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SUNSET PHONE CO.
SUES TO PREVENT
RATE REDUCTION
Asks Court to Restrain City from
Enforcing Ordinance Low
ering Charges
HEARING ORDERED FOR FRIDAY
Mayor, Councilmen and Munici
pality Named as Respondents.
Federal Question Involved
The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph com
pany (locally oiled the Sunset company)
yesterday filed In the United State* circuit
court an application for an Injunction to
restrain the city of Loa Angeles from put
ting Into effect the telephone rate or.li
nance recently pasted, which redacts the
company* rate* to a parity with those of
the Home company. The ordinance la de
clared unreasonable, eonflscatory and un
constitutional and In contravention of the
fourteenth amendment to the federal con
stitution. Films; of the suit In the federal
court Is based on tills latter contention.
The I/O* Angeles Gas and Electric cor
poration filed with the city clerk yesterday
a referendum petition said to contain the
signatures of 10,000 qualified electors. It
demands that the ordinance recently passed,
reducing the electric light rate from 0 to
7 cents per kilowatt hour, be repealed, or
that the ordinance be submitted to the
voters of the city. This ordinance Is to be
submitted on a referendum Initiated through
Mayor Alexander and the Municipal league.
It Is asserted that the corporation's pur
pose In Ming Its petition Is to cloud tho
Issue and lay the foundation for litigation
If the voters of the city declare'for the
7-eent rate.
The city of Los Angeles, the . mem
bers of the city council and Mayor
George Alexander are named as ro
spondents in the complaint filed by the
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph com
pany. Judge Wellborn will have
served on the city, the members of its
council and the mayor this morning
an order for them to appear before
him Friday. July 1. to show cause why
a preliminary injunction restraining
the enforcement of the low telephone
rate ordinance. No. £0331, new series,
passed May 31, 1910, should not be
Issued.
The ordinance and the rates which It
specifies are described in the complaint
as unjust, unreasonable, oppressive,
confiscatory, unconstitutional and void.
The complainant avers that the action
Is a case in equity and Involves fed
eral questions. *:.";'
. ASK FAIR COMPENSATION
The chief plea of the telephone com
pany Is made in section 9 of the com
plaint. It is argued that the complain
ant is, first, entitled to have rates
which will yield a reasonable and just
compensation and a fair remuneration
for . service rendered; compensation
which will also pay for necessary ad
ditions, operations, allowance for de
preciation of Its plant, taxes and at
least 6 per cent on the valuation of
the company's property, amounting to
$1,529,000, from July 1, 1910, to June 30,
1911. ,
The property valuation of the com
pany's plant is given as $6,786,147.07 on
May 81, 1910.
It is alleged in the complaint that
the board of public works in Its report
to the council which resulted In the
passage of the ordinance In question
reduced this valuation to $4.398,95:! and
rejected the Item of $1,101,345 for value
of the company's franchise, which is
assessed by the assessor of Los An
geles at $448,485, and which is worth
the former figure, according to the
company. ' . % "
CLAIM tOSS OF INCOME '
It Is stated that the council did not
hear adequate or competent testimony
to enable it to determine whether the
value of the company's property is as
la stated by the company Itself or as
was stated by the board of public
works In Its report.
That the company's income for the
coming year will be $50,000 less than
the revenue which would be yielded by
the rates now in force is another of
the corporation's allegations.' It is
pointed out that under the present
rates the company operated at a loss
of $49,840.68 in 1909. The company in
sists that if the ordinance passed by
the council is enforced It will not be
able to render service or to meet its
obligations. ; , , ; «;< ; „j
By failure to comply with the "or
dinance, which Is looked' on as an im
possibility by the company, the com
pany says It will be compelled to for
feit Its franchise.
Mil J.I NO TO CONTINUE
Although It is asserted the old rates
of April, 1909, caused the company to
do business last year at a great loss,
the company expresses Its willingness,
in • the complaint filed last night, to
continue operations for another year
pending litigation. Such rates, the
company claims, are more than just
to the city. „
The prayer of the complainant is
that the ordinance be pronounced null
and void and that its enforcement be
prevented. The complaint is based on
the presumption that the ordinance is
in contravention to the 'fourteenth
amendment of the constitution of the
United . States. For that reason the
complaint is filed in a federal court.
