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FERRY SHOWS HOW CITY GAVE
UP OVER $90,000,000.
Public service corporations in Chi
cago squeezed $90,333,529 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
cagb people paid into the cash boxes
of utility companies in 1913. Chi
cago lelephone Co. got $16,274,602;
the Commonwealth Edison Co. $16,
838,744, Peoples' Gas, Light & Coke
Co. $16,825,553, Chicago Elevated
Railways $8,523,429, Chicago Sur
face Lines $31,771,201.
CLAIM PASSENGER OF LINEF
HAD GASOLINE SAMPLES
New York, April 1. Statements!
made by employes of French Steanra
ship Line that Raymond Rolfe Swo
boda, American, had small samples of
gasoline and other oils in his bagf
gage on the steamer LaTouraina
when he sailed from here for Franc
last March are the cause
the American being held jn Pa
charged with attempting to set firi
to the vessel while enronte. SwoS
boda's friends denied that he carried
such articles. R. K. Mac Lea, former!
textile expert for the federal
board and associate of Swoboda, ap-jj
pealed to the state dep't to have Swo-i
boda freed. M
Paris. Further police investiga
tion of the charge that Raymond-
Swoboda, an American broker, set
fire to the French liner La Touraine
while she was in mid-ocean, has re
suited in amazing disclosures, accord
ing to a statement given out here to
In search of a villa, said to have
been occupied by Swoboda before the!
war, the police announced they found
a photograph of three German ofj
ficers in uniform, with Swoboda
the center of the group. Sever
compromising documents and mat
the exact nature oi which nave nc
been revealed, were taken in the rated
on the villa, the police asserted.
.The investigation today turned on
tne tneory mat Mme. rreiscnieo,, .
beautiful actress, may have led the
American to become a German, spj
Swoboda, the police have been told!
became infatuated with the woman
and occupied a villa in the neighbor
hood of Pans with her.
m IY1ANUO WAOtL ULU&tU $.V
wasnmgion, Apm i. aec .Brya
announced that case of John B. Mc-
Mahon, murdered by Zapatistas 'whens
thev took Mexico Citv. has been sotCe
I tied by payment to Mrs. McManus-of
160,000 pesos or $20,000. '