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ft UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS UBRAflY
AUG 11 1919
Intone at Saeond Clin Mattar Octohai;
Offie at Chicago, Illinois, unaar Aet
THIRTIETH YBAIl, NO.
Alderman Steffens' Committee Hears
Stories of Overcharging Which Are
Familiar Facts to Many People
The Taxi Occupies Unique Place in Chicago
for It Rules Both the Streets
and the Public
The taxi monopoly In Chicago linB
got to bo curbed.
There- Is no limit to tho oxtortlon
practiced upon tho public by somo
chauffeurs for Independent as woll ns
somo working for regular companlos.
Aid. Walter P. Stoffon turned wit
ness beforo his own commlttco and
declared taxlcab chauffours over
charge on CO por cont of their trips.
Ho told tho council police commit
tee, of which ho Is chairman, ho had
received numerous complaints of potty
overcharges by Individual drivers.
Aid. Sholdon W. Oovlor added to tho
chairman's testimony by n talo of his
"It happened Just this way," ho
said. "I got Into a taxi at 2:10 o'clock
and rodp for an hour When I got out
tho chnufrour lunlstod on charging mu
for an hour and thlrty-flvo minutes,
In splto of tho fact I compared
watches with lilm before wo started,
and a comparison at tho tlmo I alight
ed showed his watch had gained
thlrty-flvo minutes during tho trip.
Ho called up his firm and tried in
every way to mnko mo pay him for
tlio extra thlrty-flvo minutes, but I
Tho ommlttoo ordered nn Investi
gation of tho subject of tnxicab faros,
and tho chairman named Aids. Cor
mak, Dornoy, and Touhy to mako tho
State's Attornoy Hoyno donled Ed
ward N. Nockols, secretary of tho Chi
cago Federation of Labor, had ap
pealed to him In rogard to tho alleged
uao of doputy sheriffs' stars by em
ployes of tho Yellow Taxlcab com
pany. "In caso thoro Is any misunder
standing, howovor," said Mr. Hoyno,
"tho stato's attornoy condemns as Im
proper, If not Illegal and criminal,
tho practlco of swoarlng In ns peace
officers employes of nny private cor
poration, or Individuals who owo their
alleglanco to and recolvo tholr com
pensation from tho latter."
Voto ngalnst all of tho bond Jssuos
Chicago taxpayors nro to ho bur
dened with still heavier dobts after
tho next Novombor election.
Tho tlroloss roformors who nro
willing to spond everybody's monoy
but tholr own have framed up n nice
kottlo of IIbU to doso tho public with.
Tho contractors who will bouoflt by
tho movo and tho nogro labor which
will bo Imported to do most of tho
work arc tho only peoplo who aro not
Horo Is tho bill of faro planned by
tho schemors mid tho amount of coin
thoy hopo to extract from your
Wldonlng and straightening
of Western avenue $2,100,000
Extension of Ogdou nvo-
lloclalmlng and Improving
South Water Htrcot 3,800,000
Wldonlng nnil oxtonalou of
Ashland nvonuo D,800,000
Wldonlng nnti oxloiiBlon of
Hoboy Btroot 9,200,000
Completion of Michigan
boulovard link 2,000,000
Tho yory suggestion of "widening
and straightening" Western nvonuo Is
a hugo nnd ghiiHtly Joko.
And tho public Is oxpoclod to "cough
up" two million four hundred thou
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$2 Per Year In Advance.
sand dollars to carry tho Joko out and
mnko somo men rich.
Tho extension of Ogdou avenue Is
Ogdcu nvonuo commonccs nowhoro
and ends nowhoro.
Its extension to Lincoln Park would
mean tho oxpoudlturo of nearly nix
million dollars In order to glvo a
floating population on tho southwest
sldo a clianco to sleep In Lincoln Park
on Sunday nights.
Talk about graft. Ogdcn nvonuo ex
tension would produco bales of It.
And tho peoplo would pay tho
"Reclaiming and Improving South
Water Btroot" is a good ono.
The idea of making tho public nt
largo pay $3,800,000 In order to Incroaso
tho rent rolls of South Water .street
property owners Is Flch. '
Verily, tho fools aro not all dead.
