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victory is m innnii:.
Democracy and Independent Citizen
ship Are Marching Hand and
Hand to Elect Wenter.
The Dark Clouds Have Cleared
from Before the Party of
And It Again Sees Its Way to an bid-Fashioned
Politicians Will Be Surprised on Election Day
to Discover How Wenter
Full -Lists of All Town and Aldermanic Can
didates Now in the
Frank Wenter will be the next Mayor
Thu people urn with him.
()u every shin signs of the uppro.ich
lug victory are to he discerned.
The t-Uulkers who are now In the
ic:ir of the Democratic line- will he
obliged to keep there If they do not
hiiny to c.ttch lip with the procession.
Mr. Wontor's recoul ns a business
lll"i ireord as an ntllchil.
Ills reeoid In private life,
Win him friends dally among idl
classes of people.
Ho will certainly be the people's
Mayor when elected.
Sir. Wenter opened his campaign on
Saturday night at a Brent meeting nt
tliu Second Regiment armory. After
some preliminary remarks ho con
"Citizens of nil clause demand that
tho administration of city i.tTalrn
shall be put upon u business basis. It
Is only as n business man. who believes
In currjilng business methods' Into tho
transaction of nil public affairs, that
I hnvo become n candidate for Mayor
or this city. Whether I tun tho rlRlit
man for tho plnco Is for you and my
follow-cltlzens to say. (Prolonged ap
plause.) "Upon tho question of lu'erost to
you as to what sort of administration
'of public, affairs shall prevail, for the
next two years, I wish to say a few
words, and I will endeavor to be brief.
There Is no denying tho fact that the
spirit of reform Is In the air. (Ap
plause.) There Is a demand for tho
reorganization of the civil t'ervleo of
largo cities; that tho merit nvtem
nhottltl control In tho selection and re
tention of men In tho administrative
olllces of our city. (Applause.) This
demand Is recognized In tho platforms
of both parties in this campaign. Hut
tho Ulnd of reform which the peoplo
want Is not ono upon paper. They v tint
It genuine. (Cheers.) They do not euro
ho much for an examination Into tho
lltncss of nn applicant for n position
w hlch shall determine whether ho has
dotted nil tho l's and crossed nil tho t's
on his examination paper as for ono
which fhall determine In a practical
manner whether ho U Intelligent and
capable; whether ho lino haa experi
ence In tho lino of work sought, and
whether ho Is honest and faithful.
"In deciding whether thoso platforms
are genulno expressions of tho views of
1ho candidates running upon them you
must look to tho men themselves. It
Is for yon and tho peoplo of this city
to determine which Is tho more honest
ileclaratlon of principles. It Is for tho
peoplo to say what enudldato or candi
dates nro least hnmpored by previous
iilllllatlonH. It Is for them to Inquire In
what school of politics tho cnndldnto
was brought up, and whothor, If elect
ed, thero will bo mi honest application
of the principles so warmly advocated
In thoso platforms. (Applause.)
"I huvo no fault to (lnd with tho per
sonal private character of Georgo 1J.
Swift, tho Kepubllcnn cundlduto for
Mayor. But I 'ask you whothor a man
trained in the school of politics in which
ho bus been brought up has any Inter
cut In sonulno reform further than as
a gllttoiing generality, useful lu making
a campaign but to be carefully locked
up aud,pt upon the shelf when It comes
to dealing with affalis lu a practical
manner after a successful election?
(Cheers and cries of "No."j
"I ask you to review his record as a
ho s hi the Rlovonth Ward of this city,
as an Alderman In tin City Council, as
Commissioner of Public Works, and as
tho power behind the throtio when a
very estimable gentleman was occupy
ing It and endeavoring to put his lutsl
ne.ss knowledge to some use lu tho con
duct of city affairs. Who was responsi
ble lu Hit) eyes of the people for tho fall
tiro of that administration? (Cries of
"Swift.") Is It possible that iiiiuin with
such a political record n record which
may be resurrected from the organs of
his own party can now come forward
carrying a banner with tho legend 'I
nm for reform,' and that the good peo
ple will believe It; will close tho ears of
their understanding and accept him as
tho Messiah of the new era of reform
In civil service and of tho Introduction
of the merit system In the administra
tion of city business? (Prolonged cheer
ing.) "And now, gentlemen, this seems a
ilttlng place and au opportune time, at
the opening of this campaign, which Is
going to put tho candidates and their
professions of faith through tho llery
furnace of public criticism, to speak
plainly upon my own position before
the peoplo as a candidate for this otllce.
