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iwvf mT" fK' or-TwqTi(irwr ''" "" y,r i VOLUME XIV. CHICAGO, SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1896-TWELVE PAGES. NUMBER 357. , "INPEPENDEnI .N all THINGS. NEUTRAL IN NONE." i 1 i f i'IK rf" j . !! 8' lit k IT IS ROTTI Business Management of the Board of Education Is Something Awful to Contemplate. No Matter How the People Complain, the Little Ring Works Its Game Secretly, Aii Pours PiMlc Moiey Iito the lull of Spec tators ait Contractor! Tory Lavishly. Hiitory of Some of the Recent Deals of This Notoriously Corrupt School Board. Success in the Past" Seems to Embolden the Gang Who ' Are Now Engaged in "Grafting." How nlsiM the text book supplies of tli Hchool Boanl? How iitsnit thv school book trtiHt ami what lift1 tlic ivlatloim of certain mem bets of tho Hchool Bonnl hikI u certiiiii i nifty employe of tho boiinl with tint organisation? Wlmt it bout the letting of the contra-!, for combination dcks, which"1 took tlnc some lx oi-Nuvcn inonth's'iigo Tlw tlrst two questions Tho Kugle will endeavor to answer at a future date. Concerning the liiHt It will ted n few ructH niul perlinp Inter give names niul detail. When tin letting of tho contract for adjustable 1tkri mine up then? was ii spirited contest Isjtwccn u iiumlier of ilrms. There wan n great difference n the ItliU, I ln iv Ih'Iiik lu ome Instance H OlffflVIK Of Hi'VlT.tl tllOUNIIIll dollars for it supply of tin scir-smiio goods. It Ih alleged thnt nearly every one of Hicm bidders wan felt out cuivftily n m to how iiUK'h ho or nIii' wax wllliu't to "put up" In returji for being itwnnle'l J li coutnicl at hi or her own llgtuv. Tho cent met wuh divided up, some ni:-t going to Hriiw from outside Ktutcs tin.l pome to Chicago linns. The Kagle h-is lii'cu Informed that two members of the boanl ninuV a proposition for "gi-utt" to out' of the competing Ilrms. Tho proposition wuh put In iguunlel niul careful manner, but there wiih ml mistaking tho purort or It. Thu, firm would hnVo to put up lu order til get thu contract. The iiuiucm of these two men n tv hi the poHHCHHlou of The Kugle, but ciiniiot 1m used until mow iletlulte In foiinatloii Iiiih Ih'cii obtained. The linn that was approncheil Ih iiii out-of-town oiie'iind ItH agents a iv not quite uecc.wi ble. Ho much for thin phase of the case. Iet um look nt another. Time wiih wheu there, wiih u mutual iHluilnitlou Hoclety, one end of which wiih In the Boanl of Kducutlou rooms uud the other lu the City Hall. An Alderman who wiih thu chairman of a certain Council committee, wiih a member, of the mutual admiration Ho clety, the chairman of thu chief groft lug committee uud an. employe of the hoard were t hoot hern. The Alderman wuh compliant uud cany, thu Hoard of Kducutlou fellowH were bUHlucHH men. There wiih ii per fect understanding between thu chair man of the Council committee, and thu chairman of thu chief grafting com mittee of tho boanl. There were a great many little trans actions on foot between these partleH ut that time. Many of them, In fact, were tlually 'perfected and consummiit ed. Thu detallH of thcite transactions would make Inteivstlug rending., "tit nil things intiHt have mi end, uud the mutual udiulnitlou party came to ItH Jumping off place. The other members of the Council committee got outo thu little (tame of tho chairman. Tho Al dermen don't like a hog. They thought nil the boyH ought to have a whack at wlui't wiih going on, and they set iiltout to biiHt the clmlrinuu's gume. Every little proiwucd transaction wan Invariably referred to u sub-commit-tee, after the members of the Council committee caught ou, and there they were hung up. There nro to-day, It Ih nahl, any i)umber of Intcrcntlnu propo Hltlons and iirrauKementH hunjt up In that committee. ThopllableAIdermanli uo longer a City l'ather,anda8thcchulr- TO THE CORE! uian of the chief giiiftlntt committee' and thv cute boy IiIh friend hail no con lld.iut ut the other end of the Hue. the weekly exeuinlonn to the City Hall of thenc two