Newspaper Page Text
"WM'W'Jff mwii lyWMIPE 'inmi'iiviinn)i'm'" t-mwiw
i mi)ii)iiiim;w'piii x-i' i iwi'm'imniii ji i,mini'i'nn f n r "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS. NEUTRAL IN NONE," VOLUME XXV. CHICAGO, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, i 302 TWELVE PAGES. NUMBER 644. K.-W.! -- -r- IV Sti M rf imi ATTLE CRY, BREAD! The Anti-Trust Sentiment in Illinois Will Hake an Food Public Policy Demands the Suppression of Concerns Which Corner the Staff of Life. Revolutions Have Been Brought on Repeat edly by Attempts of This Nature in Europe, And,Blood Has Flowed Like Water for Many Years in Consequence of Such - Oppression. The People of This Oountry Will Permit No Interference with Their Sacred Rights. Otic of tilt1 Issues III tilt next Legisla tive campaign will In' tlut Hread Trust, d tlic demands of tin- people of tlllM State In that particular regard will lie such mi amendment of the law ax will put mi will completely to trusts In bread There onuhl lie mi mure Important Issue ilian thin, affecting km It does the very stuff of life, ami striking the very IiiihN of our eeonoiiite conditions. First anil above all, the great staple article of food, wherever Its production Is concerned, forum literally as well as In the general acceptance of the word ji VITAL iUcstlon for the common peo- """pi e. Next nnd scari'ely second In Import ance Is the fact that a trust In lircml stuffs affects nearly every lirauch of agriculture, and as agriculture Is the foundation of all ocoiiomle and Indus trial conditions, It follows that It af fects (he entire liody politic of I lie country. For example: If there lie a trust In Itt'cuil stuffs, regulating as It does the price of Hour, It must necessarily affect the price of wheat also. And so with corn, rye and all cereals. As It regulates, and on account of the peculiar nature of the operations of all trusts, restricts the output of the cor nered article of food. It has a corre sponding effect upon all the Ingredients used In the manufactured article. For Instance Its operations would iie felt In the price of butter, lard and milk used In the making of cakes and biscuits, and mi on all along the line of ngrloiil tiiral products. It will therefore be readily seen that the rural districts of this Slate from one end of It to the oilier will be must deeply Interested In aull-lircail trust legislation by the next ticuornl Assem bly. The Chicago Kngln believes that the Democrats of Illinois could not pi he fore the utters, not only of t'ool; Coun ty, but of the entire Slate of Illinois, with a better battle cry In Its next Leg islative eampalKii than "Down with the Hread Trust!" With a platform containing a plunk pledging Its candidates to the support of a stringent law against a Hread Trust In this State of Illinois', the Dem ocratic party would have a good chance of carrying the next Legislature and decline iiTnlted States Senator from the Korty-thlrd (ieneral Assembly, Hut If the Democrats desire the bene 111 of such a popular issue they must adopt It and luaUe It their own before the Republican ninniigors get ahead of them The KiikIo knows whereof It speaks when It warns the Democratic, leaders of this State that they must be prompt In this matter. Itcpiibllcan campaign leaders as u rule do not care very much about mon keying with trust Issues, but II Is a fact that alicaily they recognize the Imper ative necessity of being right upon this one. HepubllPiiu candidates for both tho Senate and the House of Heproseiitu lives in the next Legislature will ho trained to meet the popular demand from tho stump and the platform In the next campii Ikii, In regard to tho Hread Trust. Tho working people, the great wage earning classes of Chicago, VIII voto for Issne on This Trust. theleglslatlvocaiulldntcs whoso pledges and promises for anti-bread trust leg islation are strongest, Irrespective of party. There have liocu trusts of various kinds In this country, and the Injuries Which they have worked to the great body of the people have been exposed from the rostrum and I he platform, but there never has been one which has so a roused the people from one end of the country to the other as the trust In food. Wherever It has begun Its operations. It Is claimed, lis evil effects have been Immediately felt. These evils are two fold: an Increase In the price of bread ami a falling off In tho wages and the employment of the working classes. Nothing could be more dangerous than this. The situation can be sum med up In a-line: Famine prices for bread, no work for bread-winners. As 'to the Importance of this as a campaign Issue, he who runs may read. In connection with the recent remark able action of the Cook Coiiuly Democ racy, elsewhere discussed hr this edi tion, one of the Kngle's esteemed dully contemporaries takes a tllug at M. ('. .McDonald, which Is neither called for nor