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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 29, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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Pres. Sunny of Chicago Telephone
Co. before state utilities commission
yesterday admitted writing a letter
which disclosed the American Tele
phone & Telegraph Co. working a
graft, collecting a rake-off, squeezing
money from small companies, with
no volue in return. Sunny was mak
ing a kick and trying to stop the A.
T. & T. rake-off because the city
council niight get onto the game.
Later Sunny to Thayer, Sept 12,
1912, stated his attention had been
called to letter May 29, 1912, by chief
engineer re-testing transmitters and
receivers. Associated companies
were ilnstructed "to have exchanges,
as far as possible, put instruments in
condition, so that they can be re-
' placed on the premises of new sub
scribers without being handled at all
by the Western Electric Co." At
which Sunny kicks:
"Both the Wisconsin Telephone
Co., before the commission, and the
Chicago Telephone Co. before the
city council committee on gas, oil and'
electric light, have had the greatest J
difficulty in defending the 4 per
cent payment to the A. T. & T. for
supplying and maintaining telephones
and transmiters. I am sure that you
will appreciate that to carry out in
structions will make it still more diffi
cult to defend payment of 4 per
cent and that it would be readily and
confidently alleged that the license
company was paying the A. T. & T. to
have work done, and was at the same
time doing it themselves."
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Washington, April 29. In his con
ference today with Gen. Obregon,
Chief of Staff Scott is authorized to
.propose that American troops move
northward in Mexico while Mexicans
pursue Villa and his bands to south.
He is instructed, however, not to
treat on withdrawal, but to inform
Obregon, shpuld be make uch a de- J
mand, that this must be taken up
through diplomatic channels.
Scott's orders deal with co-operation.
He is instructed to emphasize
need for it, both for its effect upon
Mexican people and for sake of early
capture of Villa. He has been told
to point out to Gen. Obregon that
public opinion in U. S. will not brook
repetition of Columbus raid and that
for this reason it is imperative the
Villa hunt continue.
American government does not
care whether Ameriacn troops cap
ture Villa or whether this honor xaus
to Carranzistas.
That Obregon will make either a
suggestion or a demand for with
drawal is believed here. A report of
Scott's progress is expected by late
tonight, though there may be several
days of parley.
New York, April 29. May Day will
usher in an unprecedented labor sit
uation in the U. S. The day formerly
marked in Europe by labor disturb
ances will dawn in the U. S. with Mr.
American Laboring Man taking his
dinner pail and hustling off to his
work, knowing that from that time
on he will draw down a daily increase
of $204,616 in wages.
Statistics gathered by the United
Press today show that wage increas
es affecting 706,500 workers and to
taling $5,368,872 monthly, or $64,
426,464 a year, will go into effect on
May 1.
A lockout of cloakmakers in New
York is expected by Wednesday to
result in a strike of 200,000 cloak
makers and garment makers.
Brooklyn stevedores, tugboat men,
dockmen and marine engineers are
all involved in disputes with their
employers over wage scales and
union hours.
Home of M. D. Johnson, 5514 Ken
more nv destroyed by fire. Four
rescued by firemen.
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