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LETTERS TO EDIT6R
"ANOTHER BIG QUESTION"
Editor Day Book: You have kick
ed up another big question in the
Judge Speer impeachment case. The
impeachment clause of our constitu
tions was put into it to reach exactly
this class of misbehavior, that is,
misbehavior in office, which falls
short of being "criminal," under the
Criminal Code. If the misbehavior
falls within the Criminal Code a judge
can be tried and put in jail like any
other criminal; but the framers of our
institutions were sane enough to rec
ognize that there was such a thing as
a course of conduct unfitting a man
for judicial positiori, which neverthe
less did not come within the terms of
Criminal Code, and that is precisely
this case. And yet our impeaching
bodies, contrary to the spirit of our
law, are more and more inclining to
the notion that the only ground for
impeachment is when an official
qualifies himself for a convict's garb.
This is all rot; and for one I am glad
to see you point out the distinction
and call general attention to the mat
ter. Rehabilitate the spirit of an im
peachment law as it was meant, by
awakening the public conscience on
the subject, and you will find your
officials -nnuch keener to serve the
people. Henry Knaus,
735 W. Garfield Blyd.
' NO SAFETY FIRST
Editor Day Book: Mrs. Augusta
Kaunkle was killed by a Northwest
ern freight train at the Elston avenue
crossing last week. There is an or
dinance prohibiting a steam railroad
from keeping any street crossing
blocked over 10 minutes. The train
that killed Mrs. Kaunkle came on the
crossing shortly after 11 o'clock and
didn't leave the crossing until after
12:30. It was standing there so long
Mrs. Kaunkle thought it would not
move, so she took a chance, which
was her last chance. All people in
this neighborhood and those who ride
in Lawrence avenue cars are blocked
by Northwestern R. R. trains.
If Mayor Harrison was giving peo
ple what they pay for we would have
more policemen and they would com
pel trainmen to open the crossing
after the time limit, and Mrs. Kaun
kle would be living today.
John H. Doherty,
5015 Guernsey Av.
THE LABOR AGENTS
Editor Day Book: A contractor
shot and killed a teamsters' business
agent a few days ago. Immediately
the newspapers, led by Jim Keeley of
the Herald, wanted to "uproot graft"
in the labor unions. Keeley assures
us that he has the best interests of
labor at heart. "Boss" McLaughlin
feels about the matter in a similar
manner. And so does the employers'
We can rest assured that the big
department storesare making no ob
jections to the "purifying process."
If they were Keeley would soon shut
up. And let us not be surprised if the
Restaurant Keepers' Association
should come forward to lend a help
ing hand in this "noble" undertaMng.
Don't you see the idea of all this
1. We are forgetting that Con
tractor Patrick Dignan murdered
Business Agent George Hammond.
2. We are getting a great deal of
public sentiment created against
business agents in general.
Is there any truth in the charge of
I don't know. And I don't care a
But I do know that Chicago paint
ers receive the highest wages paid in
any large city in the world. Hence
it is quite natural that distrust to
ward painters' union officials should
be created in the minds of the rank
The Chicago teamsters are per
haps more solidly organized than
those of any city in the country. If
I the teamsters can be made to believe
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