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Crrtri (t Steond CUit MAttor Octnbar 11. IBM. at the Peat
Offlet at Chicago, Illinois, unaer Act of March 3. 1171.
OfflcB of Publication,
179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
Entered as Second Class Mttter October 11, 1M, at
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of Marat) S,
THIRTIETH YJBAll, NO. !JS.
Wide Awake Chairman of the City
Counsel Police Committee Wants
a Thorough Clean Out of Police
Detective Bureau Should Be Remodeled on the
Plan of Scotland Yard and Useless
Alderman Walter P. StcfTcn In Ills
veryjuseful public enrcer ns n mom
her of tho City Council novcr uroiiBcd
ns much interest ns ho lins in tho
invostlgntion of tho pollco department,
which ho ia now conducting ns chair
man of tho Council Committco on
Aid. Stoffon declared that tho tlmo
lins now arrived when tho Investiga
tion of ovcry potty oxnmplo of tho in
adequacies of tho department should
no longer clog tho work of tho com
mittee. "It la true," said Aid. Stoffcn, "that
wo could contlnuo to hear tho stories
of tho failures of tho pollco depart
ment for an indcllnlto period, hut wo
must now consider tho constructive
work of tho committco. In tho first
placo wo must And out what orgnnl
i .'y1 zntlon Is necessary to man each pro
Wife clnct. Wo aro now tophoavy -with
commanding onicoji Statistics c
othor cltlos show wfahavo too groat
u proportion of suporlor olllccrs. Wo
must rcorganlzo tho personnel of tho
department In a way thai will givo us
tho largest numbor of patrolmen. A
doflnlto systom of checking up tho
work of tho individual policemen
must bo worked out. It should bo a
systom that will compel officers to
putrol their beats and do pollco duty.
"Thcro Is too much shifting of re
sponsibility under tho present ordi
nance Thoro is no ono doflnltoly re
sponsible for checking crime. Wo
aro oporating under n dual Bystom.
Tho second deputy of polico is
charged with looking nftor vlco con
ditions, but ho lins no organization.
Tho station captain In a vlco district
may wink at tho things going on
under his nosa while tho second dep
uty is trying to remedy conditions.
Wo would do well to tnko oxamplo
from Mllwnukco, whoro tho chief of
pollco is absolutely responsible for
all that happens thoro.
"Our dotcctlvo bureau Is a mob
trying to cover Chicago In a hit or
miss fashion. Wo havo no scientific
dotcctives and they unravol mystor
Iob only when somo ono 'squeals or
by accident. Whon policemen do
good work I am in favor of rowardlng
them. Wo should put tho merit sys
tem in tho now ordinance, promoto
tho dosorvlng and discard tho in
efficient. "Tho city dotoctivo bureau Is an or
gnnlznztlon without morale," said Aid.
Stoffen. "During tho month of Janu
ary wo had twonty-slx murders in tho
city, and not ono of tho mysteries has
heon solved. They rely on a stool
pigeon's 'coughing up' Instead of re
lying on scientific Investigation of
crlmo. Whon n murdor occurs thoy
run about town at sixes and sovens,
totally at sea, and rarely accomplish
any good, Tholr rocord shows their
lack of olllcloncy.
"It is not my idea to do away with
tho city dotcctlvo bureau, but to build
it up into an officiant organization, to
mako it another Scotland Yard,
manned by oxports tho finest obtnln
nblo foot print mon, finger print
experts and men skilled in running
"No moro flagrant oxnmplo can bo
found than In tho capturo of tho car
barn bandits. Eight lives woro lost
Just bocauso of tho lack of Intelli
gence of a patrolman, who carried
away a hammor bolonglng to Yn
Dyno. Thoy didn't know whom thoy
woro looking for. Tho hammor was1
marked with tho namo of tho plant
whoro ho worked, and if tho caso had
boon handled In a Scotland Yard
manner ho would havo beon captured
without killing others.
"Thoro is no oxcuso for tho anti
quated mothods of crlmo prevention
that tho city of Chicago has endured
in recent years. Wo must Inject bcI-
Largest Weekly Circulation Among
People of Influence and Standing
52 Per Yoar In Advance.
enco Into tho management of tho do
tcctlvo bureau nud havo only thoso
men thcro who aro capablo to copo
ALDERMEN AT WORK
StcfTcn Committee Subdivided to
Get Better Results.
