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tion lines in the city at a capitaliza
tion of $500,000,000.
The People's Gas Co. is now nego
tiating for a new franchise and its
board chairman, Sam Insull, has
placed over $50,000 in cash for ad
vertising in newspepers the past year
as to what aldermen sBould grant to
the gas company.
Commonwealth Edison Co. must
come next year before the aldermen
and agree on a new schedule of rates
for electric light and power users.
Sam Insull, board chairman of this
company, too, has spread a large out
lay of cash among the newspapers,
telling things everybody already
knows along with things nobody be
lieves. Insull, of course, Js directly inter
ested in the traction because he is
board chairman of the Elevated
Roads Collateral Trust and his elec
tric power corporation, the Common
wealth Edison Co., sells surface and
elevated lines all their current. The
surface lines have spent easily over
$500,000 for advertising in daily
newspapers the past four years under
their new "publicity policy for the
creation of good will."
The total amount of cash paid for
newspaper advertising by Chicago
puoiic service uurpurauuiis since me
publicity and good-will methods were
inaugurated is estimated by alder
men to be close to over $2,000,000.
The Marshall Field estate- is a
heavy holder of stock in the Chicago
Railways Co., whose president Henry
Blair was a personal friend of Mar
shall Field I. Also the Field estate
PAYROLL ROBBERY NETS $3,500
The Saturday payroll robbery
came off on schedule today. Shortly
after noon three armed men in an
auto held up Philip J. Rack, an agent
of the Best Brewery Co., at Waban
sia and Kildare avs. They got $3,500.
Rack was on his way to cash the pay
checks of employes of the American
Drop Forge Co. and the Schrimm Bi
cycle Mfg. Co.
is in the Commonwealth Edison Co.
Most of the financial "reorganiza
tion" work on the elevated roads and
the Commonwealth Edison the past
two years was done by the Illinois
Trust & Savings bank, of which John
G. Shedd, president of Marshall Field
'& Co., is a director.
Marshall Field & Co. alone pay
more than $300,000 a year to the
newspapers for advertising. And it
is pointed out by aldermanic candl-.
dates who have seen utilities money
at work in their wards that if any
one connected with the Marshall
Field estate or the Field store should
ask the newspapers for "courtesies"
for candidates, the newspapers would
at least listen.
Take the Tribune, for instance. Its
editorials are sneering at "Our Futile
City Council" and snickering at "Aid.
Bobbie Buck" and are being reprint
ed and circulated over the 33d ward
by Aid. Michaelson, council floor
leader for Mayor Thompson, in the
attempt to elect Irwin R. Hazen and
Very direct connections of the
Tribune with the gas-traction-Com-monwealth
Edison-Insull utilities are
shown in the fact that William G.
Beale, trustee of the Tribune estate,
is chief counsel for the Common
wealth Edison Co. and the elevated
roads, so that when Beale appeared
before aldermanic committees it
amounted to "saying: "Give me what
I want or you lose the Tribune's sup
port." It is this tissue of curious but un
disputed facts that gives rise to the
question: What are the utilities
doing in this aldermanic campaign?
Why has the Michaelson-Hazen or
ganization of the 33d ward been able
to rent every moving picture theater
in the ward and show slides every
day boosting Hazen and knocking
The Chicago Telephone Co. Is an
other utility active in this campaign.
Its franchise runs out in 1919 and the
ordinance lavs that the city council