L. Wood of Jefferson county, chair
man of the license committee. It will
then be sent to the license commit
tee, 'which, it is conceded, will report
favorably on the bill: It is reasona
bly certain that the senate- yill pass
Then will come the great struggle
in the lower house. The house now
has a slight "wet" majority. But
there are said to be four or five leg
islators, frightened by the threat of
political exterminatiph, who are
wabbling. Their uncertainty has
alarmed the "wets!' to such an ex
tent that they fear the "drys" "might
come out victorious. If the bill is
passed it will be up to the farmers of
"Egypt" and other rural sections to
decide whether or not Chicago is to
be dry. A state vote is expected to
kill the liquor business.
The "drys" put one over on the
"wets" by inducing William Jennings
, Bryan to speak in Springfield next
' week after the referendum bill is in
.troduced. The reformers expect
that Bryan, coming at such a psy
chological time, will rout the "wets"
and send the wabbling legislators
over to the "dry" side.
In the face of the heavy drive of
the anti-liquor crowd, discord among
the "wets" is reported to have brok
en out. One reason for this is found
in he sphinx-like silence "of Gov.
Lowden. The governor was 'supposed
to be lined up with the "wets." But
he has done nothing to encourage
them. And a number of down-state
legislators, who are lined up politi
cally with Lowden and who would
iave voted against the reformers if
he had given them the tip, are said
to have made la break for the "dry"
camp, figuring that Lowden doesn't
care how they line up.
For this silence of Lowden, Tom
Curran and other "wet" leaders have
been made the "goats." Members of
the lower house believe that Curran
and otners close to tne governor
should induce him to say a word hat
will prove he is with, the "wets.'
The optimists, however, are pre
dicting that unless some -unexpected
rout takes place after Bryan's
speeches, the "wets" should' kill the
bill in the lower house with about
ten votes to spare.
LEE SORRY RAILROAD MEN
DID NOT STRIKE
- Washington, Jan. 19. Regret
that the railroad brotherhoods re
scinded their strike order of last fall,
which resulted m passage of the Ad
amson 8-hour law, wasi expressed to
day by W. G. Lee, president of the
Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.
He protested to the house interstate
commerce committee against pas
sage of strike prevention legislation.
REPORT THIRD ILLINOIS WILL
COME HOME UNCONFIRMED
SanAntonio, Tex., Jan. 19. "I
know nothing about it," replied
Lieut. Col. McFarland, when asked
today regarding rumors that Third
Illinois infantry would be ordered
home next week. McFarland is' act
ing chief of staff in the absence of
BITS OF NEWS
Geo. Rabb, 40, Logansport, Ind.,
found in the Y. M. C. A. hotel with
his throat slashed with a razor. In
critical condition at hospital.
Eddie Collins, 1807 S. Clifton' Park
av., Postal Telegraph messenger boy,
killed by majl truck while crossing
Wagon containing $3,000 worth of
furs stolen from in front of Wirt
heimer & Co., 448 Wells, while driver
was in building. Abandoned wagon
found later at Division and Halsted.
Police huting thieves and furs.
Mrs. Ernest Lynen, 9 W. Garfield
av., helpless invalid, dead from gas.
Believed gas leaked.
Washington. For second time in
twosaccessive days, President Wil
son made sudden visit to the-capitol,
presumably to discUss legfslative pro
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