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Co. He, works for Isham, Lincoln &
Beale, the Commonwealth. Edison
Merriam pointed to the People's
Gas Co., which has its meter system
regulated by the city inthe same
way as now proposed for the Com
monwealth Edison Co. He said both
gas and electric companies are own
ed by the same interests.
Att'y Arthur said: "I have heard
you make the statement here and at
Springfield that the ownership of the
gas and electric companies is iden
tical. What is your basis for that
Merriam: Is it not true that Mr.
Samuel Insull is chairman of the
board of directors of both the Peo
ple's Gas Co. and the Commonwealth
Arthur: That is true. But out
side of that I would like to know what
proof there is that the Edison Co.
owns the gas company.
Merriam: There is such a general
interlocking of gas and electric inter
ests in this city that in financial cir
cles it is an accepted fact -that the
two companies are not competing in
any real sense at all
Aid. Wallace of the 23d ward said
he knows "a specific instance in
which the Commonwealth Edison Co.
put a small manufacturer out of busi
ness because he kicked against me
tering and high charges.
"They cut the wires outside his
plant to shut off his current," said the
alderman. "The meter went wrong
and his bills were outrageously in
creased though he was not using any
more current than formerly."
Wallace told a Day Book reporter
there are business reasons why he
can not give the name of the manu
facturer. o o
N. Y. MAY GET BIG LUMP
New York. New York state will
be richer by a $2,000,000 tax on Al
fred G. Vanderbflt's $60,000,000 for
tune, if it is determined that he was
a resident of this state.
Y. V. C. A. OFFICIALS KICK ON
DORMITORY LIFE STORY
Protests of the lieads of the Y. W.
C. A. did not prevent the second in
stallment of a story of life in one of
its dormitories which is now running
in the Century magazine.
The woman author claims to write
from experience and she tells of the
young ladies who lived in the "pious
prison" who smoked cigarets and
used abundant swear words in their
The story is entitled "A Book of
Remembrance" and the plot not only
"exposes" conditions in the Y. W. C.
A., but also in the stockyards, where
many of the girls worked.
Dean Sara-D. Jenkins and Mrs. T:
J. Dee, pres. of the ass'n, declare the
writer's facts to be disgusting and
"It is an uncalled for and unjust
attack," said Mrs. Dee.
BITS OF NEWS
Women of U. of C settlement ask
aid of drainage board trustees to do
away with Bubbly creek, South Side
open sewer. ' v
John Sondberg, engineer, scalded
in wreck of freight train of ChL &
W. Ind. R. R. at 98th st
Burglar discovered in home of Her
bert Allison, 3936 Pine Grove av., es
caped by jump from 2d-story window.
James Ennis, auto salesman, seri
ously hurt when auto turned turtle
mile east of Downer's Grove.
Four men and two women injured
when auto of Alfred Lahmes, 3000
Michigan av., turned over at 79th and
James Deavill, who left "wife and
children in E. Liverpool," O., arrested
Edward Rochlich, 908 S. Wabash
av., found dead in bed. Gas. Reason
Vincent Falsulo, 910 Cambridge
av., shot by "blacKhanders" near his
home., May die.
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