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tnMrt'i! Second data Matter Or.tnbar 11. 1AM. at the Pott
Offlea at Chicago. Iltlnola. unaer Act or March 3. 1171.
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INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
Entered aa Second Clan Matter October 11, 1M, at thai
Office at Chicago, Iltlnola, under Act of March ft, WTfc
THIRTIETH YEAR, NO.
Democratic Managers Claim Victory for
Him by 50,000 Plurality Tues
day Next on Full Tote
Candidate Has Made a Clean Fight and His Friends
Say That He Grows Stronger
Democratic managers an the ove
of election claim 50,000 plurality for
Robert M. Swcltzcr on Tuesday next.
Thoy claim nn enormous Republi
can vote which, dissatisfied with
Thompson, will turn to Swoltzor In
stead of to Hoy no and will Insure
William L. O'Connell, former Gov
ernor Dunne, District Attorney Clyno
anil other nntl-mnchlno Democrats
nro working hnrd for Sweltzor.
Tho'mnnly stand that Sweltzor took
against prohibition makes him a big
favorite with the majority of tho
voters of Chicago. '
Robert M. Sweltozr In nn address
stated that ho bad not received a cent
front the public utility Interests for hl.o
campaign fund and would not' rt'cblvo
any. Ho thonrepeatcd hlsvchallongo
v-'V other candidates to publicly nn
nu whether thoy had accepted
cam contributions from tho util
Mr. Swcltzcr Insisted that ho wns
footlooso, that tho traction kings did
not have any strings tied to him, nnd
would not have after his election, nnd
that ho wbb, thoroforo, tho ono man
who could taoklo tho traction ques
tion without fear or favor.
"It is moro than a week ngo that I
mndo tho statement that I had not
accepted and would not nccopt n cent
from any publlo utility corporation
for my campaign fund," snld Mr.
Sweltzor. "At tho tlmo I challenged
tho other candidates to make n sim
ilar statement, If thoy could do so
truthfully. Thoy hnvo had amplo tlmo
to do so, but so far neither of them
has answored my challonge. In fact,
both of thorn havo shown a groat do-
sire to dodge all mention of tho trac
, "I do not wonder at this. Neither
of them has any program worth men
tioning for tho settlement of tho Jrnc
tlon question, nnd neither of thorn has
any definite idea to present ns to how
to obtain better transportation.
"Moreover, both of them havo taken
n hand in trying to hnndlo tho trac
tion question, nnd all thoy havo suc
ceeded In doing 1b to make a mess of
things nnd to leave tho voters of tho
city far worse off than they woro be
fore thoy began tholr muddling.
"As a candldnto for mayor I havo
presented to tho peoplo a doflnlto pro
gram, covering every phnso of tho
traction question. Tho basis of that
platform wns furnished by former
Gov. Dunno, a mnn whom tho peoplo
trust and who Is certainly not consid
ered as being friendly with tho trac
tion companies. I havo stated that
nny sottlomont of tho traction ques
tion that Is mado during my adminis
tration must bo passed upon by tho
peoplo at tho polls boforo It becomes
final. I havo mado tho promlso that
within ton days nftor I take ofllco as
mayor I will lmprovo tho transporta
tion conditions, nnd I hnvo shown how
I will do so.
'in vinw of thoso facts I have no
hesitation In snylng nt this tlmo that
tho only candldato In tho field who
offers tho pooplo of Chlcngo any relief
from present conditions Is myself."
As a rosult of tho declaration ot
Robert M. Sweltzor that ho is opposed
to prohibition, olthor locally or na
tionally, and tho wldo demonstration
ot approval which followed that dec
laration, tho dry loaders nnd anti
saloon workers of Chicago havo defi
nitely abandoned effort to put through
a dry voto in Chicago at tho April
This decision, It was pointed out,
destroys ovon tho romoto possibility
! argest WtAtr Che-- ham
People 4 Vhmm ad -i
S2 Per Year In Advance.
that Chicago should bo mado dry on
May 1, two months carllor than pro
vided by tho wartlmo legislation.
Tho decision ot tho drys wns
reached nftor sovoral days' caroful in
vestigation as to tho possibilities ot
putting through a successful campaign.
This Investigation brought out tho fact
that the firm stand taken by Robert M.
Swcltzcr, democratic candldato for
mayor, against prohibition and In fa
vor of tho fullost mcasuro of personal
liberty, had mot with clty-wldo .ap
proval which proved any effort of tho
drys would bo usolcss.
