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V -1: THE OHIOAOO EAGLE, WHO GOT THE BRIBE? Has Some One in tbe Assessor's Office Been Fixed by the Gas Trust? Its Assessment Was Scandalously Low Under the Old System that Was Wiped Out, cnco Is to tnke tlio great monopoly they now control out of their nanus nnu ad minister It as a trust for the people. But It Is Lower This Time than It Has Been for Several Years. The Oat Truit Owm Sixty-eight Million Dol lars in Assets in This City. It Earned Over Two Millions of Big Golden Dollars Net 0? er All Expenses, And Yet the Assessors Gould Only Find One Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars To Oharge Up Against This Aggregation of Wealth and Oapital Banded for Spoil. Fourteen members of the City Coun cil of Chicago hare relatives working for the Gas Trust. Tho Eagle has the names of all of these men and will publish them In due time. Some of these Aldermen hare sons at work. Some of them hare brothers. Some of them havo nephews. Two of them have cousins. All of them got the Jobs on the strength of favors extended to the Ons Trust In the City Council at the ex- nensc of the people. For the first timo In yean the City Council has refused and neglected to fix the price of gas and to regulate the financial dealings of the city with the Trust. Reformers come so cheap that all the Gas Trust has to do Is to give employ ment to the son or other relative of an Alderman to secure his vote. Tho various gas companies In Now York City havo Just bid for the city contracts. As a result of tho recently Instituted gas war, tho Consolidated offers gas at CO cents per 1,000 cubic feet, while the New Amsterdam offered theirs at 40. These are less than one half the old rate, which was 07 cents. Thus New York gets gas for 45 cents per 1,000 feet while Chicago has to pay $1 net. No wonder there Is no money to clean the streets I When a million of dollars are thrown away to the Gas Trust IB order that cheap, "reform" Aldermen may secure Jobs for their relatives, what else can you expect? Millions for tho Gas Trust and not one cent for clean streets Is the shibbo leth of tbe "reform" City Council. 1 6 Cents Per Day The Billings family are not satisfied with what they "save" on gas trust taxes. They are now fighting the State Inheritance tax. Business Men Would Like to Know Why They Are Hounded for a Pull Valuation, When This Notorious Octopus Can Buy Itself from Paying Just Taxes. Immunity, for How much did It cost? The I'eoplo's Ga Light and Coke Company has been at It ngnlu? It bus hud Its assessment reduced, while that of everybody elso lu CUI en go has been raised. Merchants and clerks, Poor and rich, llrokers nud manufacturers, Grocers and doctors, High and low, All havo been raised and tho dally press has been hounding the Assessors Into socking It to every poor nniu lu tho community. Hut not ono word hns been uttered or ono protest recorded against the crime of tho year tho lowerlug of tho taxes of tho notorious Gas Trust. Tho Gas Trust does as It pleases.' It tears up tho public streets Just .after tho taxpayers havo been mulcted to pavo tliem, und it Is not churged n 'dollar. , It charges tho city for 880 street lamps which uro uevcr lighted, and nothing Is said. It violates tho anti-trust law and It Is unheeded. It charges tho people 200 per cent, moro than It ought to for gas, and they havo no remedy. And now It shows tho now Revenue Law to bo a farce, for It bids opcu tic llnuco to It, by openly securing a reduc tion of Its tuxes, wbllo