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John Powers Has Ser?ed His Hineteenth
Ward CoDstituents Faithfully
for Six Tears.
From All Apptaraneu Ht Will Sirvi Thtm
Equally at Faithfully for
Anothor Torm.
A Record of His Services in the City Council
No Alderman Has
A committee of 500 loading busi
ness men and citizens of tbo Nine
teenth Ward has Issued the follow
ing address to the citizens of that
ward in favor of Alderman John
The third successive term of your
able representative In the City Coun
cil, John l'ower, Is about to expire,
and at the earnest request of many
of our most Influential cltlzons, ho
has finally consented to again appear
before you as a candidate for re-election.
During his six years' service as
Alderman, he has been most faithful
to the trust reposed in him, and has
well subserved the interests of thoso
who sent him there, and a hearty re
tvrnto bit seat, would be a fitting
tribute to a worthy servant for faith
ful services rendered.
For the past six years In the Coun
cil he has taken not only an active
but prominent part in all the delib
erations of that body, and has ever
been the champion of right and Jus
tice. In the cause of labor he has
been a leader, as Is testified by tho
fact that soon after entering tho
Council he drafted tho eight-hour or
dinance, and brought it to a success
ful Issue.
Tho following is the ordinance:
Section 1. Tlmt on and after tho first
day of July, J65O, for alt employe per
forming manual labor for tba city of CM
cugn, und working within It corporato
llrolii. eight (8) hours of such labor, be
tween 0u.ui, uud On.ni. sbull be consti
tute tt full und logut Uay'a w rle.
tea 2. The provisions of Section 1 shall
not be construed to apply to or govern tbo
l'ollco or Kite Departments or any depart
ment or workshop where constant opera
tion Is noccmury.
cec, a In ull uuiesof nocetilty or emer
gency, superintendents, foremen or others
In authority uro horoby authorised to work
their employes Mich numbor of hour as
such necessity or emergency may require.
But fur nil lubor porformod In oxcess of
orght (8) huurs m any ono day such laborer
or employe shall be entitled to uud shall
recelvo pay at the rate of tlmo und one
half for all such labor performed,
etc 4. That ull ordinances or parts of
ordinance Incoislsteut herewith are here
by repouled.
rsc. fi. This ordlnunc shall bo In full
foreo and effect f remand utter lu passugo.
He alto preaontod-tbe following resolu
tion, and secured Its udopt'oni
Resolved, Thut alt superintendents, foro
men and others la charge of men working
for the City of Chicago, In Its various de
partments, tuke special cure to have the
mate law enfurced with reitnrd to citizen
ship of thoso employed by the city, and all
not able to furnish proper proof of such to
be Immediately die .'barged.
A perusal of tho Council Proceed
ings will show that he has bcon In
strumental In passing' hundreds of
ordinances for curbing, grading and
filling tho numerous streets In tho
ward, placing of water service- pipes,
drains, sidewalks, etc., etc., as also
many ordinances repealing ordi
nances, whoro tho assossmont worked
u hardship on the people. In this
latter ninttor ho has always been at
tho command of his constituents. In
tho matter of personal damage, claims
against tho city, on behalf of his
constituents, bo has been particularly
successful, us many will willingly
testify. In the matter of granting
franchises ho has been zealous and
conservative, seeing that the inter
ests of tho city were well protected.
In tho matter of local Improvements
an immense amount of detail work is
necessary to be done, as will more
fully appear from the following:
On the first introduction ot an or
der for Improvement, It must be re
ferred to the Commissioner of Pub
lic Works for an ordinance covering
the Improvement proposed, which
necessitates an' estimate of tho work,
and poislbly a survey of tbo location
by the Cty Engineer, before, proper
estimate can bo made. This being
done, the ordinance Is next intro
duced in the Council, and if the Al
derman pressing same Is watchful
and alert, he secures Its passage. The
Map Department is next called on to
furnish a map of the street or local
ity; and this, with tho ordinance,
goes to the Special Assessment De
partment, which makes the proper
assessment for the payment of the
work and other costs. If no legal
objection is hero Interposed as to the
correctness of the assessment, an or
der is then passed by tbo Council In
structing the Commissioner to adver
tlso for bids for tho performance of
the propiscd Improvements, and In
this and a multltudo of other ways,
delays, which aro unavoidable, seem
to accumulate.
