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-'rj,viVj 'Vy"fiw iM'-lv-w INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINOti NEUTRAL IN NONE.' VOLUME XVI. CHICAGO, SATURDAY, JUNE B, 1897-TWELVE PAGE8. NUMBER 400. It WILL BE StTTLED MOMMY. The ladlcial Election. Will Decide the Complexion of the Bench on That Day. Prospects Are Very Good for the Success of the Whole Non-Partisan Ticket. Judge McConnell, the Able Chairman of the Citizens Committee, Writes a Ringing Address. The Contractors' Combine Will Not Succeed in Placing Their Henchmen in High Places, For the People Are Judges and Them. Judge k 1'. McConncIl tell In tlio following Mter why lie lx for the lion luirtlsim Judicial ticket to be voted for Monday. Mime 7, Itt Iuiikuuko which admits of no misunderstanding. Ills word iwiict' xlgnpoxts for every Intelli gent, honj'st voter, regnnlleHS of lioll tlcx: T4 My Follow nciiioerats: I am a Dtinocnit of lotiit xtiindlng. If u comparison of party loyalty lx to bo Jiuule 1 inn willing flint my record should l' compared with wither that of tin' iirexeiit Dfiimvnitln Mayor of Chicago or the lute Dniioeratlc Oov oruor of I'.'.liiolx. 1 wiih chiilrimiu of the llrxt IUIiiuIh State Democratic' silver convention and n ihJcgutc-at-luive to the convention whkdi noniliuitcd William .1. Hryan for President. I wniewtty nldid In the effort to elect Mr. Hryim uud I faithfully supported Mr. Harrison for Mayor lu our lute iuimli'lial eiituiNilKti. 1 have never lieen ufiiiid to follow my party, or to ask It to follow me, mid 1 urn not afraid now to take u position which may seem In opposition to It. I urn really not opposing the Democratic party 1 am trying to shield the party and the public from the mistake, the folly twid the injustice committed by the men who are iieeldeutally, for the time being, In coin ml of It In this city. 1 inn doing exactly what the lion. Carter 11. Harrison the father of the present Mtiyor did six years ago. The Republican piuty then iim It linn thlx yeai" nominated till the old Circuit judges ux ilielr own- succcssorx; the Democratic party then us It him thlx time nominated an opimsltlon ticket. Mr. Harrison fotiKht tho Democratic ticket acting with Hie Hepubllcnnx mid overwhelmingly defeated it. I wax alwnyx a close friend of Mr. Harrison mid supiKirted him In every tight he ever imide. I, am Kind to re mcmlier that I Imre so great an c.niiiii. pie for my present conduct, 1 do no, more tluiii l.e did then when 1 urge good Democrats to aid in the re election of tin- experienced mid able men now on .the bench. I cannot believe ihat it Is the duty of Democrats t' ii Id the present Demo erotic managers to uiiHe.it faithful and capalile Judges, lu fiivor of new men even If It were certain that the new men are cipmlly ns able and learucd as the -Judges now on the bench. j t we are rank partisans lu the elee. Hull nf'judges It seems plain to me that we tun hardly expect to have Judges fne f i imi partisan liittiience. None of iih want-that kind of Judges, In fact, the most thoughtless of iih would shud der at the prospect of IiiivIiik our Judi cial tribunals tilled with jhiiiIkiiuh re sixiudlng to partisan bins, I do nor want to help my pmty to do what lu tile cud will hurt It mid tho people too, 1 servo my party better by preventing It If possible from ae coinpllishliig a wiong or committing a lolly. A party Is only a memm to an end. If liiipi-ojieily employed It usefulness for good purposes Is seriously Impaired, I rem iil It iih n sinful line of party or ganization to attempt with It to uuseiit good and experienced Judge, lu favor of new men. No one wus llndlug fault with Judges Olbbons, Rurke, Neely, Rmlth, Baker, Ollffonl and Wlndes. They had been for yenre jfhinj; splendid service on the Satisfied with the Old Will Re-elect bench. modcHtly but fcniki'fly doing their duty from day to day. It wiih bad enough, from the Htand IMilut of gmHl cltixeuohlp, to aim to tin Hint any of tlicxe men but why xhould the Dcinocinlli! convention have re-fiiM-d to reuomliiate .ludgcH Clifford. Maker and WlmlenV They weii iih Kim m1 Dciiim-intH mt any of tho new men, uud better than the most of them. The treatment- of thene men by the Democratic mmiagei'H would afford a Hiittlclcnt reiiHon