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INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS. NEUTRAL IN NONE."
CHICAGO, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1894 TWELVE PAGES.
L fii. I!. DAVIS WITHDRAWS
The Leading Candidate for United States
Senator No Longer in the
The Battle for the Senatorship Becomes a
General Free-for-AII, with the
Winner to Be Guessed.
General Political Gossip from the Various
Gamps, with Current Comment for
Col. Duvls' vnlor has never been
questioned. The Colonel has shown
discretion also In retiring from (lie rave
for the Senatorshlp.
lie entered the contest Inspired with
a reasonable nntl even luutlnhle ambi
tion based upon the general tletnantl
for Senator from Chicago. He Is u
Chicago man fnn mlc to crown. In
any other year lie might have been Irre
sistible. Unfortunately for him ho
found that the cry wan no,t only "n Sen
tor from Chicago," but "a Senator
from Chicago-Joseph Mcdlll." Wher
ever he turned ho wns confronted with
the Invincible onward rush of the Me
dlll candlducy, which no man In thlH
county can withstand and afterward
live politically. And being wlso In the
wnyH of the political world and hopeful
with largo eyes of tho future, ho furled
hlH banner and betook blmwrit to hU
Hut ho I not sulking. We confident
ly expect to kco him iih a profoundly
loyal ChlcaKoan rallying his friends to
the mipport of the only Chicago candi
date, tho unterrllled leader of the IIH
iiuIm Republicans throughout eight cam-pnlgus-tho
Hon. Joseph Medlll. Post.
Hon. Frank Scales has resumed the
practice of law, having established ele
gant otileos In tho Tucoiim Building,
suite SO:i and 804.
Tho County Hoard has oniereu inn
County Superintendent of Schools and
the county attorney to InspeetthebooUs
of State's Attorney Kern's otllco and
lliul out whether lie has paid Into the
school fund tho tines, forfeitures and
penalties collected by htm and duo that
fund. If It Is found that he has not
done ho tho County Attorney Is ordered
to movo In tho Circuit Comt for an or
der suspending Mr. Kern from otllce.
Tho County Hoard organized peace
fully Monday afternoon and mndo tho
County Attorney, ltobort 8.11m. .$4,000
Asslstnui uouuiy Aiwim-n
Assistant County Attornoy, Will
imii V. Struckmau
Committee Clerk, Theodore Ocs-
Warden County Hospital, C. J,
Superintendent Dunning Iustltu
i..iiu n. v. Nash
County Physician, 13. C. Fortncr.. 2.000
futility Agent, ucurfcu WIM.-U. . . . .
Assistant County Agom, v.
County Electrician, John Cum
filler Jury Clerk. E. A. Hotline.,
Custodian Court House, Chris
Custodian Criminal Court Hulld
lng, John C. Ciitothui'H
Chief Engineer Court House, F.
Chler Kuglneor Criminal Court
and Jail, W. W. Wluney
Chief Engineer Hospital, O. F.
Chief Engineer Dunning Institu
tions, Charles Helms 1,200
County Farmer, Wlmmcrstago ... oo
Iusaui) Asylum Physician (male),
Dr. F, A. McGrow 1.200
Inknun AsvllllH Physician (fe- .
male), Dr. Helgo Hund 1,200
Poorhouso Physician (male), Dr.
J. J. Crowo L200
Poorhouso Physlclau (femalo),
Dr. Jean OBpray J.200
Invariably those orders, carried Into
execution, have brought considerable
fame to tho detective olllclal. He has
the Inherent ability to digest tho com
plicated details of a case Involving the
use of tact, shrewdness, boldness, rap
idity of action and originality of Intui
tion, that has caused less fortunate po
lice otlleers to say that Inspector Hunt
Is the most analytical policeman In the
country, except Mr. Hymes, of Now
York. Hut bluff, hearty "Sic" laughs
tho analytical Idea to scorn. He say-
ho would rather work out the threads
of a mysterious orlme than ent his din
ner. To unearth any mystery all that
Is necessary Is a faithful lot of subor
dinates who will keen their counsel,
obey orders and observe caution and
prudence. Inspector Hunt served uis
twentieth year ou tho police force as au
Inspector, and when be attains the re
quisite ago ho can retire a pensioned
veteran of long and faithful service.
