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JAIJ lb 1920
8eond Class Mttr Oetnbsr 11. 1M9. at tha Post Ofllea af Publication.
INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
Entered at Sectnd Clan Mdtter October 11, 1M, a
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Aet ef Mara 4
Offle at Chicago, Illinois, unasr Act of March S, 1l7t. 179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
Aldermen Put High Licenses on All
Lines of Industry, Except Grafting
Loop Theaters With Unlimited Drag
Houses Which Clear $18,000 Weekly Placed on the
Same Basis With Low Priced
With downtown thoators that aro
making profits of $18,000 a weak out
of tho public only paying tho same
llccnso food as movio houses that
chargo modcrato prices, tho city coun
cil has started out to mako up tho
deficit from other lines of business.
Now llccnso ordinances pnst and
pending will bring $500,000 Into tho
city treasury next year, but that is
onlya drop in tho bucket compared to
tho loss of $7,000,000 in saloon llccnso
"Wo can ralso $3,000,000 in llccnso
fees and inspection charges it tha
council passes tho necessary ordi
nances," said ono of tho aldermen.
As a beginning tho nldcrmen direct
ed tho judiciary committees to prcparo
ordinances "defining, regulating, and
licensing" tho followlnr .
Automobllo agencies. ' '
Taint and vnrnlsh manufacturers.
Tea and coffco doalorB.
Shoo manufacturers, and wholosalo
Physicians, dontlsts and chirop
odists. Keflnors of gold, sllvor and plati
num. Railroad" and steamship ticket agen
Qluo and pnsto manufacturers.
Flour manufacturers and dealers.
Wator coolor services.
Towol supply companies.
Sporting goods manufacturers.
Oil and glycorlno manufacturers.
Wholosalo poultry and fish dcalors.
Carpot and rug cloanors.
Manufacturers of tar products.
Storogo hattory manufacturers.
Wholosalo fruit and vogotablo deal
ers. Feed stores.
Hotail and wholosalo confectioners,
Wliolesalo tobacco dealers.
Teaming and motor trucking.
Mnnufacturors of huttorlno and oloo
margarine Wholosalo meat doalors.
Corporation Counsol Ettolson was
askod for an opinion on tho legality of
Ordinances woro passod enlarging
tho definition of second hand dealers
to tako In many now businesses and re
quiring real estato brokors to tako out
llconsos for each of tholr placos of
business if thoy havo moro than ono.
Other licenses woro increased as fol
lows: Soap manufacturers, from ?1C0 to
Largest Weekly Circulation Among
Petple ef Influmce and Standing
V2. Per Year In Advance.
from $300 to $1,000, dopondlng on tho
slzo of tho plant.
Tanneries from $50 to from $100 to
$300, depending on tbo number of em
ployes. Dotectlvo agonclcs, unlicensed bo
foro, now fco $250. Individual detec
tives, unlicensed bofore, now feo $50.
On motion of Aid. Armltago tho
council directed tho commissioner of
public sorvlco to petition tho public
utilities commission that "L," fares bo
reduced to G cents on tho ground that
tho 8-cont "L" faro is diverting traf
fic to tho surfaco lines and causing
Mayor Thompson appointed Aid.
Madderom, Scott, Hogan, Dowlor, Mo
ran, Crowo, Kostnor, Durns, Dornoy,
Mulqahy and McDonough as a com
mittee to seek tho Democratic na
tional convention for Chicago.
Support of tho present administra
tion of tho Chicago surfaco linos at
tho annual election in February whon
tho fato of President Leonard A. Dusby
will bo decided was sought in n cir
cular sont out to tho holders of tho
preferred and common participation
shares of tho Chicago city and con
necting railways collatorol trust. Tho
circular is an appeal for thorn to turn
their proxies over to a commlttoo com
posed of James II. Forgan, John J.
Mitchell, and Harrison B. ftlloy. It Is
signed by tho thrco mon named and
by nusby, Samuol M. Folton, Samuol
Instill, John A. Spoor, D. E. Sunny, and
Frank C. Wotmoro, all of whom aro
considered frlondly to nusby and op
posed to tha effort bolng mado by tho
Iilulr Intorests to romovo him.
