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Harrisons Administration Believes
tbat the Parks Are Merely Front
Yards for the Rich.
The Poor Man Who Takes His Family
for an Outing Denied ail
The Mayer Gloats Over the "Great Victory"
of "Chawley" Walker and His
Over the Harmless Gardens with Their Beer
and Good Music for the
His Kidlets May Rejoice Too Soon, However,
as the Gardens Have Many
TIici.' Is a tremendous commotion
mining the (icrmiin dement of' tho pop
ulation of tliln city over the nntl-suiu-,
nier garden policy of the city udmiuls
tVatlon. It Ik now generally recognized that
the great (Jeriniin Institution of family
recreation-the summer garden Is to
lie tabooed from now on in CIiIciiko,
mid tlmt the city administration, which
seems to lie Democratic only In liiinie,
1m responsible for the new order of af
falls. Ah If to make It nil the more gulling,
ihe new policy has been audaciously
adopted on the very ove of the visit to
this city of Prince Henry of Prussia,
lirother of the (iornmii Hniporor. mid
people are simply astounded over the
' had Judgment which has prompted the
administration to commit Itself to such
a course at such a time.
The. attack upon the Hummer pinion,
hitherto recognized as one of the most
pleasant as well as characteristic (lor-ntun-Aniorlcnn
features of this city, In
spired as It undoubtedly has been by
the powers that lie In the City Hall, Is,
beyond, all question, Intended as the
death Mow to the Rood old Teutonic
custom of family reunions In those
pleasant, resorts, where, In their own
peaceful and delightful way, this excel
lent section of the community, enjoy
together the good things or lire.
Very slgultleaut are the names of the
pleasant resorts which have been al
ready hard hit; they serve indeed to
plainly show the uirtuius of the move
ment in question. Hero are u couple:
The (lerinunln, filst street and Cot
tage drove avenue.
The Kdehvelss, 50th street and Cot
tage, (irovo avenue.
In these summer gardens the (Jermau
cltzens of the South Side, who are a
liberal as well as a sensible and law
abiding people, have been wont to as
semble during leisure hours to enjoy
the coolness of the evening breezes, to
listen to the music of the Fatherland
discoursed under the direction of Her
man 'musicians, uml to partake or such
moderate and health-giving refresh
inoirt as they might see tit to select for
themselves and their families.
Nobody ever lefor thought or inter
feiiriglnthiscosmopolltan city with this
Hue, old custom of one of the most es
teemed as well as Influential classes of
our citizens until the present city ud
mluismitioii thought well or oolng so.
Now, however, t has been openly do
creed tlmt It must bo obliterated, there
Is neither room nor toleration under our
presMit municipal regime for (Ionium
customs in Chicago, I'ho South Side
summer gardens havo been the first to
go. and It Is but reasonable tlmt the
West and North Side ones will soon fol
low. It wiih through the untiring exertions
of Corporation Counsel Walker, who,
of course, acted by Instruction, that a
decision was secured from the courts
l.v which the summer gardens are to bo
wiped out in this city.
When the decision was rendered the
other day the city administration from
top to bottom broke out Into n regular
To Deum in honor of the "great vie
tory." An "Anglo-Saxon Alliance" between
Mayor Carter H. Harrison, Corporation
Counsel Charles M. Walker and Arthur
Huirugo Fanvell lintl succeeded In
knocking the German family nleasuro
resorts In the head, and blue laws and
1'urltniilsiu had triumphed; music on
Sunday afternoons, with Its terrible
concomitants of beer and Ithluc wine,
nulst be known no more in the "Harden
"Iloch tier Kaiser" may go very well
for a grand stand sentiment over a
glass of champagne while the royal
Ornmii visitor Is In our midst, but It
will not be heard hereafter In the South
Side (icriuuulii, the Kdolwolss ami sim
ilar respectable places. After this week
ir the city administration Is to have Its
way fliey will be ehwd up tight by the
AugloiSaxoln alliance composed of Car
ter H. Harrison, Charles M. Walker and
Arthur Hurrage I'arwell.
