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COCHRAN TO BILL THOMPSON
WM. HALE THOMPSON,
MAYOR OF CHICAGO:
SAY, BILL , .
I notice the Trib has changed its tune and has quit pulling that "Bill
the Boob" stuff. It is trying to be nice now. So be careful. Stop, Look,
Listen. Beware of the Greeks bearing gifts. I don't know what the Trib
wants, but you can gamble it's something. Maybe it wants to control the
school board. Then again it may want to back up. Samylnsull when he
goes after that franchise. Anyhow, Bill, keep, both eyes open and your
hands in your pockets.
You know what the Trib really thmks of you. It's only using soft
soap now where it used sandpaper before. The newspapers couldn't defeat
you when you ran for mayor, and they can't elect you if you run again.
The people elected you in spite of the newspapers, and they will re-elect
or defeat you in spite of the papers.
Your big mistake hasn't been in displeasing newspapers, but in dis
pleasing the people. Sam Ettelson can't save you. Neither can Oscar
DePriest and Jake Loeb. Switching from Lundin, Pugh, Pike, Folsom
and Moorehouse to Ettelson, Loeb and DePriest won't change public opinion
for the better. Your only chance is to feed the whole pack of politicians
to the wolves and go it alone. x '
It wasn't the politicians who elected you, Bill. It wasn't the news
papers. It wasn't the Republican party. It was THE PEOPLE, Bill. It
was people who were Republicans and people who were Democrats, people
who were tired of the Deneens and Sullivans and all other, political bosses.
And the people were tickled when you beat Boss Deneen at the primary
and Boss Sullivan at the election.
Just think of that great popular vote you got And then think of what
the people did to Harry Miller much the same people who made you
mayor. Try and figure it out for yourself why you are in bad now, when
you were in so good when you ran for mayor, fit was your political ad
visers, your 'political pals who used you as an las'set and tried to build a
political machine on your popularity. When they got it built they found
the foundation had disappeared.
That foundation, Bill, was public confidence, or a't least a public hope
that YOU would be mayor of Chicago and a servant of the people.
Let me tell you something about friends don't pay too .much atten
tion to their advice. No man wilL accomplish much if he lets his friends
steer him. Too many of them are thinking of themselves. It's all right to
listen, but after you've listened use your own judgment Enemies are often
assets when friends are liabilities, for friends will pat you on the "back
and make you self-satisfied, while enemies wilr-point out the weak spots -
in your armor, u you re a wise guy, am, you u listen to tne khocks or
jtour enemies and fortify the weaknesses ,they point out.
I know you have some pride, Bill Thompson. You don't want to go
down in history as, a failure. Now's a good time to step off to one side
and take a look at yourself. Size yourself up. Take a slant at your finish.
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