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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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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'
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
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
It was declared on all sides to have
been greatest reception ever given a
president of the United States in Mis
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.

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