Tho grafters nro vory much ullvo.
Flftc6n millions of dollars aro nsked
for tho widening nnd extension of
Itobcy strcot and Ashland avenue.
This is tho moRt appalling caso of
grafting Impudei'.co on record.
JUDGE SCULLY IS RIGHT
Chicago's Able County Judge
Wants an Institution to Hold
Morons of the Fitzgerald Tyf)e.
Judgo Thomas F. Scully 1b planning
to call a mooting of olllclal exports to
dovlso ways and moans of minimizing
tho peril of conditions that make it
poBsiblo for such men ns Thomas H.
Fitzgerald, confessed slayer of Janet
Wilkinson to run at largo.
Among thoso who will bo asked to
attend aro Dr. Hormnn M. Adler, state
criminologist; Charles II. Thorno, di
rector of tho dopartmont of public
wolfnro; Chief of Pollco Garrlty,
Chief Justlco Harry Olson of tho Mu
nicipal Court, Coronor Petor M. Hoff
man nnd President Peter Relnborg of
tho county board.
It Is hoped by tho cooperation of
theso and other ofllclals that arrange
ments may bo mndo whereby tho
county will supply temporary relief
to bo continued by tho state follow
ing tho noxt session of tho legislature.
SON ON AIR SHIP
Spooking about dirigibles, Mayor
"I am going to do everything In
my power to assist In establishing
laws In Chicago that will bear tho
rolatlon to tho air ns tralllo regulations
to tho street.
"If dirigibles containing Inllnmma
bio gasos aro permitted to fly over
cities, cortaln aorial linos of trnvol
should bo doslguatcd and licensed
regulations of nlrcratt bo provided
for thoso using them.
"I am opposed to permitting any
airship which uses inllnmmnblo gasoa
to pass over tho city. Laws regulat
ing air traffic will bo absolutely nec
essary In tlmo, nnd thoy might as
woll ho experimenting with such laws
now ns later."
WRIGLEY WILL HAVE
' WORLD'S LARGEST
Chicago will havo tho largest chaw
ing gum factory In tho world. Work
on tho now building of tho William
Wrigloy, Jr., Company, at Thirty-fifth
street and Ashland nvonuo, has boon
started, and is oxpectod to bo com
pleted In about a year.
The now factory will bo double tho
slzo of tho ono nt the present site,
and will have 1,250,000 square fcot
of floor space. Tho structure will bo
eight stories high.
A demand for chewing gum in
France and England, created by Amer
ican soldiers, has increased exporta
tion. Tho now building will have a roof
Head of tho big
gnrdon, recreation hall, restaurant,
hospital, welfuro department, hand
ball courts, library, clubrooms, smok
ing rooms, gymnasium and shower
COURT FOR WOMEN
Chairman Walter P. Steffon sug
gested to tho council pollco commttteo
that It ronommond tho creation of a
special court exclusively for women.
Ho said tho consolidation of tho throo
women's pollco detention homes Into
a control building, with a court at
tached, would Bavo largo amounts of
publlo funds. Acting Chief Alcock
and Aldormen Stoffen, Katon nnd
Passmoro Investigated tho homos dur
ing tho afternoon. Tho commltteo
spoko in favor of tho proposal, but
doforred action for further consideration.
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THING8, NEUTRAL
Tho Civic Fcdoratlou Issued a bulle
tin urging candidates for the consti
tutional convention not to pledge
themselves on proposals likely to
comu up. It OBks thorn not to "fore
close tholr Judgement," and toys "the
only proper pledgo u candidate can
give Is that ho will do all In his power
to promote the welfare of the people."
"Having observed," says the bulle
tin, "that In tho confusion of n cam
paign candidates for other legislative
positions nt times have been pre
vailed upon to commit themselves In
ways that later proved embarrassing,
wo take the liberty of colling your
attention to this practice on tho part
of certain organizations and Inter
ests, nnd of warning you ngalnst such
"Wo bollevo the purpos'o of the con
vention Is to modernize provisions of
the constitution which have become
nnthiuated, preserving the coherence
of the Instrument, regardless of tho
nmount of revision tliat may bo
deemed necessary. Wo do not sup
pose tho peoplo Intended, In voting
for such a revision, thai tho conven
tion should meet meroly to submit
back to the voters nny or all changes
which various small groups might de
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Duntley - Dayton Co., who Is often mentioned for Governor.
