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Bivtrd at Steond CUM Matter October 11, 188, at the Poet
Office at Chicago, llllnoli, under Act of March 3. 1I7.
Office of Publication,
179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
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Entered as Cecond Class Matter October 11, 1884, at the Pen
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 8, 1I7(.
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THIRTIETH YJ5AR, NO.
It Is Very - Loud These Days When
Allusion Is Made to Republican
Nomination Next Spring
Entrance of Merriam Into the Mayoralty Race
Said to Give the Mayor a
. Load-Pipe Cinch
Mayor William Holo Thompson rind
hlH friends nro fooling very happy
thoso days over tho outloolc for tho
Republican nomination for mayor.
Thoy laugh ovory Umo tho subject
Is alluded to.
Thoy say that tho cntrnnco of Capt.
Merriam into tho ruco gives tho
mayor n leadplpo cinch on tho Re
Thoy figure that Merriam will cut
into tho Denoon strength In tho Sixth
and Seventh wards and into tho Drun
dago strength in tho Twenty-fifth
Theso nro tho thrco largest Repub
lican wards in Chicago.
Thompson is said Jo bitirflot .
rjit solid Swedish-American and
COJEmI American vnto two vorv lm-
IlasKnnt factors in tho Republican
i - party.
Holding his own in tho balnnco of
tho wnrds assures him of victory at
Doth the Denoon and Rrundngo
Oalpln factions in tho Ilopubllcan
party aro approaching tho issuo in
about tho samo frumo of mind. Kach
faction fcols that it will bo imposslblo
to stop tho Thompson-Lundln ma
chlno in n dlvidod opposition nnd to
this ond thoy nro casting about for
somo coinpromlso who might bo ublo
to rally a unltod anti-Thompson Rtand.
Tho Dcnoonltcs hold nn informal con
ference last weolc, but did not got bo
yond tho ,iroIItninnrlon. It was agreed
that during tho holiday season much
attention should bo glvon tho may
oralty election. It is agreed that if
there is to bo a union of forces it will
not bo politic to proposo a enndidato
that might bo consldorcd hostllo to
either faction. Such a coursa would
result In another blttor factional bat
tle In tho event an ngrcomont cannot
bo reached both factions probably will
have candidates, honco tho talk is
thoro is prospects of a four cornorod
republican primary contost with a
Doneou candldato, a Thompson-I3run-dago
entry, Capt. Charles 13. Merriam
as n freo lanco nnd Mnyor Thompson
as tho Thompson-Lundln city hall en
try. Tho rosponslblo load'ors aro
seeking to provont this sort of a divid
ed opposition to tho city hall.
HARRISON WILL RUN IN
Philip J. McKonnn, Carter II. Har
rison's political manager in Chicago,
has issued a statomont that Harrison
will bo an Jndoponi'ont candldato fori
mayor fit tho polls in April.
Mr. McKcnna'B statomont in full,
carrying the toxt of Mr. Harrison's
"For sovoral wooks past thoro has
bocn moro or loss gossip in tho press
and political circles regarding tho
mayoralty situation, and considerablo
speculation is rifo as to whether or
not Carter II, Harrison would bo a
"Before Mr. Harrison loft to join
tho Amorlcan Red Cross in Franco I
had sovoral talks with him on tho
mayoralty quostion. Every tlmo wo
discussed tho subject ho laid' empha
sis on tho fact that, so far as his per
sonal desires wero concerned, ho did
not caro to again assume tho great
responsibilities of the offlco of mayor.
"Tho day botoro ho loft Chicago
for Franco I had a long conferonco
with him on tho subject, and after
having glvon tho matter many months
of sorlous thought and deliberation
this la what ho Anally said:
" 'Ever slnco tho United States on-
$2 Per Year In Advance.
torcd tho wnr my outstanding ambi
tion has been to bo given nn oppor
tunity to do something in a matorlnl
and substantial way for my country.
"'Obstacles nppoarod whoro thoy
wero least expected, and Anally, last
August, wliilo representing tho treas
ury department on wnr risk insuranco
matters, and whllo I was on a govern
ment mission visiting cantonments in
tho south and wost, I received my ap
pointment as captuln of tho Amorlcan
Rod Cross in Franco. I have hurriedly
completed all arrangomonts and will
sail noxt Tuesday.
".'As to tho mayoralty, I shall mako
my position cloar. Chicago has paid
mo many nnd great honors, whlchI,
ulrnli appi'ooluto as long as 1 II vo, una
which my children will npprcclato
when my earthly enrcor shall hnvo
bocn ondod. When I finished my last
term as mayor I folt I had dono my
duty toward my city, nnd wns per
fectly happy when I was rollovod of
tho duties of n norvo racking olllco.
