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WHAT DOES SAMUEL INSULL
PAY FOR COAL?
See Chicago by night Everywhere
electric signs reading: "Use Edison
service." Electric pictures of women
washing, ironing and cooking by
. And always that name "Edison"
the magic name of one man in Amer
ica everybody knows is not a crook,
but an honest man.
Now comes J. B. Hogarth, a citizen
of Chicago, with a petition today to
state utilities commission. And Ho
The Commonwealth Edison Co.
pays too much forco&L Its annual
report shows that io be a fact Let's
make 'em tell where they buy coal
and what-Rrices they pay for differ
entkinds of coal at differenttimes
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 $2,570,583.2 was paid for
coal. Based on a total electrical cur
rent generated of 1,043,000,000 kilo
watt hours for the year, about 1,408,
050 tons'of coal were needed at $1.83
a ton per ton of 2,0,00 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
for electrical energy sold, to consumers.
"At certain periods of the yeaamal
fer a power plant proper is a
the Chicago market and can be pur
chased at prices much below afore
said average priceof $1.83 a ton,
o "Rates for current sold to con
sumers in residences and apartments
are unjust and unreasonable and are
prohibited and unlawful by terms of I
the public utility act,"
From Insull and aids Is demanded
"a detailed statement of coal pur
chased by months, showing lump,
mine run nut, 2-in. slack screen
ings, etc., separately giving tonnage
prices and total value; also tons on
hand and value at close of year."
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