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'A . Hi" 1 is a tern I on S64. k or the oion 1 tM hel nost , In -I B. " it est ; Btbly f V labor orf 191. . Prot- . t x A. title m ct T11UKSUAV- THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS-MAY 13, 1920. IS I'iAOIIIIIG OF P017ER COMPANY ViMgw Bins CoEdJtloni That Are CUiarl MMt Brfas; a Foeas ' ! PmMie Attention. - traaU tha com-1 ay's MUttoa for an increase in! imsv us company will be forced to serve notice on the commission mat u will De unable to answer the petitions of numerous citizens in Rock Island, Moline and East Mollne to be allowed Berries con nections. -. Bwa Toe Mseh Gas. The manacer stated that although all rerenae obtained by the gas de partment is received from the sale of gas, the company, nevertheless, is called upon to arge its customers to cut down on the consumption. He declared that since the breaking up of severe winter weather many patrons have heated gas ranges in order to take the chill out of homes-) That the high -cost of money la the moat dangerous of all high costs fTSL. ZLhivT.' Zll Uce waR Baid have Probably been EIESSS'S'.-mE-L-n.T' considerably accentuated due to the pecnllarly startling statement that hlh . eMl - f.min had consumed their winter's sup ply. However, Mr. MacDonald said that patrons of the company could not afford to burn gas for home heating purposes and that on top of the overtaxed service of the gas plant the company is unable to keep up a gas supply for such purposes. It was declared that on several occasions recently the drain on the big holder tank in Moline had been so great as to practically empty it, and on numerous occasions the drain left only a 30-minute's sup ply in the tank. Because of this the company urges conservation of gas in every way. It was pointed out that by practicing conservation the patrons save money and the com pany can maintain a supply that will be sufficient to go around. any Seeking Connection. Not only is the company finding itself hard put to supply its present has been made recently. Whether the high interest rate on money is tbe swivel on which hinges the other high costs was not touched upon. . ; - However, that the high cost of money is the center around which gathers all the serious predicaments confronting the People's Power company, was officially stated today by R. B. MacDonald, general manag er of the utility corporation. ; Two other statements made by Mr. MacDonald enter the major class. The first was that the company Is overloaded with business in the gas department and cannot take on another customer under present conditions and will not be able to maintain service to its present cus tomers unless they are more saving on gas. The other statement was that un less the Illinois state public util- customers. but there are several hundred persons in the south part of Kock Island, along Eighteenth avenue in Moline, and in the Water town division of East Moline Who are making demands on the com pany for service. In the Rock Is land case frequent petitions have been lodged with city officials by citizens living in that portion of the city which was formerly Sears, asking that the company be forced to make extensions that will allow them service. . . . The company claims that even if the extensions were . in, the com pany could not furnish service as the plan t .facilities for making gas are not great enough, and on top of this the extensions cannot be put in, either on the lines or for facilities for making more gas, without the company going out and borrowing the money. Interest Rate Is Kab. , It is on the money borrowing proposition that the company is tied up, Mr. MacDonald declared. It was pointed out that the company can not attract this capital when its plant is in its present condition and earnings at a stage where the com pany can not aid itself. Relative to earnings the manager said that the returns last year amounted to 5 per cent, and it was asserted that this rate would not attract 12 per cent capital. Un der its last ruling the utilities com mission granted the company right to earn as high as per cent, but this amount has never been reached and the manager estimated that an earning