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"I know, you wouldn't," I inter
rupted. "Thank you," she said. "It is good
to know you have that confidence in
"He came quite, often to the office,
and usually my employer was out,
and, from just answering his ques
tions, we began to hold conversa
tions and finally I permitted him to
"I don't need to tell you about my
caring for him, you know how peo
ple become very dear to you if they
are kind and considerate and if they
seem honorable, and I do I did care
"Wasn't it a great shock to you
when you discovered that he was
"Yes," she whispered. "But, oh, I
am so sorry for his wife. How she
must have suffered! I didn't mind
what she said at all, because I knew
her heart was breaking."
"But your own heart," I persisted.
"Doesn't it ' hurt you, -too?"
For a moment her pride tempted
her to deny it, and then she looked at
"Yes, it does hurt, but "it wpn't hurt
always, and after a. while I will for
get all about it. But I am so sorry
for his wife."
She was game.
N o o
ALL THE BILL
"I have sent for you,", said the man
of" the house, "because these pipes
need, looking after. There's a leak
somewhere, and a lot of gas going to
''No, sir," replied the gas com
pany's inspector, meditatively; "may
be there's a leak, but there ain't any
gas going to waste you'll find it all
in the bill."
O 0 : V
There is a censor at the German
court dances who watches the dang
ers. If he sees someone who does not
dance well, he tells them that they
must learn the steps before attending
another dance. . . .-
TAXICAB RATE DEAL COMES UP
IN COUNCIL TONIGHT
The Shaw taxicab monopoly has its
graft well buttered in the report of
the city council judiciary committee.
An ordinance which holds up the
present high rate for taxi service is
recommended for passage tonight. I
' Though Chicago has a more con
centrated downtown district , than
New York, the public taxi rates here
are nearly double those ofNew York.
Fifty cents for the first half mile
or fraction thereof is the Chicago
rate. Thirty cents is the New York
rate for the same haul.
When the ordinance comes up to
night the vote of the aldermen, ac
cording to independent taxicab own
ers, will show whether the m ShaW.
monopoly and Andrew M. Lawrence,
an alleged stockholder, or 200 inde
pendent taxi owners have the most
influence with the council.
. m The petition of the 200 independ
ents sent to the judiciary committee
recites "that the present high rale of
charge for taxicab service on the
short hauls done by the large taxicab
companies is divided between the
hotels, cafes and clubs, which extend-
special privileges to the large taxicab
companies in return for the hotels,
cafes and clubs receiving part of the
fares. The only function of the
present ordinance is to maintain this
unholy alliance between said hotels-,
cafes and clubs and the large com
panies." In 1911 the rate was 40 cents "at
flagpole" for the first half mile. It
was -then raised to 50 cents. The ,
ordinance that comes up. tonight re
fixes the 1911 rate.
The 200 independents ask for a
rate of 30 cents for the first half
mile. More . people "would use taxis,
The only reason for a rate of 50
cents, they argue, is that the Shaw
taxi trust wants to freeze out the lit
tle fellows and work in cahoots with
hotels like the LaSalle, Sherman,
Blackstone and others to that end.