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Edison profits make case for city ownership By BILL CARR Profits of the Commonwealth Edison Co. reached a record peak of $16,514,049 for the first six months of this year as a result of the high light bills paid by Chicago consumers, THE CHICAGO STAR, AUGUST 9. 1947 it was disclosed this week. The enormous profits.—nearly a million and a half above those for the same period last year were revealed as the City Coun cil utilities committee made prep arations to begin its inquiry into the whole question of the power monopoly's lucrative franchise. Under the franchise, Common wealth Edison for years has been robbing users of electricity here by charging rates far above those in many other cities. The com pany is one of many utilities con trolled by thg Big Business group headed by J. P. Morgan. THE UTILITIES committee an nounced that it would hold a pub lic meeting Aug. 13 with John Reid Turney, recently chosen “technical adviser” and former attorney for the rail and bus lob bies of Washington, who was se lected over Harry Booth, former law partner of David Lilienthal and for years one of the top utili ties experts in the country. The committee also has decided to hire the services of an engi neer because Turney is not quali fied to handle the technical details of the investigation. It was point ed out by some observers that the additional engineering advisers would not have been necessary had an expert cif Booth’s qualifi cations been chosen as technical adviser. Aid. Robert Merriam 'sth) said that the open committee hearing would plan the “course of action” to be taken by Turney and the committee in its investigation of the franchise. * * * CHARLES Y. Freeman, chair man of the board of Common wealth Edison, announced a 35 ceit dividend on the company’s stock, after revealing the in creased profits. He said that the profits would amount to $1.20 a share. Last year they totalled $1.02 a share for the first half-year. The committee did not an nounce whether it intended to dis cuss the increased profits as part , A.-. —J -JO - * -1 '. UV THE DOCUMENT room of the Library of Congress in Wash inglon, Luther Evans, congressional librarian, is shown after open ing a safe containing 20.000 secret papers that belonged to Abraham Lincoln. The collection, gathered by Robert Lincoln, son of the Civil War president, was presented to the library with the stipulation that it be kept from the public “until 21 years after my death." of the over-all picture oi a pri vately-owned power monopoly here. In other cities, especially those where power facilities are pub licly owned, it was pointed out, light bills are much lower than in Chicago. Taft and Hartley differ on T-H law PORTLAND. Or*. (FPI Teamsters in Oregon believe in going to the source when they want . authentic. information. So when there was a bit of confusion over the Taft-Hartley law, this telegram, published on the front page of the Ore gon Teamster, was sent to Ray Smethurst of the NatL Assn, of Manufacturers legal divi sion: "Rep. Fred Hartley says new contract signed by Lewis and mine operators violates Taft- Hartley law. Rep. Hartley should know. His name is on the Mil. ' "Sen. Robert Taft says new contract by Lewis does not violate Taft-Hartley lew. Sen. Taft should know. His name is on the bilL "We appeal to your of fice for an interpretation. We understand the bill was draft ed by MAM lawyers. "Maybe you know." '/ K Wm Ia V. j* yj ** • 't®* * I * ■ESP j ~ % Sf „ mm wtj fIPSMk mmm'. ’ '■*' jmIkBEI: ißs :■ atBWII i•* 4 MB: ( Jp 3 ' 9SWM SB m FACED with the problem of replacing stained glass in Berlin's Twelve Apostles Church, Adolph Kuril, pastor, used empty schnapps bottles in lieu of unobtainable window glass. Experts told him it wouldn't work, but the pastor, shown at left holding one of the bottles in front of a finished window, went ahead and cemented them into place like bricks. At right, the sun streams through finished schnapps bottle windows. All sections of labor support Sept. 1 rally Friends of labor—loo.ooo of them—will troop into Soldier’s Field on the lakefront on Monday, September 1, Labor Day, to help the Chicago Federation of Labor celebrate its 50th birthday. However, the Chicago Federa tion of Labor was warned this week that “we can’t afford mere ly to celebrate—we’ve got a fight on our hands against the Taft- Hartley Act.” This serious note was struck at the CFL meeting Tuesday night by delegate Nick De Pietro- o(f the Typographical Union, who was warmly applauded when he urged that each person at the rally be handed the voting record of Chi cago legislators on the anti-labor bill. * * * j "EACH person at that rally i must be informed of the position ! taken by the AFL that it will not rest until every congressman who voted for the Taft-Hartley Bill has been defeated,” De Pietro de clared. After some opposition, the pro posal was referred to the commit tee in charge of the rally. From all wings of the labor movement this week came support Bof the giant La bor Day rally. The affair will be both a cele bration and a warning to re action that labor will not return to the dim era of a half century ago via the Taft* GREEN Hartley Law. * ♦ * "THOUSANDS of our members can remember when the work day consisted of 12 hours, when they had no vacations, no job security, no workmen’s compensation, and no organized protection,” Presi dent William A. Lee of the Chi- Report steel union ready to act in defense of Hickman Determined action to defend James W. Hickman. 44-year old steelworker, who has been charged with the murder of the men he held responsible for the death of his four small children, appeared in sight this week. It was reported that Harold Nonnensea, president of the Progressive Steel Workers Union, which represents the workers at the Wisconsin Steel Works of the International Harvester Co., where Hickman worked, planned to organize a defense council for the Negro worker at next Tuesday's meeting of the union's board of regents. John Gray, executive secretory of the National Negro Congress, also was reportedly preparing to defend Hickman, who killed his former landlord after the latter allegedly con fessed that he set the fire in which Hickman's children were burned to death. How to get free tickets for the Labor Day Rally Free tickets for the giant Labor Day rally at Soldiers Field on Monday. Sept. 1, may be secured from the Chicago Star. Merely send a stamped self-addressed envelope io the Chicago Star. 166 W. Washington, and stale how many tickets you want. cago Federation of Labor, recalled j this week. William Green, AFL president, will be the main speaker. How eevr, a gala day of entertainment is being planned as well, featur ing stage and screen stars, circus headliners, midget auto races, and a new car as a door prize. GOP 'economy' evicts Texans McALLEN, Tex. <FP) The GOP economy drive made itself felt here when i,OOO Texas fami lies were notified they would have to vacate their homes by Sept. 30. The families are those of farm I laborers who have been living in camp centers operated for 10 years by the Dept. o»f Agriculture. Con gress refused to appropriate funds for their continued operation. Average real wage is $26.49 WASHINGTON (FP) With « big hurrah, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Aug. S that tbs average U.S, factory worker's pay envelope in May, 1*47 reflected for the first time the second round of wage boosts won by their unions, touching $49.46 per week. But buried on an obscure table in the same BLS report was another set of federal fig ures showing that the $49.46 represented only $26.49 in terms of 1939 dollars (taking into consideration taxes and the present cost of living! for a worker with no dependents. T ■ * CIICICI ★ Is owned and published WEEKLY by The Chicago Star Publishing Co., Inc., 186 West Washington Street, Chicago 2, IIL Phone RAN dolph 0580. Cable address: Chistar Frank M. Davis. ..Executive Editor Carl Hirsch Managing Editor Ted Cox Labor Editor William Sennelt. .General Manager SUBSCRIPTION RATES (Except Canada 1 Year 20 Weeks and foreign).... $2.50 $l.OO Entered as second class matter June 25, 1946 at the post office at Chi cago, 111., under the Act of March 3, 1879. Postal regulations require that all new subscriptions for military per sonnel stationed overseas must be accompanied by a written request from the person to whom the sub scription is directed.