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NAMES ANDY LAWRENCE IN
ATTACK ON SHAW CO.
An ordinance has been kicking
around in the judiciary committee of
the city council one year and two
months now. Every -time it comes
out it is kicked back, with no action.
Now Tim Neary, business agent of
the chauffeurs' union, says if there
isn't some action on It soon he's going
to call the roll and name aldermen in
on the deal.
A cut in taxi rates from 50 cents
for the first half mile to 30 cents is
proposed in the ordinance. The
Shaw Taxicab Co. is the only kicker
against the ordinance. This is the
way Tim Neary lines it up:
"The Shaw Co. is a monopoly.
Efery big hotel downtown gets a 10
per cent commission on all business
it gipes the Shaw Co.
"The only reason the city council
don't cut the rates is because the
Shaw Co. is stronger at the city hall
than the independent taxicab men.
Andy Lawrence of the Examiner is a
stockholder in the Shaw Co. Aid.
John Powers at one time seld stock
in the Shaw Co. He sold it and since
then it's easier for him as a member
of the sub-committee handling taxi
rates to stall off action and so help
the Shaw Co.
"In Chicago the taxi rate fixed by
city ordinance is higher than any
other big city in the country. The
report of Public Serpice Commission
er Ferry shows we charge 20 cents
more for the first half mile ride than
either Philadelphia or New York and
10 .cents more than Boston. The 50
cent rate in Chicago is a fraud Im
posed by the political power of the
Shaw Taxicab Co.
"The figures of Commissioner
Ferry show absolutely what a graft
the Chaw Co. has cinched. Ferry
Bays it costs 23.6 cents a mile to run
a taxi. He got these figures from re
liable motor cab manufacturers and
cost experts. Yet though the cost is
23.6 cents a mile the Shaw Co. has
jthe nerve to go charging 50 cents a 1
half mile. This rate is so high that it
limits most of the taxi service to the
people with plenty of money, who
stop at the big hotels, where the
Shaw Co. has all business cinched.
With a lower fare there will be more
business for the smaller companies J1
and the independent chauffieurs who
don't have things fixed with the big
Neary has received a letter from
Sophie Irene Loeb, a newspaper
woman, who has led the New York
World's campaign by which rates
were cut from 50 cents to 30 cents
in that city. Miss Loeb warns Neary
that before he ever gets an ordinance
through the council reducing taxi
rates, he will have to fight "lawyers,'
graft, corruption and private monop
MORE SKELETONS EXPECTED IN
New York, Jan. 27. Several more
financial and business skeletons are
expected to be brought to light today
in Commissioner Phelan's investiga
tion of the fitness of James Mark Sul
livan, United States minister to San
to Domingo. It Is expected Wm. G.
Beer, the attorney who is charged
with receiving the $5,000 "contract
money," will take the stand. Some
startling testimony was introduced at
the close of the hearing last night.
A mass Of documentary evidence
was also introduced. Hans Bondy,
once manager of the exchange de
partment of the Banco NacionaL
which Sullivan is accused of favor
ing, wrote a letter to Walter Vlck, ,"
was constant! yassociated with Frank '
J. R. Mitchell, president of the bank,
and that the bank discounted Sulli
van's salary several times.
A letter from Charles Cressy, for
merly in charge of the radio station
at Santo Domingo, was Introduced,
in which Cressy charged that Sulli
van was a disgrace to the American
public and particularly that he was a