Discussion in Regard to the
"The House yesterday heard Captain Joe V. Meigs describe his system of elevated railroads. Almost every member was in his seat, and the galleries were crowded, some spectators even invading the sanctity of the reporters' gallery in their anxiety to see and hear. The area in front of the speaker's desk was occupied by tables, on which were placed the models of Captain Meigs consisting of sections of tracks, switches, an engine, etc. On motion of Mr. Coggswell of Salem House went into committee of the whole with Mr. Warren of Holden in the chair. Messrs. O'Neil of Boston and Morse of Newton then conducted Captain Meigs before the House, who proceeded to explain the working of the system. After his description the committee rose and reported progress to the House. The question then came up on the motion of Mr. O'Neil to substitute a bill allowing Joe V. Meigs to build an experimental road, not less than one mile nor over three miles, provided that it run in the city of Boston. Messrs. Morrison of Lowell, Thayer of Worcester, and Coggswell of Salem favored the substitution, saying in substance that the matter ought to be discussed, and if it was a good bill pass it; if not, reject it. Mr. A. J. Browne of Boston opposed the substitution, and moved to amend by striking out sections 3 and 4 and substituting therefor[e] a section providing that the stockholders of the road be severally and jointly responsible for all damage. Pending the discussion of the amendment, Mr. Andrew of Boston moved that further discussion of the matter be postponed until Tuesday next."
Source: Boston Globe, February 24, 1882