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BANKERS AND PEOPLE TO BE
HEARD ON PHONE DEAL
Officers and delegates of the Penny
Phone league, Greater Chicago Fed
eration, Chicago Federation of Labor,
Woman's City club and Political
Equaiity league, and in all 25 civic,
labor and women's organizations -will
be called before council gas-oil com
mittee to tell what they think is good
public policy on the telephone deal.
Banker Charley Dawes and Bank
er Dave Forgan, along with officers
of Automatic phone company, were
notified today the committee wants
to hear them Friday. This action was
ordered yesterday on motion of Aid.
Lawley, who is understood to be per
sonally following Mayor Thompson's
wishes on the committee.
Aid. Merriam then suggested that
along with bondholders, stockholders
and financial representatives, the
committee ought to hear the civic,
labor and women's organiaztions. Aid.
Lawley moved so and it carried.
Aid. Utpatel, Toman and Walko
wiak showed impatience at hearing
speakers for the Penny Phone league
and other organizations. Walkowiak
said on their previous appearance
"they acted like anything but gen
tlemen." "There ought to be the same wil
lingness to hear these civic and labor
delegates that there is to hear all the
financial interests involved," said
Merriam. "The telephone users ought
to be heard on public policy. I'm tired
of hearing these organizations
sneered at in this committee."
"Well, haven't they been here and
had their say?" asked Toman.
"That was on the phone count, not
on forfeiture," said Merriam.
"Time is an important element if
we are going to sell this property,"
said Att'y Ralph Shaw for automatic
bondholders, when the committee de
cided to prolong hearings. Said his
company's funds are depleted but it
would pay for hire of experts to come
before committee as witnesses. J. C.
tMrp.v. editor of Telephony, and
Kempster B. Miller are phone engi
neers to be heard.
Pres. Sunny of Chicago Telephone
Co. will be called, also Joseph H. Har
ris, president Automatic Electric Co.
and former head Chicago Tunnel Co.;
Chauncey Frisbie, former president
Tunnel Co.; B. C. Groh, electrical en
ineer employedto build tunnel sys
tem. Aid. Toman said he wanted to
know why the city pays $100,000 a
year for a department of public serv
ice supposed to be experts and then
goes outside and hires other experts.
Telephone Supervisor Cummings
then offered the services of the de
partment. "Alble counsel advises the city, has
a good case and the city has a right
to forfeit this property," said Aid.
Merriam. "On the legal question I'm
ready to vote now. No one is sure in
a situation such as this because it
will always be impossible to find out
what the supreme court is going to
decide. Still, it may be a good thing
to go further into the complete his
tory of the legal, mechanical and
financial phases of the situation."
Council adjourns Thursday. Gas
oil committee may work all -summer
and report at first regular council
meeting in September.
COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL
DEFENDS ROCKEFELLER JUDGE
Denver, Colo., July 13. Judge
Granby Hillyer, to whom Frank
Walsh referred as the "corrupt
court," was defended by Att'y Gen.
Fred Farrar before the supreme
court A writ of prohibition was
sought by coal strikers' attorney to
prevent Hillyer presiding at future
trials of miners indicted for murder
in connection with fatal riots during
the recent labor war in Colorado.
Farrar denied the allegation that pre
vious employment by the coal em
ployers unfitted Hillyer to trial former.