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" their case he agreed to let the mat
ter Tide until the next meeting of the
committee Thursday and Friday.
The committee listened to consid
erable talk from Walter Fisher, sent
by Mayor Thompson to give advice.
Then it agreed to hif& -Stephen A.
Foster as its legal adviser. Fisher,
however, will remain to be quoted as
an expert on phone matters.
A pathetic feature oAhe hearing
yesterday, was the stress laid by Att'y
Felsenthal for the poor bondholders
of the Illinois Tunnel Company on
He asked time to present their side
of the sad tale.
Widows six of them with dia
monds, silks and furs sat through
the hearing as a living argument that
the automatic phone company should
not be forced to live up to its con
tracts with the city.
"These poor women have invested
their all their last cent in these au
tomatic bonds and if they lose this,
they will face destitution," declared
State Senator Dave Ettelson, at
torney for the Tunnel company, then
harped for a while on the widow an
gle of this problem.
Charlotte Rhodus, head of the
Woman's Party of Cook county,
"The automatic company made a
contract with the city and when the
bonds were sold the conditions of the
ordinance were known," she said.
"The automatic company agreed to
have 20,000 bona fide subscribers.
Did they not, Mr. Fisher?" Miss Rho
dus asked the mayor's "expert"
"They did," Fisher answered.
"Did they get the 2000 bona fide
'ubscribers?" Miss Rhodus shot back.
"Evidently not," answered Fisher.
Then the duty of this committee
lain. There is no excuse to cloud
issue with widows or financial
conditions. The automatic company
would force the city to live up to its
contract and it is your duty to act in
me same manner.
T MAN ON TRIAL CHARGED WITH
DROWNING THREE BRIDES
London, June 22. The famous
"brides' bath" murder case went to
trial in Old Bailey today. George Jo
seph Smith, 43, charged with the
murder of three of his six wives, each
of whom died mysteriously in a bath
tub, rose in a crowded courtroom and
shrieked his formal plea:
"Not guilty! Not guilty! It's all a W
When Justice Scrutton had re
stored order Prosecutor Bodkin be
gan his opening statement to the
jury. He branded Smith as the "Blue
beard of modern times," and prom
ised that the crown's evidence would
show conclusively that the prisoner
killed each of the three women found
nude and drowned in their baths, for -the
sole purpose of collecting their
Smith, a tall, thin man, with rat
like eyes, fingered his mustache ner
vously while the prosecutor was mak
ing his formal accusation. Several
times he started nervously as if to
interrupt, but was restrained by his
An hour before the case was called
a crowd packed the courtroom of Old
Bailey to hear the details in one of
the most grewsome murder cases in
the history of England. Women
formed the bulk of the crowd.
THAW "IN AGAIN"
New York, June 22.-i-Undiscour-aged
by his 9-year battle for freedom,
at every stage unsuccessful, Harry
K. Thaw today began another round
to escape the law's grip, when he' ap
peared before a jury and Justice
Hendrick in the supreme court to (
test his present sanity. P
Judge Hendrick opened court by
asking any of the 150 talesmen call
ed who wanted to be excused to stand
up. Every one of the 150 arose. The
justice tartly explained that only
legal causes would be accepted,
About half the men then sat down.
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