I want to say to you and to tho peoplo
of this city that I go Into this cam
paign positively unpledged and with no
promises to redeem. (Applause.) I
have received tho nomination as tho
unanimous choice of the convention, as
one made lu good faith, with tho expec
tation that, If elected, I hliall, without
fear or favor, endeavor to carry on
public affairs as u private person or
corporation would carry on Ids or Its
own. (Prolonged cheering.)
"Tho administration of tho affairs of
tho city by tho present occupant of the
Mayoralty chair speaks for Itself. (Ap
plause.) I can have no share In what
ever of favorable or adverso criticism
may bo made of It. I fully ludoi-be the
efforts made and achieved as to track
elevation. (Prolonged applause.)
"I recognize that parties must have
organizations. In order that tho efforts
of many may be united lu tho accom
plishment of any purpose there must
bo system a dcllulto plan of action.
So It Is with political parties. An or
ganization must ho perfected upon some
method calculated to give expression to
tho wishes of tho party, but organiza
tions nro tho means, not tho end. They
nro tho organs by which parties en
deavor to accomplish certain ends.
They must be tho creature of tho party
and not uttempt to control tho party It
"Call tho organisation what you will
-a machine, If you wlsh-lt will do no
harm so long as tho plan of Its creation
leuves jt frco to tho peoplo to control
It, but so soon as the muchlne succeeds
lu controlling tho party ana endeavors
to carry out Its wishes Irrespective of
tho highest good of tho party whoso
agent It was created to be, then it be
comes u dangerous Instrument. (Ap
plause.) Happily, uo political machine
can becomo powerful enough to long
succeed In uuy endeavor which does
not meet tho approval of the people,
"Tho Deuocrutlc platform adopted ono
CHICAGO, SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1895
week ago takes a strong position on the
iltiestlou of track elevation, a position
which cannot but meet tho approval of
all good citizens Irrespective of party.
(Applause.) It Is equally outspoken on
the matter of public franchises. Any
fniuchlso conferring the power to curry
on a business which is lu tho tiattue
of u monopoly should not bo granted
without provisions securing an ade
quate compensation therefore to tho
people. (Deafening applause.)
"The streets of n great city are the
avenues through means of which bus.
liess Is transacted. In spite of vigor
ous protests from tho people little of
tho care and attention which they need
lu order that they may best subserve
this purpose are given. Faithful work
on the part of able-bodied men, under
the supervision, of an experienced ad
ministrative olllcer, should bo required
lu order that not alone the avenues
and tho business centers, but that the
streets and alleys In all quarters of the
city may be kept hi proper condition,
(Applause.) What wo need Is honest
work. The people pny the wages of
the public employes, mid they are en
titled to the fair and honest work which
tho money thus paid should command.
(Applause,) And on the other hand, If
this kind of service Is given, the em
ploye Is entitled to his wages without
delay or dlmlnuatloii. lie should be
paid promptly and and at regular In
tervals. (Prolonged applause.)
"Much has been said nt times when
elections aro held of the use of the po.
llco force by the party In power to lu
lluenco elections, either y direct at
tempts to Inlluence voters, or by fall
tiro to see attempts nt violence and In
timidation. Such charges in times pnst
have been made by each party against
the other. I hnvo no hesitation lu say
ing that any such attempts, by whatso
ever party made, must meet with tho
strongest condemnation from every
right thinking man. (Deafening ap
plause.) Tho placing of the police force
uuder civil service rules Is an usstir
unco that no such attempts can bo
inudo In tho future, whutover party
may bo lu power. (Prolonged applause,)
"And now, gentlemen, I wish to say
lu conclusion that our elections come
too frequently. (Applause.) The term
of two years for tho Mayor of n great
city U not long cuougli for any well
considered policy to bo carried to a
completion. The term should bo made
four years, and, If thought deslrablo,
tho occupant should bo luellglblo for
another consecutive term. (Applauso.)
