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-ysTT rtjnt mpffH 'ir'wuj' .'iium'.'C'lHppf
-people for the right to recall the
McKinley feared to give the
country,, already crying out
t against an unjust, corporation
owned judiciary, a chance to
ppir the fjngei of scorn at a
county judge in jail at Chicago
for disobeying the law.
In another part of the state
ment, McKinley said:
"When County Judge Owens
-left the bench and went to the
convejitioti hall, he ceased to "be a
court and became an individual.
THis participation in the viola
tion tf the injunction -was as an
The stoi y of the contempt case
is one of the most extraordinary,
jind most disgraceful, iH the his
tpry of American politics.
Andy Lawrence Hearst pub
lisher In Chicago, ..was fighting
Roger Sullivan, boss of the dem
Lawrence was not fighting
Jjulliyan because he did believe in
losses or because he wished to
purify politics. He wanted to be
e At the primaries,. Lawrence
greeted a numberof pjecinct com
mitteemen, but nott enough.
. So he determined to use the
judge he had created, and when
lie owned, to get control of the
jCook county Democratic con
sntion. That judge hy grace of JLajv-.
jence was, John EQwens, judge
fti the County Court,
9 Lawrence got Pwens to issue
n order that Wpuld enable him
o control the convention.
.. That order made Election Cost"
missioncr Anthony Czaraecki, A
Republican, temporary chairman
of the Cook county ' Democratic
convention; put into the hands of
Czarnecki, the Republican, the
calling of the convention to order
and the seating of delegates.
This meant that Czarnecki
would say who should' b"e seated
rin each case where there was a
contest "between Lawrence and
It also meant that Lawrence
men would be seated in each case,
and the control of the convention
handed over to Lawrence. "-
When the Sullivan men heard
of this they appealed to Superior
McKinley issued an injunction
forbidding Owens or Czarnecki
to interfere with the temporary
chairrnanship of the convention.
Without the interference of
Czarnecki, the chairman of the
Democratic Central. Committee,
McGillen, would become tempor
ary, chairman of the convention.
And. McGillen was a Sullivan
Owens went running to the pf
fice of Andy Jsawrfince . in the
Hearst building to ask what he
.should do now.
Lawtencetold him. Eor, on
the day of the convention, Owens
ordered 1,000 policemen and
cteputy, sheriffs to the Seventh
.Regiment armory, where the con
vention was to De held.
When the officers of the Sev
enth Regiment refused to permit
police, or sheriffs, r anyone save
McGillen, who had rented and