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JOE CONNERY TO STEP OUT OF OFFICE HE
MADE PUBLIC SERVICE STATION
BY CARL SANDBURG
If voters inside Chicago had their
way Joseph F. Connery would be re
elected county recorder. Straight
tickets from the country districts,
villages and truck farms, however,
cut down Connery's city majority. So
Joseph Hass, by 10,029 majority, the
next four years will run the county
The lead handed Connery in the
city came from people who know him
and what he has done. He has-filled
this particular office with brains, per
sonality and loyal public service.
Under his operation of the office Chi
cago in degree woke up to what the
office of recorder means, what pe
culiar private business interests there
are that try to feed off it and how
much service it can render that's
Prom Connery came the first ex
posure of what a fine office the
county recorder is for the big Chi
cago Title & Trust Co. to have a
stool pigeon in. In Connery's cam
paign it was notable he had the Chi
cago Title & Trust Co. and all its
political agencies, from Abel Davis
and Walter Fisher to Roy O. West
and the Daily News, against him.
The Day Book, Journal, Herald,
Tribune and Hearst papers were for
Connery. The Cook County Real
Estate board and the Torrens Land
Title Registration league were for
him. He had nearly everything with
him except the Chicago Title & Trust
Co., the Daily News and the tnick
farmers who work themselves and
their children twelve hours a day and
vote their tickets straight In the
city where they knew Joe Connery
he got votes.
No lament is due Joe Connery. As
noted before, he has brains and per
sonality. Banks and corporations
that have watched his work in the
.recorder's office have their eye on
him and he can step iiito any one
of several fat jobs any time he says
In technical business requirements
the office is harder to handle than
any in the county government. Under
Connery its profits more than
doubled, Torrens registrations came
by thousands instead of hundreds,
and it was advertised that here is a
publicly-owned abstract writing plant
that can do cheaper and better work
than the private title companies.
The smell of politics and chair-,
warmers was absent from the office.
Courtesy and rapid transaction of
business became the regular and ex
pected thing. In the best connota-'
tion of the word "business," Connery
was one real business man in office,'
an organizer. , "
If Joe Haas, elected by the truck
farmers who voted sraight tickets,
now goes ahead and gives Cook
county an administration of service,
he will make many friends.
At the iyst signs -that the Chicago
Title & Trust Co. is again inside the
county recorder's office trying to
strangle, the Torrens system it is 'a
safe prediction there will be trouble.
This because a mass of people have
come to see" that the recorder's office
should be a public service station and
not a private annex for the Chicago
Ttitle & Trust Co.
John Logan, 40, 111 E. Grand av.,
teamster for John S. Cooper Team
ing Co., fell off his wagon on Mich
igan av. at Rush street bridge. The
wagon wheel ran over his head and
he was crushed to death.
Aurora, III. Charles Doetschman
has been elected county recorder,
but the fact killed his wife. Mrs.
Doetschman died suddenly of heart
trouble when it became apparent
from returns fier husband was