I will heartily join with tho candidate
for Mayor of tho Republican party In
"INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS. NEUTRAL
HON. FRANK WENTER.
Tho Next Mayor of Chicago.
endeavoring to secure the passage by
our Legislature of a bill making tho
term four years. (Applause.)
"Hut I must not now further claim
your attention. There nro many good
speakers yet to hear from. I wish only
to urge upon you the necessity of get
ting a full expression of tho will of the
people at the coming election. Let ev
ery Democrat and every good citizen
vote. (Applause.) It Is not nn election
where strict party lines should be
drawn. Vote for tho men who In your
opinion aro most likely to give this city
a good, honest, business administration
(applause), who will Introduce the
merit system Into all, tho departments of
the city's service, who will demand
honest work for tho money of tho peo
ple, who will be as thrifty and economi
cal lu the business of tho public as they
are accustomed to bo In their private
business, Gentlemen, I thank you."
The popular cundlduto for Mayor was
horn of German parents, says a writer
In tho Times-Herald.
He was only 13 when ho lauded In
America. Ho camo direct to Chicago,
ami went to work in a furniture fac
tory. Ho worked all dny for $11.00 a
week, and at night when other boys
would have loafed or gone to places of
iiiiiuseineut this boy went to night
He learned to make sashes, doors and
blinds, and when ho was It) ho was
earning $17.fiO a week, and had saved
Then ho looked about for a chance to
become his own master, and found It.
Ho was oft'ered a carved-brackot busi
ness, nuil the price amounted to tliu
very sum ho had savod,
Ho ho bought tho business, this boy
of 10, nml straightway started out to
increase It. In a few weeks he was
employing from twelvo to ufteen meu,
all old enough to be his father.
Ills business Increased extensively.
Ho found n ready sale for ills brackets
all over tho Northwest, so that lu throe
years' tlmo ho was forced to lenvo his
llrst plnco and rent a larger ono.
Again and again tho growing busi
ness forced lilm to seek larger quarters,
until at last, in less than ulno years
from tho day ho started, ho bought
somo land and crectod his own factory
at 11 Canul street, whoro it is still lo
cated. The entire placo cost over ?35,000.
Of course tho brackot crazo died out.
and then Mr. Wenter gradually drifted
Into tho fancy furniture line, so that ho
still has a large and paying business.
Tho year ho came of age be married,
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and as time went on ho built n houso us
well as a factory. Ills home Is on the
fashionable and pretty Ashlatid boule
vard, south of Taylor street. He Is to
day worth between 00,000 and SO,000.
"My success Is not duo to accident or
luck," Mr. Wenter snld to me. "It Is
due to hard work and perseverance. I
don't know to what I owe my success In
public life. May bo It Is my executive
ability, nud I may say, without seem
ing vain, that I have good executive
ability. Or It may bo that I owo my
success to tho fact that people know I
never betrayed a trust, nud that I al
ways do my duty fearlessly."
"I don't llko to be conspicuous lu a
crowd, and In many ways I am a mod
est man, but when I am aroused I get
up and forget everything except that,
If 't Is In iny power, I mean only tho
right thing to be done. I am a good
Judge of human nature, ami I don't
make friends quickly, but I nlwuyn
keep them. And of ono thing I nm
sure, I always command the respect of
Carter Harrison was my friend," ho
said, warmly, "and I was his great ad
mirer. With all his faults, ho was a
great and good man. When ho wa
killed I uover thought the Democrats
would look to mo to till tho otllce he
held. I spoke for him, supported nud
defended his cause, but I never thought
then I would some time be a candidate
for Mayor myself.
"Carter Harrison appointed mo to the
School Hoard. That was thirteen years
ago. I was .somewhat of an utlileto at
that time, and was the llrst to have a
resolution passed to Introduce calis
thenics In school. I did not think It
was a good thing for children to sit
quietly till day without exercise. My
Idea was opposed In tliu beginning, but
later It was adopted.
"I wan also Instrumental In having
additional school buildings put up. I
did not bellovo it was right to have
such crowded schools, and to have dou
ble divisions, giving n child only half
n day at school, I worked hard In my
endeavor to have now schools to re
lievo tho overcrowding, nud I succeed
ed pretty well, though I think wo btlll
need more school buildings.
