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PROBE CAR- GOSfAD BILLS
IMPORTANT LETTER LOST
Somewhere between the office of
the secretary of the local transporta
tion committee of the city council
and the city "comptroller's office a
very important letter has disappear
ed. It is important to both the peo
ple of Chicago and to the street car
company. It has to do with a $60,
000 appropriation the traction com
pany is spending for advertising
space in Chicago newspapers. It is
the official request of the committee
to Comptroller Eugene Pike for in
formation regarding this.
A month ago the council passed an
order of Aid. Wallace asking the local
transportation committee to investi
gate this appropriation. The com
mittee, nearly two weeks later,
brought up the matter and decided
to ask the board of supervising en
gineers and the comptroller about it
Pike says he never received the letter.
The files of the secretary's office
show the letter was sent out on Dec.
1. Pike has asked that another let
ter be mailed him. This was done
Other newspapers are not mention
ing this investigation of the alleged
misuse of the city's money which the
aldermen claim is nothing more than
a lobby to influence them.
The city gets 55 per cent of the.
traction company's profits. Pike
says the city is paying 55 per cent of
the advertising fund.
I o o
ADMINISTRATION AND COUNCIL
CONTINUE IN MESS
Capt Coffin, head of the civil ser--vice
com'n, is holding down his job
while the mayor is investigating the
ctiarges of the city council that he
openly violated the civil service law.
Tie mayor, before leaving for Wash-.
ington, said he will consider the re
quest to remove Commissioners Cof
fin and Geary if the charges are true.
In the meantime Coffin returned
the council's compliment that he was
unfit for his job by calling certain.
I aldermen croolis and threatening to
give out names of men who asked
him for illegal favors.
"He'd better watch out or he'll give
out the names of the opposition," one
of the antis told a Day Book report
er. "It has come to a pretty state of
affairs when a mayor's appointee
calls us a bunch of crooks."
Before leaving the mayor said
aldermen were opposing him for po
litical and personal reasons.
"If they want to fourflush that's
their business," he said last night
"My appointees have been personal
in every respect I can safely call
attention to the work being done by
Supt of Streets Miller as an exam
ple." After neatly slamming the Repub
licans and calling attention -to the
breach in their ranks, Mayor Harri
son last night said he didn't want to
be butting into City Hall affairs and
that he was loath to be interviewed.
Nevertheless he was, and he said a
great many things. Calling the dif
ferences between the council and the
mayor senseless, he recommended
arbitration in a guarded room on a
bread and water diet until a settle
ment could be reached.
Today it developed that City Hall
forces are out to get Aid. Nance in
the sixth ward. The aldermen who
will be bitterly fought in the spring
elections are Rodriguez, Ray and Mc
"Hey, you!" said the man. in the
automobile to a farmer by the road--side.
"Is this the road to Patogue?"
"Yes," said the farmer. "That's
the road to Patogue, all right
And then, as the motorist threw
in the clutch and sped on his way
without pausing to thank his in
formant, the latter grinned and mut
tered to himself: "If he'd been a lit
tle more polite about it I might have
told him he'd get there quicker if
he turned his car around." N. Y.