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at Chicago, IlllnoU, undar Act of March 3rd, 1879.
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
Entered aa Second Clatt Matter October 11, 1M, at tha rHol
Office at Chicago, llllnoia, under Act of March rd, 1S7.
TWENTY-FOURTH YEAB, NO. 21.
CHICAGO, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21. 1012.
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HUNGRY FOR MORE
Democrats Who Have Held Fat Jobs
Under Deneen for Eight Tears Want
Better Ones Under Dunne.
Most of these Fellows Knocked
the Campaign and Worked
The Tireless Toilers for Political Graft Imagine that they
Form an Office-Holding Aristocracy which
Cannot Be Interfered With.
They Not Only Want Their Old Jobs Back but They Want the New
, Governor to Hand Thorn Something Bettor.
The loudest clamor for fat Jobs
under tho Incoming Democratic state
administration comes from Democrats
who havo been holding places on tho
Deneen pay roll for tho past eight
years. A number of high salaried
state positions are given to members
of tho-mlnorlty pr.rtyundor-th-li.w,
and tho follows who kindly conde
scended to fill those under Deneen
now want better places under Dunne.
The salaries thoso ofllco holding arts
tocrats havo ben drawing ranged from
1,G00 to 5,000 a year. Notwithstand
ing tho fact that most of these follows
opposed the election of Dunne, they
want Dunno to glvo them something
Glvo tho voters a chanco to sottlo
tho traction and L. merger question.
According to Alderman Block, tho
"hitch In tho merger proposition last
tlmo camo becauso of tho dlfferont
methods adopted by tho city and tho
companies in valuing tho elevated
properties. Tho city exports endeav
ored to place a value on tho linos as
they stand today, whllo tho com
panies Insisted on a valuation on tho
basis of what it would cost to repro
duce tho properties, less a reasonable
amount for depreciation.
If the merger of the lines Is brought
about tho plans contemplate turning
the elevated lines Into a rapid transit
.system, using tho surface lines for
feeders. The elevated lines would bo
routed through the downtown district
-and eliminate all stops Inside a four
mile radius of the loop. Alderman
Block said he was satisfied that was
the best solution of the transportation
problem of the city, but the merger
must be brought about on reasonablo
"We are going to make another
-effort to get together on a reasonable
basis, and It the companies do not
come to terms then the city will pro
ceed with Its independent subway sys
tem," said Mr. Block.
Chronlo Job holders are the fellows
who are kicking the most about "Job
The worst feature of tho proposed
pollco ro-prgantzatlon is tho cutting
down of the numbor of pollco stations
to less than halt the present number.
When 2,400 pollcomen wero with-
drawn from patrol duty to help de
liver dally newspapers and do other
work during the nowspaper strike
the police 'stations had a good moral
influence In tho resldenco districts
where there wero tew men traveling
It is very remarkable how sorao law
.yerB In the City Council always tako
tho side of the Telephone Trust.
Talking about Jack Johnson, last
. Sunday's dally papers proved that
the pompellan Room and Peacock Al
ley are still open,
Fresh air fiends, who raiso car win
dows In cold weather, are causing
'much pneumonia. "It's the fresh air
fiend that makes the cars cold this
weather," said Traction Expert
Buckley. "Some of them will get on
a car and open the windows with no
regard for the persona nearby. Bey
eral of the Inspectors have reported
that they havo had to uso torco to
moke persons closo windows."
Tho Inltlatlvo and Referendum will
settle the traction and telephono ques
tions in quick order.
A man who gets a big Job is a pa
triot. Tho fellows who help get it for
him aro Job huntors.
Wo notice that somoot tho notorious
grafters who brought discredit on
former Stato administrations, and who
havo been working over slnco for cor
porations favored by them whllo in
offlco, aro candidates for fat Jobs on
certain stato boards undor Dunno.
Glvo us tho Initiative and Roforon
dum and lower telephono ratos.
Two hundred and forty-eight rellablo
DomocratB endorsod Robert E. Burke
at tho County Democracy mooting last
Sunday. They didn't havo to hire de
tectives or climb In through a window
to do It either.
Voters should be given a chance to
solve tho city transportation problem
at the coming spring election.
Alderman Block Is right In demand
ing a referendum on the transporta
tion questions of subway and morgers.
Gentlemen who have been nick
named by the Hearst newspapers, as
sisted by a few others, have started a
Hearst branch of the marching Demo
cracy. The regular organization with
a majority of tho officers and members
sticks to tho veteran secretary Robert
E. Burke and tho time honored name
of County Democracy.
Isn't it about time some accounting
was made of the money raised tor
tho Titanic sufferers?
Tho Chicago Democratic Bulletin
says: "Robort E. Burke, the rotund
secretary of the County Democracy,
is again fighting to hold his famous
"Just ob soon aB Burke finishes suc
cessful efforts to elect Democrats to
offlco a fight is made on him and
generally by the, men whom ho has
elected or aided.' The County Demo
cracy will survive tho present diffi
culty and Burko will be its secretary
long attor most of tho 'Insurgents'
have passed from view and memory,"
Stato Treasuror-elect Ryan.says that
he will end the Jacksonville reign In
tho state treasurer's office.
