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Annual Reports






Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1901




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Annual Message of the Mayor, i- xii

Trustees of the Sinking Fund, . . . i- i6o

Commissioners of Waterworks, . . . 173- 248

Board of Supervisors, 249- 294

Fire Department, 295- 502

Non-Partisan Board of Police Commissioners and

the Police and Workhouse Departments, . 503- 618

City Auditor, 619- 834

House of Refuge, 835- 874

Cincinnati Hospital, . . . 875-928

Board of Public Service, 929-1344

Report of the President, .... 931

Office Department, 933

Street- Cleaning Department, 1041

Park Department, 1049

Infirmary Department, 1073

Engineer Department, . . . . . iioi

Electrical Department, 1141

Health Department, 11 57

Waterworks Department, 1235

Custodian of the City Hall, .... 1 345-1358

Inspector of Buildings, .... 1359-1412

University of Cincinnati, 1413-1476

Corporation Counsel, 1477-1538

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Cincinnati, April i, 1902.

To the Honorable Board of Legislation of Cincinnati:
Gentlemen, —

In sending my second annual message to yon ,
it is my pleasant duty to record the fact that the past year
marked an era in the history of the city notable for the
economical and prudent management of its financial arid
administrative affairs. To the members of your honorable
Board much of the credit is due.

For the current year every augury is for the continuance
of the work of last year, and it is especially gratifying that
the centennial year of Cincinnati's municipal government
is evidently destined to make an exhibit of that character
of administration which the citizens without regard to class
or conditions are justly entitled to expect.

While it would be impossible to enumerate, it may not be
considered improper to call attention to the city's wonderful

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IV Mayor's Annual Message

growth in manufacturing interests, the total output of which
for 1901 exceeded $350,000,000, the largest in proportion to
population of any city in the United States.

Cincinnati's economical and progressive administration is
of the vastest importance in bringing new enterprises to the
city, and in advancing the interests which for so many years
have made Cincinnati so justly famed for her commercial
soundness and integrity. It is to the city which is well
governed, and whose financial interests are managed as a
prudent business man would care for his private investments,
that capital is attracted. It is therefore, gentlemen, your
duty and mine, and the duty of each and every city oflicial
charged with the protection and the advancement of the
affairs of our city, to so conduct ourselves and our trusts as
to merit not only the approbation of our fellow-citizens and
the approval of our consciences, but to merit the selection
of Cincinnati by capital as a city whose government is for
the greatest good of the greatest number.

The reports of the heads of the several departments,
submitted by them for your inspection and examination,
will give you the details of the city government and of the
manner in which the funds of the city have been expended.

As stated in my last year's message, there is nothing of more
importance to our citizens than the rate of taxation. While
the rate for the present year is considerably lower than the
average for seven or eight years past, the fact remains that
it still stands at nearly two and one half per cent.

While it is true that needed improvements and necessary
expenditures should not be curtailed, permit me to earnestly
request that all estimates of the wants of the various depart-

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Mayor's Annual Message

ments for 1903 be given the most careful consideration by
the officials authorized to make such estimates before they
are submitted to the City Auditor, the Board of Legislation,
and the Board of Supervisors for their approval, and that
these officials give them the closest scrutiny possible before
finally acting on the estimates as submitted.

Taking into consideration that the taxation measures now
pending in the General Assembly will be enacted into laws,
and the fact that the Sinking Fund Trustees will be enabled
to refund a large portion of the Southern Railway bonds at
an interest-bearing rate of probably less than one half of that
which is now being paid, thus enabling said Board to reduce
their levy for interest and sinking-fund purposes, there can
be no question but that our tax-rate next year will be very
much lower than for a great number of years past. It is
therefore almost assured that within the next two years the
tax-rate for Cincinnati will be as low as two per cent, which,
considering the valuations as now made of real estate, will
more than favorably compare with that of any other large
city of the United States.

In this connection I earnestly urge the members of the
General Assembly from Hamilton County to support the bills
already introduced, making the city and county financial
laws as now on the statute books applicable to the estimates,
receipts, and expenditures of the Board of Education, Uni-
versity and Library trustees, and also the bill now pending
in the General Assembly providing for a change in the
apportionment of the State Common School Fund in the
several counties of the state, by giving credit to each county
for the sum collected therefrom for this purpose.