everyone else is raised. Tho official statement of tho Pcoplo's Gas Light nud Coko Company pub lished in tho Economist of May 0, 1800, gavo tho net assots of tho Pcoplo's Gas Light and Coko Company at $08,585, SOU. Yet tho Assessors found only $1,100, 000 worth of property belonging to It. Tho president of tho Pcoplo's Gas Light and Coko Company nt Its last nnuunl meeting, proudly announced that tho net earnings of tho People's Go Light and Coke Company, ovec flud abovo all oxpouscs, for 1808 amounted to $3,000,000. Net earnings, mind youl And yet this concent which salted away $2,000,000 In net earnings last year, and which has $08,585,800 worth of assots, according to tho official state ments of Its offices, has only $1,100,000 to tax, according to tho Assessors! Shamo upon such Assessors! They uro a disgrace to tho community und deservo condign punishment at the bauds of an outraged people. Just Assessors, forsooth! They mako tho Lehman estate, which is worth $2,000,000, pay as much taxes as this scoundrelly trust, which Is worth $08,000,000. They make Marshall Field and every othor merchant pay a big und a full tax on a full valuation. Marshall Field does not maintain a bribery bureau. Every laboring man who hns a piano for his daughter has to pay a tax on It. Every struggling ront-paylug oltlson who is living from hand to mouth hns to pay n tux on tho full valuation of his proporty. Hut tho corrupt Gas Trust knows Its business. It has an advantage over other people. Who Is tho fellow In tho Assessor's ojllco with tho Itchy palm? Tho peoplo will ask this question with a volco of thunder ono of theso lnys and all tho brlbo money over paid out by tho Gas Trust will not savo tho culprit from his Just fate. If tho peoplo of Chicago permit them selves to bo robbed by an Octopus which has no legal right to exist, they are not entitled to any sympathy. RSlBE FOR A Residence Telephone fiimmi.MtemMm Lon Distance instruments WUlWMIMBUIItn IMIMMCHIS First-Class Service $30 Per Year FORJAN OFFICB EXTENSION DESK TELEPHONE Save time and annoyance by having a Telephone on your desk. Chicago Telephone Co. CONTRACT DEPT 213 Waiktsftoa St. Weaver Goal Co., WHOLESALE COAL All' COKE ag Vm The "Universal Gas Company" ob tained a franchise from tho city on the express stipulation that It Wftild charge but 00 cents per thousand feet for gas. The Universal company Is ow owned by tho Trust, and Is fur nish gas at $1.10 per 1,000 feet, In de fiance of law. Its franchlso should be forfeited forthwith. The Infamous Gas Trust bought our streets of tho last Legislature, and the city of Chicago enu never own n gas plant or an electric light plant of its own until this "Consolidation" law Is repealed. Think of an American city prohibited from using Its own streets 1 Yet tho city of Chicago cannot uso Its own streets If It wants to light them Itself! Tho Gas Trust owns Chicago streets, It bought Uiem from the last Legisla ture. Tho people are Just awakening to this fact. Walt until they aro thoroughly aroused, and some gentlemen will not wish to remain long inside tho city limits. Tbe most baneful, threatening and dangerous Influence in public life to-day Is in tbe shape of tbe all-corrupting corporations, and they are themselves rapidly giving that fact the benefit of public demonstration. The only way to secure our politics, our Legislatures and our courts against their polluting innu- Tho Western Electric Company, which gives employment to 11.000 men, Is assessed to Its full llmlt-$l, 1.11,011. The Gas