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TO THE EDITOK. Sir,— Believing that the first duty of the City Council is to conserve the citizens’ rights to use the public streets without danger to life and property, and without obstruction, and that the overhead system of electrical tramways, }f adopted, will deprive the citizens of such rights, 1 deemed it my duty to lay before the City Council the information bearing on this subject obtainable from recent publications especially devoted to the science of electric power. As a non-expert in this science, I wished to read from certain journals extracts bearing on this subject, but was ruled out of order by His Worship. As this is a matter which concerns the general public, I consider that both sides of the question should be known, and it has been found necessary in the public interest to create in New York a “ Board of Electrical Control,” whose duty it has been to remove all overhead wires, some account of this Board’s action may be useful here at this time, and I ask the favor of publication. In the ‘ Electrican ’ of May 3, 1889, published in London, is the following “ The cutting campaign has actually begun, and a large number of poles and wires have been cut down. . . . The work has been witnessed by large crowds of people, and has been attended with exciting incidents, including the fall of one rotten polo on a street car, whoso inmates it greatly frightened ; the laming of one young lady; the killing of a lineman, jerked from a window —his companion being also seriously hurt. As the result of this work, other districts besides those over which the wires ran have suffered the loss of their electric lights,” In • Electric Power,’ a journal published in New York, it is stated: “The removal of poles and wires from the streets of New York by the municipal authorities is viewed by the daily press as a triumph of the people over the Corporations,” Also, under the heading of ‘ Electric Railway Talk,’ it states that in Omaha (Neb ), “ the agitation about poles still continues. Some time ago it was reported that the poles were so thick that the linemen of the various companies had hard work to identify their own ; yet a new pole line is t6 bo constructed to South Omaha verv soon. Some of the citizens protest, but without effect. ” As expressing public sentiment on the question of overhead wires, there appears also in ‘ Electric Power ’ the • Song of the

Wires,’ in two verses, the following being the final verse How the mocking wiuds of March--Frisky March Whisk aliout the aged poles ol hickory and larch : Each as tail and set as fast As some mighty frigate's mast, Poles for size and strength bespoke, such os no wind ever broke,. ~ . . , Poles might brave a thunder stroke, Poles of pine and ash and oak. How they arch To the sudden, stealthy blow Of the wind who’d lay them low, Stretch them prone across a grave In a gutter by the pave Ero ft mortal arm could &avo The matron, the maiden, the noble, the knave— Stricken dead - Walking there and talking, of the horror stalking In the wires overhead 1 Also in ‘ Electric Power,’ May, 1889, in the report of the evidence of Professor Elihu Thomson, of Thomson and Houston, electrical patentees, before the Massachusetts Committee on street railways, the following final questons and answers appears

You could put a large conductor underground wlrch would feed at different points?— Feed at different points the car line. That would be considerable dificuliy, wouldn’t it, to put that pipe down ?—I see none whatever.

If it is not difficult to run an expensive and large conductor underground, why don’t you run your railroad by tho same thing and'not bother us by the dangers of an overhead line ? —The answer to that is: in order to get your current into your oar you have got to got access to the current all along the lino; The moral to be drawn is, from tho Professors point of view, that to save expense in constructing a conduit underground, or the adoption of another system, the public streets may bo endangered and obstructed for the solo benefit of a special electrical patentee, or to save some expenditure to tramway companies.—l am., etc., A. C. Kimbeli.. Dunedin, August 8, 1889.

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CR KIMBELL’S UNSPOKEN SPEECH., Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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CR KIMBELL’S UNSPOKEN SPEECH. Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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