Nov. 25, 1916, continued

Editor’s note: There was no Nov. 26, 1916, paper.


Two proposed amendments to the city charter were defeated yesterday at a special election by substantial majorities. The first provided for the consolidation of two municipal bodies into the Mineral Springs and Park commission. This was defeated by 376 to 563. The second provided for the reassessment against real property for improvements in cases where initial assessments prove void or are defective. This also was defeated 398 to 521. All the wards went against both amendments. About half the normal vote was polled and very little interest appeared to be manifested over the result. The city election proper occurs on December 19.

Specifically, the first amendment provided for a levy of 3½ mills for the upkeep and maintenance of all the parks of the city of Ashland, the mineral water plant and for publicity purposes, including the amount of $300 heretofore paid to the Chautaqua, and would have allowed a levy of up to 5 mills, should it be deemed necessary by the city council. This levy of 3½ mills, which in the past has been provided — 2 mills for parks, 1 mill for mineral water plant and ½ mill for publicity. The amendment would have abolished the park board and the springs commission and provided for the election of a new board to take over the work of the two. Greater interest was attached to this measure due to the fact that its advocates alleged that its adoption implied the early construction of a $50,000 mineral springs sanitarium here by outside capital.


The drama study class which was formed in the early autumn by a number of high school pupils, with Mrs. Alan Brackinreed as leader, has grown until it now numbers ten girls in its membership. The initial interest has developed into enthusiasm for the work, and all feel that the club is proved to be very profitable and enjoyable. The class meets every Tuesday evening at the homes of the members.