1 The complaint covers twenty-five
pages. Mott and Dillon are the local
attorneys for the cemplainant. Pills
bury, Madison and Sutro of San Fran
cisco are also representing the com
pany. ■ ■ -.•
The company wishes the Injunction
issued before the July telephone bills
ore sent out. , '
ELECTRIC CONCERN FILES
ITS REFERENDUM PETITION
The Los Angeles Gas and Electric
corporation filed a referendum petition,
said to contain the name* <>( 10,000
qualified voters, with the city clerk late
yesterday afternoon, demanding that
the lighting ordinance be submitted to
(Continued on !'«*• Three; i
LOS ANGELES HERALD
INDEX OF
HERALD'S NEWS
TODAY
FORECAST
For liOi Anjtr!«»H and vicinity i Fair Tiirn
<l*vv; cloudy In morning, iion*lhly tog; light
south- wind. Maximum temperature yester
day, 72 degrees; minimum temperature, S7
decree*. '
LOS ANGELES
Paclflo States Telephone company (Sunset)
mien to restrain city from enforcing rate
ordinance. PAGE 1
Police commissioners at nixnn hearing
hear testimony about tipping oft raid on
gambling club room*. PAGE: l
Montgomery council, Y. M. 1., to close
present social season tomorrow night
with entertainment ant] dunce. PAGE a
Board of supervisors takes under advise
ment proposals* to equip hall of record*
with furniture.- .FAnE 6
Judge Conrey decides referendum petitions
of former watchmen Invalid. PAGE 8
Application of Mrs. C. K. Smith for pro
bation receives qualified recommendation
from probation officer. PAGE! 8
Carl Huber, former bookkeeper for auto
firm, surrenders self to answer charges
preferred by father-in-law. PAGE 8
Three hundred lads of Boys' brigade and
ofncerß to opon eight-day camp at Avalon
today. PAGE 9
Business man's effort to keep marriage
secret causes friends to decorate his'
grocery store. PAGE 9
Big charity card party given at Kboll club
for Bethlehem Institute. PAGE 9
Los Angeles traffic agents hold banquet
at which ■ptakor Bays railroads suck to
be fair with public. PAGE 9
Pasadenans will tell of-light rate fight at
final Good Uovernmunt rally this even-
Ing. . • PAGE 13
Dunlop gives reasons why voters should
support Whlflen and Stewart. PAGE 13
While one suitor languishes In Jail fair
Spanish maid elopes with another. PAGE 8
Brunnor divorce suit may be compromised.
PAGE 9
Poor car service, In compliance with new
speed regulations, declared to be political
move. PAGUO 13
Savings banks of city to pay out (925,000
In Interest of depositors for past six
months. PAGE 1C
Sleuth Browne falls to keep tab on son's
wooing. . _ PAGE 16
Editorial, Letter Box. PAGE 12
Marriage licenses, Jin, deaths. PAGE 14
Society, clubs, music PAGE 6
New* of the courts. • PAGE 8
Municipal affairs. PAGE 8
Mining and oil fields. PAGE 6
Markets and financial. PAGE 7
Sports. PAGES 10-11
Politics. PAGE 13
City brevities. PAGE 13
Classified advertising. . / PAGES 14-15
Theater*. PAGE 6
Citrus fruit report. PAGE 13
Building permits. PAGE 6
Shipping. PAGE 11
Personals. PAGE 11
SOUTH CALIFORNIA
Bon Pedro battles with hills to allow room ■
for Its remarkable growth. . PAGE 14
Lumber property of Frank Slcelly, accused
wife murderer, to be sold at auction
July 6. PAGE 14
J. W. Davlson, long Beach contractor,
seriously Injured when his motorcycle
collides with that of A. H. pettibone.
Submarine* leave Ban Pedro for San Diego
and may never again be sent to sea.
