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ntrd ao Second CUta Matter October
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act
THIRTIETH YJDAR, NO. 22.
THE POT BOILS
Fight Over Mayoralty Nomination in
Both Big Parties Grows Hot
ter as It Closes
Deneen Out in a Scathing Arraignment of
Tho political leaders uro boiling
with tho hont of buttle, in both tho
Republican and Democratic camps.
Ex-Governor Dcncen, who is for
Olson for mayor, goes out after Har
old IckcB, Merrlam's chlof of stnff,
"Captain Merrlam's attitude has
prevented tho uniting of tho opposl
' tlon to tho mayor. Captain Merriam
himself called upon mo and asked mo
to exert whatovor inlluonco I had
with our organization to in alto him u
candidate of tho two groups. I havo
been informed that ho llkowlso called
upon Attomoy General Brundugo. A
committee representing Captain Mcr
1 rinm cullod upon mo thereafter and
renowod tho roqucst. Captain Mer
rlam's candidacy was carefully con
sidered by tho two organizations but
Judge Olson was considered tllo
"That tho public may know somo of
tho dimcultlcs wo havo had, I may
state that on tho Gth of Kobrunry
I was requested, about 3:30 in tho
afternoon, to meet Edgar A. Ban
croft and a number of his frlonds nt
4 o'clock. At that time It was stated
by Mr. Bancroft that Captain Mer
riam would agreo to withdraw as a,
icandldato provided Judgo Olson
would withdraw, and tho statement
was mado by Mr. Bancroft that Cap
tain Merriam would support Judgo
Landls for nomination.
"I told thorn that If Judgo Landls
would ngroo to accopt tho nomina
tion I would go at onco to Judgo
Olson and his committee and submit
tho matter. Mr. Bancroft called Mr.
Ickes on tho telophono and in a fow
moments said that Judgo Landls
would not accopt tho nomination. I
had boon informed many woekB ago,
whon Judgo Landls' name was first
mentioned, that he would not accopt
tho nomination. Then tho names of
Aloxandor novoll and Aid. A. A. Me
Cormlck woro suggested as compro
mise candidates by Mr. Bancroft and
his frlonds. I requested Mr. Bancroft
to communlcato with Mr. Ickes,
which ho did, and askod whether or
not Captain Merriam would withdraw
for either of these gentlemen. After
telophonic communlcntlon with Mr.
Ickes Mr. Bancroft stated that Cap
tain Merriam would withdraw for
neither Mr. novoll nor Mr. McCor
mlck. "I then requested Mr. Bancroft to
IN THE LEGISLATURE
Work of Illinois
Flat repeal of all existing ordi
nances affecting tho movies is pro
posed In a bill offered in tho senate
by Sunntor Buck of Monmouth, that
Is to bo prossod for immedlato con
sideration. It Is understood that tho
bill cnrrles tho approval of tho Illi
nois Federation of Womon's clubs
and that It will not bo opposed radi
cally by tho "movlo" men.
Tho bill places control of nil mov
ing plcturos within tho supervision of
tho department of registration and
education, undor tho provisions of tho
ndmlnlstrntivo codo. If it becomes, a
statuto, It will ollminato, on Oct. 1,
1010, all city nud vlllago ordinances of
Tho Sonato passed tho bill Intro
duced In that body by Senator Kos
slngor to establish a systom of voca
tional education in Illinois and to
I argest Watty Orreiatua Amoig
11, 1889, at the Pott Office of Publication,
of March 3. 117. 179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
tl Per Year In Advance,
Merriam and His Manager,
Harold L. Iekes
havo Captain MorrJam namo live gen
tlemen for any of whom ho would
withdraw as a compromlso candi
date; that I would submit their
names to Judge Olson and his com
mittee. Mr. Ickes' olllco was called
up and Mr. Bancroft mado tho state
ment that ho had bcou informed tha't
Captain Merriam would not suggest
tho names of any persons for whom
ho would withdraw. This ended tho
matter. Mr. Ickes, it should bo ro
mombcrcd, docs not live in Chicago.
Mis home Is In Hubbard Woods. Why
Is ho so concerned?
