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' - plutesJagainst the l.and r.
In the past, rich men have got away with a big bluff in the way
of haying the people accept their views as gospel because they were(
"prominent, influential," and all that. For which the toadying
newspap'ers are largely to blame.
But it doesn't work' as it once did., The people know; more than
they used to know, and they understand these "prominent" and
"influential" citizens' better. , -
The newspapers announced with due solemnity yesterday that
"many prominent Republicans and business men" signed the peti
tion protesting against the endorsement ofv the initiative, referen
dum and recall, which was presented to the Republican managing
These prominent Republicans and business men gravely assure
the people that instead-of giving the people more power, the initia
tive, referendum and recall "will take power fro'm the people, etc."
Then follow the signatures of a bunch of Chicago's greatest
beneficiaries of special privilege.
If there is any man on the list who would like to see the people
get more power than they haye now, we don't know who it is. Many
of them have accumulated great wealth or position through the
stand-pat and let-well-alQne.P-Olicies, of Mark Hanna.
And if the average man -who works for his living can't under
stand the initiative, referendum- and recall, he. would be pretty safe
in coppering the bet of such men as Fred W. Upham, J. Harry;
Selz, Thos. E. Donnelly and others of that class.
i IF the initiative, referendum and recall tookower from the
people, men of their kidney verjr likely would "be shouting themselves
"black in the face for all'threle.r '
There are some men of brains in the list, but most of them
"would never get 'their' name in- the papers if theyjwere. not rich.
"About all they have accomplished in life was to get rich. .
More Wind In
tonight fallowed by
snow 'Friday; for
Chicago and civin
ity: rising tempera
ture ."lowest tonight
about" 20 degrees;
light variable winds
southeast and increasing Friday;.
Cousin Bill Taft advises that
the patronage club be taken away,
from the president. You see,
some time ago, Bill aimed to
knock the stuffing out of a, pro
gressive party and smashed his
club on his own shins. No fel
low is fond-"6f "clubs after that.
Getting a bun on brings no bis
cuit Tiome to the babies.