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PHONE SYSTEM OWNED BY CITY
When the Chicago Telephone Co.
franchise runs out in 1919 the city of
Chicago is going to-s.ee one of the
hottest municipal ownership fights
ever known in any American city.
One year's notice must be given
the phone company by the city if the
city intends to buy the equipment and
run it under city management This
means that in 1918, three short years
from today, the aldermen and the
people who want a city-owned phone
system must be ready with their
This new angle of the phone game
has come to the front stronger since
the city council Monday ordered the
corporation counsel to start stilt for
seizure of the automatic phone sys
tem. Whatever Corporation Council
Polsom does in pushing the suit, it
will drag along in courts for at least
two or three years, it is expected.
This will bring the court decision
coming along about the same time as
the Chicago Telephone Co. will either
sell out to the city or get a new fran
chise from the city.
There's one kink the Penny Phone
league is working now to straighten.
That's the telephone merger ordin
ance. It's still Mckingaround in the
council gas-oil committee". Morton
L. Johnson, president Penny Phone
league, was in the city hall getting
the dope on it. He said:
"In view of the action of the coun
cil Monday, this proposed ordinance
ought to be officially killed, buried
and placed on file. We shall ask that
aldermen do this on Thursday -this
Chairman Sitts of the committee
said he is "ready to put it to a vote
whenever a member of the commit
tee calls for it."
John Fitzpatrick, president of the
Chicago Federation of Labor, said he
is keeping posted on the phone situa
tion and expects results from it in
"None of the corporations of Chi-1
cago has a worse record for persist
ent, merciless crushing of organiza
tion than the Chicago Telephone Co."
said Fitzpatrick. "I am for munic
ipal ownership because in the first
place we couldn't possibly get a
"worse deal froin the city than we
now get from the' Chicago Telephone
Co. The minute a hello girl talks
about organizing a union she loses
her job. Whenever any man in the
mechanical department talks organ
ization, he is cut off the payroll."
CONFESSES HE SOLD DOPE TO
SCHOOL GIRLS IN TOPS
New York, May 20. Concealed in
mechanical tops, cocaine had been
sold to a score or more girls attend
ing a public school in the Washington.
Heights district, it was learned today,
following the arrest of Dr. James
Kling. In the doctor's handsomely
furnished apartment the police found
$50,000 worth of "dope" cocaine,
morphine and heroin.
Kling confessed, according to the
police, that he had been selling the
"dope" to school girls. He concealed
the drug in mechanical tops, the
heads of which lifted out. The police
say Kling also admitted that he had
disposed of $200,000 worth of "dope"
to dealers here in the past few weeks.
Kling declared he had a drug store
in Forbes avenue, Pittsburgh, and
the police charge it was through that
store that he was able to buy huge
quantities of the drugs.
New York. William H. Bragg, pro
f essorof physics at Leeds university,
and his son, W. L. Bragg of Cam
bridge, have been awarded the Bar
nard gold medals for conspicuous
service in science.
Lincoln, Neb. Blanket of snow .
covers western third of Nebraska,
accompanied by freezing tempera
ture. Linton, Ind. Edward King, miss
ing cashier of Dugger State bank, ar
rested. King is short about $40,000,
it is believed.