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well as his regular official duties in hand. Mr. Broderick "was born and
raised in the First ward and has been affiliated with the club ever since its
organization. He is married and is engaged in the jewelry business."
Now just let that jiart of the story that is printed in capital letters
sink into your mind, and-you'll begin to get the secret of the political
strength of Kenna and Coughlin; and why the general run of voters in the
First ward don't care how those two
aldermen vote in council, or what all
the newspapers and political reform
ers have to say about them.
I don't think what I have quoted
ells the whole story, but it answers
he purpose. I have heard from time
o time that somebody from the or--anization
shows a personal interest
in all of the poor voters of the ward
n every family crisis, whether it be
birth, a wedding, a funeral, or the
nan or boy out of a job, arrested or
n trouble of some kind.
In other words, the organization
akes a paternal interest in all of its
nembers; and that means that a poor
man in the First ward is better off
materially if he belongs to the or
ganization than if he doesn't belong.
And when Aldermen Kenna and
Coughlin want jobs for members of
the organization, no doubt they ap
ply to the street railway company,
the gas company, Commonwealth Ed
ison, the Chicago Telephone Co., the
railroads or any other public utilities
that have jobs to give.
I'm not talking now about the po
litical morality of aldermen asking
favors of public utilities with whose
selfish interest they may have to deal
as representatives of the city. I'm
merely talking about what they do
-that makes them strong with the
poor in the ward.
In thus helping the poor no doubt
they are representing the poor just
as the poor want to be represented.
And in representing the poor in this
manner it becomes necessary for
them to represent the rich in the very
way the rich want to be represented.
I doubt whether many men would say
that taking jobs from the rich corpor
ations to give to the poor in the First
ward is robbing anybody in the First
robbery, many people would consider
it as popular as the robbery of Eobin
Hood or any other good-natured rob
ber who robbed the rich and gave to
In any event, even the Sam Insulls,
Len Busbys and all of the millionaire
public utility sharks and the million
aire bankers back of them don't con
sider it robbery. In their judgment
it's business, and darned good busi
ness at that
What the effect might be on all of
the rest of the people of Chicago out
side of the First ward possibly doesn't
disturb either the rich or the poor in
side of the First ward. So long as
they are getting theirs, why bother?
The Mandel Bros, want a sub-basement,
The telephone trust wants to junk
the Automatic and have a copper
riveted monopoly in Chicago, doesn't
And all of the department stores,
newspaper owners and big business
men who use trucks don't want a
fender ordinance enforced, because
fenders cost money.
Besides that, State street wants a
subway that will make more Conges
tion on State street
And just think of the jobs that
might be passed around if jpbs xould
become coin of the realm in payment
for governmental favors. t '
Only recently we have seen how
politicians now in power t the City
Hall found they could strengthen the
organization by farming out jobfyto
So it would appear that some men
are Democrats or Republicans more
through devotion to jobs than to Po
litical principles; and if we are wire
ward. But even if they did think it i we won't overlook the important hu.