Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
COUNCIL DEMANDS OUSTING OF THOMPSON'S
APPOINTEES MERRIAM WARNS MAYOR
Mayor Thompson received his first
real setback at the hands of the city
council last night- Aldermen who
heretofore voted witbhim deserted
administration forces and the result
was the mayor was requested to re
move three city officials appointed by
him, an action unprecedented in the
history of the city council.
War broke out when Aid. Kerner
of the judiciary committee made
a thirty-minute speech, asking
the adoption of the report of his
committee, which asked the mayor
to suspend Boiler Inspector Nye, the
state's attorney to prosecute him for
his attempt to bribe aldermen of the
city council and his flagrant viola
tion of the civil service laws.
"Men in New York were sent to
Sing Sing when a similar sort of
thing occurred," said Kerner. "The
civil service commission is even more
guilty than Nye."
Immediately the Thompson floor
leaders got busy and, after finding
out how few votes they had on this
measure, Aid. Michaelson made an
other attempt to delay it until Nye
"He is now on a sick bed," he stat
ed. "He is the best boiler inspector
we ever had."
"If I thought you were sincere in
this proposal I would not object," re
plied Aid. Kerner. "But Nye has
had several chances to explain to us
and has refused."
Aid. Buck then roasted Michael
son. "My colleague who has seen fit
to defend this arch-corruptionist of
the city council says Nye is sick. Why
I saw him talking to members of this
council this afternoon. The honor of
the council is at stake."
"The strife in this council has been
caused by the mayor's appoint
ments," said Aid. Kjellander. "Pres.
Faherty of the board of local im
provements has told I was 'no good
because I didn't vote for the mayor.' 1 tempt has been made Jo bribe two oj
The boss of my ward has told Aid.
Wallace, when he complained of the
condition our ward was in, that it
would be cleaned when we voted
with the mayor."
"This is bribery. He broke the
law. Let him be disciplined," said
"This is an attack by anti-administration
aldermen," said DePriest,
using his favorite word "obnoxious"
"You distinguish between anti
administration and administration
aldermen. What is your classifica
tion?" asked McCormick. "It is that
the administration men are led
around by the nose and the antis are
DePriest then replied, telling Mc
Cormick the opinion of the silk
stockings he represented was not the
Aid. Merriam told the mayor he
was being led astray by evil advisers;
that he was doing wrong when he
permitted himself to listen to men
who were urging him to build a polit
ical machine by spoils methods; that
he had no better friends in the coun
cil than Buck, McCormick and some
of the so-called anti-administration
'Prom where you sit now, Mr.
Mayor, you have treated us 'fairly.
But what has gone on between the
council meetings? If you had be
haved out of the council, if you had
treated us and the people as square
ly outside the council as you have
here, we would have no kick coming.
"That tremendous majority you re
ceived was proof of the people's faith
in you. They still have faith in you.
You were ill-advised when you were
told you could ride the council rough
shod. "It is not Nye. but the city coun
cil, which is on trial, and if we refuse
to consider this report when an at-