Newspaper Page Text
finttrtd to Second data Matter October 11, 1889, at the Pott
Otlee at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 3, 1173.
Office of Publication,
179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
tint; red as Secsnd Class Matter October 11, 1W, at tfc
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March t, 117.
THIRTIETH YEAH, NO.
THE POT BOILS
Fight Over Mayoralty Nomination in
Both Big Parties Grows Hot
ter as It Closes
Penecn Out in
Tho political loaderH tiro boiling
with tho heat of battle, In both tho
Republican and Democratic camps.
Ex-dovcrnor Dencon, who la for
Olson for mayor, goes out after Har
old Ickes, Merrlum's chief of staff,
"Captain Merrlum's attitude has
prevented the uniting of tho opposi
tion to tho mayor. Captain Merrlnm
himself called upon mo and asked mo
to exert whatever lnlluenco I had
with our organization to mnlto him n
candidate of tho two groups. I hnvo
been Informed that ho llkowlso called
upon Attorney General Ilrundagc. A
committee representing Captain Mer
riam called upon mo thereafter and
tenewed tho request. Captain Mcr
rlnm's candidacy was carefully con
sidered by tho two organizations but
Judge Olson was coiiBldored tho
"That tho public may know somo of
the difficulties wo hnvo hud, I may
Htato that on tho Cth of 1'obruary
1 wns requested, about 3: 30 In the
utternoon, to meet Edgar A. Ban
croft and a number of his friends at
4 o'clock. At that time It was stated
by Mr. Bancroft that Captain Mer
riam would agrco to withdraw as u
.candldnto provided Judge Olson
would withdraw, and tho statement
was mado by Mr. Bancroft that Cap
tain Merrlnm would support Judge
Lnndls for nomination.
"I told them that If Jutlgo I.andls
would agreo to accept tho nomlnn
, Hon I would go at onco to Judgo
Olson und his commltteo nnd submit
tho matter. Mr. Bancroft called Mr.
Ickca on tho telophono and In a few
momonts said that Judgo Lnndls
would not nccopt tho nomination. 1
had been Informed many wooks ago,
whon Judgo Landls' nnnio was ilrst
mentioned, that ho would not nccopt
tho nomination. Then tho names of
Aloxandor Hovoll and Aid. A. A. Mc
cormick woro suggoatert as compro
mise candidates by Mr. Bancroft nnd
his friends. I requested Mr. Bancroft
to communicate with Mr. Ickcs,
which ho did, and asked whothor or
not Captnln Merriam would withdraw
for olthor of theso gontlonuui. After
tolophoulc (communication with Mr.
Ickes Mr. Bancroft statod that Cap
tain Morrlam would withdraw for
nolthor Mr. Novell nor Mr. McCor
nick. "I then requested Mr. Bancroft to
Work of Illinois
Flut repeal of nil existing ordl-i
nances afiectlng tho movies Is pro
posed In u bill otforcd in tho senntu
by Seuutor Buck of Monmouth, that
is to bo pressed for Immedlnto con
sideration. It is understood that tho
bill carries tho approval of tho Illi
nois Federation of Women's clubs
and that it will not bo opposed radi
cally by tho "movlo" men.
Tho bill places control of nil mov
ing plcturus within tho supervision of
tho department of registration and
education, uudor tho provisions nf tho
admluistratlvo codo. If It becomes, a
stntuto, it will ollmlnnto, on Oct. 1,
1019, all city and village ordinances of
Tho Sennto passed tho bill Intro
duced In thnt body by Senator Kos
singer to estnbllsh n systom of vocn
tiounl education In Illinois and to
I argest Wwlifr Grcutatum Among
People if lafavce m4 Smdhg
22. &"&"$& .""Advance. CHICAGO,
a Scathing Arraignment of
Merriam and His Manager.
Harold L. Ickes
have Captain MorrJam name live gen
tlemen for any of whom ho would
withdraw as a compromise candi
date; that I would submit their
names to Judgo Olson and his com
mittee. Mr. Ickes' olllco was called
up and Mr. Bancroft made the state
ment that ho had been informed that
Captain Merrlnm would not suggest
tho names of any persons for whom
ho would withdraw. This ended tho
matter. Mr. Ickes. It should bo re
membered, docs not live in Chicago.
Ills home Is In Hubbard Woods. Why
Is ho so concerned?
