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LAST EDITION LAST EDITION
PORTUGAL BELIEVED ABOUT TO GET INTO THE
WARBRITISH BOATS GETTING TROOPS rJ
Entered as Second-Class Matter April 21, 1914, at the Postoffice at
Chicago, HL, Under the Act of March 3, 1879.
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Newspaper, Daily Except Sunday
N. D. Cochran, gaggBBR Tel. Monroe 353. i
Editor and Publisher. IglllP5 By Mail, Except in
500 South Peoria St. 398 Chicago, a Year.
VOL.4, NO. 7 Chicago, Monday, Oct. 5, 1914 ONE CENT
SEXTON'S PHONE OPINION A MERE
TWISTING OF MEANING OF WORDS
The Language and Meaning of the Automatic Phone Or
dinance Plainly and Clearly Provide for Forfeiture
of the Automatic Franchise and Plant. -.
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Common sense and the will of the people are supposed to be the founda
tion of laws, and 'Corporation Counsel Sexton's opinion to council in the
matter of the forfeiture of the automatic telephone franchise and plant of
the tunnel company isn't common sense and doesn't represent the will of
The opinion, after all, is merely the opinion of a lawyer that the court,
will place the same construction on the wording of the franchise ordinance
as the corporation lawyers hired by the telephone companies place upon it.
It is merely Sexton's guess as to what the courts will do.
My guess is that if the matter comes up before a judge controlled by
the telephone interests, or allied corporations, that judge will decide as the
lawyers for the phone companies ask him to decide; but that if it comes up
before an honest judge, who isn't-owned by corporations or political bosses,
the wording of the ordinance will be construed along the lines of common
sense, and in the interest of the public,