E. J. Davis, Chicago District Super
intendent of tho Anti-Saloon Leaguo
ot Illinois, promlnont at tho .meeting
which flnajly ditched tho dry'flght at
tho coming election, was In receipt of
tho letter written by Mr. Sweltzor,
stating tho stand without quibbling
against tho dry movement.
This letter, written In reply in a
query by Mr. Davis concerning Mr.
Sweltzor's stnnd on tho wot and drv
rqucstion, is as follows:
"I am in recolpt ot your lottor ot
Feb. 21, In which you ask: 'In tho
event of your nomination and election
as Mayor of Chicago, kindly Inform us
what will bo your policy In regard to
tho enforcement of nntl-saloon and
othor legislation suppressing tho traf
fic In alcoholic drinks?'
"In reply permit mo to state:
"I am opposed to prohibition, nation
ally or locally. Had tho question ot
national prohibition bcon submitted
to a roforoi dum I would havo voted
against It. I am tor tho fullest meas
ure of porsonal llborty.
"Tho wot and dry quostlon In Chi-
howovor, under tho net of tho
legislature is solely a question for tho
peoplo to determine.
"No action by n candldato for Mayor
boforo election, or by a Mayor after
election can chaugo tho result of a
'wot' or 'dry' Chicago as' announced by
"When tho peoplo oxpross thorn
solves nt an eloction, bo It April 1, or
any othor time, I will follow tho will
of tho peoplo."
Tho widespread movement for Mr.
Sweltzor, which followed tho an
nouncement of this policy convinced
tho 'dry' leaders that tho sentiment ot
Chicago was so overwhelmingly in
favor of tho 'wets' that It wns decided
to allow tho Issuo to go by dofault in
April, and wait tho onforcomont ot
tho war moasuro which takes effect
on July 1.
STUCKART WILL WIN
Democratic Candidate for City
Treasurer Certain of Big
Henry Stucknrt, tho regular Dem
ocratic candldato for city treasurer,
is going to bo elected In tho opinion
of' political leadors. He Is going to
got u big Republican voto ns ho ul
ways has received a big Republican
voto in tho past. Ho will got tho
votes of all tho Domocratic factions,
as ho Is popular with nil Domocrnts.
Ho will win.
O'CONNELL A BIG HELP
William L. O'Connoll, tho Dunno
lender, nnd- populnr formor county
treasurer, has given great help to
Sweltzor by hIscsupport In tho may
Tho principal quostlon confronting
tho traction companies of Chlcngo Is
how long thoy will bo able to survlvo
without additional revenues, and Pres
ident Leonard A. Busby of tho Chi
cago Surface Lines, in his annual re
port to tho board of operations, Indl-
cntcs that tho time will bo compara
Attnched to tho annual report al
ready published in the fiscal state
ment of tho south sldo lines is n six
months' statement for tho periods
epdod Jan. 31, 1917, 1918 and 1919.
It) shows that (the companies foil
short by $236,410 of earning the 5 per
cent Interest on tho city purchaso
prlco In tho Inst half of Hie fiscal year
Just ondod. It shows thnt In tho 1919
half year operating ratio was 79 per
rent, ns compared to 66 per cent In
tho corresponding period a yenr bo
foro, nnd 62.29 two years provlous.
Tho roturn on tho capital account
wns at tho rato of 4.75 for tho latest
six months reported, as compared to 6
por cent and 6.54 ono nnd two years
provlous, Mr. Busby says It Is "Im
possible to oxaggofato tho situation"
nnd that the public ns well ns invest
ors, must suffer If relief Is long de
layed. W. D. Stoolo, vlco president of tho
big Bonjnmln Eloctrlo Manufacturing
Company, Is ono of tho mon who Is
doing much toward mnklng Chlcngo
great. Io Is a business man of
nblllty, as Is provon by his record. As
a publlo splrltod citizen no man Is
moro highly respected.
SATURDAY, M ARCH
NEED 2 MILLION POLICE
Aldermen figure thot If It took 200
policemen to kill one drunken man
na It did on tlio west flldt the other
ilny It would tnko 2,000 to kilt n
real criminal. Ilcnco the clt needs
two million moro policemen to copo
with the crlmo wnvo.
MAKES BOYS HUNGRY
Tho nntlcs of our Ofllco Holding
Aristocracy In Chicago makes tho
returning and Jobless sollller boys
hungry. Paying $18,000 a year to n
now superintendent of 'schools and
raising everybody elso In ofllco oc
cordlngly, Is raising the" dickens with
WHO GOT THE DOUGH?