PUT DE VRY BACK
AS HEAD OF ZOO,
4,000 ELKS ASK
An organized movement to got Cy
Do Vry hack as keeper of tho Lincoln
Park zoo wns begun. Four thousand
Chicago Elks aro behind It. Thoy
havo started petitions addrosscd to
tho Lincoln Park commissioners, ask
ing that thoy reconsider tholr action
in discharging Do Vry from tho placo
ho had held for thlrty-ono years.
Tho peoplo genorolly want to seo
him put back.
Edwin It. London, president of tho
Standard FIro Escape Company Is
ono of tho solid men of Chicago. His
company Is noted for tho reliability
of Its output,
FADS RAISE TAX
People of Chicago Are Overwhelmed With
Burdens Created by Fad-Hunting
Skylarks of Promoters
Ordinary Taxes Are Going Sky-High and the
"Specials" for Bond Issues Will
Increase Their Load
Tho wasting of countless millions
of dollars of the public money nt this
tlmo on Hellenics like tho "Houlcvnrd"
link, Ogdcn nvonuo extension nnd
Western avenue nnd Floboy street fads
Is hnvlng n bad public effect.
Tho proposition to tax the people
of Chicago $3,800,000 for helping
South Water street landlords by
"beautifying" that Btieot Is another
Tho wholo thing Is a dissatisfying
olement that is hard to understand
and tho bond propositions nro all In
favor of an oxeluslvo class,
Thoso so-callod Improvements only
Incroaso tho high cost of living nnd
spur moro peoplo to living beyond
Voto against nil of tho bond lssuos
Itents will go up enormously ns a
result of this "plan" to enrich con
tractors by "beautifying" pot districts,
Property ownors do not know whoro
thoy nro gottlng off nt.
Tnx bills noxt January will ho
about nno-thlrd hlghor, than Inst Jan
uary. Martin O'llrlen, bond of tho tax
extension bureau, cstimntod, duo to
Increased rates allowed various tax
ing bodies by tho legislature.
An Idea of tho proportion of tho
Entered ai Seeand data Mfctter October 11, IMt, at
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Aet ef Mara t.
Incroaso was given by Mr. O'llrlen
"Tako a North Side home valued
at $0,000. Last year the nssesBed
valuation was $2,000, the tax rate
$0.21 and tho tax $121.20. This year
Its assessed valuation Is raised to
$3,000 and tho rate Is lowered to
approximately $5.25, but tho tux will
amount to $105."
Tho rates probably will not ho de
termined until November. Tho dis
tribution last year was:
State $ .75
Forest preserve 00
Sanitary district 40
Lincoln Park bondiTTTTT. . . ... ' .10
Tho city, through Assistant Cor
poration Counsel I .con Hornstelu, won
n temporary victory when County
Judge Wllllnnis overruled objections
of Hovcrnl railroads to that portion
of tho tnx lovy Intended for tho pollco,
fire and municipal pension funds. If
tho objections aro sustained by tho
state Supremo Court, to which thoy
will bo appealed, the city will loso
Give the Surface Lines All of the
Gross Receipts from Fares.
Raise the Salaries of the Employes
and Qlve the People Good Street
For years tho city of Chlcngo has
been taking 55 per cent of tho gioss
receipts of tho Chicago Surface Linos.
Nothing has over been dono with
this nionoy which now amounts to
over thlrty-fho millions of dollars.
Contractors and politicians want to
build subways with it.
Subwuys aro no good except for
Thoy never wero nny good nnd Dov
er will bo nny good for public use.
Chlcngo demands nnd should rccelvo
better street cur sorvlco.
Tho olllclnls of tho surfaco linos
nio anxious to glvo bettor sorvlco but
have not money enough to glVo It.
Now that conductors and motormon
are asking for moro pay.
Thoy aro entitled to It.
Hut the surface llnus cannot grant
their request without raising fares
tiom 5 to 10 cents.