PAGE 9
Pasadena labor unions Join city In electric
light war. PAGE 14
Two Ocean Park officials on a motorcycle
pursue mad dog and kill It after spec
tacular chase. PAGE 11
COAST
Seattle agent of United Wireless Telegraph .•
company arrested on fraud charge. PAGE 1
Socialists open big convention at Klamath
Falls, Ore. PAGE 2
Bandits who held up Oregon Short Line
train evade capture at hands of large
posses. PAGE 3
Family of L. 11. Barnard will make good
money stolen from Spcrry Flour com
paw. i PAGE 2
James M. Dickinson, secretary of war, and
Mrs. Dickinson sail from Sap Francisco
today 011 tour of world. PAGE , 2
EASTERN
Republicans say congress has saved money;
Democrats deny It. PAGE 1
Senator Bourne of Oregon lauds good gov
ernment policies and says people use
referendum fairly and honestly. PAGE 1 '
Roosevelt and La Follette discuss Insur
gent*, and radical senator comes away
highly pleased, PAGE 1
.Socialist mayor of Milwaukee says he Is
attempting to place ground work for Ideal
American city. PAGE 2
Senate committee appointed to Investigate
Gore charges meets, but makes little
headway. PAGE 2
Two Chinese shot Sunday in New York
tong war die of wounds. PAGE 2
Brothers, oldest 15," youngest 7, charged
with many burglaries by Pittsburg police.
PAGE 3
Georgia bandit die* In barricaded home.
PAGE 3
Report of Morgan's death Is big market
hoax. PAGE 7
Condition of man struck by Bob Taft's •
auto causes President's family to aban
don regatta trip. PAGE 3
Porter Charlton on verge of collapse. Will
be arraigned today. PAGE 3
House investigating committee finds no
corruption In connection with ship sub
sidy bill. PAGE 2
MINING AND OIL
Geologist believes oil exist* In Barstow
district. PAGE 6
Chamber of Mine* and Oil seta day for
annual banquet. PAGE 6
American Oilfield* shuts ' down until ade
quate pipe lino facilities can be pro
vided. PAGE 6
Government may buy Ijake View surplus
from Union OH company. PAGE 6 i
YOUNG MORSE PREFERS
COWBOY LIFE TO WALL ST.
Refuses Father's Friends' Offers
to Give Him Position
NEW YORK, June 27.—Erwin E.
Morse, son of Charles W. Morse, the
financier, who was graduated from
Yale last Wednesday, will leave New
York next Thursday for the wilds of
Wyoming, where he is to begin life
aa a cowboy on a ranch thirty miles
square.
Young Morse was offered the chance
to commence life In a New York of-
flee where he might work his wuy up
the financial ladder under the careful
i.ni.l.ince of his father's many friends.
But ho made up his mind that the
weit held out greater Inducement and
decided the way to learn the treat was
to begin at the bottom step.
Therefore, he will itart a week from
Thursday, riding v broncho and herd-
Ing cattle. His father gave his ap
proval to the plan a week ago,
TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 28, 1910.
BOARD HEARS OF
MYSTERIOUS 'TIP'
ON POLICE RAID
Hearing of Charges Against Cap
tain Dixon Are Again Con
tinued by Commission
IS FRICTION IN DEPARTMENT
Candidate for Council Tells of
Playing Poker in San Fer
nando Building
For fivo hours yesterday the police
mm mission listened to testimony In
tho Investigation of the attitude of
Captain Dlxon toward Chief Galloway
and the alleged connection of Dixon
with the tipping off of a raid on
gambling rooms In the San Fernando
building, but the hearing went over
until Friday morning at 9 o'clock.
W. D. Gage, the, first man who pre
ferred charges against Dixon, was an
Interested auditor at the hearing
yosterday, but his charges were for
gotten in tho investigation of numer
ous others that have been made since
ho initiated proceedings.
WSBDEN'i DEXIAI
Two witnesses swore that Captain
Dlxon had made slighting remarks re
garding Chief Galloway, but E. R.
W.Tilin, who, It was stated, quoted
Dixon as having mado the derogatory
remarks, denied that lie had heard
Dixon say uncomplimentary things of
the ohief.
"Doc" A. D. Houghton, who Is run
ning for councilman, admitted that he
had played poker in rooms which were
raided in the San Fernando building,
out denied any participation in mak
ing the raid n failure by informing the
gamblers of the approach of the po
llee.
It Is stated that the case is a long
way from ending, as there are nearly
100 witnesses who have not been ex
amined, and each day brings a new
request from cither side for additional
witnesses.
