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signed by C. P. Geelsmark, weigh
master weigher. They showed net weights respectively of 1,860 and 1,925 opunds, or a shortage of 140 pounds on one load and 75 pounds on another. "Belous is a peddler and has to keep hustling every fibmpf the day, so he asked me to take up this dis crepancy with Consumers' Co.," said Rodriguez. "On Jan. 15 I got a let ter from Vice Pres. Campbell of Con sumers' Co. He denies all pqssibility of any mistake on the part of his company and says there are only two theories in the case. One is that coal was removed from the wagons some where between the Consumers' Co. yards and the Schley school scales, or the public scales are in error. I replied that it was not so much a matter of my constituent's honor as it was the honesty of the Consumers' Cq." This paragraph from the alder man.'s letter is the nub of his con tentions: "It would seem to me the proper thing for you to do would be to fol low this matter up and find out whether or not coal had been re moved before it was reweighed and if so who removed it This is a trifling matter, I realize, but is of great importance to those who are buying their coal in Chicago. I feel that at any rate your company should make good the shortage." To this rather recent request Vice Pres. Campbell of the Consumers' Co. made no reply in person, telephone or letter. The whole affair was turn ed over to McKinley, Hansen & Schmauch, lawyers for Consumers' Co. J. P. McKinley under date of Jan. 31 wrote Aid. Rodriguez in sub stance that anybody who questions the scales of Consumers' Co. might as well get ready to go to court to fight their claims. Both Vice Pres. Campbell and Att'y McKinley say the one thing to do when you reweigh coal and suspect the Consumers' Co. of short weight- ing is to "immediately drive back to the Consumers' Co. yard and ask to have the matter corrected or take it up with the city sealer." "After this experience I would pre fer to hear less boasting from cor porations about their willingness to adjust complaints and their ideals of service," was Rodriguez' closing comment. WILSON FINISHES WESTERN TRIP STARTS HOME St. Louis, Feb. 3. Pres. Wilson stirred an audience of 8,000 people in the Coliseum today when he solemn ly warned people of Missouri to pre pare for upholding of American rights and ideals. The address was the final one he will make on his western trip. At noon he left for Washington, confi dent that the people of the middle west will urge their congressmen to "do something for a national de fense within a month." On the gallery today was a regular army of the "unemployed." President James Eads How of the "army" was on hand on the floor of the hall with a resolution to Presi dent Wilson protesting against "pre paredness." Kansas City, Feb. 3. President Wilson came west to find out what was the sentiment in these parts on preparedness. It is the unanimous opinion today that he found out to his complete satisfaction at Kansas City, where 18,000 persons crammed into Convention hall and heard his appeal. It was declared on all sides to have been greatest reception ever given a president of the United States in Mis souri. o o Mrs. Ellen Roberts was' today turn ed over to federal authorities on al leged charge of robbing mails. Sid ney Jones, Minneapolis, student, po iip ?iv "nmrlninprl of having his mail opened and $50 stolen.