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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 15, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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- to bring the scum of the earth here
. to break the strike of honest work
ingmen. If you pass this you will
help prevent a repetition of the Hay
market riot"
Aid. Henry D. Capitain, who had
earlier in the day urged the finance
committee to give Chief Healey
$400,000 for 50,000 rounds of car
' tridges and other expenses of 1,000
special policemen, said the ordinance
should go to a committee. He said
the council was getting "hysterical"
and aldermen should be "sane."
"I tell you, Aid. Capitain, I don't
want to see workingmen shot down
in the streets of Chicago," Kennedy
broke in.
A storm of applause, cheers and
yells split the council chamber and all
but shook the walls. When Capitain
then spoke of Aid. Kennedy a hav
ing a "loose tongue," the audience
hissed till Capitain could notbeheard.
Mayor Thompson's voice brought
order. He said the spectators were
not there to influence legislation and
he would regret taking drastic action.
When Kennedy again got the floor
he said:
"We are legislating here tonight
for the people of Chicago and not for
the New York owners, of Chicago
street railways. I don't understand
that Chief of Police Healey would ask
for 50,000 rounds of cartridges unless
he expects to use them. We know
what happens during a strike. There
are public records to show that riots
are started by the imported gunmen
and sluggers. We should take action
to make the city safe."
Mike Kenna and John Coughlin led
off with voting "Aye" for the Ken
40 nedy ordinance against strikebreak
ers, which won by 57 votes. These
ten were against it: De Priest, Stern,
Werner, Nance, McCormick, Kimball,
Lawley, Link, Capitain, Lipps.
Aid. De Priest, colored, said his
people would be prevented from get
ting employment if the ordinance
passed. Aid. Rodriguez said the pre
cise aim of the ordinance is to stop
J anybody from getting a job as strike
Chief Healey's request for money
for ammunition was beaten in finance
committee by vote of 11 aldermen
against immediate action on it. These
three voted for the 50,000 cartridges:
Capitain, Lapps, Nance. One item of
Chief Healey is not clearly under
stood. He specified that $210,000
would be required for two meals a
day for 6,000 men.
"We are asked for nearly $50Q,000
for something the chief anticipates
might happen," said Merriam. "Why
should members of this council grant
this request? Why an item of 50,000
rounds of ammunition unless to pro
voke violence? Why is this item of
clubs named unless it is expected
that heads are to be beaten? This
whole affair reads like a declaration
of war. If the chief's request were
granted we could do more here in
two hours to stir up. bitterness and
strife than could be done in three
weeks otherwise. Let's try some other
r "It was hasty, uncalled for police
action that caused the Haymarket
riot," said Aid. Block. Aid. Sitts
pointed to the car men's union order
to the men to stay away from sa
loons and that there has been no sign
of an outbreak so far.
o o
The city has slapped jitney bus,
wagon and all other conveyance driv
ers right in the face.
Today an order was issued by Chief
of Police Healey to the effect that all
automobiles, wagons or any other
conveyances must have a license. The
auto and wagon licenses cost from $5
to $25, according to tne number -of
passengers they will carry.
In the auto cases the owner 'must
also have a state and cityl ilcense for
the chauffeur. The two licenses to
tal $7.
The order will be enforced right

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