Hut Hyde Pnrkltes will not care to see
the Inspector retire. For twenty-three
years Mr. Hunt has worn the blue, and
he has never disgraced tho uniform by
word or deed.
Nicholas Hunt was born In Ireland In
184(1 and cttmo to America In 1805, lo
cating ou a farm near New York City.
Ho led a comparatively uneventful llfo
In tlio country until ISOt), when he wiih
attracted to Chicago. Sewer Contrac
tor J. K. Heattle was at that time doing
considerable work, and ho engaged
young Mr. Hunt as a foreman. Two
years later, Sept. 15, 1871, "Nle" donned
the blue and "carried timber" as a
Hydo Park patrolman. After seven
years of service ho was promoted to a
sergenntcy. In those days there were
no lieutenants, and the sergeants were
clothed with authority similar to that
of a lieutenant. In 1882 hu was mndo
captain, and for seven years he man
aged unndmlmblyequlpped forcoof 125
men. Annexation In 1SS0 brought Cap
tain Hunt Into the service, of the city of
Chicago, mid ho wns made Inspector.
Mr. Hunt married Johauiia Criminous
and has a family of two daughters, HI
and 18 years old, and a son 21 years old.
Tho daughters are attending St. Mary's
at Notro Dame. Some of the crimes In
which Inspector Hunt was prominent
as n Yldocq a io among tho most sensa
tional In police nnnals. In conjunction
with ex-Assistant State's Attornoy
Neely ho fastened the Hlnaker murder
upon tho deceased man's companion,
Purdy, mid was discouraged when n
faulty Indictment necessitated a now
tilal. Purdy, who had been within tho
shadow of tho gallows, was subso
fluently freed by n technicality. Alex
ander Itlco was sent, to the penitentiary
for llfo for the murder of Jennie Mc-
Survey ou flaiilcld boulevard, mainly
by reason of Inspector Hunt's ability
tin a detective. Praiseworthy, Indeed,
was the Inspector's conduct of tho In
vestigation of tho murder of Nle Senna,
an Italian laborer at the World's Fair
grounds. An Italian named Contl was
sent to prison for llfo for tho murder.
Inspector Hunt succeeded lu finding
tho fatal stiletto and ten witnesses wiio
effectually fastened tho crime ou Contl.
Tho Eva Mitchell murder mystery tho
Inspector could not clear up becauso of
tho denth of flio principal witness,
Mlko Criminous. Tho olllclal's speedy
solution of tho Hiawatha Flats butch
ery and the apprehension within thirty
hours nftcr tho mutilated body of Jan
itor HnrncH wns found of tho guilty
parties Is fresh lu tho public mind.
GENERAL POLITICAL GW.
Talk from the Wards and Town Top
ics Abont Statesmen that Will
Interest Our Readers.
Men Who Want to Be Aldermen, City Treas
urers, Mayors, and Officials
Gossip from Every Camp in Politics to Suit
"Eagle" Readers and the
JOHN A. KING.
Chicago's Popular Banker.