As n matter of fact, the (Sermnnla
Maeiinorchor, the splendid (Jorinun
American Club or the North Side, which
Is to have the distinguished honor of
entertaining the lirother of the Herman
Kniperor on Ills visit to this city, may
count Itself lucky In not being closed
up. too, for the ruling which applied to
the South Side clubs and resorts applle-i
to all which border upon the neighbor
hood of the parks.
Chicago citizens will bo surprised at
reading of the unfortunate predicament
In which the administration of the city
or Chicago has landed Itself at this ex
traordinary Juncture.
In all probability the fact that the
(Icrmau-Aiuerleau population of Chi
cago has been insulted through the un
fortunate activities or the city admin
istration mid Its Corporation Counsel,
Charles M. Walker, will not come under
the notice of Prince Henry during his
stay In this city, but It will stand to the
debit of that administration In the
books of Chicago's Herman cltlr.ens,
and will no doubt be balanced up when
the proper time for settling such ac
counts comes round.
Meantime, we cannot help remarking
that It is no wonder our foreign aiubas
sailors are obliged to make npologles for
us abroad when we have at home such
bungling institutions as Ihe present ad
ministration in Chicago. Only the other
day our ambassador to lierlln found It
Incumbent upon him to make the fob
lowing statement tit a public function
In the Herman capital;
"Sundry writers on tills side tf the
Atlantic have been especially eloquent
in denouncing the general hatred of
Germany and the Germans which they
Insist obtains In the United States.
Much has been said of 'doutsehenhetsMV
and tills lias been placed In such h lurid
light that one would almost believe
that on the appearance of one of our
Herman-American fellow citizens upon
thotttroets of an American city tho citi
zens of American blrrh weie ready to
cry havoc and let loose on him the dogs
of war."
Having miido this statement, Ambas
sador White, of course, entered a denial
of tlio Implied antagonism toward Ger
many and our own citizens of German
extraction on tho part of the governing
authorities In this country, hut the
question arises, -will tho facts as they
are known and realized by tho German.
Americans bear out this denial.
If the city government of Chicago, or,
to bo more accurate, its nowly adopted
policy, Is to bo regarded as any cri
terion, tho answer must bo emphatical
ly In tho negative.
For Its attack upon tho Gorman Insti
tutions of our city, its ndiuluUtrutlon
Seme? '
2k, ' flMBfe
bus been made the recipient or unlim
ited praise, particularly by the organs
or the most offensive typo of old-time
New Kngland purltanlsm.
In the columns of tho Chicago Itecord
Herald, one or tho most loyal ami ar
dent supporters or the present city ad
ministration, there appeared side by
side with the statement or Ambassador
White above quoted tboi following ex
ultant report ot the summer garden
case and Its final decision:
: II 1-2 Hit nAItiilVNS A11I2 HIT.' ' ':
: Supreme Court Decides the Ques-:
: tiou or Property Owners' :
: Consent. :
: Upholds City in Its Contention :
: with the Henuanla and Other :
: Itesorts. :
"Heer gandens," said the Uecord-Her-aid,
"that are In local option districts
are likely to-bo wiped out by tho swtep
lug decision or the Supremo Court yes
terday In tho Germaula Garden case."
The Supreme Court holds that tho
city's contention Is good that n 'block"
means a "square," and that tho Ger
mania garden must get the consent or
a majority of the property owners on
both sides of tho street In tho block
bounded by Both street, 51st street,
Grand boulevard and Calumet u venue.
The decision of the Supremo Court Is
sweeping, according to tho accounts in
the newspapers," said Corporation
Counsel Walker. "Tho city's conten
tious were upheld as to the consents re
quited, and the gardens will not bo able
to get n license tills year unless they
can get the consents of tho majority of
property owners on both sides of the
street In the entire block."
