company's plan to change the meth
of producing gas, provided the pub
lic was properly protected. The com
mittee has insisted that no such
change should be made unless a re
duction was made in the price at
least equal to the reduction in the
quality of gas furnished.
"The original proposal of the gas
company, extensively and expensive
ly advertised as a reduction, was in
.reality an increase of rates amount
ing to about $1,000,000 a year. The
committee should and would have
been called to account by the gas
consumers of Chicago if it had per
mitted this plan to be put in oper
ation. The committee has always in
sisted that the large number of con
sumers dependent upon open-flame
gas burners be protected under any
"The gas company has demanded
a rate of return sufficient to cover all
of its outstanding securities amount
ing to about $86,000,000. As the
city's estimate of the value of the
plant has been about $50,000,000 to
$55,000,000, it is clear that the city's
representatives are not disposed to
allow 6 per cent return on from $30,
000,000 to $35,000,000 of water.
"No other public utility in recent
years has made such impossible de
mands upon the municipality. To
start with, the gas company operates
under a perpetual franchise obtained
from the state legislature, not from
the council. It .pays no compensa
tion to the city (except for one of
its subsidiaries), while the other util
ities pay about $4,000,000 a year.
"It will not concede the right of
local regulation, as all other local
utilities in their franchises do, and
when its proposal of an annual in
crease of $1,000,000 is not allowed
the company objects to home rule
and threatens an appeal to the state.
"The company has further made
continual objection and obstruction
in the way of a speedy valuation of
their property and a legal settlement
of the points at issue.
"The committee and its experts
harve worked hard to reach some
agreement with the company which
would protect the public interest in
volved, but it will not surrender the
essential rights of the people of Chi
cago because of any threat, express
or implied, regarding an appeal to
the state utilities commission."
DELBRIDGE CASE 'NO LONGER A
MYSTERY SHE'S FOUND
Chicago's pet mystery, the "miss
ing" Marjorie Delbridge, is no longer
a mystery alid is no longer missing.
The girl was captured last night in
Detroit and is held safely in the De
troit Detention home until Qhicago
detectives can bring her back.
And the mystery of her disappear
ance is gone because from the story
the police have patched together
she seems to have been kidnaped by
some pretty bum kidnapers.
The Detroit police found her in the
home of Mrs. Enoch Taylor, 191 Gar
field av., Detroit They had been
told by Mrs. Taylor that the girl was
spirited over the line into Canada,,
where she was practically safe from
Use of a search warrant, however,
uncovered the girl hidden in an upper-story
room of the Taylor home.
Mrs. Taylor admitted she is a friend
of "Mammy" Camilla Jackson of
3226 Calumet av., with whom Mar
jorie lived until the juvenile court
stepped between the white girl and
her negro protector.
While policemen were on the way
to get Marjorie, Ass't State's Att'y
Rob't Hogan gave out his views on
"There are a number of parties
who will be prosecuted on a conspir
acy charge," he declared. "The fact
that we have the girl in custody does
not settle this case.
"I still believe that the abduction
of Marjorie from the home of Mrs.
Louis Brock was a carefully-framed
conspiracy. I think we have evidence
enough now to prove it." '
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