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comply with the request of the mem
bers of Walter Fisher's firm to give
hem time to communicate with Mr.
Tsher, who is in Washington."
Chester E. Cleveland came before
j idge Windes this morning as assist
ant corporation counsel representing
' he city of Chicago. He said:
"Before Corporation Counsel Ettel
son became corporation counsel he
was interested in the automatic tele
phone case. The automatic telephone
company was his client For that
reason he deemed it improper for him
to appear personally in this matter.
Mr. Walter Fisher was engaged to
look after this."
Rudolph Matz, Jr., for the Fisher
law firm, then said:
"Mr. Fisher alone had charge of
this case. Nobody in the office knows
about it He had expected to be here
Wednesday, but it is not certain he
can be in Chicago then because he
has a committee hearing in Wash
ington on Thursday.'"
Court then deferred hearing till 2
o'clock in order to give Walter iFsh
er"s associate and the corporation
counsel's office time to find out who
is going to represent the city.
Att'y Schwartz asked the court if
the delay would affect the status of
the ordinance at the city council
meeting to begin at 2 o'clock.
1 don't think the city will take any
action in a case of this kind on being
notified that the matter is under hear
ing," said Judge Windes.
Chairman Sitts of council gas-oil
committee, who was to have called
up the ordinance in council this after
noon, said he hadn't heard of the citj
being notified. Until this noon when
he talked with a Day Book reporter.
Aid. Sitts fully expected the ordi
nance to be called up and voted on in
a regular way.
"If the city has been notified I
don't know anything about it," said
Sitts. "I am going to see the mayor
and corporation counsel before I call
up the ordinance."
"Are you for the ordinance?" fcfc
was asked, j
"Yes," said Sitts. "It's a good
ordinance. I shall vote for it I
fought against it when it was first in
troduced because it gave the city no
compensation. Now I believe $500,
000 is fair to the city."
"I'm for a referendum on it," said
Aid. Wallace. "There ought to be
more compensation to the city than
$500,000. There is clearly an amount
of $4,000,000 of franchise value which
the city loses as the ordinance now
"I'm for the minorityf report o
Aids. Merriam, Buck and Kearns,"
said Aid. Nance. "I've looked into the
deal and I don't believe the city is get
ting a fair compensation."
"I'm for the ordinance because I'm
against a dual telephone system," ex
plained Aid. Toman, "Two telephones
are a nuisance. Of course, we all
know this automatic phone was first
put in as a club. It never gave any
competition and it's only in the way
"I'm not fighting it," said Aid. Lit
tler, "I voted for forfeiture last year.
But we will be dragged into endless
litigation if we refuse the $500,000
"I have been for a referendum on
this from the start," said Aid. Kjel-
lander. "Whatever the facts may be
as to the city's rights with regard to
forfeiture, the matter is too import
ant for the city council to decide.
Where an ordinance of this kind is so
widely questioned by the people it
should be sent to the voters for a city
"I'm a business man and I look on
this as a business proposition," Aid.
Cross puts it, "It's just as a straight t
"I voted to forfeit this property last
year and I favor forfeiture now," said
Aid. Frank Ray, "What I would prefer
above any other action would be a
referendum putting it up to the peo
ple whether $500,000 is a fair price
for this property that belongs to the
people;" " - J ""
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