"This is u far-reaching decision," mild
Arthur llturago I-'arwell, Secretary of
tho Hyde Park Association. "It looks
to mo as though It would apply to all
the gardens. I hardly think they will
be able to get tho necessary number of
Anybody who knows anything about
the meaning of the l-2ngllsh language
will discern the note or exultation run
ning through this publication.
Harrison's Journallstle supporters,
who can see demoralization and dis
order In tho splendid, orderly, well-conducted
German summer resorts, but
who can wink at or overlook altogether
tho operations of poolrooms, policy
shops and poker Joints, seo lu tho at
tack upon tho liberal element of the
community a good opening for a Phar
isaical display, and at tho same time
an opportunity to strike a blow at the
powerful nationality which has always
stood for personal liberty and opposed
nil attacks upon It, Irrespective of
whother such attacks emanated oven
from tho "holler than thou" dally press
of this city. '
But tho blow struck nt tho summer
Secretary and Treasurer of the Illinois Stone Company.
gardens and through them at our Her
man population, Is aimed at the same
time against the poor people of tills
The position of the city, lu effect,
amounts to a declaration that the
parks do not belong to the plain people.
If the bulk or the people cannot main
tain their public gardens, c-lulw and
other social resorts, lu the neighbor
hood or the parks, then let us ask ror
whose beiietlt ate the parks main
tained? Judging by present Indications It
would seem to be the understanding
and the policy or the picscut city ad
ministration that the public parks are
not recreation grounds lor the plain
people, but are to be regarded as front
yards for the rich. They are not to be
Intruded upon by the'pl(,t unless upon
sufferance, but are to be maintained
by the taxpayers ptliu-lpally for the
benefit of those fortunate Individuals
who are rich enough to have residences
upon the boulevards and drives abut
ting these public breathing grounds,
and for whose sole and especial beuellt
one would Imagine the people's pleas
ure grounds are Intended.
It now remains to be seen whether
the Heriuau-Amerlcaii citizens' of Chi
cago will stand submissively by and
patiently hear the unwarranted Insult
which has been put upon them by the
present city administration.
The l-2agle Is greatly mistaken In the
spirit of Its Hennan-Aiuerlcun fellow
citizens If they are not heard from In
rcgaid to tho matter at tho earliest
No Chicago theater burned last week.
Consequently no lives were lost.
On motion of Andrew .1. Grnhntn tho
West Park Hoard last ueek adopted a
resolution commending tho .Tuul law.
This is unquestionably one of tho best
laws ever enacted by tlio Legislature
of the State of Illinois. It puts a check
on the extravagance of tho municipal
government nnd Is the best snreguurd
ever adopted ror the beuellt or tho long
suffering taxpayers of Chicago.
iMr. Charles H. Weber, tho well
known broker and stock dealer, Is
strongly talked of for the Democratic
nomination In tlio Twenty-sixth Ward.
.Mr. Weber has hosts of friends, and lili
mime would add great strength to tho
City olllclals who neglect to enforce
tho antl-staudlug room theater ordin
ance should bo Indicted.
Tho Chicago Kaglo takes pleasuro In
noting tlio fact that Mr. James A. Ho
gan, secretary nnd treasurer of tho
Illinois Htono Company, Is being
strongly urged for tho Itepubllcan nom
ination for Alderman of tho Fifth
Ward. Men like Mr. Hogan, honor-
able, Independent, and thoroughly
alive to the Interests of the city, are
needed badly in the City Council Just
now, With Mr. Hogan a nomination
would mean election, for though he Is
a sterling and life-long Itepubllcan, he
has u tremendous Democratic follow
ing. Mr. llogau's popularity arises
float Ids broad principles, his generous,
honorable, manly methods both In
business and politics, and ills absolute
and strict Integrity lu all relations of
his life.
It Is to lie hoped for the sake of good
government tlmt Mr. Hognu will see
his way to accepting the nomination.