"'Iloforo I had boon in prlvnto lifo
a yonr I began to fool prcssuro from
sourcos wholly unexpected to bo n
caudldfito for mnyor In 1010, and that
prcssuro has not only kopt up, but has
Increased In volumo and extent up to
'"When tho municipal campaign
opons I shall not bo in this country,
but thnt will not mnttor much, as
under no conditions would I bo n can
dldato at tho primaries. As Is woll
known, I hnvo for a long tlmo, and
that covers tho period of my last torm
as mayor of Chicago, boon In fnvor of
non-partisan municipal elections. For
tho llfo of mo I can't seo either sonso
or reason In dragging national party
politics into purely local mattors,
whoro tho intorcst and wolfnro of our
city aro tho only questions Involved.
" 'If It should dovolop, howovor, that
tho mon and women of Chicago do
slro mo to ontor this rnco, I am will
ing to run on nn Indopondent ticket, ns
a non-partisan, it my duties at tho
front do not Intorforo. I won't bo horo
in tho early part of tho campaign, but
in all probability, I will bo homo In
plenty of tlmo to tako a hand In tho
fight, nnd In tho menntlmo I will leavo
tho matter to tho Judgmont of my
friends ns to tho proper tlmo to start
a campaign in my behalf, if In tholr
wisdom I ought to bo n candldato. I
do not think it necessary to say any
thing further on tho subjoct at this
"During tho last two months I hnvo
kept Mr. Harrison fully informod ns
to tho trend of political affairs in Chi
cago. Today I had a brlof noto from
him In which ho stated ho had re
ceived my lottor. In thnt noto ho
did not discuss politics, which, of
courso, no sano porson would expect
him to do, but it ho had changed his
mind I know ho would havo so in
"Tho fact is, thoroforo, that Mr.
Harrison will bo an indopondent can
dldato for mayor and n vigorous and
aggro8slvo campaign will bo startod
soon In his behalf. No inoetlngs of
any kind havo yet boon hold, but from
now on his friends will bo busy."
VOTE JANUARY 9
Illinois legislators may face a voto
on tho fodoral prohibition amondmont,
Thursday, Jan. 9, tho day nftor tho
gonoral assembly moots at Springfield.
This was strongly indicated by tho ox
pressed wish of tho Anti-Saloon
leaguo loadors to havo Illinois In
cluded as ono of tho first thirty-six
Tho schodulo of dates, sot by tho
varying stato constitutions for tho
mooting of their law maltors, has pre
cipitated tho pending situation that
dovolops as an entirely now anglo In
tho organization of tho houso and tho
election of a speaker,
Some of tho legislatures which aro
marked up as certainly dry and aro
expected to ratify as quickly as tho
voto can bo taken, will convene Jan.
2. Illinois, by Its constitutional pro
vision, calls Us gonornl assembly into
sosslon on Jan. 8, "on tho Wednesday
noxt nftcr tho first Monday In Jnnu-
For the Past Eight Years Clerk and
By Jan. 8, tho dry lcadors ftguro,
twenty or twenty-ono legislatures that
aro marked up us cortaln to ratify
will havo mot and acted. Fittcon
states already havo ratified. Illinois,
thoy say, can got undor tho wiro as
tho thirty-sixth stato if action is tak
en on Thursday, Jan, 9.
This situation, It Is held by tho
drys, procludos any chanco that thoy
will produco a speakership doadlock
and moans that thoy will abido cheor
fully by any result that may coma
from tho houso Republican caucus on
tho speakership that will bo hold, in
Sprlngflold prior to tho oponlng of tho
Iogislatlvo session at noon of Jan. 8.
Thomas J, Wobb is coming to tho
front as a mayoralty dark horso on
tho Domocratlo sldo. -,
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WARNS CITY COUNCIL
City Controller I'iko notified tho
city council Monday (hut at tho end
of this year tho cit 't, corporate fund
not only would bo exhausted, but thnt
it would owo (1,000,00(1 to banks nnd
will bo rosponslblo for $;,IOO,000 for
Tho controller's report placed a,
gloomy aspect on tho prospects for
noxt year's' rovenues. Ho said tho
city needed ?32,I34,G70 for noxt year's
expenditures out otv tho corpornto
fund. Ho could promise but $19,912,
557 for rovenuo forJjnoxt year. Ho
Bald this would be 'reduced sovoral
millions If nil tho saloons went out of
Mr. Pike's report .was lofcrred to
tho committee on 'finance, which is
making up tho annual budget.
