Rally for the improvement cause
- - 11 - k GREATEST RALLY OF ALL FOR IMPROVEMENT CAUSE People From Every Section Thronged the Court House. GOVERNOR'S GREAT SPEECH The Mayor, the Rev. William Nally and Others Speak - Fine Music Rendered. Mc - A glorious victory for public spirit i anil uuseltihiiness is in sight. After , Wiceks of wavering, hundreds of vot - crs have dropped oft' the. fence and are now in Hie ranks of those who favor a clean and prosperous city. It has been a campaign of education and intelligence has won. Men and women who were honest, doubters have conic out on the right, side. The last (lying Kick of the pull - back element, element, was the circular of Saturday which has proved a boomerang for the clams. They went too fur. Their utter selfishness is revealed in that miserable tissue of falsehoods. In the years to come voters who will vote against the improvements tomorrow tomorrow will despise the men who , have deceived them. 1 governor William A. Stone presided at. the great rally for the good of the. city on Saturday night. Hundreds Hundreds were unable to get inside the Court House, which was gorged with people. What a fine audience it was. Men were, there from all parts of the city. Business . men, professional men, workingmcn all touched elbows elbows and there was an earnestness ; of purpose in their facts which is seldom seen in such an assemblage. Men who couldn't find scats stood for two hours and listended to the. excellent excellent talks of the evening. All the good points were cheered and the enthusiasm reached a. high pitch when a glee club led by Kecorder K. Z. Gross sang an original song by George F. Koss, accompanied by the Commonwealth Band. It was as fol - j lows: I Vote for the Public Improvements. BY GEORGE F. 'i'tme: "Marching Through Georgia" narrisbtirg, the capital of this grand old Keystone State, lias been asleep for many years, but now she's struck her gait, And she's going to keep it too, and be right up to date By voting, for the public improvements. Hurrah, hurrah, we'll sing the jubilee, Hurrah, hurrah, it's up to youand me. To help along the good work for our town's prosperity, ISy voting for the public improvements. i The water that we have to drink from city reservoir Is mixed with sewage, culm and dirt and typhoid germs galore, lint we can have a niter plant and drink such BtufI no more, By voting fur the public improvements. Hurrah, hurrah, etc. Pax ton creek's a nuisance and it. often overflows. When we have to cross that streainwe always hold our nose, But now's the chamv' to rid it of the filth that iu it goes, By voting for the public improvements. Hurrah, hurrah, ete. AVhen you scratch a man who is against the river dam, Who thinks it wrong In theory, and a veritable Bham, You will rind that he's the kind that's generally called a clam, And won't vote tor public improvements. Hurrah, hurrah, etc. When we stroll on river front upon a summer's day The perfume that we must inhaleis not like new - mown hay, And this smell that stinks like well, it cau be driven away By voting for the public improvements. Hurrah, hurrah, etc. Bet us then on Tuesday next this city fairly sweep By such a vote as will denote that we are not asleep. To all the people of this State who tabs oa us they keep, By voting for the public improvements. Hurrah, hurrah, etc. : - c - The glee club sang other selections during the evening and the band played at intervals so that there was no lack of entertainment. Governor, Stone led the cheering at the" closff and then Kabbi Fricdmann proposed three cheers for the Governor, which were given with anvill. Jt was easily the best meeting ever held in the Court House and its influence will permeate every corner of the city. Spencer C. Gilbert, chairman of the general committee of the Municipal League, called the meeting to order and introduced Governor Stone, who was warmly welcomed as he took the chair. He "spoke for twenty minutes end clearly pointed out the relation of the city to the State. Here is what he said: As a citizen of the State I am Interested Interested in the improvements of auy and all the cities of our State, but 1 am especially Interested in everything that ueneiu to and ::flecis the Capital City of the State. I tirst : - ited l!ar:isburg iu July la. stopping stopping at Camp Curtiii. 1 have becu here at intervals frequently snu - e. I was impressed impressed on my hrst visit with Harrisburg as the most natural and convenient place iu the State for the State Capitol, and 1 hiTe never favored proposition to remove it. You have advantages over many ether cities as a Capital city. Tou are the pocket or center of the Stale by railroad connection. The Pennsylvania railroad, the Northern Ceuiral. the Philadelphia and Reading and the Cumberland Valley all emptr their wealth of freight and traflic into your lap. Y011 can start from Harrisburg Harrisburg and to all po'"1 of the Stale cheaper and quicker Ibau from any other p - dnt. You get the morning papers from ail sections of the State, and you get them ia the morning, which you cannnot do in anr other city. Here U where the Influence Influence and Interest converge. The xeal and puh of Pittsburg Is hre met by the conFervtim "f Philadelphia and moulded into a stability and busine caution that has madeyni e - momical and ri' - h. There is ni're distribulea wealth here, than in any city of the Srate. You ao - ummulate slowly, but more surely. You are a thrifty, e - on - omlcal people, respecting the Sabbath, obeying obeying the law - and enforcing it. The push and Piiravagancp of modern cistoms Is here tempered and gauged by the rutnm and usage .f tae