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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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Seventy-two American citizens in
the 15the ward had their rights as
citizens taken away from them last
Tuesday. All 72 were voters. They
had all voted in the primary. But
they were barred from voting, were
refused ballots and were told it was
useless for them to try to vote.
Through the serving of suspect no
tices on Rodriguez' voters, the same
game was. worked on the 15th ward
Socialist Tuesday which was worked
on Aid. Kenna in the 1st ward
when the county judicial campaign
was. on.
Wm. Crews, in charge of the So
cialist organization for manning the
polls of the 15th ward, shows a list
of 72 American citizens and voters.
It starts with Wm. A. Millgram and
his wife of 1453 N. Irving av. and ends
with Chas. Raichel, 2243 Rice st.
Each and every one of these 72
American citizens voted at the pri
mary. But not one of them could
r get a ballot and pass into a booth and
exercise rights as American citizens J
in Tuesday's election. Each was told
a notice stating his or her citizenship
was "suspected" and he or she could
not vote. ,
In the 8th precinct was a woman
. inside the polling place telling voters
how to mark their ballots for Mich-
aelson and a uniformed policeman
, stood by and saw and heard the woin-
k an instructing voters, in violation of
i election laws, it is alleged by Rodn-
guez workers. Lawrence Lindelof,
-, secretary Painters' District Council
'. and a Rodriguez worker, was told
about it and drove to the place and
made a protest, t
Instead of two ballots, one alder
manic and the other judicial, many
"voters were handed two Judicial bal
lots and only those who were sharp
eyed got a chance to vote for alder
man. Dennis Egn, chief clerk of election
'commissioners, says not a word of
.complaint has come from the 15th
ward about suspect notices or dis
qualification of voters.
"After primary registration day,"
said Egan, "a canvass is made of
every precinct in the city. When
that canvass is finished the Demo
cratic and Republican judges of elec
tion pass on the results of this can
vass. If there are indications that a
voter is not properly registered, does
not reside at the address given or for
any reason in the opinion of the judge
does not appear to be a citizen en
titled to vote, the judges so report to
this office. A suspect notice is then
mailed from this office to each name
and address thus supplied by the elec
tion judge. The person to whom a
suspect notice is sent is then expect
ed to come before the election com
missioners and establish his right to
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Another effort to give the firemen
of the city decent working hours was
passed through the council commit
tee on schools, fire and police yester
day. It will come up at today's coun
cil meeting
' It is a modified double platoon sys
tem which was put up to the people
at the last election and defeated; the
trust press was against it. It has the
endorsement of the labor unions.
The law was passed on almost
without discussion by the council
committee. Aid. Kennedy told the
committee that the city would prob
able have to hire 200 more firemen a
year and that the firemen who do the
though work would have more time
off to stay with their families.
The rule provides that firemen
shall not work more than 24 hours
out of 48. At present they must be
on duty 48 out of 72.
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Boston, Mass. C. R. Darling of
Newton won his Suit against the Mid
dlesex & Boston street railway. It
was for 12 cents they have owed him
nearly a year.
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