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The Popular County Treasurer Will
Probably Head the State Tick
et -His Great Record.
Mr. Henry Raab, the State Superintendent
of Schools, Will Not
Race for It.
General Gossip of the Various Candidates for
All of the Offices to
Be Filled.
Mr. Charles Kern will undoubtedly
bo tho Democratic nominee for State
Treasurer. Ho is extremely popular
with tho pcoplo, ns has been shown
by his election as ShcrlfT and Treas
urer of Cook County. Henry Raab,
tho nrcscnt Stato Superintendent of
Public Instruction, decllnos to run
for Treasurer. This gives Mr. Kern
the Held to himself.
As County Treasurer Mr. Kern has
devoted nearly four years of diligent
care In tho administration of the
ottlco and has emphasized tho confi
dence and respect in which ho always
has bcon beld by tho public. There
has been employed in his office since
April 10 a force of 250 clerks, and
these are working day, night, and
Sundays. Tho tax lovy and special
assessments for tho year will amount
to $23,000,000. Of this amount from
25 to 30 per cent will most likely bo
found delinquent on the general levy
on Aug. 1, when tho soiling begins.
Tho payments on May 1 were very
heavy. To make tho proper credit)
for tho money paid will tako two
weeks, and this work will not 1j
completed until next Sunday.
Miutly I'nlil liy Check.
Tho full forco has been called upon
' to perform Sunday duty. Tho habit
of paying In checks has grown in tho
last few years, and this year they
amount to more than ever before.
It is only tho smaller taxpayers who
now go to the ottlco, and of these at
least half aro womon. All heavy
bills are paid by check and the payers
do not visit tho offlco at all. They
write for thoir bills, which aro sont.
A check comes back, and when this
has gone through tho clearing house
the receipts aro sent. But oven with
this rule Mr. Horn's forco has suc
cessfully handled from II vo to six
thousand peoplo in a single day. And
that, ,too, without confusion or
friction. Courtesy is always found
In that ottlee. Treasurer Kern per
mits nothing else. He Is proud of
his forco and thoy understand and
respect him.
"Every clerk must have patience
and courtesy to all Is exacted," said
tho County Treasurer. "All under
stand that if thoy vary from these
Instructions thoy will nave to go.
liut I huve a splondld lot of men."
No othor treasurer Cook County
ever had gave so much personal su
pervision to his ottlco or docs Mr.
Kern. Ho moves about among tho
employes, and seos that no citizen is
kept waiting or delayed in the trans
action of business with tho onlco.
The ruh this year was handled bet
ter than over boforo, and everybody
was pleased. And in all this orowd
of business not one dollar was lost.
l'rnllt of 11174,000 for the County.
Treasurer Kern accomplished last
year something which was never done
before. Tho office netted tho county
about $174,000 profit. This was re
alized from tho 2 por cent, paid by
tho city for collecting the general
taxes und 1 por cent, for special assess
ments. From this fund all the sala
ries and expenses of tho office wore
paid, tho handsome balance men
tioned being left. It s expected to
accomplish liko or even better results
this year. These figures show that
the office Is economically adminis
tered. But tho whole machinery is
ftV . "rVVt fi
run in a perfect system. Tho men
employed In tho County Treasurer's
office must earn their salaries and
put in full time. A timekeeper makes
a tour of the office every hour. He
takes tho timo tho men go to dinner
or luncheon and when they return.
If an employe is nbscnt without leave
ho Is docked. This rule did not al
ways apply to tho County Treasurer's
office, whero In years past thcro was
not found lacking a disposition among
the clerks to shirk their work.
Thorough business mothods, In
fuct, havo marked tho whole of Mr.
Kern's administration. His pay
ments Into the city treasury have al
ways been prompt On tho 1st of
August of each ycur 77 por cent, of
all tho general tuxes collected has
been paid over. This rule has bcon
most punctiliously followed. To bo
sure, during tho first two years of
Mr. Kern's Incumboncy, when ti'c
Comptroller was of the opposing polit
ical faith, there was some friction,
but that was engendered by polit
ical feeling and a deslro to mako
political capital. Since then tho
County Treasurer und City Comp
troller havo bcon In perfect accord,
and tills is so now of Mr. Kern und
Mr. Ackcriiuin.
