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?KSP 5ij,;U.'(f2?'.K.'l7J;: TOffiK sinnra!nraRmffivvw kiM rvtwKrKL;,Trav!iiiTii ffrwW'. (;' ''?; OAK LANE AROUSED RVWATFR MARKS IE MANDS CITY AG !T Fees Called Exorbitant and v Municipal Ownership of Plants Asked PHILA. ALSO MUST PAY FOR FIRE PROTECTION Smyth Says Pending Cases Are , Barrier te Any Legal ' Action New r Onk Lane residents nrc up In nrrts t wlint they term cxerbttnnt wntcr rates charged them by tlie Springfield Water Company, which supplies them under n franchise granted twenty eight years nge by the city. The city. Is prevented from supplying nny tax pnyer within the nixn covered by the grnnt. Net only Is the resentment caused ty the expense Incurred by the in dividual householder, but the protects also refer te the excessive rates charged the city for fire-plug connections, ok well as water supplied by the private company te lire and police stations, irhoels and ether municipal enter prises. The general demand Is for a com plete elimination of the rJnrlnglleld Company from the territory by an early purchase of Its existing system, bat present indications are that this Will net be dene immediately, partly .inn te Hie litliratlen new iicndlns be tween the city and the private water company. Ven Tegen Demands Relief Ceuncllmun von Tngen, one of these lAiscussIng tint situation today, em phatically voiced tlie opinion that it Is essentially wrong for any private com cem pnny te supply the needs of city tax payers, whether in Ouk Lane or'clsu er'clsu where. "The rates we arc paying nrc ex orbitant." Mr. von Tagon wild, "ami the charge te the city for fire plugs Is unpardonable. And worse yet, when it comes te making new tire-plug con nections the Hprlngtleld Water Com pany falls te give service when needed. Virtually the same t-entlmcnts con cerning the hltuatleu were expressed by William P. Sclgert, president of the Old Yerk ltead Improvement Associa tion, who mndc tlie charge that the water pressure of the Springfield Water Company hud proved insuffi cient at several fires. The cost of the water te the private consumer, Mr. Selgert Mild, was consid erably mere than deuble that of the households being supplied with city Water. In proof of this he quoted the cost incurred in his own household, which he said amounted te some 30 a year. Fer a period of three months t one time be was even charged $2M, s a result of a leak it was explained, whereas if Mr. Selgert'u home was supplied with city water tlie nnnnnl test should uvcrage nLeut $18 te $20, be said. Kuerts te nllcvlutevthcHe conditions in Oak Lane and ether sections of the city depending en wntcr supplied by private companies were started in Octo ber of last year, when thcfoilewing resolution wns introduced by Council man Hull and subsequently passed: "Keselved, by the Council of the City of Philadelphia, that the City So licitor be and is hereby requested te report te Council the relations and rights of alt water companies in the city and county of Philadelphia, their legal status and under what terms, if nny, the City of Philadelphia can fur nish water te residences In such sec i i ?ief the clt nn'' county of Phlln ilelplilu as are new supplied by ether than municipal water." Cannet Get Answer The Henlred Itifarnnitlnn . i i 'forthcoming, Councilman von Tngen re- ,..v,. ,: mujcvi uf iiuriniucing ana having passed another rccolutlen Inst March, which tip te the present has net been replied, te. In speaking of the failure te obtain the data from Cltr Holclter Smyth, Mr. von Tag7n Vn 3 today that If wllhln n reasonable length' of time Mr. Smyth should net answer the, resolution he would again Introduce the matter In Council with a view of compelling the f,mv Depnrt- J?.tni efi thc .c.lty. V ',,rn'U without further delay the Information required. In answer City Solicitor Smvth, said probably Mr. von Tngen had forgotten that they hnd discussed the question of the desired Information nnd thnt the Councilman apparently had been satis fied it would be unwise te discuss the legal aspects of the private water com pany franchises nnd their obligations te the city In view of the milt filed n Common Pleas. Court by the Springfield Wnter Cempnny