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p ii ' i n mimipypwwip1 " ago by mandamus proceeding sought to compel the county clerk to prepare a notice of a primary election for the nomination of candidates for judges of the supreme, circuit and superior courts, to be voted for at the coming June election, but the supreme court of Illinois, in deciding Mr. Hoyne's pe tition for a mandamus, has held that the present primary law is inopera tive so far at least as judicial, nomin ations are concerned, and that judi cial nominations of candidates to be voted for at the June election shall be made under the provisions of the bal lot act of 1891. This in effect means that candi dates for circuit and superior court judges to be voted for on the first Monday in June shall be chosen by conventions of the managers of rec ognized political parties. According ly, the county central committee of each political party is empowered to determine the manner and method of holding judicial conventions, and it will be strange, indeed, if better men are not nominated in that way than would probably be named at a primary election. Charles T. Seymour. Now, there is a remedy which will automatically correct this evil and restore to the people their alienated inheritance. What this remedy con sists of let some of the other forum writers tell us. J. Weiler, 1229 Mac edonia St. NOMINATING JUDGES. Certain Chicago newspapers not only suggest but advise that candidates for judges at the coming June election be se lected on a non-partisan basis. Inas much, however, as the said newspa pers look with favor upon the sug gestion that all of the present sitting judges whose terms will expire in June be re-nominated and re-elected there is reason for the assumption that they confound non-partisanship with bi-partisanship, particularly in view of the editorial declaration of a great afternoon daily1 that "while some of the judges are hard workers, others are lazy or incompetent and do not do a fair amount of work." What is non-partisanship? If we be honest with ourselves we will ad-v mit that there is no such thing when it comes to electing men to any kind of an office. "Non-partisanship" sounds lovely to the unsophisticated, but applying the term to politics is like calling a rose by another name the fragrance will not change. It might be easy for candidates of the so-called non-partisan variety to prove to the newspapers or to the Chicago Bar Ass'n that they have no affiliation with either orie of the old political parties. Nethertheless, they might be partisan in a more danger ous sense, as, for instance, newspa per partisans, or partisans of the clique of attorneys who run the pol itics of the Chicago Bar Ass'n. These would be the most vicious types of partisanship. Whether fortunately or unfortu nately, through an oversight of some kind, intentional or otherwise, there is no provision in the primary Law for the nomination of judicial candidates. JThe state's attorney a few months A REPLY TO HALL When we state that the Catholics or the Cath olic church is not in politics we don't mean that the members of that church don't use their freeborn right of American citizenship. But we do mean and I uphold our statement that the Catholic church is not a po litical machine. Mr. Hall quotes His Holiness, Pope Leo XIH, to prove his statements. The deceased pontiff merely urged every loyal member of the church to exercise his duty at the ballot box. And should any Catholic not do so he would cease to be a good citizen of the United States. Mr. Hall also lays his approbation upon the name of "Knights of Mob and Murder" as applicable to the Knights of Columbus. I would beg hjp to reconsider his statement tg.