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m MANDEL ORDINANCE NOT PUSHED TODAY LOBBYING MAKES IT UNPOPULAR W. H. Sexton, former corporation counsel, attorney and lobbyist for Mandel Brothers' department store, said this noon that sub-basement or dinance as now drawn wilM)e drop ped. "We are charged with class legis lation," said Sexton. "It is argued the ordinance grants a special privi lege to Mandel Brothers. The ordi nance is temporarily withdrawn and Ave are considering an amendment by which all high class fireproof build ings may have the same privilege as are asked by Mandel Brothers in the ordinance which has been proposed." Aid. Kimball, who opposed ordi nance in building committee, said it would have failed by big vote today if it had gone to council. He said more than one alderman of the build ings committee who had voted yes would change to no. Harrison Parker, publisher of Hearst's American, is an active lob byist for the Mandel sub-basement ordinance. The American last year printed 188,752 agate lines of Man del Brothers' advertising. At the rate announced by that paper, this would mean the Mandel store paid the newspaper $37,750.40. In calling personally on aldermen lately, Harrison Parker has stated clearly to them that he doesn't ex pect future favors from Mandel Brothers. He mentions advertising as a suspected motive. And then he disclaims it. Nor is the promise of Hearst newspaper support made to Aldermen very directly. The near est to it is Parker's statement: "I want to do a lot of good in this town. If you vote for this ordinance you will help me to do good. I will remember what you have done for me." If the ordinance had been called up for vote in council this afternoon one aldlerman said he expected "to criticize the newspaper publisher who lobbies among aldermen, using arguments he won't print in the pa per he's running." Parker makes this plea: "It's persecution. That's what this ordinance is. Why, the supreme court has passed on it and upheld. Mandel Brothers in their claim that the sub-basement is legal." Court records are thet Judge Cav erly declared unconstitutional the city ordinance prohibiting second basement salesrooms. The supreme court then reversed Caverlyand de clared the ordinance valid. This is the identical ordinance Mandel Brothers want to amend. In other words, because the supreme court says the city ordinance is legal, Man del Brothers must have their ordi nance amended in order to operate their sub-basement legally. Dennis V. Kelly, general manager Mandel Brothers, and Peter J. Dunn, superintendent, have spent a good many days in aldermanic lobbies, wardrobes and committee rooms. Lately the job has been in the hands of Dunn. He has landed some alder men for the ordinance. Their argu ments before and after taking Dunn's advice have roused curiosity and set gossip going. Aid. Dempsey's use of the name of Dr. W.A. Evans, former health com missioner, as a sponsor for the sub basement ordinance, is challenged. Allen B. Pond, president City club, at the meeting Tuesday, read a letter written Ty Dr. George B. Young, as health commissioner to Mayor Har rison in 1911. Dr. Young quoted Dr. Evans as being dead set against the sub-basements as bad for health and v aggravating tuberculosis - breeding conditions. The letter went into the building code commission records. o o Switchman hurt when empty "L" trains crashed near Kimball av. sta-" tion of Ravenswood branch.