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AUG 11 1010
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SnHrtd t 8teond CUl Matter Oelnbar
Offle at Chicago, Illinois, unaer Act
THIRTIETH YEAH, 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 tnxl monopoly In Chicago linn
got to bo curbed.
There- la no limit to tho extortion
practiced upon tho public by somo
chauffeurs for lndopotidcut na well ns
some working for regulnr companies.
Aid. Walter I. Stoffen turned wit
ness before Ills own committee nml
declined tnxlcab chnuffeurs over
charge on GO per cont of their trips.
Ho told the council police commit,
tee, of which ho Is chairman, ho had
received numerous complaints of petty
overcharges by Individual drivers.
Aid. Sheldon W. Oovior lidded to thu
chulrmnn's testimony by u tale or his
"It happened Just this wny," ho
said. "I got Into a taxi nt 2:10 o'clock
and rode for nn hour When I got out
tho chnuffour Insisted on charging nm
for nn hour and tlilrty-flvo minutes
in splto of tho fact I compared
-watches with liim before wo started,
and a comparison at tho time I alight
ed showed his watch had gained
tlilrty-flvo minutes during tho trip.
Ho called up his firm and tried In
every way to make mo pay him for
the oxtra thirty-llvo mlnutus, but I
Tho jcommlttpo ordered nn investi
gation of tho subject of tnxlcab fares,
and tho chairman nnined Aids. Cor
mnk, Dorney. and Touhy to make tho
Stnto's Attorney Iloyuo denied ICd
ward N. Nockols, secretary of tho Chi
cago Federation of l.nbor, had tip
pealed to him In regard to tho alleged
uso of deputy sheriffs' Htars by em
ployes of tho Yellow Tnxlcab com
pnny. "In enso thorn la any niisundor
standing, however," said Mr. Iloyno,
"tho stnto's attornoy condemns ns Im
proper, ir not illegal and criminal,
tho practlco of swonring In ns ponco
ofllcerB employea of any prlvnto cor
poration, or Individuals who owo their
nlleglanco to and recolvo tholr com
ponsatlon from tho latter."
Vote against all of tho bond issues
Chicago tnxpnyors aro to bo bur
dened with still henvlor dobts after
tho next Novombor olectlon.
Tho tlroloss roformors who aro
willing to spend everybody's money
but thoir own hnvo framed up a nlco
kottlo of fish to doso tho public with.
Tho contractors who will bonoflt by
tho inovo and tho negro labor which
will bo imported to do most of tho
work nro tho only pcoplo who aro not
Hero is tho bill of faro planned by
tho schemers and tho amount of coin
thoy hopo to extract from your
Widonlng and strnightonlng
of Western nvomio $2,400,000
Extension of Ogdou nvo
Hccluimlng nnd improving
South Water streot 3,800,000
Widonlng nnd oxtonslon of
Ashland nvonuo 5,800,000
Widening nnu oxtoiiBlon of
noboy streot 0,200,000
Completion of Michigan
boulovnrd link 2,000,000
Tho very suggestion of "widening
nnd strnightoulng" Western avenuo Is
n hugo nnd ghastly Joko.
And tho public Is oxpectcd to "cough
up" two million four hundred thou
Largest Weekly Circulation Among
People of Influence and Standing
11. 18(19, at the Pott
of March 3, 1171.
Office of Publication,
179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
t2 Per Year In Advance.
sand dollars to carry tho Joke out and
make soma men lich.
The extension of Ogdon nvonuo Is
Ogdeu nvonuo commences nowhere
and ends nowhere.
Its extension to Lincoln Park would
moan tho expenditure of nearly six
million dollars In order to glvo n
llontlng population on the southwest
sldo u chance to sleep In Lincoln Park
on Sunday nights.
Talk about graft. Ogden nvonuo ex
tension would produco bales of it.
And tho people would pay tho
"Kcclahnlug nnd Improving South
Water stroot" Is n good ouo.
Tho idea of making tho public at
largo pay $3,800,000 In order to Increase
tho rpnt rollB of South Wntor street
property owners Is rich.
Verily, tho fools nro not nil dead.
