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ALD. MERRIAM CALLS BLUFF SPRUNG BY HEAD
OF ILL. TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH CO.
Pres. Hotchkiss of the Illinois Tele
phone & Telegrahp Co. had a big bluff
punctured before council gas-oil
committee yesterday. Hotchkiss
shook a stiff finger at Aid. Merriam's
face and said:
"You know, Aid. Merriam, that
you and any member of this commit
tee have been able to get any in
formation you -wanted from our com
pany at any time. The books were
open and available to you and it's no
use for you to tell this committee
"I know that former public service
commissioner, Montague Ferry, came
to this committee and said his men
were turned down repeatedly when
they went to your offices for im
portant information," said Merriam.
"The records of thiB committee will
show that it was so hard to get at
the books of your company that we
passed an order directing your com
pany to give Ferry and his aids what
they wanted. Your attorneys, Mr.
Bttelson and Mr. Scuyler, were asked
many questions about simple operat
ing matters of the company and they
declined to answer."
Kempster B. Miller, telephone en
gineer, will make a special report to
committee in September on the Au
tomatic phone system. Miller was
hired by the committee yesterday at
He is phone engineer for receiver
in Central Union Telephone Co. flght
against Bell monopoly. He was
recommended by Stephen Foster, the
committee's special counsel and at
torney for minority stockholders of
Central Union. Miller's fee is $5,000.
Chfcago Tunnel Co. will place that
amount in escrow. Council may de
termine who will pay Miller. May
decide it don't look good to have ex
pert opinion involving millions of dol
lars paid for by the tunnel company.
Benny Sunny sort of foozled yes
terday. He didn't build up much of a
case. He's president of the Chicago,
Wisconsin, Michigan and other phone
companies and the main guy for the
billion-dollar Bell monopoly In the
He fumbled his answers. Ralph M.
Shaw, lawyer for bondholders, would
jump in and try to help Sunny. Chair
man Sitts and Aid. Utapatel broke in
and spoiled Shaw's game of flrst-aid-to-the-embarrassed.
After Sunny admitted the $6,300,
000 sale price of Automatic system
will go onto the books and be added
to capital account if the sale is per
mitted, Walter Fisher, counsel for
Mayor Thompson, said:
"Would you then seek to take this
$6,300,000 of added capital into ac
count in making rates to the phone
"Yes," replied Sunny.
"How would you suggest that rate
making be controlled by the city?"
"I don't know, I can't say. I "
It was here Shaw tried to insert a
speech and rest the witness. Later,
when Shaw got the floor, he said a
Daily News editorial had suggested
the city be protected. With Bell com
pany officials a plan has been worked
out "by which the price vendor pay
vendee shall not be binding upon the
city in rate makingi"
The session was the largest at
tended of any so far. Aid. Kennedy,
Aid. McCormick and Aid. Ray, not
members of the committee, were on
the job listening. Tomaz Deuther,
sec'y Greater Chicago Federation;
Harriet Vittum, pres. Woman's City"
club; Morton L. Johnson, pres.
Penny Phone league, and many other
organizations that believe the city
has forfeiture rights were at the ses,
Policeman Daniel Hogan dove into
water at Blackhawk and rescued
Peter Wagner, 10,1626 Orchard, who
fell in while fishing.