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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 19, 1912, Image 10

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newspapers dare not print, for fear they will offend their big ad-
President Pater Bartzen of the
county board discovered last
night that he still has a few
friends left in Cook county.
Last night he addressed a mon
ster meeting in Sodality hall, 11th
and May streets, held under the
auspices of the Catholic Order of
Foresters. He was given a warm
reception, and his hearers, hoist
ed him on their shoulders and
carried him triumphantly around
the hall. Those who could not
get close to Bartzen stood and
cheered as the procession passed.
This demonstration followed
the speech of the county presi
dent. He wasted no time in get
ting to the warm part of his re
marks, and in the very beginning
took a shot at what he cailed the
"reformers for politics onjy."
"Neither the Tribune nor any
of the other hypocritical reform
ers for politics only, can defeat
any good work in Chicago or else
where when the motives inspiring
their outrageous and obviously
bi-partisan attacks are exposed,"
said Mr. Bartzen.
"Under the republican county
boards the Tribune had a friend
who had a number of fat and easy
jobs in the county's service as an
alleged building superintendent.
I have heard this particular job
holder called the 'Tribune's
brother-in-law.' "
Mr. Bartzen gave a history of
the circumstances of the repent
"firings" which have cleaned out
the county administration. He
said Chief Probation Officer
LWitter was discharged because
of his inefficiency as "the coun
ty's official protector of the inno
cence of the little defenseless
girls who became wards of Cook
county and the Public."
He intimated there were a
number of crooked transactions
in the regime of Dr. Willhite, who
was ousted from Dunning. He
said he had been looking in vain
for Willhite to explain.
President Bartzen was particu
larly bitter against the "traction
doctors" who were aiding the
street car companies in gathering
evidence to defeat the just claims
of the County hospital patients.
"But in this case, as in every
thing else," he said, "I did what
I honestly believed to-be my duty,
and to the end I will stand as
firm as the Rock of Gibraltar
against grafters and barnacles of
the-kind that got a stranglehold
on the county service during the
long regime of republicans and
And then Mr. Bartzen was car
ried about the hall. He seemed
to like it. The fighting smile
was there, and he looked as
though there was a "fire" or two
left in him yet.
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How can you blame the barber
for preferring to talk rather than
look, considering sbme of the
faces he has to work on?

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