During his torm of otllce he has
bcon nsslduous In his efforts to push
all contemplated improvements with
the least possible delay, and his
efforts have been rewarded with suc
cess. It may safoly be' said that no
past or present member of the Coun
cil has worked with greater zest in
tho interest of his ward and constitu
ents, or has accomplished mora In
their behalf. Ills energy and zeal
aro and have been resistless, and ho
has proved blamlf ot oaly a -leader
in his party, but a fit and proper rep
resentative of the common people.
Having sprung from the ranks of the
workingmen himself, ho Is thoroughly
in sympathy with them, and all legis
lation that tonds to amollorato .and
better their condition, has received
at all times his hearty and undivided
support, as his Council record nbund
antly proves. .
Since his first election to the
Council he has been appointed to
membership on tho following com
mittees in the respective years as
named below, viz.:
Btrojts and Alleys, W. I) ; and
Health und County Holatloas,
II Elections i
l Streets und Alleys, W. D. hb'1
Wliorllni Prlvlloges.
Oni. Oil and Electric Lights,
btreots and .Alleys, W. Hi, and
Wharves und Public Orounds.
htreets and Alleys, W. IX,
Wharves and Publle Grounds und
a as, Oil und Electric Lights,
rtreels uud Alloys, W. D und
Whittling Privileges.
For the years 1800, 1801, and 1802
ho was appointed chairman of the
Committee on Streets and Alleys, W.
D., and his earnest work in that ca
pacity Is testified to by tho numerous
and extonsivo Improvements under
taken and carried out during these
ycari, and needs no' further encomium
at our hunds
In the various other commlttoes
of which ho has been a member, ho
has tukon a very actlvo part In tho
deliberation on mattors presented,
und has always been found to advo
cate tho wclfuro and interest of tho
city, and radically opposed to all that
boro tho slightest taint of Jobbery or
sharp practice On the School Com
mlttco ho has been a particularly
actlvo an J enthusiastic member, and
has worked curnostly and sincerely In
tbo Interests of his ward. It Is to
his almost Individual effort thut was
secured tho largo and commodious
public school, now known as tho An
drew Jackson School, located on
Sholto street, an Institution which Is
not only an honor and an ornament
to tho ward but which fills a want
long and soroly felt by Its resident
In tho matter of elevated rail
roads, rapid transit and extension of
cross-tnwu lines, ho has been an
earnest supporter, whero such seemed
to .bo strictly in the Interest of the
people, and bore promise ot giving
them tbo relief sought for, and his
record In the Council will show that
he has vigorously opposed all such
measures which did not carry with
them an earnest that they were put
forward in good faith, and with an
evident intention of carrying out tho
promises made in return for tbo
franchises and grants asked for. In
the extension of cross-town lines he
has been an able advocate, and has
aided, more than perhaps any mem
ber of the Council, in securing the
present Improved and' extended sur
face transit facilities on the West
As a member of the Finance Com-
yY .---'v:": ' . Kiimutli sJm ij
For Six Yean
tulttoe under tho last Republican
administration, as also a member un
der tho present, ho has always con
tended in tho interests or tho poor,
not only of his own ward, but of the
city In general.
Tho legislative oxporlcnco he has
gained by his terms in the Council
eminently qualifies him to be oven
of grcattr sorvlco In tho future and
as follow-cltlzens and voters of tbo
ward wo earnestly solicit your votes
and Inlluenco In his behalf.
In the limited space hero afforded
it would bo Impossible to enumorato
tho various measures Introduced by
Aid. Powors In tho Council, and
must content ourselves with 'men
tioning but a fow of tho more' promi
nent measures with which ho has
bcon connected.
