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INDEPENDEN1 IN all THINGS. NEUTRAL IN NONE." VOLUME XIV. CHICAGO, SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 1896-TWELVE PAGES. NUMBER 359. I IT IS i m ROWS' POST. Thieves Have Easy Sailing on the Chicago Board of Education and No Opposition. Job After Job Has Been Railroaded Through in the Past Without Any Question. GoMlttee lejorts Always Went Through the Boari leetlngs Withoat lay 91s- cauloa at All. The Eagle's Exposures Finally Beginning to Bear Fruit as the People Are Awakened. Hon. George E. Adami, One of the New Mem ber!, Protests Against the Shame leu Methods. Again tlio city board of education has been held aloft In Its naked corruption t otho gnus of the public and tho tax payer whom it 'has consistently and lierslstently robbed for the last fifteen yean. Hon. Georgo B. Adams, ono of Mayor Swift's new appointees on tho school board, is the man who has. leveled his lauee at tho corrupt ring of harpies that has fattened on the school fund for years. Mr. Adams Is a gentleman of probity nnd honor, and also a man of affairs. It has not taken him loug to get on to tho methods by which school board af fairs have lccu manipulated for years to tho detriment of the affairs of tho board and tho Injury of the cause or educatlou. Mr. Adams reads tho Eagle, as docs Mayor Swift, and both being shrewd business men lmvo seen tho force of the arguments by which tho Kagle un dertook to and did demonstrate that ono of tho lulqulttes of tho city lioard of educatlou Is that It Is being utilised by a ring of shariicrs as a big real es tato speculating concern, through the operations of which the public Is fleeced and tho members of the ring enriched. Tho Eaglo has been referring for some weeks to tueso real estate opera tions of the ring on the school board, and as a result Mayor Swift a few days ago sorercly criticised his Comptroller for being over-prcclpltato In paying for n real estate deal entered Into on behalf of the city by the school board with tho counlvunco of tho Council commit tee on schools. This has now been fol lowed by a broadside from Mr, Adams, which has hit tho rlngsters between wind and water. Mr, Adams' blow at school board cor ruption was delivered at last Wednes day night's session of the board, nud It demonstrated somo startling facts Among which nro tho following: First That committee reports lmvo been run through tho Bourd of Educa tion lu a perfunctory fushlou aud lu lowed by the board without tho ma jority of tho members kuowlug or car ing one iota as to tho recommendations of such reports. Second That this custom has ob tained for years In tho board In regard to tho reports aud recommendations of the coinmltteo on buildings nud grounds. Third That theso reports usually contain recommendations luvolvlng the expenditure of thousands of dollars, and In the particular caso to which Mr. Adams objected of $250,000 lu tho pur chase of school sites. Fourth That these reports hnvc been read to tho board in a tone and manner which precluded tho possibility of any person understanding anything there in contained. Fifth That this custom has never beeu so sedulously adhered to as dur ing tho last two years. Sixth That Secretary Graham is a faithful observer of custom and prece dent In this regard. Seventh That tho city Board of Edu cation, a body Intrusted with tho ex penditure of $7,000,000 annually of tho peoplo's money, is now without any rules of procedure or government and has actually been operated without any rules for years. Eighth That Chairman Halle, who is without doubt tho pink of perfection and a very colossus of public Integrity, lias known of this aud was placed In the humiliating position of having to admit It ut tho meeting of Wednesday last. The light of day is beginning to per colate through the holes that Tho Eagle hail bored through tho armor of secrecy and cunning plausibility with which the gangsters lmvo managed to clothe their thievery up to tho present. Tho Incident of Thursday night brings luto startling relief theso two facts: Tho board has had Its appropriating facilities reduced by f2,000,000. It has undertaken to reduce tho salary of the real workers, namely, tho teach ers, while It maintains an army of loaf ers, the pot employes of the board, at headquarters aud elsewhere at fat sal aries, giving tho cut lu tho appropria tion ns tho reason therefor. In face of theso facts In a single report of tho committee on bulldlugs nud grounds an expenditure or 12.10,000 for real estate Is recommended, and an effort made to cram tho report down the uecks of a quorum of tho board without even read ing It. Tho report of tho proceedings at tho meeting In question Is choice rending. Every taxpayer should study It, tho Civic Federation should follow It up nud seo what It means, Ileio U what Unpeuod at tho board meeting Wednes day night, nccordlng to our esteemed contemporary, tho Tlmes-IIeruld: George E. Adams woke up the Board of Educatlou last night. Ho positive ly Insisted that