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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 30, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Ald. Win. E. Rodriguez, campaign
ing for re-election in the 15th ward,
this afternoon replied to charges of
Mayor Thompson last night that
Rodriguez is a "faker" and a "tool of
a Pullman Palace Car Co. lawyer."
In a meeting at the home of Mrs.
Bertha Goldstein, 3237 Hirsch av.,
secretary 15th ward Woman's Civic
league, Rodriguez said:
I am perfectly willing to have any
act of mine as an alderman discussed
and I am ready to answer any ques
tions about my personal connections
with corporations. As a business
agent of the painters' union and as
a delegate to the Chicago Federation
of Labor, which is now fighting the
Pullman Co. through a strike of the
underpaid car washers, and perhaps
as a personal friend of Eugene V.
Debs, former president of the Amer
ican Railway union and arch-enemy
of the Pullman Co., I'm ready to an
swer anything except the sort of
cheap sneers and insinuations now
being handed out by Mayor Thomp
son. "Records of the state utilities com
mission of Illinois at Springfield
showed in June of last year that Wm.
Hale Thompson was the holder of
1,089 shares of stock in the Com
monwealth Edison Co. The market
value of this stock was at that time
above $140,000. So we find that Bill
Thompson's financial pals and busi
ness cronies, are Sam Insull. head of
the public utilities monopoly of Chi
cago, and Rob't T. Lincoln, Pullman
Co. directors' chairman, and Qhaun
cey Keep of the Marshall Field es
tate, all sitting as directors of this
corporation in which the mayor then
held $140,000 worth of stock.
"It's time to bust the bubble of the
brag the mayor makes that he set
tled the car strike. He didn't want
to be umpire. It was forced on him
by the political strategy of Bill Ma
lum, the carmen's union president
The very day the strike began Bil
Thompson's police chief, Chas. C
Healey, went before a council com
mittee and asked for $450,000 cash
to pay for guns and police to quell
strike disorders. Not a protest
against this came from Bill Thomp
son. So far as the mayor was con
cerned Chief Healey had an absolute
ly free hand to buy rifles and fill the
streets with police to help the trac
tion companies run the cars.
"I predict John L. Whitman will
have his official head chopped off and
thrown into the Bill Thompson civil
service garbage can, along with the
heads of Bemis and Sachs. That
Whitman is one of the few really
great prison managers today won't
count any more than the fact that
Sachs was running a good sanitarium
or the fact that Edward Bemis is one
of the foremost reliable experts on
public utilities.
"At the very time the mayor issued
his order closing the saloons, a
house he owns was tenanted by peo
ple who were later raided by the po
lice and convicted of running an im
moral place."
Rodriguez said that any allegation
he made against the mayor he would
be glad, to have challenged by Dan
lei C. Roberts, the Thompson candi
date for alderman in the 15th ward.
Rodriguez and Roberts debate Sat
urday night in Lowell school, Spal
ding and Hirsch sts.
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A man stole 7 cents-from the news
stand of Sam Frankleder, Monroe
and Dearborn, at the entrance of the
First National bank. '
Frankleder had FreS Saunders, just
entering the bank, arrested as the
The police say Saunders told them
he stole the 7 cents to start a savings
account at the First National

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