WATER METERS IN CHICAGO.
In spite of the defeat of the water meter ordinance by the Chicago council, the plan is by no means dead. In fact, it appears that a majority of the aldermen were really in favor of the measure, and only voted against it on the supposition that the public sentiment was opposed to the adoption of meterage at this time. That they are mistaken in this view is now being impressed upon them by the storm of public protest that their action has aroused. In the mean time those in favor of the project are working hard to convert enough of the council members to their views to secure the passage of the ordinance when it shall come up again for a vote, as it inevitably will. In commenting on the present situation, the Chicago News says: “Perhaps it was inevitable that the measure for universal water metering in Chicago should be defeated on the first test roll call. The innovation is of great importance, but it is an innovation, and aldermen are naturally inclined to play safe until they are sure the public is ready for a move. The vote in the council was 39 to 27. The universal metering of water services is clearly called for and cannot be blocked permanently. It is probable that a majority of the city council is even now convinced of the wisdom of the policy of water metering, although some of the aldermen refuse to move forward far in advance of what they think is the position of their constituencies. At the meeting of the council on Monday Alderman Woodhull of the 8th ward frankly stated this to be his attitude. He is convinced that meters are needed, but the expressions of opinion he has heard on the subject of the residents of his ward are hostile. Therefore he reluctantly voted against the ordinance. Several other aldermen said their positions were substantially the same. They thought the ordinance good but were not willing to vote for it until the campaign of education in its behalf had reached deeper into their wards.”