FRENCH PREMIER IN FACE OF
Aristide Brian d
r Disagreement . over the policy of
Premier Briand of France has reach
ed a critical point threatening the
overthrow of the present ministry
and the institution of a more force
ful cabinet. Briand succeeded Pre
mier Viviani in 1915, after a shake
up like the one threatened now.
MAN WHO KILLED TATTLER IS
CLEARED BY JURY
Thos. Watson, 30 S. Kedzie av.,
who shot and killed, Nick Delaney,
amateur sleuth, when the latter
came to his home to carry tales to
Watson's wife, was exonerated "by
the coroner's jury yesterday.
Irma Lindenmeyer, 3312 W. Van
Buren St., at whose home Delaney
lived, admitted she had given De
I laney Watson's telephone number so
he "could kid" somebody. The kill
ing resulted after Delaney annoyed
Chas. F. Glanz, 34, 1445 Greenleaf
av., vice pres. Chas. Glanz & Co., fur
riers, accused of serious offenses by
dozen young boy?
ALD. KENNEDY TALKS OF GAS
AND TRACTION PATRIOTS
"Three big national issues are fill
ing the minds of the people of Chi
cago. Local issues are getting less
attention in proportion to their im
portance than at any in- this city's
history. The gas company, the trac
tion crowd, the telephone company
and Commonwealth Edison are all
going to have their franchises re
newed or their new rate schedules t
fixed this year or new year.
"The aldermanic campaign this
spring would be the most exciting
the city has ever known if big na
tional issues were not taking the
time and thought of so many peo
ple. 7 With a railroad strike threat
ened, war with Germany threatened
and with rising prices of food and
clothing to be combatted; the aver
age wage earner is kept might busy."
This is the way Aid. John C. Ken
nedy explains the lack of excitement
in the ward campaigns this month.
Kennedy believes the utility corpor
ations are active in every ward in
Chicago and this year and next they
will grab enormous new special privi
leges. "Fifty-year franchises, 7-cent
street car fares, overloaded capital
izations that would make Charles T.
Yerkes look like a piker these is
sues under normal conditions would
have Chicago hot under the collar
from Norwood Park to Englewood.
"Gas to cook with going higher.
Electric light current going higher.
Street car rides going higher. That's
the prospect for Chicago. That's
what the utility corporations are go-.
ing to put over while -the turmoil of
war, strikes and mounting food
prices is at its worst this year. Their
plans are laid for it The work is be
ing done quietly.
"We will all know more about
when the work is finished and the
Jokers have been slipped through in
, city council and state legislature,"
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