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C. W. Randolph, from a taxpayers'
ass'n in Lake View, made the follow
"Cars on the east and west lines
are held back and service is purpose
ly made poor, so people will travel
through the loop. Besides, the out
side lines are getting all the old cars,
dfccarded by the loop lines. Why
can t we operate our own lines? "Why
pay New York traction men big prof
its to do so for us?
"The traction' lines have us by the
throats now. Why give them anoth
er hold on us? Let's go slow about
granting another franchise."
The answer of Walter Fisher to all
questioners was to ask them where
they stood on home rule. He con
tended that the measure introduced
was nothing but a home rule bill de
signed to let the city do what it
pleased with the traction companies.
He complained that every one who
came before the committee wanted
municipal ownership. '
"But what have you done toward
getting it? You knew ten years ago
that we had to amend the state con
stitution to operate our own street
railways. Did any of you start move
ment for a constitutional assembly
for the purpose of correcting such
"But every time we bring in some
plan you pop in and knock it with
the continual cry that you want pub
lic ownership. So do I want public
ownership and I think it would be,a
good thing for Chicago."
GERMAN SHIPS FREE TO LEAVE
Washington, March 22. Scores of
German merchant vessels, represent
ing hundreds of thousands of tons of
shipping, now in American harbors,
are free to depart if the United States
goes to war with Germany, it was
learned officially today.
In fact, these ships could leave
now under international law, it was
officially pointed out, provided they
' could show a "clean bill of health as
to intent, etc" ,
CLAIM ROMANOFFS TRIED FCjZ.
SEPARATE GERMAN PEACE
Petrograd, March 22. Correspond
ence between the czarina and for
mer Minister Propopotoff has been
discovered, the Bourse Gazette as
serted today, proving that Protopo
poff and others in the formerroyalist
government attempted to conclude a
separate peace with Germany.
"We would have lost the war under
the old government," declared the
former Grand Duke Cyril of Russia
today now simple "Admiral Roman
off" under the democratic regime.
"Just now," he said, "my house
porter and myself- see alike.
"It was useless," he continued, de
scribing attempts to ameliorate con
ditions of the old autocratic regime,
"to discuss the matter with the czar.
We simply could not break down the
wall interposed by Stunner, Proto
popoff, Scheglovitoff and others."
It was learned today that the
Grand Duke-Cyril, foreseeing an up
rising, had deputed his wife, the
Grand Duchess Victoria, to attempt
to influence the czarina, hoping thus
to reach the czar and persuade him
to adopt wider reform measures.
Prom the front today the Grand
Duke Nicholas telegraphed to the
premier expressing his firm' deter
mination to maintain discipline in
the ranKs and urging the premier to
restore order in the country, especi
ally in those industries whose pro
duct is essential to success of the
Another peaceful demonstration
occurred outside the duma building
Wednesday. A great crowd' of peo
ple collected, waving red flags and
"Long live the revolution J. Death
to those arrested!"
A proclamation issued today by
Minister of Justice Kerensky pointed
out that none of the revolutionary
or Socialist parties urged violence
against leaders of the former bu
reaucratic regime or their conviction
without adequate trial.