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p& s Vjrit'pa "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINQ& NEUTRAL IN NONE,' VOLUME XXV. CHICAGO, SATUHDAY, FEBRUAKY 22, i302. TWELVE PAGES. NUMBER 610. l iijuiiiiinjiiiji in ,ii i ' i ii i a i mw& el I) i r n o o ligBk it a ijl r i V J? rA ! "1 yA S 1 W): FJ HERE'S ROTTE A Gigantic lob in Fitting Supplement to Past cipal History. A Former Commissioner of Public Works Said to Have Offered a Big Bribe To a Former Superintendent of Water Me ters, Who Would Not Stand for Graft, How Much Has tho Oity of Chicago Been Robbed of in This Way? How Many Hundreds of Thousands May the People Be Robbed of in the Future? How many thoic-ahls of dollars have 'been "raked oil" In tho City Mull m the water motor business? How many hundreds of thousands or dollars will Ik- "raked oil" if tlio now ..wilier meter ordinance now pending In le Ully Council Is passed ami put Into operation? In the past, It N said, tlie water meter graft was ohm of the largest and Julcl est plums that eouhl he gathered under '.ho elly administration, but under the. inopowNl now city ordinance It will be dimply t ho to persimmon In tin.' line of municipal rake-off. Hut fuel are. leaking out In .this con nection Just now, which when ninths public at the proper time will create such mi upheaval of tlio people as Iiiih never lioforo been witnessed In Chicago. What would tho lM'ople think tit the detail of it little transaction In Vhleh a former Commissioner of Public Works of the city of Chicago Is said to have, offered a former head of the water meter department the stun of SjSl.OOU In consideration of tho water meter super intendent favoring a certain make of meter? What would they think If It could Improved to them that this same Com missioner of Public Works said that this offer did not conio from him but from "a higher source?" Whatever hu may have, meant by that. And what would be thought of u shrewdly arranged plan whereby tliu subordinate ollk-lal was ousted from his position becausi! he was honest and manly enough to refuse the ottered Inlbo of his superior ollleer, tin the ground that to comply with the condi tions would be to do an Injustice to the city of Chicago amounting to many thousands of dollars? Hut wo must not get ahead of our story. To begin, then, at the begin nltig. Several years ago the city of Chicago had been in the custom of recommend ing a certain kind of water meter to water consumers on the ground of Uh cheapness. It was found after some year of experience, however, that owing to the fact that the Chicago water Is full of grit and sand, certain luipottiint contrivances used In this meter became damaged and rendered useless, tho result being that a certain quantity of water passed through with out being registered, thus occasioning u hcay loss to tho city. After the discovery of this fact It was decided to try meters or another make, and these wcro found satisfac tory. Tlio receipts from tho water tax began to Increase rapidly, It is said. It was found to be such a good thing for the city that tho then head of the water meter department thought It well to advocate tho Installment of theso water meters wherever possible, and tho number In use began to In crease also very rapidly. Water meters were being put In by tho score. One morning tho then Commissioner of Public Works remarked In it careless sort of way to his bubordlnalu ollleer that thcro seemed to bo a great run upon water meters. "You will remem ber," ho lidded, calling tho water meter Miperluteiidcnt by name, "that I inn O, K.-Ing all theso meters for you." Tlio subordlnnto glanced at his su perior In wonder, and replied: "Yes, of course; why shouldn't you? I couldn't get them put In without that." NNESS! Water Meters the 1- Hut time and again the remark, "He member, I am (). K.-lug all these meter requisitions," was made to the subor dinate olllclal by Ids superior, until Dually It began to dawn upon the for mer that the "Commissioner was look ing for something." Then the Commissioner began to urge a icturu to tho old water meters, but this the head of the witter department protested against. Ami then happened an amazing thing. One morning tho then Commissioner of Public Works walked Into the meter department, called the superintendent aside and offered him one thousand dol lars If he would favor tin1 formerly used meter, Instead of the ones at that time In use. The water meter superintendent was an honed man. He refused the oiler, protested that to return to the old meters would mean a loss of thousands of dollars to the city; ami wound up by declining that he would go to the then Mayor to protest against the thing, If necessary. "You will have your troublo for your pains," was the sneering remark of the commissioner. The subordinate olllclal was nimble to get an audience with the then Mayor, and after he had tried and failed io- peatcdly the then Commissioner of Public Works, called upon him and said hciiteutlously, "Well, what did 1 tell you?" The