That Inspector Nicholas Hunt Is an
"analytical policeman" of rare ability
has been demonstrated to tho satisfac
tion of tho Hydo Park citizens upon oc
caslons prior to his latest signal suc
cess In unearthing1 tho murderers In tho
recent Uarnes murder case. Naturally
as uucommunlcatlvo as a sphinx when
absorbing tho details of a mysterious
crlmo uttered by a subordinate, tho in
spector Invariably turveys his fteld of
operations, makes a mental picture of
ouch clow, and tbon Issues orders. And
Lawyer Orvillo Van Thompson Is
highly Indignant over tho publication
in tho Times and Record of sensational
articles which servo to mako him ap
pear lu a ridiculous and unfavorable
light. "I have nothing to say," replied
Mr. Van Thompson, "In vindication of
my character or actions. If only I my
self wcro concerned I would gladly lot
tbo articles In question pass without
notice or comment. I feel, however, that
Innocent parties have boon mado to suf
fer through tho lidlscretlou and bad
temper "displayed by those who have
been Instrumental lu making the mat
ter public. All the satisfaction that the
Instigators of the scheme can hope to
derive out of tho fabrication Is that
they have succeeded In compromising
themselves. What I deplore most Is
the fact that tho names of ladles In
nocent of the whole affair have been
used In this uujiistlllable maimer. In
their aiiNlety to vent their spleen upon
me personally my enemies have re
sorted to falsehood and chicanery."
Said a friend 'of Mr. Van Thompson'!, i
"It Is singular that any olio should want
to know of Vnn Thompson. There has I
been no concealment about Ills life, no t
mystery surrounding either his busi
ness or social relations. Fur four ycar.t
and over he has made Chicago his
home and In business circles has been
well known and trusted of all men.
In his Hoclal llfo ho has bet n courleotH.
generous and honorable to all. Thoo
who know him well like and adiuliv
him. To those whom he does not know
he Is Indifferent.
"Mr. Van Thompson's career," con.
tinned" the speaker, "from his child
hood up Is so fortllled with honesty and
Integrity that any attacks made upon
his private or public character aro cer
tain to redound to the discredit of those
who mnko them." No further com
nient Is needed lu this ouuectlon re
garding Mr. Van Thompson's earlier
lire. The following letters speak for
"Campbell County. Virginia, Oct. 22.
1801. Having known Mr. Orvllle Van
Thompson from early childhood until
his departure from Virginia, as class
mate, schoolmate and In business and
social affairs, It affords mo a pleasure
to speak of him lu the highest terms as
a gentleman of uulmpeachablw honor
and unquestionable Integrity, warm lu
Ills trleudshlp, true to his principles,
pure lu his purposes, with a name un
tarnished, and a ch'traeler unsullied.
Is tho legacy he left lu tint village of
his birth to his tunny fi lends and ad
mirers, who witnessed with regret his
departure. Naught can bo said agalunt
him unless It springs from the malig
nant and lying tongues of envy.
"(J. M. KABLEH,
"E-Clcrk Campbell Superior Court.
"Ilcilford Springs, Va., Oct. 22. Or
vlllo Van Thompson attended this In
stitution under my predecessor, the
Itov. II. W. Moseley, deceased. Mr.
'Ihompsou was a student of good
standing mid character at the academy,
paying more attention to the study of
English than to tho study of the class
lea. Even as a youth ho wns quick
and ready In debate, of which hu was
particularly fond. Being of an ambi
tious turn of mind ho pursued tho
study of the law In the Northern col
leges, utul bus, no doubt, mado himself
nrollclont lu his chosen profession.
To whatever position Mr. Thompson
might aspire ho would carry with him
essential qualities for success brains
"D. W. READ.
"Bedford City, Va., Oct. 22, 1804.
I know Mr. Orvillo Van Thompson
very well Indeed while a ljcsldent of
this State, was, lu fact, raised lu same.
neighborhood, and I take pleasure lu
testifying to his good character and
standing. As a youth he enjoyed the
coutldcuco nud esteem of his associ
ates and the people of his community.
Very truly yours, etc.,
"l O. Bedford Springs, Vn., Oct. 20,
IWU. To whom It may concern: This
Is to certify that I have been postmas
ter for twenty-seven years, nud that
1 have known Mr. Orvllle Van Thomp
son from his boyhood. He Is an un
married man, and always found hint
to be correct !u all his dealings, honest
and sober, pollto and kind to everybody
and u worthy gentleman. His parents
are residents of this place, of good
i standing, nud I take them to be our
best citizen. I can safely say Mr. Or
I vlllo Van Thompson Is worthy of trust
, and one of the biMt Virginia gentlemen
thai lives or treads the soil of any
I "K. FRANKLIN. Late Postmaster.