business methods should prevail In the adoption of com mittee reports, and ho carried his point. Hitherto the committees have trans acted their business nt various ses sions and brought In to tho Board at each meeting typewritten reports. Most of theso reports have beeu read off to the full Board by title only. Then they were voted upon nud adopt ed without uny member of the Board uuless he or she wus n member of tho particular committee reporting kuowlug what was being voted for. "Courtesy to n committee" had become n fad lu tho proceedings, and no ono had ever thought of questioning what n committee did until Mr. Adams punc tured tho fact and compelled tho old regime to couio for n ulght nt least to his way of thinking. Mr. Adams refused to vote for tho passage of coinmltteo reports of tho nature or which he know nothing. Ho said that ho was not captious In tho matter, but there was n principle In volved. This principle was that the rules of tho Hoard, if there were any, contemplated when n member east his vote that he know what ho was voting for. Tho voluminous report of tho Build inds and Grounds Coinmltteo was be fore the Bourd. Thoro wcro eleven members, or just a quorum present. If Mr. Adams refused to vote for tho adoption of tho report, It could not pass. Ho did refuse, not because ho thought there was anything wrong In It, but because be was lu tho dark as to its nature. "How can I vote for this report," ho asked Mr. Halle, "when I do not know what I am voting for? Would It not be better In receiving committee re- 't)orts that the, should be read In full IBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBv.BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBk-' BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBbBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBk .iBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBl 'BSSSSSSS' .BBSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSvi iBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBW1 i iBBiBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBxBXshI BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBKPBBBwr f . lfflBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBiiiiiiHPVK . ' W , ffiraHBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB4pJ '" V r : IHHHHPifH '- to the Board at one meeting, then pub lished lu the regular proceedings, where they tan be read mid then voted upon two weeks later? Would this not give ovciy member of the Board, nud not the committee alone, mi Intel ligent Idea at' lo what he was voting forV" No one could (ontradlct Mr. Adams, because his iifuoal to vote made It Impossible, foi tho report to be adopt ed IriHtlly, us others have I wen lu the past. Besldct;, Mr. Gross sustained Mr. Adams. Therefore Clerk Grahum read tho full contents of the report to the Hoard, and then the report went over to the l'oxt meeting for u lliial vote. Mr. Adams made his sensation when, after the report of the Buildings and Grounds Coinmltteo hud lieon gone over perfunctorily aud without half of tho members knowing what It was nil alMtiit, he rose and said: "It Is evident when a dor.en reports of this character are read off mid their full contents not stated that the mem bers of the hoard who are not mem bers of the committee reporting cannot understand what they are called upon to vote for. Where nro the rules of the board in regard to this?" Mr. Hallo hud to admit that the bourd was really without rules. The Coinmltteo ou Rules has been In ses sion for two years past lu trying to adopt now rules, and has not yet suc ceeded. Mr. Errant Mild the new rules might bo rcportcd'wlthlu three weeks. "But," continued Mr. Adams, 'there ought to bo a method of adopting these reports Intelligently. I cannot vote for tho adoption of reports of which I know nothing." Mr. Adams made the same point ou the report or the Finance Committee, and wlillo he voted for the payment or estimates on contracts, after they hud been nil rend, ho had the miscellaneous bills laid over ror a week. They will be published, and each member will know what lie Is voting ror. Mr. Cameron said during the protest or Mr. Adams against tho old way or to- bogiiuulug reports through: "Ho Is right." Mr. I'ettlbouo uodded his head In as sent. Ex-President Cameron presented his annual address and took occasion to advocate radical changes in tho busi ness nud educational system of tho bourd. ' Hn would lmvo a comptroller or busluess ageut lu charge of tho ilnauocs of tho board, and would iiiako tho school superintendents responsible for tho appolntmout and dlschargo of aM teachers. According to our csteomed contem porary, tho Inter Ocean, lu connection with the report In question a big batch HON. ROBERT C. GIVINS. Tbe Great Real EUatg Daaler and Promoter ot Prosperity. of bills aggregating 250,iou was alsiut to he rushed through. This time, though, the game didn't work, mid Mr. Adams should receive the thanks of the public of Chicago for his work lu this matter. This rcxrt of the Committee ou Bulldlugs