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FERRY SHOWS HOW CITY GAVE
UP OVER $90,000,000.
Public service corporations in Chi
cago squeezed $90,233,529 out of the
people of Chicago in one year, 1913.
That's one big reason why there
ought to be a watchdog keeping an
eye on these corporations, letting the
people know when raw deals are be
ing put over. So runs the argument
of Montague Ferry, commissioner of
public service, in his annual report,
The department of public service
was started through an ordinance of
Aid. Merriam. It combines all bu
reaus, offices and positions which
have supervision over utility com
panies. The worst thing that could
happen to it would be for corporation
men to run such a department.
"Legislative and judicial bodies
have usually found it imperative to
retain high-priced experts to solve
the problems involved. Many of
these men have been biased in favor
of the public service corporations.
"Competition has largely been
eliminated from the public utility
field. The monopoly and increased
power resulting therefrom has fre
quently led to certain forms of ex
tortion from the consumer. It has
also led to indifference as to high
,"In many cities the consumer has
turned to municipal ownership. At
the present time commission regula
tion is on trial. The need for regu
lative bodies of trained men, repre
senting the consumer, is apparent."
Here's where a lot of nickels and
dollars of Chicago folks has been
going. These are the amounts Chi
cago people paid into the cash boxes
of utility companies in 1913. Chi
cago Telephone Co. got $16,274,602;
the Commonwealth Edison Co. $16,
838,744, Peoples' Gas, Light & Coke
Co. $16,825,553, Chicago Elevated
Kailways $8,523,429, Chicago Sur
LEADS HER STATE IN WINNING
Mrs. Frank M. Roessing, president
of the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage
ass'n, who led the suffrage campaign
that recently won the suffrage
amendment irr the Pennsylvania legislature.
Seymour Stedman at Knights of
Pythias hall, 111th and Michigan, tonight.
John H. Hill at W. S. C. A., 2065
W. Harirson, and Austin Christian
church, Ohio and Pine, tonight.
Sen. Ham Lewis, Mrs. J. Downes,
Geo. Mulligan and Dan'l Cruice, at
27th Ward Women's Sweitzer club,
Irving Park hall, Irving Park blvd.
and Elston, tonight.
18th Ward Women's G. O. P. club
meets tonight at 2046 W. Madison.
1 Carl Murray to talk.
face Lines $31,771,20?