Every phaso of work of Chicago's
pollco department is to bo looked into
by tho city council committco on
polico. Subcommittees woro appoint
ed to tuko up tho various lines of
These- subcommittees will work in
dopendontly of tho public sessions of
tho committco. Tho subcommittees
Personnel of J?ollco Dopartmontrr
StofTon, chairman; Cormnk, Eaton,
First Deputy's Ofllco Guernsey,
chnlrmnn; Touhy, Krumdlck.
Second Deputy's Olllco Smith,
chnlrmnn; Kunz, Quornsoy.
Trnfllc Squad flovlor, chairman;
Dotoctivo Bureau Maypole, chair
man ; Furmnn, Eaton, Cormak, Kunz,
Tho appointment of tho subcom
mittees will so dlvldo tho work of
tho committco that a comprehensive
survoy of tho ontlro department can
quickly bo mndo.
Too Many of Them to Suit the
If tho City Department of Publlo
Servlco over gots through sharpening
its teeth it should look nftor tho
strcot signs placed at Intersections.
Hundreds of thorn nro misspelled.
Many of them nro misleading.
South Wells street at 51st streot is
still named on tho sign at that cor
ner, S. r.tli nvenuo.
Sedgwick streot is misspelled
Scdgowlck strcot on all signs.
Tookor place, called nftor Dr.
Tooker, tho Chicago Inventor of tho
Koylcss llro alarm box, ia misspelled
And so it goes nil over tho city.
Inspecting smokes la evidently
castor than inspecting somo kinds of
JUDGE STELK'S GREAT
Judge John Stolk Is making a great
record In tho Specdors court.
That tho peoplo of Chicago aro bo
ginning to renllzo that speeding is
not n Joking mnttor and ranks with
tho moro sorlous offonsos is appar
ent from figures taken from tho
clork's ofllco. A comparison of thrco
yoars for tho months of April and
May shows an Interesting decrease
In tho numbor of arrosts for speeding.
Figures as mndo public today aro
Numbor of arrests for speeding:
Month 1017 1918 1019
April 2,811 3,111 1,951
May 3,978 4,502 1,910
Judgo John Stolk of tho Speeders'
court was also Interested to seo that
tho amount of fines Imposed wob not
decreasing. With 3,411 arrests for
speeding In April, 1918, tho flnoa
amounted to $1,814.50. Arrosts for
speeding In April, 1919, numbored
only 1,951, hut tho fines Imposed
amounted to $11,680.50.
Slipping u cash bond of $25 to desk
sergeants by speed maniacs Is to bo
brought to n sudden halt by Judgo
Stolk. This action has In many in
stances kopt tho offenders from ap
pearance In court, thoy proforrlpg to
allow tho doposlt to go by default.
William Luthardt, prlvato secretary
to tho chiof of pollco, was sent for
by the Judge and in opon court re
quested to issuo nu ordor to all desk
sergeants not to accept cash bonds of
loss than $100 horcaftor.
"Too many offenders havo been
guilty of making no court appearance,
preferring to allow tholr cash bonds
of $25 to bo confiscated," .Tudgo Stclk
said to Luthardt. "On Monday I will
havo a certain sergeant before mo be
causo ho disregarded tho advice of
a motorcyclo policeman and accopted
such ii bond from ft speoder who was
making thlrty-olght milos an hour."
FIREWORKS ON THE
J, a. McDonnoll, chief of tho bu
reau of llro prevention and public
safety, in a lottor which ho wroto to
Chief of Pollco anrrlty, calls atten
tion to tho ordlnauco prohibiting tho
storngo and salo of fireworks within
tho city limits, oxcopt in certain types
of buildings, and tholr uso oxcopt by
special pormit. Ho asks tho chief to
co-oporato with tho llro prevention
bureau "In ovory way posslblo" to
onforco tho ordinance,
PUBLIC SERVICE BUNK
The Tooth Extracting and Smoke
Consuming Department in the
City Hall Makes People
Why doesn't tho alleged city de
partment of Public Scrvlco got nftor
the fraudulent weighing" machines,
with which tho city is Infested?
Can you guess why it doesn't?
Thoro aro 102,011 of theso machines
scattered all over tho city on city
It Is snfa to say thnt 100,000 of thorn
nio out of order most' of tho time.
They yield an immonso revenue, as
each patron Is obliged to givo up ono
cent for tho prlvllcgo of finding out
how much ho docs not weigh.
