highway district.
Caustic criticism was directed against
the section of a trnnsfer ordinance pro-
vidlng money to be paid to clerks of
Councils for 'promoting the Interests of
This section had the support nf Common
PmiMpilirtfin MnrVlu W. Pnnn n nan, ,1.11-
can leader In the Eighth Ward. Tho
Mayor said the section certainly did not
carry sufilcient information as to what
methods would be employed by clerks of
Councils lit promoting the Interests of
"The nnnrnni intirm nf mnnn.. , t,a
cleiks of Councils 'for promoting the In
terests of the City of Philadelphia Is a
ornnnslttnn nn out nf L-BAnli, n.1,1. un
, , , . ... ... ,,v..,,,n T,,VI( 41IC
plainest buaines principle that U must
ovwnc i-nni wu t'HBuai uoservpr as ue
servliif? or criticism. It la certainty not
able 1)odUs to have conferred upon them i
admlnlstrntlvp fun Minna Afan ni.iAn u
"" " - - IVfl MHUfl nil- I
supervision of the Committee on Finance
"Tliarn nlun to ur II 1 1 1 1
- ! an unit in uus appro-
priation to indicate its real purpose that
v ........utt u vu,ii9iuci ur UI5CUS4 It
satisfactorily, t'nofflclal Information, how- ;
ever, has reached me that Its purpose was
to provide for the purchase of a moving
rlcture machine and the employment of ,
a mechanician to operate it, th ma- I
chine to remain the property of the cltv i
and to be lent from time to time to vari
ous business men's organizations and
others for use In conventions In other
cities in displaying films advertising Phil
If tbl Is a useful way to advertise our
city, Hi details can certainly be worked
FIRST STEP TAKEN
IN FORWARD MARH
OF CITY'S ADVANCE
.Councils' Finance Committee'
. Reapportions Loan and
Provides for Start on Sub.
way and Abolition of Ex'.
change Tickets. 'j
The first Btep toward the actual con.
st ruction of tho subway nnd clevat.f
lines and. the abolition of exchann
tickets was taken this afternoon, whea'
mo finance committee of Councils r.J
uiiijuiiiuncu me new loan so as to n.
cludo 'the $500,000 naked by Director' Taii
lor for preliminary work in tho transit
plan. The draft of tho new loan bill ...
'"""""' iraBauKa in common Council
at Its special session late this afternoon
by John P. Connelly, chairman of Z
Finance Committee. '
The reapportionment was madci by th'
Subcommlttcco on Appropriations and re.
ported to the general Finance Comniltt..
prior to the session of Common Council
Drastic cuts In many Items of the ore.
posed $lt, 1.0,000 loan that reduce the toUl
ol the loan to J11.30O.OOO and that nur
result In holding up tho construction of
the Municipal Art Museum were made br'
the subcommittee. In addition to tht
$500,000 for the preliminary transit work.
JI0O.OO0 was added for buildings to houss
the Juvenile, Domestic Belatlons and Mn.
Almost coincident with this action by
tho councllmanlc subcommittee Mayor
Ulnnkenburg sent to Councils a messags'
vetoing tho ordinance providing for thi
construction of tho buildings for tht
three courts named.
Tho items cut in the new allotment
were: Sedimentation hnsln nt the Tor
resdalc filter plant, from $300,000 to 100
000; grading, $300,000 to $MO,000: elimina
tion of grade crossings. $l,2u0,000 to $(,.
000,000; main sewers, $300,000 to $2OOCC0
bridges. $400,000 to $300,000; Fairmount
Pnrk. $300,000 to $:00,000; Art Museum.
SI.0C0.OJO to $SOO,000; Parkway. $1,000,000 to
$SUO,Oou; mandamus fund, $!,0no,00O to
Action Is expected to be taken by Coun
cils this nftcrnoon to appropriate $272,CM
from a surplus of $107, 140.6.1 held by the
Sinking Fund Commission to the Depart
ment of Health and Chnrltles for necet
sary work at tho Home for the I"eebl
Minded at Byberry nnd for the Home for
the Indigent at Holmesburg. This ap
propriation will be In addition to th
$1,060,000 to that department provided for
In the proposed loan and to be used for
the Philadelphia Hospital.