Mayor Alexander says that there is
undoubtedly friction in the police de
partment, and It Is the intention of
tlie police commission to find where
the fault Hea, if it akea all summer
to finish the investigation.
IWI.I/S TESTIMONY
"Werdin told me," said R. E. Dill, a
merchant at S4l South Spring street,
"that in a conversation he had with
Dixon, the latter said of Chief Gallo
way: "I know more about police busi
ness In two minutes than that old fool
will know In his lifetime.' "
Under cross-examination by Attorney
Ona Morton, Dill explained that this
admission was made by Werdin during
a conversation he had with him rela
tive to the attitude of Dixon toward
Sergeant Sebastian and Patrolman
Sheets of the department, who, he
stated, were close friends of his. Dill
went on to say that on one occasion,
when Sergeant Sebastian had desired to
be excused from night duty In order to
attend a meeting of a fraternal or
ganization, Dixon had withheld the de
sired permission, and for this reason
tho witness had called upon Werdin to
j secure the reason of the captain's atti-
I tude toward his subordinate. Werdin
said that he could get any further de
sired privileges, as he "had it on
Dixon."
Sergeant Sebastian swore that the
same statement said to have been
made by Dlxon was detailed to him
by Wedin.
NOT rAHKKIt
Eert R. Parker, who was a former
member of the purity squad, was ac
cused by Dill of acting as a spy on a
meeting held in Dill's store between
Stacey Lamb, Chief Galloway and the
witness, with Captain Dlxon as the
subject of conversation. At the aftes
noon session it was proved that Parker
was not the man supposed to have
spied upon the gathering.
"Did you have a conversation with
Mr. Dill, such as he detailed regarding
Captain Dixon," was asked of Werdin
on the stand.
"No, sir," came the decisive answer.
"I asked Captain Dixon If Sergeant Se
bastian could be excused from night
duty on one particular night, and the
captain assented to the request, with
the provision that Sebastian perform
an allotted time of day duty. I asked
Dixon how he and the new chief were
getting on, and ho replied that he did
not bother the chief nor did the chief
bother him. That was all that was
said."
"Now, some one of you throe is ly
ing," broke in Mayor Alexander, "and
I want to know which one It is."
"The He cannot be laid at my door,''
declared Werdin.
"Oh, don't ask that man any more
questions," continued the mayor, dis
gustedly, as Commissioner Wellborn
was framing a query to Werdin.
"Have you recently talked to anyone
regarding what Dixon said to you?"
was asked.
Werdin said that he had been called
to the office of Attorney Morton, Dix
on's counsel, and there asked if he had
made the statements credited to him.
He denied to Morton having said that
Dixon had criticised the chief.
Edwin Jorgenson, a reporter on an
afternoon newspaper, was put on the
stand to testify regarding certain state
ments he had written regarding Dix
on's claim that a political faction was
endeavoring to oust him from office.
Dlxon testified that he had reason
to believe that the Harper, Kern and
Broadhead clique were after his scalp.
••I was Informed a few days ago,"
continued Dixon, "that they consider
that they now have mo over a barrel,
and are gojng to get my Job if it is
possible."
THE CUTEF'H FAIU
The story of the raid conducted by
the chief, in which Dlxon was not a
participant, though the scene of It lay
in his district, was investigated.
"Captain Dlxon, has such a thing
ever occurred before In the depart
ment to your knowledge?" inquired
Commissioner Topham.
"No, sir."
"Is it your opinion that the chief did
not consider you competent or able to
conduct such a, raid, or that he feared
you would 'tip off' the place to be
raided?" asked Topham.
Dixon replied that certain informa-
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Attorneys in Dixon Investigation
and Man Who First Accused Captain
&X m „ i JJ'Sfiyf^frj' ■--■""' i^^^ 1-' * ' "tmix.
ONA MORTOX
Attorney for Capt. Dlxon
ACCUSE WIRELESS
AGENT OF FRAUD
George H. Parker Is Arre: v?d by
the Postal Authorities in
Seattle-Bond $10,000
SEATTLE, June 27.—George H. Par
ker, fiscal agent for the United Wire
less Telegraph company for the terri
tory west of the Mississippi river, was
arrested late today on a federal war
rant charging tho use of the mall to
defraud.
Mr. Parker was released under $10,000
bond.
