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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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BIGGEST "OFF YEAR" ELECTION
GETS AWAY WITH A BANG!
Balloting started briskly, promptly
at G a. m. today, in what was sched
uled to be the biggest "off-year"
election Chicago has ever had. In
spite of the war situation, hot fights
between the City Hall-Tribune-Gas-Traction
crowd and the honest alder
men they are trying to displace
wrought the city to a white heat po
litically. Never before have there been so
many issues. Each party, clique,
ward and newspaper has its object in
vfew. And the religious bogy is
being shaken about again in some
wards.
The scrap for and against good
city government centers about the
7th ward, where backers of Aid.
Charles E. Merriam, rated as one of
the best citizens Chicago has ever
had, are determined to sink the ship
of William Fetzer, Thompson candi
date. The struggle in this ward will at
tract national attention among stu
dents of local civil government be
cause of the attempt to be made to
re-elect Aid. Merriam by asking the
voters to write in his name, -with a
square and cross in front of it and
the words "For Alderman" above.
The panic in Fetzer headquarters
during the past week has convinced
Merriam backers that .their man has
a chance and they are anxious to re
elect him now because of the .public
utility fights to be waged by the
council during the next two years.
' The scrap is at a fever heat in this
ward because thousands of the best
class of citizens who have never
mixed in ward politics before, beyond
casting their own ballots, are out
making an active fight for Merriam
because of claims of his close advis
ers that he was robbed of the nomi
nation. The 3d ward, which though nor
mally Republican, has always been
9. battleground for Thompson and
anti-Thompson candidates since the
City Hall became a factor in politics,
is the scene of a bitter ballot argu
ment in which George Iliff, Demo
crat, opposes Fred Patterson.
A similar mattle is on in the 33d,
where the City Hall displaced Rob't
Buck, anti-public utility man in the
council with its own candidate, Irwin
Hazen. D. I. Jarrett, Democrat, has
the support of all anti-Thompson
factions.
Because of the heat of the argu
ment, special efforts to prevent poll
frauds and fights have been made by
County Judge Scully with the aid of
State's Att'y Hoyne, Chief Schuettler
of the police force and the Citizens'
ass'n.
Trouble is being watched for in the
18th, 2dth and 21st wards. In the
"rough-neck" ward of the city, the
ISth, John J. Touhy, independent,
with the backing of the better ele
ment, is trying to stop the march of
Barney Grogan on the City HalL
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"PAY AS WE GO" WAR FINANCE
-PLAN OF PRESIDENT HIT
BY REP. MANN
Washington, April 3. The prob
lem of financing America's part in
the world war today was directly be
fore Pres. Wilson and his cabinet
The department heads await only
action by congress on the "war res
olution" introduced last night before
submitting the first "war budget"
calling for hundreds of millions of
dollars.
It is to be a "pay as we go" war,
the government has decided, a war
sustained "so far as may be equita
ble" by the present generation, "by
well-conceived taxation," the presi
dent declared in his message.
Pres. Wilson's suggestion for "a
pay-as-you-go war" will meet oppo
sition in the house.
This was clearly indicated today
when Minority Leader Mann an
nounced his belief that "we must Im
mediately borrow money" and issue
1 bonds.
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