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 - ; MUNICIPAL! OWNERSHIP. Alleged to be a...
; MUNICIPAL! OWNERSHIP. Alleged to be a Failure) jln Nlns Cases - - "Out of Tsn. re m Eiuor mt r jr rrk rtsim '.' Let me congratulate you on your able editorial of this morning en Clttsens and Machlnea." j . If we are to have a Fusion ticket In the city this Fall it must naturally occur to the ordinary and Intelligent voter that the candidates on that ticket ahould appeal for the suffrage of the voters on absolutely absolutely legitimate issues. Mr. Cutting certainly has In his bonnet " bees humming of municipal ownership of public utilities,'; and Itj Is unquestionably unquestionably true Mr. Odctl Is certainly In quest of "crank" or any other old kind of votes. j Judge Francis E. Baker of the United States Circuit Court handed down a decision decision a few daya ago. in which he said that municipalities had no power to take over the . property ; of .public service corporations, corporations, even when an 'option on such property is provided In the corporations chartered. This was la the case of the 'franchise granted the Consumer Gas Trust Company, which was formed in 1SS7. I In framing this declsicn Judge Baker quoted very liberally from United States Decisions. In that case Judge Baker based his opinion on the ground 'that the Consumers' Gaa Trust Company had no atatutory authority to sell Its plantf or to contract to do so, and that It la against publio policy to permit a publlo service corporation like the gas company to sell its franchise or plant and thereby disqualify disqualify Itself from rendering the very publlo service for which it waa granted a franchise. Unless Judge Baker la re versed on appeal, ; is not his decision a precedent 7 j It occurs to the writer, and unquestionably unquestionably to Thi Truss, that municipal ownership ownership as an Issue this Fall Is simply a stalking horse brought to the forefront for the purpose of catching what may be termed, or is termed, the labor vote, and the votes of the Socialist. It is the undeniable undeniable truth that In nine-tenths nine-tenths nine-tenths of the towns where municipal ownership has been tried it has been a disastrous failure. Only a day or two ago Elizabeth. N. J had to give up Its municipal water plant and sign a contract with a water, company in an adjacent town to supply the city's needs. This contract was made with an independent corporation at a price below which Elizabeth. N. J., could supply her citizens from the oity's plant. REPUBLICAN. New York. Aug. 2, 1905. I

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 29 Aug 1905, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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