Wednesday, March 27, 1901 The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto) Page 1, col. 6

Lansdowne subway bill rejected

because it sought to compel property-owners to pay one-quarter of cost  . 

The Municipal Committee this morning disposed of the remainder of the city of Toronto's bill. Clauses 13 and 14 of the bill, having to do with a subway at Lansdowne avenue, where thrown out, after considerable discussion. These clauses sought to distribute the expense of constructing a subway in this fashion: The railway companies to pay half, the city of pay a quarter, the residents of the section benefited one quarter. Against this last proviso several residents of Lansdowne avenue, among them Mr. Hugh MacMath, Mr. John Mallon, Mr. A. T. Hunter, and others, protested vigorously. They argued that it was only on the petition of 1,400 citizens that the Railway Committee of the Privy Council decided that the subway could be built.

Mr. Carscallen pointed out that the Railway Committee had said that half the cost was to be borne by the city and half by the railway companies. City Counsel Fullerton said that the Railway Committee had no right to apportion the cost. However, the causes were defeated, and the City Council may hesitate to build the subway at the general cost.  ..