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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 20, 1912, Image 7

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MAJORITY REPORT FINDS j ime'r'-s election was not brought
Says No Corrupt Methods, or
Practices Were Used uvElec
tion of Illinois Senator.
Washington, May 20. K Wm.
Lorimer, the blonde statesman
from Illinorsn has not already a
pair of angel wings, he'll prob
ably sprout them when,he reads
the majority report of the com
mittee, which investigated him.
'The report takes up 91 pages qf
perfectly good paper, and is
signed by five of the members of
the committee; Dillingham, Re
publican from New Hampshire;
Gamble, Republican from South
Dakota; Jones, Republican from
Washington; Johnston, Demo
crat, Alabama, and Fletcher,
Democrat, Florida.
The last paragraph in the re
port, which is headed "np cqr
ruptiort in his election," is as fol
lows :
"We are convinced'that no vote
was secured for him by bribery;
that whatever money White,
Beckemfeyer, L'ink, -Holstlaw, or
any other person received wag
not paid by anyone on Mr.,Lori
mer's behalf to secure such,! vote
or voteS'for.him j-that-rteither'Ed-ward
Hines, nor any qne elsAe
raised or contributed to a fund-to
be used to-secure his election;
that, his election was the logical
result of existing political condi
tions in the stafe" of 'Illinois, and
was free from any corrupt prac
tices, and therefore we must, find,
and wedo fifldthat William Lor-
aBout nor influenced by corrupt
methods and practices.
' Whjch certainty is handing it
to the 'Chicago .Tribune in an un
friendly sort of a way, after, all
the money'th'e Tribune has spent
trying to proveTLorimer guilty of
the seven deadly sins, and a few
the Tribune though't up for Tiis
benefit. : s
The report also devotes 11
pages to the exoneration of Ed
ward Hines, and the charges that
he told .Clarence S. Funk that a
"slijsh fund" of $100,000 had been
raised to elect Lorimer.
, Pages of the report tell about
the deadlock in the Illinois legis
lature; the importance of break
ing? that deadlock, and the im
portance of "breaking it with a
man who would vote for a high
The report also.points out that
Hines, being aJumber king, nat
urally was interested in a high'
tariff and in getting info the
United States senate a gentleman
who wquld vote for a high tariff.
But he didn't use money to do
it, according to the report, and
Hines also can sprout a,pair qf
wings and try and get back into
the Athletic alub. J
Tp4ay ,thV njinority .of the
copmitee wjlj present a re
pgrtl This report will attempt
to prove Lonjner and Hines all
kinds of political crooks and
bribers,) and seek Lqrimer's ' ex
pulsion "from tljef senate.
After f hat,' tjie senate will go to
it, and have a good time with the
I reports. ,""-
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