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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 17, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 11

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against the public utilities? I mean
that if I should be convinced that
there is $80,000,000 of fictitious cap
ital in the elevated railways I would
not co'nsent to a merger of traction
properties which would validate that
$80,000,000 of watered stock.
"If I found that better routing or
any other conditions would put more
cars running on the surface or the
elevated lines and carry more people
and relieves transportation crowding
I would fight the street car companies
in the best way I knew until those
conditions were established.
"In my authority over the board of
supervising engineers I would go as
far as the law permitted me to have
the people and not the traction com
panies represented there. And I
would back to the limit the city's ap
pointees to that board.
"I am in favor of jitney buses. The
e;cperiment ought to be started as
soon as posible. We ought to find out
what the jitneys will do to relieve the
overcrowding of street cars. I don't
care what sort of opposition or in
fluence the traction companies would
bring on this. I would try to go
through with it.
"If the attempt of Roger Sullivan
to install his brother-in-law in the
city hall as mayor should succeed
Chicago would have a Tammany far
surpassing the Tammany of New
York. The public service corpora
tions would be in the saddle stronger
than ever in the days of Yerkes or
any other time in this city. There
are deals, of involving millions and
millions of dollars that wfll come up
for decision by the next mayor of
Chicago. Reorganizations of trac
tion and gas and electric light are
under way. When I say I am against
' the public service corporations I mean
that I am with the people in every
effort the people want made to stop
everything the public utilities want
which is not for the people.
"I am a Chicago man. My father
and my grandfather were Chicago
men. I believe in thjs town. I want 1
to see it grow and want to see the
people here have every chance of
community life by which they can de
velop. Housing conditions, transpor
tation conditions, industrial condi
tions which stunt the bodies of peo
ple, I am against. I want more play
space and more room for recreation
of every kind.
"From the information I have
about the Mandel department store
subway it proposes to place people at
work under conditions where they
can't grow and develop the way they
ought to. If I should find on investi
gation that improper air and improp
er health conditions were to be pres
ent in the basement of a State street
department store I would not hesi
tate about making a fight against
that! I don't believe that's what the
people want and for that reason I
would be against it.
"If I go into the city hall asmayor
I will not be bossed from 'any direc
tion except that of the people. No
body has any hold on me. I would
be free to be the kind of a mayor the
people want."
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Detroit, March 17. Because he
failed to receive a single vote at the
recent election, William Simpson,
progressive aldermanic candidate, de
posited $10 and demanded a recount.
He was still voteless after the re-i
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New York, March 17. Mrs. Ger
trude Cordes, 60, Bergenfield, N. J.,
charwoman at day's work for years,
bequeathed $1,500 to Arthur John
son, her 10- year old errand boy, and
$1 to her brothers and sisters.
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New York, March 17. Handicap
ped by double weight, Dr. Stork was
beaten by a Long Island twin into the
Pennsylvania Station, wliere twin
boys Were born to Mrs. Joseph Ray,
of Whitestone. L. I

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