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INVISIBLE GOVERNMENT TORN
TO PIECES BY O'HARA
Armington, III., July 5 The "In
visible Government" at Springfield
was denounced bitterly here yester
yday by Lieut-Gov. Barratt O'Hara
in an open air speech to the farmers
of. -Tazewell county.
"On the convening of the general
assembly," said O'Hara, "I found a
body of intelligent, every-day, red'
blooded men in the two branches of
the legislature. I doubt if a better
company of citizens could have been
assembled in any state in the Union..
"They were men. of human im
pulses. Left to themselves, with no
influences drawing them aside, they
would promptly have responded to
every demand of decency and prog
ress. "But they were not left to them
selves; they were not left to them
selves for one j moment after they
"Day and night the lobby was at
work. The revelations of the work
ings of the lobby at Springfield need
surprise no one. As the lobby works
at' Washington so does it work at
Springfield; so did it work at Spring
field during the session of the legisla
ture just closed.
"John M. Glenn, a professed lob
byist, stood between the majority of
our decent citizens and the enact
ment of the humane laws the decent
"And behind Glenn stood the or
ganization that paid him for his
work the Illinois Manufacturers'
"The senate commission found
that thousands of girls in Illinois
were paid as the wage of a hard
week's work less money than would
buy meals, a clean room in which to
sleep and clothing to cover the body.
"These facts were published. 'No
one came forward to dispute them;
they could not be disputed because
they were, and are, the tnith.. ,
"When-the people were made ac
quainted with the facts there arose'
a great cry from them that Illinois,"
by legislation, should' .immediately
put an end to so dangerous a social
"The legislature of Illinois was
ready to respond to, the people at
"And then the lobby, the lobby of
big business, the lobby of the manu
facturers, saw its opportunity and
"John M. Glenn went silently,
secretly, to Work. He solicited sub
scriptions from manufacturers; he
received them; did he use them, too?
"I do not know, but I do know
that when it came to the sticking
point and the legislation that all Hli
nois demanded was put before the'
general assembly the unseen hand of
the 'Invisible Government' reached
out and the legislation was smother
ed and done to death.
"The lobby of Big Business won
again, but the time has come when
the lobby shall no longer why The
people are awakening, and the peo
ple, once awakened, will soon destroy
the lobby and with it the 'Invisible