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report shows that to be a fact Let's
make 'em tell where they buy coal
and what prices they pay for differ
ent kinds of coal at different times
of the year. And then, if the Edison
Co. is forced to buy-in.the open mar
ket at the lowest bids, prices for elec
tric current can be cut down for
every user in Chicago.
Hogarth asks that Sam Insull, head
of the Commonwealth Edison, and
his aids, E. J. Doyle and H. E. Adden
brooke, be subpoenaed to tell details
back of their coal buying. Annual re
port for year ending June 30, 1914,
shows $2,570,583.12 was paid for
coal. Based on a total electrical cur
rent generated of 1,043,000,000 kilo
watt hours lor the year, about 1,408,
050 tons of coal were needed at $1.83
a ton per ton of 2,000 pounds.
The petition says "such price for
coal is excessive and unreasonable,
and is one of the factors enabling the
, defendant to maintain its high charge
Jfor electrical energy sold to consum
ers. "At certain periods of the year coal
for a power plant proper is a drug on
thp Chicago market and can be pur
chased at prices much below afore
said average price of $1.83 a ton.
"Rates for current sold to con
sumers in residences and apartments
are unjust and unreasonable and are
prohibited and unlawful by terms of
the public utility act."
i From Insull and aids is demanded
'"a detailed statement of coal pur
Lchased by months, showing lump,
nine run nut, 2-in. slack screen
lings, etc., separately giving tonnage
tprices and total value; also tons on
hand and value at close of year."
!about THOSE LITTLE THINGS
1 Hammond, Ind. Draw around,
Linen, here's another Ford story. Mrs.
H. R. Mitchell today sued for divorce,
naming her husband's Ford. She said
Jevery time she saved $10 for a new
dress he took it and spent it on the
iFord. She says he spent more on the
machine than on her.
PUBLIC OWNERSHIP BODY OF
COUNCIL GOING TO WORK
City council committee on public
ownership was named by Mayor
Thompson last night. It will have
for its members the nine aldermen,
who signed the resolution asking that
such a committee be appointed. They
Kerner. Merriam. Buck. McCor-
mick, Pretzel, Littler, Kennedy, Rod
riguez and Doyle.
A meeting of the committee will
be held this week and plans laid for
shaping up a report that will go
straight to the insides of the public
ownership situation in Chicago. The
report will be finished by Jan. 1.
By a vote of 49 to 19 council passed
a resolution telling a sub-committee
on schools to mandamus the
school board to force it to show its
records. A resolution exactly like
this was passed last month and ve
toed by Mayor Thompson. As the
vote last night is large enough to
override another mayoral veto it is
making live political gossip on wheth
er council is slipping away from the
Wm. J. Keith, 3755 North av., ap
pointed by- mayor as comissioner of
gas and electricity to take Ray Palm
er's job. Keith has been in charge
of West Park system electrical plant .
Aid. Buck tried to change rules.
When mayor makes an appointment
now it is voted on by the council the
night the mayor names an appointee.
Buck wants the mayor to name his
appointee and then council not vote
until one week has passed. He said:
"The mayor has power to veto or
dinances passed by the council He A
can take his time. He doesn't have
to sign or veto in five minutes after
council action. WeH, the council
wants the same power over the may
or's appointments that the mayor has
over council action. We can't vote
and know what we're doing if we
have say yes or no to an appointment
by the mayor -within five minutes
after it is read to the counciL"