This puts tho cost on tho long suf
Tho best way out of this dllomma
Is for tho city to surrender its share
of tho gross recolpts to tho surfaco
Thou tho salaries of tho omployos
can bo raised.
Tho servleo can bo improved.
And tho faro to tho publlo will ro
main ns It Is 5 cents, Including uni
VOTE FOR THESE
New Laws for Chicago, of Which
Voters Should Approve At
the Polls in November.
Tho conforonco commltteo of tho
various clvlo organizations of Chi
cago having In chnrgo legislation fa
vored by tho dlffoiont bodies has pro
parod a roport showing tho rosults
of Its work nt Sprlngflold nnd an ex
planation of two laws that wero
passed and will bo voted on at tho
election noxt Novombor. Tho roport
Is signed by Cornollus Lyndo, chair
man, and Josoph Cummins, secretary,
AVIIOLE M.MBJ51? 1551
In spenklng of legislative action tho
"Of tho measures affecting tho Chi
cago city government which wero
urged upon tho general assembly of
Illinois nt Its recent session by tho
ronforenco commlttco of civic organ
izations, three havo boon enacted Into
laws. They aro:
"1. Tho bill for the nonpartisan
election of aldermen In Chicago. (Son
ate IHIl 218.)
"2. Tho bill changing tho number
of wards in Chicago from thirty-llvo
to fifty, providing for fifty nldcrmcn
Instead of Boventy, nil being elocted
nt tho snmo tlmo so ns to reduce tho
number of elections. (Houso bill
"3. Tho bill to reduce tho numbor
of jegnl liqllduys by providing that
no primary day and no election day,
oxcopt tho regularly blennlnl election
In Novombor, shall ho a legal holi
day. (Senate bill 230.)
"While these measures constltuto
only n part of tho program of con
stiuctlvu legislation for Chlcngo for
mulated by tho conference commltteo
for presentation .to tho general as
sembly, thoy represent progressive
stops of Importance. Tho not to ro
duen tho number of holidays Is al
ready In full effect, without further
action by the electorate, nnd honco
forth primary days nnd election dny
except for ono election day In No
vombor ovory two years will not be
holidays. Tho other two measures
mus't bo approved by tho peoplo of
Chlcngo on a referendum voto beforo
becoming oporntlve. Thoy will bo
submitted to tho people of Chlcngo
for approval or rojeetlon nt tho elec
tion of Novombor i of this year, when
delegates to tho constitution conven
tion nro to bo chosen.
"Tho nonpartisan bill, ns first ditto
duccd and ns passed by the senate,
applied to tho mayor and nldermou
nnd to tho city dork and city trous
uror so long as they should remain
electlvo. Tho houso, beforo passing
tho hill, limited Us application to al
"The bill to reduce tho numbor of
elections, ns passed, provides for fifty
wards, ono aldermnu to u ward, tho
term of nldermou, beginning with
1023, to bo two years or four years,
iih tho peoplo may dceldo on a sopnr
nto referendum when voting on tho
udoptlon of tho net. Tho rcenll fea
turo hns boon ollmlnnted.
"If tho act Is adopted this fall, al
dermen to ho olocted noxt spring
1020 will bo chosen from tho existing
wards, to servo for ono year tonus.
In 1021 the oleetlons will bo for n
two year period from tho now fifty
wards. Itoglimlng with 1023. tho nl
dernion will bo elected for olthor two
or four your terms, ns may havo been
decided by tho people on n referen
dum vole. Tho net ns passed con
tinues the city clork nnd city lions
uror ns oloctlvo officials, tholr terms
to bo four yearn each, beginning with
Frank A. Johnson, general bnlos
mnnngor of the firennau Cako Cor
poration, Is ono of the most popular
and wideawake young mon In Chl
cngo. IIo lb very popular In polit
ical circles and man) predict a big
public enroor for hliu.
Tho McAvoy Company Is manufac
turing u tempornnco drink that bids
fulr to become very popular. It is
cnlled 'Alpha" nnd Its strengthening
nnd Invigorating qualities nro much
praised. Tho McAvoy company Is
also producing doaleohollzod Malt
Marrow, which Is universally popular
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