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Challenged by Shaw to cite his
case, Merriam- said he had had no
notice that the matter was to come
up, but later he would make the cita
tions. In his office, after the com
mittee meeting, Merriam produced
for a Day Book reporter this decision
of the California Railroad Commis
sion in the application of the Pacific
Light & Power Co. to enter territory
served by the Newport Beach Electric
Light & Power Co. The commission
granted a 'certificate of convenience
and necessity to the applying com
pany on the promise that rates would
be reduced from 15 cents to 8 cents
per kilowatt hour, saying:
"Where upon application of a cor
poration to invade territory served by
another corporation occupying the
field is found to be giving poorer, serv
ice at unduly high rates, the applica
tion will be granted and the corpora
tion seeking the privilege will be al
lowed to come in and compete."
The ordinance approving a merger
of the two phone companies has laid
in the files of the gas, oil and electric
light committee over a year now
without action. It was referred to
the committee by the council. No
jvote has been taken on it. Members
of that committee have the right to
call it up and propose action on it.
The tunnel and automatic phone in
terests as well as the Bell want ac
tion. The sending of their lawyers to
the committee yesterday with briefs
and arguments showed that.
As ,the tunnel interests have al
ways been doing things suddenly, by
taking their opponents by surprise,
it is to be expected that at any meet
ing of the committee, the merger or
dinance or some amended, supple
mented or fixed-over merger ordi
nance will come up for a vote of re
jection or approval.
These are the aldermen on this
committee and their wards and street
Lewis D. Sitts, chairman of the com
mittee. 17th ward. 1471 W. Grand
Joseph P. Ryan, 4th, 3417 Lowe.
Theodore K. Long, 6th, 4823 Kim
bark. Charles E. Merriam, 7th, 6041 TJnl-
James H.' Lawley, 14th, 1025 W. Chi
cago. S. S. Walkowiak, 17th, 139 N. Clark.
James B. Bowler, 19th, 1223 Taylor.
Jacob A. Hey, 23d, 2050 N. Halsted.
John H. Haderlein, 24th, 3150 South
port Harry E. Littler, 28th, 113 Ann.
Felix B. Janovsky, 29th, 1824 W. 47th.
George P. Latchford, 30th, 4501 S.
James A. Kearns, 31st, 21 W. Gar
Winfield J. Held, 34th, 4125 W. 26th.
Martin J. Healy, 35th, 1958 Humboldt
C. F. Pettkoske, 10th, 1718 Ashland.
CARRANZA IS DISCOURAGED BY
Washington, Dec. 4. Circumstan
tial reports of an impending peace
agreement between Carranza and his
chiefs and the Gutierrez government
in Mexico City reached here today
from half a dozen sources. It is
known that Carranza is discouraged
because Villa and Zapata have
"buried the hatchet" and that he is by
no means convinced of the loyalty of
his own chief generals. According to
Consul Canada at Vera Cruz, the
former first chief of the revolution
has not taken any active part in any
of the arrangements for attacks on
Meanwhile Villa and Zapata are
reported working in complete accord
and as recognizing Gutierrez' regime.
Reports reaching the state depart
ment from the Brazilian minister at
Mexico City, who represents this gov
ernment officially, and from its own
confidential agents, declare that the
ordinary business is proceeding un
trammeled and that the entire coun
try with half a dozen isolated excep
tions is more tranquil than in recent