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r4 INDEPENDENT IN ALU THINGS. NEUTRAL IN NONE" a : VOLUME XXIII. FOR (HUP ELECTRICITY. The Legislature 1; Going to Get After tbe Big Chicago Eon Company its oijopoly Is Very Distasteful to (bic$oijf fcgd Growing Wore So Every Dy. Tbe (ity of Gbiago (Oust Be Empowered by Uw to Sell Electricity to Citizens. The IMIson monopoly must go In Chicago. Tin Chicago IMIson Company Is more grasping t1"1" ""-' Ul Company CVOl' wns. ' Tills Is not only true In the matter of tux-dodging, btitYory true In the man' iter of Uh dealing with tho people. F.loolrlolty lias come to stay, mid tho municipality should control Its ue ami cell It to the public, as It sells water. A hill will he Introduced Into the Legislature to this effort this session, and It should pass. There never was a more hoggish monopoly than the IMIson Company. It makes the consumer pay for ev erything. The consumer must pay for the very wires which coiiduot the electilelty Into his building. He must pay for the connection which Is made with the street conduit when the IMIson Company commences socking It to him. Talk about overcharging on the pan of this Companies! They are modest when compared with the Chicago IMI huii Company. Why, If a person Just turns on an electric light for a second, It posts him more than a gas Jet does for u night. No wonder the people cry for relief. The Legislature can afford relief liy authorizing the city government to sell electric light and power to private consumers. Perhaps as good a way as any to olr eumveut this monopoly would he to separato the frontage law, ly giving City Councils In cities of over 100,000 Inhabitants the right to give franchises to companies to furnish electric light, heat and power on such terms as the City Council may deem wise. The Kagle proposes to go Into till matter thoroughly dining this session. In this Issue It will merely give u few fact nlKiiit the Chicago IMIson Company. In nothing has the "graft" made In the hist few years been so great as In applied electricity. The Chicago Kdl win Company has been In business less than llfteeu yearn and the growth of their business has been something sim ply marvelous, as shown by the fol lowing table, giving hi equivalents of slxteen-candlo-power lamps the total amount connected to the company') mains In Incandescent lamps, are lumps, motors and heating appliances: lStS 10,800 1SIC ilM.OOO 18S0 :il,800 181M :I47.800 18110 00,000 1807 :t!)0,000 1801 110,000 UPS .170,800 1MU 101,000' 181MI r70,000 1MKI SI 1,1100 WOO 710,000 1801 , L'liS.lOO S The above table shows a gain In thir teen years of over .'l.oOO per cent. To bring this about an absolutely mor mons outlay of money has had to lx made, ami every dollar of It was squeezed out of tho people. They lmvo hullt throughout the city a system of underground conduits and system of distribution, which, with their power generating plants, they claim cost about $10,000,000. In addition to thU they nro now Investing u very largo amount of money. Hut they do not pay the city anything for tho use of tho streets and nothing from their gross receipt. At tho West Harrison street station, they art) addlug two now units, one of 0,000 and tho other of 8,000 hoi-uo iwjwer, , At tio stations at 27th street and Wabash avenue aud at Oak uml Chirk streets, as woll as at tho North avenue substation, a .".ono volt uiultlphaM' current Is used ami Is con verted Into a 110 direct current by largo rotary converters. Finally, at Hill Adams street is located a -1.000 horse power storage battery for Use in tho downtown -district. " y. -" It would seem to the ordinary oh server that this gang ought to pay something to the municipality out of which tliey are coining money. Tim uses to which electricity can 1k put aie now almost without uumlMr and new ones arc being found almost every day. In Its original Held of light lug It tolgiis supreme, bringing neither smoke nor dust nor appreciable heat. For decorative lighting nothing can take Its place, and the show windows and the beautiful light-studded ceilings It produces kiow more numerous and more beautiful each day. From the dainty tiny table lights for entertain ments, the movable drop lights for the library in all beautiful forms and shapes to the many-liued and ever changing udvoitlsltig signs usui tho streets, everywhere that light Is needed the IMIson Incandescent Is found. Noth ing rivals it, nothing compares with It. The wonderful power geuer.ited and cent thiougli the little wire Is nluuwt beyond computation and the uses to which It may he applied are many aud various. What lies hut led lu the depths of the