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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 06, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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new Tammany is to be one that can be depended Upon to deliver according
to Hoyle and the First ward.
Farther along in his speech Sweitzer threw more light on the kind of
organization Sullivan new Tammany is to be, one in fact that will make
President Wilson sit up" and take notice or go away back and sit down.
Here it is:
"There is another matter of vital importance that should be impressed
upon this organization and that is the election of delegates to the national
convention. It is necessary, if we are going to justify our position, that we
send a delegation to St Louis that
will have the stamp of the regular
Democracy so plainly and indelibly
impressed upon it that EVERYBODY
FROM THE DISTINGUISHED OC
CUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE
DOWN WILL HAVE NO DIFFICUL
TY IN RECOGNIZING THE FACT
THAT IT IS A SULLVAN DELEGA
TION BEYOND ALL QUESTION OF
DOUBT."
That's where Bob got down to
brass tacks. Democracy in Chicago,
Cook county and Illinois is to mean
Sullivan, and that's the purpose' of
the imposing superstructure on the
stable foundation.
And the President of the United
States, who happens to be a Demo
crat, must be made to understand
that when he looks to Chicago De
mocracy he looks to Roger Sullivan;
that when he looks to Cook county
and the state of Illinois, he looks to
one man, and that man Roger Sul
livan. But Bob made it even clearer than
that He continued:
"You men know just as well as I
do what are the reasons and the
strength and justice of our claim that
Roger C. Sullivan is the regular and
recognized leader of the Democracy
of the state of Illinois. (Cheers.) He
received, one year ago last fall, the
nomination of the Democratic party
for United States senator of this
state. He received it at a full and
fair primary, with the patronage of
both the city and the state adminis
trations opposing him.. Even in the
face of that opposition he received
the nomination in such decisive fa
shion as to place the portfolio of lead
ership of the Democracy in his hands.
We want, therefore, to send to St
Louis, behind Roger Sullivan, a
DELEGATION THAT WILL BE A
CONVINCING OBJECT LESSON
TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN
DISPOSED TO DISREGARD THE
FACT THAT HE IS THE REAL
LEADER OF THE DEMOCRACY OF
THIS STATE." (Cheers.)
That's the end of Bob Sweitzer's
speech so far as it helps us to get a
line on the Cook County Tammany
that is being so carefully organized
for us. It indicates plainly enough
that Sullivan is to be the organiza
tion, Sullivan is to be Tammany.
It shows us that the model from
which the new political thing is to be
built is to be the organization of the
First Ward Democratic club; and
that after it is built it will be Sulli
van. And it means jobs, of course. The
reason President Wilson must be im
pressed that Roger is the whole thing
in Ilinois is that Roger's Tammany
wants to tell the national administra
tion exactly who must hold all fed
eral jobs in Illinois that every
mother's son of 'em must have the
0. K. of Sullivan plainly visible on
the political collar around his neck.
And now we come to Roger Sulli
van himself. Personally I have
nothing against Roger. I, never met
him but once, although I have met
some good fellows among his sup
porters. And as there is much good
in all men there must be a lot of
good in Roger. Nevertheless, I don't
believe in his kind of politics any
more than I believe in the political
methods of Deneen, Roy West and
Fred Upham or the feeble imitatloi.
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