"I might ndd as a sidelight to our
meeting that I suggested to Mr. Ban
croft, who upoko for Mr. Ickos, that
tho city clerk had announced that
ho would not rccolvo petitions for
nomination after G o'clock on,Fob.-G,
...u...i .i. i .i.. -mia'S'!r.i
wiuuu wilB lliu luni uuy im iiiiiiiit uuu
that it would bo imposstblo to get up
a potition for a compromlso enndidato
for mayor wUhin an hour. I was In
formed that Roger Sullivan had boon
communicated with and that Mr. Sul
Uvnn had assured thorn that tho city
clerk would koep his ofTIco open until
midnight to rccolvo tho potition for
tho compromise candidate
"In connection with this mattor
tho public will rcmombor that Donald
Ulchborg, who is tho special attor
ney for tho city of Chicago against
tho gas company, Is tho law partner
of Mr. Ickes."
Mayor Thompson's campaign com
mittee has issued what it calls "tho
public ledger," in which is recorded
on opposite pagos tho "debits" and
"credits" of tho Thompson, adminis
tration. On tho debit sido nro sot
down tho "obligations, hardships and
adverse conditions" to bo mot and
ovorcomo. Tho doblts includo tho fol
"To a 45 per cent Incroaso in cost
"To a reduction of 14 per cont In
"To nn Incroaso of ovor 200,000 In
"To an Incroaso in tho street light
"To a shortago of 25 por cont in
man power available
"To an incroaso of many miles of
onablo this stato to rccolvo the bail
outs olforod by tho Smith-Hughes fed
eral law, Tho bill was passed with
out opposition by a voto of 110 to 0. In
tho IIouso n similar bill introduced
by nopresontntlvo Church was fav
orably roported by tho commlttco on
education. From presout Indications
thoro Is no reason to doubt thnt tho
necessary legislation will bo obtained
by March S, which marks the limit
of timo within which action must bo
taken In ordor to got tho bonotlts con
ferred by tho Smith-Hughes act.
Tho Kosslnger bill, Ilka tho Church
bill, carrlos nn appropriation of about
$400,000, so that us tho stato will bo
entitled to rocolvo a llko sum from tho
fodornl treasury, thoro will probably
bo about $800,000 avallablo for voca
tional training in tho public schools
during tho noxt two years,
Tho Sonato Judiciary commlttoo
has reported out favorably Senator
Cornwall's bill to creato a stato coun
cil of reconstruction, ro-omploymont
and relief, whoso duty It will bo to
aid returning soldiers and sailors to
secure work. Tho flftoon morabtors
of tho council aro to sorvo without
"To tho most vicious traction ordl
nnnco over proposed to n community.
"To a corruption fund used in at
tempting to pass samo.
"To n public utilities commission,
operated by tho stato, obstructing
"To a loss In rovonuo from snloon
licenses ot ovor $2,500,000.
"To a hostile majority In tho city
council undor domination of tho Mu
nicipal Voters' Leaguo.
"To a libelous press indulging in
dally misrepresentations and assaults
upon character and ropututlon."
Tho "credits" Includo tho follow
ing: "By n docrenso In crime of 32 por
"By a decrease in tiro I6ssos ot 23
"By purification of Chicago's wator
"By a decrenso in tho death rato
of 30 por cent.
"By a largo Incroaso in number ot
"By many miles of now stroots and
"By many miles ot now sowors and
wator mains built.
"By increasing wages ot underpaid
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
SATURDAY, EEJJHTJAUY 22, 191!).
"By strict and
ment of tho law. .m
"By widening 12tlw"str5ct, after 12
years' delay. "
"By nu honest, cAnstructlvo and
"By running tho cltyFgo$ornmont at
less cost per poronffthaii ever bo
"By new pumplngpflatlon com
pleted, with 1,000,000 'gallons of water
per dny capacity. ?ji
"By veto of vlciousJtraction ordi
nance, and veto bclnglBtistnlned by
vote of the people. J $
"By lighting Increasedcar faros be
fore public utilities commission and
in tho courts. ' jjK
"By lighting Increasedjghs bills and
seeking to forco returnJofgaB rebates
duo consumers. , tJi
"By demanding laws'; for imprison
ment of food speculators '-and manipu
lators of food prices, "t&ftj
"By construction of Mjchlgan boule
vard link, begun nftorS-18 years' do
"By sottloment of building trades,
street car and othor strikes, result
ing In increased wngosto labor and
Improved working conditions."
Thomas Cnroy, Democratlo candi
date for Mayor, proposod to tho City
Council that nn ordlnanco bo enacted
providing for tho building of thirty
flvo miles of city owned and operated
FRANK JOHNSTON, JR.