of between 8 and 10 per cent should be allowed to at tract money that the company must borrow. In reference to this estimate the manager stated that the state and United States raprame courts have line and ther derivatives are in rendered decisions that- the only such demand. On top of this it has proper basis on - which to figure ) been shown recently that the piw proper returns for a public utili- ent grade of gas oil Is poorer. Two ties corporation is to reach a rate I and eight-tenths gallons of a good that will allow the companies rea-grade of gas oil is sufficient in pro- sonable opportunities to borrow the capital needed to make extensions and otherwise enlarge plants. Increase Imperative. : Summing up the situation. Mr. MacDonald declared that an increase in gas rates is imperative at this during 1,000 cubic feet of gaa, but in a test during the. first 10 days of this month it was. shown that three gallons were now needed. Ceke Quality Poor. With coke and coke prices the situation is the same. In 1S14 tbe time. Due to the increased root nf . - " . , . " , , : t I wMuiduijr paia is a ion ior cote, materiala used in producing gas. LwnUe today the price is $12 a 25 ,a75P?, W0UW t0 l0e ton. Under regulation principles 35 S40.1M.21 this year providing the'pounds of coke should be sufficient f""'1 nw. u to produce 1,000 cubic feet of gas, top of this, the company would be ; but during a 10 days' test it was hardly able to furnish adequate shown that an average of 39 pounds service Jo its present customers . were usea However, as these in and no heed at all could be paid to j creases should not be, and as such the several hundred persons who conditions are liable to be recti "t," K.8erV,1Ce; t " fied by being able to get a better Figurea for last year show thatjgrade of material, the company is ibr!.l?Jn?a,njr ""n"8 .".mounted, to j presenting its case to the utilities ilio' cbT'?? v "P"11 "Prases ; commission with two and eight feet of gaa, Mr. MacDonald said that on the basis of last year's vol ume of business, but taking into account the increases that will have to be paid for production, it will cost the company 1553.415.07 line. This new tank and connect Donald said tions will cost $102,500. show that 1 The sum of $66,750 will be ex-'Plant will J Beaded in erecting a new building and placing additional equipment for the- production of gas. This to operate the business this year, j t to be done In Moline which, is $40,149.21 more than the entire receipts last year. Basing the business on a $1.35 rate, the income would be $682.- S58.77, or a return of between 7: the and e per cent. . In making the valuation of its property the company takes the es timate of $1,450,000. given by tbe utilities commission engineer in 1917, adding $175,788 in expendi- The last figure Is the sum of $46,500 for new mains, meters and other equipment for extensions in immediate demand by citizens in south part of Rock' Island, along Eighteenth avenue, Moline. and in the Watertown division of East Mollne. . Hearing Set Tomorrow. A hearing of the' case before the i utilities commission is set for to- and that a. granted She able to fun. alons to nest 4. antfyi Wonderful supreme caramel genuine ABRAHl famOUS. ' !;; GOOD BOOKS! $418,691.47. The net return allow ed the company an earning of 5 per cent. This earning will be completely wiped away this year under new tenths gallons of gas oil and 35 pounds of coke as in the make-up of 1,000 cubic feet of gas. A matter that is stressed is the increases in price. These two items , 7 " Y ..- -";-": show an increase of about 30 cents , j , i in the producson or 1,090 cubic or old contracts on gas oil, coke .... ,, .. ,K' , . j .v- in,' , feet of gas today over the costs of n-? LJ!?,.;. xTL 191' ben the same rate to the fin 57 .5? nJ,?nV .h! consumer as now was in effect. In ri. JL !li.n.S rt. ?nRi! 