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OWENS TO RUN INTO A COURT FIGHT IF HE IS DECLARED WINNER
MANY COMPLAINTS MADE
U. S. mail carriers, civil war vet
erans, business men and union work
men are among hundreds of wit
nesses who will be used by Judge
Scully and his friends to contest the
election of Judge Owens, if returns
show Owens winner.
Crying "vice district" and "lodg
ing house vote," the Hearst election
commissioners, under instructions
from Judge Owens, yesterday put
across one of the boldest election
games ever seen in Chicago. Exactly
how many thousands of voters were
erased from registry lists and refus
ed the right to vote will come out in
court if Owens is declared winner.
Judge Scully says he was robbed of
the ballots of over 3,000 legitimate
voters in the First Ward. Aid. Kenna
of that ward puts the number over
One sure thing about the First
Ward situation is that hundreds of
business and working people who
can't be classified as "the vice ele
ment," who were told ten days ago
by the Hearst election commissioners
that they were safely registered, yes
terday came into polling places and
were told by judges and clerks of
election they couldn't vote.
A Day Book reporter talked with
55 of these disfranchised voters in all
precincts of the First Ward yester
day. Most of them got suspect no
tices ten days ago. They went before
Czarnecki and Taylor in the city hall
nad swore to their citizenship. They
were not challenged. They were not
given any reason to suppose they
were in wrong. They were told: "All
right, you're back on the books."
When these men and women came
asking for ballots yesterday they
were told: "You're not on the books
and you can't vote."
H. B. Meilenhardt, in the uniform
of a U. S. mail carrier, stepped into
20th precinct polling place. He was
told: "You are not on the books and
can't vote." He answered:
"I am a taxpayer living at 2141
Archer av. I am 49 years old, have
lived in this ward 24 years and never
had my right as a voter challenged.
I got a suspect notice ten days ago
and went to the city hall and quali
fied. They told me I was back on
the books." Meilenhardt was refus
ed a ballot.
John A. Caruthers, Civil War vet
eran of 20 S. Clark St., went to the
1st precinct polling place. He brought
his honorable discharge papers as a
U. S. soldier, explained he had been
voting 50 years in the First Ward,
had been "suspected" as a voter and
then qualified properly. He was re
fused a ballot. Caruthers is a night
watchman at the Majestic Theater.
The same thing happened to Wm.
Ryan, Civil War veteran and federal
pensioner, in the 8th precinct. Otto
Miller, another Civil War veteran,
who has lived in the First Ward since
1852, was "suspected" ten days ago,
then qualified, and yesterday told his
name was not on the books. W. H.
Rodenight, 1336 Wabash av., was
another Civil War veteran who got
the same handling.
Sam Straus and Harry Straus, who
have a clothing store at 771 S. State,
and are reputed worth $50,000, found
themselves off the books. They
were "suspected" and then qualified
ten days ago. They have voted ten
years in the 10th precinct.
Joseph Seaman, haberdasher, 1215
S. Wabash, found his wife could not
vote. She was "suspected" ten days
ago. The husband explained at that
time she was sick and a doctor's cer
tificate could be brought into evi
dence. Election commissioners said
she must come personally even
though she was properly registered
and voted last spring.
Jacob Thome, 459 E. 30th St., mem
ber Structural Iron Workers' Local
Union No. 1, in overalls and, cap,
didn't look like a "vice lord" of the
37th precinct He has vote 11
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