worthlcH have Imh'H dim-on-tlnued. The ltounl of KtlucHtlou carcn uothliiK olotit the -taxpayer or tliclrwlnhen. Hen1 Ih ii Hiiuiple of the Indifference felt by that crooked uud extniviiKiint Ixxly towanl the public. The Dally Ncwh of Haturday, AugUKt 1, contained the fol lowing: "Home of the cltlxeim living lu the vi cinity of Kdgcwood and Cntalpa place are laboring under the ImpivHuloii that If the Hchool nlte recommended at that IMiInt for pnrchiiHe by the city be ac cepted the municipality will get the woi-nt of the bargain under pivxent con- llltlOllH. "In a coiumunlcatlon that the Mayor to-d.iy rwelviil from Charlen .1. Wock. n ivHldent In the vicinity, the Mayor Ih given Information on real estate value. Home coinparlHoiiH are drawn which In dicate that the city 1och not iiIw.i.vh get the bent of a bargain. The letter recite that the property Ih ivommeiided for purchiiHc lu the hiiiii of ki.'.ikui, that laud theraboutH Ih not worth anything like hucIi ii tlgure. and that H.km Ih a high price for the name piece of ground. " 'I uuderHtaud that a delegation wax to call ou me to-day to iIIhcukh the mat ter,' Hald the Mayor, 'but 'I have not hcc u iinylKidy ho far. If the fact arc an ivprcHcutcd It diien not lMik iih If the city were going to drive a very good bargain.' " NotwItliHtaudlug the above protcnt. which wan only one of niaiiy, tho Hchool Hoard went ahead and ptuvhiiHcd prop erty worth f 7,hmi for $lB,ooo. The printed real entate tninnfew for Aug. ft told the whole ntory lu two para graph, iih follow: Catalpa court, outhwet ccrner Fol latiHbee Htiect, east fnuit, HO'jXllII, tr.id other property, .luue 8. V. J. I.e Moyne to C. I. II. Hose. itf.OOO. Cat.ilpa cHitrt, winthweHt iiirne- Ko. laiiHhee ftrii't, cant front, ('. 1. II. Done to City of Chicago, $lft,iflO. Comment Ih iiuucccHmiry. KactH an) fact. TlmcHtire hard, but the Hoard of Kdu cutlou gang must lut taken care of, hh wltncHH the following two order lob bled through the City 'Council .Time 27 by tho Hoard of Kducatlon Influence: Ordered, That the proper olllcern of the Board of Kducatlon be and they are hereby authorized to civet a Hi-room Hchool 'building with aembly hall ou thu Burr school nlte, at a cost not to exceed 7.,(Ml(l. Ordered, That the proper otllcew of the Hoard of Kducatlon be uud they are hereby authorized 'to civet a twelve room addition to the Cornell Hchool building, at a cont not to exceed ifri.VKK). draft Ih graft. How much of the. above $l!lfl,000 will be "ruko off V" Heio Ih another awful grub, lobbied through tho Council July 'il by the Hoard of Kducutlou gung: OrderiHl, That tho 'Mayor mid City Comptroller be uud they are hereby uuthorlied to purchase for the ue of hcIiooIh, ut a cost not to exceed fO.OO'), lotH 'SI aud 28, In block 4, in Ix)vther' HON. inlMllV(lon of the K. Vt of.HiH-.'l.'l, T.(M! N., It. Ill, ltuated ou the nort hea t cor ner of .fackNon boulevard aud Fr.uiclHiM street, fronting llfty feet ou .Tackno'i ImiiiIcvuiiI, by a depth of 121 feet. Hul Jcct to a Icuhc expiring April 1, 1W7 tabove property lying went of and ad joining the Calhoun Hchool). Heal entate dcalem laugh heartily ut thu Idea of a vacant fid-foot lot at .lackwni "'houlcvanl and Kniiicl,i diver In'liig worth t.(MMi. It l. very funny. Indeed. Kxcept for the taxpayer. TUii.Kaglu'-propoHCH to i:k u few iiueilloim' oil the nubject, to which It 11111.1' HUppl the aiuwei later If the Investigator and the Civic Federation should fall to do ho. Who Ih the high otticial of the board who lent hi own houwe for tempo rary ichool IiouhohV How many of theo tempor.iry school house, a iv now lu ue, and what Ih the lent iK'lug paid for theiuV Ila iiot thu deniiind for temporary Hchool lioitHCH been ou thu Increase ever since till high oillelal of the board has found It a piotltablu luvestuieut to rent them to the ImmuiIV Ih till same high oillelal of thu boanl a candidate for the Hepubllcaii nomin ation for Muyui next spring, and Ih he making undue use of his position and Influence to laud him there? How did the Committee on Building