Ono of tho first mattors taken up
by .Aid. Powers was tho location of a
bridge at Tuylor street, u matter
which had boon agitated for a period
of twenty years prior thereto, and
on tho contract being mado for tho
building of a new bridgo at Adams
street, succeeded In effecting tho
transfer or tbo old bridge to Taylor
street At this time, there was a
lively fight In progress between tho
Union Passenger. Hallway Company
and tho West Chicago Street Rail
wuy Company, of which advantage
was taken by Aid. Powers, by which
ho secured from the latter company
tho 'sum ot 9100,000, or a sum suffi
cient to defray tho cost of tho ap
proaches to tho bridge. The loca
tion ot this bridgo Is not only of
great benefit and convenience to our
ward, but tho payment of $100,000,
as above, by tho railroad company,
was of great bonollt to tho taxpayers.
Tho Chicago and Northern Pacific
Railway, which passes tho cast ap
proach, protested vigorously aguinst
tho building of an approach over
their tracks, Interposing vigorous ob
jectlons thereto, but whon subse
quently thoy canio to tho Council for
certain rights and favors, thoy were
held ut bay by Aid. Powors until per
mission wus glvon by them to allow
tho approach to bo built over their
tracks. It will thus be seen that to
the individual, und ulmost unaided,
efforts ot Aid. Powors is tho West
Side indebted for tho Taylor street
bridgo and approaches, as also for tho
.fart that $100,000 of tho cost of con
struction, was paid by tho West Chi
cago Street Railroad Company.
In June of tho following year, In
consequence of the well-known irreg
ularity of tho gas companies in
lighting tbo streets, be presented the
following preamble and resolution,
and had same passed, viz:
Wiiehkas, It Is a well-known fact, that
on many streets of this elty, the gas lamps
are not rogularly lit nlxbu, to the great
Inconvenience and danger of the public)
WaiBiAS, The City of Chicago, as It now
stands through tbo ordinances granted
the various gat companlos, requires t hem to
light their lamp each and every night at
all seasons ot the year) therefore, be It
Bstolvcd, That the Chief of Police be,
and he is hereby Instructed to Issue a gen
eral order to his men alt over the city to
report to him any failure on the part of
the gas companies to light their lumps un
cording to the provisions of tbsir ordi
nances, for the purpose of having the same
the Faithful Representative of
On July 8 ho presented a preamble
and resolution declaring the first
Monday of Sep torn be r (Labor Day) a
lrgal holiday, and secured its passage
The following Is tho order as passed:
WnriiEAS. Tho first day of September,
USD. will be recognised In labor circle us a
legal holiday throughout the United States)
therefore, bo It
llesolvod, Ily tho City Council of tho
City of Chlcugo, that said tlrst day of ret
tcmber shall bo declared u togul holiday
for ull city employes oxcopt In tho depart
mints where tbo Intoretts of thu city uro
absilutcly required to bo In operation.
On Feb. 24, 1801, ho presented to
tho council the petition ot the driv
ers of patrol and other wagons under
tbo Jurisdiction ot the chief or po
lice for an Incroaso of salary, which
was referred to tho Committee on
Presented an order for a report as
to tho number of crossings of tho
Chicago, Milwuukco and St. Paul
Railway Company unprotected either
by watchmen or gates, and secured
Its passage.
Also on April 18, 1801, presented
tho following order, and secured Its
passage, viz.: .
Ordero.l, That tho Commissioner of
Health bo and ho Is hereby empowered
where. In his opinion, a savliu can be madn
to tho city by so doing, to let the scuvongur
work of tho city by the day Instead ot by
Presented tho report of tho Com
missioner of Public Works as to tho
unprotected crossings of tho Chicago,
Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad on
Bloomlngdale road and the viaduct at
North avonue, recommending that
the Commissioner of l'ubllc Works
onforco tho orders referred to In said
May 18 Prcsontcd an oidor for
tho licensing, etc., or curettes, which
was referred to the Committco on
Streets and Alloys, W. D.
