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" ? "a-)-iHwiriwiw w Co. He, works for Isham, Lincoln & Beale, the Commonwealth. Edison law firm. Merriam pointed to the People's Gas Co., which has its meter system regulated by the city inthe same way as now proposed for the Com monwealth Edison Co. He said both gas and electric companies are own ed by the same interests. Att'y Arthur said: "I have heard you make the statement here and at Springfield that the ownership of the gas and electric companies is iden tical. What is your basis for that remark?" Merriam: Is it not true that Mr. Samuel Insull is chairman of the board of directors of both the Peo ple's Gas Co. and the Commonwealth Edison Co.? Arthur: That is true. But out side of that I would like to know what proof there is that the Edison Co. owns the gas company. Merriam: There is such a general interlocking of gas and electric inter ests in this city that in financial cir cles it is an accepted fact -that the two companies are not competing in any real sense at all Aid. Wallace of the 23d ward said he knows "a specific instance in which the Commonwealth Edison Co. put a small manufacturer out of busi ness because he kicked against me tering and high charges. "They cut the wires outside his plant to shut off his current," said the alderman. "The meter went wrong and his bills were outrageously in creased though he was not using any more current than formerly." Wallace told a Day Book reporter there are business reasons why he can not give the name of the manu facturer. o o N. Y. MAY GET BIG LUMP New York. New York state will be richer by a $2,000,000 tax on Al fred G. Vanderbflt's $60,000,000 for tune, if it is determined that he was a resident of this state. Y. V. C. A. OFFICIALS KICK ON DORMITORY LIFE STORY Protests of the lieads of the Y. W. C. A. did not prevent the second in stallment of a story of life in one of its dormitories which is now running in the Century magazine. The woman author claims to write from experience and she tells of the young ladies who lived in the "pious prison" who smoked cigarets and used abundant swear words in their conversations. The story is entitled "A Book of Remembrance" and the plot not only "exposes" conditions in the Y. W. C. A., but also in the stockyards, where many of the girls worked. Dean Sara-D. Jenkins and Mrs. T: J. Dee, pres. of the ass'n, declare the writer's facts to be disgusting and without basis. "It is an uncalled for and unjust attack," said Mrs. Dee. o o BITS OF NEWS Women of U. of C settlement ask aid of drainage board trustees to do away with Bubbly creek, South Side open sewer. ' v John Sondberg, engineer, scalded in wreck of freight train of ChL & W. Ind. R. R. at 98th st Burglar discovered in home of Her bert Allison, 3936 Pine Grove av., es caped by jump from 2d-story window. James Ennis, auto salesman, seri ously hurt when auto turned turtle mile east of Downer's Grove. Four men and two women injured when auto of Alfred Lahmes, 3000 Michigan av., turned over at 79th and Bond av. James Deavill, who left "wife and children in E. Liverpool," O., arrested here. Edward Rochlich, 908 S. Wabash av., found dead in bed. Gas. Reason unknown. Vincent Falsulo, 910 Cambridge av., shot by "blacKhanders" near his home., May die. l. . V.PV . M 4- . ,i6utsj , .-u.i aj&. j.