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RAILROAD HEADS CALLED TO
EXPLAIN COAL SHORTAGE
Presidents of a number of rail
roads were called before the public
utilities commission in the Insurance
Exchange bldg. today to explain why
coal is not getting to Chicago.
Mayor Thompson yesterday asked
all railroads to place an embargo on
all incoming freight except coal, oil
and perishable goods for seven days.
He says this will break the shortage.
Federal trade commission sent
sleuths here for an independent in
vestigation. U.-S. att'y's office continued to col
lect data. (
Burlington road announced it was
carrying 20 per cent more coal to
city than last year.
Other roads blamed switching
roads for trouble. Said they were
holding cars on outskirts of- city be
cause skitcbing facilities are lacking.
. Thousands of factories began
using soft coal.
WHAT'S CHILDS UP TO?
What's "Bob" Childs doing? He's
been appointed special U. S. assis
tant U. S. district attorney. His or
ders are to bust in somewhere and
find out who the people are cleaning
up profits out of foodstuff control.
Childs is the man who went through
to a finish in the butterine cases, that
ended in convicti6n of John P. Jelke
and others. His fierce work in those
cases' is causing talk and guesses on
what he will show up with when it
comes time for grand jury evidence.
A secret investigation is being car
riedion by the federal trade commis
sion. What they may uncover is an
other source of guesses. A staff of
census bureau experts is on the job,
As Doc Munyon used to say in his
, ads, "There is hope." That is, some
real pointers on bow foodstuff prices
are juggled npy be flashed to the
m nation from Chicago ere long and
J. BULL LEAVES LOOPHOLE
FOR PEACE IN VOTE
Washington, Jan. 18. England
has pointed way for Pres. Wilson for
continuing his work toward a last
ing peace, according to official belief
In supplementary communication
forwarded to ths government from
Lord Balfour, officials have drawn
The entente powers are fighting to
prevent future aggression. They
feel Pres, Wilson can do much to
ward evolving some plan for an in
ternational preventive force to limit
future wars and by intimation has
conveyed the suggestion that he
pursue this course.
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RAILROADS MAY LOSE THEIR
Unless railroads co-operafe with
city on a general electrification plan
they will not be permitted terminal
privileges, if resolution of Aid. U. S.
-Schwartz passes terminals commit
tee and council. Engineer John P.
Wallace presented committee with
resolution yesterday, ordering com
plete electrification of Illinois Cen
tral in ten years. Charlie Markham,
president I. C, said the committee
"places too high a value on privileges
granted the I. C."
ARGUE OVER MACCORMAC
How to take care of Morton Mac
Cormac, representative of Mayor
Thompson in school board offices,
was an issue again in the school
board meeting yesterday.
Trustee Collins asked passage of a
rule to have MacCormac report to
the board instead of the board's sec
retary, Lewis E. Larsen. Trustee
Peterson opposed this. Action was
Joe Holpuch was appointed by
Pres. Loeb to be chairman of a com
mittee to report on probable cost of
aa educational survey,