The charity graft is bolng worked
In Chicago for all there Is in It.
Alderman Capltaln's move for a
good appropriation to Improve the con
dition of Chicago Are stations meets
with popular approval.
pearly ninety-Ova out ot every 100
automobile owners are dally violators
ot the city ordinance governing motor
vehicles, according to an assertion of
Cblet of Police McWeeny. Most of
the, violations concern the use ot
lights to Illuminate number plates on
the rear ot automobiles, be declares.
Assistance In reducing tho number of
violations was asked of Chlot Justice
Olson of tho Municipal Court by Chief
McWeeny, who wishes to seo heavier
If tho Council abollshos the flat
telephone rato for tho reason that tho
tolephono trust asks It to abolish it,
then the Council should order the
company to glvo a robate of two cents
upon ovory five-cent call. The tele
phono trust complains that flat rate
Who May Be
phones Increase Us burden 25 per
cent. That users of flat rate phones
only pay one and a half cents a call,
while the whole service, medium
and flat, .costs the company ovor two
cents a call. Very well, let the Alder
men say to the phone crowd: "We
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(pave cut off 25 per cent of your bur
den. Thin will lncroaso your revenue.
Otve tho people the benefit and let
them have a rebate of two cents -n
We cannot see why Republican or
Bans should kick about Dunno recog
nizing the Progressive party. Thcso
same organs during tho campaign kept
saying that "a vote for Funk Is a voto
Roger C. Sullivan, tho Democratic
leader, Is right In denouncing tho pref
erential rulo of tho County Civil Ser
vice Board. This board In making
re-appolntments given preference to
the fellows who have been in ofllco
for years on tho ground of experience.
This rule cuts out capable Democrats
who havo passed examinations, and
favors tho Republicans who have had
the Jobs for twenty-five years or more.
Mr. Sullivan went before tho Civil Ser
vlco Commission and protested
against the absurd ruling. Mr. Sulli
van contended tho right of seniority
should be determined In the order of
the pay rolls or alphabetically.
"Tho rulo Is based on common
sense," replied tho Republican Re
former Robert Cathorwood. "It
means best experience, best man."
"It favors the old Republicans who
wore in ofllco before tho law went into
effect," replied Mr. Sullivan. "It is a
gross injustice to the Democrats. I
deny tho authority of tho commission
to make such a rulo."
Teach reading, writing and arith
metic in tho public schools and lot
tho teaching of trades alone. Tho
'Lano Tech., with Its superannuated
crowd of 55 old men wasting school
funds on a smattering of trades, ought
to bo lesson enough of tho dangers of
Tho County Civil Service Board
wishes to establish nn ofllce-holdlng
When tho big fellows bag tho Jobs
they havo been looking for them
selves they always complain of being
bothered by "Job hunt'.rs."
Glvo tho people n referendum voto
on the tolephono rotes.
Isn't it funny that somo Aldermen
tvho favor tho telephono Trust In Its
VICTOR F. LAW80N,
the Next United States Ambassador to
present fight for high rates aro mem
bers of the bar, who ought to know
the difference between legal 'right and
wrong. It cannot bo that a legal re
tainer has Influenced one j of those
gentlomon who Insists on being fair to
the Phono Trust,
The Wrong Number Cadets Are Outdoing
Themselves in the Matter of Bad
Service in Chicago.
Nickel Movement Mistakes Call Attention to Obsolete
Equipment, but the Trust Demands a
Continuance of High Bates.
People of Chicago
Witli Modern Automatic Equipment Phono Service Could Bo Given for
One Third of tho Price Now Charged by tho Trust.
Tho fact Is dawning upon tho pub
lic that tho Phono Trust hangs on to
its antlquo and out-of-dato equipment
Just to keep prices up. Tho older tho
kind of instrument In uso tho easier
it is to pllo up a lot of figures, prov
ing tho groat cost of maintenance,
and this great cost has to bo added
to tho telophono bill of tho subscriber.
Tho only reason why tho telephono
Trust will not uso tho automatic sys-
tem la because It can make moro
monoy out ot the public with Its anti
quated service, England has adopted
tho automatic service, and bo has far
away Australia and New Zealand,
The Trust Is bo busy garnering
a great fortune from tho people ot
Are Regarded as So Many Serfs Who
Slave for the Phone Trust
Chicago that nil that It wants Is a
number of friendly atdormen, and "tho
peoplo bo d d."