Mr. Kern was asked how tho col
lections this year compared with
those of last. "The people," ho said,
"havo dono very well. I should Judge
that thcro arc no moro delinquents
this year than last, notwithstanding
tho hard times." Mr. Kern has al
ways run ahead of his ticket In this
city and is strong in tho State, no
will poll thousands of votes through
out the Stato on account of his per
sonality, outside of party linos. It is
known that Charles Kern stands
ready to accept the Democratic nom
ination for State Treasurer If tho
party mukes a unanimous call on him
to do so, and slnco it is probable that
Kern and Wulff will measuro politi
cal strength In this campaign it will
be Interesting to noto their relative
strength In Cook County in 181)0,
when tho one ran for County Clerk on
tho Republican ticket and tho other
for County Treasurer on tho Demo
cratic ticket and both were elected.
Both ran ahead of their respective
On that occasion Mr. Kern beat
WulIT In tho city of Chicago by 4,035
plurality, and Mr. Wullt ran uhcud
of Mr. Kern in tho country towns by
a plurality of .'1,225. Following is
tho voto in detail;
Kern v. Wullt.
Warda. Kern. Wulff.
Fine 2,914 1,SU
Second l,HM 3.J01
Third 1.HI3 2,3JJ
Fourth MM 3.HII
Fifth 2.071) 1,7.-5
Sixth 2,IMJ 1,0)2
Sereuth 2.2W l,7l
Eighth 2,477 l.oit
Ninth .' 2.U17 1.91'J
Tenth 2,1m 2.1M
Klerenth 2,137 u,2U0
Twelfth 2,86ii S,wi
Thirteenth 2,iU 2,si'
Fourteenth 1,701 2.174
Flltocnth 2,10t 2,0lt
Sixteenth 2,sw 1.S7J
Serenteenth 1.7J-I l,0JO
KlKbteenth 2,jm t,wt
Nmeteenth u,V2) l.OiO
Twentieth 1,278 1,004
Twenty-nret ?,W3 i,7U
Twenty-seoond.., 9,110 1,711
Twenty-third 2.142 1,71
Twenty-fourth 2,(1x1 2.2D)
Twenty-fifth i l,m 1.938
Twenty-eUth 1,0)1 1,4:8
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Warde. Kern,
Twenty-ierentb 742
Twenty-eighth Tti
Twenty-nlntb Wit
Thirtieth 2,at(i
Thirty-nut Ml
Thlrty-necond 1,
Thirty-third l.Ji
Thirty-fourth I.mvj
Total ;i.-i
Total country townn sMl
cirtnu total ....,,,"." ,.1,1-iu
It will be remembered that In the
Grand total.
election of 181)0 neither of tho county
tickets won straight, so tlmt tho
atovo figures aro very significant.
Tim ntnat. nnnnliir I'niullilntfl fnrthn
position of County Superintendent or
Schools Is Mr. Henry Douglns Hatch.
Mr. Hatch was born In Will County,
Illinois, March 10, 1853. His fath
er's family wcro Now-Englandors for
nearly a century before tho Revolu
tionary War. His mother's family
came to Illinois In an early day from
Now Jcrsoy, and furnished ono of
Chicago's first schoolmasters and
Will County's first Ceunty Surveyor.
Left a half-orphan In Infancy, Mr.
Hutch received his early education
In a country vlllago school, some
forty miles from tho city, on an ex
tension of Ogden avonuo, known to
tho early sottlors as the Chicago
rPhn vnnfli honnmn n fftrmnr hnv fit,
tho ago of 14, and after threo sea-
eons' farm service he becamo a tin
smith's apprentice at the ago of 17;
his provious education and h!n con
tinulng studious habits led him to 11
speedy mastery of his mechanical
pursuit, but tho business depression
of 18T7 obllgtd him to dlsoontlnue
his mechanical calling and soon found
him a farm laborer again, until by
another winter's schooling ho re
viewed and extcuded his studies to
tho end that bo secured a teacher's
certificate Ho soon began teaching
a small country school, from which
ho was advanced in a fow months to
tho chargo of the lurgo Intermediate
dopartment of a neighboring vlllago
school, whero he earned funds for
starting his course it tho Unlvorsity
of Illinois.
The following year Mr. Hatch re
sumed his teaching work as principal
of tho grammar school at Yorkvillo,
111, During his second year's servlco
there ho was advanced to the prlncl
palship of a Wisconsin high school,
whence ho returned to his university
studios after a successful year. In
188U ho was made principal of the
largest ward school In Mollno, 111.,
where he rendered creditablo service
for three years, at the end of which
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Tho Popular Congressional Candidate in the Filth District.
time ho was elected to a Chicago
prlnclpalship, and for the past seven
years ho has been tho successful
principal or one of our city's largest
grammar schools.