"11. II. FRANKLIN, Assistant Tost
master. "Bedford Springs, Vn., Oct. 20, 1804.
To Whosoever It May Concern: I, H.
W. rinrhel, a J. I of the county of
Campbell nud State of Virginia, do cer
tify that I have known Orvillo Vnn
Thompson from u child. When n boy
he wns a scholar of a Sabbath school of
which I was superintendent. Ho wns
always courteous, respectful ntul polite,
and grewto be a gentleman of unques
"II. W. CARREL, J. P."
"Bedford City, Vn., Oct. 22. ISOL-To
All Whom This May Concern: I nm
well acquainted with Mr. Orvillo Vnn
Thompson and know him to bo n gen
tleman of high standing and worthy of
.10IIN M. SPEECH,
Clerk Bedford Circuit Court."
The letters above quoted aro but few
ol ninny of tho same tenor In tho pos
mcksIoii of Mr. Thompson and were
written to him some time since when
ho contemplated entering Into political
Letters from Dr. l'rcwltt.
The following two letters from the
pen of Dr. T. F. Prowltt nnd his wife,
parents of tho young lady whoso namo
has been so cruelly brought into public
notice, are printed In Justice to Mr.
Thompson nnd In order to show the es
teem and confidence In which ho wns
held previous to tho Intermeddling and
writing of anonymous letters by busy
bodies and Interested pnrtles who Anal
ly succeeded in breaking the mnrrlago
engagement, but without dishonor,
either to tho lady In question or, to Mr.
"St. Louis, Oct. 20, 1804. Mr. Orvillo
Vnn Thompson, 218 LaSallo street, Chi
cago, 111. Dear Sir: My daughter hai
Just turned over to mo a number of
testimonials from Virginia, which bear
flattering testimony to your high stand
In nud upright character.
"I congratulate you upon the outcome
of this very disagreeable business. If
It has been painful to you It has at least
demonstrated that your character could
stand the crucial test of Investigation.
For my part I do not regret It. For
yourself It has been a triumph over ene
mies who have ruthlessly assailed your
reputation without foundation and
without motive. No ono can execrate
more than I the vile wretches who
would without cause traduce and slan
der an upright gentleman.
"As you were an cntlro stranger to
me nud but a recent acquaintance of
my family indeed, there was not a
soul ou Cod's earth whom I knew nud
wh'i nls.i knew you I felt It a duty I
owed to my daughter and to my fam
ily to make Inquiries In regard to your
character nud standing. Had I done
less I should have been derelict to
every obligation resting upou me as the
guardian of my daughter's welfare and
"That the Inquiries set on foot should
have resulted In tin explosion of grave
ciiargcs and vile Insinuations was un-
cspcctcd and astounding. I do not re
fer to the wretched woman whoso vol
untary nud anonymous communications
had but slight weight with me.
"If the things charged were true
and presumably they were matters of
record they were damning. If untrue,
It was duo to you that they should bo
"Again I congratulate you upon the
"Should you chooso to visit St. Louis
we shall be glad to see you. I write
this hastily that It may reach you to
morrow morning. Very truly yours,
"i' i.r iiii.'.wi'i"ir
"P. 8. It Is needless for mo to say
that If my daughter still deems her hap
piness involved lu this matter I shall
Interpose no obstacle to her wishes. In
deed, my solo purpose is to promote her
happiness. Whatever may couduco to
that end will please me.
"St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 20,-My dear Mr.
Thompson: I hopo you will pardon mo
for writing, but I have oho request to
make of you. Now please grant It.
Allow Horn to havo unchurch wedding,
it has been the dream of her life, nud
mIio Is so proud of you that sho wants
nil her friends to seo and know you,
and then you know It Is something that
only happens once lu n lifetime. She
will always have It to look back to as
tho bilghtest spots in her life. You
know, my dear Mr. Thompson, that I
love you both very dearly ami would
do anything to promote your happiness,
and I think you would do tho samo for
me. Do telegraph; It will be all light
and you shall not have any of tho
trouble on worry. All Join mo In much
love. Yours cordially,
"II. S. PREWITT."
