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. k 'INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINQ& NEUTRAL IN NONE.' VOLUME XIX. CHICAGO, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1899-TWELVE PAGES. NUMBER 490. (l)i en 9 u Sr f a g I r . MUM Will BE IAM. The People Endorse His Administra tion, Admire His Baokbone and jD Will Re-elect Him Sure. The Thousands of Victims of the Meadow croft Bank Love Him for His Enemies. Not a Dollar of Public Money Missing Under Harrison Makes Treasury Looters Hate Him. Hot a Scandal or an Indictment for Hit Subor dinate! Makei Crooked Men Sore. But Certain of the Endorsement of His Fellow Citizens He Moves On to Victory. Mnyor Harrison's boom Is growing orory day. Go where you will among the bunt ness clement and you will And em ployers and employes almost solid for him. Upon tbo fourth pngo of The Eaglo will bo found Interviews with a great number of our solldest cltlxons Indors ing Mayor Ilarrlson and expressing tbo wish that bo ma bo ro-clectcd. It Is singular that tho Harrison sen timent, common to all tho nationalities that make up this cosmopolitan com munity, Is also common to both politi cal parties. Tho Mayor Is respected because of bis proven honesty and fearlessness. The opposition to him In his own par ty Is confined largely to anarchists with lost opportunities and to grafters who are out of a Job. Almost all Ohlcagoaus remember tho Meadowcroft failure. But thoso of our peoplo who will never forget It aro tho very poor who lost their all In that miserable "bank." Tho Meadowcrofts ran a saving bank for years, and thousands of Chi cago peoplo Intrusted every dollar they 'bad on earth to It. . Ono day It "failed." It was completely gutted. Thoro was not ono cent for any one. As a result thousands of homes were plunged Into sorrow. Tho declining years of mauy old peoplo were made wretched. Tho orphan was robbed of her herl tage. Tho widow was robbed of her mite. It was a crlmo and a robbery that cried to heaven for veugeance. Tho law, usually lax, was moved by tbo enormity of tho crlmo to act. It did act. Tbo Meadowcrofts wero Indicted, tried and convicted and sentenced to tbo pentcntlary. Public opinion and private seutlment Indorsed tho verdict. It was just. Uut the man who pardoned tho an archists was Governor, ' Ho pardoned tho Meadowcrofts. Ho never told why. But tho peoplo do not forgot tho act. Neither do they forget his connection with tho Spalding case. If John P. Altgeld can mako such a good Mayor why did bo not mako a irood Governor? Has tho Gity Treasury been looted under Mayor Harrison? Wo should say not, ' Was tho Stato Treasury looted during Altgeld's administration as Governor? Yes. Every schoolboy knows that It was. Havo any of Harrison's lloutcnants been Indicted for stealing public funds? No. No ono daro make such a charge, Wero any of Altgeld's lieutenants In Stato offices indicted for jobbery? Yes, It Is ldlo to ask tho question whllo the Grain Inspection office oxlsts and tho records of tho Criminal Court can be got at. Has there been any jobbery In tbo Police Department under Harrison? No; but thoro was jobbery la tho parks under Altgeld. Has thero been any scandal connect cd with the public Institutions under Harrison? No. But thoro was jobbery In tho Iusauo Asylums and other Stato lust I tutions under Altgeld. Tbo gang who surrounded Altgeld when ho was Governor was a gang of grafters. Would there bo any im provement In his surroundings If bo became Mayor? Hardly. But, then, ho will never becomo Mayor. . Tho Anarchists who aro with him aro drawn evenly from tho Republican and Democratic parties. So aro tho Socialists. Tho free-lunch cadets who mako up tho bulk of bis following aro sot nu merous. Altgeld's total strength Is not great enough to consider In making up a progrcsslvo cucbro party. John P. Altgeld, tho man who par doned tho Meadowcroft Brothers, ad dressed a meeting of Republican em ployes In tbo People's Institute, In tbo Twelfth Ward, on Saturdny night. It is but just to a number In tbo audi ence, however, to say that many of them wero drawn to tho spot through curiosity to sco tho man who pardoned tho anarchists. Mr. Itobcrt 13. Burke, lu tho courso of a red-hot speech nt tho County De mocracy meeting on Sunday, thim re ferred to the Altgeld gathering: "Thero was a meeting last night at tho People's Iustltute. Now, iu the first place, that building holds 1,800 people, and not tho larger number that was reported us attending tho meeting. Notices wero sent yesterday to every employo of tho county building that could bo forced or cajoled luto attend ing that mcotlng that ho should bo ou baud. Tho Itcpubllcaus helped might ily to All tho hall. They scut thero all tho members of the West