to any Democrat to rcfiiHc to Hiipport the ticket' which will bear on the official ballot the lead "Democrntle." In my heart It created a revolt. It wax an offciino iiKiilnut Justice, good goverumeiit and good hciikc, 1 tiunt all the thoughtful uiciuhcv of my party will regard the Mtuntlon iih 1 do. Let iih prevent our parly from eon- Humiliating a wrong. Let iih chantlnc our party niiinagern for attempting to make a vlcloux hko of victory. Let iih make them imdcrHtand that they niiiMt Koveru the lmrty wlnely. Let im pound It Into their comprchciiHlou that all DemocnitK are uot lu love with HpoilH-lllllltlllg, Let in, fellow-DcmoeiatH, reiiieiiiber that our parly exlntn for grand pur Inihch, and that Itn high iiiIhhIoii imiihi lint be illhiTcillti'il by mi attempt to gain, In Its mi uie, mean mid hurtful vlctoriex. I urge my fellow-PenvocratK to vote for the old mid faithful Jiulgex wIiuho names will be found on the ottlclal bal lot under the head "He publican." I feel I can ib no greater xervlce to Ihlh city than by aiding the election of tliln ticket, and can render no greater Hcrvlce to my party than to defeat It tliln year, when It lx trying to do wrong. Wry earnestly yourx. . I. M'CONXKLL. Wlllliini Wellx, a North Clark xtieet liorixt, Iiiih been appointed Hiipcrlutend cut of the three North Side park under the control of the city Washington Square, Oak l'ark and (iiicn ltay I'aik, Mr. Wells lives In the Twenty-lourtli waul mid is a Democrat. The position pays totio a year. It lx intimated that W)fi?0 votes will be (tolled on election day companitlve ly the xamo lu numerical strength that lx csixt III judlcliil elections. The.Dciuo crutK iK'lleve that they will succeed lu getting out ii great preponderance of the vote If tho Republican ward work ers do not wake up. S, 1'. Mi Council, chairman of the noil parthMU campaign committee, who lx leading the tight for the re-election of the prexent Judgex nominated by the Hepiibllcaus, reportx that good cltlzenx are awakening to the dangcrx of ag gressive machine Deniociacy.but hed' elarex that If the opposition interest lx maintained until the tolls close on .lime 7 an Independent Judiciary, five from political contamination, will be tri umphantly elected, Tho Non-partlxaii Judicial Club of tho Chicago College of Law has been organized with a membership of 700 for the purpoxo'of tanking an effective can vnsx u the Interest of Judges Kduuiud W. Iturke mid John Gibbons, both of whom are members of the faculty of the Chicago College of Law. Circulars have been gent by the committee to 10,- 000 voters and each member of the HON. The Dlstlngulihed Lawyer school has constituted himself a com mit tec of one to work for the Judgex, t u principal way 1elng by sending a per sonal letter to acipmliitaiicex or by -.ill-lug uud making converts lu the Inter estxof the two Judges. A rousing mass meeting lu behalf of the iiou-partlxan Judicial ticket wax held Saturday evening In Occidental Hall, West Maillson street and Sacru meiito avenue. The hall wax crowded. iid great earnextnesx wax shown lu the expressed necessity of keeping the bench free of political Intliteueex and prejiidlcex. John li. Parker wax chair man of the meeting, and among the oc cupants of the platform were: Judge Hurke. S. II. Case, 1 Cahlll. 1 C. I'nr iiiiiii, T, Hobliixon, C. Hendricks, 41, W. Wllllaiiix. D. W. Clark. U. Hllbert C. Duiicle J. M. Murphy. The chief speaker of the evening was A. O. Cooper, who voh'ed the dangers that would follow the election of a tick et reprexeiitlug any other spirit than that of the iioii-partix.iu choice, which ix favored by the substantial clement In the community, other speakers in the same vein were V. L. Sheppard, Con gressman Mills, .In mm L. Campbell, Alderman Kahler mid John McKcc. New otllcex proposed by the City Council: Twelve IIcciim' Investigators. Twenty-four street obstruction In spcetois, Thirty-two Mib-water oltlce olilclals. For the ixillce department, :is.i add! tlnual ottlcers and iiku. Chief of milk bureau, I'Msh lusiiector. X I.. ..ll i-: ....... ......i.i ..l.lli,, ... Ill till, -111 lll'W Miril!ll!P, IIIIIIHm III the city pay roll HM),M!