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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 30, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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The proposed heat unit gas offered
by the P. G. L. & G. Co., in place of
the candle power system now in
vogue, was declared a raise inN price
by E. W. Bemis, city gas expert, be
fore the gas, oil and electric light
committee of the council.
The Peoples Gas Co. will make
greater profits selling heat unit gas
at a lower price than on the present
kind, which is sold for more money.
Heat unit gas was termed inferior
by Bemis. It is better for manufac
turing purposes, but does not serve
in the ordinary open-flame burner
used by common folk.
The Examiner was the only morn
ing paper to tell this story but
there's a reason.
Sam Insull, British multi-millionaire
head of the electric light, gas
and transportation public utilities of
the city, has been oh the outs with
the Hearst papers for years.
When Hearst moved into Chicago
in 1900 he bought the corner at Mar
ket and Madison, out of the high
priced loop district
Hearst had the inside history of
Chicago down pat before he entered
the city and he thought that the Mar
ket street stub of the Chicago & Oak
Park "L" could be ousted. This
would leave him one of the widest
streets in the city, when the struc
ture was gone, to run his delivery
wagons around in. The street would
be one of the 'finest
So after he bought the property
and put up the Hearst building he
asked Insull, who rdns the Oak Park
"L," to tear down the old elevated
Jnsull refused to do this and Hearst
filed suit in an effort to force him to.
All the years that the case was in
court the Hearst papers never lost a
chance to rap the old "L" structure
as an ugly nuisance.
In court the claim of the Hearst
people, who, by the way, didn't ap
pear in the suit which was carried on
at the expense of the taxpayers by
the city law department, was that
the stub had outgrown its usefulness.
Back in 1888, before there was a
loop of elevated tracks, the Oak Park
"L" came only to Market street and
the suburbanite hoofed it to the cen
tral part of the city.
When the loop was built the Oak
Park trains ran around it and the
Market street structure was used to
store cars on. Hearst claimed that
the "L" had no right to hold down a
street which was not regularly used
for transportation purposes.
He was turned down in court about
six months ago and has been sore
ever since.
When the agitation for jitney
busses struck the country the Hearst
papers tried hard to encourage a bus
system for Chicago to break Insull'a
hold on- the car lines: His American
offered to give free space to adver
tise the routes of jitney busses.
He nearly gave the people jitney
auto service, but the park boards
controlling the boulevards over
which the jitneys would have to
travel to compete with the cars cama
to Insull's rescue. Dominated by big
business and hog-packers' lawyers,
these boards refused the autos the
right to use their boulevards.
But Hearst is still angry and once
in a while he takes a jab at InsulL
The jabs are really taps, however,
for it wouldn't do to start an out-and-out
war between two of our,
greatest exponents of big business.
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Springfield, III., June 30. Here's
the First 111: cavalry marching song:
"Goodby Illinois, we must leave you;
Goodby Illinois, we must go;
Farewell, little girl, who stays behind
We're on our way to Mexico."

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