'abor costs averages have raised SSlwi? w?. nit from 25 t0 56 cents n hour, and with the prices being paid under ! th lt , increases recent contracts, presents a wide j TesZ Ko i- T of i h- ,.n.,. m 9 f. 1 10 snow that tne conditions under In 1914 the company paM 2 cents whl h th company workg have a gallon for gas oil Today the ; tled , ln DOryro,ng money to company pays 10 cents per llon. ; k" B y i ,... ...hi. . fr. .hi. eep tmngs going. crease ln price Is claimed to be the reluctancy of oil companies to turn crude oil iuo gas oil when gaso- ' This Tear's Prospeets. Relative to the company's peti tion for a $1.35 rate per 1.000 cubic Do It This Summer Protect your p' roofs. They will) trouble and exnet tures for actual extensions and in.- j - , d Mr Mac.,Ro0fing Co. . Fhos nrovements since the commission 1 4 estimate was made, and the sum of . , . r Itia.iou ior piani emargemeuis i and extensions to new customers that are to go through this year if I the rate is allowed. These figures; toal $1,841,538. but do not take Into consideration the growth In ' value of the property estimated at j $1,450,000 by the commission in 1917 j and which would cost the company , a vastly larger amount If it werej to be reproduced. 0-her smaller items are also not represented, but I are included in the company's ( showing to the commission in pur-: suance of a demand for. a com-! nltA rennrL Specified Improvements. The enlargements and extensions that are to be made this year at a cost ot $215,750 are divided as fol lows : A large gas holding tank must be erected in Rock Island to make ! storage room for gas that must be: produced to meet the demand and I to take the surplus from the single 1 tank owned by the company in Mo- j Gsasp your oppo: Do not permit somet with more education) sight than you to croj out of the good plac( really belongs to you Be prepared. Make today to enroll in o School. Phone R. I. 1974 for tion. BROWN'S Business Extra Fair Faints Free! Beginning tomorrow and continuing for a limited time I will give absolutely free, with every suit order, an extra pair of pants, made up of either the same material as the suit or will match a coat that you may wish to get some more wear out of. No strings attached to this offer. Take your choice. n Clothes Prices mil Not Be Lower This Fall Read This: The Reason for This Offer 8,000 ten, oil iiednled j which ftka poaV the labor CLOTHES PRICES TO STAY IP ManutotiMer Tn Geremnwnt Official High Vvigia Wia Inert sse Costs, WASHUHJTOIC prlw f CMUI( wm o M w mil uV Thu i.mm at Ik DwlM H ImOatj tattov.1 rift paelal MUtnt I vaM man n m mm tat i. WMria Mkl t IIMJ te Miwite k mm kwi t in,, mar trill, t fln lMta4 ow. M Warkata, mwaiil ta tSaaaa iraaaa UU InaraaaW vaaaa aaM baaCahw ttaatr. I 1 jrfraaia . w2lla4 bV M mmfUm w KU knl laat.aa 0afr It waa Ml aataarttr Ml tkal H itakaa it Irrauaaat t'A Itka taaata, Tl lOtar "" I MUM Ull lalMaaaat tail aa arMaacUI laaw aar WM1 wm 7 'JM J area tSa Sf , aarraaawat. JS Saaatar aaa la fj kaa taar . atoaaar uaa tJB tka tft PABTT WkaUaJ You know that the weather this spring has been cold and unseason able and has not been favorable for good business. While this growing shop has shown a substantial increase during April over the year before, I must admit that the volume of busi ness has not been up to expectations, considering the enormous stock I carry, and the extraordinary values I offer. Because of my small margin of profit on each suit this shop must sell to a great many customers each month in order to give these values. I want to bring the month of May way beyond anything this store ever did before, and for that reason am making the above offer for a limited time only. Come in and see what I offer. If you have never been in this shop before, you'll be agreeably surprised at the number of bolts of fine woolens I show. Get mv prices compare them, I know what your decision will be. v Strictly Tailored, All Wool Suits Priced from $38, $4 Uaataa ua tan la at mi waaa ta aSaaa ta artaa at rail Hataias. Alleged Profiteers la Woolens Made U Ore ack Excess Profits! iftVai If You Don't Come In We Both Lose TOM HAE GE In the IS: Block Rock Islat II wBack Excess Profltsr,nT.'n 1 v sSii 'bot -li lilllI ! ; thumbs yutcTS r " For White Shoes of Canvas, Buck or Suede I IfiMI i Pa.v tVi naofiil "T?pH Tiris" thev keen II 7 -H Ml -JTfSfVJtit II' v. I I ll3dfllaS- "N HI " ""I ; r - 1tpS.lSSSBBSSSSSSSBBSaasSBBBBBBBSBBSSSSSaiill IB 'V I ai T I WM I'VDt II . f . . 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