Frank .1. Caulter, Clerk of tho Cir
cuit Court, has Hied his semi-annual
report, showing receipts amounting to
$,s,!M)l.tr,; expenditures, ?:i0,;w:i.48;
balance. s?4,t'iK.(t7. For the previous
six mouths Mr. Caulter turned over
.o,(oT.o.". making a clear protlt for the
year of $100,207.72. This Is far In ex
cess of any previous year's revenue.
.1. L. Cochran reports the following
sales made at Edgewater during the
past week: House nnd fifty feet of
ground, on Wluthrop avenue, to Alfred
Mcsuagcr, for $8,800; house nnd fifty
feet of ground, on Wluthrop avenue, to
Mrs. Hundley Mason, for $8,000; tlfty
feet of ground, ut tho, corner of Evans
ton avenue nnd North Fifty-ninth
street, to Merrill Spuuldlng, for $3,700;
tw enty-tlve feet of ground uddltlunnt.ou
Kvnnston avenue, to l'nui J. acuacicr,
,1r., for $l,rK).
B. F. Cronkrltc & Co. reports snles of
Pasco lots during the week amounting
to $.'l,2.V). The tlrm has Just received
notice from Its Pasco agent that the
new Irrigation canal, supplying water
for several thousand acres around tho
town, wns started last week.
Louis Morris, who has Just purchased
from .lames Stlnsou 112x200 feet on tho
west side of Droxcl boulevard, 100 feet
north of Forty-seventh street, for $41,
SCO, will construct ou part of It a lino
tcsldence early next year at n cost of
between $10,000 nnd $r0,000, and will
sell the rest of the ground. Tho new
house will front about forty feet with
a depth of about sixty-live, and will
contain twelve rooms. Tho exterior
will be constructed of blue Bedford
stone nnil the Interior will bo very
beautifully finished lu hard wood. ,T.
A. Thulii Is the architect.
Ron In tho Chicago Flro Department
But everybody lu Chicago hopes that
ho may continue his nctivo connection
with tho department forty-llvo yean
At a meeting of the Republican
club of tho Thirteenth Precinct of tbo
Fourteenth Ward Charles Oik, of No.
227 Prince avenue, wns Indorsed as a
candidate nt the spring election for Al
derman of the west end of the ward.
Tho following nnmos were drawn as
tho persons to compose tho January
J. It. Drcnt, Berwyn; Charles Klad
prath, 110 West 1.1th street; B. O. Fin
ney, KCi Austin avenue; John Blelfold.
Thornton; William Wnlmsley, La
unuigo; j. w. iicrsey, 843 Adams
Blroct; Gabriel Davoust, 120 Van Buron
street; Henry Wlelnnd, 217 Elm street;
John Escb, River Grove; Frank Wes
terlleld, Wllmctto; Edward Hubert,
Evanston; John MoCarthy, 1487 West
12th streot; S. W. Wheeler, C007 Terry
street; Herman Schwanke, Thornton;
Charles F. Nagle, 105 Houoro streot;
Andrew Rooney, 1070 West 12th streot;
J. A. BurKiuald, 100 Clybourn nvenuo;
J. Jones, no address; A. Cnppels, 377
South Clark street; Loroy Porvus, Bar
rlngtou; Frnuk Gregory, 214 Townsend
street; Jnmes Sheridan, 08 Tnlmuu ave
nue; J. DorstowitK, La Grunge.
Tho redoubtable Samuel II. Harris,
who has tho llnest cigar store west of
New York (located In Ashland Block),
wishes us to "tip oft" this fact to our
readers. Ills stock Is tho largest lu
Chicago, and no ono can oven tlo him
on cigars nud smokers' articles for tho
iioiiuiiys. uivo Sum a call, and
won t regret having done so.
