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DESPERATE DAILEY DIVES DEEPLY INTO BIG
BUSINESS BUNK NOW HE'S A HERO
The trust newspapers found them
selves with a strange bedfellow when
they awoke this morning and re
viewed the results of last night's
campaign for the Big Business can
didate, Judge Leslie D. Puterbaugh.
For the newly-found friend was
none other than State Senator John
Dailey, "the big boss of Peoria "whom
these same newspaper bosses so .bit
terly attacked during their fight
against William Lorimer. And John
was known as a Lorimer man.
In those days every nasty name,
that wouldn't violate the "United
States postal laws, was hurled at
"According to their stories, he was
the original back-room, grey-wolf
politician. He represented the liquor
dealers. Every election held in
Peoria was rotten on account of his
influence, they charged. In short,
he was the fiend incarnate.
But, lo! how things have changed
since then. These same newspaper
owners have stripped Dailey of his
cloven hoofs and of his horns now.
And John has emerged into the light
of day, decorated with papier-mache
angel's wings. He has now been or
dained by Big Business.
For John made a great speech last
night, praising Judge Puterbaugh
and damning the women of Illinois.
He referred to Mrs. Medill Mc
Cormick, Raymond Robins and the
other Progressives who have been
fighting to preyent the corporation
bound Puterbaugh ffom being elected
to the Illinois Supreme bench in the
His picture of them as parlor So
cialists, who were only different from
Emma Goldman in that they had
money, was cleverly drawn and prob
ably will prove of great value to the
big business interests 'in their race
to put a friend on the Supreme bench.
Dailey said that several of the Pro
gressives, who were out attacking
Puterbaugh because he was in league
with the liquor interests, had rela
tives of their own who were drunk
ards. He called the Progressives hypo
crites, liars and itinerant millionaires.
It was the speech of a desperate man,
fighting for something that was get
ting away from him.
Big Business is well pleased with
him today. Never again will he be
called a backroom politician. He is
putting up a great fight for them. He
is Horatius holding the bridge.
But just across the street the Pro
gressives kept booming away in their
fight for Arthur Shay and the pre
servation of the equal suffrage law.
They didn't waste time on the bitter
ness displayed by Dailey. Mrs. An
, "We have been criticized in the
press for coming into the Fifth judi
cial district to talk to the people
about the men who are seeking the
high place in the courts of the state.
It would be manifestly impossible for
us to do this thing'if the people who
elect a judge here were alone affect
ed by his judicial action, but every
man, every' wpman and every child
within the confines of this broad state
comes under the jurisdiction and are
bound by the official acts of this
judge, and so, my friends, we are
not here to run your affairs for you,
nor to dictate how you shall run
them, but to take part in a legitimate
discussion which concerns all of us.
"Judges are only men; they are
men before they are judges, and the
same bent or bias that influences a
man in any of the other relationships
of life may and do influence the judi
"In the last fifty years a great deal
of the time of courts has been spent
in deciding upon constitutional ques
tions. The courts of this land are
unique they hold the same power
in this government that the House of
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