WILMETTE RICH FACE FIGHT
AGAINST PRIVATE BEACHES
Wilmette village is going to fight
the fences that make private proper
ty of public beaches.
Wealthy residents of the exclusive
North Shore suburb who have prop
erty abutting the lake have carried
their fences out across the beach
sands to the water's edge. They
thought they could get away with it,
as Wilmette village generally lets its
wealthiest people do about what they
please, for they say: "The rich made
Wilmette, why shouldn't Wilmette
be good to its rich?"
But the village board won't submit
to fences that shut off the beach
sands from the kids who can have
such fun on them. C. C. Camahan,
village attorney, says he is going to
fight until he hasn't any ground to
stand on rather than let those fences
"It may mean a long fight," said
Camahan, "but the public should
have the lake shore. Because a man
owns property along the lake gives
him no right to run a fence into the
water and shut off the beach from
the use of the public."
Carnahan's stand is much in con
trast with the way the Chicago cor
poration counsel's office seems to
view the occupancy by the Saddle
and Cycle club of a whole block of
fine beach between Foster and Ber
wyn avs., just where a beach is sadly
When a little boy walked on this
beach two weeks ago a gardener of
the Saddle and Cycle club attacked
him with a. pair of heavy grass
shears. He died from the wound.
The corporation counsel's office
has started no action of its own, but
will accept a brief from Sam'l Kas
sel, attorney of the Boys' Brother
hood Republic, which will show why
the city should proceed at once to
not only compel the Saddle and Cy
cle club to tear down its high wire
fence into the lake, but to turn over
the beach to the use of the people. J
"TEXAS TOMMY" -BURK FROM
TEXAS IS "IN AGAIN"
"Texas Tommy" Burk is in again.
A week ago, shortly after he had ar
rived in the "wild and woolly west"
from Texas, he was picked up by the
coppers for carrying artillery.- In his
Lhip pocket was one gun, loaded. He
explained that he thought everybody
carried a gun in Chicago, and he in
tended to sell his to some citizen suf
fering from a scarcity. He didn't
think his gun would shoot, but it
looked vicious, anyway.
In the boys' court, after he told his
story and received some enlighten
ment on the fact that the law forbids
the toting of guns, Tommy was giv
en a chance.
Yesterday Tommy was in again.
This time he was charged with hav
ing malicious intentions on a poor
box. He denied his guilt and insisted
he had merely gone Into the church
to pray, when an usher grabbed his:,
shut him m a room and threatened
to slap his face.
However, there was the fact that
Tommy had sprinted eight blocks
after jumping out of he window
and had hidden in a basement, from
which he was yanked by the police.
"Twenty-five dollars and costs,"
said Judge Dolan, "and when you
come out of he Bridewell you had
better go back to Texas."
So Tommy is "in" again.
LYLE READY FOR FIGHT
John H. Lyle, Englewood reformer,
who was tossed out of the civil serv
ice commission rooms yesterday
when he tried to read a statement
roasting the city administration for
allowing South Side saloons to open
Sunday, is ready with new ammuni
tion, he said today. It is believed he
Is ready to accuse certain Englewood
politicians of being responsible for
violations of the Sunday closing law.
Meanwhile Cap. Coffin, civil service
boss, say the Sunday closing quiz is
going right on.
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