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to break into the game and fake care
of its own garbage.
Chief Gleason is going to call in all
special police stars issued in the past.
After he gets "'em he should be
darned careful about giving 'em out
Special police powers granted to
private individuals should never he
exercised except on the property of
the concern at whose request they
There has been gross abuse of this
privilege in the past.
CHARGES GRAFT RUNS WILD AT
Absolving Supt. John L. Whitman
of all blame, Aid. Charles E. Merriam,
at last night's meeting of the city
council; charged that graft permeat
ed every division of the shops in the
Bridewell where city prisoners are
"The political system which con
trols Chicago overlooks nothing
not even the convict," said Merriam.
Convict labor in the Bridewell is
awarded without competition, ac
cording to Merriam. The contracts
are let by the board of inspectors,
composed of Matthias Aller, Dr. M. A.
Weiskopf and A. A. Burger, recently
reappointed by Mayor Harrison.
The firms named as beneficiaries
of the profitable arrangements are
the Chicago Leather and Mercantile
Company, the Chicago Broom Com
pany and the Inland Purse Company.
Neither of the latter two appear in
the directories. The broommakers
pay 50 cents a day. The leather com
pany pays 35 cents each for the first
seventy-five men and 25 cents each
for additional men. The purse com
pany pays by piecework on scales
ranging from 50 to 87 cents a
"These rates include not only com
pensation for the services of the
men," the alderman said, "but also
heat, light, and factory space. The
house of correction also provides
storage space amounting to approx
imately 12,000 square feet. A nom
inal amount of $15 a month is receiv
ed from the Chicago Leather and
Mercantile Company for its storage
space 6,900 square feet but no
charge is made for the use of 5,300
square feet by the Cliicago Broom
"In addition, the house of correc
tion furnishes labor free of charge to
unload cars of material and 2,077
hours of labor were given for this
during the year.
"The contracts are. mere verbal
agreements. No bids for the sendees
of the prisoners have ever been so
licited, and there is, of course, no
competition in the selling of this
Other Council Business.
New ordinance against dazzling
Ordinance passed requiring public
automobile drivers to report acci
dents to police.
Traction companies authorized to
distribute 25,000 free tickets for
Christmas tree festival.
Western Indiana depot track or
dinance sent to terminals committee.
Ordinance prohibiting "quack" ad
Action on "anti-pass" rule and
Harkin amendment deferred.
RESCUING TO TAKE DAYS
Bryan, Tex., Dec. 9. From 3,000
to 6,000 flood refugees are still ma
rooned in the Brazos valley on roofs,
trees and in second stories. The work
of rescue will take days. The drown
in? of 20 persons, 12 of them whites,
at Hempstead, brings the total known,
ueatn list to 160. Smallpox and oth
er diseases have broken out in some
of the flooded towns."
National Billposter Advertising As
sociation is going to decorate the
highways and byways with religious
posters, during the holidays, it is an
nounced. They'd better be careful
they don't get them up next to a post
er advertising "Swillson's Boozeky.''