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Inlifri Steond Class Mttr October 11. 1889. at ths Pott
OfflM at Chleoo, Illinois, unoer Act of March 3. 1171.
Office of Publication.
179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
Entered as Second Class Matter October 11, 1M0, at Mas)
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under AM f Mars 8 ion.
THIRTY -FIJI ST YJSA1?,
SOAK THEM GOOD
Chicago Theaters Should Be Made to Pay
Much Higher City Licenses and
Also More Taxes
They Bleed the Public in a Shameless Manner
and the City Council Should
Tho big theaters or Chicago, with
their exorbitant atul extraordinary
prices for scats, nro howling for u
license feu of only $500 u year for
Somo of tho nltlcrnipn who got frco
tickets are Hiild to favor granting the
(leinaml of the coin grubbers.
Hut the people lit large think that
a license fee of $10,000 a year woulil
be a very reasonable one for tho thea
ters to pay.
Ono theater ban cleared over $1S,000
a wools for tho punt forty weeks.
Somo others litivo done oven better.
So that $10,000 n year In a very
small amount for them to glvo to the
city which supports their name.
Other UncH of luminous nro soro be
cause tho theaters escapo with light
llconses and get nway with most of
UrprHcntuthoh of tho luuiutlen,
film exchanges, Junk yards, baseball
parks, I co cream parlors, express men,
Koap manufacturers, lumber yurds,
and theater tlckot agencies aro ex
pected to appear and protest against
many of tho proposed Increases.
ALDERMEN PUT HIGH
PRICE LOOP THEATERS
IN SAME CLASS WITH
LOW PRICE MOVIES
The city council should explain Its
action in putting tho movie theaters in
tho samo class with tho loop "speak
Tho movies chargo from 5 cents to
Tho loop "Speakors" chargo from
$3.50 to $12.00, according to iinpulso.
Tho movioa nro a necessity and fur
nish ploasuro and instruction for fam
ilies. Tho loop theaters aro ti luxury, and
ndd to the high cost of living.
l'ass fed aldermen do not look at
tho ninttor in this light.
Movies havo no influence witli tho
So thoy havo to suffer whllo tho big
price housos escape
Tho new llconso fee schedule for
theaters, Including tho movies, is
graded both on Beating capacity and
admission chargo, as follows:
MunI- Mnxl- Maxi
mum mum mum
pi k-o of mlcoof prlcuof Mnxl-iuIiiiIh-
ailmlH- mlmlH- mum
Maximum wlon hIom slon prlco of
seating not over not over not admission
capacity. "."ids. )!) cts. over $1, over ?l
:iro $:oo y::,n $300 $1,000
7,n c.'o :iro -too 1,000
i.oon :too tso r,oo 1,200
1,000 ar.o roo 7r.o 1,250
1,7-0 too B50 mjo 1,300
2,100 r,oo ti'O !00 1,350
2,300 COO 750 050 1,100
2,500 700 00 S50 1,150
2,500 S00 S50 1,200 1,500
Aid. Cullerton tried hard to post
pone action on tho thoatcr llconso
schedule but wns dofeated by votes
of 32 to 10 and 31 to 14.
NEW LICENSE ON BALL
PARKS, ICE CREAM
Tho City Council on Monday mndo
tho llconso foo for parks witli
moro than 20,000 Boats $3,000 a year,
for thoso with botweon 1G.00O and 20,
000 scats, $1,500, and for thoso with
botweon 10,000 and 15,000 seats $1,000.
Tho Sox baseball park and Stagg
Largest WecLly Circulation Among
People ef Influence and Standing
92 Per Year In Advance.
Hold at tho University of Chicago will
bo tho only two fields which will pay
tho $3,000 annually. Aid. Steffen tried
to save the latter by an amendment
which would except temporary seats
in the city collector's calculations, but
tho amendment failed. Tho Cub park,
under tho plan, will pay $1,500. Tho
fee for the two big leaguo ball parks
was formerly $1,000 and for Stugg
Other license fees boosted at .Mon
day's council meeting In tho council's
drlvo for moro revenue wore:
Ice Cream Parlors Less than ten
seats, $15; 10 to 20 scats, $30; moro
than 20 seats, $30, with an additional
chargo of $1,50 for each extra scat,
with $300 as n maximum feo.