and OroundK come to ho organized and what wiih the political compact en tered Into with thu gentleman who I nt tho head of It? What Is the average price paid for undue pivfuenco In the awarding of school contracts? How doe It eomu that member of thu board procure or cause thu appoint ment of teacher for political leasous? Ih It not a fact that promotions of teacher have been made a considera tion of certain support being given to certain municipal tickets? What are the relations between cer tain members of thu Hchool Board Com mittee on Buildings and Ground and thu Council Committee ou School? Who Is the employe that manipulate thu leal estatu dealing of tho board lu connection with tho Council Commit tee ou Hchool, aud who are member of the real estate ring who stood back of these transactions? Is II not a fact that the prices paid for school site are grossly lu oxcc? of tho prices paid for contiguous property? If so, why? Is It not a fact that In tho neighbor hood of tho school sites tho surround ing property for hundreds of feet Is held under option by tho clique of real estate sharks ou tho board, aud those who operate In collusion with them flout thu outsldo? What Is tho history of the settlement made with tho tenants on the school section property several months back? , Is It not a fact that the public was deprived of the revenue thnt could be secured ou that occasion by raising the BBBBBBBBBBBBk BfimWBBBBBBBflBBIBBBBBBBBB JAMES R B. VAN CLEAVE. Cblcagt' Popular City Cleik. y mir., TrnymM vnlnntiou to Its. fair level, for "a con sideration" advanced by the tenants? What me the names of thu touching commlttie npiKilnted on that occasion and why should they not be examined under oath iih to the settlement made ou tliut occasion and thu terms thereof? How about the recent discussion over adjustable desks, anil Is It not a fact that certain members made advances to certain bidders lu connection with that contract? What about the text book contract uud the recent letting thereof? It ,ls not merely common rumor, but It Ih'ii well-grounded opinion that there Is graft lu all of these things and lu other affairs, too, that The Kagle wots of and may refer to ou mi another oc casion. There Is talk now on the part of the old fossil donkeys who have been led by the nose by the ling of expert sharp ers who tire preying on the public tax es In the school board, about subjecting the teachers mid the employes to mi examination by the Civil Hervlce Com mlssloners. The teacher are all right and Hhotitd be left alone. What Is needed now Is not mi exam ination of the teachers by the Civil Hervlce Hoard, but a grand Jury lnvetl gatiou of tho board Itself mid ItH em ploye at headquarters. It would pay. It would cause the dis ruption of n gang of public robbers, worse and more dangerous than any that John J. Badcuoch has ever had to cope with. It will furnish a scandal thnt will regale the public for months and eventually contribute largely to the cause of common Justice. Hon. .1, K. It. Van Cleave has rcslguc.l the secretaryship of the Hepublleui County Central Committee, Ills duties an seetvtaiy of the Republican Htate Central Committee are all that he can attend to lu a iHilltlcal way Just now. The Tribune attacks the antl-clvll service plank of the Democratic plat form. By favoring life term for ottl. clal skate the Trlb. doe not help Its candidate with the vote. Mr. William C. Asay ha resigned from the Democratic County Central Committee. Ijtrge delegation Iroin the Populists uud Democrats will greet Hon. W. J. Hryau Haturday evening next ut the Hock Island depot. Mr, .7, D. O'Connell, of thu Bureau of Statistics of tho TreiiHury Department at Washington, ha the thank of Thu Kaglo for a copy or u very Inteivstliig volume glvlug Information respecting United Htates bonds, paper currency, colli, production of precious metals, etc., Just Issued by his department. Rumor had It one day lust week that n fellow named OeorgoM. Baghy, some times Mid to bo a lawyer, would be a caiHlhlate for the Legislature In the Second District this Mil. Should the person referred to run, iK'ople lu the district will do well to hold their no.'