Gas company enjoined
! i j I ENJOINED THE GAS COMPANY FIVE CITIZENS CLAIM THEIR BILLS WEIIE EXCESSIVE. Have Refused ' to Pay Amounts Charged Against Them and Will Settle it in Court. A' temporary order restraining the Ottawa' Gas & Electric company from turning off the gas on their respective respective premises was granted on a petition petition of five citizens of Ottawa, patrons patrons of the company, by M. F. Short, probate judge', last evening, inthe absence absence of Judge C. A. Smart of the dis- dis- i trict court. " The parties, and amounts of bills rendered by the gas company are: Gardner P. Walker, 604 Poplar, $36.96. James R. Scott, '528 Willow, $28.38. - Harrington & McCartney, 403 Mulberry, Mulberry, $21.78. Mrs. W. B. Cusick, 403 Sycamore, $23.76. ' ' A. T. Ricard, 520 Cedarr$14.52. The petition, filed by R. R. Red mond, county attorney, alleges that on February 1, 1918, ' the gas " company lemanded of the petitioners sums, of money for gas furnished, during, th'? -nonth -nonth of January, th?t .were exorbitant exorbitant and do not , represent tfee'-'), tfee'-'), tfee'-'), at units furnished and' are met & fif jhi reasonable valyo o.l t'fefc &&i fvtfli&ti&iS urA .that'' th-f'rss th-f'rss th-f'rss t fi?&?n r f yfii$tf he all "times jpoi.ri'.ihsUffiH ent''-tx-'- ent''-tx-'- ent''-tx-'- ent''-tx-'- ent''-tx-'- ent''-tx-'- ' It is further aMe'feeriE. f WtV:Fb.:v ruary 9 each petitioner, tiffered &nd still offers to pay a reasonable value 'for the heat units furnished. It was further alleged that the gas company had threatened to turn off the gas on February 15 and would probably do so unless enjoined. It is expected that the case will come before Judge Smart in the district district court on the matter of a permanent permanent injunction Saturday, February 23. This suit follows action taken by W- W- H. (Dad) .Martin to organize a gas strike in Ottawa- Ottawa- At a conference it was agreed to make the case of Gardner Gardner P. Walker a test case, and the other parties have agreed to become narties to ' the suit. All have said their January bills were greatly in excess of December bills. j I sug-i !