"I might add as a sidelight to our
mooting that I suggested to Mr. Ban
croft, who spoko for Mr. Ickes, that
tho city clerk had announced that
ho would not rccclvo petitions for
nomination after G o'clock on Fob. C,
which wub tho Inst day for filing, arid
that It would be Impossible to get up
n petition for a compromlsa candldnto
for mayor within nn hour. 1 was In
formed that Ilogcr Sullivan liatl been
communicated with and that Mr. Sul
livan had assured them that the city
clerk would koep his olllco open until
midnight to rccolvo tho petition for
tho compromise candidate.
"In connection with this mattor
the public will remember that Donald
Hlchborg, who is tho special attor
ney for tho city of Chicago against
tho gna compnny, Is tho law partnor
of Mr. Ickes."
Mayor Thompson's campaign com-
mil ton hnx issued what It cnlls "tho
public ledger," In which Is recorded
on opposlto pages tho "doblts und
"credits" of tho Thompson adminis
tration. On tho debit sldo nro sot
down tho "obligations, hardships and
ndvorso conditions" to bo met and
overcome Tho debits lncludo tho fol
"To u l.'i por cent increnso In cost
"To a reduction of 11 per cent In
"To an Increase or ovor 200,000 In
"To nn lucrcaso In tho strcot light
"To a shortngo of 2.' per cent in
man powor available.
"To an iucreaso of many miles of
onuble this state to rccolvo tho ben
efits olfored by tho Smith-Hughes fed
oral law. The bill was passed with
out opposition by a voto of I! (J to 0. In
tho llouso a similar bill introduced
by Hepresontatlvo Church wns fav
orably reported by tho commltteo on
education. From present Indications
llioro is no reason to doubt that tho
necessary legislation will bo obtained
by March 8, which marks tho limit
of timo within which action must bo
taken in ordor to got the bouollts con
ferred by tho Smith-Hughes act.
Tho Kesslnger bill, llko tho Church
bill, carries an appropriation of about
$100,000, so that as tho stato will bo
entitled to rccolvo n llko sum from tho
fodoral troasury, there will probably
bo about $800,000 available for voca
tional training In tho public schools
during tho next two years.
Tho Senato Judiciary commltteo
has reported out favorably Sonator
Cornwoll's bill to cronto a stnto coun
cil of reconstruction, ro-omploymont
and rollof, whoso duty It will bo to
aid returning soldlors and sailors to
securo work. Tho fifteen momblors
of tho council nro to servo without
"To tho most vicious traction ordi
nance ever proposed to u community.
"To a corruption fund used in at
tempting to pass same.
"To a public utilities commission,
operated by tho stato, obstructing
"To a loss In rovenuo from saloon
licenses of over ?2,riUO,O00.
"To n hostile majority In the city
council under domination of tho Mu
nicipal Votors' I.enguo.
"To a llbolous press Indulging In
dally misrepresentations and assaults
upon churactor and roputntlon."
Tho "credits" Include tho follow
ing: "By a decrease in crime of J2 por
"By a decrease in tiro lossos of 2U
"By purification of Chicago's water
"By a decrease In tho death rato
of HG por cont.
"By a largo lucronso In numbor of
"ny many miles of now shoots nnd
"By mnny miles of now sowors nnd
wntor mnlns built.
"By Increasing wages of undorpald
SATURDAY, ITEHHUAItY 22, 1J)U).
'By strict nnd Imp
ment of tho law. ;
"By widening 12th street, after 12
years' drlay. f
"By an honest, constluctlvo nnd
"By running tho city government nt
less cost por person than ever be
fore. "By new pumping station com
pleted, with 1,000,000 gallons of water
per day capacity. '
"By veto of vicious traction ordi
nance, nnd veto beings sustained by
vote of the people.
"By lighting Increased car fares be
fore public utilities commission nnd
in tho courts.
"By lighting Increased gas bills nnd
seeking to forco return of gas rebates
"By dcmnndlng laws. for Imprison
ment of food speculators anil manipu
lators of food prices. ' ,
"By conctructlon of Michigan boule
vard link, begun uftor 18 years' de
lay. "By settlement of building trades,
street car and othor strikes, result
ing in increnscd wages to labor nnd
improved working conditions."
