From Street Railway Journal Volume XXVIII, Number 26, page 1199:
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—An Eastern syndicate has had representativesThe western line mentioned, Indianapolis, Crawfordsville & Western, never did actually complete its line to Illinois. It wasn't even being actively constructed as far as I can tell. There was no connection to the Illinois traction lines there. Any modern reader with a little knowledge of the history of the electric interurban railways (the so-called "traction lines") knows that there was a gap there. Prior and subsequent issues of Street Railway Journal itself mention various proposals and stalled plans for such a connection.
in this city during the past week examining the Indianapolis, New Castle & Toledo Company's line, now building, and the Indianapolis, Crawfordsville & Western Company's line, almost completed, with the view of purchasing the said roads. These lines radiate from Indianapolis--one to the east, the other to the west—and stretch across the entire State, making convenient connection with Ohio and Illinois traction lines.
So, remember, just because it is primary source, doesn't mean it is correct. Even with the best of intentions, mistakes happen. Sometimes the facts as conveyed to the writer are wrong, or are misunderstood. Sometimes those writing have an ulterior motive, or those supplying them with information do. The old Russian proverb quoted so often by the late President Ronald Reagan, "trust, but verify," should be remembered.