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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 05, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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It was the Sullivan Democratic or
ganization in the 7th ward that held
the balance of power that elected
Fetzer alderman and overcame the
amazing array of ballots with the
name of Merriam written in.
In three different precincts of the
7th, Sullivan captains are known to
have favored Merriam till ordered
to beat Merriam. They went so far
as to tell their precinct workers, and
friends of Merriam, that Merriam
was going to be elected. Tie re
ligious issue was. the motive. These
Sullivan Democrats didn't like the
way the Fetzer-Jake Loeb-Thomp-son-Lundin
combine was attacking
Merriam as an ally of the Teachers'
The straight and positive dope was'
passed along in at least three Sulli
van precincts that Merriam was to
be put over. This was on Sunday
and Monday. The three precincts are
solidly Sullivan and deliver a Demo
cratic majority whenever needed.
Nobody in the 7th reckons them any
thing else than pawns of Roger Sul
livan. Monday night the orders came di
rectly from the top of the Sullivan
organization that Fetzer was the
candidate to back. The precinct cap
tains threw away their personal feel
ings and delivered.
Hugh Reid, secretary of the Wood
row Wilson Independent league in
the 1916 campaign, said today that
anyone who chooses to study past
and present election figures of the
7th 'ward will see that Roger Sulli-.
van threw all his strength to Fetzer.
"Precincts where Woodrow Wil
son ran strong for president, Fetzer
the Republican was strong for aHer
man, while Merriam the enemy of
gas and traction grabs, the one man
hardest for the Commonwealth Ed
ison Co. to thwart in the city coun
cil, was weak in these same pre
tfngts," said. RekL.
"I don't know for sure why Sulk
van ciid'it. According to state utili
ties commission records a year ago
Sullivan was the holder of 11,596
shares of stock in the Common
wealth Edison Co., while John P.
Hopkins, the political partner of Sul
livan, held 14,300 shares of Edison
stock. The stock is way above par
and they are millionaires on their
Edison holdings alone.
"There are Guardians of Liberty
who claim that Sullivan's first loyal
ty is to the Catholic church in poli
tics. It was on that issue Sullivan
was beaten for the U. S. senate by
Larry Sherman. On Sullivan's show
ing Tuesday in the 7th ward, how
ever, I would say his first loyalty is
to the Commonwealth Edison Co."
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Federal agents are investigating
the trip to Milwaukee made by Dr.
Frank Ross, 55, owner of the "Labor
ing People's Dental Parlors," 322 S.
State, accompanied by Ruth Sen
siva and Betty Swaysland. Ross is
now under arrest, together with
Louie Chorormokos, owner of the
Athenia cafe, and Jos. Reeves, own
er of the Casino cafe, Kinzie and
The girls say they flirted with Ross
as he was out riding in his auto; that
he took them to the Casino and the
Athenia and induced them to drink
and later brought them to Milwau
kee, where he registered at a hotel
with Betty as man and wife. The
cafe owners were charged with sell
ing drinks to a minor.
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The navy dep't has asked Chicago
to contribute 1,800 seamen by April
20. That means the city must fur
nish at least 100 enlisted men a day.
Lieut. A. H. Davison said recruiting
for the army was going along at a,
rapid clip,
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