RUSSIA'S STRONG MAN
GRAND DUKE NICHOLAS
He commanded the Russian army
at the beginning of the war and won
notable victories. He was deposed
through jealous influences.
Beefsteak is an article of food
wlych walks into a slaughter house
on four legs and rides out in a wagon
Some folks like it rare, exceeding
ly rare. So rare, in fact, that they,
tell the waiter to just cripple theirs
and drag it in.
Other folks don't like it rare. But
with'prices what they are, they find
it rare whether they like it or not.
Either mighty rare or totally extinct.
One man we know was carried to
the hospital the other day singing:
"Oh what is so rare as a dayt in June?
A piece of the cow that jumped over
This condition should not exist
We are in favor of more meat on
ALD. KENNEDY TALKS OF GAS
AND TRACTION PATRIOTS
"Three big national issues are fill
ing the minds of the "people of Chi
cago. Local issues are getting less
attention in proportion to their "im
portance than at any in this city's
history. The gas company, the trac
tion crowd, the telephone company
and Commonwealth Edison are all
going to have their franchises re
newed or their new rate schedules
fixed this year or new year.
"The aldermanic campaign this
spring would be the most exciting
the city has ever known if big na
tional' issues were not taking the
time and thought of so many peo
ple. With a railroad strike threat
ened, war with Germany threatened,
and with rising prices of food and
clothing to be combatted, the aver
age wage earner is kept might busy."
This is the way Aid. John,C. Ken
nedy explains the lack of excitement
in the ward campaigns this month.
Kennedy believes the utility corpor
ations are active in every ward in
Chicago and this year and next they
will grab enormous new special privi
leges. " "Fifty-year . franchises, J-cent
street car fares, overloaded capital
izations that would make Charles T.
'Yerkes look like a piker these is
sues under normal conditions would
have Chicago hot under the collar
from Norwood Park to Englewood.
"Gas to cook with going higher.
Electric light current going higher.
Street car rides going higher. That's
the prospect for Chicago. That's
what the utility corporations are go
ing to put over while the turmoil of
war, strikes and mounting, food
prices-is at its worst this year." Their,
plans are laid for it. The work is be
ing done quietly.
"We will all know more about
when the work is finished and the
jokers have been slipped through in
city council and state legislature."
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