LIGHT AMD POWER TRUST DEAF
TO ALDERMAN'S REQUEST
(Before reading this story say
"Sh sh sh" three times just like
this: "Sh sh sh.")
Commonwealth Edison Co. spends
thousands of dollars month to tell
women of Chicago to use electric
Commonwealth Edison won't spend
a two-cent stamp to tell an alderman
elected by the people of Chicago a
few simple facts politely asked for as
information that ought to be made
Aid. Wm. E. Rodriguez, member
council public ownership committee,
has written four letters since "July 19
to the electric light and power trust,
which operates under franchise from
counciL Not only do Sam Insull and
his office refuse to send along the In
formation. They won't even answer
On July 19, 21 and 23 Aid. Rodri
guez wrote asking for a copy of the
annual report of the company, as
submitted to the state public utilities
commission, figures on total of kilo
watt hours sold surface and elevated
lines and the item of fuel for steam.
Nothing doing. The silent treat
ment. Stygian darkness. Again and
again the password is "Hush."
So on Aug. 2 Rodriguez wrote 'em
that three letters got no answer. Said
lie would appreciate "at least an
acknowledgement of the letters" if
the company didn't want to furnish
the information. And again sitence.
"If Sam Insull, the Edison head,
thinks he can maintain a policy of
secrecy with the council public own
ership committee he is welcome to a
trial of strength along this line.
"As an alderman I shall tell the
people of my ward and I shall tell
council members from the floor what
I think of a public service corpora
tion, enfranchised by the city, slam
ming the door in the face of public
officials who property and decently
ask for information.
"I am told the coal bill of Mr. In
sull's monopoly for one year is $2,
573,583.12. The item is designated
'fuel for steam.' Nobody except Mr.
Insull and men close to him know
what it means. It may be proper. Wo
"If there Is collusion and graft of
any sort In the coal buying of Mr. In
sull it is perfectly protected by his
policy of secrecy. I don't say I have
seen any evidence of collusion and
graft But from my viewpoint se
crecy in a case of this kind is just as
vicious as collusion and graft We
have a right to know how and whera
Mr. Insull buys coaL"
CORONER WILL INVESTIGATE
Indictments may result if the cor
oner's inquest over the body of Mrs.
Stella Samis of 6316 Dorchester av.,
shows who is guilty of performing a
criminal operation on her. Her death,
according to the coroner's physician
resulted from an abortion.
Dr Thomas Balhatchett, 6303 Ken
wood av., and Dr. C. W. Clark, 301 E.
61st st, who treated Mrs. Samis will
be called at the inquest to tell what
they know about her illness.
Another abortion case resulted in
the arrest of Mrs. Mary Dausch, 1321
Wells st. She is accused by Charles
Oliver of 5852 Normal blvd., of caus
ing the illness of his wife, who may
not recover. Mrs. Oliver backs his
THREE CHILDREN DIE IN SUM
MER COTTAGE FIRE
Trapped In a room on the second
floor, Helen Bryant, 6, and her sis
ters Lucy, 7, and Mary, 9, were burn
ed to death in the Bryant cottage at
Delevan Lake, near Janesville, Wis.,
HundredB of Chlcagoans, summer
ing at the resort, were forced to stand
by and see the children perish one by
one because they were too frightened
to jump, from a window.
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