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Chicago Boosters Publicity League Dis
gusts Many Chicago People by Mad
Attempt to Raise Million Dollars
While Asking Chicagoans for Million Dollar Touch,
Some Leaders Live in Other Towns: and Hold-
ing Aversion to Weeklies Knockers
Union Roasts Dailies, But Give Ads
Wo havo boon hearing a groat deal
lately about tlio Chicago Boosters'
Publicity Leaguo but wo aro still in
u quandary llko many of our follow
citizens as to whoro tho "boosters"
corno from and what they aro trying
Of course tho main object of tho
"boost" Is to boost tho collection of
11,000,000 for tho sake of boosting
Whothor this secondary boosting Is
for tho purposo of boosting somo
body's bank nccount or everybody's
bank account is a question.
It certainly in our opinion will not
boost tho bank accounts of tho pooplo
who subscrlbo tho million dollars to
carry out tho mysterious boost.
Neither will It boost tho bank ac
counts of tho long suffering tax payors
whoso minds aro aggravated b con
stant reminders of their liability for a
Personal proporty tax in addition to
Special assessment tax
Boulevard link tax
Ileal cstato tax
Stroot widening tax
Lnko front tax
Forost prosorvo tax
Bolglan baby tax
Dorcas Society tax
Lying in loaguo
Lying out leaguo
Lying on gonornl principles leaguo
Federal war tax
Excess profits tax . ,
Surtax , v
State tax V
Highway tax ."
Incomo tax . . 1"
'' Auto tax
School tax ' '
Red Cross collection
Bluo Cross collection
Green Cross collection
and other Itttlo taxes which in addi
tion to now, and high llccnso, high
Chicago rents and othor boosts havo
boon somewhat filling in tho way of
satisfying nn appotlto for mora boosts.
IN THEJ5ITY HALL
What the City Officials and Men
of Affairs Are Doing for the
Well, after all tho years of litiga
tion ovor tho voting machlno contract
has endod victoriously for tho city on
Tuesday. Chicago taxpayers aro
ahead many thousands of dollars.
Tho long fight began In 1913, whou
tho Empire Voting Machlno Company,
of Now York, entered suit against tho
city for paymont for 300 machines.
Tho contract, mado by tho board of
election commissioners in 1911, called
for 1,000 machines at $942,500. Fivo
hundred woro mado and 200 woro ac
cepted and paid for by tho city.
Tho machines woro found to bo
worthloss, tho city contended, so tho
remaining 300 machines woro rejected
Tho manufacturers insisted on thq
Urf Mt WteUy CSrcuUfcfen Aaoaf
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Offle of Publtcatlan,
17 W. Washington St., Chicago, III.
2 Par Yaar In Advanca.
Pcoplo who lived hero at tho tlmo
of tho Chicago firo, and
Pcoplo who lived hero through all
tho panics, miseries, failures and
trials of tho years that aro past, uro
asking who aro tho officials of this
"Boost Chicago" movement that is ap
pealing for a million dollars at a tlmo
when everything olso Is "appealing"
from tho coal pllo to tho pantry
Of courso wo would nover hear of
this "boost" If it woro not 'or tho ad
vertising It Is receiving.
And as advertising costs money a
"boosters" campaign for tho kalo Is
In ordor as usual.
And an advertising advisory council
Is at work.
And this Is our oxcuso for replying
to a quory as to who Is at tho head of
tho advertising campaign?
W. Frank McClura is tho chairman
of tho Advisory Advertising Council
of tho Chicago Boosters Publicity
Wo havo been asked how many
old Chicagoans woro connected with
this Chicago Boosters Publicity Ad
Well to satisfy our own curiosity in
this mattor so far 'as tho Advertising
Advisory Council vis concornod wo
lookod for W. Frank McCluro's nnmo
In tho last Chicago City Dlroctory
published tho directory Issued for
W. Frank McCluro's namo Is not to
bo found undor tho McCluro's In tho
city directory for 1917.
So tho Chicago Tolophono Co. direc
tory for February, 1920, was nppouled
to with this result:
McCIuro, W. Frank, 23 East Jackson
Blvd. Tolophono, Harrison T8723.
McCIuro W. Frnnk, It. toll AVllmotto
Wllmetto Is located botwoeniEvnns
ton, III., und Milwaukee, Wis
Can it bo posslblo that tho head
boostor of tho Chicago Boosters'
Loaguo docs not oven llvo In Chicago?
Either tho tolophono dlroctory 1ls
wrong or tho interest in raising n
million for boosting purposes is not
confined ontlroly to tho long suffering
pcoplo of Chicago.
Wo havo nover known tho tolophono
directory to bo caught in a lie.
A careful perusal of tho list of
officers of tho Chicago Boosters' Club
contract being carried out and tho bill
of $325,000 was on tho point of being
nald whon tho bureau of public effi
ciency Intervened with taxpayers' pro
ceedings beforo Judge Baldwin in tho
stato courts lit 1912.