A fow weeks ngo $250,000 worth of
bill posting on Chicago walls an
nounced that tho $30,000,000 drive for
"starving Armenia" was on, No ono
hears of it now.
Who got tho monoy?
Returning soldiers are disgusted
rightly ot tho movies with tho "news"
screens showing King George, Queon
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WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL
Popular Democratic Leader and Head of the Dunne
working hnrd for Sweltzer's election.
Mary, Princess Mary, Princess Pat
ricia, II. R. II. tho Duke of Connaught
and othor "domocrnts" In tho wondor
ful nets of condescension to tho "com
mon pooplo" ot Amerlcu, llttlo visits
to Y, M. C. A. "huts," and actually
looking nt a roviow nf our troops.
Another very domocratic sight
greets returning nnd Jobless soldiers
nnd that is our Cook county Judiciary
nowly clothed In silken robes.
Formor Governor Edward F. Dunno
has been on tho stump all wook,
urging tho election of Robort M.
Swoltzor for mayor.
Judgo Thomas V, Scully Is making
a grand record Jn tho County courts.
Assistant State's Attorney Justin F.
McCarthy Resigns His Position to
Support Regular Democrat
William L. O'Connell, Former Governor Dunne and
Other Anti-Machine Democrats Also
Out for Bob
Justin F. McCarthy hns resigned ns
an nsslstant state's attorney to tnko
up tho Swoltzor cause. Mr. McCarthy
Is oxnltcd ruler-elect of Chlcngo
lodge, B. I O. K.
"Uoth as u ultlzon nnd ns n demo
crat, I feol that there can bo only ono
choice In the present mayoralty cam
paign," Bnld .Mr. McCarthy. "Tho
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Democracy, who is
domocratlo party has nominated as
Its candldato for mnyor a man of
Integrity, nblllty and courngo, who&o
record In public ofllco Is tho best
proof that ho can fill tho ofllco of
mayor and perform Its dutlos.' Thoro
enn bo no reason why any domocrnt
should rofuso to support Mr. Swoltzor.
"Even woro I a ropubllcnn or a
mombor of nnothor party, I should
still fool It my duty to support Mr.
Swoltzor. Chlcngo has sufforod long
enough both materially and In roputn-
tlon becauso of tho ndmlnlstrntlon of
tho present mayor. I bellovo that
tho great majority of Its cltlzons feol
tho Imporntlvo need ot a change
"In my mind tho only way to bring
about a change Is for all Chlcngonns
to unito upon tho mnn who hns tho
host chanco to win, That man Is
Robort M. Swoltzor.
"I havo boon a warm supporter of
Mr. Hoyno when ho was still in tho
domocratlo party, and I have no
criticism to offer of his conduct ns
suite's nttornoy. Had ho submitted
his candidacy to tho democratic pri
maries, I might have supported him.
At tho present, however, 1 bollevo
that ho Is mnklng tho mistake of his
life, and I cannot go nlong with him.
I hnvo therefore relieved both him
nnd myself ot nil embarrassment by
sorvorlng my connection with his
MAYOR THOMPSON RE
PLIES TO ALD.RICHERT
Responsibility for tho financial nt
fairs of Chicago docs not rest with
the mayor, Is the assertion made by
Mnyor Thompson in replying to an
Interview with Aid. John A. Rlchort
to tho effect that tho waste, extrnvo
gnnco and Indlffcrcnco of tho present
administration had nn Important bear
ing In tho present crisis.
"Ordinarily, I pay no attention to
stntoments mndo by my political op
ponents for campaign purposes, but
in tho present Instance, In order that
tho public may not bo misled by Aid.
Rlchott's nbuso ot his position ns
chairman of the finance committee of
tho city council, I desire to brand his
quoted Intorvlow ns fnlso and mislead
ing," Bald tho mayor.
"In vlow of tho fact, howovor, that
Aid. Rlchcrt Is n product ot tho Sul
livan democracy, recommended to tho
voters of his ward by tho Munlclpnl
Voters' leaguo (which refuses to ills
closo who pays Its bills, but which
always has a shrewd corporation
lawyer at Its head), I am not sur
prised to find that the public utility
Interests have been ablo to get him
to say a lot of things that aro mis
lending and calculated to deceive tho
"Aid. Rlchcrt knows that tho city
corpornto fund 1h derived from two
sources, taxes nnd miscellaneous
license fees. Ho also knows that the
mayor of Chicago has no control over
appropriations, nil of which must bo
mndo by the city council, nnd that
tho mnyor cannot Increnso or de
crease tho corporato funds,
"Ho knows that slnco 1913. when
tho democrats took charge of tho na
tion, tho corpornto rovenuo hns bcon
steadily decreasing, whllo tho popu
lation of tho city has bcon Increasing.
