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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 02, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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Commonwealth Edison stock worth
about over $130,000. As a fellow
capitalist of Sam Insull, John J.
Mitchell, the Field estate and other
interests, he would have cut a poor
figure as a political candidate. As a
politician it has his game to make a
show of fighting the Insull interests.
He publicly pledged that if elected he
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committee of Aldermen Merriam,
Capitain, Lawley, Utpatel, Nance and
Richert to get for the gas users of
Chicago the $10,000,000 fund of gas
company overcharges held in escrow.
"Two months after Mayor Thomp
son's election the law firm of Schuy
ler, Ettelson & Weinfeld was paid
$14,000 in fees for so-called legal
services. This was the beginning of
so-called legal services for which the
People's Gas Co. has to date paid
that firm a total of $25,000.
"The use of this amount of money
at such a time, all things considered,
fe so grave a matter that the truth of
it might be questioned. That this
money was paid to these lawyers,
however, is shown in a report of Ex
pert E. W. Bemis to aldermen who
had asked him to examine the gas
company books.
"Pour months later Sam Ettelson
of the firm of Schuyler, Ettelson &
V Weinfeld, gas company lawyers, was
appointed corporation counsel. One
0f his first official acts was to assert
the right of the corporation counsel
to control all litigation of the city. He
insisted that Donald R. Richberg, at
torney for the special gas litigation
committee, should be an assistant
under orders of the corporation
counsel. Also he announced he had
withdrawn from the firm of S6huyler,
Ettelson & Weinfeld. ,
"About this same time Dan Schuy
ler first made his first official appear
ance at the City Hall-as the attorney
for the State Street Stores ass'n,
t asking mat tne ienaer ordinance,
Mandel sub-basement and other or
dinances be handled in a way not to 1
hurt State street busines. At a later
time Weinfeld, of this same firm, ap
peared as counsel for the Pennsyl
vania and the Burlington railroads,
in connection with city ordinances.
"Why aid so many of the special
privilege hogs of this city hunt out
this ono law firm? Was it the su
perior legal talents of Sam Ettelson's
partners that attracted corporations
arid the State street stores?. Or was
it something besides legal ability that
drew these liberal clients to Sam Et
telson's law partners?
"Notice how Sam Ettelson, upheld
by Mayor Thompson and the Trib
une, kept on with his tactics assist
ing the gas company. In January
this year Aid. Utpatel introduced an
ordinance to reduce the special gas
litigation fund by $100,000. When
Aid. Merriam openly charged that
Corporation Counsel Ettelson was
the author of the ordinance, Utpatel
failed to deny that,this gas company
ordinance was written by the former
gas company lawyer, who acts offi
cially as corporation counsel and is
paid $10,000 to serve as attorney for
the gas users, the citizens of Chi
cago. "Defeated in January the ordi
nance to reduce the gas litigation
fund by $100,000 was introduced
again in February, this time by Aid.
Michaelson, the Thompson-Lundin
flocr leader in city counciL' In the
defeat of this ordinance Aid. Merriam
and Aid. Buck were leaders. They
forced from Sam Insull, the gas com
pany head, an admission that Schuy
ler & Weinfeld are gas company law
yers who were not employed before
Mayor Thompson became mayor.
That this firm, has been paid $25,000
since Big Bill went into the City Hall,
and not a cent before, has Its point
for any voter who does his own
thinking instead of letting the news
papers do it
"Was it strange then that Aid.
Merriam and Buck should find gas
money and City Hall poHtics arraved
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