Mr. Hatch has assisted county su
perintendents as an institute In
structor of teachers In twehoof the
largest counties of this State, lie-'
yond his university work he has pre-
I ... .. . , ...
bared hlm,elf pro regionally by spe
clal courses of educational lectures
taken at the Unlvorsity or Michigan
und in brier summer courses at tho
Illinois Stato and Cook County
Normal Schools. He has written ex
tensively for educational periodicals
and has a wldo pergonal acquaint
ance with the leading educators of
the Stato and nation.
As a matter of general culturo Mr.
Hatch has graduated from the Chlca-
go Collcgo of Law and Is a member
1 of
its Alumni Association. Ho h
also a member or the Chicago Club or
the University of minus, the C.eorgo
Howland Club, the Ashland Club,
tho Iroquois Club, and others.
Mr. Hutch's work in whatever line
has bcon characterized by energy and
enthusiasm. In educational theories
ho may bo tormed a progressive con
servative; over ullve to now thoughts,
ho realizes that Individuals and in
stitutions dovclop by slow growths
and not by spasmodic upheavals.
Though temperato iu all his habits,
Mr. Hatch Is liberal-minded in all
his vlows, believing in tho largest
posslblo Individual liberty consistent
with a proror regard for tho rights of
A charge of fraud is raado against
Attorney Slsson by Mary H. Stowell
In a Circuit Court bill. Sho alleges
that ho secured title to a tract of
Ropk Island Count land by getting
her to sign a paper, the contents of
which sho knew nothing about. Id
fa? it
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1803 complainant purchased an inter
est in the property, she tolls tho
court, und held it until 1800, when
sho employed Attorney Slsson to re
move u cloud upon the title. Ho
was not to receive any pay unless ho
was successful. It was after this
agreement was reached that he cituo
to complainant, she nscrts, with a
papor which ho explained was a
power or attorney. She signed her
name and paid him $5 for his time
occupied in drawing up the paper.
Subsequently she discovered that
thcro was n warranty deed on record
in Hock Island County purporting to
be signed by her conveying title to
William II. Slsson for a consideration
of 00. This document boro tho
seal or .11 notary and was apparently
acknowledged boforo William I). Cop
pcrnoll, or Cook County. Complain
ant at onco called upon Attorney Sls
son, she says, und asked for an ex
planation Then sho alleges he of
fered to rcconvey tho property for
$100, as lie had been out of pocket
for an abstract and other expenses.
Tho political friends of Charles D.
Obcrmeycr aro urging him for tho
Republican nomination for County
Judge. Ho lives In tho Twenty
fourth Ward, Is a member of tho
Mnrquctte Club, was an Assistant
Cltv Frosccutlng Attorney under
Mayor WashburnoV administration,
and is an extremely popular man.
Brewers and Maltsters' Union, No.
18, has signed un agreement with the
boss brewers, which will bo in forco
, for ono year und which will settlo all
. talk or disturbance among tho men
for at leust that length of time.
Tho scale or wuges to bo paid is $17 a
week for all except tho wash-house
men, who aro to bo paid $10. 50 a
week. Ten hours is to constitute a
day's work. Tho contruct was mado
with tho Drawers' Union, the Trade
and Labor Assembly and tho Central
Lalor Union.
Tho feeling ugalnst Goldlor In tho
Sixth Congressional District is grow
ing stronger every day. Tho tight
for tho nomination Is between Judge
Jamlcson und Albert Phalon, with
Judgo Kersten and Felix Lang loom
ing up.
John R. Parker will huve tho solid
Twelfth Ward delegation for County
Judge. Reports from other wards
throughout the city aro very favor
able to his candidacy, and It looks as
It ho would bo tho nominee
The Political Pot Is Now Commenc
ing to Boil in Real Good
Old Style.
An Army of Candidates Is Springing Up
On All Sides for All There
Is in Sight.
Chatter from the Political Camps About the
Chancei of All Those Most
Until tho Republican lawsuit con
testing the Senatorial apportionment
is decided by tho Supremo Court,
neither party will make any legis
lative nominations. Nothing defi
nite can be done In that direction
until It is known under which ap
portionment the election will bo held,
and in what districts tho aspiring
candidates aro located. Of course,
some preliminary wire-pulling has
been done. Iiy this time, had not
the suit been commenced, all the
members of tho last House Repub
licans and Democrats, excepting a
few who have slnco died would
have been fighting tooth and nail
for promotion to the Senate, or at
least rc-olcctlon as Iteprcsonta
tlvcs. The maneuvers of ex-Attorney
General Hunt in the Vermilion
County Court, however, have acted as
a decided check on such plans. No
such Interference has befallen the
Congressional cnmgalgn, which Is
progressing steadily. When tho
county conventions arc out of tho way
candidates for Congress will havo
moro of a chance to be heard. Under
the now Congressional apportionment
law, Cook County is entitled to seven
representatives at Washington, in
stead of live, ns heretofore. Lake
County Is included in one of tho
northern districts tho Povcuth.
