County Official Paper
Friday, December 6, 1901
STREET CARS AND BUSINESS
Santa Rosa's wonderful street car system, alike the laughing stock of the state and the exasperation of the few still compelled to occasionally patronize it, continues to obstruct the public streets and keep up the pre-tense of complying with the terms of its franchise.
Ordinary business sagacity should suggest the betterment of the service.
The public is apt to be very reason-able in such matters. Few would ask for a better service than the income of the road warrants. It costs no more, however, to run cars according to a time schedule than to run them the same number of trips without. If schoolboys must be employed, one with some idea of business can gen-erally be hired about as cheap as one to whom such thoughts never occur.
Water is free in Santa Rosa and soap is one of the cheapest commodities on the market. Several of the stores keep brooms, and some occasionally give them away for worthy purposes. A little attention to cleanliness, there-fore, would not be apt to make much difference with the balance sheet at the end of the month. Even a Santa Rosa street car ought to be able to sport a tallow candle after dark. A faulty piece of construction that has demonstrated is ability to run a car off the track two times out of three can be repaired at less expense than must result in lost time otherwise. It is not good business to leave a car standing in the middle of the track for three-qarters of an hour at a time while the driver skips home to eat his supper and the passengers walk. There is little danger of the car's being stol-en, of course, but the horse might get cold feet or someone might run into the outfit by mistake and knock off some of the paint.
These things really ought to be con-sidered by the management of the local street railway company--if there is any.
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