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INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
Entered as Steond Claia Matter October 11, last, at ttie Peel
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March rtf IsTt.
TWENTY-THIRD YEAK, NO. 51.
CHICAGO, SATUKDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1912.
BRSftSSff WHOLE NUMBER 1,106.
IN THE LIMELIGHT
Big Campaign Now On in Earnest and
Politics Is the Foremost Topic
of the Day.
Judge Dunne, in Speech Downstate, Advocates the
Abolishment of the State Board of
The Campaign Is Now On in Full Blast, with Leaders on
All Sides Claiming Victory as a Sure Thing
A General Registration Will Be Held Next Month and Energies on Part
of Leaders Will Be Centered on Getting Voters Names on Lists.
With the big campaign now on In
earnest tho principal topic of inter
est to everybody Is politics.
Novcr has thoro been taken such
nu interest In the political situation.
With tho advent of a third big party
into tho Held tho fight for the ofnees
instead of being a two-ringed affair
hait grown Into tho threo-rlng class.
leaders on all aides aro doing the
natural thing for all good loaders, and
that is to predict a suro thing for
Tho different factions In the parties
are working hard to patch up a har
mony schemo 'of somo kind and
though tho wings on tho dovo of pcaco
are a wco bit boraggled looking, it
looks' at this writing as If a united
front would bo in action on all sides.
In the meanwhllo all efforts on tho
part of tho leaders will now bo cen
tered on getting ovory avallablo voter
on tho polling lists at tho coming
xoneral registration days, October 5
and October 16.
Believing that as now run it is a
farce, Judge Dunno Is in favor of
abolishing tho State Board of Equaliz
ation. . In a speech down tho state
last Tuesday the Democratic nominee
for governor said:
"The board is now composed, with
but few exceptions, of obscure men
who know nothing about taxes. The
majority have only one object In view
to see that the corporations In their
districts are not compelled to pay
their Just portion of the taxes. Conse
quently the farmer and small house-,
holder are forced to bear the heavy
burden of taxation.
"The romedy Is In the abolition of
the State Board of Equalization. Its
functions should be performed by a
commission of experts appointed by
the governor and approved by the
Senate, who shall sit the year round
In opon session and preserve minutes
and records of the dally proceedings."
Arrangements now are being made
for the appearance of Colonel Roose
velt and Governor Johnson on the
same platform In Chicago some time
The Chicago Railways Company Is
trying to deprive the big north side
population west of 'Lincoln avenue
of Its transportation facilities.
It wants tho city council to give
It the right to take away through
transportation from WebBter avenue,
Garfield avenue, Fullerton avenue and
Center street. This will put the peo
ple of the 23rd and 24th wards In a
Roy O. West, chairman of the Re
publican State Central Committee,
haa appointed the subcommltees that
are to do the work during the cam
paign. Charles O. Eckbart of Tuscola waa
given the big Job of the campaign
that of raising the money. For help
ers oa the flnanco committee, of
which he is chairman, he has Homer
J. Tiw, Garrett De P. Kinney, A.
Hanejr Jones and Richard J. Barr.
The executive committee, which
will have the real management of the
fight, to headed by Kinney, and the
Henry D. Capltaln of Chicago, C. H.
Williamson, Charles O. Eckhart,
James A. White, W. S. Phillips, Delos
W. Baxtor, W. C.IIadley, W. A.
Roscnfleld, Charles E. Hook, Colonol
Frank L. Smith and Lewis H. Miner
from downstate. ,
Walter A. Rosenflold, who was
chairman of Lawrenco Y. Sherman's
primary Senato campaign, is chair
man of the organization committee
Mr. Kinney also 1b chairman of the
speakers' commltteo, nnd A. Hanby
Jones will arrango for tho transpor
tation of speakers.