Trust, which employes but forty-live men und owns $08,000,000 In personal property, Is valued nt $1,100, 000. Marshall Field Is assessed at $2,500, 000, and tbe $08,000,000 Gas Trust ut $1,100,000. Tbe McCormlck Harvester Company Is assessed nt $1,500,000 nud the $08, 000,000 Gas Trust nt $1,100,000. The Crane Manufacturing Company Is assessed nt $1,242,253 und the $08, 000,000 fius Trust nt $1,100,000. Hut why continue the list? Every assessment made Is unjust when It Is compared with the crooked one of tho Gas Trust. And one of tho strong evidences of crookedness lu connection with this fraud Is the fact that In tho llgures of comparisons with 1808 given out by tbe assessors, the People's Gns Light nud Coko Company Is compared with Its namesake of 1808, us, for Instance, 1800. 1808. P. O. L. & C. Co. . .$1,100,000 $285,000 Now, this would lead the public to believe that tho People's Gns Light and Coko Compnny was assessed nt more this year than It was last. That Is why theso Ilgurcs nrc given out. To bldo the crime. Tho truth Is that the People's Gns Light und Coko Compnny Inst your wns tho old West Hldo Company of that name, now out of existence. This year It Is tho name borno by the successor to thu Old West Side People's Gns Light and Coko Co., Chicago Gns Light and Coke Co., Eiiultnblo Gas Company, Suburban Gas Company, Hyde Park Gas Company, Lake Gns Compnny, Economic Gas Company. Universal Gas Company. Calumet Gas Company. All of theso nro this year merged Into tbe People's Gus Light mid Coke Co. 80 that tho Assessors will plea so ex plain how It is that they havo reduced this octopus. t Here aro tho figures on tho nsscssed valuation of tho seven companies named for. 1808, und their successor, tho People's Gns Light nud Coko Com pany, for 1800 : 1800. 1803. Consolidated P. O. L. & C. Co. .$1,100,000 $1,083,382 Net reduction slnco 1808, $583,382. What do you think of that, taxpayers of Chicago? Who got tho brlbo? PURE the PUREST usHsBI grocer "Mr 2 xsiBRB for NmUh ?iiNn these m NONE BETTER. The J. C. Grant (Meal Comgany, 110, 112, 114 West Lake 8treet, . CHICAGO. ft,l,,t,,l,.ir,tr,tr,tr.tt.t,,i,,tnt?.ti.7M..AA,tnfcAS BSirWlwlBBBWBBHWl ''ianwiTiaMMB'tTaMrMMl,Laaal zr-az RLLlICT OFFICE: 40th Street and Wentworth Avenue. TELEPHONE YARDS 708. City Office: 802 Marquette Building. TELEPHONE MAIN 180. F. 3. PEABODY, President. M. S. ROBINSON, Vice Pres. J. D. ADAMS, Treasurer.' C. J. ORAY, Secretary. PEABODY COAL CO., it C. D. DUIOIS. PRID A. BUM!. North-Western Coal Co. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL. Titiphoni South 123. IS4S Stat Str.et. ft ? RIKlm KBBaSSBBJJIBjajajBBBjaBBHgBpUBSHHQMi Anthracite and Bituminous Coal WHOLESALE AND RETAIL. MAIN OFFICB: I RETAIL OFFICE: Fifth Floor, ais Dearborn Street. I 103 Dearborn Street lej DOCKt-Foot North Market Street. W. P. RIND. I. WALKM' RUBBERPAINTCOMPANY, 36 and 38 BOSTON AVENUE. HEADQUARTERS FOR Strictly Pure Lead, Colors in Oil, Mixed Paint, Bicycle Enamel, Brushes, Varnishes and Painters' Material, and the Celebrated Hygienic Calcimine. HIQHIST AWARD AT WORLD'S COLUMBIAN BXPOSITION. W. P. REND & CO., Hard and Soft Goal and Coke. Proprietors et Cars, Owaers sad Operators et Mlaee. UURIL MILL MINIS ASS COM WORKS, Ml!"