The Long Beach Telegram and The Long Beach Daily News from Long Beach, California on November 30, 1920 · 9
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The Long Beach Telegram and The Long Beach Daily News from Long Beach, California · 9

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, November 30, 1920
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0 t Leader in National Movement Against Saloon Dies Here; L. B. Boy Injured in Upland Accident The Daily Telegram SECTION TWO LONG BEACH. CALIFORNIA. TUESDAY AFTERNOON. NOVEMBER 30, 1920 SECTION TWO $35,000 Bunco Thwarted ; Favoritism in Gas Service Charged I : - " VICTIM IS PREVENTED BY FORCE FROM TURNING OVER CERTIFIED i CHECK TO ALLEGED B1K0 MEN SUBMERGED GAS LINE AT CHANNEL MAY BE PLACED ON SURFACE EUGENE WILDER CHAFIN, TWICE PROHIBITION CANDIDATE FOR U. S, PRESIDENT, DIES IN THIS CITY M, 15,. EAST LONG BEACH AND SIGNAL HILL CITIZENS FIRE BROADSIDE . WITH RAILROAD COMMISSIONER SKULL IN ACCIDENT i North Carolina Banker Resents Interference of ! Officers in Deal With Pier Builders A game bearing the marks of bunko, which started in Long Beach eight weeks ago with J. C. Town--end, 62 years old, former banker ind wealthy cotton grower of Char-otte, N. C., as the principal character, ended in Salt Lake City, L'tah, donday, when Townsend was pre- ented by force from turning over a It ertified check for $35,l)u0 to men he police say make up a confidence sang. I Frank Wells, believed to be a well lknown confidence operator of Oali-ftornia, is being held in the Salt fLake county jail on a vagrancy charge, his partner, a man named (.Watson, is being sought by officers. " Townsend angrily denounced the sheriffs deputies who placed his companion under arrest. I know my friend is all right, he said. "He is a big contractor in Douglas. Why, he showed me the pier and all the big buildings at Long Beach that he constructed. He built ) nearly all the warehouses and wharves at San Pedro. He is not a STREETS ARE SAID TO EQUAL MACHINE COST Auditor Says Expenditure Is Unwise Declarations that street sweeping bills Incurred by the public works department represent an "apparent unwise expenditure of public funds are made in a communication filed with the municipal commission today by Miss Myrtle L. Gunsul, city auditor, who submitted formal objections to payment of $145.97 to W. E. Baxter, street sweeping contrac- tor. The auditor averred further that the city has paid to the contractor for street sweeping with his patented machine more than the machines original cost. Her letter follows: "This demand in fdvor of W. E. Baxter for $ 145.97, drawn by the department of public works on the city of Long Beach, is objected to, returned and disallowed for the reason 1 find there is no resolution authorizing the execution of this work for the periods stated in the demand. "While it is true the charter and ordinances give certain officials the power to contract for labor and supplies to an amount not to exceed 63u0. nevertheless, ii appears, from the fact that there is a series of demands amounting to 61513.55 for street sweeping in October. 1920, presented at one time, that the commissioner of public works is attempting to nullify the effect of the charter provisions requiring advertisement and the reception of bids for work of this nature. "I desire further to call the attention of your honorable body to the fact that the commissioner of public works has had the Baxter machine in operation from September 2, 1919, to September 19, 1920, inclusive, a period of about one year, at a cost of over $12.50t. This expense of operation represents a sum eon-iderably larger than the original cost of the street sweeping machine that has been in use. Such a machine. If purchased, would render effective service to the city, not onlv for the period of one year, but probably for three or four years. I. therefore, feel it my duty to direct the attention of tiie legislative body to this apparent unwise expenditure ot public funds. Respectfully submitted. "MYRTELLE L. GUNSUL. "Auditor. Objections alike in principle were made bv the auditor to two public affairs department demands in favor of the Citv parage for $1 "30.30 and 6838.30 in payment of two Ford truck-chassis and equipment. The text of one of the two objections follows: This demand in favor of the City garage for 6S3S 30, drawn by the department of public affairs on the city of Long Beach, is objected to, returned and disallowed for the following reasons: Resolution B-1874, Section 2. reads as follows: "This resolution is for actual emergency work. It is the opinion of the auditor that the declaration of the emergency in the case of the purchase of one one-ton Ford chassis equipped witli 4-speed transmission, removing body from old chassis, and installing on new chassis, body to be repainted and lettering on each side City of Long Beach Denarmenf of Public AfTnirs, also aet of Fo-d tools. 