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Following rhe mayor s statement,
several aldermen got busy on their
own hook and adopted the following
TO THE CITY CLERK OF. THE
CITY OF CHICAGO.
Whereas, General Joffre and his
distinguished associates of the
French commission ami Arthur J.
Balfour and his distinguished asso
ciates on the British commission, all
comrades at arms of the American
people, are now in this country to
give us the advantage of their ad
vice and experience, and
Whereas. Mayor Thompson ap
pears doubtful of his -'legal right" to
invite these distinguished allies of
the United States to Chicago and
expresses doubt as to the welcome
which might be accorded them by "a
part of the Chicago population," and
iiihoni: Thorp ran hft no doubt as
10 the loyalty of the city council and.
the true citizenship ot umcago, you
are requested to issue a call to the
members of the city council of the
City of Chicago for a special meeting
of the council for Saturday, April 2S,
1917. at 2 o'clock in the afternoon,
there to take action upon this wliole
" Henry D. Capitain, 25th ward.
Willis O. Nance, 6th ward.
John N. Kimball. 7th ward.
Albert J. Fisher. 22d ward.
Frank J. Link, 25th ward.
Walter P. Steffen, 23d word.
Joseph O. Kostner, 24th ward.
James McNichals, 10th ward.
Wm. F. Lipps, 26th ward.
John Toman, 24th ward.
Aldermen of the City of Chicago.
Chicago, April 26, 1917.
Leaders among the aldermen is
sued a call for a special meeting to
tf held at 2 o'clock Saturday after
noon. It was filed with ,City Clerk
James T. Igoe at midnight. Ig6e said
he would send out notices tqday.
Such a call for a special session
requires the signatures of three al
dermen and 24 hours' notice. Ten
names were signed to 'his petition.
The world at large lookb upon Gen.
Joeffre as a heroand France's "man
of the hour." It is the idea of the
resolution-signing aldermen that the
least Chicago can do is to invile
Joffre and his party and Arthur Bal
four and his party -to be the guests
of Chicago during part of the time
of their visit to. America.
In the meantime. Mayor Thomp
son is waiting for an opinion from
Corporation Counsel Bttelson, with
whom he left the matter of whether
be had the necessary power to do
.the inviting. In explaining his stand
the mayor said:
'It is possible that a part of the
citizens of Chicago might not be
wildly enthusiastic over it. I doubt
whether I would be erpressing the
opinion of all the people of Chicago
if F were to extend such an invita
tion. So I have asked the corpora
tion counsel to determine my legal
right to extend such an invitation."
Some aldermen pointed out that
Thompson was setting himself above
Presidenr Wilson in declining to
throw -open the gates of Chicago to
the foreign vistors.
While the actual vote on the reso
lution will not come until Saturday
afternoon, plans are being made for
one grand reception for the visitors.
Samuel Hastings, pres., and John M.
Glenn, sec'y of Illinois Manufactur
ers' ass'n are in Washington to ex
tend an invitation personally. M. A.
Berthelemy, French' consul, in co-operation
with Chicago clubs and Gov.
Lowden. is giving active co-operation.
Col. Milton J. Foreman's First
cavalry will be a military escort, and
a public demonstration at the Audi
torium will probably be one of the
On top of his stand against invit
ing Joffre and the' others, Mayor
Thompson issued a printed pamphlet
entitled "Food Shortage Warning."
It said in part: "The history of con
scription cr draft is that it leads to
trouble, and it is a drastic measure