future can only be guessed at, ami, at best. It Is but Idle and futile guessing at that. Almost every day some new use Is found and some new method of application or control is dis covered. The saying that our knowl edge of electricity Is lu Its Infancy Is sorely trite ami yet absolutely and ever newly true. However, enough Is known to make the Kdlsou Company a very, vofy busy concern. Their electric lighting business is fast being rivaled lu amount by their business lu furnish, lug motor power to manufacturing con cerns of every possible description from the largest to the smallest all over the city of Chicago. Its uses are so In Unite, varied and dlversllied that It would bo dllllcult to llml any place within Its radius where there Is not something run by power furnished by the Kdlsou Company. Craft, draft, draft, draft, draft. So great has this part of the bushies grown that tho company is obliged to keep on hand now motors of every size ami description. These motors they sell, ami where It Is ih'slrod they sell them on the Installment plan. In fact, they sell everything that they can make inoucj- out of, and use tho public streets lu doing so. A new feature was Inaugurated with in the past year when this company took practical charge of live large of lice buildings lu the heart of the city, furnishing them with steam heat. They also fuvnlsli the electricity for lighting, power for operating tho elevators, pumps, drainage, ventilating ami re frigerating apparatus. Tho iMIon Company takes charge of tho outlro moving equipment and management of the building, relieving the owners of all care' except that of the Janitor ser vice. From theso few facts It will ho ween that tho sooner tho law-making powers of the Ktnte got after the Chicago Edi son Compnny the hotter for tho people. Oenoral Robert J. Binlth, Hecrotary of tho Traders' Insuraneo Company, says that tho year 1000 was a very prosperous ono for tho reliable old Traders' Insuraneo Company, General CHICAGO, SATURDAY, JANUARY'S. l01. 1 lit , - Sp vwttf-fflPf . 4-J3su.f. i - ' UrM CUCIDV.M Pill I flM ,. i 'S? " r- t . Certain of Smith Is one of the most popular busi ness men lu the I.aSalle street Insur ance win Id. At the I'ulon League Club they ate talking of making den era! Smith their next 1'rcshlcut. Many members favor him for the olllce. lion. Charles Weruo, who lias made u most excellent record, will he to turned to the City Council by an In cieased majority. Inspector Nicholas Hunt, of Hyde 1'ark, Is the best police olllclal who ever looked after the Interests of Hyde I'ark tax-payers. Voters of the F.levouth Ward should send Hon. deo, Diiddlestou back to the City Council. Harvey L. Thompson, of the Twelfth Ward, is lu lino for I'ark Commissioner, so Is Col, F rn nets A. lllddle, of tho F.leventh Ward. They are good men ami should be appointed by doveruor Yates. David 11. Shanahaii should be the next Speaker of tho House. Cook Coun ty Is entitled to the place. lustlce of Hid I'eaciv M. A. Lu liny should he made a police magistrate. He would suit the people better than "Shaggy" Sabath does. Justice M. A. La Iluy Is a scholar aud, therefore should be uuiile a police magistrate. Hon. Frust Hummel will be the Democratic candidate for City Treas urer. The people love Hummel, con sequently his nomination means his election. As City Treasurer Hon. Krust Hum mel served tho people well before. This proves that ho Is tho strongest man the Democrats can nominate for the otltee next spring. Senator Shelby M. Citllom will bo re turned to tho United States Senate, lie has made a proud record for Illi nois, and tlio people otour great com monwealth are for him! The llcpuhllcnn members of the Illi nois House aud Semite will perpetrate tho crlmo of 1001, hIiouIi! they voto against tho ro-olectlou of Hon. Shelby M. Cullom to tho United States Senate. There will ho a stiff light put up nt Bpilnglleld this winter on tho ware house act, aud a determined effort mado to restrict privileges on elovator men. A bill will bo Introduced In tho legis lature providing for the repeal of tho amendment, which Is' said by the m ,r MVM.U-...m.Vw-tav,, Re - Election as United States Senator grain dealers to have established a monopoly for Chicago men. The In tioilucer of the bill says that various iiiteiests me hampered, and he pro poses to tight for his hill until It be comes a law. Considerable Interest attaches to a eonfeieiice that was held last week at tlie home of draeme Stewart. Itepub Mean national committeeman, ami prob able candidate for Mayor. At the con ference It Is reported there met flow elect Yates, Charles ti. Dawes, Hubert W. Patterson, draenio