December 24, 1913
Recall petitions were filed this afternoon with Recorder Foss against Councilman J.W. Stewart of the second ward and Councilman George Millar of the third ward. E.E. Oman filed the petition against Millar and Attorney F.W. Mears against Stewart.
For Councilman Stewart's recall, 237 voters of the second ward signed the petition. According to last election records, 330 votes for supreme court judge were cast in the county precincts comprising this ward, making 83 signatures necessary for sustaining the petition's validity.
The petition for the retirement of Councilman Millar was signed by 140 voters. In the county precinct comprising this ward, the third, 298 voted for supreme court judge at the last election. Only 75 signatures are required to invoke the recall.
The two issues will be voted upon at the city election January 13. Petions have been in circulation for two weeks, and are signed by influential and heavy taxpayers of the two wards.
No recall has been invoked against Councilman Porter.
The reasons assigned for the recall are "general incompetency, extravagance and not representing the residents of the ward."
Updated 1 o'clock this afternoon, 1418 voters had registered for the city election. The books close at 7 tonight and all are urged to register this afternoon. The women voters lagged behind Tuesday. A rush is expected during the final hours. It is the last chance.
The city council retreating from its former defiant attitude towards the will of the taxpayers Tuesday night in a special session discussed the question of depriving them of their salaries on the ballot, and took the initial steps towards securing the commission form of government. But one dissenting vote marked the proceedings — when the name of Porter J. Neff was suggested for a place on the drafting committee of commission charter. All the members voted for the progressive and economical steps.