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I The Standard Magazine Section Ogden Utah, October 18, 1913.
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H . TX. 1 fil 9 H ' Tk u. the port's trade. Ho ts heart- obtaining .''On n.imcs to his p ti- which, in fad. onlrol n. arp all the K
lo 71 O L- (i Him 1 I iDnrl 1 B J TO, Six In favor of every sort of run- i,,, lor n..i.im.iti..n ma kovernmenl positions in Massachu- g
wlLld 1 C JtV C JLAllll d JVA HkJB 1 H yfl 9. nlclpal improvement, once he is dldato Tlioro air im ': tin- lii-ritor ofllccs be- J f
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"Kni TA4 B I Uwik ,,,,,,,,, ,rnt. :m-m demands the s.in'. Vi.u .1 t ..n.niitt.-.-. 111 1 ' ' ' -1 v. ith the so-
XLeiy Oli SHkl ! K B8sV si"r't from every one of his subor- ward workers, f..i i U- lions. 1 he ' x
IA militant Mayor. Indeed, is John
I". Fitzgerald of Boston. When ho
is mayoring he is IT. and he doesn't
care who knows it. Ho is the real
boss on School street. Boston and
the city Is well aware of that faTct.
But when "Honey FHs" in away
on hi? periodical trips, either boost
ing Boston or recuperating at Palm
Beach, he in turn Is bossed, and
not by any politicians or voter?.
His rulers arc his two protty
daughters. Rose and Agnes, who
trail after him wherever he goes
J and make sure their mother's In-
j' Btructions regarding the care he
should take of himself are strictly
For the "Little Napoleon." is a
worker and when he is Interested In
a thing never lets go until he has
finished. If he wore let he would
stay up all night wrestling with
municipal problems. But he isn't
let his daughters pack him off to
bed, and then write home that he Ih
doing well and obeying orders.
Sometimes he protests; but It doesn't
do any good. In the end he minds.
Mayor Fitzgerald receives more
invitations to attend social fune-
iiund man any man in mBSBSCnU
I . setts. When he goes his daughter
I go with him. When he went to
I Europe with the Boston business
I men on a boosting trip two years
I ago, the daughters went along and
I- encouraged him when he was per
I spiring In his attempts to speak
l( J German. French. Italian and other
W-,' languages in which he was sup-I-
posed to talk.
I I When he went to Panama later,
v,' the daughters went along. Every
WrA winter he la at Palm Beach for his
ft- vacation, and Rose and Agnes see
ft. V thnt ho doesn't overtax himself.
I I They show him all the newspaper
I I ! cartoons and laugh over them with
I I , him, They never have cause nowa
days to become Indignant for three
I years ago the Boston papers stopped
ft lampooning the Mayor.
ft-, Fitzgerald Is perhaps the lcad
ft;"'l inS citizen of the Bay State today.
ft-' I It Is not alone his genial. Irish
ft personality which has effected thl
Ik -1 for he is not the tjpo of Irish poll
ftTJ I tlcian which has ruined New York.
mJ-, He gained his popularity and the
ft.; real esteem In which he Is held
Wkf'l through what he has done.
W'.'Ji In 1J06 Fitzgerald was elected
ft I Mayor of Boston for the flrat time.
ft...j Previous to that he had served In
ftJ tho City Council and the Massa
W'!: I chuscU General Court, as the Leg
Wi. I islature Is called there, and then
ftVj went to Congress, whore for six
ftjVj! years he was the only Democratic
representative from New England
ftJ and ono of a very lonesome coterie
fci'V'i of -rec ellverltes In tho capital.
Biftt1 At the close of his administration
HNk'j: ln 1907 at lhat tlme Boston fol-
feLJ lowed tho custom of the State In
KpKjl electing the Governor, and voted
BSbFi for the Mayor each year FHzger-
Bffifff was brought Into court In sn
Bflp Investigation of graft In municipal
Hy9m affairs Several men were snt to
Bgbs lhc Workhouse on Deer Island, but
BPbB Fitzgerald was absolved of all blame.
KM In 100S. however, when he an-
R9 nounced that he would be a candl-
HHH date the following year, a deter-
HB mined effort was put forth against
HH hint. A change In the city govern-
HH ment was coming with the adoption
3H of the new Charter, and the Mayor
before, and, incidentally, a salary
of $10 000 a year. 11 was a rich
plum and several men were after
The chief opponent of the Mayor
was James J. Storrow. a very In
fluential man. rich and powerful,
fatal Fitzgerald was swept Into of
f.'cce by one of the largest major
ities ever known In a Boston eloe
tlon. ins Over Entire
City Within Year.
