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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 06, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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SOME SIZZLING SHOTS FIRED AT FRIDAY'S
SESSION OF COUNTY BOARD
Yesterday's session of the County
Board began by Commissioner Peter
Bartzen politely inquiring of Presi
dent McCormick if he had not "for
gotteh his powder puff."
It ended with William H. Dunn,
former clerk of the Superior Court,
assailing McCormick as a tool of the
charity trust that exploits the poor of
Chicago. .
But during the meeting many
things transpired. All of McCormick's
committee appointments were re
scinded; the board passed a resolu
tion apologizing for McCormick's in
sult to Judge Kersten the other day
and another resolution was passed
denouncing Hearst and his yellow
journalism.
Dunn first sent a letter to McCor
mick which was not read until Com
missioner Frank Ragen made a de
mand for it. The letter in part said:
"A. A. McCormick, president of the
County Board, recently advised tax
payers to come to the board rooms
and make their wants known and ad
vise with your board, and if they did
so the needed reforms would be ob
tained (but he failed to advise them
to bring an axe if they expected him
to grant them a hearing). I there
fore wish to call your attention to
the fact that one year ago I was given
an invitation to address your finance
committee on the wasteful expendi
tures I believed of $180,000 to private
industrial schools, some who had pre
viously falsified their records to ob
tain funds illegally from Cook county.
"The reception accorded me at that
time by your honorable board was
courteous with the exception of your
president, Alexander McCormick,
who rudely 'interrupted me at the
very beginning of my address, char
acteristic of the man, but knowing his
affiliations I was not surprised and
stated that I expected his interfer
ence. Afterward he promised to in
vestigate my charges. He also prom
ised the opportunity to appear and
prove my charges. Although ques
tioning his sincerity in open meeting
I complied to his request by letter to.
him and the County Board, but was
not even extended the common cour
tesy of an answer.
"Now, I therefore, as a citizen of
the state of Illinois and taxpayer of
Cook county, and not an alien, re
quest your honorable board to answer
for president of the County Board
the following questions:
"First, under what authority of
law under the present administration
was $9,960 of the taxpayers' money
appropriated to be distributed
through a department specially creat
ed for a favored few women selected
in violation of all civil service rules
by the county judge and paid upon his
personal O. K.
"Second, why, after 13 years of the
operation of the law creating county
visitors, did the present administra
tion see its way clear to appropriate
thousands of dollars to the above
board, who created a department for
the first time in thirteen years to
spend some of the county's surplus
money, and, after employing out of
above fund alien help, turning over
all information gathered, reports, and
papers to a home finding society, of
which was supposed to be investi
gated, leaving the county in the same
position as it was before the money
was appropriated?
"Third, why, when a former board
one which had been strongly criticiz
ed in his famous address, only had
appropriated $80,000 per year to
seven industrial schools, $180,000
under the present board was appro
priated to sixteen industrial schools
and $275,000 was paid out, .making
$95,000 in excess of the appropria
tion, and is it true that if Presidenl
McCormick serves out his term he
intends to pay out the balance of the
money in the- county treasury to tht
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