() per annum. Did anyone ever hctir of tint Hoard of Kdiieatloii calllnn fc mi luvext.gti thii of Itself' We should Kty not. The Chicago Hiimd of IMui-atlmi Is the iiiiiM corrupt puliUe Innly lu Anuv lea ami this lx saying n good dial. The City Council has started In on the fiv Ut track lie ordering mi IiivmII gatlou of the City Hoard of Kdiieatloii. This Ix a free country fire for inn, bage coiitraetorx to neglect their duty, for other contractors to rob the city, and for M'oplo with the price to do ax they please, What has ever been done ubmit the million and a half of ilulluix stolen from the water fund by town of Luke packersV Who got the roll when the town of Lake pnekerx "settled" for the million mid a half of dollars iliey slide from the city lu the Khajto of waterV 111 the appointment of Mr. M. J. Dohenty to the position of wiperln teudeau of Ktwetn, Mayor llarrixon has pleased evea'ybody, There were grave B iHKiilllllllllllllllllllllllllllB liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimv-) iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiH SAMUEL P. M'CONNELL, and Ex-Cbiei Juatlee cf the C rsuit C;urt of Cook County, fears that he would apHilut to that liniMrtant posHJnn that dironh: ottlcc seeker, John C. SchulK'rt. Hut, fori it luitely, S.'hubert w:it sat on uud t.'i" able and honest Mr. Puberty got the place. The pour must pay tlidr witter taxes, Morris, Swift and the otlur packers iiin. steal nil they want without let or hindrance. AImivo all, don't forget to. vote for Judge Abuer Smith. Judge Smith, iinlvcrmlly known iih the poor iiiiiu'm friend, should not have a vote itist against him. Vote for Judge Abuer Smith for re election. The name of Abuer Smith Is the syn onym of honor and Integrity, Scion II. Case's "Shyloek" Senate bill No, .'UP would. If passed, simply crucify the honest wnrkliigiucu of Illi nois, (iod knows their lot Ix hard enough as It Is now. No one but Scion II, drib1, or a man without a heart, would ever think of Introducing such mi Infamous measure. The bill lu the House should be de feated. It would work untold hardship to a poor iiitiu who, through lack of employment, was compelled to obtain credit. With such a law lu force, he would have no chance to recover from debt, because his creditors could take every cent lie earned, except ifSu week, and his employers could, be so harassed by garnishment Mills that he could not keep a t-ltuatlon. The bill Is a veritable SliylockV bond exacting not only the ixuiiid of flesh, hut the life blood of the debtor. It would be harsh mid cruel and should be beaten. A vote for Judge Prentiss Is a vote for mi honest man. When Hon. (ieorge K. Adams and Hon, II. II. Oroxx get through with their herculean task of breaking up the real i-xtate rlug In the city Hoard of Kilticatlon they could uot do better than turn their attention to the methods by which this Inner circle of thieves have enriched themselves mid plundered the people In the past. Having mastered these details, they should bend their energies toward making It Impossible to repeat these transactions. The Knge,has recently come Into pos session of some facts connected with the adjustment some months ago of the rentals of the school section tenants which would astound Messrs. dress and Adams If unfolded to them. The story of the attempted blackmail ing of one of these tenants Is partially given ns an Illustration of tho methods employed by tho organised gang of tax robbers which has lived and fattened on public plunder In the school ltoard for years. The particular tenant referred to held the lease of a school section located In the heart of the business district of this city. It ran out with all the others last year. The property, like all the other school sections, was leased at a ridicu lously low rent, mid there was a public demand that this property be revalued mid the rents readjusted so as to bring them up to something like their real value. Instead of doing this, however, the thieves on the school board liming ed to Meed the tenants ami barter the public Interests for such pecuniary con slderatlons ax they could wring out of the tenants. How much they got from the other Ix uot, and perhaps never will be, known, but lu the particular case under discussion the blackmailing ping ran against a sung. The amount demanded In consider ntlon of re-leasing the