The warrant upon which Parker was
arrested was based on a letter written
to B. B. Shepherd of Dcs Molnes, la.,
April 8, in which Parker, it is claimed,
misrepresented the affairs of the com
pany for the purpose of Belling stock.
The arrest was made by two post
office inspectors and a United States
marshal. Parker was taken by sur
prise. He was taken before Commis
sioner TV. D. Totten, who fixed the
bond at $10,000. Parker's attorney pro
tested that this was too high, but Dis
trict Attorney Todd insisted that it
was the proper amount, calling atten
tion to the fact that this was the mini
mum bail allowed in similar cases in
New York.
( wing to the lateness of the hour
Parker was unable to find any of his
friends downtown, and altc-r some ue
lay offered to put up a certificate of
deposit issued by a local bank for
$10,000. Commissioner Totten agreed to
this and Parker and the marshal went
In an automobile to a safe deposit
vault, where Parker got the certificate.
Parker is reputed tv bo a millionaire
and is said to have tunic into his ior
tune within tho last few years since
ho h:is been connected in a high ca
pacity with the United Wireless com
pany.
The arrest of Parker has a direct
beuring upon the recent arrests in New
York of President Wilson and Vice
President Bogart of the United Wire-
Ichh and of W. TV. Tompkins of ihe
New York selling agency. The local
Inspectors and the district attorney
have been in frequent communication
with the federal officers handling the
cases in New York and have been
working In harmony with them.
VICE PRESIDENT'S WIFE
IS REPORTED VERY ILL
BALTIMORE, June 27.—The Ameri
can tomorrow will print the following:
"Mrs. James Schoolcraft Sherman,
wife of Vice President Sherman of the
United States, is seriously ill at the
Johns Hopkins hospital. .She was hur
ried to Baltimore last Friday night in
a sleeping car, and every effort was
made to keep her coming a secret.
Even the attendants at the hospital
did not know of her arrival.
"Dr. William S. Thayor, the well
known specialist, is attending Mrs.
Sherman. He has not yet diagnosed
her case, but it was suid at the hospital
last night that he would do so this
morning."
RATE ORDER BUBPENDED
WASHINGTON, June 27.—0n ac
count of the inability of the attorneys
to obtain a hearing of the Pullman
case before the United States circuit
court in Chicago today the interstate
commerce commission suspended its
order, effective July 1, until July 12.
ONLY ONE LOST LIFE
I,A CROBSH, June 27.—The latest
canvass of homes of persons who were
on the excursion ■teaner J- H. when It
burned near Victory Saturday night
Indicate! that Mrs. Emma Randall,
who leaped Into the river, was the only
passenger out of laOU who lost her life.
W. I). GAGE
Accuser of Dlion
4Si
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(JUOIIUK AI.KXANI>KI£
Mayor of I.os .tngcii'N, who has just heard
■ioraethlnK in connection with tlie examin
ation that interests him.
'WE SAVED.' SAYS G. O. P.;
'NOT SO," SAY DEMOCRATS
Party Leaders Differ on Question
of Economy in Congress ?
Appropriations
WASHINGTON. June 27.—Democrat
ic claim—Congress at the session just
closed passed the million dollar high
water mark.
Republican claim —Actual probable
fixed charge against the revenues dur
ing the fiscal year 1911, $893,120,701.
Both parties —Appropriations
for expenses for the government made
during the last session aggregate $1,
--027,133,446.
These contentions epitomize the an
nual review of national appropriations
and expenditures, made public today
by Chairman Toawney of the appropri
ations committee of the house, and by
Representative Livingston of Georgia,
ranking Democratic member of that
committee.
Separate saatements were made by
Chairman Tawney, Republican, and
Representative Livingston of Georgia,
ranking Democratic member of the
committee analyzing the figures from
the standpoints of the two parties. Mr.
Tawney contended that a reduction of
$28,529,821 from the last.session of the
sixtieth congress had been achieved
and that prospects indicated that the
government receipts for the,fiscal year
1911 would exceed the authorized ap
propriation by $11,937,812.
The Democratic view was that "again
the high water mark of a billion dol
lars of expenditures is passed," that in
cluding the authorized reclamation is
sue, river and harbor obligations, pub
lic buildings authorized, lighthouses,
etc., the total direct and indirect appro
priations for the last session reached
$1,096,952,051, increasing the previous
regular sessions'! appropriation by $15,
--297.909.
