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JOHNSON MAKE'S ATfACX ON
"Dirty business got its feet into
dirty politics recently at the Commer
cial club. Bernard E. Sunny, presi
dent of the Chicago Telephone Co.,
delivered a speech. He blamed the
Wilson administration for 2,000,000
menout of work this winter.
"I say it was dirty politics- because
I know the combined telephone and
electrical trust, of which Mr. Sunny
is the spokesman in Chicago, is di
rectly responsible for more than 10,
000 men out of jobs in Chicago.
"It is a further fact that the Chi
cago Telephone Co. has thrown out
of work hundreds of men, women and
girls. The exact numner cannot be
known. Every time that staff men
from Commissioner Montague Fer
ry's department have gone to Mr.
Sunny's offices for this information
they have had the dpor slammed in
their faces so far as unemployment
figures are concerned."
These are statements of Morton
L. Johnson, president of the Penny
Phone league, in a speech- Monday
night in the Hotnett hall, Armitage
and Crawford avenues.
"Paying 8" per cent dividends this
year the same as last year, what right
does President Sunny have to get be
fore the Commercial club and make
a howl about business Gepression?"
asked Johnson. "With more millions
of earnings than ever Before- rolling
in and with more dollars paid out as
dividends than ever before. Sunny
clamors that the Wilson administra
tion Is disturbing business.
' "The truth is that Congressman
David J. Lewis of Maryland, with the
Sanction of the administration, has
Introduced a bill and perfected a plan
for postahzation of telephones on a
national scale. If the plan goes
'through it will hit the Western Union
Telegraph Co about the same way
express companies were hit by the
'parcels post, which Congressman
Lewis fathered The Western Union I
is a part of the American Telephone 1
& Telegraph Co., to which Mr! 'Sun
ny's Chicago company uelongs.
"It was pr6pe"r that the other
speaker before the Commercial club
giving the same sort of a speech
should be Henry D. Estabrook, for
merly attorney for the Western
Union when he was a member of the
Chicago firm of Lowden, Estabrook
From the annual report of Presi
dent Vail of the American Telephone
& Telegraph Co., Johnson read this
"There are 2,000,000 persons unemployed-in
the United States. The
yearly earnings of these persons
should be at least 31,250,000,000.
These unemployed are now living at
the expense of their savings, their
friends or the public."
Johnson commented: "This is more
dirty politics. Mr. Vail and Mr. Sun
ny are In the same class and say the
same things. Why should they be
come calamity howlers? Revenues
of the A. T. & T. for 1914 show a total
of $46,196,598, as compared with
$45,909,991 for the year before. The
dividend this year is $32,334,814, as
compared with $32,920,090 last year.
Stockholders get 938 this year as
against 9.55 last year.
"Making just as much money as
ever these men throw onto the
streets thousands of their employes
and then hate the brass to come
along and yell about unemployment.
That's why I say "dirty -bnslness has
got its feet into dirty politics."
A report is to be Issued soon by the "
citizens' committee which assisted
Commissioner Ferry hi the automatic
HOYNE DENIES SHADOWING
State's Att'y" Hoyhe denied that he
had shadowed detectives attached to "
his office shadowing judges "last
The denial followed a statement by
Walter Magnus, Judge JCersten's
chief bailiff, that he was being f ollow
ed by detectives from the state's at
torneys' office: -