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METROPOLITAN TRAFFIC BOARD,
ELECTION OF PRESIDENT.
A spécial meeting of tho Metropolitan Traffic Board was held in the offices, Courier Building, yesterday afternoon. There wore present-Mr. Burke (tho retiring president), in the chair, Aldermen Clark, Hipwood, Thorne, and Francis, and Messrs. J. S. Mullin and J. B. Dickson, jun.
The CiuniMAx announoed that the business before the meeting was the election of a presi- dent for tho ensuing year, no then moved, " That Alderman Franois bo appointed Presi- dent," and Mr. FIIANOIS seconded tho motion.
Mr. MULLIN moved as an amendment, " That Aldorman Clark bo president." In doing so, he said that as a member of the board ho intended to go in for economy. The manner in which the board had boen conducted since its formation was a disgrace to local government, and the sooner reform wa3 brought
about tlie botter.
Tho'CiiAuiMAN asked Mr. Mullin to confine himself to the question boforo the mooting, and Mr. MULLIN replied that that was exactly what he was doing. The OHAIIIMAN thereupon ruled Mr. Mullin out of order, informing him that ho would have an opportunity at an ordinary mooting to disauss the affairs of the board generally.
After some further altercation between the chairman and Mr. MULLIN, the latter stated that in tho past tho business of the board had not boen conducted, in a mannor to givo satis- faction to the districts outside the munici- pality who came within the jurisdiction of the board. Ho intonded to do his best to get fair representation on tho board for these districts, and to go in for economy. Alderman Clark was tho best man thoy could got for the posi- tion of president. He believod that the prosi
dent would have to accept a great deal less ! " screw" than the last president received, and ! that somo of tho officers of the board would ? also have to bo content with loss money. Tlio ? looal'iiuthorlties had boen compelled to econo- ! mise, and he saw no reason why economy should not bo gone in for on the Traffic Board. I Mr. Tuonxis seconded the amendment.
Tho CHAIRMAN stated that, in acoordanoo ' with the regulations, he would now proceed to put the motion first.
Mr. MULLIN interposed that that would be a rathol' strange proceoding. The amendment was usually placed first.
Tho CHAIRMAN refused to hear Mr. Mullin further.
Mr. Cum: statod that ho had had two years' experience on the board. On all previous occa- sions he had seen the president elected unani-
mously when the seorotary was in the ohair. According to tho Looal Government Act, when a motion and an amendmout were bofore a meeting, the amendment had to be voted upon
befara the motion.
Tho CHAIRMAN Baid that he was aoting in accordance with tho by-laws.
Mr. MULLIN moved as a further amendment, -" That the seorotary take the ohair."
The On AIRMAN said he would refuse to put
Mr. CLIRK stated that the ainendmont must be got rid of beforo the motion could be touched. He asked the chairman to givosomo reason for putting the motion first.
Tho CHAIRMAN again explained that he was aoting in acoordanoo with the by-laws.
Mr. THORNE threatened to move that the chairman's ruling be not adhered to.
Tho CHAIRMAN askod Mr. Hipwood'B opinion on tho matter of the motion and tho amend-
ment, and Mr. Hipwood replied that ho con- sidered that the question was the amendment. Tlio ohairman said ho did not read the by-law in that way, and Mr. Hipwood added that it cortainly appeared from tho by-law that the
motion should be put first.
Mr. CLARK was of opinion that tho ohairman should adopt the views of tho majority of the
Mr. W. STEI'HENS (who was present as a spec- tator) wished to say a fow words, but the ohair- man objected to his taking any part in the proceedings. Mr. Stephons advised the ohair- man to put the amendment before the motion.
The CHAIRMAN aoid that the board had de- cided that ho should do a certain thing, which ho did not consider was the right thing to do. Ho hoped tho seorotary would take noto of that. His hand had been foroed in tho matter. What ho was askod to do waa against the ruins whiah govornod the work of the board, but as tho majority willed it, ho would procoed to put
A division was then takan, with tho result that all the members with the exception of the ohairman and Mr. Francis voted for the amend- ment, the voting being 5 to 2.
Tho CHAIRMAN did not declaro the amend- ment carried, but moved as a further amend- ment that Alderman Hipwood be president.
Mr. MULLIN oontended that the amendment having b«en carried, Mr. Clark had boon olootcd présidai t
The UiiAiitMAN said that he had a perfect right to submit the amondment. A somewhat similar courso had been followod in al least two previous years.
Mr. MULLIN aimin oontondod that tho board had eleotod Mr. Clark as their president.
Mr. HIPWOOD advised MriiBurke to vacate the chair and allow Mr. Mullin to take his place.
Mr. OLABK romindod tho chairman that the voting was 5 to 2, and that ho had not mado any declaration rospeoting it.
Mr. MULLIN did not want to use strong language, but he considerad that the chairman had acted in a very strange way.
Tho CHAIRMAN then doclared tho amondmont carried.
Mr. MULLIN was proceeding to make furthor remarks when he was interrupted . by the obahnian, who interjeotod-'othat if, Mr. Mullin insulted him after they loft .the.'room, he (Mr. Mullin) would have oauso to remember it, a remark whioh Mr. Mulliu 'followed up by saying that ho would not be afraid to meet Mr, Burke in Queeu-stroet, or in apy,baokyard ho ohoso to specify. Ho (Mr. Mullin) waa a gentleman, and that was more than Mr. Burke
Tho amondmont was then submittod as a substantive motion, and carried unauimously.
The OHAIIIMAN thought it was a pity that Mr. Mullin, who pretended to know suoh u groat doal about looal government, did not know how to conduct himself. -,
Mr. MULLIN hopod the ohairman would allow him to maleo an apology. He might have used strong language but ho had not meant what he said. Ho and tho chairman had always been good friends.
The CHAIRMIN said it was.a matter of the greatest indifferonoo to bim whethor Mr Mullin was or was not his friend.
Mr. CLARK then took tho chair, and having returned thanks for his election, the proceed inga terminated.