THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE HOW GOLDEN
RULE JONES AROUSED PEOPLE OF TOLEDO
By N. D. Cochran, Editor of The Day Book.-
In one of these talks to Day Book readers, I spoke of the power
of the- people. I want to give you a mighty interesting illustration
of it, and the influence Samuel M. Jones, known as Golden Rule
Jones, had on the emancipationdf Toledo.
Jones was first elected mayor of Toledo as a Republican. He
tried to be a mayor for all of the people, and that didn't suit the Re
publican politicians. So when the convention wa's held at which he
should have been renominated, because the rank and file of his party
wanted him renominated, and he had the votes of the convention,
the bosses brazenly counted him out.
He got up on the platform, said- he wouldn't stand for it, and.
announced that he would run as an Independent. And he did.
The Republicans and Democrats each had a candidate. Both
parties were against Jones, every newspaper in Toledo was against
Jones. As Jones put it himself: "The parties are against me, the
newspapers are against me, the bankers are against me, the business
men are against me, the preachers are against me everybody is
against me but the people' x
There was a bitter campaign. Jones had to make his fight
alone, with no organization, no skilled politicians, no machinery, no
campaign fund. He didn't buy drinks ; he didn't go into the saloons ;
and the politicians couldn't find out where he had any strength.
When the votes were counted, the Democratic candidate had
3,000 Votes, the Republican candidate had 4,600, and Jones had
17,000, or"10,00Q more than both of the other candidates together.
And Golden Rule Jones (kept on being elected mayor until he
died. Then the people elected Brand Whitlock, who. has been re
elected every two years since, and with him a council that is always
overwhelmingly Independent. - '
There is no Independent party organization. There is a com
mittee whenever the campaign is on, but it passes out of "existence
the day after election.
. In no campaign, are there .any paid . workers. No money is
needed for anything except hiring halls and taking the speakers to.
the .meetings, and for what printing, is. done.
Year after year the old parties put up their candidates,, and as
often as they are put.uptthe people knock them down and elect In
dependents. ' vy
And for years, Toledo has. had a graftless and efficient city ad
ministration.. During Sam Jones' time, he vetoed a street railway, franchise
that had Been passed by; a Republican machine council; and the pep- .
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