In 1913 tho manufacturers brought
suit In tho fedornl courts to recovor
Tho mattor was stubbornly con
tested and Anally camo up for trial
beforo Judgo Landls In 1915. A jury
found for tho city. An appeal was
taken by tho company, which resulted
In tho decision of yesterday upholding
tho 1915 verdict.
In tho opinion, which was handed
down by Judges Francis E. Baker,
Samuel Alschulor, and Evan Evans,
tho judges hold that thoy woro called
upon to decldo only whether tho city
was compelled to puy for 300 ma
chines for which no appropriation of
the city council had boon mado. Tho
ovldonco was to tho effect an appro-
nrlntlnn Jiv tlin council was llCCOSSai'V
I beforo a contract was mado.
discloses tho names of a few gentle
men who llvo In Chicago.
Most of them llvo somowhero elso
when thcro is no collection going on
for n boost.
Ono of tho officers who docs llvo in
Chicago is Mayor Thompson and ho
has our sincere sympathy as wo can
didly bollovo that ho was led to father
somo othor follow's schomo In allow
ing tho uso of his namo for this out
of town campaign.
Judging from published accounts tho
principal objoct of tho "Booster" Club
is to hnmmor tho Chicago Dally Nows
and tho Chicago Trlbuno whon somo
of Its officials aro not engaged in
knocking tho weokllcs.
Tho following from tho Chicago
Amorlcan of March 20 Is u sample of
tho kind of boosting tho Knockers
Union othorwlBo tho Chicago Boosters'
Publicity Club Is doing:
Thero was a warm mooting of tho
printers' division of tho Chicago
Boostors' Publicity Club last night
at tho City Club, attended by 300
J. Lowls Coath, chairman of tho
division, said, in part:
"Chicago has had advertising, nnd
n lot of It, in tho past ton years. It
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INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.
CBICAGO SATDDJlT, APRIL
has had somo damnnblo advertising,
nnd It has been dono by tho Chicago
Tribune, which has robbed tho Bchool
children of tho city, and by Victor
Lawson, whoso connection with tho
Municlpnl Voters' Leaguo Is too well
known to talk about.
"Those papers havo Rcandallzed
and thrown so much mud at this city
that It has been nccossary for tho
business men of Chicago to get to
gether to ralso $4,000,000 in ordor to
put clean paint on our hottso to cover
up tho mud and dirt thrown by theso
"Wo should not only rcfuso to ad
vertise in theso papers, but wo should
rcfuso to buy and read thorn. It they
do not llko Chicago, why In h 1
don't they get out of it?"
This speech was cheered for fully
llvo minutes, and tho men guaranteed
that tho division would go over tho
Wo aro happy to see that tho Chi
cago Boosters' Publicity Leaguo con
tinues to put Its big nds for tho million
dollars in tho Chicago Trlbuno nnd
Dally Nows nnd wo hopo Hint theso
public spirited papers havo given tho
boosters n special rato for knocking
WOOD IS CLEAN
Tho Illinois receipts and expendi
tures In tho campaign for Qcn. Leon
ard Wood nro wldo open to Inspection
by properly authorized persons. This
statement was inado by Col. Nathan
, t ,
SAMUEL A. ETTELSON
and Able Corporation Counsel of the City
William MucChcsney, Illinois mana
ger of tho Wood campaign.
A statement Issued through tho
Wood publicity department said:
"Our books nnd accounts aro bolug
kopt by tho Great Lakes TniHt Com
pany undor tho direction of II. II. Mer
rick, treasurer of tho committee I
wish to roltcrato thut wo will gladly,
permit any authorized person to go
ovor theso books and to satisfy him
self as to tho propriety of our 'ex
penditures." Col. MacChesnoy wus
tho quoted authority for this state
ment. County Commissioner Albert Nowak
has mado n splendid publlo record
slnco his election to tho county board.
Ho is always looking aftor tho Inter
ests of tho pcoplo as his votes provo.
His constituents aro proud of him and
well satisfied with his record,
Boosters and Not Knockers Interested
in Making Chicago a Seaport by
Deep Waterways Dine Together
Men Who live in City, Where They Make Their
Money, Naturally Desire to See
Business men nro tho real boosters
Business men who llko to llvo In
tho city whoro they mako their
Business men who feel grateful for
tho past nnd hopeful for tho future
Aro tho real boosters.
Ono hundred nnd sixty of tho men
- 1vl s
who huvo pledged themselves to lead
In tho work of making Chicago tho
best-known city of tho world ban
queted Tuesday night at tho Hotel
Sherman, They wero tho chairmen
of tho trudes division of tho Chicago
Boosters' Publicity Club.
Thomas 11. Wilson, tho packer, was
chairman of tho mooting. Almost his
first sentenco concerned tho implied
charge that tho underlying purposo
of tho club was politics.
"Nothing could bo further from tho
truth," ho told tho gathering. "Wo
aro associated to mako Chicago
greater and not to promulgate tho In
terests of any Indhldunl."
