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WAKEFORD CITIZENS RAISE A
HOWL OVER PAVING
The last round of a finish fight will
take place in Acting County Judge
Williams' courtroom this afternoon
when attorney for the board of local
improvements will argue that the
John McGarry Paving Co. paved the
streets of the town of Wakeford ac
cording to the specifications of their
On one side are the citizens pro
testing against the order of the board
approving the work. On the other
side is Att'y George Foster represent
ing the board and defending the
work of the contractor.
The contract was awarded to the
McGarry company last July. It called
for the paving of three miles of
streets bounded by 75th and 79th and
Cottage Grove and St Lawrence avs.
for $99,500. The work was finished
late in November. On last Jan. 29,
when snow covered the ground, the
board of local improvements ap
proved the job.
Wakeford citizens held indignation
meetings. With the assistance of
their aldermen, Hiram Vanderbilt and
Eugene Block, they organized the
Wakeford Improvement ass'n. They
went into court and on March 8
Judge Smiley set aside the order of
Now the board has again taken the
matter into courts.
Yesterday McGarry testified that
the work was the best his company
had ever done. The citizens snick
ered, for this statement was made
after he had testified that asphaltum
should never be poured when the
temperature was lower than 40 de
grees and that he had instructed his
men to use the asphaltum one time
while it was raining. He contended
that he had a right to do this because
it was at his own risk.
Yesterday citizens testified that not
one foot of the three miles of street
was .paved according to specifications
and that the paving company violated
its contract with the city in doing the
work. Also that city paving inspec
tors approved the work, knowing that
the contract was being violated.
They threaten to prefer charges
against those men under civil service
after the trial.
"It is a very strange case with a
very strange lineup," said Judge Wil
liam's yesterday. "I have only heard
of one similar case since I have been
on the bench."
AUTO PHONE DEAL IS BEING
Reconsideration of the Automatic
phone forfeiture started today before
the committee on gas, oil and elec
tric light. The phone ordinance, ve
toed by Mayor Thompson because, as
he claimed, financial interests had
said it would hurt the credit of the
city, will be discussed by the body.
The antagonistic forces want to
stall the proposition along until next
all, when the attitude of the council
may be changed on the forfeiture.
Aid. Merriam, however, by a threat
to bring a minority report before the
council, gained the promise of action
before the council adjourns for sum
mer. As a result, starting next Thursday,
the committee will meet every day.
Att'y Stephen Foster for the commit
tee and Walter Fisher for the mayor
will advise the board as to the legality
of the forfeiture.
The phone interests will present
their claim that the credit of the city
will be affected if the automatic com
pany is forced to live up to its con
tract Then the committee will report
the matter to the council for another
SALARY BOOST FOR JUDGES
Springfield, III., June 25. Gov.
Dunne today signed the bill increas
ing the salaries of superior and cir
cuit judges of Cook county to $12,000