commissioner then announced that In future all water meters would be advertised for, and this plan wan carried out, but the Hpcclllcatlous wcro so drawn that only the kind of meter favored by the commissioner would fid till the requirements. So ended the first scene of the water-meter-graft drama, but there was more to follow. The water-meter superintendent, In tho Chesterllehllau vernacular of the City Hall, had to bo "canned," and canned he was. Weeks afterward the former cotninls slouer met the ousted bureau superin tendent and said: "I hope you don't blame me for this ," to which tho latter replied, "It looks very much as It you are tho man to blame; you have got now what you offered mo that $1,000 for." Then It was that the commissioner said, "1 assure you that that did not come from me; it came from a higher source, and you ought to know that." Now on the heels of the transaction outlined In the foregoing extraordinary story camo tho Installation of the ap pliance favored by tho former commis sioner. And mark this! Tho water meters favored, ami tho Installation of which wan Hpcclllcally advocated nud urged by the city Water Department, are paid for by tho property owners and the city has no shadow of right what ever to dictate, under theso cireum stances, tlio uso of any particular ap paratus. Under thu regime of the ousted wntor meter superintendent tho number of appliances hi use had been increased to (1,500, Hut this was not n drop In tho bucket compared to what Is con templated by tlio proposed now ordl unnco,' If that mctiHiiro U passed nud en- forced, the number of water meters to be put In by order of the city will be up in the hundreds of thousands. "There Is u million In It." the Alder men say when discussing the water meter ordinance these days." For whom? Is It for the Aldermen? If there are to be favorites In the matter of the meter to be used, will there bo hundreds of thousands In It? If so, for whom? The people will want to see the spec'. Ilcatlous, If under a future ordinance hundreds of thousands of meters ate to be advertised for. The present Commissioner or Public Works Is tin honest and able olllclal, and ho will doubtless comply with the public demand. The people will also Insist that there be a fair and holiest test of all meters ami the best ones selected. They will not stand for measuring appliances Which tin not measure. .lust think of all the money that would be lost to the city of Chicago If the meters supplying the great pack lug houses at the stock yards were to register only a percentage of the wa ter! As tho present Commissioner of Pub lic Works Is a fair and honorable man he will no doubt comply with the pub lic demand made In this regard, that water-meter Inspectors shall make a full and fair Inspection and make truth ful reports upon all meters, whether defective or not. It Is said that 111 cer tain cases In which Inspectors were making troublesome reports In the p.ut, they were Warned that they had better look tint If they did not want the fate of the former water-meter superintend ent to overtake them. Such threats as these should not go tinder the present Commissioner of Public Works. The only newspaper work that some Chicago "Journalists" ever do Is to beg passes from theatrical managers. If any of this class of writers happens to know an actor, no matter how bad a one, they consider their "Journalistic" reputations us made The (Iraml Jury ought to take up the violation of tho ordinances by tho Chi cago theaters, right awny. Tho fl ra ml Jury will havo to Indict soino Chicago olllclals for murder when iho holocaust occurs and that Is sure to come. That soino city olllclals havo guilty knowledge of tho present awful state of iiu'ulrs is a fact which dellcs con tradiction. A well known theatrical malinger said tho other day: "If Tho Kaglo only knew how frequently wo are 'touched' for 'tho best seats in tho house' by city olIlclalH from tho Mayor's olllco down, It would not bo ko surprised at tho seats In tho nlsles and the ctowds of people standing In k ,iitV.lJMt'U ,.ilhlHtnM.it ..aaUiA SJLuAA, MR. CHARLES H. WAOKER. The Well. Known Capital1'1, and Public Spirited Cltizsn. the theaters every night. Tills peclcs or extortion has reached proportions that the people have no idea of. We are obliged to cell standing room and scats In the aMcs to make up what we give away to the City Hall. The police department Is worse than the Mayor's otltce. It Is simply ravenous. The btilldln-' department and other departments are equally hungry for scats. If ever there Is a lies of life at this theater. I will show the orders from the City Hall from the .Mayor's otllco down to provu where the blame lies. You can bet that I am not the only manager who has saved up the evidence which will Indict a few of tlclal.t in case of lire trouble luue after." There are lS'.:ill Mayors in the rnlted States. The poorest of them tire to bo found In the big cities, where men of real capacity generally prefer professional or business careers to small-bore