Mayor Thompson, who originated
tho Boosters' Club Idea, took tho floor
to say that ho didn't enro what "somo
"Thoro's no politics In this move
ment," ho asserted. "If this is a good
thing for Chicago, then why should I
not participate In it? What sort of a
mayor do somo folks want ono who
Entarad ai Saeand Claao Mfittar Oatabor 11, 1
Offlea at Chleaf a, IIKnata, r AM f Mi
sits In his ofllco nfrnld to start any
thing for tho city's ndvancomont lest
ho bo charged with playing politics?"
Ho suggested wnys by which $9
worth of frco publicity might bo ob
tained for every dollar actually paid
"Many Chicago concerns spond vast
sums In advertising their products
and their business. I wonder If wo
could not pcrsuado somo to pool their
advertising funds and do somo com
munity udvertlslug that would bring
them tho results they neck as individ
uals nnd at tho same tlmo advertise
The trades commlttco already has
subscribed moio than $600,000 of tho
$1,000,000 Hought. Tho drivo ends
ANI STILL M0IE
Four proposed bond Issues totaling
Items of Interest Concerning Men
and Measures in the
Ilopiosontutlvos of forty Chicago
and New York bond boutes saw tho
county commissioners open bids for
tho Issue of good roads and Juvenllo
Court bonds, each of n million dollars.
Tho bids accepted glvo $1,1135,700 clear
to tho county.
Tho county forost prosorvo commis
sioners finally approved the purchnBo
of 2,500 acres of tho Skokio maish,
which skirts tho rldgo west of Evans
ton and othor noith shore communi
ties, nnd turn It Into a sort of pain
disc for birds.
They havo arranged to sot up shel
ters for tho birds and to sow rlco
patches that will attract birds of all
species. Chlof Forester Kcnnlcott will
havo charge of tho work.
"When tho warblers know they havo
tieo rent nnd frco food, and Immunity
Talk About Men and Matters
Connected With Public Affairs
in All the Different Camps
Alderman John Iladcilelu, of tho
Twenty-fourth waid, and throe othor
poisons aio nnmed defendants in n
$100,000 libel suit filed by Attorney
Joseph A. Webor, opposing Aldormnn
iladcrloln In tho election
Tho action, filed by Attornoy Georgo
Itemus, Is bused on statements in n
pamphlet circulated In tho Twonty
fourth waid. Tho other defendants
nro Louis Huothllng, 1230 N. Wells
street, und Edward Noldo and his wlfo
of 3259 N. Wostorn nvonuo.
Supplementary nldermnulc election
will ho held on April G in those wards:
Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, Twelfth, Twenty
first, Twenty-second, Twenty-fourth,
Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh
wards, and thero will bo a preliminary
election In tho Eleventh for tho Cul
Chnrlos E. Peaco, popular candldato
for Republican Ward Committeeman
of tho Twenty-first ward will win.
"WHOLE 3SUMBER 1581)
$34,200,000 will bo placed on tho bal
lot to bo pnsscd upon by tho pcoplo
nt the April 13 election as a result of
action by the city council.
The street lighting proposal, tho
largest of tho four, calls for an ox
pondltuto of $15,000,000 nt tho rato
of $3,000,000 n yenr for five years. It
had almost unanimous support in tho
council, only six votes being recorded
ngnlnst It. All of tha proposals wore
approved by largo majorities. Tho
purposo and amount of each of tho
Improvements nnd exten
sion of tho electric strcot
lighting system $15,000,000
Creation of additional small
purks nnd recreation
Completion of tho 1911
brldgo construction pro
Construction of a soldiers'
vention hall 5,000,000
from men with rifles nnd boys with
slingshots," said Potior Itelnberg,
presldont of tho county board, "they'll
swarm out thero In clouds."
Tho strip to bo purchnsed Is tho
lower end of tho marsh. Its waters
aro sulllefcnt. It hns been pointed out,
to nurtuio nil tho bluls In tho north
ern Hoctlon of tho forest preserve.
Tho Skokio has long been tho mecca
of ornithologists, and Chicago's Au
dubon Society knows It well.
Charles II. Wnclcor, chairman of tho
Chicago Plan Commission, credits
Itelnberg with Originating tho Idea of
purchasing tho tract and turning it
Into an avlnry.
Mr. Wackor, Col. H. n. McCormlck,
Victor F. Lawson, und other members
of tho Forost Preservo Committee,
hnvo given Mr. Itelnberg much en
couragement In tho furtherance of th
Charles J. Agnow, popular candldato
for uldormnn in tho Twenty-first ward,
Is legarded by his many supportors
as a siiro wlnnor in tho April election.
Agnow sm prised oven his most en
thusiastic friends when ho camo near
capturing n majority of tho votes In n
field of four candidates at tho Feb
ruary olection and judging from tho
way ho can led somo of tho doubtful
north-oast end "Gold Coast" precincts,
It looks llko Agnow Is a sure wlnnor
on noxt Apill 0 by a big majority.
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