Tho circular itself dofonds tho Dub
TO ZONE CHICAGO
Elovon city ofllclals, including
Charlos II. Wackor, chairman of tho
Chicago Plan Commission, and eight
laymen will zona Chicago Into residen
tial and Industrial districts, it tho city
council approves tho recommendation
of tho buildings and city hall commit
tee. Tha commltteo attempted to com
promlso with tho real estato boards
and kindred organizations who askod
that tho majority af tha commission
If recommendations aro followed
Michael J. Fahorty, president of tho
board of local improvements, and
Health Commissioner Robertson will
not bo on tha commission.
Tho mombors will bo Dulldlng Com
missioner nostrum, Corporation Coun
sol Ettolson, Aid. J. O. Kostnor, Aid.
Albort J. FIshor, Charles II. Wackor,
and six uldormen and eight laymou to
bo appointed by tho mayor.
ALDERMEN PUT HIGH
PRICE LOOP THEATERS
IN SAME CLASS WITH
LOW PRICE MOVIES
Tho city council should explain its
action in putting tho movlo thoators in
tho samo class with tho loop "speak
Tho movlos chargo from 5 cents to
Tho loop "Spoakors" chargo from
$3.50 to $13,00, according to impulso.
Tho movies aro a necessity and fur
nish pleasuro and instruction for fam
ilies. Tho loop theaters aro a luxury, and
add to tho high cost of living.
Pass fed aldermen do not look at
tho matter in this light
Movlos havo no influenco with tho
So thoy havo to suffor whllo tho big
prlco houses escape.
Tha now licenso feo schedulo for
thcators, including tho movies, is
graded both on soatlng capacity and
admission chargo, as follows:
Jtaxl- Mnxl- Jfaxl-
mum mum mum
prlco of pi len of prlco of llnxl-
iuIihIh- atlnilH- mltnls- mum
.Maximum slon bIoii slon prlco of
ecntliiK not over not over not admission
capacity. 23 eta. 40 cts. over $1. over $1
3.10 $200 $250 $300 $1,000
760 250 350 400 1,000
1,000 300 450 BOO 1,200
1,600 350 600 750 1,250
1,760 400 650 SOO 1,300
2,100 600 C50 900 1,360
2,300 COO 750 050 1,400
2,600 700 800 S50 1,450
2.500 800 850 1,200 1,500
Aid. Cullorton tried hard to post-
pono action on tho theator llconso
schedulo, but was dofeatod by votes
of 32 to 10 and 31 to 14.
Tho City Council wants to find out
tho high cost of living. Profiteers may
find out also bofore the Aldermen get
through with them.
PRESS CLUB GIFT
FROM W. j. DAVIS
Photographs and paintings of stage
persons which tho lato Will J. Davis
collected during his career as a thea
ter manager havo boon turned over
to tho Press Club of Chicago by Mrs.
Davis, tho widow, in accordance with
tho wish expressed by Mr. Davis sev
eral times beforo his death. Thcro
are several hundred pictures in tho
collection, most of them autographed.
Ono of Adcllna Patti Is dated 1870
just half a century ago. Tho collec
tion Is being catalogued and will bo
a fenturo of tho fourth annual enter
tainment of tho Press Club, given to
tho Follies Company in February.
STELK'S REPORT AR
RAIGNS WILD AUT0ISTS
Approximately 1,000 persons havo
been killed by reckless drivers of au
tomobiles and motor trucks and by
motorcycles in Chicago and Cook
county In tho last thrco years, accord
ing to a special report presented by
Judgo John Stelk to Chief Justico Ol
son of tho Municipal Court. In that
poriod no ono has boon imprisoned for
manslaughter on this chargo.
Tho report, which1 also outlines the
work to bo dono by tho Chicago Motor
Safety League, organized by Judgo
COLONEL B. A. ECKHART,
Popular Chlcagoan, Who Would Make a Good Governor of Illinois. A
Leader In the Commercial, Financial and Political Life of the Prairie
Stelk, with headquartors nt S2 West
Washington street, raps spocial prlv
llogo seokors who sought to stultify
tho Automobllo Court during Judgo
Stolk'B Incumboncy In 1919, and does
not mince lunguago in dealing with
omployoH of tho city law and othor do
partmonts and politicians gcuornlly
for their allegod lntorferonco with jus
tico. Among tho objects of tho Motor
Safety Louguo Is to procure legisla
tion, in part, as follows:
Imprisonment and loss of licenso on
conviction of "ropeutors."