6838 30. is not a fact and that there was in' reality no emergency what pver that the commissioner must have had this purchase in mind for some time and might well have issued an invitation for bids and prop-erlv entered into this contract without delaying the work of the city In any manner. "The charter reads, under contracts. section 2. in part ns follows: 'That the legislative body mav. hv resolution, adopted by the affirm attve vote of four of the commissioners authorize anv citv commissioner to enter into a contract on behalf of the citv in writing or otherwise, without advertising for bids for labor. material, or sumiLes for actual emergency work. Respectfully submitted. "MYRTELLE L. GI Nsl L. . "Auditor." DEALERS WARNED E Y. N- S. W.-- Premier I Australia has annniineed ions reuresen! ing them-agnts for a combine of wheat growers are offer t to foreign markets at low tho-'e quoted by the Wheat Board. He warns huvers that these persons got the wheat to sell. bad man because he dues not carry a gun. Wells had little to say in his cell at the county jail. Do I have to see that old fool again? he asked. Give mo a floater and I will leave the iute in 24 hours. Townsend refused to believe that he had almost lost his money, even after Wells had admitted that his game was crooked. Townsend started back to North r-oiina today with his son-in-law, who promised to guard the certified check. The game was the old stock deal after the first play. When Townsend won $15,000 on a 6500 investment he went to North Carolina to get enough, money to establish his credit with the fake brokers. The first winning was reinvested by the men from whom Townsend had "won It. The men became acquainted in Library park at Long Beach, and Townsend was followed to Salt Lake by the warehouse and pier builders, he said. IS TO BE PLANNED No Primary Before Vote to Fill Vacancy Members of the executive committees of the republican state and county central committees were to meet today to outline plans for a general republican conference in the ninth congress district to name a candidate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman-elect Van de Water. Raymond Benjamin, chairman of the republican state central committee, issued a notice of the meeting Monday, fallowing a conference with Louis M. Cole, vice-chairman of that committee; Alfred L. Bartlett, chairman of the republican county central commitee, and Henry P. Barbour, vice-chairman. The meeting will be held at 4 p. m. today at the headquarters of the republican county central committee, 415 Lankershim building. Third aud Spring streets, Los Angeles. Mr. Benjamin urged that every member of the two committees he present If possible. He explained that the desire of the republican organization is to make the coming geneial conference representative of the entire ninth district. He added that inasmuch as the direct primary law of California does not apply to special elections, there will be no opportunity to hold a primary in anticipation of the special election to be called by the governor to fill the Van de Water vacancy. The coming conference, he pointed out, will have to answer for a primary, aud the need therefore is for a gathering at which every section of the ninth district shall be represented. Governor Stephens, it is understood, will not call the general election until he has had a decision from the state attorney-general as to certain legal phases involved. Participants in todays meeting will include the following: State central committee, Frank P. Flint, C. L. Chandler, H. P. Barbour, W. H. Davis, F. P. Doherty, A. L. Bartlett, Perry W. Weidner, L. L. Lostutter, 1-eo V. Youngworth, Joseph Scott, Edward D. Lyman, John S. Mott, Mrs. Oda Faulconer, Mrs. Mabel W'illebrandt. A. W. McPherson, A1 G. Faulkner. Adele White, Mrs. Berthold Baruch, R. W. Burnham and Louis M. Cole. County central committee, Edwin R. Abbott, David L. Ahtunez, J. A. A 'lard, Jr., George P. Brown, William M. Bowen. Louis A. Duni, George R. Davis. Mrs. Ida W. Darling, W. E. Evans, Morris M. Ferguson, Percy V. liammon. Mrs. Rae A. Johnson, William E. Knight, Arthur VV, Kennedy. Henry M. Lannan, Evan Lewis, W. W. Mines, Thomas R. Merrill, Mrs. Grace B Mee, O. R. W. Robinson. Dudley W. Robinson and Cha3. li. Toil. T LIEUT. ILF, IS F The munieipal commission today accepted from City Attorney Hoo-denpyl a report concerning the case of Long Beach versus Lieutenant George W. Wolf, as follows: "Some time more than a year ago you instructed ine to collect from Lieut. Geo. W. Wolf the compensation, amounting to 6168 80, which