Stewart, and Stale .Senators Fled A. llusse ami Daniel A. Campbell. Mr. Dawes and Mr. Patterson are candidates for Sen ator two years ience, and It Is said the six leaders talked far Into the night. The organization of the State Senate and House, the distribution of State patronage lu Cook County, the Mayoral situation for next spring, and the Sen atorial contest two years heifie, as well as that pending now, were all reviewed ami considerable speculation Indulged lu as to whether there was a definite agreement 'reached ami an alliance formed. Democrats of the Sixth Ward mv up lu arms against the appointment of Aid. .Martin's man, Matthew l.tisk, as a deputy coioner. The appointment was made a few days ago, aud when the Sixth Ward people learned that Ltwlc was wearing the star of a deputy coroner they icglstered a vlgoious pro test. The people are for Cullom for .Sen ator. Ninety per cent of tho voters of Illinois favor his le-eleetlou. If the election should lie left to the popular vote of the masses Shelby M. Cullom would he returned to Washington by an overwhelming majority. Hepubll can members of tho House and .Senate will do well to heed the wishes of their constituents uml voto for Cullom's re election. Hon. William A. Dyche, the well known druggist, corner of State and Kunilolph Htreets, has been reappoint ed by Uovernor Tanner a member of the State Hoard of Pharmacy for the term ending Dee. ISO, IMtt. Mr, Dyche Is one of the most popular residents of Fvanstou, where after serving as Al derman he was elected Mayor for sev eral successive terms. Miss Margaret Haley, representing the Chicago Teachers' Association, nu Saturday told the Catholic Woman's National League that tho action of the State Hoard of Penalization Nov. '-'2 should bo known as u great public crime. She also declared that this country was now not far from tho conditions that oxlstcd In Franco bo foro tho Hevolutlou, and said these conditions "will demand a bloody revolution, or u rovblutlon of a kind -TWELVE PAGES. -M..- '-- from Illinois. never known lu history, (jucstloiis of this kind have always bcccttlcd by blood. .Men who sit ludillereiitly nt home and allow these conditions to go from bad to worse will be lespouslble lor such a calamity If It comes." The members of the League promised t heir aid to die work. Hon. Marvin A. Fair, Vice President of the I'ulon League Club, Is strongly urged by Hepuhllcaus to run for Mayor of Chicago. Hon. .lohu C. Schubert Is talked of for City Clerk by South Side Demo crats. W.est Side Democrats mention Mr. lttchard .1. Collins for the same otllee. At the last election Mr. Collins was a candidate for Clerk of the Su perior Court, ami ran l.',00O votes ahead of his ticket. The Hepubllciius of the Sixth Prim ary District of the Twelfth Ward, fob lowing the action of the Fourth aud Fifth Primary Districts, Saturday night adopted resolutions urging F. F. Coyne to become a candidate for the Hepublleau nomination for Mayor. A committee was appointed to wait on Mr, Coyne, and his answer practically was the same as given to the commit tees trotu tlio other meetings. "I am not disposed to take hasty ac tion lu the matter," said Mr. Coyne, after the committee had left him, "as I wish the people to ponder well over the vui lous names suggested for the Mayoralty, When they have reached a deliberate conclusion It will lie pos sible for mo to shape my course. Itesldes Chailes d. Dawes, tho fol lowing have been listed as probable candidates who would like to succeed the Hon, Win. F. Mason as United States Senator from Illinois lu lfHKI: Marvin A. Fair. Col. Fdward T. dleuuoii, Horace U, 1 lotion, Col. Frank (). Lowdeii, Martin II. Madden, Alexander II. Hovel!, Frank 11, Tobey. Hubert W, Patterson aud L. O. dod- danl. Several of the leading merchants of this city promise their support to rid the city of tho uuhculthfu! cigarette and cigarette papers, Hennessey Hrothers & Kvans, the' well-known Chicago contractors, are building tho new dayosa Hotel at Memphis, Tenn. When completed, It will be ono of the llnest hotels in Amer ica. It will cost over if (100,000. Tho fact that an administration Is Democratic does not necessarily Imply that It Is crooked. Yet when tho dally papers nro tilled with nccusations against Republican ofllclaU nnd Kepul llcau coutructorstho time of tho din ml Jury Is taken up exclusively with ru mors about Democrats. TRACTIOfl IS THE ISSUE. Forty-tbree p rfcrxbise? for Gbi- cgo Streets Will Expire tbe Yew After flext. Interested Prtie? Are Sprediijj tbe Report tb&t tbe Wbole Question H&s Beep Nicely Settled, But tbe People Propose to lkve Something to y in Tbis (Ifctter for Tbemselve. The Fiiule litis a list of forty.three street railroad franchises which expire lu 10').