Inside of a ear he had the en
tire cit with him. and ln the last
four years Boston ha made bigger
strides than any city In the coun
try. Fitzgerald Is interested In
cery phuse of the municipality,
from tho routine affairs of govern
ment to tho personal wants of tho
voters and their wives and children.
Shortly after his election, In out
lining his policy, he coined th slo
gan 'BIGGER, BETTER BUSIER
BOSTON," and since that time this
phrase hae rem ilni d the polic of
the entire city
Fitzgerald Is better known to his
constituents, In all probability, than
any mayor of a large city In the
world. The people of the slums
know him and crowd around his
automobile when he visits th- lr sec
tion of the city Ho never is loo
busy to stop and ask some mother
about her baby or Inquire how some
Immigrant Is succeeding In the lit
tle business he has begun perhaps
on the advice of the mayor.
The wealthiest and proudest cit
izens of the arlstoc ratic Back Bay
lunch "Ith Mayor Fitzgerald at the
City Club and discuss administra
tion and munli Ipal problems with
him. They have Instituted what Is
known as the "round table' where
some thirty or forty of them sit at
lunch with the Mayor and criticise
him to his face, and demand his
reasons for whatever action of his
falls to win their approval. They
then make suggestions as to what
they think should be his best
Fitzgerald is the man who orig
inated the system of city "town
meetings.' Now thr town meet
ing, a survival of old English cus
toms, Is peculiar to New England,
and some few of the Central States.
Down East no city can bo char
tered until It can show a census re
turn of at least 23.000 Inhabitants.
Uptll then it Is known as a town,
and Is governed by a body of se
lectmen, elected by the citizens.
Am often as occasion requires the
citizens meet ln one building, tho
town hall and vote on the town's
affairs after long discussion in
which anyone may tako part.
Now Boston, In the last few dec
ades. haB grown from the little city
It once was to be one of the richest
cities ln the world, and the fifth
city In the United States. St. Ixuis
having but 17.000 more population.
Within an area of ten miles from
the Massachusetts State House Is a
population of nearly 2.000,000 peo
ple, in twenty cities and towns. Bos
ton ln Its growth took in such scat
tered towns as Brighton, Allison.
Roxbury. Dorchester. South Boston.
Hyde Park. East Boston, Charles
town and others,
Fnder the city administration It
was very difficult for each district
to obtain all thd legislation it
thought it needed, and in fact
many of them were forgotten when
it came to appropriating the budget
for the enr. Fitzgerald after study
ing the problem a long time, an
nounced that two or three times
each year some public building ln
each section, preferably a school.
the citizens could met there.
Fitzgerald attended every meet
ing, with as man) of the council -nun
as he could Induce to ?o, and
a stenographer. An citizen who
had a grievance or any sucstlon
to make was free to rise and speak
his mind The civic organizations
appointed spokesmen to lay their
demands before tho Mayor. Every
word uttered was taken down by
the stenographer and afterwards
whipped into shape for considera
tion before the City Counell The
Mayor took an actho part in the
discussions and pointed out im
provements in tho suggestions or
objections to them, and advised the
citizens as to what action they
An immediate awakening of civ
ic prldo was the result. Clean-up
eampalgns were 6tarted, the civic
. i.jb ,-i p douhU d i In Ir v ork, and
ever man telt that he had an Im
mediate interest in whatever wrs'
done In the ejty, realizing that it
might affect his section.
A great in?ttntlon nf the Mayor's
was ' Mothers' Day." which he start
ed l h lt jcar. As is common In all
of the cities with a section con
Btructed In colonial times. Boston
has a slum district Many of its
citizens e.ninot afford a vacation,
and the Mayor felt that tho women
and children were entitled to at least
one day s pleasure. Accordingly he
personally telephoned the tug busi
ness houses of the city and begged
contributions of food and drink for
them, and threw open one of Bos
ton's bis reservations, Franklin
Park, for the mothers.
On the appointed day thi re were
nearly 100.000 people at the park,
and they remained the whole day.
So did the Mayor. He advised the
mothers, kissed the bable played
with the Children, and enjoyed hlm
ntif. generally, He really docs en
Joy that sort of thing.
Fitzgerald W ent to
Boston a Poor Boy.
Fitzgerald was a poor bo;,. His
people rune to Boston with the im
mense tldo of Irish Immigration
Which flowed to the Eastern States
about the time ot th. il War, and
Ibttled in the old Weal End. rich in
historlea! reminiscences and the.
former bomb of some of the most
famous men of American history.
This was ln Ward S of Boston,
and Fitzgerald got his early training
under Martin Lomasney, the "Czar
of Ward 8." who developed ono of
the b at political machines ever
seen In the United States, but who
never used It for his own purposes.