Park police who could bo spared, and members of tho Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Tenth aud Twelfth Ward Republican clubs, "Besides, thero were by actual count 235 members of tho Republican Star Lcaguo of ox-policemen present. I havo this Information from a member of that leaguo who Is not lu sympathy with tho present couuty machine, und who per sonally counted the men. Ho knows overy ouo of them. Edward Coen, marshal of tho drainage canal police, Bent ns many of tils men as ho could sparo up there, nud all .the drainage employes that could attend wero ou hand. Tho county hospital forco that was not on duty went almost to a man. "Ex-Governor Altgeld In his speech attacked R. A. Waller. Now, I havo como lu contact lu tho last ten years with a great mauy officials of tho city, but a more conscientious, more careful, moro upright mun than It. A. Waller I uovcr met In office. I wish that all officeholders, both lu tho Republican aud tho Democratic parties, were llko him. "I can stand abuse I bavo grown fat on It. But when a man starts to abuso Carter Harrison over tho body of Robert Waller, who Is In his coffin now, I think It Is timo to call a halt. Will tho members of the County De mocracy who come hero overy Sunday and who work for the organization put HON. CARTER H. HARRISON. Chicago's PeerlMa Mayor, Who Will Be Re-elected by a Large Majority. up with this? Wo should throw the cutthroats out." Tho enmity of John IV Altgeld to tho Harrison family Is no now tiling. It was conceived In Jealousy and born In envy. Tho father of tho Mnyor, tho lato Carter II. Harrison, did every thing In his power toward making Alt geld Governor. Ho stumped tho Stato for him ntid supported him with his newspaper In 180J. Altgeld was elect ed. In tho spring of 1803 Carter II. Harrison was tho candidate of his party for Mnyor. Sam Allcrton was running against him. Wash Hosing and floino other bolting friends of Alt geld wero supporting Allerton. The Democratic ' Executlvo Committee mado a formal request of Altgeld to umdo a speech for Harrison iu Chi cago. Altgeld refused to do so. A committee of two was appointed to wnlt upon Gov. Altgeld nt Springfield and ask him to como to Chicago to help tho party out. Altgeld refused point blank to come. Ho never mado a speech for tbo party In the spring campaign of 1803. Ho uovcr, publicly nor privately, expressed a bopo that Harrison would win. Ho privately hoped that ho would not But Harri son did win, without Altgeld, by 21,000 majority. History will repeat Itself In 1800. That was a lally cooler of a crack that Gen. Llcb took nt Altgeld. Altgeld bus been denouncing Mnyor Hairixon for his friendship for gold Democrats. But privately ho has been sending for gold Democrats himself, nnd asking them to support Altgeld for Mayor. Gonernl Llcb was ono of tho men ho sent for. Tho General didn't do a tiling to him. Ho just took tho ungrateful political hypocrlto up nnd spanked him soundly lu a letter full of sarcasm nnd truth, aud winding up with this hot shot: "I cannot refrain from commenting ou j'our Inconsistency, Mr. Altgold I hud almost said hypocrisy In privately calling to your aid lu attempting to haul down Mayor Harrison men whom you publicly designate as traitors nud betrayers to wit, gold Democrats. ' Wednesday morning's callers at Alt geld headquarters included: 2 well-known aunrchlsts. 13 ox-park employes. 3 ox-employes In Stato Institutions. 3 men who aro out on ball. Tho Democratic County Central Coin mltteo has sot tbo city convention for March 10. They 'will bavo eighteen working days for tho Democratic cam paign. Tbo dates for tho primaries and conventions of tbo party, city, town and aldcrmanlc, wero fixed at n mcotlng of tho city members of tho County Central Committee, held In tho Trcmont House. Tho primaries for tbo city, town and aldcrmanlc conventions will bo held on Wednesday, March 15, between 1 and BSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMVK rf''ivSBB!JflBBSSF -lRR1 BHHHHlllllllllllll IBl tBT&w3 sBllllllllllllllllllllllllllV. .LA'BlllllllllllllM r 7 p. m. Tho convention will be held the next dny'nt the North Sldo Turner Hull nt 10 a. in. The town conventions will bo held Saturday, March 18, at 10 a. m., nnd tho ward conventions will lw held tbo samo day nt 4 p. in. Following were the places designated for holding tho town conventions: West Towu-Brlcklnycrs' Hall, West Monroe nnd Peoria streets. North Town-208 North Clark street. Hyde Park Elgemnu's Hull, 0275 South Chicago avenue. South Town Trcmont House. Town of Lake Wtttlta Hall, 47th and Hnlsted streets. Lnko View Jung's Hall, Lincoln nud Belmont nvcuues. Calumet Roesner's Hall, Washing ton Heights. Joseph Donucrsbergcr, whoso term as South Park Commissioner expires