the city paid under the Workmens Compensation law, to Mr. Silas Kin-dig. a street sweeper in the employ of the city, who was injured by an automobile 'driven by Lieut. Wolf oq Anaheim street. "I beg to report that I reached Lieut. Wolf by correspondence at Annapolis Maryland, but have been unable to collect this indebtedness in favor of the eity of Long Beach. I cannot find that Lieut. Wolf lias any property with which a judgment could be collected. Furthermore, it would tie expensive to obtain a judgment against Lieut. Wolf in a foreign jurisdiction. "in connection with tills matter I beg to report that Lieut. Wolf paid all doctors bills and hospital bills Incurred In behalf of Mr. Kindlg. whh h the city would have been compelled to pay had not Lieut, Wolf paid the same. I beg to report that this indebtedness is uncollectable." Southern Counties Company to Raise Pipes A report that the Southern Counlies Gas company is contemplating the relaying on a surface trestle of its 12-inch pipe line crossing the flood control channel, was confirmed today by District Manager J. A. Somers. Au application has already been submitted to the county board of supervisors for permission to construct the trestle and it is hoped work on the project will be completed before the heavy rainy season, Mr. Somers said. The application was submitted to the supervisors bv the flood control engineer and was referred back to him for further report. Plans for the work have been completed by a Los Angeles engineering company and construction of the trestle will start as soon as final permission is given by the supervisors. The present pipe line is submerged and likely to bo washed out or dain-rged by the heavy rains. It also is exceedingly hard to repair. To eliminate danger of a break, plans were laid for laying the line on the surface over a trestle, where It could be repaired easily aud comparatively free from danger of being washed out. The trestle probably will be constructed across the channel at the same place where the submerged line is at present. Whether the submerged line would be raised and placed on the trestle or whether an entire new line would be built on the trestle and then the submerged line torn out, Mr. Somers did not know. While any damage to the present line would be hard to repair, Mr. Somers stated. Long Beach need have no fear of service, as sufficient gas for Long Beach could be supplied from the new Placentla-Riehfield district in an emergency. With the laying ot the new surface line and the completion of the new 2,000,000 cubic foot holder, lxing Beach will, officers of the oom-pany say, be one of the best gas supplied cities in Southern California. IT HAS RIGHT TO BUY Auditor Overruled and Words Had With Contractor That city commissioners exceed j their authority and violate the charter when they make purchases exceeding 6300 without advertising for bids, unless it is shown that an emergency actually exists, was the charge made today by J. J. Barton, 182" East Tenth street, during the discussion preceding the action of the municipal commission in overruling objections by Miss Myrtelle L. Gunsul, city auditor, to street sweeping and motor truck purchase demands. While all five commissioners voted to overrules the auditor, Commissioners Riley and Peek said they think the city should advertise for bids in such cases. Commissioner Peek voted to sustain the auditor in one case. Mr. Barton took exception to Public Works Commissioner Seeries purchase of a Moreland truck without advertising for bids. The commissioner replied that the department was in need of a truck of certain specifications and that the purchase was not advertised for that reason. Mr. Barton, who is a truck dealer, denied that the specifications are peculiar and not to be met by others than those who sold the truck to the city. "All I ask for is a square deal for the business men and taxpayers of Long Beach, declared Mr. Barton. And you are getting it," retorted Commissioner Seerie. Mr. Barton read from the charter the section pertaining to contracts. He asked that the city attorney he asked for a written opinion as to the legality as to use being made of the emergency contract provision. Mayor Lisenby replied the commissioners reserve to themselves the right of determining when to ask for legal opinions, but that Mr. Barton w-as not at liberty to ask for an opinion. As to bills in W. E. Baxters favor for using a street sweeper, Commissioner Seerie said he preferred to buy one of the machine, but none was for sale. This statement drew from Mr. Barton the declaration that all cities do not use Baxter machines. He alleged. further, that the total cost of sweeping streets is not represented in the Baxter demands. There should be open