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CITY OFFICIALS ROASTED OPENLY AT CITY
John Ericson, city engineer, and
William Artingstall, assistant city en
gineer, were censured last night by
the city council for action in which
they gave assistance to the Common
wealth Edison Co. toward the dis
credit of the publicly-owned light and
power plant of the sanitary district
The vote of every alderman in the
council went into the censure. It was
in the form of a resolution from the
finance committee. Language of the
resolution indicated that Ericson and
Artingstall double-crossed the city
and stumbled on the job of carrying
water on two shoulders in signing
the Cooley report to the sanitary dis
trict Nov. 12. The resolution read
"The said report recommends a
material increase in the rates charged
the city of Chicago for electric power
and unfairly reflects upon the public
power plant maintained by the drain
age board; therefore be it
"Resolved, That the city council
hereby repudiates the report and the
unauthorized action of its officials in
making the same."
Several aldermen were ready to
discuss Lyman Cooley's former con
nection with the Commonwealth Ed
ison as a Springfield lobbyist, along
with facts on how the Cooley report
is circulated by lighting monopolies
in other cities to discredit public own
ership. But there Vere no other al
dermen ready to discuss the Com
monwelth Edison Co. and its hand in
The real clash of the night was on
whether the city shall stop the sale
of liquor in dance halls at 1 a. m. Be
sides several long speeches before a
vote was taken, most of the aldermen
made explanations when they voted.
It was practically a vote on the wet
and dry question. Wets won by 36
"It's the old question of the poor
man's beer against the rich man's
champagne," said Aid. Kunz. "You
never hear of the police wogans back
ing up to the big front doors of the
big houses on the north shore drive.
The rich man has his stock of whisky,
wines and champagne, and a dance
hall right in his own house. He can
call in his friends and they can dance
and drink whisky all night if they '
want to. They are not regulated.
But the poor wfil be regulated if you
pass this ordinance."
The council also
Received report from chief of po
lice which showed that during the
last two weeks there had been 196
robberies on streets, with few arrests
in these cases.
Concurred in Mayor Harrison's ap
pointment of Ernest J. Kruetgen as
member of school board, vice Peter
Received petitions from various
classes of city employes asking for
one day off a week.
Received report of municipal mar
kets commission dealing with unem
ployment and referred recommenda
tions to various committees for con
sideration. These included resolu
tion asking mayor to appoint com
mission of employers to look into
Approved comptroller's selection
of banks for city funds.
Accepted resignation of Aid. P. J.
Carr, who was elected member of
the sanitary district board.
Ordered city hall closed Jan. 2 af
ter Aid. Richert had pointed out it
was not wise to do it.
Edward H. Cheney, Oak Park ar
chitect, took two "boys into home to
replace two killed in Spring Green,
Wis., when mother was murdered
by insane cook and house fired.
Five men entered Blue Island car
and quarrelled with George Lemon,
clerk in car barns. All six arrestee
Two carried guns.