The second of Spokane’s two streetcar systems – the Spokane Traction Co. – declared that it, too, would abandon its streetcar lines if the Spokane City Council wouldn’t get the jitneys off of its routes.
“I was given full power to call in our cars at the moment I believe that it’s the most practical thing to do,” said the company’s general manager. “Abandonment of all lines is inevitable if the jitney competition is continued. You may expect anything now.”
The city responded by suggesting that the two streetcar companies – Washington Water Power and Spokane Traction – should consolidate. One city commissioner said he hoped the companies were finally willing to consider this option.
“We would like to see the consolidation of the systems as a means of lowering the fare,” said a city commissioner. “We are perfectly willing to help the car companies make their lines pay if the fare is reasonable. There are no legal reasons, as far as the city is concerned, why the two car companies could not consolidate and thereby cut down on big overhead expenses and duplication.”
A year later, the two companies would, in fact, consolidate under the name of Spokane United Railways. Yet this would not prove sufficient to save the streetcar system in the long run.
From the missing persons beat: The hunt for William McLachlin, 8, missing for days, was now focused on a frog pond near Corbin Park.
Searchers first believed he might have been buried by a sand slide in a sand pit near the park. The search in the pit proved fruitless.
The pond was dragged by searchers and there were plans to “blast” the pond.
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