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VI Mayor's Annual Message

Cbe eitys Ciabilities and its eredit

During the year ending December 31, 1901, bonds were
taken up by the Sinking Fund Trustees upon call, or pur-
chased for the Sinking Fund, aggregating $1,005,900; new
issues amounted to $1,335,000, being a net increase of

The total outstanding debt of the city amounts to
$27,326,500, of which amount $1,880,227.81 is held in the
Sinking Fund, leaving the net liability of the city at the
close of the year 1901, $25,446,272.19.

The total Southern Railway bonds outstanding at this
time, including Consolidated Sinking Fund bonds issued to
refund the original bonds, in the sum of $2,158,000, amount
to $16,651,000, of which sum $8,108,000 ($494,000 at 7 per
cent and $7,614,000 at 7.3 per cent) will be refunded July
I, 1902, by an issue of $8,000,000 Consolidated Sinking
Fund bonds, bearing interest at the rate of three and one
half per cent.

Important Cegislation.

There are now pending in the General Assembly several
bills of the utmost importance to the people of Cincinnati.
Among these is included a measure providing for the
rebuilding of the Cincinnati Hospital, an improvement
absolutely necessary for the proper care of the city's poor
sick, for which progressive Cincinnati should be liberal in
its expenditure ; for the extension of the parks system, par-
ticularly in the more thickly populated or "down -town''
districts, and which provides for the establishment of public
baths; and for the resurfacing of streets, an improvement
the requirements of which are self-evident.

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Under a quite recent decision of the Supreme Court,
however, a check has been put to the passage of bills of this
character, holding in eflFect that where the subject-matter is
of a general nature a law can not be passed applicable to a
particular grade or class of cities conferring corporate power
upon such cities to make such improvements or issue bonds
for such purpose.

This is a modification of the doctrine, heretofore sup-
posed to be good, that corporate power could be conferred
upon a particular grade or class of cities for the purpose
of making improvements and issuing bonds therefor, even
though such improvements were of a general nature — that
is, such improvements as are ordinarily necessary and proper
in municipalities generally throughout the state.

This, decision, however, is not applicable to the Cincin-
nati Hospital, because that institution, although built and
maintained under the corporate authority of the city, has
been held to be a mere agency of the state, created by the
state for public purposes, it being within the power of the
state to create a board for the establishment and govern-
ment of an institution for a public purpose, and place the
cost of the building of such an institution and its main-
tenance upon any political subdivision or municipality of
the state.

It is to be sincerely hoped that means may be found
whereby the other measures mentioned may be enacted into
good law, so that Cincinnati will be enabled to go ahead
with the improvements therein provided for.

Any money expended for these or other similar improve-
ments is money well expended, and must accrue to the
benefit of the city.

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Public Street Sprinkling.

In my annual message of last year to your honorable Board
I advised legislation placing the sprinkling of streets in the
hands of the city. I have to report that a bill which is
now pending in the General Assembly having this object
in view has been indorsed by and enjoys the active support
of the leading business organizations of the city.

By the terms of this measure it is optional with the Board
of Public Service whether it shall have the sprinkling done
by the city direct or to enter into contract with private
parties. In either case, should this measure be enacted,
the city's oflficials will have entire supervision, thus assuring
service of superior character to that endured by the citizens
in years past.

While it may appear on the surface that the passage
of this measure would cause increased taxation, the fact
remains that our citizens are to-day paying direct to indi-
viduals and corporations that which should be borne by all
of the people, and in return therefor we are now receiving
inadequate and unsatisfactory service. In the hands of the
city all of the streets will be sprinkled, and not in scattered
sections as at present. Instead of being smothered in dust
on one street and besmeared with mud on another, as the
result of the absence of sprinkling in some cases and in
others the deluge of water poured from the carts under the
present system, it is not too much, with the provisions of
the sprinkling bill made eflfective, to promise thorough and
satisfactory service, of which the city officials will be in
complete control.

