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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 24, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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"through -with reformers," but there
would be nothing doing until after
election for fear of the result in the
"ry" cbuntiea of Illinois on the can
didacy of Frank O. Lowden for gov
ernor. Thompson told the committee that
he would not open the saloons on
Sunday during his term as mayor,
but that he" would aid in getting
"home rule for Chicago" from the
state legislature, so" that the , city
council might lake action.
It was pointed out to him that
when the home rule questeion came
up in the legislature the last time it
was Corp. Counsel Sam Ettelson and
other Lundin-Lowden politicians
that prevented its passage.
The saloonkeepers now figure
they haven't much hope of getting
anything from Thompson and they
think the p'ublic utility corporations
will block any attempt to get real
home rule for Chicago, so they have
declared war On Big Bill.
From now en until the opening of
the city council plans will be laid for
the fight on the Thompson-Lundin
administration. But they will fight
without the assistance of the brew
ers, who have doubled their sale of
bottled beer since the .saloons were
The "wets" also accuse Thompson
of appointing the license board con
sisting of Charley Fitzmorris, Serg't
John Naughton and Gotthard Dahl
berg to offset one feature of the
fight on him by the "wets" and
"drys." This feature consisted of a
plan to have the city council take
over the handling of saloon licenses
through a commission appointed by
the aldermen.
According to the "dope," the
mayor has received a tip that the
"drys" were to make the active cam
paign for such a commission, aided
by the Herald and Tribune. Back of
the scheme was John M. Lyle of the
Englewood Law and Order league,
who is known as "the Trib'g white
haired boy," and E. J. Davis of the
Anti-Saloon leasrue. who has beep.
I .firing most of the balls for Jim
Keeley'of the Herald. And toe anu
Thompson "wet" aldermen were to
line up with the reform bunch on the
plan. Hence his speedy appoint
ment of a license commission.
Press-agent stories of the appoint
ment of the license commission were
sent to all the "dry" counties in, Illi
nois by the Lowden managers.
Thompson's announcement to re
porters ten days ago that he was
"through with reformers" was not.
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Washington, Aug. 24. 'Francisco
Villa, once bandit terror of Mexico,
is alive, but haslost his power and
prestige, Brig. Gen. Pershing report
ed in telegram to war dep't yester
day. Pershing said he was wrong when
he reported that Villa attacked Par
ral, that Villa' is sneaking through
mountains on way tq'Durango with
a skimpy following and has avoided
all towns and Carranza troops.
"Opinion seems general that Villa's
prestige is gone and that he can
never again become a serious factor
in Mexican affairs," said Pershing.
Army officers regard Pershing's re
port of Villa's loss of prestige of ut
most importance in bearing on ques
tion of withdrawal of American
troops from Mexico.
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LeRoy Kramer, vice pres. Pullman
Co.; John Williamson, vice pres.
People Gas Light & Coke Co. and
other "prominent citizens" testified
to Capt Cronin's good character at
the resumption of the hearing of the
slot machine'case by the civil service
board today. One witness, Frank
Kolatreese, 4000 Kensington av was
hurriedly excused after he. said the
"captain was. no good." He said Cro
nin allowed man who shot friend of
his to go free. ,

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