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RAGEN TELLS HIS SIDE OF THE SCRAPWITH
LADY'LMcCORMICK TO DAY BOOK REPORTER
derftfl 'business-like' methods em
ployed by him.
"Wonderfully business-hke," he
scoffed7"and the poor sick dying by;
'- The1- political career of County
Commissioner Frank Ragen has been
indeed a stormy one. Reared in the
turbulent district "Back o the
Yards," where might makes right, he
has risen to a position In which he
courts the hatred of the trust news
papers and apparently x enjoys it.
The aggressive Ragen right now is
the object of much public interest.
He has 'whipped wo jhen in rapid
succession. He has denounced Presi
dent A. A. McCormick of the bounty
board in a -way that no other coiinty
head, not even Bartzeii, has been at
tacked before him..
Saturday afternoon he strucK and
knocked down. County Investigator
Wieckowski In the County Hospital.
For this he was later arrestejd. Mon
day afternoonhe hurled a -boofo at
County cbmmissionerr Coonley's
head. And his aim was good.
The McCormiclc. faction accused
Ragen of' sendjng sick people, to
county institutions who are well able
jo pay for private, care.
"Are yoii really foolish enough Ho
imagine any sick person with "money
to pay for attendance would, go out
to that nlace.' shouted Raeen in an
swer. "Why man, if I had the money
I'd pay tq. keep everybody put of
' Ragenwas still in a fighting mood
when Interviewed by, a1 reporter for
The Day Book today.'
"The Republican machine Is trying
to discredit md merely for "the sake
of politics," was, his Recusation.
" 'Lady McCormick believes he can.
hoodwink the people Into thinking
I'm iii a combination, with Bartzen
and the Hearst people. He knows
this isn' true. On the contrary, he
knows the" relations between "Bartzen
and I during the last administration,
f "I charge that McCormieks keep
ing' money away from the poor peo
ple of thls'county, so that at the end
of the year he can point to the' yion2-
the hundreds. A sacrifice of human
lives so that one man might build
a political career.
"The newspapers have always been
opposed to me. It wasn't to be ex
pected, that they would pnnt'my side
of the argument with Wieckowski.
, '"Saturday afternoon I went out to
the County Hospital withlsome of the
other commissioners. I' wanted to
find out why Wieckowski, who is
down on the payroll as an investi
gator, has been stationed at thedoor
of the County Hospital for the last
month just to turn out sick people
to whom I had given cards.
"This is practiced on every Demo
cratic commissioner and the story
sent out that they're trying to sneak
rich people in, at the county's ex
pense. .1 asked Wieckowski about
this. We argued.
"Suddenly he called me a name, at
which I'll always fight. I sprang for
ward and knocked him down. I would
do it again under similar circum
stances. , "My story will be proven when the
trial cornea up. There are an awful
lot of poor people out .my way and
when they go unde'r and are sick I
always make every effort to get them
In the hospital. It's a cheap trick to
make' them suffer because McCor
mick Is playing politics.
"I know what it is to be poNoT,"
he said. "Up until ten years ago, I
worked in the stockyards for $1.75.
And I was awfully lucky to get three
meals all in the same day. Can you
blame me for sticking to the poor?'
The county board meets again to
day. Ragea wouldn't . -announce
whetheror not he would continue
his elimination game.
President McCormick, whom Ra
gen rpfers to: as '"Lady," has asked