Tlio next Chicago theater to burn
will probably bo tilled with people.
Dr. Mcl-'utrlch will knock Madden
out for the Republican nomination lu
the First District.
I2very theater lu Chicago should
throw out Its non-union pianos or ror
felt the custom and patronage of all
friends of union labor.
Chicago theater fnnnngers have
adopted a new scheme. They sell much
of their "standing room" for tho gal
leries, thus Increasing the risk of hu
man life.
Tho biggest non-union piano house
In Chicago Is constantly pushing one
of Its "bosses" to tho front as a Ite
publlcan leader.
The only thing against Aid. Coughlln
in the First Ward Is that lie has tlio
support of tho Mayor.
Aid. Coughlln has no opposition lu
tlio First Ward. A man named Dnve
Frank Is running against liltii.
Mayor Harrison is not Interested lu
O'Leary's poolroom; neither uro the
postal authorities.
Tlio wile of "standing room" lu Chi
cago theaters must bo abolished.
Aid. Thomas M. Hunter Is one of the
best uml most useful members of the
City Council, lie has uniformly voted
against bad or suspicious measures,
and he has been unceasingly diligent in
tlio performance of his duties towards
his constituents and In administering
to tho needs of his ward. Ho will un
doubtedly be re-elected, as ho deserves
to bo. His nomination by tho Republi
can party will bo given him by accla
mation. Ex-Mayor Georgo H. Swift is being
prominently mentioned for tho Itepub
llcan nomination for City Treasurer.
Ho would make tlio strongest kind of a
Carter H. Harrison Has Done with
tbe Party tbat Gave Him
His Power.
He Believes in the Destruction of "Parties"
Which Is Another Word for
People Generally, However, Cannot See Why
Party Nominations Should Not
Cover all Offices.
There Is No More Politics in the Presidency
than There Is in the
If Parties Are Abandoned, Money Alone Will
Rule the Destinies of Our
Is Mayor Harrison going to bean in
dependent candidate for re-election
next yearV
Tills question Is suggested by the cu
ilous wording of Aid. Krcmiinf letter
iiddies-ed to the chief executive last
week anent Ids (the Alderman's) can
didacy for re-election.
The Alderman's epistolary declara
tion of Intentions Is certainly a curious
document in more ways than one, and
Its reasonings are deserving of pat Me
nhir notice from the fact that they are
generally supposed to have some bear
lug Upon the future of .Mayor Harrison
That this Is so ami that the action of
Alderman Ilreiiuau Is "Inspired" Is the
general opinion, ami It Is one we may
add that Is shared by many who are
unite close to the Mayor.
In the lirst place, why should Aid.
Itrennan have iiuuouuced his decision
to lenouiice his party nomination ami
run for re-election as an Independent
candidate, lu an open letter to the
"I am firmly of the opinion," says the
Alderman, "that the City Council of
Chicago, to be elllclent, should be per
fectly non-partisan."
Heyond doubt Mayor HarrNon Is
"firmly of that opinion," too, and Mr.
Hreiinan knows It, otherwise lie would
have hardly dared to express it lu that
fashion to the man for whom lie cher
ishes such strict and undevlatlng alle
giance. Hut why should an Alderman be
"perfectly non-partisan," as Aid. Hreii
nan puts It, "In order to bo etllclentV"
Wo confess we see no proof of this
axiom of the Twelfth Ward solmi be
yond tlio Ipsl dixit of tho gentleman
On the contrary, the records of tills
and many other municipalities show
that the overwhelming majority of
their local legislators have been pro
nounced party men.
Now, what does party stand for?
Dvldeutly Aid. Urennan has conceived
the Idea that, somehow or other, party
or partisanship lu municipal politics is
a ury had and a very odious thing.