-:. And yet some people who call them selves relornieis have the gall to say that "the IsstioJs dead." Who'kllled ItV due dally paper came out the other day and stated that "the traction Issue Is settled." Who settled ItV The people of Chicago did not settle It. that is sure. The people of Chicago are going to have their say about the mutter, too. The Fagle will publish, when Its space will penult, the names and terms of the franchises which expire within the next two years. This will gle the people a chance to agitate ami scenic th reforms they are lu crying need of. Settled! Well, we should say not! All of the dally newspapers from here to Couuaught cannot settle this traction question until the people are satisfied with the settlement. The people will do the settling, unit don't you forget It! The attempts of draud Juries to be little or besllnie Mayor Harrison only Increase his popularity with the peo ple. Mayor Harrison has the eouildonco of the people nnd they will Maud by him. Mr. Harold MeCornilck, who lives In New York, don't you know, K on the January grand Jury, called to "hives tlg.ite" Chicago Democrats. The Citizens' Association calls- utten Hon to the misdeeds of Hepublleau county olIlcluK Hut Hepublleau grand Juries have not the time to go into such matters. The President of the .Ice Trut, Mr. J. S. Field, Is announced by the dallies as the Mar attraction on the next grand Jury to harass the' City Hall. Hetween the Democrats and the Ice Trust, the people of Chicago will not he long In making a choice. Why not let the Trad Ion Companies "Investigate" the City Hull? Don't they know how to do It us well as tho Ice Trust? If they keep on harassing tho City Hall wlfli lee Trust, and non-resident grand Juries, .Mayor Harrison will have no opposition lu the spring. Judge millions Is out of town. Ho should have stayed lu Chicago to cool off. Mayor Harrison will bo re-elected by nn overwhelming majority. "Hilly" Looiller, who pretends that he owns tho Seventh, F.lghth and Tenth Wards, will inee,t with n hurprlso one of theso days. "Hill" Loetllor says that ho controls the Hohemlau voto of Chicago. Noth ing Is farther from tho truth. Ho In timates that ho controls tho Jewish voto of Chicago, Thoro Is not a rospec tablo Jow who cares anything about NUMBER 586. the fellow. Aud yet It Is on fnlo pro teases ilk,, theso that lie has ridden Into otllee. The tiring of "Hill" Loetllor and men like him from the Democratic commit tee would certainly work no lianii. "Hill's" whole record has been mi un called bluff. It will Ih "called," though. Mr. Thomas u. Deneliy, tlio well known merchant, John T, Keating of Dalleniand fc Co., and a number of other business men are organizing the Liberal League, which bids fair tli cut a big tlgiire lu politics. Mr. Charles Hurmelster has been elected president of the North Side Liverymen's Association, which has Jut been organized. With such a pros blent the society cannot fall to be a success. Why not draw a grand Jury compos ed of men like lleforiner Hall? Then some of the Judges would be happy. dovornniont by grand Jury will not work lu Chicago. With the trusts running tlio grand Juries of Cook County, Isn't It about time the Jury commission was abolish ed? "Hill" Looiller says that lie will re sign off of the central committee' when ever ho is nsked. Just like "Hill." So modest ami retiring! One of the dallies says that "Hill" Looiller can bring moio delegates Into n convention than any other man In Chicago. Don't the people ever Imve anything to say about delegates down In "HIIIV country? The city was never more orderly at night than it Is now, Most of the hold-up men now lu tho clly on mo here to lako advantage of tho reliable betting odds posted every day on tho "sporting" pages of tho dally papers. Hy the way, no one has ever thought of commencing action against the He publican County Tieasurer for the re covery of Interest on the public funds. Poor Dreyer was sentenced to the penitentiary for not turning over a balance to a park board. Hut tho He publleau County Treasurer can rako lu hundreds of thousands of dollars of Interest money belonging to tho tax payers and no one ever bothers ldm. Thero aro a few more trusts to draw on lu tho selection of grand Juries. Meanwhile, If you want a penult, lo escape sumo little law, Just apply at tho City Clerk's otllee. "Hill" Loelller's record has been a long time hidden, Hut not from every body. lu the meantime the Hepuhllcaus say that they cannot llud a candidate for Mayor who will 1111 tho bill. '' "i' M'.s .t,fvff.y "