Join. Pi luce Henry will see some strange things In this country. He will, for Instance, tlud tho newspapers tilled with talk about the deeds of Consta bles, Mayors and other small fry of llclals ami the iniil-adnilulstratlou of their petty olllces. And then when he Icarus that our most successful Con stables, Mayor, etc., have never had any kind of a business or professional training or In fact any legitimate busi ness connections before their election by "the people," he will wonder what "ihe people" have to kick about when they are responsible for those small botes themselves. No Chicago theater burned last week, Consequently no lives wcro lost. City olllclals who neglect to enforce the untl-staudlnu' room theater oruin mice should be Indicted. Chicago will furnish a theater horror one of these ilnjs that will app.il the world, Prince Henry will probably notice the fact that Chicago Is tho only American city which does not possess a monu ment to (leorge Washington. Chicago theater malinger have adopted a new scheme. They sell much of their "standing room" for tho gal leries, thus Increasing the risk of hu man life. We understand that tho Health De partment also overlooks considerable "troublo" at tho theaters lu considera tion of a few passes.' Harrison has enforced tho stroot stand ordinance against all of tho lauie, blind and poor people. Hut the news paper stands mo still permitted to do business. Is there a separato law for newspaper stands? The poor, unfor tunate slinc-strlng dealers, fruit deal ers, toy dealers, etc., have had to go. The newspaper stands still occupy the sidewalks. The sale of "standing room" In Chi cago theaters must be abolished. The Itcpubllcaii party should have something good In store for Hon. .lohu P. Sniulskl. lie Is one of the ablest members of the City Council and a cied It to his constituents. The city authorities have been fore warned about the dangerous condition of Chicago theaters. If anything oc curs they will bo held responsible for It. What's the uso or talking about tho referendum as a means of ascertaining the views of the people on the traction question, when three-fourths of tho voters themselves well know that they never vote on any subject submitted to them at election times? The city has cleaned out nil the poor "dagos" from the sidewalks, Xow that It has etttshed tho little fruit and (low er dealers from the "Isles of (ireeee," perhaps they will turn their attention to the wholesale houses who maintain unsightly looking structures with stair way approaches across many of our sidewalks under the name of skids, due of the really great men of I'nlteil States public life Is Hon. Klchnrd C. Kerens, Itcpubllcaii national commit tceinaii of the State of Missouri. Mr. Kerens Is a statesman, as well as u keen and shrewd practical politician. He Is a man of broad and lofty princi ples, and though a tighter "from 'way b'ick,' has never been known to take an unfair advantage of mi adversary, Success has crowned him In every Held of oiidcuMU' and lit- has well deserved It all. Will the City Council now kindly turn Its attention to the South Water btreet merchant? What's sauce for the (ireek peddler goose should bo sauce also for the South Water street American gander. Chicago theaters which havo burned up In tho pnst-and many of them havo been humid, linvo always been com pletelr ,.oyed. Fo'rtunalcly, they took tiro when no nudleuco was In them. If any ono of our Chicago theaters takes llro with a big audi ence within Its walls, look out for n holocaust which will stnrtlo tho world, CtUiiaMapfabIDwHiM '. ..- A-fc -.-... -,a-,. THE RISING POWER. The Entrance of the County Democ racy Into the Arena of Leader ship Means Much. As That Great Organization Really Controls Every Democratic Convention, Its Man dates Carry Force. Not One-fourth of Its Members Are Office- Holders, Hence Its Independent Position. The Committee on Political Action Will Soon Be Named and Other Important Moves Made. Branches Will Be Formed In Every Ward and Delegates Chosen to All Conventions. Hack fiom Its pleasure trip, loaded with trophies and souvenirs of a peace ful triumph, bearing kindly memories and'good wishes galore from tho warm hearted people of the .sunny South, the Cook County Democracy Is now ready to address itself to the great ami im portant work of preparing for the big fall campaign. It enters upon Its new Held of politi cal luiluenco ami usefulness under hap py auspices ami with every assurance or success. That the great organization will largely dominate the next County Con vention there Is not a doubt. With its l.'