If so, wh.it does the Alderman think
about tho Mayoralty? That, too, is a
municipal otilce, and If Mr. Itrennan
has a logical mind he must lie of the
opinion that tho Mayor should bo a
non-partisan official as well as theiAl
dermen, and should not be under obli
gations to uuy party for his nomina
tion mid election,
This is tlio only logical deduction that
can be drawn from the Alderman's pro
Cession of the faith that Is lu him, ami
that being so, It would nt first sight
seem that the open letter of the
Twelfth Ward statesman Is really u
little haul upon tin Mayor.
Hut on mature retlectlon, tills appears
to lie hardly so, because, as we stated
in tho beginning, the Alderman Is more
than likely to have had a knowledge of
tlio 'Mayor's own feelings on the sub
ject before ho Indicted his communica
tion, That would mean that Mr. Harri
son 1ms had a wonderful change of
heart on tlio question or partisanship
in municipal polities, and this would
seem to Vio particularly hard upon tho
Democratic organization or this city,
which discovered, nominated, and
thrleo elected him Mayor or Chicago.
And Just hero It may bo well to ro-
inlinl Aid. Ureiuinn of what tho labors
of the Democratic party organization
have accomplished for municipal gov
ernment lu this particular regard.
So doubt the Alderman Is one of tho
linn hcllowrs In the theory that Carter
If. Harrison lias a divine commission
to settle the fraction question. He un
questionably has placed the chief ex
ecutive upon a high pedestal lu his
mind, ami there offers him his hero
worship as the "champion of the
streets." lie looks upon tho Mayor as
the Ideal man for the otilce, the very
best who could possibly mi It yea, the
only man who could fulllll all the re
quirements, and most acceptably safe
guard the rights of the people, in one
of the most crucial periods of the city's
Now did It ever occur to Aid. Ilronunii
that this Ideal chief executive would
never have been Mayor of Chicago but
for partisanship In municipal politics?
Did It ever strike him that the ele
ments which constitute the vital force
behind the Idea of uoupartlsanshlp lu
the municipal politics or fills city of
Chicago refused to give their Indorse
ment and support to Carter II. Harri
son when he was discovered and nomi
nated by tlio Democratic party, that
they chose another man, one .lohu M.
Harlan, as their representative ami
ideal, and that it was only by the over
whelming enthusiasm of party follow
ing, or party loyalty and of party or
ganization, that Carter II. Harrison
was elected over the bitter opposition
of all the forces of municipal nonpar
tlsaushlp. So that after all, It would seem that
partisanship in the affairs of city gov
ernment and lu city election Is not mieh
a dreadful thing. Us results aro not
always bad.
Certainly wo would never have had
a "champion of tho streets" but for It.
This cannot lie contradicted by Mayor
Harrison himself, oven If, like Aid.
Hrennan, he now
"Knows not tho soil on which ho grew,
And thinks himself the Lord knows
"In national ami State Issues," says
Mr. Hremiaii, "I propose to bo n Demo
crat, because I bellovo lu tho principle
of Democracy."
Why does Aid. Itrennan lxdiove in tho
principle of Democracy lu national and
State Issues, while ho scorns them lu
muulplcal politics?
The I2nglo confesses Its Innblllty to
furnish a logical answer to this ques
t Ion ami hopes that Mr. Hrennan, or
his friend and political patron, tho
Mayor, may be able to do so.
In State elections we are called upon
to elect public olllclals whoso duty will
bo the faithful discharge of public busi
ness. Tho same can be said of nntlonal elec
tions, ami It is rather hard to seo where
in, In making tho selections of munici
pal public olllclals, wo can draw any
severe dlstluctlvo lino In this regard.
If Democratic principles are good In
State and Nntlonal affairs, why should
they ho bad in municipal or local af
fairs? Does Aid. Hrennan mean to contend
that to be a believer lu Democrat Ic
principles as applied to State ami Na
tional governments, H to ho unlit to
discharge worthily tho duties of local
(Oontluuod ou Pago Four.)
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