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Kqyne slipped through on the face ol the returns by a few thousand stui
there is quite a general belief that he was actually beaten. Yet Connery,
O'Connor and Flynn had an average plurality of dver 60,t)0G.
In the light of the fact that Hearst is" fighting the national Democratic
administration and isn't friendly to Gov. Dunne, and besides has his Chi
cago newspapers on the unfair list of the Chicago Federation of Labor, it
isn't surprising that there are 'Democrats in plenty in Chicago who fear
that the Hearst influence will destroy the Democratic party in Cook county
if it is permitted to grow.
Nor are the Democrats -the only ones counting on Hearst breaking up
the Democratic majority; for Lorimer is getting ready to come back, and
the fighting Lorimer organization is now vigorously at work pledging voters
to William Hale Thompson for mayor at the next mayoralty election.
I believe most anybody would beat any Democrat in Chicago who wears
the Hearst labeL
If nothing but the political ambitions of individuals were involved in
the fight there wouldn't be much for the people to worry about. But the
control of city politics by the Hearst-Lawrence machine gives the opposi
tion no chance to fight back except in the legislature, where Hearst can't
control; and the result is that legislation for the good of Chicago is de
feated m Springfield, where the anti-Hearst Democrats feel it is neces
sary to cripple the Hearst-Lawrence city machine.
So Chicago gets jammed in between the Hearst-Harrison administra
tion in the city and the anti-Hearst forces in Springfield; and Gov. Dunne
is in pretty near the same position as Chicago is.
Boss Lawrence is now demanding that he veto the public utilities bill
because it takes home rule away from Chicago; and doubtless Gov. Dunne
would like to do all he can to save home rule. But he knows that the Hearst
machine would feel no gratitude, but would break his political badk the
moment it saw the chance. On the other hand Chicago loses home rule if
he doesn't veto it.
My own belief is that the Hearst-Lawrence machine is on the rocks
anyhow, and that it will go to smash at the next city electibn even if it can
have all the power it now has including that which comes from having
home rule as to control of public utilities.
It is plain enough to anybody who can see that a determined effort
will be made to break the Hearst-Lawrence influence in Chicago politics,
and I believe it will be successful; for outside of the politician who feel that
that influence helped them get their feet into the public trough, I find no
influence that wants Hearst to keep his grip on Chicago.
The use that was made of the police department to help Lawrence
whip labor unions last year has made workers feel that they lon't want
Paddy Lavin handling the police force from the Hearst building; and they
are quite convinced by this time that the newspaper lockout last year wafe
but the entering wedge of the open shop in Chicago.
Mayor Harrison, personally, is much stronger than the so-called Hearst
Harrison machine. I find many men who like him personally, but who don't
like Lawrenqe, and can't understand why it Is that Lawrence appears to be
the actual mayor. But they won't go with Harrison if they have to go with
In the meantime, the other newspapers will be ready to take advantage
of the split Hearst and Lawrence have made in the Democratic ranks to Blip
in a mavor. if nossible. whom they can handle.
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