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tion because the people wouldn't stand for the Sullivan-Hopkins machine
getting its meat-hooks on the City Hall.
Owing your election wholly to the people, I thought you would be free
to serve them and become one of the greatest mayors in Chicago's history.
You made a bUllytart with the street car arbitration but you've been
slipping ever since.
Here's where I think you made your biggest mistake you permitted
Pugh, Lundin and other close friends to build up a personal political ma
chine and play the same old-fashioned politics in Chicago that Murray
Crane, Boies Penrose and Bill Barnes played when they put the Republican
party on the bum.
Every time you added one political boss to your machine you drove
thousands of unbossed voters away from you. The people are tired of
bosses. That's one reason why they turned Sweitzer downthey believed
Roger Sullivan and John P. Hopkins woultLrun the City Hall.
Now a whole lot of them are beginning to wonder whether Jim Pugh
and Fred Lundin are any improvement over Roger and John.
m. That presidential bee raised the dickens when it stung you on the
head. Some folks thought that it started a swelling.
Anyhow, it disappointed a lot of your real friends who hoped you would
have sense enough to make good on one job before you went chasing an
other. Say, Bill, don't you remember that fable about the dog the one that
crossed a stream with a juicy beeksteak in his mouth and seeing its re
flection in the water dropped the steak he had to grab its reflection?
Many a politician has made the same mistake that foolish dog made.
Now you haven't the ghost of a chance to be nominated or elected
president anyhow not yet You can't go the whole route on your record
in the street car arbitration.
That was a home run, all right, but your batting eye has been off ever
since, and recent strike-outs have cut down your batting average.
Don't be fooled about the Drys. Revenge is always a more potent
force in politics than gratitude. And the Drys will fear that if you would
go back on a pledge made to the Wets you might throw the Drys down, too,
when it might seem to be the expedient thing to do.
Kicking the civil service law in the slats may please the spoilsman and
tickle the builders of political machines, but it won't please the general run
I wish you could see and understand this great, modern political truth
that a public servant who enjoys the confidence of the rank and file of
the people needs neither the newspapers nor the bosses.
Money can't buy public confidence. The Sweitzer campaign fund was
enormous, and you had a tough time of it getting any campaign fund at all
yet you got the votes.
A party political machine can't swing the votes of the unbossed citi
zens and all the political machines in town don't control 20 per cent of
Look at the crowd you licked to a frazzle the street railway com
panies, People's gas, Commonwealth Edison, the loop press, the banks, the
department stores, the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, the Sullivan ma
chine, the Deneen-West machine and Big Business generally.