Tho following Is the list of commit
tccmcu presented to the Public Service
Committee Monday nfternoon for ap
proval: Insane Asylum nnd Poorhouso
Struckmau, McNlchols, Mack, Rtttcr
Buildings McNlchols, Strucknmn,
Martin, Cunning nnd Linn.
Hospital Cunning, Muck, Runnels
tor, Munu nud Jones.
Coroner nnd Morgue Linn, Bitter,
Jones, Beer nud Allen.
Outdoor Relief Jones, Linn, Cun
ning, Munn nnd Beer.
Jail and Criminal Court Unold, Mc
Nlchols, Rurmelstcr, Mnrtln nnd Mnck.
Judiciary Rurmelster, Cunning nnd
Education Hitter, Burmelster, Beer.
Stationery and Printing Munn, Bit
City Relations Martin, Struckmau,
If any of Baron Yerkes' wicked em
ployes stolo Larry McOann's ordinance
of course it would bo highly Improba
ble that tho Huron know anything
Hon. John Meyer Is making encour
aging progress iu his canvass for the
Speakership, and Is snld to havo enough
votes lu the country districts, with
Cook County's aid, to mako him tho
cholco of the necessary sixty-three Republicans.
It Is a sour co of regret to Mr. Thomp
son's many friends that his enemies
should havo seen (It to rush Into print
upon a subject of so delicate a naturo.
No good purpose can bo attained nnd
much Injury to Innocent parties will bo
tho result. It Is to bo hoped that whon
Mr. Thompson sees fit to mnko bis
cholco It will bo ono to do him honor,
nnd thnt both parties may bo happy
forover afterward, and that this sub
ject may be forgotten.
At the last meeting of the Nineteenth
Ward Independent Club, composed of
Democrats and Republicans, which
was organized for the puiposo of tnk
lug part In next spring's election, nnd
whoso object Is tho purification of poll
tics, the nldermniilu question was
brought up and discussed. It was tho
general .pinion of all members of tho
club that It should support soma young
business man novt spring. Among tho
several names mentioned. Sam Slu
shelmer, the shoo merchant, was most
favorably thought of. A committee, of
tho club wns appointed to wait on him
with a vlow of having him nominated
for Alderman, Independent of nil par
ties. Mr. Slnsholmer, who has been a
life-long Republican, most respectfully
declined, but said that If tho Repub
lican nomination was offered he would
accept. They then passed resolutions
Indorsing Mr. Slnsheliuer, and will for
ward them to tho Nineteenth Ward
Wo congratulate tho pec.plit of tho
North Side lu now having In their
midst ono of the largest anil best equip
ped safety deposit vaults In tho city,
nt Hill East Division street. These
vaults aro absolutely flro and burglar
proof, with all the latest Improve
ments, and the pe.tplo of the North
Sldo and suburbs will no doubt avail
themselves of tho opportunity to pat
ronize this convenient North Sldo enterprise.
Acting under tho Instructions of
County Clerk Knopf tho greater part
of Monday wns spoilt by Cbrls Mamer
and Henry Herts In going over tho
books and records of the Doputy Comp
troller. Messrs, Mamor and Hertz re
ported that tho system of bookkeeping
In tbo department for the past year
under tho chargo of E. J. McCarthy
was A No. 1, nnd that they found tits
accounts and records of that offlco In
Thero hasn't been any speechifying
over tbo forty-fourth anniversary of
Dennis Swonlo's appointment to a post-
Mr. Jake S. Mendelsohn, the La Snllo
street cigar merchant, It is said will bo
tho unanimous choice of South Town
DcniftcrntH for Collector. Ho has also
been mentioned for Assessor, and In
either case his name will add strongth
to tho ticket.
Lake Vlow Republicans, It Is claimed,
will nominate Mr. Henry E. Brandt,
tho well-known decorator, for Asses
sor, to succeed Mr. Pcnso. Mr. Brandt
Is an old and popular resident of Lnko
Vlow, and his friends aro legion. Ho
would mnko a splendid Assessor, and
his nomination means. Ida election.
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