A part of Mr. PlkoV report showed
that Chicago gets a smaller per capita
tax for corporate purposes than any
other largo city. Tho report will bo
used to lay boforo tho legislature
when tho city makes its appeal for
Mr. PIko's report said tho corporate
fund had to havo additional rovenuo.
Ho said thoro has bebn an Incrcaso In
tho cost of commodities and labor,
thoro was increased service, 'duo to
increased population; now functions
had bocn added, undjtlicre had been a
roductlon In rovenuo.
Chief Fiscal Officer of tho Sanitary
an Ideal City Treasurer.
Dackors of Thomas Caroy in hta
mayoralty light aro llttlo worried ovor
tho ofllclal announcement that Cartor
H. Harrison is to rutr as an indepen
dent. At least thoy so expressed
thomsolvos at tho Caroy mass moot
ing In tho Driggs Houso Sunday after
noon. Caroy in tho principal address
assailed tho contral committee, char
acterized as tho maculno, and said ho
told Rogor Sullivan ho was in tho rnco
to stay, Fred Crowloy, Timothy Hur
loy, John Coburn and othors also
Alderman Walter P. Stoffon of tho
Twenty-third ward, Is making a good
record In tho City Council. Ho is one
of tho coming raea of Chicago and th
people aro plcaaod with htm.
LLLHftLLkLLDHKILSLLwkLLS'- .vl turn r.oBiiLLLLV
Running for Mayor in Chicago Is One
of the Most Profitable of Money
From tho Time
Running for mayor Is a very profit
able business In Chicago.
Somo men prefer It to any other
occupation for easy inonoy and big
profits and nothing invested.
No chanco to loso financially.
Running Independent Is nlmost as
District of Chicago, Who Would Make
much of a cinch on tho coin as run
ning with a regular nomination.
Somo years back a candldato for
mayor round himself Just $62,000 hot
ter off at tho closo of tho campaign
than ho was whou ho started it.
Ho Invested tho sum In good paying
No soonor doos a man with a big
following ontor tho mayoralty raco
olthor as an Indopondent or as a reg
ular than tho chocks commonco to
pour in from cheorful contributors.
Tho "utility" peoplo.
Tho "publlo sorvico" contingent.
Tho assignation houses.
Tho sporting olomont.
Tho bookmakers' trust.
Tho publlo contractors.
Tho big Job seokors.
Tho "woll known cltizons" looking
for honnrablo positions on dtfforont
city boards. ,
Tho ovor ambitious and thrifty po-
the Candidate Is
Plows to Him
lleo olllclals looking for advancement
or to bo let nlono.
And a hundred other descriptions
nnd. arletlcs of men desirous of got
ting on tho soft side of a inaor, send
In big checks with alacrity.
Somo of them, In order to havo n
dead sure thing, contrlbutu to all of
tho leading candidates In tho race.
So tho man who runs for mayor Is
entitled to our congratulations. Ho
Is ahead of tho gamo win, loso or
OUT FOR ALDERMAN
Tho aldcrmanlc candidates aro com
ing out of their c.tves..
McT'ormlcl: will, run agalnt In" tho
Tho 2d ward, or "black belt," is go
lug to havo Its usual excitement. For
mer Alderman Oscar Do Priest Is go
ing to contest against Aid. Louis I).
Anderson for tho republican nomina
tion. Aid. Andcison will havo tho
support of tho city hall forces.
In tho -llli ward thoro will bo a now
face. Tho lato Aid. David R. Hlckcy,
wnn tho retiring councilman. John
H. liolton, who nin for Municipal
court Judge, Is talked of ns tho possl
Charlos V. Johnson, tho socialist,
whoso torm expires In tho 9th ward,
Is going to get a battle. There may
be auothor fusion movement botwecu
democrats and lcpubllcans to stop tho
socialistic propaganda. Torinor Al
derman Dugeno II. Illock, democrat,
There Is much talk of fusion again
In tho 13th ward, whero it is consid
ered Imperative to keep Former Al
derman" Willis K. Rodiigiio,! from forc
THE CITY COUNCIL
Important Public Business Before
the Chicago Board of Aldermen
At Mondnj's city council meeting
Aid. Guy Ouornsoy offered resolu
tions asking that nowsstaud privil
eges and permits bo granted crippled
snllora ond soldiers In protoreneo to
ablo bodlod mon. This wns referred
to the judiciary committee.