seeking te collect theusnnds of, dollars from the city. A similar conversation with Councilman Mall some time after the. latcr's Intro duction of the original resolution rail ing for the legal Information, plainly had satisfied him It would endanger the city's defense, of the suit, the City Solicitor said. NEW STATEMENT JtTJElMAN" Mr; Gibsen Aroused by Farm er's Attempt te Becloud First Hall-Mils Story GRAND JURY RESUMES PROBE Bu a Btaff Correspondent Semervllle, N. .1., Nev. 21. With the opening of the second session of the Grand Jury investigation of the MlltM.tffMll .1.1H tatl, TmMA fltkllA. i. ... i I bfirfhiwl nie -pig wemnn, claimed tne lime- ""-";. "' .",, i""r.i .i.V ti "nla light again when she premised te Issue rae.,' ,"','n"'"!, nhJ nffnlr mmiliDP ".nif-meiif wuii.nn" was exaggerating the nmm. the woman In graj as a result of the testimony would you dcun It your duty te refute the Mery of Mrs. Gibsen in court?" Slpel wmt asked. "I would consider Tt my. Christian duty te de se and tell exactly what I saw, nothing mere," he answered. Mrs. Slpel said, among ether thlngi when questioned by the Investigators, that Mrs. Gibsen was endeavoring te get her husband te reconstruct his story se, that It would mere easily fit in with hers. .. Asked If he thought Mrs. Gibsen truthful, Slpel said: "I did before the murder, but since Ihnt time I nave reason te doubt her in many ways. Discusses Case Freely Although lie has net been officially notified that be will be called as a witness, Slpel answered several ques tions when Interrogated by newspaper men today. ., . , He admitted he saw a light inn chine or delivery truck en De Hussey a kina nn tin. itlirlit nf (lifl mllPller n dC- hv Airs. I, Union. DUt at uie Reported Missing Harry Sluder, sixteen years old, 1818 Seuth Fourth street, fi feet 4 Inches. 310 pounds, brown eyes and hair, dark complexion, Film build, wearing n green and brown sweater, white shirt with black stripes, long brown trousers, light cap. brown shoes nnd stockings. Charles McKee, thirteen years old, 2028 Pelt, street, 4 feet it) inches, ninety-five pounds, blind In left oye, light complexion nnd hair, wearing plaid macklnnw coat, brown khaki pants, brown shoes, blnck leggings. .Evelyn Johnstone, twenty years old. rwet Stenton avenue, 5 feet. 100 pounds, slim build, light complexion and hair, brown eyes, wearing a long lilack coat with fur cellar, red dress, clack shoes und stockings. Charles ttlllln invnntAAn wammm s.1.1 I25 Merris street. 5 feet 7 inches, 130 iuniis, uarx complexion nnd hair, Wearing n brown suit, gray cap. ,JWrN, Hlgclns, twenty -two years M. 2000 North Twelfth street, 5 feet Inches, 14Ji pounds, medium build, trtue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, varing a brown suit with red pin stripe, white cellar, black tie, brown soft cap. James A. -Sterling, thirteen years, 3-11 Atwood read, 5 feet 5 Inches. 103 rounds, light complexion, brown hair, lilue eyes, wearing a brown sweater, light shirt, tan shoes nnd black stockings. The lltleatlen wn n'nrfwl nn n -a suit of the Springfield Wnter Com pany stnrtlnc te bill the city for fire plug connections and water supplied te municipal institution, dating Its claims back te 1020. The amount Involved up te January 1 of this year was mero than $10,000. Under the terms of the original franchise, however, grnnted March 27, 181)1, the private water com cem pnny wns permitted te sell water te residents of n territory new embracing Onk Lene, wl.h the proviso that all water required for fire hydrants nnd ether city purposes should be fur nished without dliarc. In fixing new lates te be charged by the company the Public Service Com mission In lt)U) authorized the Spring field Company te charge the city for water supplied for these purposes. Citv Solicitor Smyth, nevertheless, decided ie rciuse payment en tins score, with .i view of having the courts decide the legality of the commission's ruling, and eventually the Springfield Wnter Cem- mny commenced n suit here during tlie March term of court. At the same tlim suit wns entered ngnlnr the Heard of Education te recover payment for water supplied the schools of the district. Reiterating the imidvisabillty el