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SOME INSIDE INFORMATION ON
THE WAR ON PARMELEE
John C. Shaffer and Charlie Mc
Culloch are principal owners of the
Evening Post Shaffer is also pres
ident of the Frank Parmalee Trans
fer Co. McCulloch is the general
This, it is said, is the reason for
Mayor Thompson s activities against
the bus company. He says he will
try to force the transfer firm to cut
its rates and let other firms into the
railroad transfer business.
The mayor's attack comes just a
few months after the Post switched
from its place as the only Thompson
paper and joined hands with the rest
ofthe trust press to knock the ad
ministration most bitterly of all.
The change of face shown by the
Post is supposed to have resulted
from a quarrel between McCulloch
and Big Bill. Until the time of the
split Charlie was one of the mayor's
He was listed as a heavy contrib
utor to the Thompson campaign
fund and for a while after the elec
tion was seen often with the mayor.
Early this year rumors had it that
McCulloch and Big Bill had split
Lundin's system of handing out the
City Hall patronage was supposed to
have riled the lieutenant.
The pair parted. Soon after the
Post started knocking Thompson.
And as McCulloch is the real boss of
the Post, Shaffer having six other
papers on his hands, his split with
the mayor was blamed.
Is it to get even with the owners
of the Post and Parmelee line that
Big Bill has started a movement to
force the transfer firm to slice off
part of its charges?
The Parmelee company has abso
lute control of the railroad station
business to the exclusion of several
powerful taxi firms. Among these
are the Shaw, Yellow Cab, Atlas, Fay
and American companies.
All of these are trust paper adver
tisers and each of them has contrib
uted to the Tribune. The Parmelee
company has not
This, it is said, explains the way
the Tribune is seconding Thomp
son's war on the Parmelee company.
According to the mayor the trans
fer line controls railroad business,
charges rates about twice Yellow
Cab rates, hauls it loads in horse
drawn vehicles and eliminates com
petition by an agreement with the
The Tribune declared this morning
that passengers using Chicago as a
transfer point in a journey in which
they must travel from one station to
another are forced to buy Parmelee
tickets with the regular fare. The
charge is 50 cents. Many of the pas
sengers do not use these.
Thompson and the Tribune intend
to force the council into passing an
ordinance regulating the bus firm, it
FINAL DRAFT ON SUBMARINE
BELIEVED ABOUT READY
Washington, April 17. Pres. Wil
son was again at work today on
America's indictment of Germany.
Final draft of communication to Ber
lin on whole submarine question be
lieved about complete.
Berlin indicating strongly that Ger
many will go limit to avoid break
with U. S. It is known that im
portant cable messages have been
received from Ambassador Gerard
during last 24 hours, outlining feel
ing in Berlin on pending negotia
tions. There is, however, no ap
parent change in intentions of this
government to go ahead with its po
licy to bring to an immediate head
some physical action by Germany
proving beyond any question of doubt
her desire to keep faith and friendly
relations with U. S.
New York. Sammy Wandraff, 22
months, fell from four-story window
to cement sidewalk, 70 feet below,
and came up smiling. Physicians,
could not find a bruise on him.