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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 07, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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Aid. Btick suggested that perhaps
the ticker service report quoting
Pres. Corwdery of the gas company
as saying the election was favorable,
and would be more so if Merriam
were eliminated, was not for home
consumption, but was intended for
the New York bankers. It was this
report, quoted in The Day Book,
which tied up negotiations between
the city and the gas company until
a general denial was received from
gas company officials that they figur
ed in the primary fight.
The connections of our corpora
tion counsel, Sam Ettleson, with the
firm of Schuyler & Weinfeld, former
ly Schuyler, Ettleson & Weinfeld,
and the firm's connections with the
gas company were traced carefully
at yesterday's meeting of the gas
committee.
Another letter from insull, in re
sponse to a request of the commit
tee, gave a list of the attorneys for
the gas firm. This was to determine
the part played" by the firm of which
Ettleson was formerly a partner. In
sull said that Meagher, Whitney,
Ricks & Sullivan did most of the gas
company's law work and that Col.
Milton J. Foreman, head of the First
cavalry, was also retained.
But the committee was startled
when Insull admitted that the firm
Schuyler & Weinfeld was among the
gas attorneys. Just what services it
performed, he did not state.
Other lawyers for the gas com-
PREDICT SETTLEMENT OF NEW
DEPOT SCRAP
Settlement of the scrap between
the Building Trades Council and the
Union Station Co., which has held up
work on the new $50,000,000 depot
since last July, was predicted today
as a result of the conference called
for 2:30 this afternoon between
union officials and railroad heads.
Trouble started in July because the
union heads claimed that union labor
was not employed exclusively as
ed.
pany which "seems to need a lot of
legal work," as Aid. Block said yes
terday after the letter was read, are
the firm Isham, Lincoln & Beale.
Beale is also counsel for the Com
monwealth Edison Co., the elevated
roads and is a trustee of the Trib
une estate with power to direct the
policy of the newspaper.
Edward Bemis, engineer for the
gas committee, who had togo to
court to get access to the books of
the gas company, reported to the
committee that the firm Schuyler &
Weinfeld had received monthly pay
ment of $1,166.66 almost every
month since June, 1915, making a
total of $24,999.86 since that date.
Part of this money was paid while
Sam Ettelson, now corporation coun
sel and Thompson clan political ad
visor, was still a member of the firm
which he left to be put in the City
Hall job as lawyer for the city.
"Why .does the gas company need
so, much legal advice and what was
the firm Schuyler & Weinfeld paid
for?" asked Aid. Merriam when the
Bemis' statement was heard. 'Ydu
know that every cent of legal ex
pense is charged to operating ex
penses and figures in the price of
gas."
Then the committee was given the
proposed ordinance, said by the at
torney for the gas committee to be
the result of a compromise between
the gas company experts and those
employed by the city.
When it was heard Aid. Block ob
jected that under the terms of the
agreement gas would be higher than
it new is, although the company has
been, offering its heat unit gas prop
osition as a reduction of rates. He
was seconded by Aldermen Merriam
and Buck, who tried unsuccessfully
to stop an order directing the com
mittee attorneys to draw up an or
dinance containing the features as
outlined in the agreement A mo
tion of Aid. Merriam that the con
sumers get a crack at the agreement
by use of the referendum If it were

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