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PHONE MERGER ORDINANCE IS
BEFORE COUNCIL TODAY
The next two weeks in Chicago
brings a showdown on how many al
dermen can be lined up for a grab
ordinance that will take millions of
dollars away from the people of Chi
cago and put those millions of dol
lars into the pockets of business men,
politicians and lawyers.
City council this afternoon got the
gas-oil committee report on the Au
tomatic phone ordinance. A major
ity of committee recommend passage
of the ordinance.
Just before council meeting Aid.
Charles E. Merriam gave notice he
would file a report of the minority,
showing the ins and outs of the
whole deal since it came to city coun
cil three years ago. Aid. Robert M.
Buck and James A. Kearns sign the
report with Merriam.
A cool $4,000,000 and over is stolen
from the people of Chicago, if the
ordinance goes through.according to
Merriam's figures. The 7th ward al
derman does not use the word'
"steal" or "stolen," say those who
have seen the report. But it is un
derstood the language of the report
states as specifically as language can
that there is $4,000,000 proposed to
be taken away from the people of
Chicago through this ordinance,
which $4,000,000 clearly and right
fully belongs to the people.
"That Walter L. Fisher stands
sponsor for this deal does not white
wash it go far as I am concerned,"
said Aid. John C. Kennedy. "I have
told audiences in my ward lately that
Walter L. Fisher is a mask for grey
"The aldermen who votes for this
votes to shoulder a mortgage of at
least $4,000,000 onto the people of
Chicago," said Aid. John Kimball.
"There ought to be a cash payment
of that amount to the city."
"I am for a referendum on this,"
said Aid. Kjellander. "It's too im
portant for tie council to decide."
MEET, MARRY, PART, IN EIGHT
DAYS LAND IN COURT
Courted, married and separated in
eight days and in the domestic rela
tions court within six weeks, Edward
West faced his young bride Clara to
day on a charge of non-support.
"I was working in the Fair depart
ment store," said Clara, explaining
the whirlwind romance. "They laid
me off the day before Christmas and
the Monday night after I met Ed
ward. We got married on Wednes
day and went to live in my room. I
found at the end of the week that he
wouldn't make a home for me, so I
went to my mother."
"She knew at the time I only made
a very little salary, not enough to
keep her except in a furnished
room," said Edward. "I work in a
restaurant and get my meals there
and that is what she wanted to do
not have to do any work and eat in
a restaurant, and I am not able to
f"lt took you eight days to court,
marry and separate,", said Judge
Hopkins. "I am going to give you
the same amount of time to see if
you cannot return and live together.
If the best your husband can do is to
keep you in a furnished room yoU
better take bis offer. It is a better
arrangement than you are trying to
The bride and groom left the court
room promising, but it didn't look
promising after they got out in the
corridor, for Clara kept as far away
from Edward as she could.
Jos. Davidson, whose wife divorced
him two years ago and brought him
in the court of domestic relations for
failure to support his children by
keeping up the alimony payments,
had just one request to make as he
was ordered to pay $6.50 a week and
get a surety bond.
"I want you to order that she stop
writing me letters beginning 'Dear
Joe.' " he told Judge Hopkins. "Id