Imprisonment for intoxicated driv
ers. Imprisonment for drivers who malm
nnd run away.
Kcoplng stroets cloar of pedestrians
between city blocks.
Thnt drivers halt tholr curs on sig
nal by ono or mora pedestrians at
City Government Makes an Excellent
Showing in the Municipal Year
Just Passed Out
Reports from Every Department Show Duties Well
Performed in the Interest of the
Tho record of municipal achieve
ment, nccordlng to tho reports, is as
Police From Jan. 1 to Doc. 1C, 15,
843 criminal complaints wcro mado,
"considerably fower than in 1916," tho
year selected for comparison becauso
of tho war conditions during 1017 and
1918. Tho automobllo squad recov-
ored 4,175 of tho 1,310 automobiles
stolon. Tho recovered cars aro valued
at $5,139,510, Ton mombors of tho de
partment lost their lives during tho
year. Tho chlof recommends that
1,100 pollcomon bo added to tho forco
and pralsos thu work of tho homlcldo
squad, which has cleared up elovon
murdors slnco Oct. 15.
Fire "Tho year 1919 saw moro ex
tensions in tho department than any
your slnco 1891," Firo Marshal O'Con
nor reported, Savon now squads, thrco
now hook and ladder companies, and
two additional onglno companios woro
Installed. Motorization of tho depart
ment Is progressing rapidly, about 40
per cent of the apparatus being motor
driven nt present. Tho dopartmont
responded to 20,101 alarms for 13,408
flros, as compared to 17.C05 alurniB In
1918 and 12.33G fires. Last year flro
losses woro $4,402,577, against $3,4G2,
577 in 1918.
Board of Education 19,440 now pu
pils wcro enrolled in 1919; 12,471 in
tho elementary schools and 0,975 in
tho high schools. Tho board is paying
close attention to tho work of Amer
icanization, having as its object tho
creation of tho "America First Ameri
can." Continuation schools, becauso
of tho passago of tho continuation
school law by tho legislature, will bo
established this year for tho uso of
about 50,000 minors who aro employed.
Tho outlook for this is bright, as "par
tisan Interference'" is at an end, tho
report of President Davis says.
Health Tho death rato for tho year
was 12.7G a thousand population, which
Is tho lowest in tho history of tho
city, according to Health Commis
sioner Robertson's report. Tho estab
lishment of tho training school for
homo and public nurses has resulted
in 2,100 women taking the course.
Controller Prohibition cost tho city
$7,000,000 in saloon llccnso revenues
and In general tho financial outlook for
1920 Is gloomy, according to Controller
Hnrdlng. However, the city managed
to pay all bonds due from slaking
funds, and tho disposal of $9,500,000
worth of Judgmont funding bonds nt
their fnco vuluo in payment of Judg
ments, Instead of selling them on tho
market, saved the city $202,500, Mr.
Buildings Commissioner nostroin
reports the issuance of 0,523 building
pormltB for structures to cost $102,
900,150. In splto of tho building strike
tho year ranks third In building activ
ities In tbo city's history.
Engineering Ono hundred nnd sev
enty mlllon gallons dally was added to
tho city's water supply, tho report of
Engineer P. S. Coombs Bays. Plans
for an Improved water systom, with
a capacity of 2,100,000,000 gallons
dally, enough for a city of 10,000,000
persons, have been laid. Tho now sys
tom would cost $05,000,000.
Gns and Electricity Now strcot
lamps numbering 1,105 woro added to
the lighting system. At tho closo af
191S the number of lamps was 45.G39;
now It is 19.GS9, Commissioner Keith
Board of Local Improvements Tho
Michigan nvenuo boulevard link will
bo completed by Juno 1, according to
President Fnhorty, and tho ground
work has been laid for tho Chicago
plan commission's program of west
side street Improvomonts, Involving an
outlay of $57,400,000. In 1919 fifty
thrco miles of strcots woro paved and
100 miles of now sldowalks laid at a
cost of $1,107,000.