Now that tho government has pro
hibited the taking of prlzo fight films
from one stato to anothor, tho Illinois
legislature should pass a law punish
ing newspapers for publishing .ac
counts of these exhibitions. This
would effectually stop this kind of
How many aldermen are going to
voto to deprive tho people of the 23rd
and 24th wards living west of Lincoln
avenue of their present street car fa
cilities? The traction company to
"save money" wants to take the-present
through routes off of Webster,
Fullerton and Garfield avenues and
Center street. Stop the game now,
Other departments have reduced ex
penses from G to 14 per cent of the re
quired amount, tho average being 10
por cent. -
And still tho harmony talk contin
A tentatlvo plan, for tho appoint
ment of a harmony commltteo to rep
resent the Democratic county and
city candidates? nnd co-operato with
every organization participating in
were among thoso who declared be
fore the committee that the cutting of
ward appropriations should not bo
"If there Is any one thing tho citi
zens are entitled to," said Alderman
Bowler, "it Is to have tho streets and
alleys cleaned and to havo garbage re
moved. It would be far bettef to
neglect other city functions 'than to
Interfere with garbage collection and
street cleaning matters."
Apparently tho only Interest the
dallies, along with their bosom
friends', the reformers, are taking In
the campaign is the election of Mc
cormick for President of the County
Board. However, the people are go
ing to re-elect Peter Bartzen.
The Republicans will formally open
their campaign In Cook County next
Thursday, September 26. Tho meet
ing will bo hold In a' tent on tho
lake front and Sonator Townesend of
Minnesota will be the orator of tho
day. From then on meetings will bo
hold nightly until election. All tho
regular candidates are billed to speak
In the tent during tho campaign.
Harmony arrangements on tho
Democratic side have been postponed
until after registration day. Either
after tho first registration day, Octo
ber 6, or tho last, October 15, a com
mltteo will bo appointed and a rapid
flro campaign will be outlined. Every
candidate will bo billed to mako at
least six speeches each night. Meet
ings will bo arranged In ovory ward
for almost ovcry night In tho three
weeks of active campaigning.
x Delay in constructing tho Calumet
Sag channel of tho dratnngo canal Is
duo to tho opposition of several land
owners along tho proposed route,
who domand exorbitant prices for the,
land desired for the channel, said
Thomas J. Hcaly, chairman of tho
flnnnco commltteo of tho sanitary
district trustees, at a meeting of that
body last Monday,
Tho more ono looks into tho law,
snenked through tho Inst Lcgtslnturo,
compelling nil property owners to In
stall gas shutoffs outsldo their build
ings at a cost of 200 por lot, tho
moro ono ceases to wonder at crlmo.
Tho property owner has no Interest
In gas pipes on tho outside of his gas
The People of Chicago Do Not Want
Any Telephone Monopoly and
Honest. Healthy Competition Is the Only
Thing that Will Give Good Service
to the Public.
of Bell Phono Crowd in Asking for Higher Rates
from City Council Should Bo Met in a
The People Have Suffered Long Enough from Poor Service and They
See Relief Only in Operation of Competing Companies.
As the timo for tho city council to
convene grows nearer Interest among
tho peoplo regarding tho telephone
The Bell Monopoly will bo on hand
to ask tho aldermen to ralso the rates.
That tho phono monopoly' has tho
gall to ask for an Increase In tho al
ready exorbitant rato now charged
the peoplo makes a long suffering
public smllo to say tho least.
Standing, as they havo for years
past poor sorvico in tho way of wrong
U ine WOBl Slue una lower cuuarv
men like Bellfuss It would be better i
off. Instead of getlng Improvements
for his section Bellfuss has given up
much of his time to fads, like taking
the control of trees away from prop
It will be a crying shamo if McCor
mlck's name Is not allowed twice on
the ballot. It will be such a cruel
blow to the Ardent Progressive Alli
ance In their effort! to beat Bartsen.
Depriving north aiders of oar serv
ice Just to save a little money Is not
going to make the Chicago Railways
Company any too popular.
