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The American issue. [volume] (Westerville, Ohio) 1912-19??, March 22, 1912, Image 8

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the Chicago Law ami Order League in the Republican state’s
attorney fight. On the one side is State’s Attorney John J.
Healy. On the other side is John E. W. Wayman. It is a
complete test of strength between the personal liberty ad
vocates and the puritans. The saloon interests cast caution
aside yesterday and came out openly for Mr. Wayman. 1'rum
the headquarters in the Schiller Building, 150,000 sample
ballots, with a cross marked for Mr. Wayman, were sent out
to the voters. Posters and cards of the Liberty League also
were sent out to the saloonkeepers with instructions to re
turn them, signed up, to the beer-wagon drivers tomorrow
morning. (See facsimile 01 tetter above.) i'ne cards read,
"VOTE for Wayman against Healy.” The saloonkeepers
were instructed to get busy for Wayman at once.
Consider. Mr. Healy had the Republican organi
zation support. lie also had the approval of practically
all good citizens, as his administration had been able
and honest. Wayman had not been seriously con
sidered. Arthur Burrage Farwell, president of the
Chicago Law and Order League, was quoted in the
Tribune article above referred to, as follows *
Can it be the Republican party would descend so low for
a candidate? The last time I saw Mr. Wayman he was de
1 ending the Turkish women dancers of the San Souci Park.
And yet this man was nominated for state's at
torney in what was probably the most corrupt primary
ever held in the city of Chicago.
Austrian, Attorney for Saloonkeepers, Works for
When the Sunday-closing cases were up for trial,
it will be remembered by those who
read the neswpaper accounts at that
time, that one Alfred S. Austrian was
the attorney who defended the law
breaking saloonkeepers. In this state’s
attorney campaign referred to above.
Mr. Austrian became the advocate for
Mr. Wayman. We give here a fac
simile of a letter sent out over the
name of Mr. Austrian in Wayman’s
behalf. It should be remembered also
that Mr. Austrian was a member of the
tirm of Mayer, Meyer, Austrian and
Platt, who were understood to be the
attorneys for the United Societies and
the liquor interests generally.
Don’t Be Fooled By Wayman.
We might paraphrase Abraham Lin
. coin and say :
It is easy to fool some of the people all
.,f the time; and all the people some of
the time; but let us hope, not all the people
aW the time.
Wayman is fooling some of the peo
ple of Illinois now. Some of the people
in Indiana were fooled in Governor
Marshall. They thought that perhaps
after all the liquor interests were not
back of him. that he might deal fairly
with them, and so they took the risk,
and what a risk it was! It meant the
loss of the county option law in Indiana.
Liquor Interests Want Wayman for Uovernor.
We feel certain that the liquor interests are trying
to boost Mr. Wayman into the governor’s chair in
Illinois. At this late date, with a governorship cam
paign on, the liquor interests in the city of Chicago
could well afford to submit to prosecution and con
viction in many cases, if thereby the decent people ot
the state could be hoodwinked in large numbers into
helping them land Mr. Wayman in the governor's
chair. We warn the temperance people of the state ot
Illinois to be on their guard. When Mr. Wayman wa«
speaking at a Chautauqua in Camp Point, down in tin
country part of the state, he had a very embarrassing
time endeavoring to square his attitude while in Cook
county with his earnest desire to win the support of
the temperance people in the county. Me evaded tin
issue. The Quincy Herald of August 21, says:
Before he went to the platform, Mr. Wayman was ap
proached by several people who differed with him in hi
views in regard to the liquor question. To these people be
admitted that we was supported in his campaign by the
United Societies of Chicago, and that he fought Healy <->'
the Sunday closing issue in the last campaign.
That ought to be enough for the people of the state
of Illinois. We sound a warning now, once for all.
strong and clear—John E. W. Wayman has not proved
himself worthy of the confidence of the temperance
people of this state. The liquor interests would be
perfectly satisfied with him as governor, and we be
Ai.frbd S. Austrian
ten ixoor
amkrican tru%t wurxi.
Chicago. October 31, 1908.
Dear Sir:
There i9 a question of great interest and vital importance
to voters of Cook County, that is, who should be the next State's
Attorney of this County? Who of the candidates is best fitted
for the office? What should his qualifications be?
i have known Mr. Wayman, the candidate for State s
Attorney upon the Republican ticket, for many years. I have seen
Ihim practice in the courts of Cook County, and can make the state
ment unhesitatingly that he is a candidate for that office who
merits and should receive your vote, and the vote of all citizens,
on next Tuesday. Ho is honest, able, and a lawyer of great
I believe I have met you in connection with my defense
of the members or your. Association in the actions brought to
enforce the so-called Sunday Closing Law.
Yours respectfully,
lieve there is now on foot in the state, and that it has
been on foot for two years, a concerted movement by
the liquor interests to make him governor.

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