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CHAUFFEURS TELL COUNCIL
WHY TAXI RATES ARE HIGH
The charge thaMhere was a graft
divvy between taxicab companies
and hotels was made before a coun
cil committee yesterday Jby Attorney
A. S. Langille, representing the Inde
pendent Automobile and Chauffeurs'
Langille asked the city council to
put an end to the game, asserting
that it was in restraint of trade.
"It is notorious that there are in
operation a number of agreements
under which certain favored taxicab
concerns pay large sums of money
to hotels, clubs and railroads for the
taxicab business done in. the people's
streets," said Attorney Langille.
"These agreements are in restraint
of trade and the city council should
stop such graft.
"Only the taxi or auto owners who
are in on the graft divvy can get any
business in the street near the rail
way stations, large hotels or clubs.
For this trade the taxi' owners pay
$1,000 a month to some of the hotels
and probably as much or more for
the so-called transfer concesssions at
the railroad stations."
Attorney Langille also made a plea
for reduced taxi rates and asked that
an ordinance be passed which will
force the equipment of all public
automobiles with taximeters. Lang
ille proposed to have the rates fixed
at 30 cents for the first half mile for
not more than two passengers and
10 cents for each quarter mile thereafter.
For vehicles carrying three or more i
passengers he recommended a rate
of 50 cents for the first half mile and
10 cents for each quarter mile there
after. "The members of the union I rep
resent want the present taxicab rates
reduced," said Mr. Langille. "That
is the quickest way to smash compe-tit'on-strangling
Representatives of the Walden W.
Shaw Co. and others who have
boosted the taxi rates while paying
their ndn-uriion chauffeurs $15 a
week fought against the reduction
and asserted that taxicab rates now
were as low as the taxi owners cared
to make them.
Aid. M. J. Healy o$ the 35th ward
said' that a taxicab trust existed
which persecuted the independent
owners, and the latter class were
driven away from profitable stands
by policemen working in collusion
with the taxi owners.
The Walden W. Shaw Co. is the
worst offender' -in this respect. In
front of the Hotel Sherman two city
detectives guard the company's in
terests and see that no independent
taxis take a place in the long line
of autos tljat pack Randolph and
Clark streets, in front of the county
building and the city hall.
DENVER SNOWED IN
Denver, Col., Dec. 5. The most
terrific storm in Colorado's history
has completely blocked traffic. More
than two feet of snow covered the
city. Thousands of people were
compelled to plow through snow
drifts to reach their places of em
ployment. Sinqe the snow began falling at
midnight .Wednesday until today
there "has 'been, no cessation. Hun
dreds of workers spent last night
downtown anaevery hotel and lodg
ing house was crowded to capacity.
Despite the damage' done in Den
ver, farmers of the state are jubilant
over the storm. They estimate it
has brdught 10,000,000 gallons of
water to fill irrigation ditches.
NEWSBOYS ELECT OFFICERS
At a meeting of Newsboys' Union
No. 14567 last night the following of
ficers were elected for the ensuing
year: President, V. A. Jalant; vice
president, Morris Gerber; financial,
secretary, Frank Marzano; recording
secretary, Henry Smith-; business
agent, Dave Pacelli; trustees, James
Sarraco, Morris Racine and V. Sar-raco.