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MAYOR RIPS COVER OFF THE
Before a delegation of women that
crowed his chambers Friday, Mayor
Thompson took some tierce jolts at
the Anti-Saloon league that seemed
to astound the women at first and
sent them from his office agreeing
that perhaps there was real, deep
dyed politics even in the "dry" move
Thompson openly accused the
league of being the plaything of
Charles S. Deneen in his fight to re
main the Republican boss of the
state. To back up his charges he
produced a letter which was quietly
spread around in Englewood in the
early part of April urging the election
of Charley Deneen and Chas. W. Vail,
one of the Deneen leaders, as ward
The biggest charge that he made
was regarding the Anti-Saloon
league support of Garrett De F. Kin
ney, Deneen candidate for chairman
of the G. 0. P. state committee.
"I want to explain to you good
women the sincerity behind the Anti
Saloon league fight for Kinney," said
the mayor. "Kinney, one of the big
Deneen bosses, is the partner of Rob
ert Clark of Peoria, the biggest dis
tiller in the state of Illinois. It is com
monly reported that Clark pays $20,
000 a day in revenue to the U. S.
government on the sale of liquor.
"In the last election the league en
dorsed Deneen men from one end of
the state to the other. Their cry
was, "Beat Thompson all the way."
The game was to slip Charley De
neen back into control.
"I would like to ask what Deneen
has ever done to merit the support of
the good men and women of this
state who are so eager for a dry
state. Deneen was first state's at
torney and then governor. In neither
office did he ever make an effort to
aid the dry movement Instead, he
merely used both for political power.
"Deneen is now in control of the
Anti-Saloon league. And in an un-J
derhand way he is usinpr ft for his
own end. The leaders of the Icjxue
know this and are helping him along
all they can. It's the rank and file
of the "drys" who believe in the sin
cerity of the movement that are
E. J. Davis, sec'y of the league, was
present when the mayor made his
charges. He said they supported De
neen and Vail because Rep. John H.
Lyle, a "dry" .was with them. He
didn't answer the Kinney charge, but
admitted that a lobby from the
league had supported him. He coun
tered by saying Thompson was sup
porting Fred Sterling, a wet.
The women, led by Mrs. Geo. M.
Mathes, were from the Woman's
Church Federation and the Juvenile
Protective ass'n. They presented
affidavits bearing out their stories of
vice in cabarets and dance halls. The
mayor turned the affidavits over to
Major J. V. Clinnin, special ass't cor
poration counsel, and promised
action would be taken.
"But we don't want these individ
uals mentioned in the affidavits made
the scapegoats," said Mrs. Mathes.
"There is no reason why a few should
be punished while hundreds of others
are running without interference.
What we want is a general cleanup
and the police to do their duty.
"But what we want most of all is
an ordinance separating liquor and
dances. And we want that ordinance
eniorced. What we saw last Satur
day night convinced us such an ordi
nance was necessary. We saw young
girls in an Intoxicated condition in
some of the dance halls at 2:30 in the
morning. So we want such or ordi
nance as a protection to the youths
Mayor Thompson thanked the
women for their report and compli
mented them on being the first ones
to present him evidence in a tangible
"I invite such complaints," he said,
"and I'll take action if they'll only
come to me with them. If you could