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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 24, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Fred Upham and other coal barons.
They do not propose to deal with the
men On (the terms which the men
have asked. They want any new
" agreement which the union offers to
expire at the beginning of summer so
that they might kick the men out
without hurting their pocketbooks
seriously through non-delivery of
coal. s
Lowden, it is said, has been assur
ed that the newspapers of Chicago
will uot condemn any attempts to
make a Ludlow, Colo., out of Chi
cago. In Ludlow, it will be remem
bered children, women and men were
(mowed down by the militiamen,
eerving Rockefeller.
This is the most high-handed game
Iplayed by Big Business in the last
fifteen years. Behind the request is
& solid lineup of financial and poli
tical interests as well as the Tribune
land other advertising-controlled
Lowden has lent his ears to their
(proposal sufficiently to send Adj.
Gen. Dickson of the state militia to
'Chicago for a conference with mem
bers of tEe coal trust, the State T3L
Merchants' ass'n and other powerful
moneyed men. ""
Last night Dickson held a confer
ence with Fred Upham. It was in the
nature of a secret conference. The
newspapers knew of it, but have kept
.all news of the militia proposal dark.
Only the Examiner has made any
mention of the fact that an effort is
being made to bring the militia Jiere.
Jimmy Simpson, Marshall Field
boss, is proving an invaluable aid to
Upham in his attempts to bring the
militia to Chicago to use their guns
in1 a war on the working people. The
State Street Merchants' ass'n is de
termined that labor be licked in this
crucial fight. Jimmy Simpson is
acting as their representative.
Chauncey Keep, trustee of the Field
estate, and pal of Simpson, is on the
aboard of 'directors 'of the Pullman
fo., in which Gov. Lowden is inters
.- od,
On the political side, Fred Upham
is the treasurer of the -Republican
national campaign, a state leader
and a lively candidate for U. S. sen
ator. The coal trust has also F. S.
Peabody, who was a collector for
the Democratic national campaign
fund. John P. Hopkins, former
mayor of Chicago and twin-boss of
the Roger Sullivan Democratic fac
tion, is a director of the Consumers'
Fred Upham's threat to raise the
price of coal 15 cents a ton if the
men strikeonthe plea that it will be
justified by the men's action can be
riddled easily. Every driver of the
Consumers' Cov handles an average
of 15 tons a day. At 15 cents a ton
increase that will bring $2.25 in
crease a day per driver to Fred Up
ham and his pals. The men ask
only 50 cents i a day increase; the
coal barons will therefore be $1.75" a
day to the good on each" man.
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City Comptroller Pike today sent
a letter to the corporation counsel
asking for a definition of his rights
to examine the- account books of the
Chicago Telephone Co.
"We are entirely inthe dark on
what it costs the telephone company
for equipment yearly," said Pike.
"We have sufficient evidence now to
warrant us in making a thorough in
spection of their cost sheets.
"Until recently it has been the cus
tom for the city to accept the com
pany's payment of 3 per cent of gross
receipts yearly and let it go af'that.
By this method the city officials are
completely ignorant of what the ac
tual net profits of the company fare.
"We propose to examine equip
ment and find out how it has been
cheapened and to what extent. In
the end it may lead to a reduction of
rates to phone users It all depends
on what we find. If the inspection
is made now it will cost about $35,
000. Delay it a year and try to do it

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