Thomas Cnroy, Dcmocrntio candl
dnto for Mayor, proposed to tho City
Council that nn ordlnnnco bo ennctod
providing for tho building of thirty
flvo mllos of city owned and oporatod
1 i'K v -
FRANK JOHNSTON, JR.
Popular Judge of the Circuit Court.
subways. Ho would uso tho city's
?2,".,000,000 traction fund.
TU communication was referred to
tho coinmlttoo on local transportation.
Carey, in his lottor, says tho work
could bo porformod by city labor for
$1,000,000 por inllo instead of an ostl
Ho ostlmntes that tho traction fund
will bo increasod $10,000,000 within
tho noxt mayoralty term, and with tho
amount now In tho fund sulllclont
monoy would bo nvnllablo for con
structing tubes extundlng out Into tho
thrcn divisions of tho city.
Cars for tho subways would bo
owned by tho city and city omployos
xould oporato thorn.
Mon of nil partlos favor tho oloctlon
of (ieorgo B. Holmes ns Municipal
Donnls J Kgnn is doing gront work
for Swottzcr's nomination.
iV 't-ssr IH
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 tho Main Cause for This
Chicago real estate Is to carry n
heavy and unjust burden.
Tho bottom has been knocked out
of the real estate market in Chicago.
Small home owners will suffer espe
cially. On Tuesday tho council llnnnco
committee recommended to tho couu-
oil that tho legislature bo asked to
make tho SO cont boost lor tho cor
porato fund. Tho commltteo, prior
to tho time tho Ivlc organization
eamo Into tho budget mnttor, recom
mended tho boost bo $1.05 por $100
of assessed aluatlon, making tho
corpnrnto fund's sharo of tho taxes
$2 7G per $100 Instead of $1.10.
Tho $2.75 rato would ullow tho
municipality to llnnnco a budget pro
viding for expenditure!, of upward of
$35,000,000. It would monn 1,000 ad
ditional patrolmen for tho pollco do
partmont nnd pay raises for nil city
Uudor tho $2 rato, which is mado
up of tho $1.10 and tho special
taxes for playgrounds nnd Judgments,
which total uuothor 10 conts por $100,
tho budget Is cut from $35,000,000 to
$28,000,000, Tho civic organizations
recommonded ngalnsl tho additional
patrolmen and tho pay lucroasos.
Tho commltteo agreed to ollmlnnto
.mi Mil, r, c.'oi'Y
the 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 Imil
been In session but a few minutes
when ho asked to bo excused to at
tend to other duties. Aid. John A.
ltlchert, chairman of tho lluauce com
Aid. l S. Schwartz led tho attack
against tho proposed $2 rate. He suc
ceeded in winning u majority of tho
aldermen to favor his proposition of
asking tho legislature to boost the
corporate fund's sharo of the tax rnto
to give tho city the money It needs
for all activities, Instead of making a
rato based on recommendations mado
by tho civic organizations.
"It looks ridiculous to go on record
ii-jT-'-'n;; or hn ?2 rate wlmn wo nil
know It is hot enough," snld Aid.
Georgo P. Illff.
"Tills looks as If wo might hnvo to
close up the playgrounds and use tho
money for other salaries." said Aid.
Hdward P. Cullerton.
"We need 1,000 additional patrol
men." said Aid. lliff, "and the civic
organizations made a poor showing
In declaring against them."
"I will voto for tho liudget the
committee thinks Is right." said Aid.
John Toman. "I don't want any rec
ommendations from tho clllclency bu
reau. Hnrrjs 8. Keelor, the director,
Is u Iniuk "artist. Ho thinks a mar
ried man can koop a family on $s;l
a month. That's what ho thinks nf
city employes. Ills boss, Julius
Hosonwnld, gives a million dollars to
charity and then lays off a lot of
poor devils to help pay tho bill.."
"Theso civic organizations reprc
sent tho taxpayers," said Aid A A
McCormlck, "and wo have to havo
THE CITY COUNCIL
Important Public Business Before
the Chicago Board of Aldermen
A subcommittee of tho city council
commltteo on public health, accom
panied by Health Commissioner Bob
ertson, visited throe largo cold stor
age plants to ascertain if tho cliy
should lessen the time puitods for
food storage and If this would bring
down prices for moats and products.
