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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 07, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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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
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
pohcy of the newspaper.
Edward Bemis, engineer for the
gas committee, who had to go 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. "You
know that every cent of leeal ex
pense is charged to operating ex
penses and figures in the price oi
gas." 5
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 now 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 (y
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
entered into by the council, was
passed by the committee.
The objection of the trio was that
rates will" really be higher if the
agreement is entered into by the city
because it will, take more heat unit
gas to make the same light as it. does
under the candle power standard.
The cost of gas per 1,000 feet un
der the proposed ordinance would be:
1,000 cubic feet 75.5 cents
1,500 cubic feet ;73.7 cents
2,000 cubic feet 72.5 cents
2,500 cubic feet 72.2 cents
3,000 cubic feet 71.8 cents
4,000 cubic feet 70.9 cents
This was arrived' at by a change
of 30 cents for the first 350 cubic feet
and 70 cents per 1,000 feet up to 10,
000 feet.
WASHINGTON SENDS DATA ON
NEW YORK PLOTS
New York, March 7. Important
documents bearing on alleged plots
in New York in connection with the
arrests of Dr. Chandra Chakiaberty,
Dr. Ernest Sckunner, Fritz Kolb and
Hans Schwartz are on their way
here today from Washington to be
used as evidence. More arrests are S
expected. S
None of the men held here is Jean
Crones, Chicago, poisoned soup plot
ter, the police and federal authori
ties stated, following receipt of re
quests from Chicago that the men
be examined in an effort to identify
one as the vanishing Crones

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