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Promoter H. T. Morton

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Hudson T. Morton, of this city, is still boorning the project for au elec trie line from Ann Arbor to Saline. Ad Adrián dispatch in Jast eveuing's Journal says: "Adrián, Mich., Jnne 30. - Hudson T. Morton, of Ann Arbor, is here today working np interest in the proposed electric road from Adrián to Ann Arbor, with numeróos spurs and loops to take in sotne lake resorts, JacksoD, Chelsea, Manchester, Clinton, and other points. He says Anu Arbor citizens will back the enterprise with their money. " Before going to Adrián, Mr. Morton called at Saline and the Observer of that village says: "Mr. Morton of Ann ArDor, was in town Wednesday. His talk largely was along the line of an electric road between this place and Anu Arbor. PerhaDS it would De well to let us try one for a time before giving us a second one, the first one may prove to be all tthat we can handle. " In another column speauing of the Ypsilanti-Saline line the Observar says: "The electric line is steadily working with a small forcé of men, they have been delayed for the past three weeks owing to not being able to get ties. The track is now laid except a stretch of abont two miles this side of Roberts. The other material is rnostly on the ground. " The Observer has made a discovery in relation to this line and gives it as folio ws: "It is given out by pretty good anthority that the Detroit electric road people have uegotiated for this line, which is to be continued west to Adrián and is to beoome the main line, nsiDg the Ann Arbor spur for a feeder. Tecuni8eh appears a little slow in granting the franchise and the line is aow looking toward Clinton, and from there direct to Adrián leaving Tecumseh to one side." This item simply confirms the statement made in tbc Argus sorne tme ago that the Ypsilanti-Saline line as soon as built and completed would become a part of the Detroit, Ypsilauti & Anu Arbor road. It is the policy of this road to build feeders to its line froui varieus points on the line but all the feeders are built by separate companies and are accepted aud taken in to the parent company only af ter they have been satisfaotorily completed anc pnt in operation. The part of the item -which intimates that the line between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti is simply to be used as a spar to feed the main line btween Adrián and Detroii is undoubtedly "a jolly" perpetrated npon the good peuple of Saline to ruake them think that the Detroit, Ypsilanti & Ann Arbor road may think it of more account to run to Saline than to Ann Arbor. While we are upon the subject of electric railway building, it may be well to quote from the New York Tribune: "Compressed air will undoubtedly be the future motive-power, aud I believe that it will eventually be used foi light and heat, ' said Henry D. Cooke, at the Fifth Avenue hotel yesterday. Mr. Cooke is the vice president of the Compressed Air Motor Co., of Chkago, and has been interested in compressec air enterprises for more than 10 years. "Compared with horse power," he continued, "there is more compressec air used today than electticity. This is something which the public doesn't realize, because eleotrical appliances are always more couBpicuons than those which are opera ted by compressed air. The compaoy is now at work on a 60 foot passenger coach for the Chicago, Milwankee & St. Paul railroad, with a compressed air motor einder one truck which is designed to run the car for 30 miles at the rato of 45 miles an hour, with ouly one charge of air. It will also pull a trailer, without diminishing the speed or the distance. "One of the good features of compressed air is its abRolute safety. In all the years that I have been in the business I have never heard of one fatal or even serious accident being caused by a compressed air machine of any kiud. I am firrnly convinced that electricity will Boon be driven from the fields which, it now occupies, and turned to uses which are more apprepriate for it. "