Aid. Olson, Kunz, Kostner and Mor
an coustltiito the subcommittee. Tho
plants vlBltcd agreed to furnish Hu
ll res showing the amount of products
In storage each month.
Since 1017, when tho feduial food
administration took charge ol the
food situation, the city has not boen
active in this regulation.
At ono of Switt it Co.'s warehouses
tho aldermen found 20,000,000 pounds
of mont 111 storage. It was explained
tills reprosonted only two days out
put fur the company.
Tho Ogileu meiuie improvement.
costing tin ostimated $i UJ'i.nOii for
land and buildings, was approved by
the city council. The preliminary
woiU can now proceed.
Alter tho session County Judgo
Scully said ho would push the project.
If the special assessmont case Is
filed in his court. If that Is done tho
nctuul work can begin in September.
The extension of Ogdon nvenuo Horn
Union to Lincoln park wiib recom
mended by tho Chicago Plan commis
sion In December, 1010.
The council approval wns given by
a voto of 1(1 to 8, with oli'ou alder
men absent or missing.
An amendment to the ordlnnnco re
quiring all places of public nmuse
ment, "wot" or "dry," to close nt 1
o'clock a. in. wnH recommended by
the city council llcenso committee
Tho amendment provides that tho
city collector shall allow each repu
table social, fratornnl, educational or
I chnrltablo organization to hold ono
YllOLK N UAH! tilt m:ii
their help to got relief. Mayor
Thompson hns not como boforo tho
committee to aid in tills nnd wo havo
had no help from tiny exccutlvo of
his cabinet. Tho mnyor and tho de
partment heads ought to go to the
legislature and ask for relief, and tho
council should not be required to do
"Wo need the extrn police, and tho
city employes surely aro entitled to
pay Increases," said Aid. Schwurtz
"Look at our street cleaning problem.
The garbage was piled up high In
alloys until Thompson started to run
for re-election. Now tho ndmlnlstrn
Hon Is spending money right and
left. Why wns this left unattended
until primary tlmo7 Wo enn't get
along as wo should on n $2 rato."
"How does this efficiency bureau
prvpey t Urt: ?1,000,000' In utrcnt
donning work?" uskod Aid. T. P.
Byruo. "Will it bo taken from tho
wages of workmen? If tho organ
ized employes don't get Increnson
they will quit Are tax-dodgor
placed above the working men?"
WEBB FOR SWEITZEI
Thomas J. Webb, president of tho
Puhl-Webb compnny, nnd formor
member of tho Board of Itevlow, who
was n rlvnl of Hubert M. Swoltzor for
tho support of tho nemocratlc orgnu
l.ntlon, has Indorsed tho Democratic
candidate for mayor. Mr. Wobb
pointed out thnt Mr. Swoltzor wns tho
only cnndldalo who had any gonulno
business experience nnd wns equlppod
to put the administration of tho city's
affairs upon a business basin.
dance each year until .1 o'clock In the
morning. There was no question or
the sale of Intoxicants.
The committee also rocommemlcii
that returning sailor., and soldid -holding
city chatiffciirfl' liceiise. In
granted renewals without cost.
The annual appropriation bill inn l
bo passed before March :'t, o tin' I "
Ihluture will hao to act botore th.
it tho illy Is to havo financial r.-li. .
The council recommt'inied a bill t
thu Icglitlntiiro to enlarge the il'v
licensing power. Till would alio
the city lo charge IlceiiHc tec- in
vnilous busliii-HSPs it now hue no p ,
The (uunill cousldorod un ordiiu'iii
charging pawnbroker a yenr! '
censo tec of $300 iu.'Ij. The conn
knocked out an ordinance niaklii- tin
too $1,0011 pc year.
ItcMoliuldiis wore adopted deploi
luu the do.. tin ut fanner Aid. l.ii'b i
P. I'l li'Kt, ill and August Krumbol
A communication from the C'hicii
Building Trad s council asked t) a
tho limitation on the height ol hml i
lugs bo taken otf. The ordinauci
now limit buildings to 2e0 feet :i
height. The i oiuiumunlcatlou stnt .1
that many prospective builders wanted
to exceed Hits, and that tills would
bo one of thn ivhk of mooting th-'
unemplo.Miieni problem. The com
munlcntioii w.i- lvienod to the l nltl
Larcnst Weekly Circulitiao Af
Pc&pU of Irrflucno aud StmJLas