The people are beginning to think
that Peter Bartzen has made a good
rocord as President of the County
Board. They foel sure of it when they
see all the goody good reformers
UKUII1DI mill. I
In regards to that little affair where
Qeorge E. Cole was ejected from a
meeting for asking a question and
waa afterward apologised to by the
Progressive candidate for governor,
it can readily be seen that a tip waa
given the common herd to be quiet in
meetings at all times.
'This Is a good year to put some
more new blood on that Municipal
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selves so as to gobblo all thoso Juicy
profits, and let the peoplo go hang.
Tho automatic sorvico is hero to
stay. Chlcagoans will not stand for
a phono monopoly and tho city coun
cil should glvo the Bell monopoly a
quick nnd telling turndown when
they como to ask for higher, rateB.
Tho old fashioned Trust phono
sorvico in Chicago la getting woreo
every day. Patrons aro constantly
complaining of it. Wrong numbers
nro constantly In evidence; tho busy
signal Is given frequently for a "wrong
number", whilo tho phono that Is
called is not busy at all. Somo of tho
operators nro Impertinent. Others of
thorn aro lncompotont. All of this
works for a loss of business, time and
imtlonco. Tho wholo system is an
titiuntcd. and out of date. It is only
retnlned becauso tho old company is
moro interested in piling up dividends
than It Is in serving the peoplo. Tho
Automatic system does away with nil
of tho potty annoyances. It gives di
rect connection. It is satisfactory in
everyway, besides being absolutely
private, with no eavesdropping.
NELSON N. LAMPERT.
Vice President of the Port Dearborn National isnk.
In the opinion of Comptroller John
E. Traeger, city departments have not
retrenched enough to allow the city
to meet all its obligations; After ft
decision of the Supreme Court bad
deprived the city of about 13,000,000
in Its "supposed appropriation Mayor
Harrison held a conference with of
tibials and ordered economy. The fi
nance committee on Tuesday learned
other aaembera are Charles W. VH. that the law department ha re
Thomas J. Healy, John F. Devlne, I trenched the required 80 per (cent.
the campaign for the election of
the Democratic tickets in county,
cjty, state and nation was formu
lated at a noonday meeting of
the thirty-seven Democratic candi
dates in Vogelsang's restaurant on
It takes something more than a
mere office seeker to beat Congress
man Lynden Evans in the Ninth Dis
Opposition to the ward appropria
tions being cut to meet he city's re
trenchment policy was made by al
dermen before the financial commit
Aldermen KJellander yd Bowler
meter. That should bo the lookout of
the gas company. The gas company
should be compelled to Install all gas
shutoffs If such things are really nec
essaryat its own expense.
The "third rail" Is still killing.
Both tickets have several undesira
bles on them, but the .act that the
people are so well Informed as to how
to soratch their ballots makesjlefeat
for them an easy thing. T
Judge Dunne's candidacy for gov
ernor is dally growing in popular
numbers and other Inconveniences,
they are in no mood to grant the Bell
monopoly any favors. Tho people of
Chicago demand competition in the
They know that with competition
they are bound to receive the right
kind of service.
They have learned to use and ap
preciate the up-to-date automatic tel
ephone service and they know that
there Is plenty of room in unicago xor
two competing companies,
But the Bell people are not desirous
for competition. They know that
with competition they are bound to
give the people a first class service
at all times.
They also want the Held to them-
No matter how people may havo
differed with Mayor Carter H. Har
rison on side Issues overybody regards
him as an honest man. He has proven
this fact over and over again. But
the tolcphono situation In Chicago has
given another- instance of the mayor's
possession of .this cardinal vlrtuo. Ev
erybody is familiar with the facts. For
a long time tho Telephone Monopoly
has been lording It over tho people
of Chicago. It has been charging what
It pleased for tolophono sorvico and
has paid enormous dividends out of
money wrung from tho pockets of tho
peoplo of this city. It has beon fight
ing tho Illinois Tunnel Company be
causo it has installed an effoctivo and
useful competitive sorvico. Backed by
the trust press, tho monopoly tried its
best to forfeit tho Tunnel Company's
franchise that it might continue on its
career of unopposed aggrandtzoment.