"In 18S0 I was elected ns a trusteo of
tho sanitary drainage channel, mid I
consider It tho pride and glory of my
life. In fuot, I consider tho most Im
portant moment of my llfo that In
which, on tho 3d of September, 1802,
In tho presence of tho Btnte, Federal,
county and city authorities, I lifted tho
tlrst shovelful of earth that marked tho
beginning of tho work upon tho chan
nel." , i& v
t, A 1Oi .vijtyiJiitiJAI i-,Wsi ,i n IvjJujjbJ ii
AU Indications Point to a Landslide
for the Able Democratic Nom
inee for Mayor.
His Opening Meeting and Initial Speech a
Great and Taking Success in
The Business Men and Quiet Citizens Who
Seldom Mix in Politics
While His Clear-Cut Ideas on All Local Subjects
Greatly Please All the Taxpayers.
No Longer Any Doubt of His Triumphant
Election to the Mayoralty
K. S. Ureyer. the well-known banker,
has announced his ncccpt'ineo of the
nomination of Like View Ansctsor,
and thu- proves, as his friends -ay,
that thi'te N one genuine reformer In
I'lib-ngo. 'I he other night Mr. lMo.vor
wilt the follow-Ill'.' letter to the Lake
Otto I). Hwuriiigcii. Chairman, unit
gentlemen of the committee:
lu ncieptlng the nomination for the
Impoitaut olllce of Assessor for the
Town of Lake View, which you were
delegated to iufoiin me was tendered
to me by ucclnmatloa at thu Demo
cratic convention of the 11th Inst., I
desire to Miy that, although the nom
ination was made without my knowl
edge or consent, nml although my
business nt this season of the jcur
demands nil of my attention nud will
doubtless sulfer much from the uh
hence enforced by the duties of such
nn olllce, I feel It my duty us u citizen
of Lake View, who has resided end
done business In this community for
the past twenty-llvo years nud cperl
euced the beuetits of Its udvaticemeiit
and Its Institutions, to accept tho nom
ination. Thero are many good and reasonable
objections of a personal nature why I
should reject the nomination, and If
these have been overcome by the un
ceasing arguments of my friends of
every class and condition regardless of
politics, who have urged Its accept
ance, I trust that the personal s-ictiiko
1 tiiako In ucceptlug w 111 bo fully appro
cluted by our elector., both before ur.d
lifter the elections, and In let urn I
promise, If elected, to exert every ener
gy toward tho arrangement of u Just
and fair, ami, at any into, an honest
assessment for the taxpayers of our
town, nud I shall endeavor to conduct
the alfalrs of tho otlk-e us I would my
own business, and, although a Demo
crat, I believe that partisanship should
no more enter Into tho proper manage
incut of thu otllce of Assessor than Into
the alfalrs of u business linn. With
this as my platform I am willing to
leave the result lu tho hands of my
fellow-cltlzens of Lako View. Thank
lug you and thu gentlemen of the con
vention for the compliment nxprmsed
by my nomination, and assuring you
of my earnest support of our ticket,
I tun, yours very truly,
i:. s. numT.it.
Mr, Dreyer's friends say that he will
wipe out the 1,000 ltepubllcnn major
ity lu Laku View.
IJvery West Side citizen should vote
for .Tames McAndrous for Assessor If
ho wants au honest assessment.
The following Aldermanic nomina
tions have been made lu tho various
First Ward Francis 1. Gleuhon, Hep.;
Michael Keiimi, Dcm.; William II.
Iloud, Too.; X. A. Cromer, lnd. Dem.
Second Wurd Martin Host, Hep.;
Harry Uvnus, Dem.; Thomns J. O'llcin,
Poo.; Kirk Hnwes, lnd. Hep.
Third Ward-Xoblo B. Judnli, Hop.;
W. U. Paulson, lnd. Dem.
Fourth Ward-Martin II. Madden,
Rep.; Francis W. Walker, Dem.; Harry
Do Voting, Peo.
.Fifth Wnrd-W. J. Doorr, Rep.; Pat
rick J. Wall, Dem.; James Lnwler, Peo.;
Alfred Johnson, lnd,
Sixth Wnril-Miirllu .1. Kelly, Rep.;
Henry Siiieknrt, Dem.; Rudolph A.