"The military expenses," declared Mr.
Livingston, "amount to considerably
more than all the rest of the federal
(CoutLuucd on I'ago Iwo)
VilYf'l IV C(\l>ll?<<' "Air.V 2c. ON TRAINS Be.
O±i> UljiJ KjKJL AJiiO . SUNDAYS 50. ON TRAINS lOe.
SIDNEY BEKVK
Attorney for Police Commission
T. R. INSURGENT?
LAFOLLETTE GRINS
'Colonel Is in Fighting Trim,' Says
Senator, After Confab at
Oyster Bay
rAmOclßtad Press]
OYSTER BAY, June 27.—Robert M.
I^aFollottP, United States senator from
Wisconsin, and the father of Repub
lican insurgency, spent two hours this
afternoon talking politics with Theo
dore Roosevelt. He left Oyser Bay
wearing a broad smile.
Senator Burkett of Nebraska, an
other out-and-out insurgent, is coming
to Sagamore Hill after Colonel Roose
velt returns from Boston. He, too,
will talk politics.
Representative Madison of Kansas,
irreconcilable Insurgent and, as a
member of the Ballinger-Plnchot con
gressional investigating committee, ar
dent defender of Gifford Pinchot, will
be at Sagamore Hill probably late this
week. His theme will be politics.
Within the last few days Colonel
Roosevelt hns talked politics with Gif
ford Pinchot and his ally, James R.
Garfield.
"With Senator LaFollette was G. E.
Roe, n New York lawyer, who formerly
wps his law partner. The senator was
caught, despite his efforts to travel
incognito, by a group of newspaper
men who saw the Roosevelt automo
bile. They tackled him on suspicion,
although nobody recognized him, for
his hat hid his famous pompadour.
"Not a word," he said. "I am going
to Sagamore Hill, but I don't want a
word said about it."
LA FOIXETTE IS PLEASED
When he returned, just in time to
catch a train for New York, he was
smiling his most expansive smile.
"It's all right, boys," he cried jovial
ly, "the colonel says I may talk with
The interviewers hopped on with the
senator and rode to the next station.
"Did we talk politics?" he replied
to the first question. "We did," and
he emphasised the affirmation.
"We talked of the legislation of the
present session of congress," he con
tinued "from the attitude of those
member* of the Republican party
whom the newspapers are pleased to
call insurgents."
"Pan you go into details?"
"No I prefer that they come from
Bagamore Hill. I am very much
pleased with the result of my visit
with Colonel Roosevelt; very much
pleased, indeed."
The senator paused a moment, recall-
In" the happening! of the afternoon.
Suddenly the smile left his face for
the first time, and he said Impressively:
"I want to tell you that Colonel
Roosevelt is the greatest living Ameri
can." and, he added, slowly and sig
nifieantlv. "he is in fighting trim."
COLONEL SMILES AT TALK
An hour later the colonel received
the interviewers, who told him just
what Senator LaFollette said about
him and their meeting.
The colonel smiled as though he
liked it.
••I think there i.s nothing that I can
add to what the senator has said," he
commented.
Speculation among Oyster Bay poli
ticians is keener than ever because of
today's occurrence. One story going
the rounds is that the insurgents have
come and seen, but not conquered. Yet
there is another group of equally posi
tive ones who Insist that tho colonel
has shown clearly by his acts that he
Is veering toward the radicals.
The colonel said that Senator La-
Pollette and Mr. Roe were the only
visitors of the day, except for two men
who had come to consult him about his
western tours. He agreed definitely to
day to speak before the Milwaukee
Press club on his western tour, which
begins the last of August. He blro de
cided to make another trip early In
October, on which he will speak to
the Knights of Columbus of Peorla, 111.,
October 12, and In Atlanta, Ga., on
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CENTS
GOOD GOVERNM'T
POLICIES LAUDED
BY U. S. SENATOR
Bourne of Oregon Tells How Poli
tical Machine Was Broken
in His State
PEOPLE ARE FAIR AND HONEST
Use Referendum Intelligently and
Explode Claims Made by
the Corporations
rEORIA, 111., Jnne 21. —With a gen
eral denunciation of corrupt methods, al
1< Kid to have been practiced In the legis
lature of Illinois In recent years, between
300 and 400 citizens from all parts of
the state assembled here today and
formed a temporary organization "to
repair the breakdown" of representa
tive government.
