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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 21, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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Chicago's high caflutin society
crew is peeved. Muchly so. And all
because of the rotten telephone serv
ice recently. John Garner, commis
sioner of public service, reports that
complaints on rotten sgrvice have in
creased 50 per cent during the cold
spell. And most kicks have come
from society people.
It would seem to loom up like this.
Our society belles, as we all know, at
tend the opera with regularity. That
is, they do when the weather per
mits. But, mercy me, they can't go
out into the cold damp air, when
slush and slop prevail, in their fa
shion gowns. It is too blamed easy
to catch pneumonia when dressed in
society style. And that is very true,
even though the society belles only
strut from their front doors to their
limos and from said limos to the the
aer seats.
Hence and therefore, society has
been canceling theater seats lately.
They have also been canceling after
noon tea dates and other dates. None
of your business. And there the
hitch comes in. Not on the dates,
but on the fact that they haven't
been able to get phone calls to the
theaters', etc. ,
"By jove, we are perfectly paying
our telephone bills, ya' know, and we
must have attention on the wiar."
That's what society thinks about it
and society has raised a kick.
Incidentally, society is not the only
class that has a kick coming. Service
is punk all over. Garner promises
to get afte rthe company. But, may
be, now that society has howled, the
company will get busy anyway.
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22d ward reg. Democratic organi
zation to hold mass meeting at head
quarters, 716 W. North av., Fii, Jan.
21, 8 p. m., to plug for re-election of
Aid. Bauler. Speakers: Aid. Elli
son, John C. Werdell, John Ciskow
ski and other?
Michael Faherty, president of the
board of local improvements, round
ly scored the scheme to spend $260,
000 or more to plan a subway for
Chicago and called Bion J. Arnold
a "joke."
Arnold is the local engineer who
with two others would get $30,000
each for serving on the committee,
and would, besides, be given almost
unlimited liberty in spending money
for hiring assistant engineers and
an office full of clerks.
"How long do the people intend to
continue paying out good money to
this man Arnold?" asked Faherty,
who is considered by many to know
as much about Chicago's transporta
tion needs as anybody. Arnold, ac
cording to Aid. Watson, has been
paid $358,000 in past thirteen years
by the city and traction companies.
"Arnold knows as much about
subway plans and subway needs for
Chicago as he will ever know," con
tinued Faherty. "Since 1902 he has
been paid money to study these prob
lems and find an answer. If he ever
gets an answer he has it now, and,
as the city has paid him well already,
why should it pay him another $30,-
000 to tell what he has learned while
being paid for learning.
"I can understand a corporation
spending money to dupe people, but
1 cannot understand the people
spending money to dupe them
selves." Faherty insisted that a following
out of plan that Arnold seemed to
favor would probably mean the loss
of millions of dolalrs without the
remedying of transportation evils.
He referred to Arnold's connections
with traction interests and said that
the present plan, if carried through,
would result in the traction interests
getting a more thorough grip on the
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Mr. Pruyn is suing Mr. Coffee in a
Minneapolis municipal court.

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