competition in public contracts and all should have a chance to bid, alleged Mr. Barton. To the mayor's statement of belief that the people are well content with the conduct of city business. Mr. Barton said he was not so i sure." "Let them put us out of office, then. said Commissioner Seerie. They may do it. retorted Mr. Barton. Department heads must be allowed :o exercise -their judgment In pur-1 chases, said Mavor I.isenhy and Commissioner Seerie. Use of a machihe to sweep the 1 streets is cheaper and better than ' sweeping them by hand, declared I Commissioner Seerie. Ten objections altogether were re-1 ceived from the auditor, but, with j the exception of those pertaining to, street sweeping and motor truck i purchase, thev involved small sums I of money. The auditor was sus-1 tained by the commission In three instances. SIMPLE SOLUTION "Why." said the man who does not l care much for poetry, did the Arab, fold up hln tent and silently steal ' -away? 1 ' "I suppose," replied the person ; who always makes a bluff at answering any question, "they had their j housing problems in those days, the ! same as now." Washington Star. 1 Leader in Work to Free Eugene Wilder Cliafin, twice a candidate of the Prohibitionist party for the presidency of the United States and one of the foremost foes of the liquor traffic in the world, passed away early -today, 12:30 a.m., at his home, 414 Elm avenue, at the age of 68 years. Even up to a few hours of the time he ceased breathing, the doughty Prohibitionist was fighting the "good fight of faith. In the deliriums that preceded the peace of death, Mr. Chafin was beard ta mutter: If they ever dare permit the sale of liquor I shall take it up with the federal authorities." And, according to Mrs. Chafin, who maintained an unceasing watch at her husbands bedside, the stalwart temperance advocate clinched his right hand as if to emphasize his intention never to relax his efforts until the liquor traffic was completely eradicated. Last June Mr. Chafin attended the ninjJj reunion of his class at the University of Wisconsin. He was graduated in the class of 1875. United States Senator Robert La Follette and he were roommates at the University of Wisconsin. Every five yeras this class holds a reunion at Madison, Wis., the home of the state university. Never once during the period ot 45 years that has elapsed since bis graduation has Mr. Chafin failed to attend a reunion. In bis dying deliriums he was heard to mumble: "Theyre not mil here. Some of them havent come back." His allusion was to the failure of some of his classmates to return for the reunion last June. On Saturday evening, Nov. 19, Mr. Chafin, clad in a long fuzzy house coat, reached down to turn a little higher the gas heater in his apartment. His house robe caught fire and the flames ran up the robe with the velocity of lightning. Suffering extreme agony from the burns, Mr. Chafin, a veritable torch of fire, rushed toward the bathroom where his wife had repaired but a few moments before. She heard his scream but tbot it came from the street. Then she heard her husband coming thru the hallway, groaning with pain. Just as she tried to open the bathroom door, Mr. Chafin grabbed the doorknob and tried to get into the room. Finally the door was opened. When Mrs. Chafin saw her husband, encompassed in flames, she cried out in horror. Across the hall rooms a young soldier named William Murray, employed by the Wardrobe Cleaners, who was gassed in France. He heard Mrs. Chafins screams. When he saw Mr. Chafin's plight he grabbed the bedclothes off his bed and threw them around Mr. Chafin. The flames were extinguished, but the shock caused by the burns, along with Parkinsons disease or shaking paralysis, from which Mr. Chafin had suffered for some time, resulted in Mr. Chafin's death eariv today. , The originator of the tent Chautauqua, a movement' which began in Illinois and which has since spread all over the country and which has been the means of enabling thousands of people to listen to the leading men of the country, twice the presidential nominee of the Prohibition partv. once in 1988 and again in 1912, candidate for United States K natur in Arizona against Mark CALLS CHORUS GIRL BY FIRST NAME; POLY PLAY IN DANGER Does calling a "chorus girl by her first name, in a high school play, constitute a cause sufficient for the censoring of the production. This question has been the topic of a heated clash between heads of the Poly High faculty and the student manager of t lie play for the past two days, the former contending the scene in question should be censored and the latter averring just the opposite. With only a little more than a week remaining before the date of the production, which is the annual senior class