Also an order providing for tho
closing ot tho depots of tho city gov
ernment nt 1 o'clock on Suturduys
during tho summer souson, und in
faco of somo opposition passed tho
May 25 Prosonted n recommenda
tion from tho Commissioner of Public
Works recommending a settlomont
with tho owners of property for dam
ages sustained by reason of the con
struction of tho Taylor street via
duct, and had samo rofcrrcd to tho
Commltteo on Finance.
Presented an order for an electric
light iu tho center of tho block be
tween Clinton and Jefferson streets,
and tho City Electrician was so or
dered. .
June 8 Presented a resolution
concerning the construction of switch
tracks without the authority of tho
City Council, and directing the Chlof
of Police to prohibit tbe construction
of such tracks without a proper per
mit So ordered.
June 16 -Presented an order pro
viding for the assessment of water
used at Washington Park by motor,
and tbe same was passed.
July 6 Reported favorably upon,
and recommended the passago of an
order to permit the Emeraid Foot
ball Club to play ball at tho north
west corner of Paulina street and
Wabansta avenue, whloh permission
was granted.
the 19th Ward.
'. ..
July 0 Reported unfavorably upon
a report and ordlnanco providing for
condemnation or property for a pub
lic park, and recommended that samo
bo placed on file. So ordered.
July HI lleportcd favorably upon,
and recommended tho passago of nn
ordlnanco for the extension of the
trucks of tho West Chlcugo Street
Railroad Company on West North
avonue, from California avenue to
Crawford avenue.
Reported favorably on order to no
tify thoOhlcugo and Northern Pacific
Railway Company to remove water
tank und coal shed from 40th and
Randolph streets, recommending the
passage of tho order.
Oct. 2 Prcsontcd nn order for
paving with cedar blocks, on stone
foundation, Vun Huron street, from
River to Clinton street, and rescind
ing ordor passed Oct 0, 181(1, which
was referred to Department ot Public
Works for proper ordinance.
Doc. 7 Presented a preamble and
ordor directing tho Commissioner of
Public Works to causo tho icmoval of
any and all railroad tracks laid with
out pormlt within the city limits by
tho Chicago, Rock Island and lacifiu
Railroad Company, und moved its
pussugc. Motion prevuilcd.
Jan. 4 Reported favorably on a
referred pstltlon und ordlnunco au
thorizing tho West Chicago Street
Railroad Company to construct a
streot railroad on Mllwaukco avenue,
from Armltago avonue to Lawrence
avenue, nnd moved its passage. Mo
tion prevailed.
Feb. 20 Presented an order to
havo streot crossings cleaned, and
moved its passago. Motion pre
vailed. March 14 Presented an Invitation
to tho Council by James II. Lynch,
Grand Marshal, to rovlew tho parado
of tho Catholic societies of Chicago
nt tho rectory of St. Patrick's church,
i;)5 West Adams street, on tho 17th
ot thut month, und moved that samo
bo accopted and placed on file.
July 11. Presented u preamble und
resolution providing for tho appoint
ment of a committco ot five to con
fer with tho directors ot tho World's
Fair with a view to having rescinded
tho order prohibiting tho public
from driving through tho Woild's
Fair grounds, which was referred to
Committco on World's Fair.
Presented a preamble and resolu
tion to provide for tho cremution of
tbo garbage of tho First Ward In the
crematory of tho Chicago Garbago
Crematory, at a cost not to exceed 80
cents per ton, which was referred to
tho Committee on Finance.
Sept. 12 Presented an ordor in
structing tbe Commissioner ot Pub
lic Works to proceed with the neces
sary repairs on tho Van Buren Street
Bridge, that it may be In condition
to be used by tho people at tbe earli
est possible moment, and moved Its
passage. Motion prevailed.