Tho grafters nro very much nllvo.
Fifteen millions of dollars aro naked
for tho widening mid extension of
Ilobcy street nnd Ashland uvenuc.
This Is tho most appalling case of
grafting Impude.co on record.
JUDGE SCULLY IS RIGHT
Chicago's Able County Judge
Wants an Institution to Hold
Morons of the Fitzgerald Tyrjc.
JinlRo Thomas P. Scully Is planning
to call n mooting of olllelal exports to
dovlse wuys nnd means of minimizing
tho peril of conditions that make It
posslblo for such men as Thomas It.
Fitzgerald, confessed slayer of Janet
Wilkinson to run at large.
Among those who will bo asked to
attend nro Or. Herman M. Adler, state
criminologist; Charles II. Thorno. di
rector of tho dopartment of public
welfuro; Chlor of Pollco Oarrlty,
Chief Justice llnrry Olson of thu Mu
nicipal Court, Coroner Peter M. Holt'
man and President Peter Itelnberg or
tho county board.
It is hoped by tho cooperation of
thuso nnd othor olllclals that arrange
ments may bo made whereby tho
county will supply temporary rellof
to bo continued by tho stato follow
lug the noxt session of tho legislature.
SON ON AIR SHIP
Speaking about dirigibles, Mayor
"I am going to do everything In
my power to assist In establishing
laws In Chicago that will hear tho
rotation to tho air as tralllc regulations
to tho street.
"If dirigibles containing Inllnininn
bio gases aro permitted to ny over
cities, cortaln aerial lines of travol
should bo designated and licensed
regulations or aircraft bo provided
for thosu using thorn.
"I am opposed to permitting any
nlrshlp which uses Inllamninblo gases
to pass over tho city. Laws regulat
ing ulr tralllc will bo absolutely nec
essary In time, and thoy might ns
well bo experimenting with such laws
now as lator."
WRIGLEY WILL HAVE
' WORLD'S LARGEST
Chicago will havo tho lurgost chow
lug gum factory In tho world. Work
on tho now building of tho William
Wrlgloy, Jr., Company, at Thirty-fifth
street n.nd Ashland nvenuo, has boon
started, and is expected to bo com
pleted in about a year.
Tho now factory will bo double tho
slzo of tho one nt the present site,
nnd will have 1,250,000 square feet
of tloor space. The structuro will bo
eight stories high.
A demand for chewing gum in
Franco and England, created by Amer
ican soldiers, has Increased oxporta-
Tho now building will hnvo a roof
Head of the big
gardon, recreation hall, rostaurnnt,
hospital, wolfnro dopartment, hand
ball courts, library, clubrooms, smok
ing rooms, gymnasium nnd shower
COURT FOR WOMEN
Chairman Waltor P. Steffeu sug
gested to tho council pollco commltteo
that It reconunond tho creation of n
speclnl court exclusively for womon.
Ho Bald tho consolidation or tho threo
women's pollco detention homes Into
a central building, with 11 court nt
tnehed, would savo large amounts or
public funds. Acting Chlof Alcock
nnd Aldermen Stoffen, Katon and
Pnssnioro Investigated tho homes dur
ing tho nftoruoon, Tho commltteo
spoko in favor of the proposal, but
doforred action for further consideration,
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
SATUBDAT, AV(i t'ST
The Civic Federation issued a bulle
tin urging candidates for the consti
tutional convention not to pledge
themselves on proposals likely to
comu up. It asks thorn not to "fore
close their Judgement," and uns "the
only proper pledgo u candidate can
give la that ho will do till In his power
to promote the welfare of the people."
"Having observed," says the bulle
tin, "that In the confusion of n cam
paign cnndldntea for other legislative
positions nt times have been pre
vailed upon to commit themselves In
waya that later proved embnrrasslng,
we tnko the libel ty of calling your
attention to this practice on (lie part
of certain organizations nnd Inter
ests, nnd of warning you against such
"We bollovo the purpose of the con
vention Is to modernize provisions of
tho constitution which have ticcomo
unthiunted, preserving the coherence
of tho Instrument, regardless of tho
amount or revision that mny be
deemed necessary. We do not sup
pose tho people Intended, In voting
for such a revision, Hint tho conven
tion should meet merely to submit
back to the voters any or all changes
which various small groups might demand."
