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BRINKMAN ACCUSED OF WAR ON
HOME RULE BILL
Will Chicago get any real new
power over the traction, light and
phone corporations through the home
rule bill now in the spotlight at
Among those asking this question
is William Taber, secretary of Div.
241 of the street car men's union. As
head of the biggest labor union local
in Chicago, with 11,000 members,
Taber said to a Day Book reporter:
"One of the most active backers
of the home rule bill is Rep. Brink
man from a South Side district.
Brinkman was a leader in the fight
against the street car men's ten-hour
bill in committee. About everything
that a legislative member could do
to kill the bill shortening the long
workday of street car men was done
by Brinkman. We don't object to
Rep. Brinkman attending a theater
party in Springfield in company with
street railway company lobbyists.
But we do protest against his claim
that he is representing the people
while he is votitig for everything the
Aid. Eugene Block, lately taken off
the chairmanship of the local trans
portation committee over the protest
of Aid. Merriam and others, says:
"I am suspicious of any home rule
bill which has the enthusiastic sup
port of the street railway companies.
It may work out for better transpor
tation. Yet in the past it never has.'
The vast majority of measures fa
vored by the car companies, either
in the state legislature or in the city
council has only resulted in worse
transportation, more crowded cars."
Aid. Capitain of the council trans
portation committee is trying to steer,
the bill to victory. Capitain is against
jitney buses, is for the service stan
dard ordinance and the subway plans
advanced by Pres. Busby df the Chi
cago Surface lines and the traction
officials. Capitain and Busby made
a personal call on Mayor Thompson
yesterday and sat In for an hour talk
ing street cars. The mayor an
nounced he will go easy and talk
things over with the traction heads
and get their views clearly before he
will consider any drastic action.
By actual count of checkers em
ployed by the Cook County Real Es
tate board to count cars and strap
hangers, all promises of better ser
vice on elevated lines have been
broken. -On all lines there were as
many standing passengers on April
21 and 22 as on Jan. 18. On the Ev
anston branch of the Northwestern
there is an increase of straphangers,
PREDICTS SUBMARINES WILL!
Bridgeport, Conn., May Fore
casting the end of the war as the re
sult of the activity of the German
submersibles, Simon Lake, inventor
and builder of the undersea warriors,
defended submarine attacks without
"It is impossible for a submarine
commander to give warning to a ves
sel he is about to attack," he said.
"To do so he would have to appear in
the open and a rifle shot from any
porthole of a vessel like the Lusi
tania would end .his career.
"German submarines such as sank
the Lusitania are going to end this
war by stopping England's com
merce. I learn that Germany is build
ing 150 more. I think Admiral von
Tirpitz will make his threat to starve
out England good."
BITS OF NEWS
Jos. Korek, 14436 S. Ashland, was
killed by Grand Trunk train at Blue
Alex Johnson, 1103 N. Keeler av.,
found shot to death in room. Suicide
theory. Out of work.
Manager of Criterion theater says
yesterday's fire was not in theater
but in nearby church.
Joseph Davidson's paint shop, 4823
Prairie av., wrecked by fire of myste