Little Egypt

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Little Egypt - Mass Meeting. There was a largely attended ing...
Mass Meeting. There was a largely attended ing last^night in the Modern rooms, In the Showacre building, on Virginia avenue, of the resident o f "Little Egypt." or that portion o f South Cumberland- lying below the IJ. «fe O. railroad, and without the city i limits, to organize a municipal govern- jnent of their own. Vor several year-; f since this settlement has grown in such largo proportions, there b over 1900 population at present, the ---j .v.... ..., proportions, there being i c ucr over j-Juu population ai presuui. me cn jjy Jack of lights, water and police proc proc i u i, s tection has been a, matter of great llcltude. and the cause of much dls- _ me cause ui muv;" «·»· communications satisfaction. The meeting called for I w i t i last night was the outcome of this -agitation, and was called to order Mr. B. F. Houck. who stated brieflj Al! ,, Its purpose and requested the election or temporary- officerb, that the asscm- en bly might proceed In the proper ne'r. Mr. John Turner was secure some logical form of govern- roent'for their mutual benefit and protection. protection. In his address, Mr. Turner stated that the residents below the O. railroad "were in Egypt." and "Egypt means darkues." Mr. Turner said that he believed the people of that section would be better off by organizing a borough of their own, by joining the present incorporation of Cumberland, on account of the condition of the city's finances, and the enormous debt, which the new section of the city would have to Several other speeches of the tenor were made by citizens and property owners, all of whom spoke VI IJ v j v u c i £ . ail u* «4uiu strongly in favor of incorporation, gave sound and^loglcal reasons for * l l UllltTJlilJVOO «LUU U1OW* Vl^l 1J W I B It was shown that very little, if any disorder, was created by the residents fy%*» \i *vi*«-iv* t*»-*\« i\styn*i*i * v-**«^%«»···*» »%*· *^~-~ position taken In the matter by them. 'Several of the gentlemen during evening spoke of their settlement ing ? rendezvous of characters repute, both male and female, who on account of the lack of police protec- tion. came from every section of city and brought discredit upon tne community by their misbehavior, drunkenness and disorderly conduct. It was shown that very little, if disorder, was created by the residents of this section. ' After considerable discussion upon the whole subject, a committee of gentlemen, composed of Messrs. John Turner. Wilbur Hardy. C. F. England. A. J. Turner. \\" C. Light, and .McElfish. were appointed to take the necessary steps toward preparing a charter to be sent to the present ses- sion of the legislature for passage. I Otfe.of the first duties of this t eluded in the corporation. Shannon; was suggested as a name tor town. Another person thought Prog-!"| U i ress or Excelsior would be better still another suggested Millvllle. a? r the most appropriate name. The se- lection of a name and other matters detail were left to the judgment f the committee. A motion was during the meeting to leave out of corporation limits that portion of . new section -which is controlled by B. O. railroad. This Idea was " harmony with a d«»slrc not to B. O. antagonism to the efforts Several persons sng- incorporate. ov»^iui i/vi£uiiD o«e»- Rested that tbc B. O. ground the. vcr* place where police control 8 was needed and that if necessary tne jatHind could be taken In and the pany exempted from taxation ·ward. One citizen stated emphatic- ally that he opposed leaving the O. out or exempt any more than Mr. Dickey's mills. Mr. Weber's mills or other enterprises. The ques- tion -nras finally left to Uie committee. Another meeting will be held night, at which time the committee organization Is to have Its report for submission. It was stated during thc meeting by several persons have boon active In the movement that the actual value of all property below the railroad amounts to TCI a a million dollars and that at the lowest calculation there wotild be $150.000 $150.000 to $200.000 of a taxable basis the new borough.

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  1. Cumberland Evening Times,
  2. 04 Feb 1908, Tue,
  3. Page 5

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