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JOHN E. W. WAYMAN, MAN OF MANY FAILURES
It seems that John E. W. Wayman is to stand before the people
at the end of his term as state's attorney an utter failure.
For a few days it seemed as if Wayman were about to rise
above the mire of practical politics, above the hidden influence of
great wealth, and do something for the plain people.
But the few days of greatness are over, and practical politics
and great wealth are overwhelming Wayman and he is sinking into
What a pity that it should be so ! What a pity that this man
who had before him a great opportunity should have shown him
self so weak, so. spineless!
Wayman has failed in all things. Throughout 'the" four long
years of his term there is nothing he has done that stands forth as
' Even in the ordinary duties of his office he-failed signally. He
has not been able even to achieve that poor boast of the prosecuting
attorney I have, obtained many convictions; I have sent many men
and women to the gallows -and to the penitentiary!
In the greater things, Wayman has been as nothing. During
'his term newspaper thugs have shot down men in the streets, and
the cry of the people for justice and relief have gone unanswered.
And then, at last, it seemed as if Wayman, stung into action by
he bitter criticism of his gagging of the last grand jury, were about
to rise above his environment and do something of real moment
He announced that he was'going to make Chicago clean, and he
'closed the Twenty-second street, district and arrested ihmates and
keepers and frequenters.
- This was nothing. It has been the common habit of American
ity administrations, when the cry of the people was loud against
ithem, to try and right themselves in the eyes of the people by hound
ing those helpless creatures of the levees, who, being outside the
'law, cannot fight back.
The tenderloin is the product of the System, the System that
is born of the union of nnfitieal praft and the- interests which thieve
4nd steal under the cloakof respectability.
-It is not possible to end the tenderloin by harrying the victims
of the System. For the System goes on and gives birth to neyv ten
derloins, which it stocks with new victims. "
But Wayman said he was going beyond the helpless; was going
"after those smug citizens who label themselves 'respectable and yet
"draw money from unfortunate women; was going after the System
itself. , "
He said he was goingto'do'so, arid he Had two millionaires ar-