A)1 MWjail'?r HHK
W. O. DUNTLEY.
Duntley - Dnyton Co., who is often mentioned for Governor.
- i. -:
PUT DE VRY BACK
AS HEAD OF Z00,
4,000 ELKS ASK
An organized movement to get Cy
He Vry back us keepei of tho Lincoln
Park zoo was begun. Four thousand
Chicago Elks aro behind It. Thoy
have started petitions addressed to
tho Lincoln Park commissioners, ask
ing that they reconsider tholr action
In discharging Ho Vry trom tho place
ho hnd held for thlrty-ono years.
Tho people generally want to seo
him put hack.
Edwin It. Landon, president cf tho
Standard Fire Escape Company Is
one or tho solid men of Chicago. His
company Is noted for tho reliability
or Its output.
FADS RAISE TAX
People of Chicago Are Overwhelmed With
Burdens Created by Fad-Hunting
Skyhirks of Promoters
Ordinary Taxes Are Going Sky-High and the
"Specials" for Bond Issues Will
Increase Their Load
The wasting of countless million-
of dollars of the public money nt this
time on erhenios like the "Houlevnrd"
link, Ogdeu nvenue extension and
Western nvenue nnd Hobey street fads
Is having n bad public effect.
Thu (imposition to tux the people
of Chicago $:i,SOO,000 for helping
South Water street landlords by
"beautifying" that stroot Is another
Tho whole thing Is a dissatisfying
element that Is hard to undurhtaud
and the bond propositions aro all in
fnvor of an exclusive class.
Those so-called improvements only
Increase the high cost of living and
spur moio people to living beyond
Vole against all of tho bond Ibmios
Honts will go up enormously as a
result of this "plan" to onrlch con
tractors by "beautifying" pet districts.
Property owners do not know where
they aro gottlng off at.
Tax bills next Junuaiy will bo
about one-third higher, than last Jan
uary. Mnrtln O'Urien, head of tho tax
oxtonslon bureau, osllmntod, due to
Increased rntos allowed various tax
lug bodies by tho Legislature
An Idea or tho proportion of tho
Entered as Second Class Mater October 11, 1MB, at
OKIce at Chicago, Illinois, undsr Ast of Manafi 8,
Increase wns given by Mr. O'Urien
"Tnke u North Side home valued
at $tS,non. Last year tho assessed
valuation was $2,000. the tax rate
$11.21 nnd the tax $121.20. This year
Its assessed valuation Is raised to
$.1,000 and tho rate Is lowered to
approximately $5.21". but the tux will
amount to $105."
Tho rates probably will not be de
termined until November. Tho dis
tribution last year was:
Stnte $ .75
Forest preserve Ofi
Sanitary district 10
.Parlwj. .. .. , , r.r.
I.lucolu l'ark bonds Ill
Tho city, through Assistant Cor
poration Counsel l.t-on llorustolu, won
a temporary victory when County
Judge Williams overruled objections
or several railroads to that portion
of the tax levy Intended for the police,
lire and municipal pension fi.ndn. It'
the objections aro sustained by the
stale Supreme Court, to which thoy
will be appealed, the city will lose
Give the Surface Lines All of the
Gross Receipts from Fares.
Raise the Salaries of the Employes
and Give the People Good Street
For years the city or Chicago has
been taking a." per cent or tho gioss
receipts nt tho Chicago Surrnce Linos.
Nothing has oor been done with
this money which now amounts to
over thirty-llvo millions of dollars.
Contractors and politicians want to
build subways with It.
Subways aro no good except for
They never wen- any good and now
or will bo anj good tor public use
Chicago demands and should reecho
bottei street car service.
Tho olllclals of the surface linos
are anxious to gle better servlco but
havo not money enough to glv'o it.
Now that conductors and mutormon
aio asking for more pay.
Thoy nro oiitltb d to It.