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Cbe eittcitttMti Seiitberti Railroad Cease*

The people of Cincinnati are to be congratulated upon the
result of the election of last year which decided the matter
of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad lease renewal. The
overwhelmingly affirmative vote showed conclusively that
Cincinnati's citizens are alive to their best interests, and it
is to be hoped that the finding of the State Supreme Court
in the litigation now before it will affirm that of the Superior
Court, thus giving to Cincinnati that which its people have
by such a tremendous majority voted in favor of.

With this very important matter is also to be decided the
legality of the proposed issue of $2,500,000 of bonds for the
betterment of the Cincinnati Southern terminals in this city,
which was also favored by the vote of the people.

In this connection let me add that improved and adequate
terminals for railroads are of the greatest importance, and I
would again urge upon your honorable Board, as I did in
my message of last year, that every encouragement should
be given all of the transportation lines entering Cincinnati
to increase their yard facilities, which can but inure to the
vast benefit of our manufacturers and merchants.

Smoke JIbatetifettt.

Some progress has been made for the abatement of smoke,
this being greatly due to those of our citizens who have so
cheerfully responded to appeals and suggestions made to
them. It is a difficult problem to deal with, and it is to be
hoped that those who have failed to take steps to prevent
the unwarranted emission of smoke will yield to persuasion
within a reasonable time.

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It is not the desire of the department having this matter
in charge to impose hardships upon any of our citizens,
realizing that Cincinnati is largely a manufacturing city,
but it is its purpose to proceed fearlessly according to law
against those refusing to remove the cause of this evil so far
as it may be possible for them to do so.

Crack Elevation and flrade Crossings.

It. is to be regretted that an amicable adjustment of the
grade - crossing question has not long ago been effected.
Your committee having this"^ matter in charge has, however,
proceeded with commendable earnestness, with the city's best
interests always in view, at the same time aiming to avoid
inflicting an unfair burden upon the railroads involved. It
is to be hoped, however, for the good of Cincinnati and
for the betterment of the railroads entering the city that
a satisfactory agreement will be speedily reached.

Interurban Railroads.

During the past month the management of the Cincinnati
Traction Company and representatives of the various inter-
urban traction lines entering Cincinnati have reached a happy
agreement, whereby the cars of the latter companies will be
able to reach the heart of the city over the former-named
company's routes. This is a matter of great importance to
the people of Cincinnati and its vicinity.

I would urge upon your honorable Board that every
possible inducement should be oflfered interurban lines to
make the business portion of Cincinnati their termini.

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Cow Death-Rate.

It is gratifying to note that the health of the city has been
all that could be desired. Absolutely free from epidemics,
Cincinnati's death-rate has been remarkably low. That fact
speaks in the highest terms of commendation of the efficiency
of the Department of Health and of the healthful and invig-
orating climate of the Ohio Valley.

Police and Fire Departments.

Upon behalf of the citizens of Cincinnati permit me to
extend through your honorable Board my sincere thanks to
each and every member of the Police and Fire departments
of Cincinnati for the very efficient and faithful discharge of
his duties during the past year. The high standard of
excellence so well earned by these departments has been in
every detail fully sustained, and the protection of life and
property well subserved.

Cl>e Ootise of Refuge*

The House of Refuge continues to be an institution of which
Cincinnati's citizens may well feel proud. The noble manner
in which the hundreds of boys and girls under its protective
roof are instructed in a manual and moral way deserves the
highest commendation. Indeed, too much praise can not
be bestowed upon this truly model institution.

CDe City Infirmary*

The poor of Cincinnati are well provided for at the City
Infirmary, where every thing possible is done to give the
unfortunates a good home, with plenty of wholesome food,

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substantial clothing, and clean quarters. The inmates of
this institution are treated kindly, and are made to feel that
their comfort is the first and most important consideration
of the management of the Infirmary.

Cbe lUorkboiise*

The management of the Workhouse is in efficient hands.
Its affairs are conducted in a thoroughly business-like
manner, the prisoners accorded humane treatment, and in
every respect this institution is splendidly maintained along
the lines for which it was established.

To the members of the Board of Legislation and of the
Board of Public Service for the many courtesies extended to
me during the past year, and to the heads of the various
departments of the city government and to their employees
for the faithful discharge of their duties, my sincere thanks
are due.

I have the honor, gentlemen, to be

Your obedient servant,



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Trustees of the Sinking Fund since the
Creation of the Board.