Livery Stables Increased from
$25 to $100 u year.
Shooting Galleries Increased from
IT, to $50 a ;,c.ir.
Sales Stables Increased from $25
Lumber Yards Increased from $100
to $150, with a chargo of $1 for each
Stock Tickers From $1 to $5 n
"BOYS" THEN EVER
Young toughs under 21 aro Increas
ing under tho new "roform" which
keeps them out of the hands of tho
An increase in tho number of "chil
dren" appearing beforo tho Juvenile
court In tho year ending Oct. 31 Is
shown by tho report of August W.
Miller, clerk of tho court. Thoro wore
17, 1ST children before the court in
comparison with 1I,I71 In 1018.
Eight hundred and flfty-ono delin
quent boys woro committed to Institu
tions in comparison with IS 3 in 101S.
Delinquent girls committed numbered
303, oloven moro than tho preceding
year. Dependent boys committed
nuiphorcd 501, dependent girls 300,
and 500 truants woro sent to tho Chi
cago Parontnl bchool. Pensions
grnnted under tho mothers' pension
act totaled 1,117, as against 500 during
tho preceding year.
Suits filed In tho Circuit court during
tho lineal year ending Oct. 31, last, to
talled 10,710, nn Increase of 150 over
tho procedlng year, according to tho
roport of Mr. Miller as clerk of tho
court. Tho number of cases disposed
of ronched 12,501 and thoro wero 7,880
pending suits In comparison with
0,320 tho year beforo.
In tho naturalization dopartmout,
10,328 declarations of intention woro
received, 1,813 petitions for final pa
pors wero filed, and 3,020 aliens wero
admitted to citizenship, Tho receipts
of tho clork's olllco woro $112,541, ox
cocdlng tho expenses by $21,290,
Contests, Conferences and Con
fabs Will Help Confuse the
Context of the Constitution.
Chicago delegates-elect to tho con
stitutional convention havo tondorod
a compromise proposal that may,
ovoutually, produce an organization of
tho convention without tho threatened
deadlock, and that scorns likely to up
poaso tho downstnto demand for a Re
Tho proposition Is that thoro shall
bo no Ropubllcan caucus, as is about
to bo formally domnnded by fifty-four
of tho olghty-flvo elected Republicans,
and that tho presldont and othor of
ficers bo oloctod on tho floor of tho
convention with tho requirement, by
rule, that sixty-eight votes or two
thirds of tho convention's member
ship bo requisite to elect.
This will be taken up at a confer
ence of all delegates, Republicans and
Democrats,' ot Springfield on tho after
noon of Jan. 5, tho day beforo tho
Delegates-elect who aro Insistent
that thoro shall bo a Ropubllcau cau
cus havo not abandoned tho caucus
Idea, howovor. Tho statement cumo
from tho Insldo of tho pro-caucus
forces that thoy havo fifty-four mon
signed up to an agrocmont to go to
a caucus, and that this caucus will bo
held In Springfield on tho night of
Tho contest for tho presidency will
get to a head during tho coming wool;.
Tho Idea bohlnd tho compromlso, It Is
suggested, Is that tho requirement for
ti two-thirds vote to oloct ollmlnatos
tho possibility of tho "Cook county
Democrat lo" combination that has
beou much discussed in tho sovoral
conforeuces that havo been hold by
John II. Mack, tho chief deputy
county clork, is a crodlt to County
Clork Swoltzor and an efficient ofilcor
ot whom tho pooplo nro proud.
SATURDAY, .JANUARY.', 10120.
Mayor Thompson's New Year's
Greeting to His Friends and
Mayor Thompson's greeting to his
friends U "A New Year Resolution
IIO'jST!" Executed in colors and
signed by him In person, the mayor Is
sending the following to his friends:
"A New Year Resolution"
"lloost your city, boost your friend,
Roost the lodge that you attend,
lloost tho street on which you're
lloost the goods that you aro selling,
lloost the people round about you
Thoy can get along without you
Hut success will quicker find them
If thoy know that you're behind them.
