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SHUT OFF INQUIRY INTO MRS.
EATON'S PAST LIFE
Hampered because the civil service
commission ordered him to leave Mrs.
Page Waller Eaton's past life alone,
following a threat f roni' her attorney
to retaliate with a scandal bomb, for
mer Ass't State's Att'y Stephen Ma
lato failed to score a point in the
hearing of charges against Mrs.
Louise Osborn Rowe, charged with
"shaking down" Mrs. Eaton, who re
cently worked in her public welfare
Up to date the council committee
and the civil service commission have
heard nothing but evidence substan
tiating the charge.
Shortly after saying the commis
sion felt it necessary to know "every
thing about the case," Percy Coffin
adjourned the hearing for a few min
utes. Stedman announcad that if
any exposes were gomg to be made
he was going to start something.
That line of questioning was drop
ped for the time being, and at the
start of the afternoon meeting Coffin
anounced that the com'n would only
hear testimony pertaining to the
Malato was trying to get Mrs.
Eaton to admit she had a confused or
hidden motive in paying one-third of
her salary to Mrs. Rowe. She would
admit nothing of the kind.
Involuntarilly waving his hand to
ward the right, where the jury used
to sit, he would shout questions at
the witness. Society women, who
banked the walls of the room, hissed
Steve many times.
"Up to this time two witnesses have
testified that they had seen money
passed from Mrs. Eaton to Mrs.
Rowe. Mrs. Eaton is now testifying
to a fact that has remained unex
plained," Att'y Stedman told a Day
Book reporter. "Mrs. Rowe, when
she is placed on the stand can only
deny, evade or explain. I assure you
my cross-examination of her will not
be an attack on her character."
-GAS COMPANY LOSES BOOKS
MAY OPEN IN TWO WEEKS
Another move to stall the opening
of the books of the People's Gas Light
and Coke Co. to the city's investiga
tors was prevented by a ruling of
Judge Jesse Baldwin yesterday, who
held that mandamus proceedings in
supreme court couldn't keep the cir
cuit court from hearing the petition
of the city to open the books of the
The attorneys for the gas company
are trying -strenuously to delay this
investigation, but they've lost every
move so far. Att'y Donald Richberg,
who represents the city in the fight,
believes that he will obtain access to
the books of the company within the
next two weeks.
This litigation grows over the im
pounded $10,000,000, which both the
city and the company claim should
go to them, the city as a rebate for
the consumers who, it is alleged, have
paid an unnecessarily high price for
gas in the past five years, the com
pany as a fair return on invested cap
ital and property owned.
The opening of the books will show
the city just how much the gas com
pany property is worth. If it is high
the company gets the money. If it is
inflated with watered stocks and
bonds the gas consumers will get re
bates. o o
GIRL INJURED BY WAGON OF ;
Julia Wahlen, 14, 2017 W. 12th st,
was internally injured by a wagon
owned by the Fair department store
near the alley west of Wabash av. on
Miss Wahlen was attempting to
cross the street when the Fair wagon , -, .
backed up, crushing her- against a w
wagon of the Adams Express Co. Her '
side was bruised.
She was treated at the Iroquois
hospital and taken home. Edward f
Byrne, 436 W. 31st st, driver for the
Fair, reported the accident to the police.