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THE PUBLIC FORUM
NOT SQUARE TO LOUGHMAN.
John Loughman has been pinched
igain for talking at the corner of
1.12th and Michigan av. The police
at Kensington failed to catch the rob
bers that held up arid -robbed a citi
zen of $3,300 on Saturday, Nov. 6,
within a few blocks of the station. To
make the books look 0. K. for the
day they sent about seven policemen,
who were not busy at the time, down
to Loughman's corner and strong
armed him to jail. Loughman's meet
ing was opened at about 7:30 Satur
day eve. and he always has a good
crowd. At 8 o'clock a gospel preach
er drove an automobile up alongside
of Loughman's meeting and proceed
ed to talk. A few minutes later the
street was totally blocked.
A fellow who lacked the brains of
a katydid drove a machine up to the
rear of the crowd and forced his way
through, loudly tooting his horn. His
machine knocked men and women to
both sides and one fellow took mat
ters into his own hands and clouted
the driver on the nose. I may as well
state that the fellow who hit the
driver was from the preacher's audi
ence. I saw him jump on the run
ning board and I saw him get off.
Loughman was on the box when
all this took place, and he is booked
on three charges for disorderly con
duct and one charge for blockading
the street The Forum readers are
too intelligent not to be able to see
the joke. Loughman's bonds were
placed at $1,600 and he was out in
one and one-half hours. The preach
er continued to talk after Lough
man's arrest without being molested.
Justice? Bah! A. K. W.
P. S. This makes twenty-nine ar
rests without a single conviction.
TAG, MR. WEHNER! Mr. R.
Wehner in a letter printed in The
Public Forum questioned if receipts
from the annual tag day really went
to decrepit children and poor or
phans. He said if it was shown to
him that the money was used for
their benefit he would gladly give not
only 10 cents for one day, but 10
cents for every day of his life.
Pauline Keely, corresponding sec
retary of the Childrens Day ass'n,
read Mr. Wehner's letter and express
es willingness to show Mr. Wehner
the proof whenever he cares to see.
In answering one point of com
plaint in Mr. Wehner's letter, Miss
Keely insists that the C. D. ass'n has
never refused to grant emergency
aid. This association was organized
as an emergency institution.
Mr. Wehner or anyone else inter
ested can get in touch with Miss
Keely by addressing 718 Oakdale av.
FIRST ON THE PARADE. The
Home Rule and Personal Liberty pa
rade Sunday not only surprised all of
us, but it shows what our community
thinks of the blue laws. Mayor
Thompson wants home rule. Why
don't he give the people of the city a
chance to vote on it? One of our
aldermen said that these laws were
passed when our city was a village,
but it is now the second largest city
in the United States and doesn't want
the saloons closed on Sunday. The
blue laws got rusty on the books. The
people forgot all about 'em till lately.
The rural districts may like the blue
laws or local option laws, but large
cities don't and the mayor knows
In the last legislature when the
mayor and council went down to
Springfield wanting home rule he
was helped by the personal liberty
forces very much, nearly all the
"wet" members from down the state
voting for it, including Lee O'Neil
Browne who spoke about two hours
for it. The dry people want local
option. The mayor wants home rule.
The people of Chicago want home
rule and personal liberty. Should the
people be forgotten by our mayor?
The blue Jaws are religious Jaws wift-
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