"lloost for every forward movement,
lloost for every new Improvement,
lloost the man for whom you labor,
Hoost tho stranger and the neighbor;
Cease to he a chronic knocker.
Cease to bo a progress blocker.
If you'd inoko your city better,
lloost It to tho final letter.
"WM. HAMS THOMPSON.
In the lower left hand comer is the
Chicago Rooster seal "Throw away
your hammer and get a horn."
A. R. MARRIOTT.
Vice-President of the Chicano Title & Trust Company,
Who Is Always Working for t he Advancement
JOHN F. DEVINE'S
Tho gross earnings of tho Probato
court In tho year ending Oct. 31 woro
$321,475, according to tho roport ot
John r. Dovlno, clork of tho court,
Collections totaled $150,330, exceeding
expenses by $10,075. Thoro woro
0,111 cstatos dockctod nml 5,053
estates settled, Tho roport shows
that tho work of tho court increased
25 per cent ovor tho procedlng year.
John T. priscoll has dono much to
wards tho upbuilding of Chicago and
especially ot the groat West SIdo.
An oxtenslvo proporty owner hlnisolf,
ho has always boon foremost In ovory
movomont tending to further tho In
tcrosta ot tho city or ot his follow citi
zens. No man is moro rospcotod and
no man asks for Iobs.
CTAIIlW DV UnnCD
5 1 ANPj BY KUIieK
Legislative Voters League Approves
Sullivan's Plan for Non-Partisan
Elections for General Assembly
Abolition of tho Present Minority
Representation Will Follow
Adoption of Course
The Legislative Yoters' League, In
a statement Issued by its president,
Clifford W. Humes, welcomes Roger
C. Sullivan's statement that ho fav
ors the non-partisan election of legis
lators. Mere Is what Mr. Humes says:
"I am glad to nee that Roger C.
Sullivan Is quoted hi Tho Tribune to-
day as commenting favorably upon
tho recommendation mado by tho Leg
islative Voters' Leaguo to tho consti
tutional convention that tho prosout
so called minority representation
method of electing members to tho
Illinois houso of representatives bo
abolished. I am even moro glud to
sou that ho goes hoyond our recom
mendation, ns It wns our hopo in put
ting out our statement that It would
stir up discussion by party loadors
and othors of various proposals for
making tho loglslaturo moro truly rep
resentative of tho people.
"I am heartily In favor of Mr. Sulli
van's suggestion that in abolishing tho
cumulatlvo voting systom tho elec
tion of mombors of tho loglslaturo bo
plarod on a. strictly non-partisan
"In my Junument tho makoup of
tho gcnoral assembly could bo mate
rially Improved it stnto representa
tives and sonators woro chosou by tho
method embodied in the nlderinnuli-uon-partlsan
election law which was
enacted at the hist session If the
method set forth In that law Is a good
one to use In electing members of tho
Chicago city council, as the legisla
ture evidently thought when It passed
the law, I fall to see why the plan
cannot he applied equally well to the
election of legislators.
"Now that t'nlted Stales senators
aro elected by direct vote of the peo
ple, the general assembly has been
deprived of its last Important party
function anil there aro no longer real
legislative Issues between tho politi
"Therefore. It no longer makes very
much difference whether a district Is
represented at Springfield by Repub
licans or by Democrats. Tho main
thing In which the public la Inter
ested Is to obtain lit representatives,
without regard to party.
"As the Legislative Yoters' League
has taught this doctrine for years. It
would be delighted to see legislators
chosen by a strictly non-partisan
method. In accordant e with Mr Sulli
van's timely suggestion"
COURT IN 1919
The filing of suits by Attorney (Jen
oral ICdwaid .1. Hrundage to clear the
books of the state of defunct corpora
tions added considerably to the busi
ness of the Superior court during the
year ending Oct. 31. The total number
of suits Died, according to the report
of John KJellander, clerk of the court,
was 15.720, including ti.07.". against
defunct corporations, as against a to
tal of tl.iiS;! the preceding year. Dec
larations of Intentions to become
eltieus totaled 22.SSS. Thoro wero
C.OSS petitions for final papers and
5,111 aliens were admitted to citizen
ship. The receipts of tho olllco wero
$121. HO. compared with $02,059 tho
preceding year, leaving $11,201 to be
turned over to Cook county after tho
payment of expenses.
