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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 07, 1913, Image 2

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be summoned before the committee
senate and forced to produce the af
fidavit concerning the scandal, which
Sullivan had told newspapermen "was
in his possession.
Sullivan was subpoened before the
senate today. He did not want to
submit the affidavit at first unless the
senate promised tg withhold the
names in it
The senate, sitting as a committee
of the whole,, refused to make any
such promise, but said that the
names would be withheld from pub
lication if possible.
Sullivan then declared that he had
been incorrectly quoted in the news
papers. He said that he never had
told newspaper men that he had the
affidavit in question in his possession,
but only that lie had seen such an af
fidavit He then explained that after being
summoned by the senate yesterday
he secured the affidavit and had it
with him-even then.
His attorney, Fred Mortimer, ob
jected to Sullivan's submitting, the
affidavit to the senate without a
promise that the names in it would
not be given out
But at last, after a conference, the
affidavit was turned over to the ex
amining committee of the senate,
composed of Senators Ettleson,
O'Connor, Jones and Daily, by Sulli
van. The examining committee read the
affidavit, and then reported to the
senate that the charges therein were
very serious, and that time would
be required for their consideration
by the examining committee. The
committee of the whole then arbse.
The lieutenant governor himself is
determined that the whole story shall
be probed to the bottom, and the per
sons who started its circulation un
jovered. "I have been going through the
state for the last week and a half
announcing that the profits of the
mighty Marshall Field & Co. were
joer $17,100,000 last year' he-said.
'"te'1 they haye nqt refuted, my
statement I wonder why--
"But the weapons that Big Busi
ness uses to crush those whom it
hates are not those of truth and hon
esty. "Thlsattack upon me personally
iB a dirty, contemptuous lie.
"The story Is that I took a disso
lute woman to Chicago and kept her.
there at a big hotel.
''That is a mean lie', a low-down
lie, the sort of lie thatno man should
be called upon to face, and that no
decent newspaper Tvould give 'Circu
lation to.
"In one way the story is ridiculous.
The idea that if I wanted to do any
thing of that sort I would pick out
on'e of the most prominent hotels in
Chicago to do it in is in itself out:
of the-question.
"But such stories, once given cir
culation, are difficult to stpp.v Even
if you Jrove that they are bufit on
lies, there still will be many people
who-'will believe the story.
"And then there is the attitude of
the newspapers. I wonder how they
are going to take it I wonder if,
they will play my denial, and any
proof of the falsity of the story, as
big as they do the driginal lie.
"I do not doubt that the foundation
of this lie is well built I should not
be -surprised if Big Business even
were able to produce a woman who
would swear that she had been my
mistress.
"Big Business is strong, and some
women are weak, and others are in
the power of Big Business.
"But I have caused Sheriff Richard
M. Sullivan to be summoned before
the bar of the senate, and if I pos
sibly can get to the "bottom of
.this slarlder I shall do so'.
"I have one consolation. I know
that if J can trace that lie to its
source, the identity of the persoji
who began it will rob it of the pos
sibility of truth. -n
r "They may succeed ferruining me
politically. They boast of their power
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