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GUNPLAY AND FIST FrGHTS IN 21ST WARD
VOTING HEAVY IN RESIDENCE SECTIONS
Gunplay, fist fights and violent ar
guments which threatened additional
trouble, marked balloting in today's
aldermanfc primarie"5: -
Complaints were numerous from
the 18th and 19th wards. The most
serious trouble developed in the 21st,
jr between democratic rivals.
i B? Pnlip.fi and invp.stieat.ora were sent
my out in special squads from the offices
of the chief of police, the election
commission and the state's attorney.
Complaints of fraud were frequent,
the usual charge being that repeat
ers were being used.
In the residential wards, where the
factional fight between Thompson
and anti-Thompson men is hottest,
the result was seen in a heavy vote.
The "insurgent nine" aldermen de
clared the mayor and his followers
were in for a beating, but the City
Hall crowd showedequal confidence.
In the 19th ward Aid. Jimmy Bow
ler reported that an Italian worker
for Joseph D'Andrea was challenging
voters right and'left
"There'll he a murder in my ward
before night Tinless we get better po
lice protection," was the declaration
of Joseph Prendergast, Democratic
candidate for alderman in the 21st,
as he hurried into the election com
missioners' office in the City Hall to
day. "Gunmen, ex-convicts and repeat
ers are voting and re-voting. Things
are rotten. Gunplays are frequent
and some one is going to be killed un
less more police are given to our dis
trict "Harry Nadle, one of my aids, went
into the polling place in Steve
Crowe's hotel at Chicago av. and
Dearborn st. and challenged four
men. They drew revolvers and told
him to 'get out or they'd blow his
can off.' "
Prendergast is the candidate of the
Quinn .faction. They are meeting
bitter opposition from the 0MaIIey
crowd, scrapping for the Democratic
aldermanic candidacy of the ward.
Later Prendergast had a fist fight
with Courtney Scobell, a Sulivan
worker, flooring his opponent He
claimed Scobell was trying to prevent
him trailing floaters.
Arguments, punctured by fists,
were frequent throughout the ward,,
the Sullivan and Harrison people se-.;
lecting it for their bitterest test of
Extra policemen were sent to the
The trouble is the 21st was the first
irregularity reported in today's pri
maries. Additional police were called to the
30th precinct of the 16th ward, where
illegal challenging was said to have
Morning voting was light, but after
the noon hour the polling places were
busy. The women voters began to
crown in. It was noticeable that they
marked their ballots as quickly as the
Aid. Kjellander, after touring his
ward, the 23d, declared he was con
fident of renomination, though ex
pected a close fight.
Chief Clerk Dennis Egan of the
election commission estimated the
votewould reach 300,000. The first
ward was totalling the lowest propor
tionate vote of any district Aid. John
Coughlin has no opposition there for
the Democratic nomination, which is
considered as good as an election.
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WHO SAYS THE "IDLE RICH"
Mrs. Harry. Payne Whitney has
given a commission to Robert Henri
to naint her nortrait 'She :s nlsn
sitting for a portrait by Prince Pierre
TrouDetzKoy. a smauer one of her
is beiner nainted bv Trov Kinnpv.
Prince Paul Troubetzkoy, sculptor,
has just completed a statuette of
Mrs. Whitney. News Item.