Tho report ot Robert M Sweiter ot
tho business In tho County court dur
ing tho year ending Oct. 31 shows
earnings of $73,070 and actual collec
tions of $30,055. Salarlos totaled $33,
227. Tho largest numbor of (uses
handled In tho court wore thoe of
Insane persons, numbering 3.2ii5. Next
in lino were 8(!3 special assessment
cases, 7G9 Inheritance tax. cases, t"3
adoption cases, 507 common law
canes, and 200 support ensos In tho
last named cases $70,022 we--, col
luded and disbursed.
And Give Overworked Post Of
fice Employes Better Wages.
When "outside" letter postage was ,1
conts 11 letter a surplus rovenuo ot
$15-1,000,000 wns raised in ono year.
It was dropped to 2 cents to ploaso
tho fancy ot somo bureaucrat.
Put It back to 3 conts and glvo let
ter carrlors and othor omployes liv
ing wages. Thoy deservo bolter pay.
Chicago has gone mad with roform.
Dut as ovory reform moans graft
and ovory graft Is attached to a pub
lic pay roll tho pooplo is getting sick
and tired ot tho stuff.
Especially tho taxpaying public.
WJIOUi! NVIUJiEK 1570
The Domestic Ilolntlons gang.
Tho Morals Department.
Tho Social Sorvlco hoys.
And all tho rest of them desorvo n
showing tip that will rotlro them to
prlvnto life and detach thorn from
the tax eating propositions that many
believe them to bo.
A ROTTEN LOCATION
Public Wonders Why the New
Chicago Post Office Should Be
Located on Canal Street.
The public generally Is wondering
why the "planners" have located tho
now Chicago post olllco on Canal
street 'nly accessible by tho Penn
sylvania and Northwestern railroads
and wholly Inaccessible .to Chicago
people. Without reference to neigh
hoi hood real estate owners It is hard
to see who Is pleased with this "plan."
Tho great West Side orfers many
A general pot oflne at Ashland,
Western or Kcdle avenues would bo
unsellable and sensible.
1 til t at Canal street - ildlculuiis.
.ludlcl.m Name, ilialnnau; Muol
lor. Cuir, llealv. Littler.
Klnaiu-e- Law ley. chairman; Nunco.
Ilraly, Mueller, Paullln.
Engineering Heal), chairman;
.Mueller, Law ley, Clark.
t Electilcnl Development Nance.
chalnnaii: Luwley. (huk. llealy, Lit
tier. Federal Relations Sergei, chair
man; Nance. Lawley, Paullln, Carr.
North Shore Channol Littler,
chairman: Clark, Carr, P.tulllu, Law
ley. Real Estate Development Carr,
chairman; Lawley. llealy, Clark, Muol
lor. Rules Nance, chairman; Mueller,
Carr, Healy, Littler.
State and Municipal Rotations Ser
gei, chairman, lawley, Nance, Clark,
Labor Clark, chairman; Muollor,
Paullln, Carr, Littler.
Health and Public Order Paulllri,
chairman; Nanco. Carr, Clark. Littler.
Illinois Valley Nanco, chairman;
Mueller, Corr, llealy, Littler.
Employment Mueller, chairman;
llealy, Lawley, Nance. Sergd.
G. 0. P. TO OPEN
HERE ON JAN.
Tho Republican psrty starts tho
presidential campaign of 1020 nt Chi
cago Jan. 5, 1; and 7. National Chair
man Will II. Hays expects to push tho
button that sets Into motion tho ma
chinery authorized by tho national
commlttco at Washington last wook.
Tho intimate plans rovolvo around tho
contral Idea that tho Republican ef
fort to elect a president starts in Jan
uary rather than in next Soptombor,
following tho nominations nt tho Chi
Michael J. Puberty's friends aro
legion In tholr doslro to seo him rep
resent tho Ninth District in tho Re
publican National Convention.
Largest Weekly Gradation Among
People of Influence and Standhg