going into the legal detail of the con tracts between the city und the pri vate water companies at present, Mr. Smyth snld: "Ne member of City Council knowing the situation as it exists would inMst en a statement of this character te he made new. "If relief Is desired from the prevail ing high rntes charged by nrivate com panies for water, Council could properly nppetnt n commission of impartial members te apprai'-e tlie value of the plants with a view of reaching an cqull able nricc nnd then authorize their purchase and appropriate the necessary funds." According te Director Given, under the net of 1874 the city at any time can take ever a private water plant at the original cost of construction plus 10 per cent Interest for each year of oper ation, less the amount of dividends de clared unnunlly during thnt period. ODD FELLOWS CELEBRATE Merchants' Ledge Observe 75th Anniversary of It Institution Members of Merchants' Ledge, Ne. 2S:t, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, are celebrating the Beventy-fifth anni versary of institution of the ledgo with n program which will continue through the week. The celebration opened last night, when, at the close of the regular meet ing, n historical pageant, accompanied by a lecture en the history of the ledge, wns presented. The lecture was de livered by Edward Morten. Frem rec ords of the ledgo, minutes of its In stitution nnd first meeting in 1S47 were rend. Tomorrow night n banquet for mem bers of the ledge will be served nnd the program will end Saturday night with a public entertainment In the ledgo rooms at Sixtieth and Locust streets. WE WILL SOLVE YOUR MOVING PROBLEMS 20th Century Storage Warehouse Ce. OppeilU Weit'rhUt. BUUea another "statement. She has net yet been called by the Grand Jury, and probably will net be called until lute In the week. Her assertion wns made In reply te the rumor that Geerge Slpel, u farmer of Mlddlcbush, N. J had discredited in part her story of having witnessed the murder of the Hcv. Edwnrd Wheeler Hall and Mrs. Elenner Uclnhnrdt Mills at tlie Phillips farm the night of Sep tember 14. "Slpel's entire story Is laughable," said Mrs. Gibsen, when told thnt Slpel would "feel compelled by his Christian duty te come te the defense of the 'wo man in gray' If Mrs. Gibsen accused her." Mrs. Gibsen centinued: "In two or three dnys I will come out with n state ment explaining the entire matter." She did net explain the delay. Slpel, who partly corroborated the story of Mrs. Gibsen, may be a witness before the Grand Jury. The authorities believe It was Sinel's car whose headlights were flashed en the principals en the night of the mur der. Slpel Net Subpoenaed Yet Slpel has been requested by the au thorities te say nothing nbeut the cne and he declared today he was net mho if he had been sllbneenacd. Ills name was dragged in tureugli u letter which his wife wrote te n local news paper in New Ilrunswlck. Mrs. Slpel In her communication said that Mrs. Gibsen hnd dragged her hus band's name in the case and has given the Impression that he could corroborate her story. It was declared by Mrs. Slpel's communication that her husband could shed no light en the murder. "If nn indictment is brought against Slnvnrnl M-lfnntiiiAi 1ie flrnnd .Mlt'.V wished lii hear today could net be found Inst night by the process servers. At their homes It was explained they weie out of town en business. Today's session began nt 10 e clock. Few persons were nbeut the courthouse. A small group wns permitted te enter and dmb te the rotunda. Frem that point of vantage they could leek te the first fleer, where tne Grand Jury room Is, nnd sec the witnesses as they en tered. They could net see into the room, as the transom hnd been covered with a length of blnck cloth. Twe Patrolmen Testify The first witness examined today was Patrolman Cumin, who with Patrol man Gnrrlgar was sent te the scene of the murder when the nlarm wns given. He described the bodies and the spot where they lay and identified clpthlntf nnd ether articles. Patrolman Gnrrl enn alie was called and corroborated his companion's stntcments. Mrs. Lee Harkins and her friend, Mrs. Henry Blunt, both of nichord nicherd nichord sen Street, New