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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 24, 1913, Image 6

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THE VOTING MACHINE DEAL
TAYLOR ON STAND AGAIN
Election Commissioner Howard S.
Taylor went on the stand before the
Butts legislative committee, probing
the $1,000,000 Cook county voting
machine deal again today, and at
tempted to explain the large deposit
bidders were forced to put up, and
also the reason for the short time al
lowed for submitting bids for furnish
ing machines.
Taylor said a deposit of $50,000
was demanded to insure the strength
of the- companies. He declared it was
feared some of the smaller companies
might land the order and then sell
out to the big concerns. Questioned
by Attorney Deneen as to what com
panies he was afraid would sell out,
the witness said he wouldn't like to
charge there was any intention on
the part of the small concerns to hold
up the larger ones.
He knew, he said, that the large
deposit would prevent several com
panies bidding. He said there was
one instance in which the Winslow
company tried to sell out to the Em
pire Co., whose machines were pur
chased for Cook county. It did not
occur before the local board. The
Winslow Co., however, was one of the
four companies which was able to
put up the $50,000 deposit before the
election commissioners.
Deneen also wanted to know why
the companies were only allowed 33
days ot submit their bids. It de
veloped that most of the negotia
tions preparatory to asking bids were
carried on without the knowledge of
Commissioner Czarnecki, Taylor,
Commissioner Kellerman and County
Judge Owens talking the matter over
outside the meetings. Czarnecki de
manded that 90 days be allowed to
submit bids.
Competitors of the Empire Co.,
from which the machines were pur
chased, alleged the $50,000 deposit
and the short time limit for bids were
steps in a frame-up to favor the Em
nire concern. ,
Commissioner Taylor informed the
committee that with woman suffrage
it would be necessary to purchase
$3,000,000 worth of additional ma
chines. o o
TWENTY-NINE BODIES TAKEN
FROM FIRE RUINS
Binghamton, N. Y., July 24.
Twenty-nine bodies had been recov
ered from the charred ruins of the
Binghamton Clothing Company's fac
tory at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Only
five of these have been identified.
The chance of others being identi
fied is very slight. The clothing on
the bodies is completely burned off.'
Even small trinkets, cheap jewelry
and the like, were melted by the
frightful heat.
A public funeral for all the victims
will have to be held.
The official list of the known dead
is now placed at 44, an estimate given
out' at noon. It may be incorrect.
The bodies recovered are so broken
that it is difficult to tell how many
human beings there were. The actual
loss of life is still believed to be sixt
five. Five separate investigations are go
ing on into the fire.
Acting Coroner Seymour is con
ducting one; Deputy Fire Marsahl
Roesch a second; Deputy Fire In
spector Nash a third; Acting Labor
Commissioners Rogers a fourth; the
State Factory Commission, headed
by Senator Wagner, the fifth.
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DANGER OF IMMEDIATE STRIKE
OF CONDUCTORS
New York, July 24. Unless rail
way managers get down to brass
tacks in eastern railroad mediation
proceedings, trainmen and conduc
tors are mighty liable to withdraw
from proceedings and call immediate
strike.
Their argument with the railways
up to date has cost the union $93,000,
which the union men are figuring too
costly. Delay costs the railawy man
agers nothing.

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