play. "Nothing But the Truth, to be presented at the high school auditorium December 9 and 10, the above controversy may result in the disbandon-ment of the cast unless settled soon. Efforts to settle the question will he mnde this afternoon, when Faculty Censors Iva Handy and R. K. Oliver will review the play at u dress rehearsal, with a view to determining the advisability of omitting the scene where a male member of the cast calls a chorus girl" by her first name. I)lck Lvones, manager of the production stated today the play as the students are to produce it has been rigidly censored by the National Board of Censorship ami needs no more. The question arose when plans were made for a grammar school matinee. A member of tho faculty contended the scene in question was not fit for the grade school students to witness. Country df Liquor Busi- Smith, prohibition nominee for Congress in Wisconsin and later in Illinois, candidate for attorney general of Wisconsin in 1886 and 1900, and for the same office in Illinois in 1904, and the Prohibitionist gubernatorial candidate in Wisconsin In 1898, Eugene Wilder Chafin lived what might be termed a Roosevelt-ian or strenuous life, the greater part of which he Bpent in seeking to blot out the liquor traffic from the United States. And he lived to see the day when his efforts and other temperance leaders crowned with success. When informed by wireless that the prohibition amendment to the constitution of the United States had been ratified. Mr. Chafin was aboard ship with his daughter, Mrs. Desdemona Hoffman of 243 Atlantic avenue, bound for Australia to labor in the cause of temperance. This was in January, 1919. They sailed Christmas eve fur Australia, landing in that country on January 16, 1913. When he disembarked Mr. Chafin was met by a knot of reporters who wanted to know if the United States really had made prohibition effective. He remained in Australia until August, working under the auspices of the world wide bone-dry amendment. Born in East Troy, Wis., Nov. 1, 1852, Mr. Chafin was the son of Samuel E. Chafin and Betsy Pollard Chafin. Graduating from the law department of the University of Wisconsin in 1875, Mr. Chafin took up the practice of law. He practiced law at Waukesha from 1S75 to 1901. During this period he helped organize the Wisconsin Central railroad, known now as the Sioux railroad, and Mrs. Chafin, formerly Miss Carrie A. Hunkins, wrote by hand the deed for every parcel of land that originally constituted. the railroad's right of way. Mr. Chafin used to remark that this railroad passed thru his wifes handwriting. A member of the Good Templar organization almost from boyhood. Mr. Chafin was grand chief templar of the Wisconsin Good Templars from 1886 to 1S99 and. of the Illinois Good Templars from 1904 to 1905. Moving to Chicago in 1901. Mr. Chafin became the superintendent of the Washingtonian home, a home where 1500 inebriates sought freedom from the bonds of liquor. He remained in this capacity until 1904. From 1904 to 1908 Mr. Chafin lectured on temperance for the Chautauqua. In 1908 Mr. Chafin was given his first presidential nomination by ite Prohibition party. He made 555 speeches in 100 flax a record that is said never to have been beaten. In 1912 he was again given the Prohibition party presidential nomination. From Chicago the Chafins moved to Tucson, where they resided four years. Then they moved to Long Beach because of the nervous, bro ik-down Mr. Chafin suffered. This breakdown, save for his Australian trip, terminated Mr. Chafins active work. Mr. Chafin v. as the organizer of the famous Phantom club, comprising miRionairea and chief justices. Every member of this club, save himself, was a millionaire. He at- (Concluded on Page IS. Col. 8) Struck by Car While on High way Near Upland Raymond Gatov, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Gatov, 536 West Fifth street, is lying in the Upland hospital today with a fractured skull, a broken light leg and a sprained left ankle, sustained in an auto accident near the northern city Sunday night. The lads mother has left for Upland and will arrive there this afternoon. Gatov is a senior at Poly High and a member of the Y. M. C. A. Unless severe complications set in, he will recover, attending physicians have wired his parents. The youth's father is employed by the Riteway Tailors, 36 South Pine avenue. Gatov and a number of other local youths had been attending a Y. M. C. A. convention in San Bernardino. The accident which resulted in Ga-tov'a injuries occurred ou the boulevard near Upland. He was struck by a motor car driven by another party of youths and hurled several feet, face downward, on the pavement. Gatov was in one of the leading machines, driven by R. H. Gossum, secretary of the local Y. M. C. A. Gossum's hat blew off according to reports reaching here, and Gatov got out ot the machine to get it. As soon as the machine slewed down sufficiently he hopped off the running board on the boulevard just east bf Upland. As he ran back to get the hat be was struck by the fender of the next machine in the party. Dr. A. F. Webber at Upland sayB he has good chances for recovery, but cannot be moved for some time. The Y. M. C, A. party left here Friday. 