CHICAGO TO INVITE GEN. JOFFRE COUNCIL
ACTS WHILE MAYOR THOMPSON TALKS
It is more than likely that Chicago
will invite the envoys of France and
Great Britain, our allies, to come and
take a slant at the Windy City. And
this in spite of the fact that Mayor
Thompson has said he does not,think
he has the "legal right" to extend
Following the 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 and 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
Whereas, There can be no doubt as
to the loyalty of the city council and
the true citizenship of Chicago, you
are requested to issue aall to the
members of the city council of the
City of Chicago for a special meeting
of the council for Saturday, April 28,
1917, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon,
there to take action upon this whole
Henry D.Xapitain, 25th ward.
Willis O. Nance, 6th ward.
John N. Kimball, 7th ward.
Albert J. Fisher, 22d ward.
rrank J. Link, 25th ward.
Walter P. Steffen, 23d ward.
Joseph O. Kostner, 24th ward.
James McNichols, 10th ward.
Wm. F. Lipps, 26th ward.
John Toman, 24th ward.
Leaders among the aldermen is
sued a call for a special meeting to
be held at 2 o'clock Saturday after
noon. It was filed with City Clerk
James T. Igoe at midnight Igoe said
he would send out notices today.
Such a call for a special session
requires the signatures of three al
dermen and 24 hours' notice. Ten
names were signed to this petition.
The world at large looks upon Gen.
Joeffre as a hero and France's "man
of the hour." It is the idea of the
resolution-signing aldermen" that the
least Chicago can do is to invite
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 Ettelson, with
whom he left the matter of whether
he had the necessary power to do
the inviting. In explaining his stand
thev 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 I were to extend such an invita
tion. So I have asked the corpora
tion counsel to determine my legal
right to extend such an iiwitation."
Some aldermen pointed out that
Thompson was setting nimself above
President Wilson in declining to
throw open the gates of Chicago to
the foreign viators.
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-op-
Aldermen of the City of Chicago. 1 eration with Chicago clubs and Gov.
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