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THERE'S ENOUGH FRAUD IN STATE'S ATTORNEY VOTE
TO WARRANT AN ENTIRE RECOUNT -By
N. D. Cochran. Editor of The Day Book.
Judge Baldwin can render a great service to the people of Chi
cago by ordering a recount of the entire vote last year for state's
The most important consideration isn't whether Hoyne, Rin
aker or Cunnea will be found to have the most votes, but the ex
posure of fraud on the part of election officials in counting the vote
after the people have cast it.
The recount of eight wards shows that Hoyne received in those
vftrds only 27,976 votes, while on the original and apparently crooked
count, he was given 29,664, of which 1,688 were donated him by the
fellows who did the counting.
The official canvass gave Cunnea 19,077, while the recount gave
him 19,782, which means that on the first count he was cheated Out
of 705 votes in eight wards.
Add to Cunnea's 705 that were stolen from him the 1,688
counted for Hoyne that he didn't get, and the Cunnea gain in the
recount is 2,393. '
If that happened in eight wards there is no telling what hap
pened in the entire county; and it may be that the people actually
elected Cunnea, and the partisan election officials counted him out.
This crooked counting didn't happen in just a few scattered
precincts. It was general in the eight warfls counted, and has a
mighty suspicious look.
For example the recount of the third ward showed that there
were counted for Hoyne 84 more votes than he actually received in
one precinct, 28 in another and 29 in still another.
In the 4th ward Hoyne was given 57 more votes than were cast
for him in one precinct, 28 in another and 24 in another.
In every one of the eight wards recounted Hoyne had been
credited with many votes that had never been cast for him, and in
seven out of the eight wards more votes were actually cast for
Cunnea than were counted for him.
Attorneys for both Rinaker and Cunnea say they will demand
a recount of every precinct in Cook county, no matter what the re
count of the two remaining wards shows.
Hoyne's attorney, however, takes the position that it would be
a waste of time and money to recount the entire vote.
Maclay Hoyne is a young man yet. Unodubtedly he expects
to keep on living in Chicago for many years to come. It will be
much better for him to demand a recount even if it loses him his
job, than to continue in office when there is a suspicion in the minds