1ST SIDERS RESIST EFFORT TO CHANGE INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT Threaten to Vote Down Charter If Attempt Is Made An ultimatum wa served this morning on those behind industrial expansion by the members of the West Side Improvement association to effect that any attempt to move the industrial district east of the flood control channel would not only meet bitter and determined opposition but presage the defeat of the proposed city charter as well as any bond issues associated with industrial development. The stand of the residence owners was made known at a conference meeting held this morning at the Chamber of Commerce and attended by representatives of the Chamber of Commerce harbor committee, the West Side Improvement association, as well as counsel for certain industries affected by the issue at hand. The meeting had been called to-getkr by the Chamber of Commerce harhor committee for tile purpose of ascertaining ihe exact attitude of property owners concerned before any recommendations were submitted to the freeholders. E. T. Harnett occupied the chair. George A. Brown explained the purpose of the meeting and told those present that no definite plans had been adopted and that any recommendations submitted to the freeholders for inclusion in the new charter, would be in consonance with the results of the conference. Ah outstanding feature of the general discussion pro and con was the speech of Chas. H. Stanley, who point blank asked the committee if there was an have fixed boundary lines included in the charter, or if this matter should be left to tiie council. , He voiced a strong opposition to extending the industrial boundary line on the east hank of the flood control channel, which he maintained was the agreed boundary line between the harbor Industrial district and the West Side residence section. He also added that besides injuring residence property, an extension of the industrial district would interfere with the safe and sanitary operation of the new Thomas Edison school on Daisy avenue. Speaking further he said that the history of Long Beachs city development had been a long chain of broken promises made in connection with the bond election for the flood control channel, the school bond election, etc., where promises made during the campaign were easily and conveniently forgotten as soon as the money had been secured, "But times have changed., he said, "and we with them. The electorate, the voters of this city, demand a square treatment and wi'l no longer tolerate broken promises." He was followed by several other speakers who voiced the same sentiments and indicated that they would not. support any charter or bond issue that would operate against their own interests. In view of the stand taken by the members ot the West Side Improvement association any attempt to arrive at an agreement was out of question, and pending a further conference the meeting adjourned. AMERICANS THEIR GAME NEW YORK. John Heyden advises Americans of German descent to he in no haste to return to Europe. He returned from Germany and showed a scar on his scalp and an emplv pocketbook, from which 61.500 had been extracted. It happened in Rotterdam. Highwaymen turnout Europe make a specialty of Americans, he said. Incompetency of Management and Faulty Engineering Are Alleged A broadside of allegations against the Southern Counties Gas company was fired by Attorneys A. B. Rosenfleld and Grover C. Gates in an application for reduced rates presented Monday afternoon by them here to State Railroad Commissioner Harley W. Brundige. They represent W. H. Lyons and others living in the Signal Hill and east end districts. The application was ruled by Commissioner Brundige to be not in accordance with railroad commission procedure, so he refused to accept it, hut stated the applicants might present their evidence, whlcn he said would receive due consideration despite the irregularity of the application. Among the charges with which the application bristled were: in-competency in management and operation, the unpopularity of said company with the inhabitants of said township and faulty engineering and economical policies. It was also alleged that representatives of the company were discourteous and that the company has