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ALD. MERRIAM AND EX-MAYOR
HARRISON BOOST FOR HOYNE
A Hoyne nonpartisan mass meet
ing is being arranged for Friday or
Saturday, at which it is expected
that- Carter H. Harrison, -fiye-time
mayor of Chicago, will speak from
the same platform wijth Aid. Charles
E. Merriam, who lost the mayoralty
of Chicago in 1911 by only "3,000
votes. Merriam issued a statement
today saying the best way to keep
the state's attorney's office out of
the hands of the City Hall Thomp-
son-Lundin organization is for inde
pendent voters to mark their ballots
for Maclay Hoyne. The statement
ALD. CHARLES E. MERRIAM
Decent citizens of Cook county are
in danger of losing their votes by
dividing their support between
Hoyne and Cunnea. Only by uniting
upon one candidate can they prevent
the City Hall gang from obtaining
an immunity bath good until 1920.
I believe Mr. Hoyne can come near
er bringing thdse voters- together
than can Mr. Cunnea.
The office of state's- attorney is
created as a safeguard against graft
and corruption in public office. In
the absence of the recall, It is the
public's only means of snatching
rogues from office. I know the peo
ple of Chicago would not wittingly
turn over the state's attorney's office
to the City Hall under present con
ditions. Mr. Miller is inexperienced
and weak. His brief political record
indicates he is the pliant tool of Lun
din. "Who is simple enough to be
lieve that the City Hall would pros
ecute itself? Miller's election would
be a public calamity.
The strength of professional crim
inals in Chicago is largely due to the
fact that we change public prosecu
tors frequently. The crooks are gen
erally better organized for their de
fense than the public for the attack.
The crime trust retains its attorneys
from year to year while the public
changes its prosecutors every four,
years. No sooner is the public's staff
organized and experienced than it is
disbanded and a new and green set
of men is put in to learn the job all
over again. In the meantime, profes
sional criminals are making hay. In
a great city like Chicago, where
crime is organized on a business ba
sis, it is absolutely essential that ex
perienced men be kept at the work
of investigation and prosecution.
Nobody is helped by turning outx an
experienced state's attorney except
the hold-up men, the pickpocket, tue
s"windler and others who make crime "
a trade. Mr. Hoyne has shown his
ability to deal with organized crime
and has struck severe blows at the
arson trust, the clairvoyant trust, the
burglar trust and other nests of or- ,
gamzed outlaws. To discharge hini
now, disband his staff and throw
away the experience and ability they
have acquired would be unwise.
There are errors of omission and4.
commission in Mr. Hoyne's record,',
which I have no desire to gloss over ,
or conceal, and which have caused .
many voters to hesitate. Neverthe- I
less, the fact remains that he has ,
been a successful prosecutor of pro
fessional crime, that he is now at-.,
tacking a highly-organized system of '
political corruption, and that his .
principal opponent is the political "
ally oi thejrery interests with which "
Mr. Hoyne is grappling. In his-posi- .
tion of prosecutor he has acquired "
important results. He pledges him
self to carry on the battle .asrainst .
professional crime and against all !
iorms or gran, and on this basis is t
entitled to the support of all eitizens
without regard to national party -af-,'
ADMITS GIRL'S MURDER
' Wilkesbarre. Pa.. Nov. 2. Uniter ,
merciless sweating, Thomas S, Wil-,
nams, county official, today con-..,
f essed that he stranded to death Ida .
May Brown, whose body was found
two weens ago to the Susquehanna-,,,