Nov. 21 Presented an order for an
ordinance authorizing owners of
buildings three or more stories high
to lay two one-Inch water service
pipes Into such buildings, with two
soparuto connections thereof with
(Continued ou Pago 3.)
iuhiu um ms in.
The Hew Collector of Customs Picks Out a
Lot of New Democratic
Th Twenty-fifth Ward Democracy Pays High
Tributa ia thi Ratiring AMar-
mty., Saxtan.
General Gossip About
Whose Fate Will
The entire list of appointments to
bo mado by Collector Murtin J. Rus
sell has been filled. The list was for
warded to tho Treasury Department
several days ago and was returned
from Washington, without altera
tion, with tho olllclul stamp of ap
proval. Tho list Is as follows:
Maurice J. Orlffln, Deputy No. a, vice
Charles bontliard .',-:co
Stanley C. Crafts, Auditor No. 4, vice K.
I'. Harris 3,:oo
Louis A. l'rlndlvllle, Cashier No. S, vlco
F. 8. Wheeler ,Soo
Frank Combs, Confldcntlsl Secretary.
vice J. F. Dewty i.too
Ilobert II. McCrcary, Deputy Collector
No.H. vice F. M. llsssett l.bCO
Thtodore II. Tblel, Assistant Cssh'tr,
vice L. D. Tnttle l.tco
James M. Nash, Deputy Coll:tor No. 1,
class 9, vice R.M.-Burke t 1,400
Charles L. Hsrrlntr, Deputy Collector No.
I, clats A, vice W. D. Phillip '.... foo
Collector Russell said that bo was
happy to annuunco that there woro
no more nppointment to bo mado
in hit department. "Peoplo In gen
eral," ho said, "don't seem to under
stand that 07 per cent, of tho posi
tions In this department have to bo
mado under tho civil service rules.
Tho foregoing list contains all tho In
dividual appointments I can make,
and they had to bo approved ut
Washington. Slnco my appointment
I have had over 2,0011 applications
for clerkships and places of ono kind
or unothor which I havo no rower to
till. So long as a man perforins his
duty faithfully in my department ho
can hold his Job, and I think it should
bo so. I havo had men como to mo
and say that this man is a partisan
Republican or that mun voted tho
Republican tlckot, nnd should bo re
placed by a Domocr.it Rut I cannot
romovo a man for such reasons. It
must ho proved that ho is dishonest
or glvon to drunkenness or gross neg
lect of duty or somo other substantial
charge. So long as I um here tho
civil service rules will bo lived up to."
llasr-llnll Men on the Hustle for Scinlnn,
Tho board of directors of tho City
Lcaguo Wcdcctday evening decided
to hold a mass meeting of all tho baso
ball players ot Chlcugo nt Fltgcruld's
Hull, Adams and Uulsted streets,
Thursday ovcnlng, In the Interest of
Mortimer J. Scnnlun. Mr. Scanlan
is one of Chicago's oldest ball players.
lie lias been a member of tho City
Leajjuo, Commercial League, nnd in
fact ho played ball in Chicago slnco
1880, und it is for that reason tho
ball players, both Democrats and
Republicans, took this notion. It
wns bo the first meeting of tho
kind over held in Chicago, and tho
base-ball players from all parts of the
city aro very enthusiastic.
Nranhtn Will Win In West Town.
On tho West SIdo tho tight for
Assessor Is between Mortimer J.
Scunlan, Democrat, nnd James L.
Monaghan, Republican. Tho town
Is naturally Democratic by a major
ity ranging from 6,000 In off years to
16,000 in general elections. Thoro
will be disappointment if Scanlan Is
not elected by 7,600 majority. Ho Is
In overy way better qualified than
Monaghan for the position, has a
wider acquaintance, Is absolutely free
from entangling alliances, and has a
margin of votes to goon. It Is hard
ly possible to imagine such u thing ua
Monaghan's success. Nevertheless a
big fight Is on in tho West Sldo
Wards over Assessor, and neither
candidate is overlooking a point.