warranted. Mr, McDonald Is a man of means, of standing In the community, and a loy al member mid supporter of his party. Asli matter of fact he has done more for the Democratic party than any ten men we know of In Chicago, The purse ami the Inlluence of this gentleman have always been at the dis posal othat party, and It may bo men tloiied In this connection, that for many ears, when limes were hard with the Democracy, It was Mr. McDonald who paid the rent of Its headquarters and many other expenses of the organiza tion. Furthermore, he Is a taxpayer on over two million dollais' worth of property, and If such a man as this is not enti tled to a voice In public affairs then wo know of no one who Is. Our contemporary appears to think otherwise, however, but thou there Is no accounting for tho vagaries of some people's minds or tho obliqueness of their reasoning processes. Why doesn't the Citizens' Associa tion Investigate tho City Clerk's of. lice'.' This question, taxpayers of Chicago have been asking themselves formally moons, and nobody seems to bo able to Hud a good and sulllcleiit answer. It cannot be urged In reply that tho Citizens' Association Is not an adept at Investigations of public oillees ami their conduct by the Incumbents. The history of our public Institutions in Cook County up to dalo toll a dif ferent tale. Tim Citizens' Association once took a prominent part In Indicting nnd prosecuting a corlaln Hoard of County Commissioners, and rocon '.y it secured tho Indictment of u South Town Collector. Now It is claimed that an Inquiry Into tho conduct of tho City Clerk's of. lice might repay tho time and trouble Involved and provo mighty Interesting to tho public at large. It is alleged that a number of tax payers Interested In tho conduct of tho City Clerks olllco, tho letting of vnlu- able contracts, the bargain counter ar rangements and other proceedings In this municipal department, will call the attention iff the Citizens' Associa tion to the entire matter before the present Grand .lury adjourns. Let us hope this Is true. 'Little Oleo Margery Dawes Is still running for Senator. Kverybody In municipal circles Is laughing over the silly resolution for the consolidation of the city law de part ment offered at the last meeting of the City Council. llow a man of such long experience ami good Judgment lu city affairs as Alderman Cullertou undoubtedly Is, could oven consent to stand sponsor for such a piece of proposed legislation as this no fellow can understand. The proposal Is to roll the City At toniey's olllco and the olllco of Coipo ration Counsel, City Prosecutor and the legal annex of the Hoard of Local Improvements Into one, and then put the whole thing lu charge of tho Cor poral lou Counsel. It doesn't seem to have entered the head or the proposer that the City At torney Is the real head of the munici pal law department and that the of the Is provided for lu tin' charter cre ating the City of Chicago. Can It be possible that the veteran Alderman Is laboring under the delu sion that a Slate law can bo abolished or icpe.iled by a resolution lu the City Council' Vet this Is what the Ciillerlon reso lution for the abolishment of tile char ter olllco of City Attorney foolishly alms at. Again, coining from the unfeasible character of the proposition to tho question of lis desirability, no thinking person who gives It u moment's thought will deny that it Is a most pernicious one. The man who has charge of the le gal affairs of the City of Chicago has a trust of enormous nui.tultudo lu charge. Ho Is responsible for the conduct of affairs Involving millions of dollars of the taxpayers' money. He Is continually lu coutllcl with powerful nnd wealthy corporations, and for all of those as well as other teiiHoiiH, tho legal otlleer of the city Is made Independent of Slayers or city Councils, nnd Is elected by direct vote of tho people. Corruption, nialfcas. anco or mismanagement, In this olllco can bo promptly remedied because tho term Is of short duration, and tho In cumbent must frequently go back to the people and tho voters for their Judgment, Now this wise nnd good provision of tho law tho Alderman would destroy by placing tho conduct of the entire legal work of the city lu tho hands of tho Mayors mid tho City Couuclls HON. JOHN POWERS. President of the County Democracy. of the future, depriving the people of any direct voice hi the matter. What Is the matter with Aid. Cul lertou, anyway' Mr. W. T. Dellhant. tho widely known ami popular coal man, Is much talked of for Alderiuiiu of the Thirty fourth Ward. He Is liked by all who Know him. Walt until one of the Chicago thea ters burns up. Then you will hear a howl about the enforcement of ordi nances. The best way to avoid the howl and to save life, Is to enforce them now. The letting of Immense contracts lu the City Clerk's olllco without compe tition Is a Hue subject for the citi