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SPECIAL. COMMITTEE TO PROBE
STORY OF CITY HALL BRIBERY
A special committee of the city
council has begun an inquiry into the
charge that George H. Graves, former
city employe, wanted $5,000 to put
something ovefor the Bestwall Man
ufacturing Co. with "his friend,"
Deputy Building Commissioner Rob
The company wanted an amend
ment to the city building code which
would permit the use of a substitute
for lath and plaster.
According to the story told by Mor
gan K. Armstrong, manager of the
company, ex-Alderman John H.
Jones introduced hini to Graves; that
he put the proposition up to Graves,
who was said to have a pull at the
City Hall, and that Graves said it
would cost $5,000 because he had to
"fix" Knight and the plasterers'
Armstrong's story also involves W.
A. Stein, a City Hall lobbyist, who.
claims to represent some mysterious
labor papers. Stein is said to have
told Armstrong he could get it
through because he had so much in
fluence with certain aldermen.
Graves denied the story. The plas
terers' union would be foolish to aid
such an amendment, as it would
knock them out of work.
The special committee investigat
ing the charges is composed of Al
dermen Vanderbilt, Schaeffer and
r TALKS ON CARL PERSON
' Mrs. Fannie Sellins for the Person
Defense League of Chicago discuss
ed at the Illinois Federation of Labor
convention the case of Carl Person,
the Clinton editor, charged in federal
courts with libel and now out on
bonds and awaiting trial. Mrs. Sel
"Carl Person is under charges that
may put him back of the bars for 35
years. Every union man and organi
zation that pays money toward his 1
defense is supporting the cause of his
"At the barbers' convention in In
dianapolis they donated $500. The
Chicago Federation has donated
"The day has come when we need
to do more than carry a union card.
We must fight the courts and injunc
tions, standing shoulder to shoulder.
"Our enemies will say, 'Let them
have their unions and their cards, we
have the courts and the militia, and
if they are not good we will whip
them into order, we will break up
"Let us break every injunction they ,
issue against us and bring the truth
out to the public.
"I ask you to help defend this boy
who came forward and told the pub
lic how the officers of the Illinois Cen
tral Railroad were killed under the
wheels of their own train. Person
published an envelope and mailed iti
On the envelope was printed: 'Old
Man Hanrahan Is Dead. Who Will
Be the Next?' Was that a sufficient
cause for indicting him? Yet that is
the offense for which he is to be
o o -
' MUGLER DIES TALKING
George A. Mugler, an old-tfmer in
the political game, made a speech be
fore the Fifteenth Ward Republican
Club last night. It was unfinished
and always will be.
Mugler was defeated as ward com
mitteeman by James McComb. He
was angered by the defeat, but finally
"came around" to the "bunch" to
patch up his differences with his vic
He took the platform at the meet-
ing last night and talked for fifteen
minutes. Told the gang that they
should stick together, they should
make friends as he and McComb had.
"You and I remember," he cried,
"the days of 1893 when when "
Mugler crumpled and fell to the
floor. Death came in a few minutes
from apoplexy. '