. Scanlan Is a Chicago man clear
Various Candidates
Be Decided on
through to tho bono. Educated in
the common and high schools of the
city ho polished off tho excellent edu
cation ho received In that wuy nt
Notre Dame University In South
Bend, Ind. He Is yet in the prlmo or
his young manhood not more than
thirty-three years old and this Is his
first Important dip in politics. Scun
lan novcr sought office. Ho has al
ways dovotcd himself to mercantile
pursuits and has done very well with
them. In 1801 and 1802 Mr. Scanlan
ran for town clerk on the West Side
and won, his friends claim by the
largest majority over given to a West
Side candidate. He served the town
Mr. Scanlan is ' ho relation of tho
Scanlans or the North Side. He has
not infrequently been tnken for a
brother or cousin of Klckbam Scan
lan, tho Inwycr who assisted the
State In tho prosecution of tho Cro
nln conspirators, but tho two aro not
related at, all. Mortimer's fnmo on
the West Sldo camo first from his ex
cellence ns an amateur bull-plujcr.
For a long tlmo ho has bcon tho cap
tain and first baseman of tho Whit
ings, who havo been so long tho in
vincible team of the city league.
They Honor Helton.
Alderman Sexton has received tho
grateful thanks of tho Twcnty-llfth
Ward Democratic Club in the follow
ing resolutions adopted by tho club:
WllKiUMD, Amtln O. tfuxton, the retiring
Alderman of tho Twcnty-llfth War. I, litis,
during the four ysurs of his tnoinlierslilp or
the Common Council of tho Clly ot Clilcu
eo, proven hlmolf nn honoit, ublo und
ucttvo rcDrcsontutlvo of tho peoplo, whom
effort In bolmlf of his wurJ und tbo city
nt ltirRO uro fully upproclated nnd will bo
uriitufnlly rcniemborod by his follow citi
zens, nnil
Whkiikah, Aldormaii iexton has do
cllued u rcnomlnutlon to tho Common
Council, which was unanimously tondurod
lilm by thq Deiuocntts ot the Tnonty-Ufth
Ward) therefore, bo It
Bosolvod, Thut Jwo. tho Twenty-flftlt
Ward Democratic Club, wlillo recognizing
tho proprloty und Juunou ot liU reitvons,
slnccroly regret his decUlon to discontinue
hUoiunoctloii with tho city inlinlnUlrn
tlon, of which ho bus been a most vulunblo
monitor und u fearless sitsuclou, und dis
interested counselor, u foullnc that U
shared In by nil cltlions to whom tho In
toretts of our city are of hUhor moment
tliiiu party succossi uud,
llesolvod, Thut wo nsturo Mr. Paxtnn or
our continued confidence) und res ect, nnd
ot thn gratitude wu ono htm. together
with tho uutlra population of our ward und
city, (ur his splendid sorvlco as ono of tho
foreman memlmri of tho City Council In
ability us well as In honuit ondoavor and
achievement fir tho bonollt of tho pooplu;
llesolvod, Thut a ciprnt thoso lesolu
tlons bo engroised and prosonted to Mr.
M. W. ItoniNsoN, President.
John W. Kk.nnbdv, Socio t.iry.
Alderman James Keats,
Alderman James Keats Is almost
certain to bo re-elected in tho Four
teenth Wurd. Ho Is u very populur
man, und bus mado a most efficient
Alderman. Ho has been u resident of
tho Fourteenth Ward for twenty-five
years, is honest and upright, und is
always with tbo peoplo In every matter
that comes up and is watchful of
their interests. He secured an ap
propriation of $150,000 for a better
water system In his ward, and suc
ceeded, after a bard fight. In getting
a 24-Inch main placed In Crawford
avenue. He has bcon fighting for a
now pumping station for his district,
and it will bo built Thoso aro a few
of tbe many benefits he has secured
for his people. Ho desorves re-elm,-tlon.
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