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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 01, 1912, Image 12',
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men had to bow to the bosses to be nominated for office. And once
nominated and elected, they felt that they owed everything to the
bosses and nothing to the people. And they paid the people what
they thought they owed the people NOTHING. ,
Wayman might have prosecuted newspaper'sluggers and mur
derers. But what could he do when they were hired by powerful
political influences that put him in office.
The weak official would feel that he must be grateful and obey
his masters. And evidently Wayman wasn't a strong man any
how, not that strong.
Wayman is a practical politician. He knows the influences in
pojitics are powerful. He knows the intimate relation between
politics and vice and crime.
He knows that party bosses are helped in primaries and elec
tions by the army of men who make their living out of-commercialized
He must know, being a practical politician, where the cam
paign contributions come from that keep the bosses in control of
And he must know, too, the intimate relation between Repub
lican and Democratic bosses, and the intimate relation of both of
them with the public service corporations and comrrfercialized vice.
Every practical politician knows that a party organization is
controlled by the bosses and the office-holders; and tht party" gov
ernment is administered in the interest of the bosses and office
holders. Every practical politician knows tha.t in most cities vice and
crime have police protection; andvthat it is because of politics as
well as because of graft.
Every practical. politician knows, or ought to know, that the
police can go as far as they like in suppressing or regulating yice;
and that they go only so far as they are ordered or permitted to go.
If State's Attorney Wayman is a practical politician, and knows
all this, then it isn't surprising that Wayman is pessimistic about4
the results to be accomplished by vice crusades.
For he knows that the people have got to manage their politics
much better than they do now before they accomplish much for
their own good thrtfugh political office-holders, who are servants of
privilege rather than servants ot tne people.
Chortles Say, old boy,
you fond of moving pictures?
His Priend Well, I- should
Chortles Then come round tc
our house next Tuesday and givj
us a hand. We're moving thai
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