Ho knows thnt tho cost of nil supplies
required by tho city hns steadily In
erenscd during thnt time, Just as tho
cost of living hns Increased.
"Tho fact Is that, in spite of In
creased cost of labor and supplies and
an Increnso of 250,000 In population
In tho last llvo years, tho corporato
rovenuo for 191S was less by $2,257,
519 than In 1913. This means thnt tor
nil tho benefits tho citizen got from
tho city, Including police. tiro nnd
health protection, tho cost per porson
wns only $8.15, which wns nover
lowor In its history nnd which, dosplto
much looso talk by Irresponsible per
sons, Is much less than under tho
Officers of the West Chicago parks
commission woro ro-olocted nt tho an
nual mooting hold In Union Parle.
Tho annual roport was approved.
Ofllclnls ro-olocted aro: President,
John F. Smulskl; tronsuror, William
Ganschow; auditor, Richard J. Pow
ers; socrotary, R. Shapiro; gonernl
suporlntondont nnd engineer, A. C.
Schroder; dork, John A. Tolka; at
tornoy, Robert E. Gentzol; assistant
nttornoy, William W. Smith.
SOUTH PARK BOARD RE
Tho South Park board rojected tho
proposition of tho Commtttoo ot Ono
Hundred, headed by Soymour Morris,
to Issuo $4,000,000 In bonds, tho
AVHOLIi: M MKISIt lolHi
money to bo used In helping to de
fray the expenses attendant upon tho
construction of the Michigan boule
vard link extension.
"We mo flnunclnlly handicapped
now," said John Ilnrton Payne, presi
dent of tho board. The board In
structed Its nttornoy to co-opornto
with Mr. Morris nnd tho Committee
of One Hundred In nn effort to ob
tain the money from the leglslnturo
nnd n different manner of issuing
bonds. The old officers woro re
elected, Including 1'rcsldoiit Payne,
Charles I;. Hutchinson, vlco presi
dent; J. F. Nell, secretary, nnd Wil
liam A. Tildeu, treasurer.
HOME RULE DEMI
Tho Chicago Homo Rule Democratic
club, 73-75 W. Randolph street, work
ing In tho Interest of Robort M.
Sweltzor, has secured enough funds
to provldo eight diamond medals for
precinct captains. TJieso will bo dis
tributed In tho First, Twelfth, Thir
teenth, Thirty-second, Thirty-third,
Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twon-ty-soventh
wards. The pteclnct enp
tain mnklng tho best "showing" for
Sweltzor in each of theso wards will
bo given n modal.
VOTE F0RSCHAPP IN
Rudolph L, Schapp should bo
elected nldoiman of tho twenty
second waul on Tuesday next. Ho Is
tho best man In tho race.
J. L. F0RCH
John L. Forch, well known ropub
llcnn loader, and other republicans,
nro out for Logan I). Wallace, Jr., for
alderman of tho twenty-fifth ward.
I In nn address thoy say:
"Mr. Wallace is tho democratic can
dldnto, and thoso of you who nro af
filiated with tho republican party who
may not know him as Intimately aa
wo do, muy bo Interested to know
thnt for ulmost two yenrs, or slnco
the declaration of war, Mr. Wnllaco
has boon chairman of tho Rogorrt
Park exemption board. In this ca
pacity wo havo Intrusted to him tho
lives of our sons, our husbands, our
brothei s, our friends all that wo hold
"Tho manner In which ho dis
charged that exceedingly difficult posi
tion Is common knowledge. Firm, Im
partial, yet tender hearted and kindly,
ho demonstrated his rhniacter and
hns oarned tho evei lasting confidence
nnd esteem of all thoso who came In
contact with him."
Slgnnrs of the statement sent ouL
by tho lenguo Incluue Mrs. Edward
O. Wostlnko, Alex. J. Cninoron, A. P.
Clark Mntson, Ohnrles W. Ferguson,
C. I. Erlckson, Frank J. Carroll,
Aaron Miller, Albert Jampolls, John
L. Forch and Polor S. Lnmhros.
Georgo 11. Holmes, republican can
dldato for Judgo of tho Municipal
court, received tho Indorsement of
tho Chlcngo Bar Association in its
prlmnry, rocolvlng 72.7 por cont of
tho totnl voto enst.
Judgo Frank Johnston Jr. Is mak
ing u good record on tho Circuit
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