property at the old rent was H,()00. That demand was made by the black mailing ring of the Hoard of Kdiieatloii, and the agent chosen to conduct the ne gotiations wax mid Ix to-day a promi nent mid leading Democrat of Cook County. Thlx prominent otHelal, whose name is lu the possesion of The Kagle, weut personally to the agent and made the foiirtecii-thousand-dolhir touch. This prominent Democrntle ottlclal Is a dose personal friend of the man who for some considerable period has acted nx Chairman or the chief grafting' com mittee. The chairman of that commit tee lx ulfo extensively engaged 111 poll tics, ami being a close political and per sonal friend of the prominent public ottlclal referred to he asked that otll- clul to conduct the negotiations for the .? H0D0, promising to "let him hi on the deal" If successful. Hut this particular i-clutl section tenant wax gifted with more than the ordinary amount of back bone. He flatly refused the ottlclal, told him that he wax In poor business, mid then threatened to make the whole unsavory transaction public. If the gang lu the school board attempted to treat him unfairly, This counter blast knocked the wind out of the otlielal In ipiestlon. He ran like a scared deer to the Hoard of lMu cation rooms and there was a great consultation by the m embers of the ring. The whole mutter wax dropped like a hot coal by the gangsters, and the tenant's demands were compiled with lu full. How about tho text hook supplies of the School Hoard? How about tho school book trust and what are the relations of certain mem heis of the School Hoard and u certain crafty employe of tho board with tint organization? What about tho letting of the contract for combination desks, which took plaei some elx or seven months ago? IT IS RDTTi The Chicago Board of Education Is the Crookedest Body Known to the World. It Is a Hive for Crooked Contractors and a Bonanza for Itchy-Handed Members. Millions ot Dollars Are Squandered that Gang sters May Get Rich on the Contracts. Although Often Accused of Corrupt Practices the Board Has Never Asked for Investigation. Meanwhile the Poor Children Get Bad Water, as There Is No Money in Filters. Alileiman Mangier Is on the rtuhl track at last. He Is after the rotteiiest and most coiTiiit public body lu America. More private foituihs have been made on the Chicago School Hoard than on any other body, mid. strange to say, althoiiuli the brllie-takliig was notorious uud public scandal great, no notice has ever been taken publicly of School Hoard corruption, The School Hoard Ix a wholly lrri spouslble body, which does ax It pleas. ex with seven millions of the people's dollars, and the Council Investigating committee will Hud out something about It If It can. About the City Hall the committee wax known iih the Mangier cnimulttcc, from the attack made by the Twenty first Ward alderman on the business methods he condemned. He asked for the appointment of live nicinlcrs of the Council, with himself as chairman, thescoHof the proposed lniiilry IwIiik allegations of loose and Inclllclent niiiii ageiueut of the business In the hands of the Hoard of l-Mucutloii. "I wish," said Aid. Mangier, when HKkeii to on the subject, "to he under stood as having absolutely no criticism at all to make icspcctlng the education, al features of the Chicago public school system. The teachers ;ire lmld little enough now for the work they do too little, lit fiictmid, an I say, I sympa thize with them, believe lu them and am In every way disposed to do all 1 can to further the cause of education they are engaged 111, but the business management of the system under which they work I say Is a shame mid a scandal. "The committee that Ix to conduct the InvcMtlgatlnu will gel to work at once. Kvldeiice will be produced going to thow that right along sehoolhoiihcx have been built by favorite coiitraetorx at about -" per cent, uiore than their leal cost. "We want an accounting of the $7, )Mli)0 that the public schools cost the taxpayers every year. One Item lu the report of the expenditures last year wax SW.tiDO for free text books. "Thai's a great deal of iiioney-ifJ.",-(100 for free text books. We would like to learn lu what part of the city the children live who get these free text books, We