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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 07, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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with the $3,000 'and has these works
of art stuck around the parks. Only
last year he donated a bust of Chief
Justice Melville Fullerto embellish
Jackson park. "
Now when this kind of a guy sets
up a holler that he's for the city and
the people as against the I. C. rail
road well, it's a new twist and has
us guessing.
A contract has been made between
the South Park commissioners and
the Illinois Central Ry. Co. Accord
ing to resolutions passed by the
Greater Chicago Federation, the Chi
cago Federation of Labor and other
organizations, this contract takes
away from the people of Chicago
more than itgives them and nobody
is the winner except the I. C. A lot
of fairly straight and decent men
such as State Senator Morton D.
Hull, Sec'y George Hooker of the
City Club, Lessing Rosenthal and
Henry W. Lee, consulting engineer of
the Greater Chicago. Federation, say
the deal is "unfair" and some call it
a "rotten steal"
The contract has been legally, ap
proved by Judge Lockwood Honore, a
brother of Mrs. Potter Palmer and
closely connected with the Marshall
Field estate socially and financially.
There's one snag, however. That's
Secretary of War Garrison. He has
the last say-so on a contract of this
sort involving federal harbor rights.
And Garrison won't approve the con
tract and grant the necessary permits
tfor harbor development until South
Park commissioners and the I. C.
show him an ordinance passed by the
city council of Chicago telling the
federal government the contract is all
right and harbor work can go ahead.
So Payne and Markham were on
the job yesterday trying to get an
ordinance started on its way through
the city council to validate the land
contract involving millions of dollars'
worth of land along Grant park and
the lake shore to the south. Corp.
Counsel Skinner read Sec. 8 of an
ordinance a sub-committee has
worked on. It says the I. CJ. must
agree "that it will not use any sub
merged lands without consent of the
city of Chicago, to be granted upon
such terms and conditions as the city
shall deem to be for the best inter
ests of the public."
Markham didn't like this. He said:
"My company is not to be permitted
to use submerged land without con-
sent of the city council. You
should avoid the possible imposition
of conditions with which my com
pany may not be financially nor
practically able to comply."
Chairman Littler and Aid. Frank
Ray both said the big point is the
city must keep control and there's
no sense trying to frame an ordi
nance if the city is going to surrender
its rights of control over the I. C.
Henry W. Lee got the floor long
enough to say that in the land con
tract between the I. C. and the South
Park commissioners the ownership
of riparian rights is conceded the L C.
But the U. S. supreme court in three
decisions and the Chipperfield legis
lative commission on submerged
lands have said clearly that the L C.
doesn't own any riparian rights to
trade, was the line of Lee's speech.
Also, he said, the L C. is doing a
bum job of making the city beautiful
with a lot of smutty smockstacks
running along the lake shore.
Charlie Wacker to the rescue. He's
the head of the Chicago plan com
mission and director of a corpora
tion which owns 1,300 acres of va
cant land and 4,400 vacant lots inside
the city limits. He said we can have
a city beautiful all right without
compelling the L C. to run its trains a
In a subway along Grant park.
It was then John Barton Payne got
red in the face and pounded on the
table with his fist and said:
"Pass this ordinance with Sec. 8 in
it as read today. If you pass it the
Illinois Central will .be forced to ac
cept it"
The aldermen then voted unani
mously to put Sec. 8 into the ordi-

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