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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 24, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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electric and telephone interests
hadn't beenable to handle Harrison
as maypr didn't count much with the
publicr It may cut more figure now
thatHarrison is out of the way. But
you fcever C9n The people as
a rule don't see the kick when it's
coming. They don't get mad until
they have felt it. That's why they
generally start fighting the corpora
tions when the fight is over and they
are licked.
Harrison has been a better mayor
than he will probably be given credit
for, in the important particular that
he hasn't been owned and bossed by
the 'public utilities. He hasn't even
been-accused of being dishonest But
constant dropping wears away a
stone, and a man may be in office
long enough to feel the combined
weight of -all the little kicks, com
plaints and charges, which start a
feeling that it's time for a change.
.Then this is a great year for reac
tionaries. Business depression, the
war, unemployment and hard times
generally nave made most people
taking a kick at somebody who was
in. , They were in .no mood for re
fqrm. They don't even feel much, like
progressing, and. evidently don'ti feel
that much can happen that is worse
thattTfhat has already happened.
' When the people jget to feeling that
w4X there's no reasoning with them.
Theyve simply got, to get it out of
their systeniAnd most of them were
thinking harder about what they
thought Harrison had done- to them
than what Sullivan might do to them.
But this is supposed to be 3 democ-racy-n,d
the people did what they
had a-perfect right to do. They vot
ed, as they darned pleased and are
entitled to get what they voted for.
Wba't that is remains for the future
to JeveaL On the face of the returns,
hdwqver, they voted .for a wide-open
town in about every respect yQU can
think of.
While The Dav Book didn't regard
jrither Harrison' or Suflivan as deeir-1 ablutions.
able from the standpoint of the'vWrt
ing class, it thdught Harrison1 -w68
less objectionable than SuHivsfti;23
hope we are mistaken. "
The nomination of Thompson oveF
Olson, notwithstanding the fact tM
Olson had the Deneen-West R&puB"
lican machine back of him, as well iS
many leading Progressives, indicates
in a general way the same thing that
the nomination of Swetizer indicated
Thompson was known ajuthe lfoer&f
candidate and the impBesion Waf
that Olson represented the element
that wanted to close the town id!
tighter. And the open-town element
In other words, what the getfebS
run of humanity in Chicago consitr3
ered the red-blooded candidates' w
over the ones that were considered
cold, intellectual and reformatory! m
The religious issue was in the'fight
and was used by both sides. ' m
With both old party nonimeeV
what might be .called wet. and the1
open-town element afraid of neither1
on that score, other consideration
sore and disgruntled. They felt hfiel may now have some influence in tW?
camnaisn. Judeine bv nubile senti
ment as expressed at the primarKsi
Sweitzer would have had a walkaway
with Olson as his opponent- H&
may have a fight on his hands Vith
ThompsoiPthat will make the cai'oV
paign interesting. Labor's attiiud$
will be a big factor. Having cftfareft
the decks and wiped out old scores,
people can look the candidates 6ve
and see which appears best to htm
as to public issues other than an opb
town. w
Voters Tvho are not satified witff
either Sweitzer or Thompson fceM
Stedman, Socialist, and Thomson,
Progressive, to fall back on. t,'IS"
o p ' -I'd"
Washington, Feb, 24. Nude "bat
lng was disapproved by thersuprgflfe
court Jay Fox of Pierce county?
Washington, was convicted for eirdtf& .
latiag an article advocating. bard g&a

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