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I called attention at that time to w'aatj believed to b6 the real purpose
of the sensationally advertised "crime trust."'
When attorneys for Cunnea, Rinaker and Haight, the other candidates
for state's attorney last year, applied to Judge Cooper for a special grand
jury and state's attorney, Hoyne vigorously opposed anysuch action.
Then, all of a sudden, he rushed into Judge Itersten's court and ap
plied for a special grand jury and a special state's attorney .himself, and a
bosom friend of Hoyne was appointed special state's attorney. And by the
way, the first thing this special state's attorney did was to get busy having
fees provided for himself.
Of the subsequent moves the public is familiar.
All along I had been proceeding on the assumption that Hoyne himself
was not a party to any election frauds, and that while he might be- the
beneficiary of any fraud that might have been committed, still I did not
believe he had anything to fear himself.
I don't want to believe any such thing even now, despite his evident
determination to prevent any real investigation.
However, that will all come out in the wash if there is any wash.
In the meantime, I invite your attention to the fact that the awful
"crime trust" has been shrinking daily, until now it has shrunk to a clair
voyant trust; and that most of the big newspaper promises of State's At
torney Hoyne, as to what he was going to do to rid Chicago of crime and
criminals, have petered out. .
And the great Hearst newspaper mountain, after much labor, has
brought forth nothing more deadly than a squeaky little mouse.
In the meantime the other newspapers that foolishly fell for the "crime
trust" bunk because it made a "good story" have waked up and gone back
to their election-fraud mutton.
It isn't so easy for newspapers to fool the people as it used to be. It
isn't so easy for Big Business, through a kept press, to throw dustjn the
The attempt to discredit the investigation of the Illinois Senate Welfare
Committee by attacikng the morality of Barratt O'Hara, helped along by
such, newspaper publicity, has failed of its purpose.
Now the "jackroller" and the "crime trust" sensations of papers friendly
to Hoyne have petered out, and public attention is being held to the fact
that there is much ground for suspicion that outrageous erection frauds
were committed last fall. I don't believe the public will be fooled this time
either, for I don't believe the people will stand for any whitewash on elec
If the people of Chicago can't have their votes counted as they were
cast then democracy in Chicago is a delusion and a snare. And in my judg
ment there is no crime in Chicago or anywhere else more deadly in its ef
fect than the fraudulent counting of votes at popular elections.
There is much more at stake, than who shall be state's attorney of
Cook county. The very liberty of the people is at stake.
I want to suggest to judges that if the people have lost much of the
faith in courts they had been taught to have, the courts and the politicians
are responsible for it
When a state's attorney will hurry before a judge to get a special grand
jury and a special prosecutor when that very matter is before another
judge, the people's can't be blamed for having a suspicion that some judges
are expected to be .partial and partisan.
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