Joseph Longworth Appointed

Aaron F. Perry

Jambs H. Laws

William F. Thorne

Lewis Seasongood

Julius Dexter

William S. Groesbeck

John E. Bell

Larz Anderson

Charles P. Taft

Thornton M. Hinkle

Julius Freiberg

James M. Glenn

Franklin Alter

Francis H. Baldwin

John V. B. Scarborough.....

in 1877 Died in 1883

1877 Retired in 1892

1877 Died in 1883

>877 " 1895

1877 Retired in 1879

1879 Died in 1898

1884 Retired in 1891

1884 *• 1894

1891 ** 1897

1892 Still in office.


1896 Retired in 1901

1897 " 1898

1898 Still in office.


1901. •*

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Trustees of the Sinking Fund.



Term Expires 1902

** ** 1902








Assistant Secretary^

Regular meetings are held on the second business day of each month;
special meetings on call of tiie President or three members of the Board ;
and the annual meeting is the regular meeting in January.

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Report of the President.

Office Trustees of the Sinking Fund, ,

Cincinnati, January 3, 1902.

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To the Honorable Board of Legislation of Cincinnati:
Gentlemen, —

In conformity with the provisions of
Section 2719, Revised Statutes, the Board of Trustees of
the Sinking Fund have the honor of submitting for your
consideration their Twenty-fifth Annual Report, embracing
transactions from January ist to December 31st, 1901.

By order of the Board,



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Report of the Secretary.

Office Trustees of the Sinking Fund,
Cincinnati, December 31, 1901

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To the Honorable the Board of Trustees of the Sinking Fund:

Gentlemen, — I have the honor to present the following state-
ment of transactions for the year 1901.


The levies made in 1900 to be expended in 1901 were as follows :

ToUl valuation ~ 206,481,790 00

Deduct valuation foreign insurance companies 4,065,950 00

Net valuation applicable to levy $202,416,840 00

For interest and rents

For redemptions and judgments...

Total .





516,160 00
506,039 00

Actual Am't

513,077 14
503,016 80

$1,022,199 00$1,016,093 94

The levies made in 1901 for 1902 expenditures are:

Total valuation 214,871,620 00

Deduct valuation foreign insurance companies 4,391,090 00

Net valuation applicable to levy $210,480,530 00

For interest and rents

For redemptions and judgments »






526,201 00
526,201 00

$1,052,402 00

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Paid by call during 1901 :

City Hall 4 per cent bonds, due June 1, 1911 325,000 00

Waterworks 4 per cent bonds, due June 1, 1911 199,000 00

Additional Pavement 4 per cent bonds, due June 1, 1911 449,500 00

Westwood Town-hall 6 per cent bonds, due July 1, 1908 1,900 00

Westwood Town-hall 6 per cent bonds, due February 1, 1909 500 00

Total $975,900 00


For Waterworks improvements, under act of the Legislature of Ohio,
passed April 24, 1896, bearing 3 per cent interest; of date Febru-
ary 1, 1901; redeemable February 1, 1921; payable February 1,
1941. ..„ 1,000,000 00

To pay for property to be condemned and appropriated for street
purposes, under act of the Legislature of Ohio, passed April 21,
1898, bearing 3.50 per cent interest; of date April 1, 1901; re-
deemable April 1, 1911; payable April 1, 1921 50,000 00

To pay for improvement of turnpikes or avenues which have become
city streets, under act of the Legislature of Ohio, passed April 20,
1893, bearing 3.60 per cent interest; of date December 1, 1900;
redeemable December 1, 1910; payable December 1, 1920 150,000 00

For constructing, erecting, reconstructing, and re-erecting market-
houses, under act of the Legislature of Ohio, passed April 25,
• 1898, bearing 3.50 per cent interest; of date June 1, 1901; redeem-
able June 1, 1911; payable June 1, 1921 50,000 00

For repairing and reconstructing bridges and viaducts, under act of
the Legislature of Ohio, passed April 19, 1898, bearing 3.50 per
cent interest; of date April 1, 1901; redeemable April 1, 1911;
payable April 1, 1921 50,000 00

For widening and improving streets over trunk sewers and bottom

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