Senator Jonathan Bonrne, jr., of Ore
gon, addressed an assemblage of 700 per
sona at the Mujestlo theater tonight,
explaining the Oregon method of elect-
Ing United States senators.
The conference of Illinois dttrens fol
lows recent revelations of corruption In
the legislature.
Regulation of express rates, the com
mission form of government, municipal
charter legislation, civil service and elec
tion laws were discussed by Don B.
Sheen and George K. Green, the latter
secretary of the Illinois Retail Mer
cliiint■-' association, lie declared a dozen
men controlled the Illinois legislature.
"When the Initiative and referendum
were under discussion It was predicted free
ly by enemies of popular government that
the power would be abased and that cap
italists would not Invest their money la a
state where, property would be subject to
attacks of popular passion and temporary
whims. Experience has exploded this argu
ment."—Senator Bourne.
PEORIA, 111., June 27.—United States
Senator Bourne of Oregon, speaking
tonight at the meeting in the interest
of good government, charged that ef
forts had been made at the time of
the senatorial primary election in Ore
gon to "dishonor the state and its
public service."
"During the session of the legisla
ture," said Mr. Bourne, "a former gov
ernment official, an assistant to the
chairman of the Republican national
committee, appeared in Oregon and, I
am informed, promised federal ap
pointments to legislative members if
they would disregard their statement
No. 1 pledges to the electorate.
"The effort was made by the enemies
of the law to create the impression
that by this person's relations with
the chairman of the Republican na
tional committee during the national
campaign he would be able to deliver
these promised appointments in case
the No. 1 subscribers sold their honor
and betrayed their trust."
(Statement No. 1 pledge, to which
a legislator may subscribe, provides
that he always shall vote for that can
didate for United States senator who
has received the largest number of
votes for that office at the general
election.)
VOTERS MUST DETETCMimB SYSTEM
Speaking directly to tho people of
Illinois. Mr. Bourne said:
"Whether you want popular selec
tion of United States senators In Il
linois is for you voters to determine,
but I warn you any half way or com
promise system which places party
above the entire people will result in
dissatisfaction find probably corrup
tion. If you wish to destroy tho power
of the political machine, abolish the
convention system entirely. If you
wish to establish a popular selection
of senators, inaugurate a system
which takes away from the legisla
ture the right to do more than ratify
the act of the people at tho general
election." »_,«.•.
Senator Bourne's address In the be
ginning was an exposition of the
much discussed Oregon system, which
he declared to be the best system of
popular government in the world. The
chief features of that system are the
Australian ballot, strict registration
law, the Initl: tlve and referendum, the
direct primary, including popular se
lection of United Stntes senators; a
comprehensive corrupt practices act,
and the recall, all of which Senator
Bourne declared constituted absolute
government by the people.
DECI-ARES PEOPTJS HONEST
"The people are not only Intelligent
but fair and honest," said Senator
Bourne.
"When the initiative and referen
dum were under discussion it was pre
dicted freely by enemies of popular
K overnmpnt that the power would be
abused and that capitalists would not
invest their money In a state where
property would be subject to attacks
of popular passion and temporary
whims. Experience has exploded this
argument."
The speaker then dwelt at length
on the various features of the Oregon
system and continued:
"Plainly stated, the aim and purpose
of the Oregon law is to destroy the
irresponsible political machine and to
put all elective offices in the state
in direct touch with the people as the
real source of authority; In short, to
give direct and full force to the ballot
of every individual elector in Oregon
and to eliminate dominance of cor
porate and corrupt influences in the
administration of public affairs."
OAKLAND SWINDLER IS
SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS
OAKLAND. June 27.—C. E. Klnanl,
an Oakland lawyer, found guilty re
cently of swindling a woman client out
of $1360, was this morning sentenced to
San Quentln for ten yean by Judge
ORden. It developed today that the
presence of three deputy thertffa in
court during the trial, which hud been
a mystery, was because KinartJ had
threatened to shoot Deputy District
Attorney Hynes, who waa prosecuting
the case.

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