Another fraud on tho (public is tho
counterfeit gum vending cont-ln-tho
slot machine, which in. tho majority of
cases, takes tho cent hut yields no
Why is it that tho City Department
of Public Scrvlco pormlts theso frauds
to exist? '
Is nnyono connect .with -tho City
Department of Public Scrvlco inter
ested in any sanitaryjdlstrict con-
COLONEL ROBERT W. STEWART,
Distinguished Chicago Lawyer.
Colonol Itobort Wright Stownrt, tho
well known Chicago lawyor, who
stands anions the highest nt tho Chi
cago bar, was born In Cedar Haplda,
Iowa. Ho was State's Attornoy of
Hughes county, South Dakota, from
1893 to 1895; was Supremo Court re
porter of South Dakota from 1S95 to
1899 and Stato SoiuUor from 1899 to
1903. In tho Spanish-American war
ho was major of tho 3d U. S. Volun
teer Cavalry tho Hough Riders, nnd
from 1900 to 1907 was Colonel of tho
First Regiment Infantry, South Da
kota National Guard. Ho Is a mom
bor of ii numbor of clubs, among thorn
tho University, Hamilton, South
Shoro, aionvlow Golf and Edgowutor
Marcus Jacobowsky of tho Fort
Dearborn National Bank and formor
assistant county treasuror, is ono of
tho coming mon of Chicago, Ho is
1 public spirited and popular.
HELLO NEW RATES
President Sunny of the Chicago Tele
phone Company Issues a Statement
in Relation to the New Tolls
All Flat Bates Are Abolished but Increase Will
not Be Burdensome to the
President B. E. Sunny of tho Chi
cago Tolephono Company makes tho
Tho operations of tho Chicago Tole
phono property since January 1 show
losses ns follows:
In tho nine mouths thnt It has boon
operated by tho United States gov
ernment, tho deficit has amounted to
$l,9.'i01000, or at tho rate of about
$2,000,000 per annum, Tho explana
tion ia, ns ovorybody knows, that tho
war condition has greatly increased
opornting costs of ovory description,
especially wuges. Tho wages of tho
15,000 employes of tho company havo
been Increased sovoral times during
tho past throo years in an amount ex
ceeding $3,000,000 por annum. Tho
tolephono rates romalned tho samo as
wero fixed by tho city council In 1913.
To meot this heavy loss tho postmas
tor gouoral has announced a now
schedule of rates which will ho put
Into effect as soon as posslblo.
In Chicago all flat rates aro abol
ished and measured rates substituted
thorofor. This chnngo has boon dis
cussed for many years by tho council
committco and should havo been
mndo long ngo. It Is u matter of rec
ord that seven different experts em
ployed by tho city council at various
times to Investigate tho tolephono
servlco nnd rntes slnco 1902, havo
condemned tho flat rate practlco and
recommended tho adoption of meas
About ten per cent of tho tele
phonos In Chicago aro on ti flat rnto
basis and crcnto about 35 per cent
of tho cnlls and produco only 17 por
cent of tho revonuo. Wo cstlmnto that
tho change to measured servlco will
eliminate about 80,000,000 calls n year,
most of which aro of llttlo valuo nud
will greatly rellovo tho operators and
Improve tho service. Tho now sched
ulo abolishes tho following classes of
Single party line, business tele
phones, nt $125 per annum.
J'Dollar a. day", trunk linos, between
Uib 'cTohnngoB -and -prlyutu branch
Neighborhood business telephones,
single party line, $IS; two party line,
$30; four party lino, $21.
Slnglo party lino, residence tele
phones nt $72 per annum.
Two party lino, resldcuco tele
phones, at $50 per annum.
Neighborhood residence telephones,
single pnrty line, $30; two party line.
$21, and four pnrty lino, $1S.
Service will bo furnished to nil
business telephones ns follows:
Slnglo party line and SO messages,
for $ I a month, tho next 20 messages,
5 cents each, tho next 100 messages
I conts each, tho noxt 100 messages 3
conts each, and all messages over 300,
2',i ccntH each.
This rnto la tho samo ns before, ex
cept that excess messages cost from
ouo-half cent to ono cont more.
Private branch exchnugo switch
boards, which heretofore havo boon
furnished free, nro charged for nt a
Residence service on a slnglo party
Hue will cost $3.75 a month for 75
messages. Tho next 50 messngcB will
bo charged for at 1c ench. Tho noxt
50 nt 3p each, and messages beyond
175 nt 2&c each.