. A ilia It street paving must cease In Chicago. Milk Shake Spangler has been II nil off the Democratic Htate Central Com mittee. Home in n would lather be member or the Chicago Hoard of Kducutlou th.in 1h Htate Treasurer. And they are not noted lor their literary tastes or Intel lectual attainments, either. It Is estimated that County Aivhltei-t Mllucr will cost the Republican ticket .".IHMI vote this year. !.ondnlc t liven Is still missing riwn hi Chicago haunt. That Peoria Job must be a wonderful affair. Hurt- many ot the contractors ou the Pun-In Job were mixed up In the county Jail matter? The report that Joe Hlbley, the uilbb eyed Pennsylvania ranatle. will sue ceed Watson mid Hewall iih Bryan's running mate must emanate from a red Hag source. What a lurid hue Hlb ley would give to the ticket anyway! Railroad and Ware 1ioum Commission. cr Flthlan wa sat down upon pretty neavny iy tne Democratic Htate Cen tral Committee. It refused absolutely to nut him on that lioilv to mi n vi. caucy, although Altgeld demanded It. Wanvn Handy Mllner, the willing "atchltect" or the County Board, ha only a few more mouth left In which to draw "plans." The people will take a cracK at Wanvn Handy that will knock him and the commissioner who back him Into oblivion. Mr. Peter J. Mcilluuls, chief of the llciise department In the City Clerk's ottlce, will be the Democratic minority candidate for the Legislature lu the Hecond District. The Chicago city dog thieves me said to steal k.-,imhi worth of valuable ani mals dally. It Is astounding that the people will stand mi outrage of this kind, The otticial dog thieves steal a valuable dog, muzzle or no muzzle, li cense or uo license; but never a cur do they touch when they can avoid It. Carter II, Harrison will bo the Demo cratic nominee for Congress lu the Hlxth District. George Kdumusou Is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Pivsi deut of the County Hoard. What kind of n lob Is Lonsdnlu fJrepn at work ou lu Peoria? Who Is looking after It? W GtUFT, GUMD (JKAt! The County Board Has Decided to Squander a Million of the Peoples Money. Hard Times and High Taxes Don't Bother the Outgoing Politicians Even a Little Bit, Tfaey Will Pat Three Additional Stories on the Present Connty lain or But. The Barber Asphalt Company Said to Be Working Against Further Street Improvements. A Monopoly that Should Be Broken Up If the People Have Any Rights. The l.oi d help the taxpayers of Chi cago! With the Board of Kducatlon gang spending their money baud over list. With rich down-town property own ers escaping with hardly any taxation at all. With their stivets unelenned. With the Kllee force cut down. With Inefttftent water works. All on account of rich tax dodgers. The present tough County Bonn! Is going to do some "gniftlug" Itself. It has only live months more of life, And It pniKscs to add one million dollars to the burden of the taxpayers lu that time. Graft! Hoodie! Kxtravagmice! These are to be the watchwonls from now ou. All other lemons havliii! lxcii snupcz- ed dry, the County UoanI now proivoses to revel in wen it n rrom another direc tion. It will not build a new court house. Oh. uo! That would take too long. Bonds might have to be Issued and the people would have to vote ou thu question. They haven better scheme. Due that offers Immediate returns. The new scheme Is to nut tlir.... ,w,. stories on top of the present county nun, nun io spend a million of dollars for the three stories! Good enough. Bright men. The Jail Jobs mid the Ci-lnilmil I'miri Jobs would sink into oblivion wheu compared with the opportunities of- leivu hi tne constructing of a million dollar pigeon coop. Hut the Commissioners mean busi ness. They propose to make hav uhii.. ti.n sun shines. They have ordered their so-called "County Architect," Wiirivn II. Mil ner. to prepare plans for this million dollar Job. and Warren II. Mllner, "County Architect," has hastened