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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 09, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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GAS COMPANY BLAMES ITS
TROUBLES ON COUNCIL
Sam Insull and E. G. Cowdrey,
heads of People's Gas Co., in annual
report to shareholders say earnings
for 1916 were $2,077,258. With
much financial jargon and in many
stock phrases of the corporation pro
moters throwing scares into share
holders, Insull and Cowdrey say in
substance:
"Our decreqse in earnings is
caused by higher production costs
and by failure of city council to grant
as the kind of a gas standard ordi
nance we want."
Council gas-oil committee yester
day voted for the 565 B. T. U. and
nine-candle power standard and di
rected E. W. Bemis, consulting en
gineer, to take up gas rate matter
with gas company.
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LIFER ESCAPES, LOSES MONEY
AND IS ARRESTED
How would you feel if you were
'sent to Joliet penitentiary for life and
after you served 25 years of your
term and got a soft job as a trusty
you had a chance to flee the prison
wall and you did, but had your pock
et picked of $100, the last cent you
owned, the first day you were out,
and when you made a kick to a po
liceman he pinched you as an es
caped convict and you were sent
back to face hard labor and abuse?
That's what happened to George
Hears yesterday.
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SWITCHMEN WIN DANGER OF
STRIKE AVERTED
An eight-hour day with time and
a half for overtime were the victo
ries won by the railroad switchmen
who threatened to strike against 18
roads about Chicago.
After a long verbal duel with the
railroad managers' association, offi
cials of the Brotherhood of Railroad
Trainmen announced the result last
night
The government warned the man
agers that their roads might be tak
en under federal control if the strike
tied them up.
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ALLEGED SECRET SERVICE MAN
LANDS IN CELL
William Reikow, 35, 1831 Park av.,
who said he is a secret sen-ice man
and also an employe of the German
consulate, caused the arrest of bim-
self and Mayme Hansen, 2507 Har
rison, and Edw. Stauper, 22, 2509
Harrison, at Division and Halsted
sts. early this morning after they had
staged a street argument. Police
man Chris Brown stopped the argu
ment and was about to l&t them go
free when Reikow challenged his
right to arrest him. Disorderly con
duct charged.
JUDGE KERSTEN HAS RUN-IN
WITH AUSTRIAN COUSUL
When Count Hugo Silvestri, Aus-tro-Hungarian
consul general, ap
peared in Judge Kersten's court to
ask commutation of the sentence of
Andrew Pepper, to hang Feb. 23 for
mur.der, he started something.
There was a little argument be
tween the count and the judge. Ker
sten had the last words, which were
something like this:
"You're a contemptible cur. I'll
send you to jail if you say another
word. Get out of my courtroom.
Bailiff, put him out!"
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HALPIN, FORMER DETECTIVE,
GOES TO JOLIET
It's no longer Chief of Detectives
Halpin. It's "prisoner No. 5231
Joliet."
The long slide that brought Halpin
from his mahogany desk as chief of
detectives of the second city in the
United States to the garb of a prison
convict ended yesterday.
State's Att'y Hoyne greased the
skids which were built with the aid
of Barney Bertsche on the story of a
$20,000 con game swindle. Halpin
is in for from one to five years. His
friends say he will serve the mini
mum. -
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