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JANITOR HEAD FIRED HEARST
PRINTS STORY BEFORE'
Hearst's Chicago Evening Ameri
can pulled a queer scoop yesterday
it published the story of Robert
Simms' dismissal as City Hall janitor
two hours before he was fired. It
must have been that the Evening
American reporter is endowed with
the faculty of reading the future, or
perhaps the mayor's secretary, Char
lie Fitzmorris, was running behind
Simms was fired just after his
union had called a strike at Ginger
bread Hall the W. R. Hearst office
building, Madison and Market sts.
Simms was not fired by the mayor,
the council committee on public
buildings, the superintendent, engi
neer or caretaker of the building, but
by Charlie Fitzmorris, the mayor's
When Carter H. Harrison was
mayor Charlie Fitzmorris was under
stood to be Hearst's personal repre
sentative on the mayor's staff. When
Big Bill Thompson succeeded Harri
son as chief city executive he did an
unprecedented thing and held over
Hearst's man, Fitzmorris, Democrat,
in the office of secretary to the
Simms and K. Berlinsky, who is
president of the Office Janitors'
union, were called before Fitzmorris
Thursday afternoon. They were told
they would have to quit either the
union or their City Hall jobs. Sims
quit his job. Berlinsky, it is said, de
cided his job as night foreman of
janitors was too good to give up.
While Simms was getting fired
some one left the door into Mayor
Thompson's office open for a minute.
"J. D. Bradley, president, and anoth
er member of the Building Managers'
ass'n were in there talking to the
mayor," said Simms today.
Strikebreakers in Marshall Field's
Conway bldg went hungry for a
while today when the restaurant
across the street refused to furnish
any more grub for the strike break
ers, who were being fed inside the
building. Patrons of the restaurant
had started a boycott
Additional buildings tied up by the
strike today: Harris Trust Co. and
Fort Dearborn National Bank bldgs.
State's Atfy Hoyne began investi
gation into death of Lem Nutter,
confessed auto thief, in county jail.
Police force to be reduced by 17
patrol sergeants, 15 second class de
tective sergeants, 46 patrolmen and
one policewoman, according to infor
mation about 1917 budget Ex-Chief
Healey's estimates blamed for cut.
Blanche Slocum, Oak Park opra
singer, is in Germany. Parents wor
ried. J. A. Mussenden, 67, 4431 Berkeley
av., dead. Gas. Heater believed to
have consumed oxygen.
E. J. Bush, 38, chauffeur, 4537
Congress, dropped dead in Halsted st(
"L" station. Heart failure.
COAL FAMINE THREATENS WITH
MERCURY 2 BELOW ZERO
The city's coal supply is the low
est it has- ever been. People's Gas
light & Coke Co. reports its supply
so low" that there soon will be no gas
unless relief is obtained. Seven swell
apartment buildings housing over
100 families in Hyde Park were cold
today because there was no coal for
Coal men blame the railroads for
not getting coal .here and railroads
say there is lots of coal In Chicago,
but that coal dealers are simply
working a game to get another boost
City, state and federal authorities
have been appealed to, including
Gov. Lowden, Dis't Att'y Clyne, con
gress and the interstate commerce
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