Feb. 28, was ou Wednesday reappoint ed to tbo office for another five-year term nt a meeting of tbo Circuit Court Judges held in the chambers of Chief Justice Charles G. Neely. Unlike tho other boards of park commissioners iu the city, which are appointed by the Governor, tho South Park Commission ers aro appointed by tbo Judges of tho Circuit Court under tho law of 1800, In forco at tbo adoption of tho Stnto constitution In 1870. Mr. Douncrsberger Is ouo of the best commissioners tho park has ever had. It Is sold that Governor Tanuer will make somo radical changes lu tbo West Park management when ho returns to Sprlugtleld. They nre needed. Tho West parks are not what they used to be. Fred Blount should shako his hired men up u little in tiio West parks. Tho sooner Governor Tanner gets af ter some of the Blount gaug in tho West parks, tho better for tho parks, What do the county assessors mean by calling lu tho down-town property owners lu relation to assessments? Tho report of tho Swift commission Is eas ily nttalnablo nnd ought to furnish all tho Information necessary. Llttlo Joo Errant Is for Altgeld. This settles it. And It settles Altgeld. Joo Errant Is against tho Mayor bo cause ho was not appointed ou tho School Board. A large porcentago of Altgeld's "men of prluclplo" aro actu ated by similar motives. Mr. Edward D. Northam, tho well known lawyer, nnd former Superin tendent of 'Public Service, Is promi nently mentloued for the Republican nomination for City Attorney, Mr. Northnm would add strength to the ticket. . Geo. Duddlestou has tho peoplo with him, nud will bo returned to tho City Council from the Eleventh Ward. If the Democratic nomination for City Attorney goes to tho West Side, It Is believed that Mr. Johu E. Kchoo will be the uomluee. Amos Pcttlbono declines to bo n can didate for alderman lu tho Twentieth Ward. It. K. Blake has quit tho aldcrmanlc fight lu the Twenty-sixth Ward. For alderman lu tho Twelfth Ward Ernest Saunders, an nttorncy, Is named ns a coming man. Ho Is said to bo of the quality which distinguished cx Aldcrmdu Harlan and gavo Alderman Herrniaun a commanding place In tho Council. James C. Patterson Is an other Republican claimant viewed with favor by the reformers. Tho race lies between these two. John J. Hnnberg, who was collector for tho Town of'Hydo Park for several terms, Is a strong caudldato for City Clerk on tho Republican ticket. Mr. Hnnberg bears a splendid reputation as a business man. Adrian 0. Anson Is talked of as n possibility for tho Democratic Aldcr manlc nomination lu tho Third Ward. Herman Fry Is running for tbo nomi nation for Alderman nt tho Democratic primaries of the Twenty-first Ward. Paul Mnculen Is a caudldato for tho Democratic nomination for Alderman In tho Twenty-fourth Ward. Ho nn uounccs that ho is opposed to granting franchises without compensation to tho people. The regular organization will put up a hard light to keep Aid. Walter C. Nelson from receiving tho Republican nomination for Alderman in tho Thirty second Ward. This Is becauso tho Aldermau ran as an Independent two years ago and bent tho regular nomi nee, Walter Phlster Is being talked of as au organization caudldato. Tho Gas Trust can easily afford to spend $250,000 for tho purchase of a legislature. Tho method pursued by tho Trust, when It has an oxpenso of this klud, Is to simply add ten per cent, to everybody's gas bill. Ob, this Is a free country, Isn't It? Tho poor man must pay his taxes. Tbo Gas Trust mustn't. FN i, COMTITIOS IN IMS. It Is Almost Assured by the Present Efficient General Assembly of This State. The Infamous Frontage Bill Is on Its Last Legs and Will Be Repealed. This Will Give Chicago from Two to Five New Gas Companies to Patronize. Street Superintendent Doherty and Fire Marshal Swenie Complain of the Gat Trust Mains. The Gas Trust Is Playing Favorites Among the Aldermen $2,000 Men and $100 Skates. The Senate Committee on Municipali ties met Immediately after adjourn ment of the Senate Wednesday and or dered a favornblo report upon tho Case bill, repealing tho Gns Frontage act. Its companion bill, to repeal tho Gas Consolidation act, has already passed tho Senate. Tim lufainotB Gas Frontage law, which forever prohibited competition between gas'companles in Chicago, Is ou tho high road to oblivion. It will Im repealed by tho present General Assembly, and tho repeal will be ono of the most righteous pieces of legislation sluco Illinois has been a State. The removal of tho Gas Froutngo barrier will give tho peoplo a chance tit get better aud cheaper gas, for it will give new companies a chance to cuter the field. Tho Frontage act simply created a monopoly nnd forbade all competition with tho selilsh, crooked aud uou-pro-gresslvo Gas- Trust. Tho