refused to serve certain districts. Allusion was made to "thousands of just and reasonable complaints. Objecting to the form of the complaint, Leroy M. Edwards, chief counsel for the gas company, declared it is impossible to meet charges of such a sweeping and general nature. He asserted the company would be ready with its answer a few hours after being informed of what specific complaints are made and definite charges preferred. Attorneys Rosenfield and Gates submitted their complaint when Commissioner Brundige continued tho gas rate hearing at 1:30 p. m. Mondav in the city hall council chamber. Further presentation of the case of the cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles in opposing the gas company's application for higher rates and testimony in support of the application by Attorneys Rosen-field and Gates for lower rates took up the afternoon session. Important additions to the gas companys local facilities were announced by its officials in their testimony. A new six-inch transmission line to the eastern part of the city to be put into commission immediately; an eight-inch transmission tie-in" west of Willowville and a contemplated six or eight-inch high pressure feeder in the northeastern section were mentioned, as well as more booster units and transmission .lines over the west basin of the harbor at San Pedro. Physical characteristics of the local gas system are being investigated by engineers for the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, it was announced. The alleged poor service was declared to be due to faults in the system. Commissioner Brundige adjourned the session at 5 p. m. and continued the hearing till 1:30 oclock Monday afternoon, December 6. Those signing the Signal Hill and east end application are V. H. Lyons, S. G. Church, J. H. Teague, Robert M. Durkee, Ben Farris, Mrs. P. W. Wiley, Esther L. Widdis, V. J. Snider, Miss Annie Shiles, Mrs. D. C. Duncan, Price & Wiley by P: W. Wiley, Mrs. Harriet G. Houghtaliug. Mrs. E. Wrist, Oliver S. Peacock, E. P. Brockman, D. Duval, J. B. Newerf, W. A. Barnes, A. B. Rosenfield, Dr. H. W. Chittenden, L. E. Odham, Grant A. Arnold, Mrs. Z. T. Nelson, J. E. Burney, James Ghent, William H. Bell, Z. T. Nelson and Otto Reiner. Gas charges now in effect were predicated on war conditions, averred the applicants, and are extortionate in this era of declining prices. Connection charges made by the Southern Counties company and deposits required by it were said to be excessive. Attorneys Rosenfield and Gates, George A. Brown, industrial secretary of the Chamber ot Commerce, and a number of witnesses unde took to show that the gas company by a niggardly policy is hampering the growth of outlying sections of Long Beach and crippling this city industrially. One of the most effective witnesses against the gas company was Willis A. Ver Bryck, 93 Santa Fe avenue, of the Belmont Heights Improvement association, who said he was told by a dozen persons every day that they would build in that section if it had gas service. The lack of gas is stopping building in the extreme eastern part of town and depreciating real estate values, he alleged. He declared that a line of several feet in length in his neighborhood would give the company five new customers, but it has declined to make the extension. J. A. Somers, district agent of the Southern Counties Gas company, declared that frequently talk of more consumers just around the corner or only a little further down the street were very deceptive, investigation proving that the desired extension involves an outlay wholly disproportionate to the business it would bring the company. Attorney Edwards argued that the importance of good gas service to a city's growth was the best of reasons "for allowing the company rates which will permit it to pursue a liberal policy in service and extensions. A diagram of the neighborhood mentioned iu Mr. Ver Bryck's test!-mony will be submitted to the commission by Mr. Somers. 1). C. Perkins, 778 North Quincy avenue, testified there was no gas at his house Monday morning to cook breakfast. H. E. Woodward, 44 North Quincy avenue, said there is a scarcity of gas at ins home every cold morning between the hours of 7 and 8, making It impossible then to cook breakfast. When called to the stand. District Agent Somers testified that the condition Monday mdrning was unusual, the faulty service being due to low pressure at Lynwood, where at 7 o'clock it was only 94 ixuinds, whereas it should have been 115 pounds. The decreased .pressure is a result of flood control work. Mr. Somers stated, a four-inch pipe having been temporarily substituted for an eight-inch pipe in the Southern California Gas companys transmission system to Long Beach. The Southern Coun ties