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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 27, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Ironworkers and Judge Anderson.
Did YOU notice that when the con
victed ironworkers went to the peni
tentiary at Leavenworth from Kansas
City they were escorted by a large
body of union workers?
That is something worth thinking
about. There is a deep meaning in it.
It means that union labor quite gen
erally believes these convicted iron
workers are martyrs ins'tead of crim
inals, and that in their minds there is
no disgrace attached to this imprison
ment. After reading carefully the testi
mony and argument submitted to
President Wilson in support of the
petition for a pardon for these men,
my sympathies are with the convicted
men; and I have much more respect
for any one of them than I have for
U. S. Judge Anderson, who bullied the
lawyers for the defense and acted like
a tyrannical czar during the trial at
Indianapolis.
For years a few federal judges, who
are-on the job for life and not get
atable by the people, have been mak
ing penitentiaries Tespectable and
courts disreputable.
' T think human society would be
better off if some of those federal
judges were wearing stripes instead
of the workingmen the,y have rail
roaded to the pen.
These men were convicted mainly
on the testimony of Ortie McManigal,
a sneak, turncoat, informer and be
trayer of his class; and during their
trial Judge Anderson acted as if he
were the leader of the prosecution in
stead of a man sitting in judgment,
presuming innocence until guilt was
proven.
Value of Loop Property. Favoring
action by council that will permit
Levy Mayer to build a hotel 265 feet
high in the loop, the Daily News says:
"Values of lots In the central dis
trict of the city have been established
on the basis of the earning power of
various high buildings already con
structed; consequently the owners of
the lots cannot secure a reasonable
return on those values by erecting
200-foot buildings. . . Owners of
lots which had a certain -value up to
the time the 200-foot ordinance was
passed cannot afford to write off a
large part of that value because some
foolish aldermen have attempted to
legislate value into outlying real es
tate by limiting the height of down
town buildings." '
Personally I "don't care whether
they build 200 feet high or a mile
high in the loop, but I don't think
much of Lawson's argument.
It isn't at all important to the peo
ple outside the loop that fool values
in the loop be held up. What Levy
Mayer is asking is that council legis
late value into his property by letting
him violate the building ordinance.
If he can't get a return on a fic
titious valuation with a 200-foot
building, then squeeze some of the
water out of the valuation.
Mayer didn't create that valuation.
Property owners in the loop didn't
do anything to increase the popula
tion and send valuations sky-high in
the loop.
The truth is that Chicago newspa
pers and other loop interests have se
cured legislation that cramped most
of the value-growth of this town into
the loop district, instead of letting it
spread all over town.
The street railway game has been
played for years to bring about con
gestion in the loop district and favor
loop property owners as against own
ers of property outside the loop.
A comparatively few property own
ers have been shaping government in
Chicago so as to permit them to ab
sorb much more than their share of
the values which have been created
by the people of Chicago.
It would be better for Chicago if
the town were permitted to grow nor
mally north, south attd west rathei "
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