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not approve of a plan aimed merely
to fill the coffers of the movie mag
nates." Aid. Kennedy said to start a cus
tom of making special weeks was
So they placed the ordinance on
file by a viva voce vote in which it
seemed as though nobody but Mi
chaelson was for it. And over in the
chop suey skyscraper of the1 Hearst
papers the make-up men tore down
big front page stories proclaiming
how the city council had yielded to
the wisdom of the Hearst newspa
pers and set aside next week as "Go
to Movie Week."
COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE
TO SEIZE AUTOMATIC PHONE
Morton L. Johnson, president of
the Penny Phone league, sat in Ihe
gallery of the city council yesterday
and watched an ordinance pass.
Three and a half years Johnson and
his organization have fought for the
passage of the ordinance. It went
through the .council yesterday with
58 votes for and 2 against it. It or
dered forfeiture of the Automatic
telephone system. If the city wins
suits to start on soon, the city will
become the owner of the Automatic
system, plant, wires, poles, stations.
Johnson and his co-workers claim
that if the city would take hold and
push through, it would be possible to
have penny phone service in Chicago.
They hate a mass of data approved
by telephone engineers of high stand
ing, all going to show that with a
city-wide service and 350,000 sub
scribers -a penny phone service, is
practical. Nearly every large city in
Europe' has junked the manual sys-
tern and is using the automatic, ac
cording to Johnson, who says noth
ing but the frenzied .nance of the
Chicago Telephone Co. and the
American Telephone & Telegraph
po. is responsible for nickeWnstead
of penny phone service.
Aid. Utpatel and Geiger were the
only ones who voted against for
feiture. Utpatel - said the kind of
confiscation proposed by the ordi
nance would be a black eye to Chi
cago public utility securities.
Walter Fisher, special counsel
for Mayor Thompson advised against
forfeiture in gas-oil committee. The
vote of 58-2 yesterday takes a course
Fisher has tried to block.
Sam Ettelson, corporation counsel,
sat alongside-the mayor and watched
the almost unanimous vote for seiz
ure of the property of a former client.
At the time he was named for -his
present job, Ettelson was lawyer for
the Automatic Phone Co.
"The Public Ownership league and
the Penny Phone league will keep on
fighting to get possession of the Au
tomatic phone system for the people
of Chicago," said Morton L. Johnson.
"I make no predictions as to when
we will get hold of it and run a
penny phone service. I do assert po
sitively, however, that if the news
papers and the Association oi Com
merce andjthe banks of Chicago all"
united to give a publicly owned auto
matic system a fair chance, there
would be a city-wide system and peo
ple would drop a penny inthe slot in
stead of a nickel when they phoned."
Woman's City club, Chicago Wom
an's club, Teachers' Federation, Chi
cago Federation of Labor, Political (
Equality league and other organiza
tions who favored forfeiture of the'
Automatic phone franchise during a
three years' fight regard yesterday's
forfeiture action as good city busi
ness. "The Automatic company violated
its franchise pledges and our for
feiture action means the franchise
pledges of the city of Chicago have a ;
better standing now," was a state
ment of Aid. McCormick.
BRING DOWN FOUR FLYERS
Paris, Dec. 2f. Four German ,
aeroplanes brought down on Somme
front, today's official statement as
serted. Otherwise there was a lull ,