Popular Judge of the Circuit Court
Biibwnys. Ho would uso tho city's
$25,000,000 traction fund.
Th communication was roforrod to
tho commlttoo on local transportation.
Carey, In his lottor, says tho work
could bo porformod by city labor for
$1,000,000 por mllo Instead of an ostt
Ho ostlmatos that tho traction fund
will bo incronsod $10,000,000 within
tho noxt mayoralty term, and with tho
amount now In tho fund sufllclont
monoy would bo avallablo for con
structing tubos extending out Into tho
threo divisions ot tho city.
Cars for tho subways would bo
owned by tho city and city oinployos
would oporato thorn.
Mon of all parties favor tho oloctlon
ot Goorgo B. Holmes as Municipal
Dennis J, Egan Is doing groat work
for Swoltzor's nomination.
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NiiiiiiiHl'&k'. v. vV.eiiiiiiH
ROBS POOR MAN
City Council Votes to More Than Double
the Taxes on Small Home
Owners and Others
Eager Desire to Double Salaries of Political
Pets Is the Main Cause for This
Chicago real estate Is to carry a
heavy and unjust burden.
Tho bottom has been knocked out
of tho rcnl estate market in Chicago.
Small home owners will suffer espe
cially. On Tuesday tho council flnanco
committee recommended to tho couu-
ell that tho legislature bo askod to
mako tho 80 cont boost for tho cor
porate fund. Tho commlttco, prior
to tho timo tho civic organization
camo into tho budget mnttor, rocom
mended tho boost bo $1.G5 por $100
of assessed valuation, making tho
corpornto fund's shnro ot tho taxes
$2.75 por $100 Instead ot $1.10.
Tho $2.75 rato would allow tho
municipality to iluanco a budgot pro
viding for expenditures of upward of
$35,000,000. It would moan 1,000 ad
ditional patrolmon for tho pollco do
partmont and pay raises for all city
Undor tho $2 rato, which Is mado
up ot tho $1.10 mid tho special
taxos for playgrounds and Judgments,
which total nnothor 10 cents por $100,
tho budgot Is cut from $35,000,000 to
$28,000,000. Tho civic organizations
rocommondod against tho additional
patrolmen and tho pay incroasos,
Tho commlttoo agreed to ollminato
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tho added patrolmen, but has not yet
acted on the pay Increases.
Mayor Thompson did not partici
pate In any of tho discussion on the
tax rato question. Tho council had
been In bcrsIoii but a few minutes
when ho asked to bo excused to at
tend to other duties. Aid. John A.
Illchcrt, chairman of tho flnanco com
Aid. U. S. Schwnrtz led tho attack
against tho proposed $2 rate. Ho suc
ceeded In winning n majority of tho
aldermen to favor his proposition of
asking tho legislature to boost tho
corporate fund's share of tho tax rato
to give tho city the money It needs
for all activities, instead of making n
rato basod on rocommondatlons mado
by tho civic organizations.
"It lookB ridiculous to go on record
'l7?r",,:jsiMhfi2;.nttP', when winll
icnow u is not enough," sain am.
Qcorgo V. II Iff.
"This looks as if wo might havo to
close up tho playgrounds and use tho
money for othor salaries," said Aid.
Kdward V. Cullerton.
"Wo need 1,000 additional patrol
man," said Aid. Illff, "and tho civic
organizations mado n poor showing
In declaring ngnlnst them."
"I will voto for tho Tuidgot the
commlttco thinks Is right," said Aid.
John Tomnn. "I don't want any rec
ommondntlons from tho ofllcloncy bu
reau. Harris S. Keolor,. tho director,
is a bunk "artist. Ho thinks a mar
ried man can kcop a family on $S3
a month. That's what ho thinks of
city employes. His boss, Julius
nosonwnld, gives n million dollars to
charity and then lays off a lot of
poor devils to help pay tho bill.."
"Thoao civic organisations repre
sent tho taxpayers," said Aid. A. A.
McCormlck, "and wo havo to havo
IN THE CITY COUNCIL
Important Public Business Before
the Chicago Board of Aldermen
A subcommittee of the city council
commlttoo on public health, accom
panied by Health Commissioner Rob
ertson, visited three large cold stor
age plants to ascertain If tho clly
should losson tho time periods for
food storage and if this would bring
down prices for meats and products.
