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know positively whether the sale is
against anti-trust law.
"You're not making the trade, Mr.
Merriam," said Att'y Ralph M. Shaw
for the bondholders. "You're not
liable. If there's a crime in this, it
will be the parties to the sale who will
go to jail."
"The attorney general of the
United States would not approve this
sale I will gamble on that," was the
positive statement of Walter L. Fish
er at this point "It would be foolish
to put into this ordinance the condi
tion that the sale must have the ap
proval of the U. S. attorney general."
Then came Merriam's demand for
records showing all trades and deals
in bonds of the Chicago Utilities Co.
(owner of Automatic phone system)
since July 2, 1913, when sale ordi
nance was first introduced. His reso
lution asked "to obtain a full state
ment" and "to impoud the bonds of
said company, placing them in the
hands of the city treasurer pending
final council action."
Aid. Jimmy Rea, from a stockyards
ward, here jumped in to the defense
of the Armour crowd. He moved to
place on file. It was done.
Th,e phone grab will be discussed
tonight in Schley school, Qakley blvd.
and Patomac av., at campaign meet
ing of Aid. Rodriguez.
CANADIAN PARLIAMENT FIRE
KILLS SIX NO PLOT
Ottawa, Ont, Feb. 4. The $5,000,
000 Canadian parliament buildings
are in ruins and six persons are
known to be dead.
Fire which broke out last night in
the commons reading rooms swept
down corridors and leaped to the gal
leries and in space of three minutes
had filled whole wing with an Im
penetrable volume of smoke. It was
followed quickly by flames through
out the building.
Madame Bray, wife of Dr. Bray of
Quebec, and Madame Morin, wife of
Dr. Louis Morin of Quebec, are dead.
They were guests of Madame Sevig-
ny, wife of the speaker, and were cut
off in their apartments.
Madame Sevigny escaped by leap
ing into a fire net, while Hon. Martin
Burrell, minister of agriculture, was
severely burned about the face and
hands when escaping from his office,
which adjoins the commons reading
R. Fanning, Alph Desjardins, A.
Desjarins and a fourth man as yet
unidentified were buried when sec
tion of the eastern wall collapsed
This morning fire was under con
trol and firemen believe they will be
able to prevent it spreading to east
or west blocks.
The library will likely be saved,
but senate side o the building was
burning at an early hour.
The origin of the fire is a mystery.
There was suspicions last night of in
cendiaries, possibly a German agent,
but officials declare that, as police
men were on guard at both doors of
the room where the fire started and
others in the room itself, it would
have been difficult for any-one to de
liberately have set bombs or other
wise started the blaze without being
APPAM TO BE INTERNED
Newport News, Va., Feb. 4. Ger
man prize liner Appam prepared to
remain indefinite maritime guest of
United States. Formal internment
orders were expected from Washing
ton. Appam was made snug and fast
with anchors at bow and stern, as if
her captors planned a long stay.
Most of the 400 British passengers
and crew of the Appam and other
British ships sunk by the mysterious
German raider Moewe or Ponga had
left Hampton Roads.
Washington. Gen. Goethals, gov
ernor of canal zone, today asked ap
propriations of $19,300,000 for com
pleting Panama canal and $8,230,000
for further fortifications before house
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