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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 23, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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sale instead of forfeiture, and his way
of handling the Teachers' Federation,
have all been just what big business
interests wanted.
The Illinois Manufacturers' ass'n
sent him letter after letter patting
him on the back for the way-he used
the police during the garment strike.
Whatever friends "Big Bill won
through these policies, however, have
not been able to get for him the back
ing of the newspapers. The P.ost,
the only paper backing him last year,
is now hammering him. The Herald
had a one-column editorial of liquid
fire today besides a fierce two-column
drive by Jack Lait
All this leads to gossip on where
the State street stores stand on the
mayor. Openly the big advertisers
are for the mayor. That is, when
Mandel Brothers want a sub-basement
legalized, or when all the big
stores want a fender ordinance de
clared illegal by the corporation
counsel and chief of police, they get
what they want
Also Jimmy. Simpson, vice presi
dent of Marshall Field & Co., and
John T. Pirie of Carson, Pirie, Scott
& Co. take places on a citizens' com
mittee of 50 appointed by the mayor
to bring a bigger and better Chicago.
And Jimmy Simpson is chairman of
the committee.
So while there seems to be a fine
State street co-operation with the
City Hall, that co-operation' doesn't
extend to the point where the mayor
can force or coax the State street
stores to line up the newspapers for
Municipal Voters' league statement
today names and endorses nine alder
men who have bucked the mayor and
are "under threats of political death"
at the mayor's hands. The nine are:
Stern, Nance, Kimball, Ray, Kjellan
der, Link, Pretzel, Watson, Dempsey.
On the 13th ward, the M. V. L. joins
with the Chicago Federation of Labor
that Frank H. Ray should be re-elected.
Besides the points given him by
the M. V. L. for a good record, Ray
' has the labor crowd with him be
cause he stuck strong for the anti
strikebreaker ordinance in the street
car strike and for the way he went
against partisan use of the police
force during the garment strike.
Public Ownership league records
are that Ray voted for forfeiture of
the automatic phone property and has
all the time urged that the deal go to
a referendum before any ordinance of
sale is passed by council. The M. V.
L. on 13th ward says:
"Aid. Frank H. Ray is finishing first
term ,Jwith good record; voted for
budget board, for requiring monthly
lists of 60-day men, for removal and
prosecution of Nye and Civil Service
Commissioners Coffin and Geary, for
securing financial information from
the school hoard and against Culler
ton's order violating building ordin
ance, reliable member of judiciary,
harbors and building committees."
Ray's rival for the Republican nom
ination is George L- Robertson, who
"has a paint store at 1141 W. Madi
son st., good personal and business
reputation." These are given as rea
sons why voters should vote for Ray:
"Aid. Ray faces a hard primary
fight led in part by George E. Nye.
Nye's alleged threat that the Repub
lican organization of the 13th ward
would put Ray 'out of business' in the
primaryjinless he submitted was in
vestigated by council judiciary com
mittee and formed part of the basis
for its recommendation that Nye be
removed and prosecuted."
The Mandel sub-basement ordin
ance, of course, doesn't figure as a
public issue in the M. V. L. reports.
If it did, the statement would be made
that Aids. Frank H. Ray and George
Pretzel reported from council com
mittee that both health and. fire con
ditions made it impossible for them
to recommend the sub-basement'
Aid. Kjellander gets the O. K of
the M. V. L. He stood for forfeiture
of the automatic phone and says he is
for a referendum before any ordin-

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