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Hush! Bang! A truce. These three words well describe the council meeting of Mondaj1 last, which appeared very stormy at one time, but ended in a lovefeast. It was the sewerage question, of cours-e, that caused the trouble. Alderman Martin moved that the report of the committee, which had lain on the table for three long weeks, be taken up and discussed. The. motion prevailed by a vote of seven to iour. Mr. Martin explained that he made the motion simply to satisfy the people, who were ta.king about the question a great deal and expressingmuch indignation at the summary action of the council three weeks before. Alderman Heiz claimed that he had seen just as many people as Mr. Martin and thatthey had talked differently to hini. The people in his ward were down on it. Why couldn't the council go slow? Alderman Martin replied that the people ought to have an opportunity of seeing what the report contained. Let them vote Bewerage down i f they wanted to. Alderman Mann was in favor of submitting the question to a vote of the people. He had heard suggestions in some quarters that the city would be bonded in order to build the entire system. He thought that would be unjnst to the poor people. As loc', the charge that the council was going too fast, he reminded the aldermen that it had taken them tiro years to get as far as they were. He thought the only feaFible plan was that suggested by the committee. Alderman Herz, at this point, became excited and remarked that it was a "nice little trick" to take up the report when three of those that had voted to lay it on the table were absent. He was reminded by Alderman Kitsen that only twro (Aldermen Ferguson and Rehberg) were not present. In a earcastic manner, Alderman Wines asked, if that wao a "nice little trick," what would he cali the action of the majority in refusing to consider their own committee's report, after they had spent weeks of hard labor in investigating the subject. Mr. Wines grew eloquent. Mr. Herz picked up his hat and walked out in high dudgeon. Alderman Wines continued. Even if the report was obnoxious, why could it not be treated decently? But what, under the sun, there could be in the report bo obnoxious that people feared to face it, he could not see. Alderman Martin indignantly denied that any "nice little trick" was being played. He would have offered the motion just the same if the entire council has been present. He then presented a resolution to the effect that the committee's report be received and spread on the records. Space does not permit an account of the discussion which followed. Suffice it to say that the aldermen who had previously voted to lay the report on the table were induced to look at the matter diflerently. They explained that they were not averae to receiving and printing the report, but that they had been afraid this action would commit the council in some way to the plan suggested. It was thought by them that the whole matter ought to be deferred till spring. AlderMartin's motion finally passed by a unanimous vote. THE VETO MESSAGES. The Communications from the mayor, in which he disapproved of the appropriations for purchasing a council map, coping South University-ave and building culverts on Hill-st, Felch-st and Fifth-st, were read. They were all sustained, but the map appropriation was loBt by just one vote, the ballot standing eight to two. It was thought that if the mayor had realized the great need of a map, he would not have sent in the veto. A motion passed, authorizing the board of public works to grade South University-ave and East TJniversityave, the University authorities having expressed a willingness to continue the stone sidewalk in case of such action. STREET RAILWAY OEDINANCE. The ordinance relativo to the use of street railways by the public passed to its third reading. It imposes a fine upon persons who jump on the cam while in motion, or run in front of them, within a distance of thirty feet. Considerable discussion ensued, and it was finally decided to re-commit the ordinance. OPENING FOURTH-AVE. In response to a petition, signed by a number of residents, Alderman Hall moved that all parties interested in the opening of the proposed extensión of Fourth-avo from Madison to Hill-sts be notified to appear at a meeting of the council, September 21. The street i to run through a portion of the F. L. Parker and Lucy W. Morgan property. Alderman Hali's motion carried. MISCELLANEOÜS BUSINESS. The report of the board of public works, including the plans and specifications for the new bridge and also the bids for repairing bridge No. 2, was read. C. Helber's bid was for $485; Werner & Rentschler's $425. Upon the recommendation of the board, the council reiected both bids Tand provided that the work should be done by the city, under the direction of the street commissioner. A communication from the mayor, containing correspondencebetween the mayor and city attorney, relative to the soldier's relief fund, was read. It appears that the provisions of the charter had not been followed out. The council resolved to proceed accordingtolaw, and to meet with the relief commission for the purpose of tertifying to lists of all old soldiers who were entitled to aid. Considerable discussion of unimportant iratters was indulged in, but no action was taken. At twenty minutes before eleven, the council adjourned to meet again this evening.


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