Gas Trust can no longer urgo ns a reason why new companies should not bo permitted to do business tho fact that tho streets will havo to bo torn up. Tho streets will havo to bo torn up anyway. Tho Gas Trust mains aro all rotten. Tho Trust has .been so busy declar ing dividends that It has allowed Its mains to go to ruin nnd decay. As u result tho streets aro tilled with gas and the health of tho public Is en dangered. So great has been tho escape of gas In tho downtown district during tho Inst week that both Chief Swonlo nud Street Superintendent Doherty fear tho possibility of au oxploslon of llttlo less magultudo than a volcanic eiuptlou. Accollng to Mr. Doherty, tho gas company's pipes downtown aie old aud rotten. Electrolysis, rust nud tho or dinary decomposition of iindergrouud pipes havo mado tho mnlus uncom monly susceptible to frost mid leaks havo sprung" In many places, Tho gas works Its way through earth aud pave ment nnd can bo studied lu tho streets. How much of tills has collected under ground no one can tell, nud the dally descent of men Into manholes nud cable conduits witli lighted torches Is looked upon with dread by more than one ofllclal lu tho City Hall, "If, as Is not Impossible, largo Quan tities of gas havo escaped aud collect ed uudcrgiouiid In any particular spot, It would bo hard to estimate tho dam ago that might follow Its Ignition," said Chief Swenie. "It certainly would bo sufficient to tear up cobblestones and give a building a bad slinklng-up. Tho building might perhaps bo wrecked in tills manner nnd a lira started that would test the full strength of tho de partment. Iu tho meantime it can do no good to predict disaster, for If noth ing happens ono Is called n 'croaker,' nnd If something occurs ho becomes au 'I-told-you-so.' " With competition now companies will put now pipes In tho streets, and the decayed Gns Trust will bo obliged to follow suit or bo prosecuted for main taining a nuisance. Tho Gas Trust will not spend ns much money In tho wards this spring as It usually does In aldermanlc elections, Tho policy of tho Trust appears to Im to placo n certain number of the alder men uuder obligations nnd to Ignore tbo rest, or to trust to luck to get their votes when needed. This spring but eighteen wards have been subsidized. On Saturday $30,000 was paid out to outgoing aldermen who nro seeking re election and who aro thought to have a show. Tills was $2,000 each for eighteen of them. It is understood that no further dis bursements aro to be made. "Of course," said ono ofllclal, "wo will pass out tho usual amount to the $100 men, ns wo call tho cheap skate aldermen. That's charity, you kuow." When stockholders of tho Gas Trust openly charge iu court that the money of thuJFrust was spent to brlbo legisla tors, When members of tho Legislature openly tulle of the amount they receiv ed for their votes for gas measures, hen tho people of a great city are deprived through bribery of the control of their streets, aud aro turned over to tho mercies of a monopoly ou account of purchased legislation, It Is time for tho Saugamou County Grand Jury to get to work. Let It ascertain who quieted tho In vestigation In 1807. Let It ascertain who tho prluclpnls were lu tho crime, remembering at nil times that Jacob Sharp of Now York was President of tho Hoard of Directors of tho Uroadwny surface road, when he was sent to Slug Slug for bribing legis lators la New York. Mr. Shan only "directed" the move ments of go-betweens He said ho never did anything per sonally Ho was sent to tho penitentiary just tho same. Let tho Sangamon County Grand Jury trnco up tho gas boodliv and It will find out who tho man or mcu was, or were, who directed the go-betweens In tho gas matter. Tho Sangamon County Grand Jury can llud out who tho go-betweens were. It can find out who tho legislative managers were, It can find out easily who tho "pro tectors" wero In tho Senate and House membership, who assured the members that thoy would get their "bit" after the session was over. It can easily find out what members took money ami what members did not, Fpr uovcr, lu tho history of Legisla tures, was bribery so openly done nnd so openly talked about. This wholesale cilmo was committed Juno 1, 1807. It will not bo outlawed until Juno 1, 1000, Iu other words, thoro nro sixteen long mouths loft in which to Und Indict ments against tho principals, accesso ries, protectors, brlbo-glvera nnd bribe takers, whoso crimes banded Chicago over to tho Gas Trust In 1807, to bu its slavo forever. A movement is on foot to bring tho matter of tbo gns froutngo nnd consoli dation bill before tho Saugamou Coun ty Grand Jury for a full and senrchlug Investigation, Somo of tho men who voted for tho SL. Jj'jjj tf: .-?Vy'jgtig'