Hut tho surface lines cannot grant
tholr request without raising fares
tiom f to 10 cents
This puts the cost on the long suf
Tho best wny out or this dilemma
lb for the city to surrender Its share
of tho gross locolpts to the surface
Then tho salaries of the employes
can bo raised.
Tho servlco can In- Improved.
And tho fare to the public will ro
main as It Is 5 cent, including uni
VOTE FOR THESE
New Laws for Chicago, of Which
Voters Should Approve At
the Polls in November.
Tho confluence committee of the
various civic oigan.i.atlons or Chi
cago hnvlng In charge legislation iu
vorod by tho different bodies has pre
pared n report showing tho lo.-nlts
of Its work nt Sprlngllold and nn ex
planation or two laws that wcie
passed and will be voted on at the
election next November Tho report
Is signed by Cornelius Ljndo, chair
man, nnd Joseph Cummins, sccrotnrv
WIIOLK M MI.I5K 155 1
In speaking of legislative action the
"Or the measures affecting tho Chi
cago city government which were
urged upon tho general assembly or
Illinois nt Its recent session by tho
conrerence committee or civic organ
izations, thiee have beon enacted Into
laws. They aro:
"1. The hill for the nonpartisan
election or aldermen In Chicago. (Sen
ate Hill 2 IS.)
"2. The bill changing tho number
of wards In Chicago rrom thirty-live
to II fly, providing for lltty uhlermcii
instead or seventy, nil being elected
nt the same time so as to reduce the
number or elections. (Ilousu bill
".'1. The bill to reduce the number
ot legal holidays by providing that
no primary day ami no election dn,
except tho regnlntly biennial olectlon
In November, shall bo a legal holi
day. (Semite bill 230.)
"While thcho measures constitute!
only a part or the program or con
Htiurtlve legislation Tor Chicago foi
mulated b tho conrorenco commltteo
tor prencntntlou .to tho general as
sembly, thoy toproHont progressive
stops of Impoitamo. The act to 10
duco tho number of holidays Is ill
road in full en-ct. without further
action by the electorate, and honco
fnrth primary das and election days
except ror one election day In No
vember over two oars wltl not be
holidays. The other two measures
must be approved by the people of
Chicago nu a referendum vote before
becoming operative. Thoy will bo
submitted lo tho people of Chicago
Tor approval or rejection at the elec
tion of Novombor I of this year, when
delegates to tho constitution conven
tion are to bo chosen.
"The nonpartisan hill, ns first intio
duccd and as passed by the somite
applied to (he mayor and nldormeii
ami to the city clerk nnd city tious
tiror so long as they should lemaiii
elective. Tho house, bofoio passing
the bill, limited lis application to al
"The bill to reduce the number 01'
elections, as passed, providca for llfty
wards, one alderman to a ward, the
term of aldermen, beginning with
l!2:i, to be two venrs or four yours,
as tho people mnv decldo on n separ
ate referendum when voting on tin
adoption of Ihe act. Tho recall tea
turn hns been eliminated
"If the net Is adopted this full, ul
dernien to be elected next spring -1920
will be chosen from Ihe existing
wards, to servo for one vear terms.
In l'J21 the elections will o fur n
two year period from the now flfiv
wards. ItCKiunlug with 10211, the at
dermon will be elected 101 either two
or four vear tonus as muy huve hpen
decided by tbe people on a referen
dum vote The net ns pulsed con
tinues the eit clerk and city troa
urer tii- elective oflici.ilK, their tenn
to bo four venr each. Iicglnulus with
A. .lcihiiMiii, m nernl salon
o:' the Cii nn.i.i Cake Cor
is one 01 1 bo most popular
and widens uKc
cauo. lie is ,
ical circles and
(iiii men In Chi
n popular In polit
m.iiiN pi edict a bit.'
public career tor bun
Tho .leAw Company is manufac
turing a temperance drink that bid;
fair to become very popular. 11 1
called "Alphu" and lis stieiiKtuonlnn
and Invigorating qualities nro much
praised. Tho Mevoj company b
alhci producing douleohollzed Mnll
Mai row, which I uuivorx.illy pupulai
Largest Weekly Circulation Among
People of Influence and Standing