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tion and defense, with the mayor's
followers in the council and on the
civil service commission taking the
During yesterday's hearings by the
council committee more -time was
given to stump speeches than to the
hearing of witnesses. And none of
the people against whom charges had
been made appeared. "Stalling" was
alleged by each side.
And today, before the civil service
commission, the graft charge made
by Mrs. Page Waller Eaton against
Mrs. Louise Osborne Rowe, head of
the bureau of public welfare, was lost
sight of in insinuations against Mrs.
Eaton and veiled charges on the part
of J$br attorney that he would, retal
iate with scandal that would be
smirch many people.
It was a fine mess, makes interest
ing reading for a Bertha Clay novel,
but doesn't help te average citizec
in trying to understand what is going
Att'y Steve Malato, acting for Mrs.
Rowe, wanted to know all about Mrs.
Eaton's private life. Seymour Sted
man, for Mrs. Eaton, objected, but
Capt. Coffin of the civil service com
mission wanted an earful and said
that he wanted to know everything.
In quick succession, Malato shot at
Mrs. Eaton questions as to when she
was "married the first time," wheth
er she knew the late Senator Sabin
of Minnesota and whether she was
controlled by politicians.
Mrs. Eaton replied that she was
married the first time in 1898 and
that she did know Senator Sabin.
Further questioning along this line
came to an end when Stedman ap
pealed to the commissioners.
"My client shan't testify to these
things," he declared. "They have
nothing to do with the case. If you
force her to answer I will make reve
lations that will cause several houses
in this town to come down. There
will be plenty of fireworks and our
opponents wjmJje the losers."
After a recess by the commission
to consider this threat, the line of
questioning was dropped.
What Mrs. Eaton's marriages and
friendships had to do with whether
she paid a third of her salary to Mrs.
Rowe for the support of Mayor
Thompson's sister-in-law, as she
charges, was left in the air.
BUCKSUES MAYOR THREATENS .
"When I get through with Mayor
Thompson he will be worse off than
the editor who called Theodore
Roosevelt a boozefighter," said Aid.
Robert M. Buck after filing suit for
$50,000 against Mayor Thompson,
Civil Service Board President Percy
Coflin. Michael Heitler ("Mike de
Pike") and Tom Costello.
"Fred M. Lundin may be called as
a witness and have a chance to ex
plain what he understands by rat hole
politics," said Buck. He added his
plans now are to have the libel suit
of wide scope, "digging as deep into
present and past records in Chicago
as the Roosevelt-Barnes trial in New
York last year did into New York
WOMEN TO PREPARE THEIR
MEN'S STOMACHS FOR BATTLE
New York, Feb. 25. Promising to
study food values and arrange their
home" nfenus with view to preparing
their men to fight, Housewives"
league entered preparedness cam
paign with resolution forwarded to
President Wilson. Twenty-six wo
men constitute a committee on nu
trition. They are to gather informa
tion of relative food values and dis
seminate food facts among members
oo , .
Joliet,' III. Jasper S. Perry, 22-con
vict in state prison, found guilty of
murdering Frank Harrod, his cell
mate,, on December 20. Death.
Cartersville, Ga. Jesse McCorkle,
negrp, taken from jail and lynched
byniob. Was charged withjbreak;
JngHKTEome and assaulting womauT '
fMn iTIfltin. t Jul .4,