There was considerable discussion ore.
ceding the subcommittee meeting about I
a plan nccreaitcd to Councllmanlc leaden
to cut tho payroll of tho Transit Depart
ment. It was said that Councils plannel
to trnnsfer $155,000 from Director Taylor"!
unexpended salary appropriation as part
ot tho $27:1,000 asked by Dr. Harte for tht
completion of work at Byberry, Holmei-
burg and lor repairs at the Municipal
The appropriation to the Transit Depart',
ment for salaries this year was J210,ta
and on August 1 there wns a balanwcf
J133.31C.S7. The transit payroll that mint!
was $11,417.43, leaving a balance of'jlt!,i
929.39. Councils, It was said, figure thai
only $53,000 would be needed for the rfij
of the year, leaving a balance of approx
On the other hand, it has been said that
In view of tho universal protest against
the original nttitudo of Councllrnanle lead
ers, they have been ordered to keep handa
oft the Transit Department for the present.
INCURABLY ILL, WOMAN
ENDS HER LIFE IN PARK
"Life Not Worth the Struggle," Final
Note of Suicide.
Miss Dinah Pinkeusoii. 30 years old, ol
3S4 Pennsgrove street, committed sulcHa
hy drinking a large fiiantlty of poison
in Fairmount Park curly this mornlni
Within a stone's throw of a guard house.
The young woman was identified late
this afternoon by her brother. Samuel
Plnkentoii, who conducts n grocery store
at 1203 South Second street.
Aecnrrtlnir to the brother, his sister
had been downhearted for some time.
and her act boro out her statement tnai
sbo would soon end nil her troubles.
She had been suffering from an liur
able disease for almost a year and Ml
only recently moved to the Pcnisrove
strtet nddrcss in older to gel i'" "
the fresh air of Fairmount P.nk.
The young woman had become kno
us an every-day visitor to tlicpuik to IM
many guards about the Smith MnorU
district. This morning when Purksuara
Scott Marted on his first round he on
coveted the body close to a clump
bushes. Beside the tody wsw fouiM
while envelope, which had sciibbleo
It; "I-lfe Is not worth the ttugslf-
want my body cremated." .
The empty bottle, which hnd 'n,1'al""
add, lay nearby. The place w hi.-h tM
woman picked to end her life is
of the most frequented In the park. c
iwar the Intersection of list !' a"J
Lansdowne drive, within a fe ft1 "
the street. It Is thought that tne V"'T..
picked this location in order that J"
body would soon be found nftei .-r uea
CHEATS CONFIDING GROCER
Pretends to Represent Children'
Home and Gets $12 Change for
C. Bocchiono. who conducts 11 K '''
store nt 3117 North 29th btrct. 1 "
,., i ....... ,.... ,i nt the i'e
fj- 111 I...OII CO .. .o.. -- ...
.. .. , ihi Bti-tini:er. u.
scuemiiig 01 a l- " ,, ,1
uavp me name 01 iiiuiih .- 1 ,v.
represented himself us chairman .ol ,.
Purchasing Committee of the ""
Homo for Destitute Cliliunn
street and Allegheny avenue.
The psemlo McMullin told a
talo and ordered fs woitn 01 b1"""::,
be dellvcied at the Home.
... .. . .. ..1. 1, s.... t'll
111 I'UyilltMll il VUCL-IV ' . , ,,.
himself and payable at
Anirclcan Trust Company . at
-WITH Blll'VlS. , ... -el
Hocchlno gave the strange - "' ,
nui i'j -
In return for the check, and
the man's departure the Se"" ,,,,.
the institution, with ""' "t0.
uiicK lioill llli iiiaiiiuuuii. -.0.
ment that they hud not ui.lci.'l a
cries front Bocchh nc '1 he
hurried to the bank and u
the cheek was valueless, us ni ulD,.f.,1.t
ton as McMuUlu can Id m ",,.
Hi.,. q...,i ...i.,.,. ........a 111 the1'-1'.
borliuod wcio approaihcd J l!
dler. but were not deceived t'J l"V, .,,,,.
SnAi.lal 1r.llA,... Vl.ltti-,rtll S' 1 '
.Inn. L. .mi. 1- ni.,..i. . ,!.' I
n.Ul...,,l . !. ....... I.,,, lilt ihH " '
noon had been unable it flrd r
of the confidence man.
1 it-iii mih'ihTiinw'rrr"" "f fflFAT