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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 12, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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COCHRAN GIVES THE MAYOR AOV9C
WM. HALE THOMPSON,
MAYOR OF CHICAGO.
SAY, BILL:
Let me tell you a story that will illustrate the point I was trying to
make in my letter of yesterday. Samuel M. Jones was first elected mayor
of Toledo as a Republican. That is, he was nominated at a Republican
convention and ran as a Republican.
When he took office he didn't take orders from the Republican bosses.
He assumed that he had been elected by the people to be mayor of Toledo,
and that' he was THEIR representative or servant, rather than a tool of
the politicians who had brought about his nomination.
That made the Republican bosses sore; and when it came time to re
nominate him the bosses counted him out in the party convention. He
wouldn't stand for the rough political work in that manipulated conven
tion and announced that he would go before the people on his record and
run as an independent candidate. :
He did. He was nominated by petition. The Republican party and
its politicians were against him. The Democratic party and its politicians
were against him. Every newspaper in the town was against him. Business
organizations were against him.
In the closing days of the campaign Democratic and Republican politi
cians worked together to beat him. But when the votes were counted the
Democratic candidate had 3,000 votes, the Republican candidate 4,000 and
Golden Rule Jones 17,000.
As Jones put it during the campaign, everybody was against him but
the people.
And thereafter he was elected by the people as an independent every
two years, and died as mayor of Toledo.
Brand Whitlock followed, and was elected four times in succession as
an independent. He never was beaten, having refused to run in 1913
because he then expected to be appointed minister to Belgium.
The people of Toledo in the mass are no different from the people
of Chicago. The difference between cities in this country is mainly the
difference between their ruling classes. Down beneath human nature is
much the same; and the people in various cities throughout the country
have the same hopes, aspirations, fears and sense of decency and justice.
I favored your nomination by the Republicans because the organiza
tion Deneen, West, the newspapers, the big stores, the loop and Big
Business generally wanted Olson. And I felt that with Olson and Sweitzer
the two candidates, with their party organizations back of them, there was
no chance for the people to win no matter which was elected.
I felt that neither Olson nor Sweitzer could be free owing their nom
ination to the powerful loop interests and I took a chance that possibly
you might be big enough' to be free. I never for a moment had any doubt
of your election, because I thought the people who were not politicians
would see the situation as I saw it
So I gave you what little support I could because of the chance I
thought I saw of getting representative government for the people of
Chicago.
Your election was a political sensation throughout th country. In 3
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