zens' Association to tackle. City Clerk Loelller has not decided to run for Congress In the Twenty third Ward. Charles C. Gilbert will make a great .litdge. Ills nomination ami election will mean the same thing. So Loelller voted against giving Luke Colleran, the brave police veteran, a pension! Well, what else could jou expect V The Citizens' Association might In vestigate those bills lu the Cltv Cleik's olllco. Why doesn't the citizens Association get nt'tcr the graft lu the City Cleik's olllco' Aid. Mayor will run again. The Fourteenth Ward Itcpiihllciius will undoubtedly nominate Mr, Henry H. TetVi, tho eminent engineer anil architect, for Alderman. He Is a very strong man with the people. Did any one ever see our Chat ley Hoy Coiporatloii Counsel lu CottitV Corporation Coun-ol Walker N so ex clusive that It Is next to Impossible to hco him during the week. Tho expenses of tho Corporation Counsel's olllco have Increased from JjC.'T.OOO In 1SI)3 to 7t,000 In 1WJ. Corporation Counsel Walker lias de cided that city employes must pay tho loan sharks, Mr. A. N, llosenegk, tho popular and able Chicago manager of tho Pnbst Browing Company, has mado n union- did record for his company lu Chicago and has built up a trade of which the great big Milwaukee brewery may be proud. Oh, wouldn't Charley Hoy Walker, the great Corporation Counsel, run like a scared deer for Mayor! lu fact, we fear he would never stop running he would bo beaten so badly. lu a few weeks from date the fall campaign will begin to bubble up at a lively rate. Look out for the return of the marching club. Among the most likely candidates yet suggested for the Hepiibllcan nom ination to the Judicial bench Is Mr. Kl mer K. Heach, of the well known law tlriii of Heach V Heach He Is a law yer of unquestioned standing at the bar. A man of great legal ability, of polished, geiitleiiiautly demeanor, he would not only add to the strength of the ticket, but. If elected, to the dig nity of the bench also. Wonder If the removal of the build ing limit on the skyscrapers was "greased" through the City Council' It certainly slipped through In a very oleagluou- fashion. George Mills lingers would be an ex cellent selection for till' Democratic County Convention in make when framing lis Judicial ticket. The announcement that the Cook Comity Democracy hud uiade up its mind to cuter active politics on Its own hook felt like a solar plexus blow upon the aspirations of some of tho budding candidates who blossom on the re Hooted light of the phosphorescent but decayed mackerels at tho City Hall. There Is but one fireproof theater lu the city, ami perhaps a practical test would provo It to he a H reproof oven. There will be a holocaust lu one of our Chicago theaters some day, and this rotten city administration can bo blamed for II. That circular gotten tip by i.ooiller's friends against Henry Stttckart shows tho sort of Democrat that Loelller Is. Col. Francis A. Itlddle will bo nomi nated by the ltepiiblleans for Clerk of the Supremo Court, "Loolller for Lincoln Hark Coinnils sinner" Is tho lintte cry at Wells street ami North avenue. H, A. Kckharr, tho merchant miller, Is frequently mentioned for Mayor by llepubllcnns. UNITED FOR VICTORY. Tbe County Democracy Changes the Whole Aspect of Political Affairs in This City. With the General Consent of All Democrats It Assumes the Position of Leadership. All of the Factions Banners to Fight for the Party Principles. Payroll Politicians Will Not Have an Oppor tunity Hereafter to Wreck the People's Hopes. A Movement of the Greatest Possible Import ance, Which Was Outlined by The Eagle. Democracy united and triumphant'. With this watchword the Cook Coun ty Democracy at Its last meeting de cided to enter the Held of active politics and to become a iotciitlal factor there in for the future, Instead of a mere aux iliary for campaign dress parade pur poses, as It was lu the past. The Chicago tingle was glad to lie lu a position hist week to announce this good news beforehand, ami to be able to accurately outline the prelim inary steps taken lu the matter by the leaders of the famous organization. Thai It Is good news for the Demo crats of Cook County the events will demonstrate. Developments. The tingle Is conll dent, will bear out and fulllll Its pre diction of last week, that: "Through tho spread of the County Democracy throughout the entire city, by means of a full and thorough ward organization, a course of action can be mapped out whereby the campaign of next fall may be lilted out of the rut of factional warfare and u solid front presented to the common enemy. Last Sunday's meeting was one of the Hues) and most Inspiriting over held under the auspices of the orgitul zatlnn, over six hundred of the llowcr of Its membership being present. 