to make the plans, Mil ? The public must have heard of the man. The Kaulc will see thin Ii limns, mr.... alMitit Mllner In the future. Remember the name, Wmreii II, Mil ner, County Aichltect." As you tide over the .North Hide lu a street car, Just glance at any of the side streets, fiiuu Michigan street to North avenue. Observe their condition. All of them need paving, excepting such streets as the Asphalt Company has seciuvd a contract for. Home of them have not even a paving block left on them, All or them are in horrible condition. HucIi a state or affairs would not 1st tolerated In any other city In the wnr.d. Chicago has to tolerate It Imh-uiiso the Hm-ltcr Asphalt Company so orders. It Is the Barber Asphalt Company Hint Is playing the dog In the manger act, If they cannot get street paving not a foot will be paved. As the matc-r Is looked luto the whole scehmo be comes plain, mid a the Department of Public Works has been Informed or Miu plot steps should he taken at once to put mi end to the machinations or the monopoly, which Iiiih absolutely held the city at Its mercy ror years. President McMath, or the Hoard of Public Improvements or Ht. Iiuls. wan In the city the other day. He said that the Barber Asphalt Company was do lug the same thing lu Ht. Louis. President McMath said that he had hopes that he could heat out the scheme. He hud heard the story circulated ulsuit the action or the Barber Asphalt Com pany aud Its threat to hold up all Im provements unless lis material wiih used In the city. It came to him us u rumor, but he had uo doubt that the same game a had been played before ou the city would be attempted by the monopoly. In the Vlrdeu case, whh'h was Dually decided by the Supreme Court last November, practically the same contention was made as the Bar ber people me putting up thl year. lu that suit It was alleged Hint It was Il legal for the city to let contract In which ih. city pays for a part of thu work ami the people for the iNilauce by special tax hills. Ill that cac It was the inalnteimncn clause that was attacked. The Hu- pivme Court held thnt It was Illegal to let a contract for the ivconsti-iii-iinn .f a street for which the people must pay mid ror Its subsequent maintenance which rue city must pay. This decision was handed down tlrnt lu February, 1 !.", the suit havluir been hemm in June. ISIU. OUy Counselor .Marshall mane a motion ror u reconsideration ot the case and It was granted and if 11 mil decision handed down In Novem ber. lMin, lea til rmlng the former find ing. This practleallv delaved miicci Int. pro Vc incuts for two years. ir this scheme Is successful and the same tactics are taken It means Just two years heron any more paving can be done beiause the owner or the lake In the Isle or Trliihlad so decree, lu this, It Is alleged, that the city will pay ror the grading or the street uud the people ror the paving, ami that lu view or the decision or the Hiiprcine Courf that these two forms of wot I; uiuiiot be Joined In one contract mi Injunction should Issue. If the lower court giants It then there will be mi appeal and tie same weary old wait must be gmio through again, lu tin. meantime the material men mid the stieet pavei will wait ou the pleasure or the phul( Company) A Ht. Louis paper of recent date says: The exact words used by the representative or the Barber Asphalt Company are: "We will pievent miy work being done on the streets of Ht. i .on Is unless a Held for the u. or oiii nsphalt Is round In thl city." Iif other words, ir the Barber Asphalt Company cannot run the paving work or the city the city can get along with out paved streets. The "lobby work" or the Barber' Asphalt Company lu the Chicago Com mon Council Is well known. How long will the people put up with It? Alter working thu park laborers for nil Hours for three years mid a hair the Governor has given orders to en lorce the eight hour law In tho West Parks. City Renler II. Dorsey Pntton was one of the most active statesmen nt the Republican Club meet nt Peoria. M & 11& A i.