-'OO members hailing from every point In the city, ami every man of whom Is u power lu his locality, It Is bound to exert a tremendous Intliieuce lu the selection of delegates and In the nomination of candidates. This great central club will be tho nucleus around which will be built n niachlno of far-reaching power, llranchcs will bo established lu every ward throughout the city. These branches will control the situation lu the wards, ami being atllllated with tho central organization will work system atlcally ami harmoniously to a common end. Of course, the Hist object aimed at will be the success or the party ticket. This end can be best served by the nomination or llrst-clnss candidates for every olllce. There exists to-day no or ganization In tho Democratic party capable of wielding Mich a tremendous power In this direction us the Cook County Democracy. No doubt there are several other or ganizations In tho Democratic party all good and helpful lu their way. There are. for Instance, such clubs as the Iro quois, the Tiiscaroru, the Harrison League and others, occupying to tho Democratic party tho same relation that the Marquette, the Hamilton and other clubs do to the Itcpiihllcnn, Hut all of theso are built on widely different lines from those of the Cook County Democracy. This body Is com posed of tho live, earnest, working Democrats of Cook County men who lu their several districts control politics nud deliver delegate. There aro not over one hundred and Hfty of tho twelve hundred members of the County Democracy on tho city payrolls, and oven these aro under no obligations to any cliques or groups of Individual. In a word, tho club, representing the Independent Democracy of Chicago, Is not held under rein by any star cham ber combination of alleged "leaders." Its members aro Democrats Hrst nud abovo all things, nud Its efforts will bo directed toward tho welfare and suc cess of that party lu Cook County rather than for the advancement of the Interests of Individuals, For tlies-e reasons The Chicago Haglo believes tho luiluenco of tho Democracy In the approaching campaign will be Immediately felt and lu a beneficial way. Acllng under thu guidance of such able, careful nud trained political lead ers as ltobert 13. llurko and John Pow ers, It will uuiKo no mistiiKo in us se lection of candidates. Hut It may us well bo understood now and set down ns u certainty that thu men whom It ..bne fs-'li' IWlifc. .J.'.il shall select for otllco and for honor will get there, mid tho men whom It shall mark to bo thrown down will bo at tho bottom of the heap when tho struggle Is over. One of the most promising mid satis factory features of the now departure of the County Democracy Is tho fact that It Is preeminently tho organiza tion to get the various wings, clique, sections and factions of the party working harmoniously. All of thes'u factions me represented In tho ranks of tho County Democracy. There aro many good Democrats not represented In tho Central Committee for lustauce, but they are represented lu tho Coun ty Democracy. There aro Democrat, lu the Iroquois Club, who havo not worked for year lu tho active cam paigns of the patty. That club has many member In the County Democ racy, and through these representative tho silk stocking element of tho party will gain representation mid consider utlon for Its views through the medium of tho big club. For tho Democrats of Chicago tho Cook County Democracy possesses a his torle Interest mid carries with It memo ries of hard-rought Held lu tho days of Aiild l.ang Syne. In Its ranks there aro veteran Demo crats who wcro lighting tho battles of the party when inauy of It would-bo or so-called latter-day leader wero in swaddling clothes. There are men there who were Demo crats when It was much les fashion able to belong to that party than It Is now, who spent their time and money tor It lu many a dreary up-hill and dis heartening tight, and In times when there was never mi olllco lu sight. Many of theso men aro still with tho County Democracy because, of these cherished nlllllatlons, and they march with It and work with It, although they havo never either held or sought olllco or any other recompense lu their lives. Of later years, however, such veter ans as theso have not had that repre sentation lu tho councils of tho party to which they were entitled. As a result, whllo they havo clung to tho good old organization, they havo not been as active as of old In tho cam paigns. ltobert 13. llurko, than whom no shrowder or keener political leader over guided the party to victory In this city, long ago became aware of this, lu company with that other able and In Hueutlal Democrat, Aid. John Powers, President of tho County Democracy, ami otheis, ho has thrashed out this question, Tho other features of the situation mentioned abovo havo been fully dis cussed, and In conjunction with tho two leaders named other old-time, capa. bio and represontutlvo Democrats worked, planned nud dually mapped out the course of action which prom ises to remedy all of tho unpleasant, unsatisfactory and unhappy conditions already touched upon. Democrats of all factions will bo found working together this year ns a result of till this. Men who havo not been seen or heard working for the party In years will bo out next fall with all their old-tlmo vim and vigor, and tho hottest and most enthusiastic local campaign over carried on by tho Demo crats of Cook Is certain to ensue.