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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 27, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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PUBLIC OWNERSHIP LEAGUE IS
FORMED PLANS LAID
There was1 born in Chicago yester
day an organization, which, though
its birth was marked by no preten
tion or by the blaring of orators or
press, may becomehe dominating
power in Chicago politics and eco
nomics, one that will gain for the
people industrial freedom.
The body of whom there is Buch
great expectations in the" Public Own
ership league.
Other leagues 6f this kind have
been formed and have fizzled. Some
tried to enter politics and were soon
controlled by politicians. Most put
the dollar-ahead of principle and fail
ed because first thought was of profit
for their purse.
This movement is not actuated by
politics or the money question. It is
launched as a medium whereby the
people of Chiacgo may attain their
entitled right of ownership of public
utilities.
The greatest lope of success for
the league lies in the fact that it was
started withbut pretention. Politi
cians did not "wise up tait in time to
corrupt its source. Because it was
started quietly, but -earnestly, it was
able to work out its plans and mould
its constitution with freedom from
outside influence.
Politicians did not sit in at thetoirth
of th Public Ownership league and
never will be able to greatly influence
it The constitution provides that
the league shall endorse no political
candidates.
At first it seemed to delegates that
the league would be powerless if it
could not make endorsemnts. Thn
the history of other pure-souled or
ganizations was related and it -was
showed how easily politicians bought
and bribed endorsements which bene
fited them and wrecked the organi
sations. -'But the league can support any
candidate endorsed by the Chicago
federation-of Labor.
The league is a purely C. F. of L.
1 institution. No one can be a mem
ber unless approved by the C. F. of
L. and the C. F. of L. is to have au
thority over the league.
Later outside organizations may be
let in. But until the league grows
strong with no boosting of booming
the union labor men are not going
to risk having sSme political boss
prevert its intentions by gaining con
trol through planting members until (J
iie controlled the votes.
"It is labor that is going -to benefit
from public ownership," said John
Fitzpatrickj and so it is fitting that
union lahor should lead the fight"
"Union men will continue to bear
the burden until they learn to cast
the ballot," said Congressman Buch
anan, whose work as a fighter for
public owhershipwas recognized by
iis election to the executive board
of the league.
Following temporary officers were
elected to serve until February, 1916:
President, John Fitzpatrick; vice
president, Edw. Nockles; sec'y-treas-urer,
Chas. Dold; serg't-at-arms,
Jas. McCarthy. Thirty-five members
of the executive committee of 70
were elected from the central body
and Pres. Fitzpatrick was empower
ed, to appoint an executive committee
member from each' ward until .ward
organizations can be launched.
The league proposes to start an or
ganization in eeach ward and later an
organization in nearly every precinct
Dues will be 4 cents a year.
Yearly profits of Commonwealth
Edison, Peoples Gas and Chicago Tel
ephone Co. are $15,000,000. The
Public Ownership league wants to
get these dividends for the people.
o o
Rev. Newell Dwight Hillis of New V
York, in open pulpit confession, says
.a minister has no right to make
money and does his best work with
out it Respectfully referred to Billy
Sunday.
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Many a man can stay sober at t.a
banquet while his health is drunk,.
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