Bureau of Streets Last year 3.1S5,
000 sqtmro yards of streets wcro
cleaned with liorso-drawu flushors and
82,380,300 squaro yards with motor
driven flashers. Suporintondont of
Stroots nyrno recommends that all
Unshorn bo motorized.
Water Office Cross collections of
$7,S50,000 woro mado for uso of city
wator, an Increase of $352,000, or 4.G
por cent ovor tho previous year.
Forestry Ten thousands treos woro
trimmed and 110,000 shrubs nnd treos
planted In parks nnd playgrounds.
Playgrounds Four now playgrounds
woro added tho Cooper, Whlttler,
Hezln Orr, and William Halo Thomp
son, playgrounds, At tho sovonty-two
playgrounds moro than 15,000,000 chil
Bridges Two now bridges tho
Mouroo streot nnd Lawronco avenuo
spans woro added. Strlkos provont
ed tho amount of work on now brldgos
to reach expectations.
Sanitary Bureau Conducted cam
paigns ngulnst snioko and cold flats.
Partly as a result of tho antl-smoko
campaign, deaths from tuberculosis
droppod from 3,487 in 1918 to 3,035
last year, according to Dr. 13. Vornon
Hill, head of tho bureau.
Sewers Tho bureau cleaned 0,110,
200 foot of sowors at a cost of $40,419.
Waste Disposal Tho municipal re
duction plant reduced 83,000 tons of
garbago, producing 3,153,020 pounds of
garbago greaso, which was sold for
Oil Inspector Inspector Hugh Nor-
WHOLE KVMHEIt 1577
ris' forco passed on 1,012,151 barrels
of oil, gasolino and naphtha.
Municipal Pier Approximately
4,000,000 persons visited tho pier, ac
cording to Supt. Hugo KrnuBo's report,
ItccclptB wcro $186,607.
NEW LICENSE ON BALL
PARKS, ICE CREAM
Tho City Council on Monday mado
tho licenso fco for parks with
moro than 20,000 scntB $3,000 a year,
for thoso with betweon 15,000 nnd 20,
000 scats, $1,500, and for thoso with
botween 10,000 and 15,000 Beats $1,000.
Thu out baseball park and Stngg
field at tho University of Chicago wilt
bo tho only two fields which will pay
tho $3,000 annually. Aid. Stcffon tried
to savo tho latter by an amendment
which would except temporary scats
In tho city collector's calculations, but
tha amendment failed. Tho Cub park,
under tho plan, will pay $1,500. Tho
fco for tbo two big league ball parks
was formerly $1,000 and for Stagg
Other license fees boosted at Mon
day's council meeting In tha council's
drive for moro rovonuo woro:
Ico Croam Parlors Lcbs than ton
seats, $15; 10 to 20 seats, $30; moro
than 20 scats, $30, with an additional
chargo of $1.50 for each extra scat,
with $300 as a maximum fco.
Livory Stables Increased from
$25 to $100 n year.
Shooting Oallorlos Increased from
$25 to $50 n year.
Salos Stables IncronBcd from $25
Lumber Yards Increased from $100
to $150, with a chargo of $1 for each
Stock Tickers From $1 to $5 a
WAR ON L0WDEN
Morris Ellor, city healer in Mayor
Thompson's cabinet, is out with a
statement that ho expects to bo a dole
gatn to tbo Itopubllcau national con
vention from tho Fifth congressional
district, and If so ho will not support
Gov. Lowden for thu presidency.
Interest on Chicago's bank account
amounted to $:i57,000, and interest
earnings on Investments In various se
curities netted tbo city $1,100,000 in
191S, City Treasurer Henry Stuekart
announced. Tho rccolpts for tho year
woro $151,780.30:.. 10. and tho disburse
ments $118,553,112.40, tho report says.
And Give Overworked Post Of
fice Employes Better Wages.
When "outsldo" lettor postago was 3
contu u lettor n surplus rovonuo of
$154,000,000 was raised in ono yoar.
It was dropped to 2 cents to pleaso
tho fancy of somo bureaucrat.
Put it back to 3 cents and glvo lot
tor carriers and othor employes liv
ing wages. Thoy desorvo better pay.
Largest Weekly Grculation Among
People of Influence and Standing