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PENNY 'PHONE LEAGUE . IS IN
THE FIELD The Penny 'Phone League swings Into the aldennanic campaign. Every candidate-running for the office of alderman will e. put on rec ord by the league and will have to give a straight "Yes" or "No" an swer as to whether he is with the Bell Telephone Company in its attempt to grab and wreck the Automatic Com pany in order to straddle and control the whole 'phone situation in Chi cago. The organization picked a name for itself and run up its flag at a meet ing yesterday afternoon at 234 N. Clark street. Those at the meeting were mostly members of the former Telephone Users' League, besides, a sprinkling of active members of la bor unions. Morton L. Johnson, a practical tele phone engineer in the employ of the Frank B. Cook Co., manufacturers of telephone ' apparatus, was elected president. Horace B. Wild of the engineering department of the Otis building was elected secretary. Both of these executive officers of the new league have records as mu nicipal ownership advocates all their lives. At a meeting slated for the night of April 1 at 65 W. Monroe street, third floor, a permanent organization will be effected. Every labor union in Chicago is asked to send three delegates. One of the first plays will be to get every aldennanic candidate commit ted one way or the other on how the Automatic company shall be handled by the city council. Penny service all over the city can be had within two years, the league "members argue, through the city gov ernment taking steps getting hold of the Automatic equipment. They claim positively that if the city of Chicago is not running a 'phone business of its own within two years the only explanation- of it will be that the Bell Telephone Co. is busy in politics and has a bunch of aldermen, that know how to snag city business' in favor of the Bell monopoly. Horace B. "Wild, secretary of the Penny 'Phone League, was a close associate of Harold D. Stroud, form er traffic manager of the Automatic. He has a good deal of amazing famili arity with peculiar tricks that are used by the Bell company to junk its competitors. "Every man who is out asking for votes in this campaign, aiming to get a seafand a vote in the Chicago city council, will get a letter from us in a day or two," said Wild. "A resolu tion was passed instructing the secre tary to write all candidates and find out where they stand on our proposi tion. We will publish the utterances of these candidates. They will be put into different classes and voters can known exactly where candidates stand." Information to be published about each candidate will tell: 1. Whether he will vote against giving the Bell' Company permission to buy the Automatic. 2. Whether he will support all at tempts to ascertain just how many sub-bonafide subscribers the Auto matic Company now has. 3. Whether he will vote for meas ures intended to get city ownership and operation of the Automatic equipment and city-wide penny service. ELLIS BEGINS PRISON TERM Chewing the end of a cigar, Wil liam Cheney Ellis, once wealthy Cin cinnati manufacturer, walked behind the big gates of the Illinois state pris on here today, was enrolled as Con vict 3503 and began serving his sen tence of fifteen years for the murder of his beautiful wife, Eleanor Hosea Ellis, in the Hotel Sherman, Chicago. Ellis complained to reporters at the prison that he had gotten a "raw deal from eevrybody but the jury." He will be assigned to work tomorrow.