company receives gas from the Southern California company at Lynwood. it was said. C. R. Underwood, 3615 East Broadway, was a witness. He said he paid 22 cents a foot for gas pipe used in laying a 75-foot extension to his place and that the gas company allowed him only 18 cents a foot for this pipe. He said five workmen employed by the gas company finished the job at his place at 11 a. m. and remained there idle till 4 p. m. In answer to questions, A- F. Bridge, rate engineer for the gas company, said steps are being taken to reduce gas leakage in Long Beach and San Pedro. The cost, of gas in Pasadena Is 6-997 per million British thermal units, and $.76 in Long Beach, the rate engineer stated. The falling cost of materials will noj. substantially affect the as rate situation, said Mr. Bridge, for the reason that only about two and one-half per cent of the cost of operation is due to supplies. There is no decline in the cost of labor and pipe, he said. The engineer denied that the gas company has done any unnecessary tearing up of pavements in laying pipes. Mr. Bridge said there is a race on between increasing gas consumption and drilling new wells. He declared confidently that the local supply of natural gas will become inadequate some time in the next 20 years. The local send-out of a peak day of gas consumption was said to be eight and one-half million cubic feet. Replying to queries why the gas company cannot get pipe when others are able Jo buy it, Attorney Edwards said it is possible to purchase small lots at fancy prices from plumbers and others, but that a serious shortage of pipe exists. His companys unfilled orders with one concern amount to 247,000 feet of pipe, he stated. Attorney Rosenfield asserted that almost any day in the year the gas shortage io the Signal Hill section makes it difficult to cook breakfast. The companys charts do not show it, Engineer Bridge replied. As to extensions, Mr. Bridge said it is dubious policy to lay more lines when the supply of gas is not sufficient for present customers. The gas company's rate engineer expressed complete ignorance of the East Long Beach industrial district, where Attorney Rosenfield said capital investments have totaled 65(10,-000 in 18 months. The companys application represents increases in rates ranging from 15 to 65 per cent, Attorney Rosenfield alleged. S. C. Carnahan of the Los Angeles city engineering department, was a witness. With the decline in gas consumption in the shipbuilding industry, he tlibt the gas companys main to the Southwestern shipyards might add to the burden borne by other consumers. H. R. Albert filed a communication concerning gas service with the railroad commission. PLAN FOR FOOTBALL Will Aid Poly High In Getting Contest for L. B: Meeting today for their weekly luncheon and session at Lord and Taylor's, the Kiwanians unanimously adopted a motion by Attorney Clyde Doyle pledging the club to support of Polytechnic high schools efforts to arrange for a national football championship game here as the grand finale of the local eleven's brilliant season of play. The support will be both "moral and financial, according to the wording of the motion. The assemblage of Kiwanians and friends stood and gave three rousing cheers for the victorious team, being led by AUorney Doyle. Coach Kienholz, Manager "Les Cummings and Henry Lefebvre, the last being one ot the brightest among Poly highs football stars, were guests of the club and spoke briefly. They told how much they appreciated the business mens backing and mentioned this afternoon's game with Los Angeles Polytechnic high school, which they said should be one of the hardest fought of the year. It was mentioned that the Long Beach football team has not been defeated since 1917. R. H. Gossom, general secretary of the Long Beach Y. M, C. A., showed and explained pictures of the proposed new Y" building. E. S. Acres, publicity secretary for the chamber of commerce, announced the Long lieaclT moving pictures being shown at the Liberty theater. The Arrow show whleh will appeur here later was mentioned hy Lynn V. Ballard, executive secretary of the chamber. The annual election of the Iong Beach Kiwanians will take place two weeks from today, it was announced. An invitation was received lo be present in Ban Diego December 4. when the. Kiwanis club in that city receives its charter. In reply tho local Kiwanians will ruler to the football game to he played here or in Los Angeles by tbe San Diego team and ihe prior claim that this match will have on the local club members. .... Excellent music was furnished by the b r'i school jazz band, consist-1n of Paul Fryer. Harold Fisher, William Hawkins and Robert Dal-rymplo. 4

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