Lomasney has been ln the Maaaa
ohuaetts Legislature longer than he
can remember, and each y ear he is
returned by a larger majority than
Fitzgerald early became a spell
binder, and to this day the old men
of Ward 8, who reluse to move
away, though they have become
rich, swear by him There is an
organization called the ' Dearos,"
composed of former residents ln
that ward, who every year give
Fitzgerald a reception and would
die for him If need be.
He worked outside of school
hours while ho was a boy. and stud
led Inw lnr wtr v V r
to seek employment to help pay
the family's bills. He has practic ed
but little, however n hi- has been
in politics hcarlv all of his active
Fitzgerald Is known as the "Slni;
ins, Mayor," on account of his ten
dency to carol sweet Adeline" at
any and all times. He never is al
lowed to depart trr.m a Function in
his home cltv without lifting up his
voice, and he has made his favor
its song 'Bostons Municipal
Hymn, A few years ago, when the
"Chocolate Soldier" was at its
height of popularity, it was sug
gested that he change to 1 Mv Hero,"
oui aiter trying tne nign u a tew
limes he concluded that his old
atandby was much better On one
occasion, when the students of Hil
ton College were holding their an
nual pop coneert night in Sym
phony Hall, he was discovered in
tho audience and hoisted to the
stage, where he was made to sing
"Sweet Adeline" before S,000 per
sons. He then made the entire au
dience rise and led them slncn kg
the "Star Spangled Banner." He has
a really good voice, too. a clear
tenor, which has been slightly
strained by open air singing.
Fitzgerald le a little man, and
greatly re.-em Me Napoleon, and it
Is from this thai he received his
name of "The Little Napoleon"
His nickname of "Honey Fit." he
received as a mark of the affection
of the Boston citizens have for him.
His enemies have called him worse
things, but they never bother the
happy Mayor. He Just smiles and
aays "it could be worse."
He has a dynamic personality and
fairly Instills a spirit of work and
ambition into everyone who comes
into contact with him. He Is wildly
enthusiastic about whatever plans
he happens to bo favoring, and nev
er lets up in the fight until he has
accomplished his purpose.
For four vears ho fought for tho
Improvement of Boston Harbor un
til he succeeded in appropriating
eo epn 'o be p-cnen-led In Ihi!m-
Fitzgerald is a close student of
the affairs of tho United States Ho
Is confident that at tho present lime
the country is on tho verge of a
i , , ord-breaking period of prosper
ity, and his advice to all cities is:
"Spend every cent you possibly
can to be ready to meet the rush
when It comes."
Under his advice Boston Is build
ing lis improvements to last B0
years. The Mayor Insists on the
best, and he gets It. The citizens
of Boston support him. and when
ever he asks for monej It Is forth
i oming. They are confident that If
Honey Fit." is to have the spend
ing of It the result will Justify the
in Panama Canal.
Fitzgerald believes the opening
of the Panama Canal will bring an
estimable increase of business to
the country, and a tremendous In
llux of population. It Is with this
vlfcw that he is Improv ing Boston
Harbor, that he is spending millions
of dollars on parks, schools and
hospitals. He thinks that the Mid
dle West, the Mississippi Valley,
has the greatest opportunity of Its
history before It now and that with
the correct management It ouijlit
to treble Its wealth In a decade.
lie also follows with Interest the
development of eitles, always
searching for some Idea which can
be applied to his beloved Boston.
Under the new Boston charter,
which was studied carefully for two
ar8 before Its Introduction In the
Legislature and which was fought
for two vears more before It was
passed, Boston has developed one
of the most efficient administra
tions in the country, but Fitzgerald
believes there Is some room for Im
provement. In national politics Fitzgerald Is
a Democrat, and has been a delc
gate to tho Democratic National
conventions several times. In mu
nicipal affairs he has no party, and
believes that no municipal candi
date should bo tied to party lines.
Is virtually unknown ana aimosi
forgotten by the younger men.
There arc no politics In the admin
istration of Boston, it Is all a ques
tion of personalities, which means
actions, and this theory Is strongly
supported by the Mayor.
Tho entire working force of the
city is under tho civil service laws,
tlrclj out of III-' "11 is. In Hon. : nd 1
he says hi is gl id ot M The schools j
ire out of his iui Ir.dh lion, except
Hi it, ev-of'i. in, he Is a member of
die School Board, and he not!
lltOJ fere ill I li- ir- .imili.it exec pj
where he believes it is vital to th
interests of the city. 1
I ,, , ' :
Mayor Jhn T. Fitzgerald in individual poje ;.t upper loft
At the upper light are Mayor Fitzgerald and his daughters, I
AgBM at the left and Rose at the right.
Rttfttv-AgtiM Fifoeeratd ait loft and Ro n",M "ht- j I