Every effort is bolng mado by the
Trust to cloud tho real situation and
got away with another schedulo ot
high prices. Every subject except tho
real one overcharge of telephono
rates Is brought up by tho company's
agents at Council Commlttco meet
ings. Tho rates should bo cut in half
to begin with, and tho company
should bo obliged to install automatic
Ono big telephono bluff has boon
called; but It will not explain, no mat
ter what tho nnswor Is, why tho pub
Ho should pay high 'phono charges bo
caiiHO of a salary raise. A demand on
tho Telephono Company to show
wherein It Intonds to rnlso tho salaries
ot Its employes $300,000 In tho next
year has been mndo by Professor Ed
ward Ilomls, representing tho Council
Commlttoo on Oil, Gas and Electric
Light. Professor Bomls has requested
the compnny that It furnish tho city
with a list ot tho names and advances
In salary which It Intends to make.
Ono of tho cheekiest claims of the
Tolephono Trust is tho right to chargo
Its collection expenso up to all sub
scribers. Why don't tho Phono lawyers in
tho City Council allow tho Phono
Trust lawyers who appear of record
to do tho talking for tho Trust? Tho
peoplo sent them to tho council to
represent tho peoplo, and not tho
From tho dust that tho Tolophono
Trust Is trying to throw in tho eyes
of everybody Just now, it is cUdcntly
determined to fight every attempt to
lower high telephono rates.
This loaves tho publlo with but ono
Telophono competition must bo
built up and encouraged,
Tho public Is watching tho tole
phono situation closely. It has bcon
milked so long to koop up big divi
dends, that a roductlon ot ratos all
along tho lino Is demanded.
When tho Boll monopoly was work
ing ovortlmo to got tho city council
to knock out tho Illinois Tunnel Tole
phono Company's franchlso Mayor
Harrison expressed himself aa bollov
Ing that hotter sorvlce could bo ob
tained from a dual tolophono sorvlco
than from a slnglo one.
"In every Instanco that I havo been
personally Informed of," ho said, "tho
two systems havo bcon about as chenp
to tho consumer as ono, Competition
scorns to produce better sorvlco. I
really bollevo that better servlco can
be expected from two companies than
On page 31 of the annual report of
the Boll Telephono system for 1912
wo 'find tho following ingenous state
ment excusing the raising ot rates:
"Wherovor these rates have been
Increased it has been done by and
with the consent of tho subscribers
to the exchanges, and with the direct
authority or acquiescence ot the pub
This Is certainly good, .It would
bo a safo'gucss to say that tho "con
sent of tho subscribers" was novor
asked but that rates wero raliod
"with tho direct authority or acquies
cence ot the public authorities."
Aro tho public authorities ot the
city ot Chicago going to acquiesce In
a raise ot tolophono ratos?
Tho Telephono Trust wants tho
peoplo to pay high rates because tho
Trust is going to raiso wages ot Its
Tho Telephono Trust will bo fought
by tho peoplo until It ceases to bo a
monopoly and until its cbnrgcs aro
as reasonable as tho government It
solt would chargo for similar publlo
Peoplo who Imnglno that tho pass
ing ot on ordlnnnco by tho City Coun
cil will do away with a publlo demand
for hotter conditions and lower ratos
in tho telophono sorvlco aro mlstakon.
'Tho telophono is a necessity to tho
peoplo nnd no ono knows this hotter
than tho monopoly which controls it.
Tho purchaso of newspapers or tho
purchaso of public officials will not
help tho causo ot monopoly.
Tho newspapers which support mo
nopoly havo lost their Influonco with
tho public, which Is Intelligent and
possessed of a good memory.
Public officials who give away tho
pooplo's rights or show favors to tho
telophono monopoly will not bo for
gotten. On the contrary, thoy will bo prop
erly branded and will bo retired to
Tho peoplo aro in no framo of mind
to bo trlflod with. Thoy aro showing
this ovory day and at ovory oloctlon.
Tho man who soils thorn out to a
trust may win tho approbation ot
some mllllonnlro-owned dally paper,
but tho common cltlzon, who Is in
sulted, noglcctod and ovorchargod by
tho tolophono sorvlco, will not forgot.
Thoro is ono thing that tho avorngo
votor has a knito up his sleovo for.
That thing Is tho publlo official who
favors tho Telophono Trust.
Tho old fnshlonod Trust phono
servlco In Chicago la getting worso
every day. Patrons nro constantly
complaining of It. Wrong numbers
nro constantly In ovldonco; tho busy
slgnnl Is given frequontly for n "wrong
numbor", while tho phono that is
called Is not busy at nil. Soma of tho
operators nro impertinent. Others of
them are Incompetent. All of this
works for a loss of business, tlmo and
patlonco. The wholo systom Is an
tlquntod, and out of date. It Is only
retained becauso tho old company is
moro Interested in piling up dividends
than It Is In sorvlng tho peoplo,
Will any alderman have tho hardi
hood to plodgo tho city to pay eight
por cent dividends on watered tolo
Tho peoplo domnnd n roforendum
voto on tho question of tolephono
Lot us build up telophono competi
tion and smash the Trust.
Every aldorman who votes for tho
telephone trust will bo beaten for reelection.
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