This increase affords an oppor
tunity for more statcsmon who
are anxious to servo their
country In Congress. With tho
exception of Gen. John C. Black,
who is looking higher, toward tho
Senatorshlp, all tho present incum
bents would like to bo roturncd.
Aldrlch, Durborow and McUunn aro
nil seeking a rcnomlnatlon. There
is no lack of new timber to chooso
from, however. Evanston, which
cuts quite a flguro In tho now Sev
enth District, has two Republicans
who would t like to go to Congress In
the persons of Mayor Mann und E. S.
Taylor, who wai for many years Sec
retary of tho Lincoln Park Board.
Each has many frlonds in Evanston,
and botli are beginning to bestir
themselves In increasing their clrclo
of acquaintances throughout tho dis
trict. Evanston will have to choose
between the two. It will be a new ex
perience for tho collcgo town, for its
politics has always been run on a
very accommodating basis heretofore.
Nomlnat'ons are usually made by
petition. Thero is but ono ticket,
and tho wholo town turns lit and
elects it without much opposition,
except whero annexation is Involved.
Tho Seventh will bo an easy district
for tho Republicans to carry, as it
contains a number of strong Repub
lican wards,country towns, and Lake
County, which gives Republican ma
jorities ranging between COO and
1,000. The Democrats havo not mudu
much progress toward picking a can
didate to run in the Sovonth. It
would be a forlorn chance.
In tho now Firth District, which
now consists of tho Eleventh, Thir
teenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth and
Eighteenth Wards, the strugglo for
tho Democratic nomination ror Con
gross is plainly between Wm. T. May
pole and Stato Senator E. T. Noonan.
Mr. Maypole and a large number of
friends think ho should be the noml-
nee. Fcnator Noonan is or tho opin
ion that ho should step from tho
State to tho national legislature,
and he Is overlooking no opportunity
to further his chances. Ho counts
largely upon the labor legislation he
engineered in the lust Gencr.il As
sembly. Henry Raab, tho State Suparln
tendent or Public Instruction, said
roccntly to n reporter ror Tun Ea
oi,k: "I wnnt to emphasize again
that I urn not u candidate ror-any
ottlco In the gift of the Democratic
party this fall. I want to take a
rest from arduous labors and at the
same time givo home ono clso a
chance. I am satisfied to rotlro and
will be glad of tho opportunity.
There are plenty of good men in bur
ranks who can lead our party to vic
tory." A now aspirant for tho Republican
nomlnat'on for tho Probate Court
Clerkship arose yesterday. It Is
Jacob Horn, who was tho unsuccess
ful Republican candidate for West
Town Collector in April. Tho pecul
iar significance of his candidacy is
that ho is from tho Northwest Side,
und to wliatovcr degrco he has a
chance in tho convention ho reduces
thechunccsor ex-Senator Phil Knopf,
who come-, from tho same region and
Is tho representative of tho Hertz.
It will not do to nominate candi
dates this fall who havo been boforo
tho pcoplo and been defeated. New
blood must be Injected. A good
nomination ror County Superintend
ent or Schools will bo Henry Douglas
Hutch. Young, capablo and popu
lar, well ucquaintcd in tho country
towns, ho will ndd strength to tho
In tho Sixth District, on tho North
Slilo, Albert Phalen will probably got
a nomination from tho Domocrats.
McGann, In tho Third, will bo
equally fortunate. Both mon, it Is
believed, would win, and Republican
candidates are, accordingly, rather
scarce. Tho First District Is prac
tically conceded to the Republicans,
and Aldrlch will doubtless bo re
nominated. Property owners Interested iu tho
parks of tho northwestern part or tho
West Park Board's district will ask
Governor Altgold to appoint a man
to the West Park Board'who will,
thoy think, give them thoir sharo or
tho improvements. Thoy have many
complaints to make, particularly In
connection with Humboldt boule
vard. Thoy aro taxoJ 25 cents a
linear root, they say, for maintaining
a boulevard between Logan nquuro
and Western avonuo, und thore Is no
boulovard. Aftor tho rccoptlon met
at tho lust meeting of tho board, thoy
decided to work for recognition
through somo agency outsldo tho
board. Tho Boulovard Properly
Owners' Association, composed of
Muplewood men, met recently and
drew up a petition to Governor Alt
gold. Ho is asked to appoint Paul U.
Stcnsland to the placo on tho West
Park board vacated by Mr. Blount.
They are confident that no bettor
man than Mr. Stenslund and no man

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