Two party resldenco Rorvlco will
cost $2.75 n month for 55 messages,
nnd excess messages 4c each.
Many subscribers who do not uso
(Continued on pago 1.)
THOMPSON IS CLEAN
Mayor Thompson personally has al
ways beon tho soul of honor ns ovory
one who has over had any dealings
with him can testify. Honost nnd out
spoken, ho has never stood for decolt.
Wo can gracefully say this, as wo sup
ported his oppouont In tho Into elec
tion, nud havo no favors to ask. Tho
reason wo do say this nt this tlmo la
bocnuso some small potato politicians
In tho Republican party, of tho door
mat variety, who "copped tho coin"
In tho city election and neglected to
pay tho bills nro trying to shift tho
blame to somo of Thompson's lieu
tonnnta. Tho mayor may havo ono sknto
on bis staff, but tho majority of his
cabinet are, llko himself nbovo sus
picion, CLUBSG0 DRY
Union League the Only One That
Will Store Booze for Mem
bers. Tho Chicago club, In Its notice to
members declares that aftor July 1
It can not assumo responsibility for
liquor stored by mombora. It thoro
foro suggests that thoy removo It
from tho promlsoa. Any mombor who
decides to tako a chnnco on Hooping
ti wot lockor will do so nt his own
Tho Illinois Athlotlo club announces
that It "will not storo liquor for mem
bers." Tlio Mid Day club will "go dry
WHOLE JN t'MJJElt 1517
when tho saloon llcenso It possesses
censes to operate"
Tho Chicago Automobllo club an
nounces It "niUHt comply with tho
Tho Kdgowator Beach Yacht club
will abolish Its "nineteenth holo" bo
causo It says It is "going dry with tho
Tho University club will "closo out
on Juno 30 and no members' liquor
will bo stored In tho club nftor that
The Chicago Athletic association is
still considering tho question nnd tho
hotiso committco will dccldo on
Thursday what tho club will do about
Tho Union I.cnguo club is tho only
ono of tho big downtown clubs which
seems nt all firm in its position on n
"Wo do not bollovo thnt tho search,
nnd solzuro law will operate against
llm ftlubs," pay.. ih jnnnngcr. "Of
course, wo nro not Vnkihg any respon
sibility upon our shoulders. Wo havo
notified all of tho momhors thnt any
liquor thoy may havo in tho club will
bo kept hero nt tholr own risk."
FOR TRACTIIN BILL
Alderman Capitain Writes Leg
islators on the Subj'cct.
Alderman Cnpltalu has written n
personal letter to ench mombor of
tho house committee on publlo utili
ties netting forth tho emcrgoncy.
After stating thnt tho mombora of
tho committco have all tho dntn and
othor Information necessary for thorn
to net Intelligently, tho letter roads:
"Allow mo to call your attention
to tho fact thnt this legislation is
vory essontlnl to tho welfnro of tho
city of Chicago, and I do hopo you
will seo your wny clear to assist In
having theso bills roported out fa
vorably In order thnt thoy may bo
como n law at this session.
"If the city fnlls to get this legis
lation nt thla session, it will delay
tho pormnnont Improvomont of our
local transportation for nt least two
SMOKING ON r TRAINS
By n vote of C to I tho council
health committco decided for nu order
directing Commissioner of Health
Robertson to rosclnd his rulo forbid
ding smoking on olevntcd trains. Tho
action doos not npply to surface cars,
ns tho aldermen conceded that amok
Iuk in tho front vestibules annoys
tho motormen nnd tho woman pass
ongors using that as an oxit. Tho
For smoking Aldormen Jackson,
Bums, Furmnn, Shaffer, Klaus and
Against smoking Aldermen Kunz,
Protzel, Armltago nnd A. O. Andor
son. John W. Kckhart, tho merchant
miller, is not only ti londor In tho
commercial llfo of Chicago, but ho Is
n loader In its political llfo ns well.
Mombora of tho Iroquois Club nro
never tired of telling of how much Mr.
ICckhurt haa dono townrda tho building
up of that orgnnlzntlon nud his work
for tho huccoss of tho Domocrntlo
party In National and local elections
has boon effectlvo nnd great nnd has
contributed much townrda bringing
victory to tho Democratic standnrds.
Joseph F. Unas is making a splon
did record na reenrdor of deeds. Ills
ofllco Is conducted along lines that
givo great satisfaction to tho public.
Largest Weekly Circulation Among
Peoplo of Influence and Standing