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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 03, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 11

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has arisen which I feel obligated to
present frankly to this committee.
"The statement has been made
frequently by Mr. Samuel Insull,
chairman of the board of directors of
the gas company, that he desired
through the present negotiations to
establish friendly relations with the
city and with the gas company and
to take the gas company out of pol
itics. Mr. Woolfolk, designated by
Mr. Insull to represent the company,
has stated repeatedly that he sought
an agreement which could be sup
ported on its merits by any alderman
seeking to render public service in
a word, an honest bargain which the
city council migh tapprpve solely
upon consideration of public inter
est without political or other pres
sure such as has. so often accom
panied and disgraced public-utility
legislation.
"In this spirit negotiations have
been carried on despite some cynical
sneers, and your representatives
have proceeded upon the theory that
a regenerated gas company was try
ing earnestl yto live down its shame
ful past and that its professed con
version to public morality might be
sincere.
"Yesterday a statement was made
public, purporting to come from Mr.
E. G. Cowdrey, president of the gas
' , company, giving the impression that
the gas company has actively in
terested itself in the election of alder
men; that it has a political hostility
to aldermen who oppose its wishes;
that the company seeks agreement
through threats of disfavor and
promises of favor. This attitude Is
wholly at variance with any attitude
which the company has exhibited
during the present negotiations. But
1 am unable to overlook the fact that
two members of this committee,
who have been notably aggressive in
protection of public interests, have
been defeated and a third has nar
rowly escaped defeat, and that the
president of the gas company has
been reported as announcing this re
sult to be favorable to the company.
"In the present situation I should
hesitate to present this committee
with any agreement upon terms for a
permissive ordinance, because, not
only should I expect to have my con
duct viewed with suspicion, but I
should be suspicious myself that I
had been deceived into sacrificing the
public interests that I have been em
ployed to protect At present it ap
years that either the gas company
has been misrepresented, or it speaks
with two voices, or that it has a right
hand which very carefully neglects
to know what the left hand is doing.
"I respectfully suggest to the com
mittee that your representatives
should be permitted to defer further
report until it can be determined
whether or not the gas company is
keeping faith with the representa
tions upon which these negotiations
were begun."
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