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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 14, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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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 that the committee wants
to hear them Friday. This action was
ordered Monday 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 organiaztiops. Aid.
Lawley movedso 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 oughl to be the same wil
lingness to It ear these civic and labor
delegates that there is to hear all the
financial interests involved," , said
Merriam. "TheJLelphone users ought
to be heard on. p'ubli6 policy. I'm tired
of hearing these" organizations
sneered at in this committee."
"Well, haven't they been here and
had their say'" asked Tman. '
"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 v Ralph Snaw 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 i
before committee as witnesses. J. C. 1
Kelsey, 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.:
Ctyauncey Frisbie, former president
Tunilel Co.; B. C. Groh, electrical en
ineer employed to 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 apd 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 cpurt 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 he situation."
Council adjourns -Thursday. Gas
oil committee may work,-ski summer
and report, at first regular council
meeting'in -September.
Sofia, July "f4.- .Arrest of Dr. N.
Ghenadiew, former foreign minister
of Bulgaria, and Elena Anastasiow, a
beautiful society matron, on the
charge of conspiracy i the plot to
assassinate Czar Ferdinand in the So
fia Casino several months ago,
caused a sensation here today.
The pair were taken into custody
immediately after two Bulgarians.
accused of throwing tHe bombs that
killed many prominent Sofians, had
been sentenced to death.
Methodist camp meeting, Desplain
es, amends rules to permit boys to go,
in swimming.

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