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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 02, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 25

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RESIDENTS OF FIRST WARD KICK AGAINST RAW
POLITICS OF ELECTION BOARD
department of Slegel-Sooper's. He
said:
Swearing, swearing, all day long
they are sweanng around the city
hall. But nobody can find out who
started the swearing.
Primary election law says if you
) suspect a registered voter is not qual
ified and ought to get off the poll
books, you go before the election
commissiqners and swear out a state
ment. Election commissioners then
serve notice on all the people you are
swearing against. These people must
come before the commissioners and
swear they are citizens qualified to
vote.
Some person swore that 11,200
people in the First Ward are believed
not to be qualified voters. Everybody
knows this wholesale swearing of
Buspects is a move of Judge John E.
Owens to back up his promise that he
will destroy Mike Kenna, First Ward
alderman.
Who the persons are that made
wholesale sworn statements nobody
could find out at the election commis
sioners' office yesterday. At one time
over 2,000 "suspected" voters stood
in line. A Day Book reporter passed
along and talked with some. They
were in overalls. Many of them had
calloused hands of woridngmen.
Thos. Morgan of 20 E? 21st st. was
in line. His hands and 'face were
black with furnace smudge and his
hands gnarled from handling a
shovel. He said:
"I've been waiting five hours to
swear myself in as a voter in a dis
trict where I've been voting 22 years.
My wife will lose her vote because
she's sick and can't come down to
day. I have lived at 20 E. 21st st
and in that district all my life. I am
one of hundreds of the old Irish col-
ony born and bred there."
Besides dozens of workingmen of
the type of Morgan, The Day Book
reporter found many business men.
One was S. L. Sullivan, assistant
buyer in the underwear and hosiery
"I have lived 14 years at 23d and
State sts. I am one of 274 flat dwell
ers in the Lehman flats brought in as
suspects. I have tfeeii an election,
judge in my precinct eight,years."
J. C. Eaton of 25 E. 23d st. said: "I
would like to know the name of the
dirty, crooked, ignorant fool 'that
swore he believes I am not eritltled to
vote. I have lived in the First Ward
20 years. I have worked in the Tjroy
laundry six years. When. I demanded
of Commissioner Howard Taylor that
he tell me the name of the person,
who swore against me he crawled
away like a pup doing somebody's
dirty work."
Every attempt of "suspects" to
see the affidavits failed. Attorneys
Joseph David and J. Coburn for can
didates in the district stood before
Commissi6ners Howard Taylor and
Anthony Czarnecki and repeatedly
declared the whole business was
"dirty, crooked, outrageous."
"You know there is crooked work
there," shouted .Atfy David. "I dare
you to bring' out the affidavits.'
Czarnecki each time explained that
sometime later the affidavits would
be shown. Commissioner' Kellarman,
whenever demand for the affidavits
was made, explained that he wanted
them produced, but the other mem
bers of the board would not back him
in getting them. At 2 o'clock Kellar
man with Att'ys Coburn and David
went to Chief Clerk Wm. Stuart
Stuart said:
"I won't show you any affidavits.
And I don't have to."
Among the 11,200 "suspects" were
these: W. Edwin Straus and wife,
1841 Wabash av., salesman Ullman
Co., 18 years a voter First Ward; J.
A. Meyer, bailiff municipal court, 252
E. 23d st; Otto Gneuwich, 2336 State
st, 43 years a resident of his pre
cinct, sanitary district clerk, former
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