pa't. loo are on inspec - ti.ia nearly every day in the year by con - venfi - n. d'ertons and aen.b te will, h meet b - re ml!n greater ccTeni. - ii. - e than in any mihey p:a - in the Stale. "I'p tn ti tim n on nas q;iefen4 Tour local gorernment w yonr municipal I "incprornisenia; a lint: on La k beta ' f t 4. f T f T t t T f T T t T T i 5" called to It. Hut you are now calling at. lemiou 10 it by the proposition before the electors next Tuesday. If you vote to In - crease your indebtedness for necessary municipal Improvements, you will meet the expectations of the people of the State. If yon vote apniust this increase of indebtedness indebtedness you will bo criticised by those who oppose Hnrrisbunr as a Capital city. It mav be said that it is not the busins of citizens of other pnrls of the State to concern concern themselves about your municipal improvements, improvements, but you must remember that you are the Capital city of the State and anything which affects the health of the city or Its Improvement In auy way does Interest and has a right to interest the citizens living in other parts of the State. "The proposition stripped of all its appendages, appendages, 11s I understand it, is to improve your sewer system and conduct all your sewers into the river and relieve T'a'xtoti Creek from its present and anticipated pewit pewit fie accumuiulation; put a dam across the river with a sluice near the shore which will Increase the shore current and carry away sewage, li Iter your water supply and provide parks. It is never extravagant to improve the sewage system ot a city If the improvement is necessary. It is gross negligence not to Improve It wheto It is neeesssary. At present you sewer Into T'axton Creek, the canal and the river. Fnder a recent act of assembly the canal will be) abandoned this year and ..1 .. .. ... v t v 4 I f I r ROSS V I I I t t I T - 4 the sewers that empty Into the canal must hereafter empty into Paxton Creek. This will increase the volume of sewage into Paxton Creek. If Paxton Creek were capable of carrying oft the sewage, the sewage improvement would not be necessary, necessary, but everybody knows that Paxton Creek has already mote sewage emptying Into it than it can carry away. Therefore, you must expect that the creek will become very soon by reason of the natural increase of sewage and the sewage that now goes Into the canal, iu the summer season, a festering pool of poisonous disease germs. Therefore, the proposition Ir whether you will vote to increase the indebtedness necessary necessary to properly sewer the city or whether you will not. That proposition cau only be answered in the affirmative. "The argument of landlords who fear Increased Increased taxation and of tenants who fear increased rents ought not to preyail against a necessary public Improvement, and has not prevailed generally heretofore In similar propositions in otner cities. The tenants will not escape increased rents if this pv - pusitiou la voted down, because there an increased demand for tenement hot. t and landlords iu Harrisburg, as well as landlords In every other place, will never hesitate to increase me rents when there Is an increased demand for houses. It may make the owners of property pay a little increase of taxes, but this ought not to weish with the unselfish man. 1 have never been able to sympathize with the man who eoiuplalus of taxation. It would be so easy for him to sell his property, or give It to the poor and avoid all payment of taxes. "The question Is one of necessary Improvement Improvement to protect the health of the citi. It is awise man w ho remedies an existing existing evil, but it is a much wiser man who starts in time and prevents evil. You are to - dav a comparatively healthy city, but you are menaced with dirty water and a defective sewer system. Uirty water Is not good to drink. Let your bath tub ran full of citv water anv morning without filtering filtering it and th.n lout at it; you might as well gn down to the tannery and bathe In a aat. I know the old saying is that "dirt is beaithT." but It Is not true. If it was true me people would never die. A defective grer rrern means sickness, disease and death. The other day In vine of our cine diphtheria was discovered o a certain street and after various efforts to ascertain ascertain the cause it was f wind that there was a leak ia tt - sewer a - ns that portion of the street w here the disease eiistcd "I walk about your streets a treat dea!. I see Bo empty houses, but I do neca - slonailv see diphtheria signs and acarlcc fever signs and It always makes me sounder sounder for i know - that It means earewas and neglect. Science teaches na and evolution evolution teach n and experience teaches that the oc'y way to maintain health is to overcome and prevent pntsoann genes. I ICoBticucd oa Second Fw.l I have never beea able to sympathize with the. man who complains of taxation. It would be so easy for him to sell his property or give it to the poor and avoid all payment of taxes. The question is one of necessary necessary improvement to protect the health of the, city. It is a wise man who remedies an ex - wiser man who starts in time and prevents evil. Let your bath tub run full of city water any morning without without filtering it and then look flt it. You might - as well go down to the tannery and bathe in a vat. it might, take the hair off, but you would conic out cleaner. Debt is not a disgrace nor is it a serious impediment. It has always been and always will be Hie forerunner of prosperity. Harrisburg must keep pace with the march of improvements improvements in other cities. Governor V. A. Stone.