Ralim, Peo.; Thomas Reed, lnd. Dem.
Seventh Ward I M ward Unas, Rep.:
W. .L O'Xell, Dem.; Rermiiil Sehnim.
lnd. Rep.: A. P. KnilNoii, Peo.; Momm
Klghth Wnrd-W. H. Ciirr.iu, Rep.;
John p. Iletiitett. Dem.; W. J. Cody.
Peo.: John McAmlievvs, 1ml.; Paid
Ninth Wind-Joseph l. P.hlwlll. Rep.;
R. I. Cullerton, Dcm.; W. II. Keled
Tenth Wutd-Z. R. Carter, Rep.;
Charles c. Sehunmcher, Dem.; John P.
eleventh Ward-Chtules R, Iianibel
ton, Rep.;. I. W. Lestier, Peo.
Twelfth Ward-J. L. Campbell, Rep.;
Hobeit i:. Cantwell, Dem.; J. II. tircon,
Peo.; James A. Patten, lnd. Rep.
Thirteenth Ward-Charles P. Hoi
men. Hep.; Salo W. Roth, Dem.; D. P.
Fourteeiilh Ward-fleorge A. Mugler,
Rep.; Philip Jackson, Dem,; Olaus O.
Fifteenth Ward-Joseph F. Hiiuh.
Rep.; Victor Paraskl, Dem.; Rimer L
Sixteenth Wurd-Goorgo C. Lenke,
Rep.; Stanley II. Kunz, Dem.; A. O.
Froehe, Peo.; Matthew (J. Cunlev, lnd.
Seventeenth Ward-Stephen Revere.
Hep.; Stephen M. Gosselln, Dem.; Julius
Juelseii, Pen.; Thomas Johnson, lnd.
Fifteenth Ward-John A. Roger.
Hep.; John J. Hrennan. Dem.; William
Nineteenth Ward-Samuel II. Slus
helmer, Hep.; John I). Plckham. Rep.;
lliomiiH Gallagher, Dem.; Adolph HI
Iek, Few.; Frank Lawler, lnd.
Twentieth Ward-John II. Hartwlck
Rep.; Daniel Long, Dem.; Jonathan H.
iaylor, Peo.; J. McLean, Hid.:
Charles Haussiier, lnd.
Twenty-llrst Ward-Frederick H
Hoyor, Rep.; John McGlllen, Dem.:
Rremo Koerner, Peo.; Frank Melne,
Iud.-Hep. . '
Twenty-second Ward-Wllllam Run
iner, Hop.; Adolphus w. Multby, Dem.;
I rederlck C. Lunge, Peo.; Otto Reese,
Ind.-Hep.iM. D, Huguenln, Ind.-Hep.
Twenty-thlrd Wnrd-Joha Wolsbrod.
Hep.; James J. Lyons, Dem.; Charles
A. DoLang, Peo.; AV. H. Watson, lnd.
Tweiity.fomth Ward-Z. C. Peck,
Hep.; John P. Agnow, Dem.; David K.
Ro.se, Peo,; William R. Maulerre, lnd.;
Hep.; Fred Giiesheliuer, Iml.-Dem.
Twenty-llftJi Ward-Georgo II. Milne,
Hep.; Curl W. Welse, Dem.; Carl H.
Twenty-slxth Ward-Wllllam Fink
lor, Rep.; Chailes J. Flick, Dem.; Her
man Alschuler, Peo.
Twenty-seventh Ward M. J. Con,
way, Hep.; Georgo S. Foster, Dom.
Twenty-eighth Wnrd-Wllllam Har
clay, Hep.; Thomas Sayle, Hop.; T. J.
Ryan, Dem.; L H. Williams, Peo.
Twenty-ninth Ward-James J. Mc
Carthy, Hep.; Thomns Cnroy, Dem.:
Melnhardt E. Klelnluger, Poo.; David
Thirtieth Ward-John W. Uteseh.
Hep.; Hiram A. Wilson, Peo.; Michael
F. Mullens, lnd. Hep.
Thlrty-tlrst Ward I. T. Greonacre,
Rep.; John's. Klrkpatrlck, Poo.
Thlrty-socoud Ward-Wllllam Kent.
(Coutluued on fourth page.)