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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 09, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Washington, Jan. 9. The house
note leak committee today voted to
receive and enter a motion by Rep.
Rennet to report Thos. W? Lawson,
financier, to the house as in con
tempt of the committee for failure
to answer its questions. '
Action on the motion was deferred.
Shortly thereafter Rep. Chiperfield,
following heated clashes with the
witness, started to move again to cite
Lawson for contempt, but fellow
members prevailed against such ac
tion at this time.
' Lawson said he believed in federal
regulation of -the stock exchange.
The financier again today was
asked the name of the "New York
banker" who told him "a cabinet of
ficer" had profited by the leak to
Wall street. Again he refused.
"I'll take you oTany other mem
ber out in the cloakroom and tell you
confidentially," retorted Lawson bel
ligerently, leaning toward the ques
tioner, "but I won't tell it here."
Chiperfield asked Lawsonhow he
dealt on the market. Lawson par
ried with a question as to Chiper
field's rights to ask questions.
Lawson said he did not recall with
what brokers he dealt in December.
Chiperfield roared out a protest,
jumped Jo hip feet -and said he "re
sented" what he held to be Lawson's
attempt to indict others in the leak
"You told us yesterday you Were a J
beneficiary from this leak," Chiper
field pressed. "How much did you
make and was it $500,000?"
"Oh, I don't know," Lawson re
torted. Chiperfield finally Blew up with a
-loud report.
"Is it your purpose not to give this
committee any information?" he
shouted. "Let us not wast anymore
"Oh, I'm trying to give you infor
mation," JLawson answered, with a
taunting smile at the flushe4 and
irate legislator.
Lawson suggested that there
might be another name4j the leak
situation, the "mention of whom
might be more serious than the men
tion jit other persons" he had
hinted at.
In fact he said, "trie bare "mention
of the name might be disastrous to
the name and the administration."
Thirty days hence, he said, it might
not be so serious to mention it.
Lawson finally made the definite
promise to give the name of the
congressman and the cabinet mem
ber he mentioned yesterday "if the
present commission recommended a
ull rather than just this preliminary
o o
In spite of the refuabof the apart
ment building owners' trust to deal
with the Flat Janitors' union, the
men are optimistic over their
chances of success. Pres. Wm.
Quesse of the union gave out the
following statement last night:
"Twelve agents, representing 400
owners of apartments, signed our
agreement," said he. "Mr. Hart has
asked that our demands be placed
before him in writing so that they
could be formally taken up withthe
owners and agents tomorrow. I look
for a prompt settlement."
The janitors have been assured of
the support of the Chi. Federation of
Labor, the teamsters, the milk
wagon driver's and other unions in
the event of a city-wide strike. -
"Abie the Agent" Raymer, auto
thief, said to have givjen confession
that led to first knowledge of exis
tence of "big vice three."
Betty Trump, 21, 1738 W. Madi
son, killed by auto. Autoists kept on
going. ,
Price of coal dropped as 'federal
bureau of investigation started-work.

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