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While the City Council are hesitating over and doubting the wisdom and advisability of granting permission to the City Tramway Company to erect overhead wires of electrical propulsion, the following list of places in America in which these tramways were either in use or under construction up to May 30 last may convince the Civic Fathers that they have not been asked to allow either an unsightly or a dangerous innovation. Many of the places mentioned in the subjoined list are much larger than Dunedin, and, with one or two exceptions, overhead conductors are used : —Boston, Mass.; Ansonia, Conn.; Binghampton, N.Y.; Detroit, Mich.; Jamaica, N.Y.; Port Huron, Mich.; St. Catherines, Out.; Wheeling, W. Va.; Appleton, Wis.; Dayton, Ohio; Fort Gratiot, Mich.; Lima, Ohio ; Scranton, Pa. ; Windsor, Ont.; Alleghany City, Pa. ; St Paul, Minn.; Bangor, Me.; Danville, Va.; Davenport, la.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Erie, Pa.; Wilmington, Del.; East Cleveland, 0.; Cleveland, 0.; Reading, Pa.; Brockton, Mass.; Wilmington, Del.; Eau Claire, Wis.; Pittsburg, Mass.; Hartford, Conn, j Cm-

cinnati, Ohio ; I.»uhm|iu', lowa ; Lafayette, Ind.; Laredo, Tow. St. Louis Mo.; Long Island City, N. V.; Hudson, N.Y.; North Adams", Mass.; Revere, Mass.; Seattle, W.T. ; Washington, D.C.; Council Blufl's, la.; Des Moines, la.; Lynn, Mass. ; Omaha, Neb. ; Syracuse, N.Y. ; Wichita, Ivan. ; Akron, O. ; Atlantic City, N.J. ; Ashaville, N.C. ; Buffalo, N.Y. ; Bay City, Mich.; Bay Ridge, Md. ; Carbondale, Pa.; Wilkesbarre, Pa.; St Joseph, Mo.; Manchester, Va.; Marlborough, Mass.; Minneapolis, Minn. ; Portland, Ore. ; Salem, Mass. ; St. Joseph, Mo. ; Omaha, iNeb. ; Tacoma, W.T. ; East Harrisburg, Pa. ; Harrisburg, Pa. ; Plattsmouth, Neb. ; Salt Lake City, Utah; Sandusky, O. ; Steubenville, O. ; Stillwater, Minn. ; Sterling, 111. ; Richmond, Va.; Decatur, 111.; Redbank, N.J.; Richmond, Ind. ; Spokane Falls, W.T. ; Atlanta, Ga. ; Attleboro, Mass. ; Americus, Ga. ; Auburn, N.Y.—in all, eighty-one towns and cities. But this does not represent the number of electric tramway companies in existence in the States, since many of the places named have two, and in some cases three different companies ; while several places not mentioned are using other electrical (but overhead) system*. The position was very fairly stated on Wednesday night by Councillor Sor.oMox, who has seen an electrical tramcar at work.and is satislied that the scheme submitted for the Council's approval presents none of the terrors conjured up by Councillor Kimbku,. The objection urged by Councillor Sixrr.Aiit can bo answered in a few words—it is impracticable, so far as Dunediu is con cerned. To convey the wires underground would cost something like £5,000 a mile, against about tinder the plan proposed by the Tramway Company. As the Mayor intimated, the Council ought to consider on its merits the scheme now before them. We have little doubt that both Councillors Kiimell and Sinclair, after thoroughly examining the scientific evidence on the subject, will arrive at the conclusion that it is equally advantageous to the City as to the Tram Company to grant the concession asked. The system is altogether free from the objections which led to the abandonment of steam motors. There is neither noise nor, to a horse, unsightly appearance to frighten an animal; ■while the traffic on the streets will be leaa crowded, and some expense, at least, saved in road repairing. Although to the last statement it may be replied that the Tram Company have to bear the main cost, yet it is impossible to avoid part of it being thrown upon the Corporation. Apart from the question of expense, too, tho comfort of travelling will be greater, as the constant shaking consequent upon stones lying upon the rails on portions of the road under repair will be to a great extent avoided. We think it only fair to the Tram Company that here, as in other populous towns, every possible facility should be given to carry on the trallic They have not been rewarded in proportion to the public advantages they have conferred on the City, and where such manifest benefits must accrue both to the City and the company by tho adoption of the proposed system of electric motors, we feel confident that the Corporation will not stand in the way of its adoption.

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ELECTRIC TRAMWAYS., Issue 7969, 26 July 1889

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ELECTRIC TRAMWAYS. Issue 7969, 26 July 1889

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