'file large attendance Indicated the great Interest felt by the Democracy lu the proposed new departure. It had been under way for some time. It may be mentioned, Jmt the Hist well-delliied statement of the veal Importance of the movement was given to the melilbels through the columns of The tingle. Its feasibility anil Importance to the party was fully realized then, hence the lm and enthusiasm of the meeting. The Cook County Democracy has won Illinois for itself all over the nation. It has in storm as well as lu sunshine ren dered noble service to the cause of the Democratic party, mid from friend and foe alike Its Malwail marching ranks have won generous and well-earned en comiums. It has gone to the far tiust and marched the streets of lioiham, Infus ing spirit and life Into the Democratic campaigns there and winning thou sands of otes for Its candidates; it has swept through the rolling prairies and meadow lauds of Iowa, sending billows of Democratic niiislc rolling from cud to end of the Hawkeye Slate, and con tributing cheerfully Its share to the historic victories won for the parly lit those good old days. It has carried enthusiasm with It Into the sunny South time and again, bring ing back tho good-will and wishes of the Southern people, while through tho I'lMlrlo Stale and its own county of Cook, it has carried upon lis banners many a time and oft Iho light and liiu lels of Democratic victory. Hut never lu Its history has it taken u step of such vast Importance to Itself and to the pally as tho one which Is now under discussion, The cotir.so which It has mapped out for Itself, as everybody lu politics lu Chicago now knows, has already been decided upon, and nothing remains to bo done except decide upon tho best and most effectual means of carrying it out. Twolvo hundred members of the fluost Democratic organization of Its kind In tho country will bond their energies to tho work of (solidifying tho Will Unite Under Itt Democratic party throughout this city and county, and to organising It for victory lu ttiu two campaigns which are to bo fought out this year. This work Is to bo done by spread ing the organization through every ward In Chicago and every district lu the country towns. A icsolutloii presented at last Sun day's meeting of the County Democra cy by .lustlce Walter .1. (lllilious, and unanimously adopted, asking for the appointment of u political action com mltteo, was the Hist step taken In that direction. When the Counv Democracy votuniH from Its excursion through tho South that committee will lio appointed, and then the good work of the County De mocracy will begin-. As has been said In this column fro iineutly, this organization consists of the very best men lu the Democratic party, men who are not politicians for otllce only, men who are not bunded in tlie cause of Democracy through the cohesive power of public poll". The County Democracy of to-day Is not a pay-roll band, and tho party Is no man's machine. When It goes out to work for the party lu tho coming campaigns it will not go with anybody V political dog col lar around its neck, but It will go with the Intention of clearing up the mis understandings that have so long kept good Democrats upatt, and with the linn resolve of naming tickets that can wilt before the people. That this work will be done well Is rendered a eeitulnty by tho fact that there N, at the very outset, In charge of It two men whose coming together amicably and In a common cause must be icgarded as a sure harbinger of cer tain success for tho Democratic party liet fall. These two nioii aro John Powers, President of the County De mocracy, and Hubert 1!. lliirke, Its Sec i clary. When the couiinlltee on political ac tion Is appointed, It will be found to be composed of men who are Independent of cliques, rings, or pay roll consider ations, It will be composed of men of Inde pendence and whoso opeiietieo In the political Held will stand tlieni In good stead In overcoming all opposition or tih-kery that may be put up lu the In terest either of cabals or of Indi viduals. Of cottise the preliminary steps will be In the direction of harmony. This can be best ncioiiipllshed by clipping the wings of the active agents of dis coid. "Wobblers" who have kept dissen sions alive by taking part In the doings mid the councils of every faction lu the disputes of the party will bo thrust I mm their little pedestals and retired to obscurity, and there Is no body of iiteti better ipialllled to do this to-day than the sliiuly mid Independent Cool; County Democracy. It could win at the primaries hands down to-morrow, without any special preparation, but after tho committed on political action gels to work plan ning and organizing for tho coining fray, it will bo as good as settled that the overwhelming majority of tho next county convention will bo composed of members of tho Cook County Domoe raey, and that that organization tliero fiiAglj tnl Wtf filft 1 1 i)MWfrrii'iVii uwL&iJli.&4r.n-vi'!iii''i .SvHMI. dttdAW- ..-C .