As Tho Eagle has repeatedly polntod
out, tho ruthless Tolophono Trust has
all along, through Its hirelings, beon
abusing the honest mayor and honest
aldermen because they did not sur
render tho whole tolophono field to
It. Mayor Harrison and his adminis
tration havo met tho situation man
fully and tho peoplo will not forget
them. Tho council committee on gas,
oil and electric light, of which Alder
man Cermak Is chairman, was asked
by tho Telephone Monopoly to forfeit
tho franchlso of tho Automatio conv
nanv. Tho committee asked the cor
poration counsel what its powers
would be in the premises in caso tne
bluff of tho monopoly hirelings was
mado good In anyway. The "wrong
number" monopoly had the gall to
demand the forfeiture of the Automat
io company's franchise on the alleged
ground that it did not have a sufficient
number of subscribers on a given
date, For this reason It asked the al
dermen to give the Telephone Trust
the right to continue ita exorbitant
charges without any chance of compe
tition or business opposition. The
corporation counsel was not long in
furnishing an opinion whicn nas neon
hailed by the people of Chicago with
It was held in the opinion that the
company bad acted In good faith; that
it had the necessary number of sub
scribers; that it waa delay edlm ear
Ing them because? of Inaction on tho
part of tho city, and that the courts
wero slow to forfeit equities under
such conditions. Tho opinion was
written by Assistant Corporation .Coun
sel Craig and approved by Corporation
"Wo aro of tho opinion," roads tho
closing paragraph of tho opinion, "that
under the facts shown In tho report
of tho Everett Audit company and the
public utility inspector in cbargo, tho
courts would not decreo or sustain a
forfeiture- of tho company's right ac
quired under tho ordinance of Feb.
20, 1899, or a forfeiture of its plant
and equipment for telephone pur
poses." Mayor Harrison expressed himself
as believing that bettor service could
bo obtained from n dual telephone
sorvico than from a single ono.
"In every Instance that I havo beon
personally Informed of," he said, "tho
two systems havo been about as cheap
to tho consumer as ono. Competition
scorns to produco better sorvico. I
really bollovo that better service can
be expected from two companies than
Tho Tolophono Trust is still doing
business, Its dlvldendfl aro Increas
ing ovcry year. Tho charges to tho
public nro not decreasing.
That tho Trust Ih n combine in re
straint of trado Is evident to many
from its attempt in Chicago to put
its automatic competitor out of business.
Tho Tolophono Trust has com
menced a bitter and an uncalled for
attack on tho Mayor and honest alder
men of tho City of Chicago who are
fighting for tho peoplo's rights against
a heartless monopoly.
Tito Tolophono Trust Is opposed to
tho honest, capable and efficient sorv
ico that Mr. J. Ogden Armour and his
colleagues nro prepared to glvo to the
city with their automatio service.
The Tolophono Trust has changed
manngors In Chicago and has decided
to throw dirt upon honest men In the
city government who oppose its dom
ineering and extortionate methods.
Tho Illinois Tuunel Company has
fully complied wlt.li tho torms of Its
ordlnanco nnd yet tho Drafters' Union
is not satisfied.
It wants tho Illinois Tunnel Com
pany, which has expended over JD,-
000,000,000 In Instruments, wires and
station equipments, to be forced to
glvo up all of this to satisfy the Tele
Any alderman who votes in favor
of an Increaso of rates for the Tele
phone Monopoly will bo beaten to a
finish the noxt timo ho runs for office.
According to somo accounts several
men who are working for the mon
opoly and Its franchise may not be
residents of Chicago when the next
election comes around.
The Telephone Monopoly is busy
circulating "ugly rumors" about the
Corporation Counsel, the Mayor and
the honest aldermen who are standing
up tor the people's rights.
"Ugly rumors" Is good.
Aldermen who aro anxloua to leara
the truth ought to Inquire into the de-
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