! County, Ps. PHINIX MINIS, Alktnt County. Ohio. WILLOW 8S0VI MINIS, STAR MINI, WuklnitOR Cointf, Pa. IACKSONVILLI MINI. Athino County, Oklo. SUNIAY CRIIK MINIS, PoW Cointy, Ohio. RIISIINS MINU, Wuhlngton CtMty, r. BRIAR RIPvR) RIIRRt VJIVVCvRRMi VRRflk General Offices: 119 Dearborn Street. Velesfeon.e BCaslas. BB. MUTH till YARII: 4011 Isutb Halttsi It., Tstiphsns Ysrtfi 181. REIT llll YARD!: Pssrla snl Klnxle Its., Tsltsksns Mils 4MI. Ellisssth MS Minis Streets. TEAMINI DEPARTMENT: 17 tostk Wstsr It., TsMfhOM Nine old companies are now merged into the People's, to wit: The old Peo fle's, the Chicago Uaa Light and Coke, Hyde Park, Suburban, Lake, Calumet Suitable, Economic, and Universal. " , The figures which follow show the way four of the gas companies now merged into the People's tias Light and Coke Company were treated last year, ltotfen as those figures were, the new Hoard of Assessors has done worso. It has lowered the taxes of the Trust and raised the taxes of the common busi ness man. The Hoard of Assessors have made ono rate for the Crooked (las Trust and another for ordinary business property. nresentation of this chase of tho subject, the Equitable being estimated because it escaped taxation entirely) The following tables give a condensed Nime of Company. Coi Icwra Out Llnht ind Coke Co enple'iUniLUihtuntlCokeCo VU.UIltltlV. IUUI lu.. ...... ....... Ilil.l lur mnn l-UIUW!1lti . ...... Cquimblo On. Unlit nud Fuel Co. (AH t ciiiinuivu),,,, .,,, , Total of (our comuintei Total market vuluo of securities. lie.OT.eaa.M 8,r.o)o,oo JS,50,I60.0 6,778,010.00 m,7iw,moo Equalized aliened valuation. SMO.OOO.OO 53.(110.00 00,688.00 11,104,408.00 118,881.00 l,S83,3IU.O0 Percent. aneiiment to real value. 8.W 1.74 8.31 8.99 S.M 8.1 .Equalized Ant. Uui. Prop, iame real value. 11,800,8:1.00 1,815,100.00 wi.o48.oo 14,323,407.00 Sll.l4t.00 84,(104,008.00 Name ot Company. Chicago Qai l.lclit and Coko Co lVolo' Cm I.lcht und Coko Co luuiuiner . uu iaj ..,.......... Total for tlireo cnmpanlei. Total for tlireo cnmpaniea..... .... .. .... .... r,ultablt Um Melituud Fuel Co, (citlmated). . Total of tour companies Actual Amt. tune. puld. Taxet raid by Prop, iame Value. 155,000 21,810 $100,148 IO,iB4 1110,370 1155,387 158,81)8 77,533 S37I.B18 65,138 S43b6fl Excpii of Amt. m Id by Hut. l'r. iame value. 00.487 117,088 55.007 $271,672 44,014 1310,588 To sum up. the evidence appears conclusive that in the absence of intelligent interest in the subject among the people, the gas companies have been able to have almost their own way in the matter of assessments, Inspections, capltall cation and price, until tho need of an awakening to the true situation is becom. ing evident to all students of the problem, The clear and almost defiant viola tions of the law by tbe gas companies are, however, likely tpje so well under, stood that only some suadsn ana unjustlisble tying of the bands ot the city by aoetUe legislation at Sprlajjasld can loaf postpone the day of reckoning. Telephone Worth 7 JOHN F. ALLES, a33 Lincoln Ave., Plumbing, Wmi & Ltl M Ct, "pgBSpr- l TELEPHONE 5049 Main. JOHN T. CONNERY, Manifir. Gas Fitting AND SEWERAGE. Steam and Hot Water Heating. Repairing Promptly Done. Estimates Cheerfully Furnished, AJKFPH vnWLZm VIENNA. NEW INQLANO, OOUN1Y FAIR. DADDY DOLLAR. BREAD, oriam or malt. ANY -ox- MfclM MaVtktR It, tn4 179-111 Ltkt It MINERS AND I HIPPER! OP COAL Shipping Docks, Main Offlci. N. Halitad and N. Branch Stt. 1226 Stock Exo 1 10 LaSalla H THE: WYOMING! ....FIRE-PROOF.... '(FORMERLY SORI'S WTIL)- 261 to 274 8. Clark St., - CHICAGO. tib&&K BiTDo.JA"er,c" 'Oi W.WIsad Upwards TilEuropets Piss, 75c I PcrDsy. ElectdcfLlgbt and Steam " ....IN kviry ROOM. Firtt-Cla&s Beitanraiit in CoinecUii. JOHN BAUQH, MsMMger. WYOMINQ HOTEL CO., Proprietor! ift te&2&2l-iV "h k'Ji1,'.'V, tiita!.'' t"i2't " iy W!i, .?'