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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 29, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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It's all kinda mixed up, brothers
and sisters, but while the congrega
tion stands and sings "Shall We
Gather at the River?" and while
the city chemist toils on tests wheth
er beer has 2 or 4 per cent of alcohol
while the reformers are laughing
triumphant and holy laughter at sa
loonkeepers tearing up their revoked
licenses let us have a look at the
latest City Hall traction film entitled
"The Great Straphangers' Mystery
or Who Gets Away With the Most
First of all, the fact is the real final
complete report of the fancy Chica
go $250,000 traction-subway com
mission has. not yet been made. Not
an alderman, not a newspaper edi
tor, nor anybody else, yet knows
down to final black and white figures
what the engineers hired at about
$1,000 a day are going to say. As it
looks now the report Will be in next
Aldermen Merriam, Buck, Ken
nedy, McCormick .and others are
waiting for this final complete print
ed report before they care to indicate
what course they are going to take
on the traction-subway deal. The
engineers have intimated there may
be a few changes in the final report.
Anyway, after paying $250,000 for
nothing but advice and supposed
precious words of wisdom, the pro
gressive aldermen want to see wnat
the high-priced advice looks like be
fore they pass on it
"It -will be about a week from now
before the report, with all supporting
data, is available in printed form,"
said Aid. Capitain, chairman local
transportation committee, today.
"While there is no expectation that
the important recommendations as
made in the preliminary report will
be changed, there is a good deal of
interest in the final report because it
will contain the tables of valuations,
population, routing and so on, which
form the basis for recommendations
of the commission." ,
Stories are beginning to leak out
from inside the commission that
everything didn't go smoothly. Wal
ter Fisher was counsel for the body,
but the understanding among Fish
er's friends is that he didn't stand for
the 50-year franchise recommenda
tion. It seems to have been put
through either without consulting
Fisher or else against his advice.
And, of course, when a lawyer gets
$100 a day for inside work and $150
outside, there must be something in
the wind when they steamroller him.
Some kind of a clash between
Busby and Insull factions in traction
finance took place in the commission.
Busby as surface line head and In
sull as the elevated roads chief and
as head of the Commonwealth Edi
son Co. selling power to both surface
and "L" lines took opposite stands
on the terminable franchise question
before local transportation commit
tee. Since then talk has run 'strong
that'the Insull has come down and
Busby has been shoved up in the
work of utilities finance. That is,
the word has been passed along in
the banking-utilities field that "cour
tesies" should be passed along as
freely to Mr. Busby as to Mr. Insull
and the Busby say-so counts for as
much, maybe more, than the Insull
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Public efficiency bureau asks new
government for Chicago. Says in
effect: "Combine all city council,
county board, sanitary district, park
boards and all the '22 governing bod
ies of Chicago into one government,
with the city council embodying the
central government Have 35 alder
men elected every four years. Let
aldermen elect mayor."
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San Domingo. Reported that
American marines have captured
bandit Evangelista and scattered his
band in the interior hills, -
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