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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 11, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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ef the new organization is to bring about the unification of the local
democracy, to eliminate factionalism, to obtain efficiency in campaign
work, and through these means to make the Democratic party as strong
in every part of Chicago and Cook County as it has been for years in the
First ward through the perfect organization of the Democratic club of
that ward." -- .
"Public Safety" then explains how at the big armony meeting the roll
was called and "precinct captains answered from every precinct and ward
in Chicago, and every country town
.n Cook County. These precinct cap
tains are leaders m their own local
ities. Every man of them has a voice
in shaping the policy and naming the
caididates of the party. Thus the or
ganization is representative in the
truest sense of the word. It is NOT
a Sullivan organization, it is NOT a
Hopkins organization, it is NOT a
Sweitzer organization, it is NOT an
Egan or a Scully organization, it is
NOT the organization of any one man
or group of men, it is a Democratic
organization, united, compact, rid of
factionalism, and as such bound to
be triumphant."
That sounds pretty. It sounds
democratic. The only trouble is that
nobody will believe it. Nobody will
believe for a minute that the precinct
captains will get their heads togeth
er and give orders to Roger Sullivan
and John Hopkins. Roger and John
are not that kind of political birds.
The captains will bring in reports,
of course, but they'll let Roger and
John, the Tammany Twins do their
political work and the captain will
take orders from the boss and obey
them. The first captain who tries
to issue orders to Roger and John
will get canned.
However, there's nothing unusual
about that. It's regular. Roger and
John will dig up the dough for cam
paign funds, and they'll be the whole
works. Sweitzer and Egan may be
members of the cabinet and sit in on
the councils of war but only as lieu
tenants. And, of course, it won't be the
united Democracy of Chicago It
won't be anything bigger than an
united factional organization or ma-
hine. Don't you remember that Bob
Sweitzer said all traitors had to walk
the plank. And Bob meant all Demo
crats who voted against him for
mayor last year. And that was some
crowd.
If all Democrats who wear the Sul
livan label join the gang the new
Tammany may be strong enough to
control Democratic primaries and
make all Democratic nominations,
but the people will get in the habit of
swatting its candidates on election
day.
I once knew a Republican boss who
was a great organizer. He had every
precinct in a big city thoroughly or
ganized. He worked the card index
system, and even organized the pre
cincts by blocks. He named the
judges and clerks of election for both
parties, having a working relation
with just as shrewd a Democratic
boss. He had no trouble controlling
primaries and conventions. He hand
picked all the candidates for both
city and county. And just as fast as
he put his hand-picked candidates up
the voters knocked them down. That
boss finally got the reputation of
being able to nominate, but never to
elect
The new Tammany is starting out
in the same way. It can organize the
whole tqwn, but it can't get as effec- '
tive an organization for election day
as there is in the First ward. There
is but one First ward. The only one
that approaches it is the Nineteenth,
Where Johnny Powers has things
pretty much his own way.
The new Tammany needs Kenna
and Coughlin, but they don't need the
new Tammany There is nothing the
Sullivan organization can hand the
rulers of the First ward, although

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