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COUNCIL TURNS DOWN THOMPSON PLAN TO
For some weeks Mayor Thompson
has been keeping a card index on the
aldermen. Misled hy the f ote on the
ordinance permitting the sale of the
Automatic Phone Co., four aldermen
last night called a special meeting of
the council to put over a motion to
resolfe it into a committee of the
whole to select a committee or com
mittees to appoint committees for the
By a vote of 46 to 24 the council
this modning placed on file this mo
tion, introduced by Aid. Michaelson.
The card index system failed to work.
"No further attempt will be made
by the administration to assist in the
organization of the council," stated
Mayor Thompson. "The aldermen
have shown themselves to be afraid
of the Municipal Voters' league."
Aid. Michaelson read a speech
when he introduced his resolution. In
it he attacked Aid. Merriam, the
crime com'n, the defeat of Wm. Selig
to the board of education, and re
called Mayor Thompson's statement
blaming the aldermen for the death
of policemen shot by criminals.
The speech was "a ripper." A Day
Book reporter saw Ass't Corporation
Counsel Alexander in the council
chamber. He went over and asked
him for a copy of the speech.
"I'm sorry, but I gave them all to
Aid. Michaelson," he said.
"Oh, then you wrote it?"
"Well, I helped the alderman with
it," Alexander stated.
"The league has governod the city
for 20 years," Michaelson went on.
"Haven't the taxpayers of the 1st
ward as much right to be represent
ed in this caucus as the taxpayers of
the 7th ward. Is this a fair method
of appointing the committee of com
mittees to sit in a hotel and in back
room style appoint men who will say
who the committee shall be for the
coming year. Let us throw off the
yoke of the league."
After different aldermen had
stated they never had pressure
brought to bear on them to influence
appointments, Aid. Kennedy arose.
"It looks to me as if this were an
attempt by the administration to
bring about harmony," he said. "In
Prance and Great Britain they call
this a vote of confidence. These
votes are taken to discover if the rep
resentative body is in harmony with
the administration's policy. If they
are not upheld in the vote it is their
custom to resign. If this vote fails
to uphold the administration is
should be honest enough to resign.
In fact, the only decent thing the ad
ministration can do is to resign. We
Socialists believe in unity. So I have
to vote against Aid. Michaelson's mo
tion." After the meeting Mayor Thomp
son was asked to comment on Aid.
"When the United States is gov
erned by a king 1'H consider the sug
gestion," he said. "The M. V. L. has
accused me of trying to make rub
ber stamps out of the aldermen. It
seems to me as if they have the han
dle of the stamp. When the people of
a ward send men to the council year
aftejr year it is plain that they want
these men to represent them and
these men should have a chance to
say how this council shall be organ
BITS OF NEWS
M. J. Faherty, pres. of board of
local improvements today summoned
before board contractors who bid on
130,000 yards of asphalt pavement to
explain boost in prices. Believes
there is asphal ring.
John Henrich, 6221 S. May, killed
wife, then self, with revolver. Had
quarreled over wife's property.
Two killed, seven overcome by
bursting of gas pipe, boarding house,
1522 Wentworth av., Chicago Hts,