Brunswick, nrrived early te testify that they hnd seen Mrs. Mills unit Mr. Hall the evening of the murder, walking out Ensten ave nue, a distance of u hundred yards or se between them. Mrs. Harkins was wheeling a baby carriage and her friend nnd neighbor was walking with her. . ... , Jehn V. Hubbard, Corener of Mid dlesex County, was called te testify ns te the wounds en the bodies ns he had observed them. The prosecutor expects te call Mrs. Nellie Ilusscll, colored, who raid Mrs. Gibsen had been at her farm disputing nbeut a Jleg nt the tlnw of the sheeting. Though that statement Is contradicted by an entfy In Mrs. Gib Gib eon's diary, the authorities will let Mrs. ItuBscll tell her -story en the stand. "HOT DOGI" Washington, Nev. 21. (By A. P. High prices for "het degn" have hit Germany, the Commerce Department lias been aciuseii by consul ,ienn A. Scott at Dresden. "One of the chief topics of the day In Germany," he said, "Is the tre mendous incrense in meat and saubagc prices." As geed te the eyes as they are te thexhead Our Knox hats in the new winter styles. A shape and shade for every shape of face. Qual ity te top off our Rogers Peet suits and overcoats. & The WELL DRESSED MAN buyt Advertised Goods w Dett hi buy yeurtt Felder describing eur Mrvlcti will bs milled en requetl. Jehn Clark Sims Company, Ltd. f?eerai Aivttthint Aftntt 218 Seuth 16th Street PHILADELPHIA FIREBUG IS AT LARGE IN DELAWARE COUNTY Haverford Police Ask Residents of Township te Jein Hunt A call te residents of Delaware County townships te Jein In a hunt for the firebug who has destroyed twenty four barns In the last "two months wns Issued today by Chief of Police Heunlln, of Haverford Township. The mnn, according te Bcnnlln, Is n pyremnninc and is actuated mere by n desire te see flames than by revenge en nny of these whose properties were de stroyed. Investigation has shown, It Is said, that the destroyer travels nbeut In a small nutemnbllc. Discovery of auto mobile tracKs, freshly made, shortly after the discovery of the tires lias borne out this theory. Twe or three farmers whose barns have been set a tire reported they saw a man riding nwny from the scene nt high speed shortly after the fires were discovered. During the last week there have been us many as four fires in one day. PLANS FOR NURSES' HOME Mount Slnal Hospital te Have Elab orate Five-Story Building Directors of Mount filial Hespltnl have accepted a memorial endowment frjmi Mr. and Mrs. Merris Mux Sha Sha pieo, 181211 North Thirty-third Mrcet, In memory of their son, Max Hlinplre, Jr.. who died In September. This en dowment will be used for the erection of n clnssroeiu In the new Nurses' Heme. Plans for the home call for n five story fireproof building, containing in the bnsemeiit n laundry, locker nnd storage nnd diesslng rooms. The llrst lloer will centnln a large reception loom, recreation, class, asscmblv rooms mid library. The upper four lloers will behalf. iJrh- nv.e .hqvft - v, be used for the hmiainc of Ml srndtinte nurses, tiacli nurse wll Vu.e nun iirlvntn l-nulii nlul liflth" n general reception room and Tib en euch fleer. .i' TESTIMONIAL FQR"PAST( The Rev. R. 8. Ferbes Honored' Anniversary by Congregation"? rrl, 1!,.., tln... u tf..t.. -L-'1 t l.n I'nllnvlnn r'lillrnli nt llnnmJlAfil town, tedny received n testimonial tfi gratitude frenuhls church members and Uvl friends en the occasion of the fifth an- 3a nlversnry of his ministry in the church. JM Tim hi iircss exnressen ine imieDiea ii.e ness of the people of Ills parish for hie V. geed works and untiring efforts in their &?; mjks siuwwnu aasy Diamonds Christmas The selection of a Pehehtd Girdle Diamond a an aaauranc0 of QualHy. Valumand Satisfaction Fiqger Rings Earrtnifa DttrFina Bracelsta Pendants Breeches Fine fixings, tee! FERRO & COMPANY Rogers Peet Clethes Exclusively Chestnut St. at Juniper EaVaVl ggn We are very glad, indeed, te be of service here en all matters pertaining; te Central Real Estate. We qualify as experts, with long years of ex perience behind ui, and a, very great optimism re garding Philadelphia be fore us! HEYMANN & BR0. Real Eitate Hfymiaa Building 213-215 S. 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