Aid. Olson, Kuuz, Kostuer and Mor
nu constitute tho subcommittee. Tho
plants visited ngroed to furnish llg
uros showing tho amount of products
in storage each month.
Slnco 1917, when tho federal food
administration took churgo of tho
food situation, tho city has not been
active In this regulation.
At ono of Swift & Co.'s warehouses
tho ahlermon found 20,000,000 pounds
of meat In storage. It was expluluod
this represented only two days out
put for tho company.
Tho Ogdon avonuo improvement,
costing mi estimated $l, 19,000 for
land and buildings, was upproved by
tho city council. Tho preliminary
vork cun now proceed.
Aftor tho session County Judgo
Scully sntd ho would push tho project,
if tho special assessment easo is
(lied In his court. If that la dono tho
actual work can begin In Soptomuor.
Tho oxtenslon of Ogden nvonuo trom
Union to Lincoln park was recom
mended by tho Chicago Plan commis
sion In Decombor, 1910.
Tho council approval was given by
n voto of 40 to 8, with olovou aldor
men absent or missing.
An nmondinont to tho ordlnanco re
quiring nil places of public nmuso-
mont, "wot" or "dry," to close nt 1
o'clock n. nj. was recommended by
the city council llconso commlttoo.
Tho amendment provldos that tho
city collector shall allow each ropu
tablo social, fraternal, educational or
chnrltablo organization to hold ono
WHOLE NUM1JEK 15tfl
tholr help to get rollor. Mayor
Thompson has not como before tha
commlttco to aid In this and wo have
had no help from any oxccutlvo of
his cabinet. Tho mayor and tho de
partment heads ought to go to tho .
legislature and ask for rollof, and tho
council should not bo required to do
"Wo need tho oxtra pollco, and tho
city employes surely nro entitled to
pay Increases," said Aid. Schwartr.
"Look at our street cleaning problem.
Tho gnrbago was piled up high in
alloys until Thompson started to run
for ro-clcctlon. Now tho administra
tion is spending monoy right and
loft. Why was this left unattended
until prlmnry timo? Wo enn't get
along as wo should on a $2 rato.'"
"How doos this .offlcloncy;-bureau V". ii: ?l
prviytvfl.OW.OOO3 In street" r "' 1
cionning worlc7" asked Aid. T. P.
Byrno. "Will it bo taken from tho
wages of workmen? If tho organ
ized employes don't get Incrcasos
thoy will quit. Are tnx-dodger
placed above tho working men?"
WEBB FOR SWEITZEI
Thomas J. Webb, prosidont ot tho
Puhl-Webb company, and former
mombor of tho Board of Hovlow, who
wns a rival of Itobort M. Swoltzor for
tho support ot tho Democratic organ
ization, has indorsed tho Democratic
candldato for mayor. Mr. WobU
pointed out that Mr. Swoltzor was tho
only candldato who had any gonulno
business oxperlonco nud was equipped
to put the administration of tho city's
nffnlrs upon n buslnoss basis.
dnnco each year until ;1 o'clock In tho
morning. Thero wns no question ot
the sale of Intoxicants.
Tho committee nlso reconimondcd
that returning! suilora and soldiers
holding city chaurfeurs' licenses bo
granted icnowals without cost.
The annual appropriation bill must
bo pnsscd before March PI, so tho leg
islature will hae to act before then
If tho city is to have llnanrlal rollof,
Tho council rocommondod a bill for
tho legislature to enlnrgo the city's
licensing powers. This would allow
tho city to charge llconso fees for
vuiloiiR businesses It now has no pow
Tho countll considered an ordlnanco
charging pawnbujUors a yearly 1'
eonso loo of $500 enrh. Tho court
knocked out an ordlnanco mnklim this
foo $1,000 pei yonr.
Resolutions worn ndopted doplor
Ing tho deaths of former Aid. l.uthor
1. Fiicsiedt and August Krumholz.
A communication fioni tho Chicago
Building Tr.ub's eouncll askod that
tho limitation on tho height ot build
ings bo taken off. Tho ordinances
now limit buildings to 200 foot in
holght. The poniminunlcatlou stated
that many prospoetivo bulldors wanted
to oxceed this, nud that this would
ho ono ot the ways of mooting tho
unemployment problem. Tho com
munication war referred to tho build
largeit Weddy Grcuhtiea
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