Uso of taxlcabs for Immoral pur
poses or as adjuncts to vico rosorts
wore legislated against by tho city
Tho council passed an ordlnanco
providing for flues- of from ?."0 to
$200 for any porson or corporation
who violates tho ordlnanco. In addi
tion to tho lines, chnuffours' licenses
tiro to bo taken away for ono year
Tho ordlnanco has tho approval of
tho federal authorities. It wan ono
of tho government's methods of pro
tecting soldiers and sailors.
Another ordlnanco for tho protec
tion of men In uniform wns before
tho council. This piohlbltcd tho snlo
of Intoxicants by any saloonkoopor
nftor G o'clock, unless tho intoxicants
mo consumed on tho promises whoro
sold, Tho theory of this was that it
would provont mon in uniform from
being sorved with intoxicants bought
in nearby saloons. It was designated
to provont "bootlegging."
Aid. John Toman moved to hnvo
tho liquor ordlnanco sent back to tho
Hconso committee This motion pre
vailed. Tho resolutions adopted by tho
Cook county real estato board, which
arousod tho iro of tho aldormon, in
"Whoreas, Loyal and consorvatlvo
Amorlcan citizens nro alarmed at tho
unrost and tendoncy to Ilolshovlsin
taking placo in our midst; and,
"Whoreas, This unrost is duo to tho
WHOLE NriMIVEK 15255
ing himself back on the council. Ho
wns retired a year ago In a fusion deal
that elected Oscar II. Olson, republi
can. Aid. ICdwnrd J. Kalndl, demo
crat, has to scok re-election this tlmo,
and tho democrats say It Is only fair
play to bring about fusion this tlmo on
Aid. Kalndl, slnco Rodriguez Is alleged
to havo threatened Kalndl a year ago
because tho aldcrmnn helped to retire
'ho socialist on tho war Issue.
Another hot battle is browing In tho
27th ward, wherein Aid. John C. Ken
nedy, socialist, must go to tho people
for re-election. Thero was fusion in
tho 27th ward a year ngo, when tho
Sullivan democrats supported Aid.
Oliver U Watson, republican. Demo
cratic leaders hope to get tho republi
cans to support a democratic candl-
tlldato to Hop Aid. Kennedy, , .
Thoro will bo'n now fnco from tho
28th ward, slnco Aid. Harry n. Llttlor,
whoso term expires, wns elected sani
tary district trustee. Aid. Littler is
a republican nnd tho ward N consid
ered nonnnlly domocintlc tcirltory.
Irwin R. Ilaun of the fllld ward, re
publican, who was elected to tho
Municipal bench, leaves a placo for a
new man from this section. John P.
Stownrt, who sorved as alderman
from tho old 20th waul, is going to bo
a candldato in tho topubllcan piimnry,
and Attorney Albert K. lcoly an
nounces a candidacy. Tho ward Is
strongly lepubllcan In national af
fairs. Col. Abel Davis of tho l!2d Infantry
ovor In Fiance Is n republican mayor
alty possibility on whom It is declared
the Doneou and tho Ilruudngc-Oalplu
factions will bo able to unite In nn
nutl-Tliompsnu stand In tho topubll
enn primary of Feb 25
unpatriotic and criminal practkos of
certain powerful ginups, and,
"Whereas, Tho iccont transporta
tion ordlnanco w.is overwhelmingly
vetoed by tho electorate of Chicago,
notwithstanding tho vast amount of
money used to bring about Its pas
sage; "Whereas, Another attempt Is now
bolng made to foist upon tho peoplo of
Chicago another transportation ordl
nanco by tho samo persona who spon
sored tho one recontlj defeated, there
fore, bo It
"Ruholvcd, That tho Cook county
real estate board condonm any effort
mado to introduco any ordinance, ex
cept ono providing for municipal own
orshlp and operation of tho surface
and elevated railway linos, and
"Rosolvod, That tho rlty council bo
urged to dispense with tho services
of Walter L Flshor, who has long
slnco failed to bo useful to tho citi
zens of Chicago, and
"Resolved, That tho city council bo
requested to demand the resignation
from tho transportation committee of
tho city council of Henry 1). Capltalu,
who has lost tho confldouco of tho
pooplo of Chicago, becauso ho failed
to protoct tholr intorests, nnd,
"Rosolvod, That tho city council be
requested In appoint as chairman of
tho locnl transportation commltteo
an nldormon who is nn avowod advo
cate of municipal ownership of publlo