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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 07, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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GAS AGREEMENT DENOUNCED AS STEAL
GARNER DISCUSSES THE SITUATION
The gas agreement was denounced
anew today as a steal a bargain in
which the people were going to get
the worst of it by John Garner,
commissioner of public service for
the city. Garner is a public service
expert himself but he can't figure out
this latest plan to hand the gas com
pany something for nothing.
He figures the situation this way:
'If we are going to give the gas
company an ordinance which allows
it to charge 30 cents for the first
350 feet of gas used each month,
each consumer will have to pay just
5y2 cents more every month than
they would if the regular' 70-cents
per thousand rate were put into
effect
. As there are 660,800 consumers in
the city now using gas, this nickel
rake-off each month will amount to
a $435,600 boodle for the gas com-
pany ever y year. .
"The mystery to me is why we
should hand the gas company a
nickel on every bill," declared Garner
today. "I can't see the least pos
sible excuse for this charge of 30
cents for the first 350 feet used.
"Even without this charge the
consumer would be forced to use
1,177 feet of the new kind of gas un
der the proposed ordinance,' where
he burns only 1,000 today because
the heat unit gas is not as hot as the
candle power gas we are now getting.
"This means that because of the
increased amount of gas the con
sumer must burn to get the same re
sults under the heat unit standard,
the real price of gas per 1,000 feet
under the agreement will be:
1,000 cubic feet. 88 cents
2,000 cubic feet 85 cents
3,000 cubic feet 84 cents
4,000 cubic feet 83.2 cents
The Wall Street Journal, mouth
piece of the money baron bosses of
the financial center of the world, con
siders the recent primary election
which wiped the names of Aid. Mer
riam, Buck and Kearns from their
party slates as favorable to the in
terests of the Peoples Gas Light &
Coke Co.
Aid. Merriam called attention to
that fact before yesterday's meeting
of the gas committee of the city
council.
Att'y Don Richberg, for the com
mittee, read a letter from Sam In
sull, head of the gas company and,
incidentally, boss of the Common
wealth Edison and traction interests,
which denied that the gas company
mixed in politics.
Then Aid. Merriam suggested that
the letter be kept in the private files
of the committee for reference.
"I think the committee should
know, incidentally, that the Wall
Street Journal thinks the primary
election resulted rather favorably for
the gas company," he said. "That
was the trend of an article printed
March 4."
Aid. Buck suggested that perhaps
the ticker service report quoting
Pres. Cowdery 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 Jo?

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