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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 23, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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INSULL WANTS MORE MONEY
FROM OAK PARKERS
The New York banks which con
trol the Chicago street railways took
action yesterday with a view to
squeezing a Higher fare out of the
people who ride onlhe Oak Park ele
vatea. Samuel Insull, the local public util
ity boss, petitions in federal court for
the right to raise fares. Insull has
acted as receiver of the Oak Park
"L," under appointment by Judge
Kohlsaat, and asks. that he be per
roltted to issue receiver's certificates
to pay cost of raising tracks between
Laramie and Wisconsin avenues and
the road's share of the cost of build
ing a bridge over the river at Lake
street.
A handy little clause in an old ordi
nance was cited by Gilbert E. Porter,
attorney for Insull. The town of
Cicero in 1898 gave the company
rights to extend its line to Oak Park.
One clause provided for a fare of
8 1-3 cents from any point west of
52d avenue to any station in Chicago.
For many years the line has run
at a 5-cent fare. Thousands of pas
sengers have got used to a nickel
fare. And now alLof sudden the com
pany discovers that it is losing .money
on a nickel fare and the only way
out, it is claimed, is to shove up the
fare.
The road has many human slaugh
ters in Its record. Oak Park people
have held mass meetings, hired law
yers and petitioned courts and the
public utility commission to get the
tracks raised so as to reduce the
killings.
Insull sneezed at the state public
utility commission order. Prom his
summer home in Northern Illinois,
Judge Kohlsaat suddenly sent down
an order one day holding up the com
mission's .order to raise the tracks.
Att'y Everett Jennings for the com
mission protested that Kohlsaat was
making the commission look like a
joke, because anybody who could get
a federal judge to look at the matter
in the right way doesn't have to obey
any order from the commission.
In the petition filed yesterday
Judge Kohlsaat is asked to fix the
rate of fare and to arrange for the
application of the fare with the pub
lic utility commission.
The law firm handling the deal for
Insull is Lincoln, Isham & Beale. Wil
liam Beaie is a trustee of an estate
owning the Chicago Tribune, and is
also attorney for Mr. Insull's Com
monwealth EdiBon'Co.
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SUMNER HITS AT "FRATS"-
The high school "frat" system is
again coming In for its annual raking.
This time Dean Walter Sumner is
taking a fall out of the school "so
cieties." He suggested removal for the prin
cipals in whose schools fraternities
and sororities exist where there is
nothing done to remedy the evil.
Morgan Park, which has only re
cently come into the high school fold,
is the cause of the upheaval. When
Its pupils were asked to sign a pledge
against the secret clubs, many of
them refused, saying that their
friends in the Englewood and Parker
high schools were member's of the se
cret organizations.
This was denied by the principals
of both schools. :
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MRS. TROUT FOR HIGHER PLACE
That Mrs. Grace Wilbur Trout will
be a candidate for the presidency of
the Congressional Union is declared
by the friends of the "suff" leader.
To prove this, they point out her
refusal to run for the chair of the
National American Woman Suffrage
Ass'n, the bitter rival of the Con
gressional Union.
TREASURE TROVE
We desire to express our heartfelt
thanks to friends who sent the Herald
office those raga with which to wipe
rollers. There are some good shirts
among those rags. Sabetha (Kan.)
Herald.
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