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BILLY SKIDMORE GETS FIRST
BLOW FROM HARRISON
, Mayor Harrison is beginning to
eliminate his political enemies in
preparation for the coming mayor
alty campaign.- And one of his first
! blows has been struck at Billy Skid
more. Skidmore is a' Roger Sullivan man
'and, as such, has fought the Hearst
Harrison t combination consistently.
In return' he has been severely dealt
with by the H.-H. machine since it
has been in power. The history of
that fight islnteresting. '
Skidmore for seyeral years ran a
'saloon on Clark- street across from
the county building. It was a very
well-known saloon and well patron
ized by business men and county em
ployes. Shortly after the H,-EL ad-
ministration got into power at the
start of the present term, conditions
were made so hard that Skidmore
finally sold out and went into the
"saloon business at 1958 W. Lake
"street, but later was reported to have
Things ran; very well for a time.
"Then the H.-H. machine started
again. The police were used as a.
weapon. Squads of detectives were
sent to the place constantly. There
by giving rthe impression that' the
place needed watching. The final
'move came Saturday when the place
as raided and 18 men and 3 wo
'men taken out
The merits of the case will be
thrashed out in court. But the ad
ministration has succeeded in giving
the place a black eye regardless of
the resblt of the trial. It is possible
the license will be taken away, as
several other licenses of anti-Harri-"
son saloonkeepers have been taken
away in" the past few months.
Another thing that brought down
the wrath of the Hearst-Harrison
crowd, was Skidmorels actional as
sergeant-at-arms during the Balti
more convention. T t
It will be remembered that both
the H.-H. factions and the Sullivan 1
bunch sent delegates" down to the
convention, but the latter crowd
And Lawrence and Carter H. Har
rison lost their seats as delegates
and tried to get into the convention
as spectators. Theywere""sent to the
press door watched over by Skid
more. ' '
Skidmore smiled and Carter and
Andy didn't get into the convention.
o o -
JUDGE HOPKINS PUTS KIBOSH
ON ALLEGED FRAME-UP
The Hearst-Harrison 'crowd and
the Roger Sullivan" faction brought
their little political scrap into the
Morals Court today when the H.-H.
crew tried to" prove that'Billy Skid
more ipas the owiier of a saloon at
1958 W. Lake' street, "whch was raid
ed early Sundayxmorning, and didn't
' For it appears that Skidmore sold
the place last March to Wm. J. Hayes.
Frank Sullivan,, 'a brother of Roger,
appeared" as counsel for the 18 men
and "nine women arrested in the raid
and Jim Mclnerney, city -prosecutor
and ' Hearst chieftain, tdok silent
charge of the case against the people.
Sullivan denounced the' H.-H. ma
chine bitterly. He called the arrest
a frame-up for political purposes and
Judge Hopkins' decision' discharging
the defendants-rather proved hiscon
tention. Frank Eckhart," ' assistant city
prosecutor, tried hard to drag Skid
more's name into the case, but each
time Sullivan objected and was sus
tained by the judge. In the end
Hayes' case was continued until Nov.
4, and tie others were discharged.'
Sullivan sprung a surprise when
he placed Frank Planerta court
stenographer, on the stand and made
him admit he had been sent.to report
the case for Eckhart It1 is a most
Unusual thing for the city to make
a stenograplilc report H6f & disorderly
case and was undoubtedly .wanted
for political purposes. - '"'.
suyivan them wanted- lUCKhart pm