think that an investigation of this single fund alone would issue In the disclosure of n lot of matter of In terest to the taxpayer. Then we want to know something alxiut the change III the text bonks that Is made from time to time. Kor example, last year a new geography wax Introduced Into the public school because the old one In use did not give the' procr boundary of sonic river lu Africa. The boundary of this river, ax given lu the new geog raphy, cost the taxpayers S-HMNfO, We would like to have more details lu thlx matter mid see If there are any more cases like It. "Here Is another Instance where highly unbusinesslike methods have been followed, to say the least, ami that Ix with reference to the nuarterx now occupied by the Hoard of Kdiiea tloii, Originally the board took the rooms In the Schiller Theater building for u year, at least that was about what wax said when the change was made. The rental was to be $15,(XK) a year and that sum Ix being paid now. Tho com mlttcethat will Investigate this matter may learn whether the Schiller Theater Tt THE CORE. Company is paid Sl.",iii0a year by the Hoard of Kdiieatloii because u well known member or the board Is ti beav.r stockholder n the Schiller Theutcr bulldlng. "It's too much money lu siciid for rent when there are thousands of chil dren kept away from school for lack of accommodation. Why. there Isn't even tit drinking water to be lind In the schools, because of an alleged luck of money, yet the lliiauce committee for t Ills year allowed the School Hon ml Ktl,rt:io,iiio for the maintenance of the schools ami we want to know what hax become of this money. Thlx statement, Is made on authority: The School It omit receives for taxes annually, to he used for salaries alone, nearly ax much as. the city receives III taxes to be usctl for all corporate purposes, tire, police, public works, etc, and we ask for mi accounting, "Another thing we would like tit know Ix who lx W. A. S. lirahoiuV In the last request made by the boarder the Comptroller .Mr. W. A. S. (indium, ax sect eiary of the board, askx for ?7, (iih).imio for the maintenance of the pub lie school, in the annual statement of disbursements made by the ltoard for the laxt year Mr. W. A. S. (Jiahaiu, as; school agent, shows the expenditures of t lie School Hoard were over f7,tiMi,lHN). The committee would like to know who thlx W. A. S. lirahani Ix whether or not he N both secretary mid business, agent forthe School Hoard. "If li turns out that Mr. timlinm holds two olltci's and us secretary of the School Hoard he receives the money tie accounts for as business agent, then w will Investigate that phase of Dr. .Ickylf and Mr. Hyde and see what there is back of It. "Another thing that looks had lx tho circumstance that too ninny of one new school houses are built near railroad crossings. We would like to know whether any Interested ical cxtnto ageut has been instrumental in dixtns lug of undesirable liiilhllug hits to the School Hoard; then, loo, we will liniilu why It Is school houses are put up away out on the irrnlrlos, while, nx I know It t.i be true, a man will have to wm I; three or four yea is to get a small addi tion built to a school In tho crowdcU dlxtrlftx, "Wn will have records to prove that school building lots cost .10 iter cent more than private parties can buy them for., Why Mills? The street car win pany gels the right of way on the ton--face, under the ground mid through Hie air. Why can't the people have thlt privilege to put up a school house with out lielug obliged lo pay mi additional lax of oil per cent V "This Investigation Is to be thorough and painstaking. It will have the ser vice of account books mid papers mid only undisputed evidence will he relied on to prove the charge or loose and In-eltlt-leut business met hods on the part of the Hoard of Kilueatloii." Tho Eagle proposes to sk n few questions on tho subject, to which It may supply the answers later If the Investigators and tho Civic Federation should fall to do so. Who Is the high ottlclal of the ImuiiiI who rents his own houses for tempo rary tchool houses? How many of these temporary school houi.es are now In use, mid what Is tho rent being paid for them? lint not the demand for temporary msm feafjttmiz!