mid Grounds will lie over for u couple of weeks mid will Ih published lu the rec ord of the proceedings before It goes through. The taxpayers should read It, so should tho officials of the Civic Fed eration, A few more men like George E. Adams are needed ou the Board of Education. Mayor Swift should tee to It that Drcsmal's place is filled by a man equally upright aud alert as Mr. Adams. It Is said that Mr. Whlskerene Penrce, the proprietor of the Sherman House, wants sflMMl n day from the Democratic National Committee for the headquar ters In his hotel, Ono well-known Federal employe has beeu n caller ot tho three party head quarters In Chicago. Ho Is bound to lie, on the safe side. The Hon. James MoAndrews, the Democratic leader of the Twelfth Wind, has returned from Fox Lake. He will 1k the nominee for Congress In the Fourth District. A new brand of glue lias been called nfter Chnrley Woodman, tho horsey caudldnto or tho Invisible Tarty In the Fourth. People have been wondering why It was that one Azel F. Hatch lias been appointed ou the Public Library Board. What are the public and private quali fications of this man for this Important otllco? Thero nro somo very good rea sons why Hatch should not hold tin: place. Joel M. Lnugcuccker, the poorest State's Attorney that Cook County ever had, threatens to take tho stump this fall. This Is simply awful. Tho notorious Berry Detective Agency Is still lu existence. Tho next Legislature should pass a law regu lating this matter of privato detcctlvo agencies. Concerns llko the great ono founded by Allan Plnkorton nro a ne cessity and do a great deal of good, but thero are many little Institutions doing a so-called detective business that are a menace to the community. Tho Berry Detective Agency did not shoot any cltlzeu last week. Detcctlvo agencies that employ thieves and thugs should be wiped out of existence. The next Legislature must take cognizance of the existence of such concerns mid pass a law regu lating them. The workmen at Lincoln Park will have to labor hut eight hours until after the campaign Is over. The orders to tills effect hare just been Issued. .iiinge i.oiigiicciicr win now spcaK, ' said the '.hall man of u South Side meeting, to u big audience the other llll. Ill III ft,., llllllllt.lM ill.. Il.lll 1IHI4I n'. ' . ......i.i.r. ii, t hum empty. was Chillies W. Woodman, the man who was sent to Congress by tho Twelfth Ward two yems ago, was seized by a horse in front of the Chamber of Com merce Bulhliivr the other day and se verely shaken. It Is not stated wheth er tin! "Judge" owed the horso any thing or mil, Piobahly not, us the horse appeared to be u stranger to him mid evidently shook hint ou general principles. Hon. D. W. Mills Is making n lively campaign lu the Fourth District, and those who do not think that he Is n hustler, me liable to bo badly fooled upon election day. The lake steamers running out of Chicago mo said to he very imperfect ly provided with life-saving apparatus. This state of affairs Is usually discov ered by the authorities nfter some ap palling disaster has occurred. Judge Longcnecker Is preparing a speech ou tho subject "How to Save $200,000 In four years." Mr. E. J, Malloy, tho well-known contractor, Is building a handsome school house ror tho Leiuont Board of Education at Lemoiit. When complet ed, it will be thiee stories nud base ment lu height, nud will bo of brick, with stone foundation nud facings. It Is not known who will succeed Justlco Reunite ns police justice lu tho Town of Lake, iu case of his removal. Charles W. Woodman Is not suffer ing with rheumatism. Neither Is ho lame. Tho habit so many people havo of using tho word "stiff" in connection villi his natuo is simply unaccounta ble. Tho Sherman House, a most unin viting place, has been selected ns Dcin cratlc national headquarters. Tho reason for the selection is the fact that tho proprietor, Mr. J. Irviug Pearcc, bus whiskers a yard long. DOWNEY JUMPS 01 ASPHALT. The West Madison Street lob Will Have to Be Gone Over Once Again. Like All Other Asphalt Contracts It Re quires the Closest Scrutiny from City Officials. Citizens Are Proteiting on All Siles Against tit Rule of the Barber Gang. The Civic Federation Insists on the Nomina tion of Good Men for the Legislature. Chicago Has Been Misrepresented in the Past in Some Districts and Reform Is Necessary. Coiiimlssloneror l'ubllc Works Down ey Is nfter thu Barber Asphalt Com pany, which has the contract for pav ing West .Madison street from Jefferson to Canal. The specllleatlons provide for n heavy coat of cement plaster below the pavement on the curb walls. Commissioner Downey ou Tuesday Inspected the work nud found It below the specifications hi several places. A poor quality of cement, it Is said, was used In the work. Wednesday Mr. Downey ordered the contractors to scrape off tin old plaster mid put ou ii new mid thicker coating. The residents of Warren avenue have entered u violent protest against the paving or their street with asphalt. AMiihalt costs leu times as much as any other pavement and lasts one-tenth as long. There Is a howl lu every city where It has been used. The summer sun melts It. Tho winter's cold cracks It. Ami In itilnv weather It becomes so slippery that thousands or horses slip and break their limbs on It annually. The asphalt ring In the City Council will have to go. It ought to go. It Is a menace to the public and mi In jury to the community. It Is desired that Senators ami mem bers or the Legislature to be elected this rail In Cook County shall bo earn estly In favor of needed reforms. That the right kind of men shall be chosen and that those enlisted for these re forms shall be aided lu election, the political action committee of the Civic Federation has undertaken n propa ganda. In n circular of Information to Its con stituents the needed reforms nro cited us Including revenue reform, tho con solidation of the towns, the puiitlcatlou of tho primary election system, the maintenance of tho civil servlco laws, tho careful amendment of tho city char ter and thu adoption or tho constitution al amendment. The circular says Cook County Is divided Into fifteen senatorial or logls lutlvo districts. Iu these districts three State Senators nro to bo elected this year, tho romaliilng twelvo being hold overs; that Is, there are elections for 8toto Senators this year In all even numbered districts, nud nil Senators lu odd-numbered districts hold over until tholr successors are elected lu 1808. All the districts elect members or tho House or Representatives every two years. Tho llepublicans lmvo already made their nominations nud their nominees ror tho Legislature aro ns follows: First District W. G. Lnub, Clerk of Criminal Court; Charles A. Wathler, 825 5th avonue, bailiff; John J, Hornu, inspector. Second-S. II. Case, 373 South Oakley avenue, capitalist, Scnato; rcter A. Itowe, S35 South Lcavltt street, clerk In County Treasurer's office; A. W. Nohe, 7 and 0 Clifton place, broker. Third Georgo W. Miller, 175 Dear lKirn street, lawyer; Charles Nothua gel, OU 07th street, architect. Fourth W. E. Eaklns, 508 03d street, lawyer, Senate; Timothy Hogan, 3043 South Halstcd street, capitalist; Chan. Wcdermaier, Elsdon, postoffice, engi neer, Fiftu-J. 0. Buckncr, 3047 Armour avenue, assistant city attorney; W. Ou Lamotitc, 3112 South l'urk avenue, clerk In water office. Slxth-Wllllani Sullivan, 587 Klstoft avenue, clerk Criminal Court, Senate; Charles M. Kldrcdge, 112 Dearborn n ve nue, lawyer; George SI. Boyd, Unity Building, lawyer. Seventh William M. Thiemann, Hb iicii postottlee, farmer; C. A. Tlsdell, Evuustoii, lawyer. Ninth Dnvlil K. Hhniiiihuu, 2728 Main street, agent; T. J. Itlley, clerk 1b probate clerk's office. Eleventh-Ernest G. Schubert, 597 North Iloyno avenue, clerk In County Clerk's office; Walter Saylor, 171 La Salle street, lawyer. Thirteenth-James P. Cuvuuuugb, county building, deputy sheriff. Seventeenth-Albert Glade, U North Clinton street, police court clerk. Nineteenth-John F. Tuulson, H12 West Lake street, lawyer; Hubert O. Busse, 270 North Paulina street, con tractor. Twenty-first Fred Busse, 504 North Clark street, street contractor, Dnvli Hevcll, iKitt Fullertoii avenue, lawyer. Twenty-third A. J. Olsou, 182 Town send street, milk dealer; Lawrence KIJ course, IKI North Franklin street, derk hi city lamp department. The Democratic nominations have not been made. The 1'rohlhltloulsts have made legis lative iiluatloiis lu the Third, Sev enth mid Eleventh senatorial districts, ns follows: Third-Walter 11. Hawk, Englowood. Seveuth-J. L. Whltloek, Kvnustou, Insurance. Eleventh-L. K. Meneham. Tho Populists have made no legisla tive nominations and called no eiia torlal conventions. Society gossip from the Fourth con gressional district: The Hon. Charles V. Woodman is still running Indepen dent for Congress. Many leaders In the art of booxlferous cuisine havn withdrawn their free luuehes from ex hibition until after election. It Is hard to see where the DeinocrnH; expect to gain anything by throwing down u lot of respectable men on their ticket lu favor or nil equal number of Populists. Take CharUs C. Breyer In tho Seventh dlslilet for Instance. He is one or tho most popular men In tiortnwest Chicago, mid his name alone ' worth two thousand votes to the ticket. Yet the combination proposes to tnxc nun off as a candidate for elec tor mid put one of tho "poppy guvs" on lu ids place. This Is poor politics. I'ho only people who cannot comiilnln of tho hard times nro those who work on a snlary and who have not been sub jected to a cut of uny kind. All kinds of provisions aro cheaper than ever before. So nro rents. Tho price of living was never so low. Yet the loud est howlers for a "cliaugo" are the peo plo who work on salaries. In tho event of a panic on II. A Bonn's floating Miloon, tho Virginia, tho gang who compose tho crew, wait ers and bartenders, would fill nil of the boats, nud tho passengers would have to shift ror themselves. &jV,'t'jJ ..l. -rWgM. .V tw,'.h t n twl -, . j. &a ..jf.Mm.u tt v.