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'Ui" W'wmmwiiiw$Hf'WW nwypMw.''wwiniwwiiwii y wmWlpWty "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINQ& NEUTRAL IN NONE," OHICAGO, SATURDAY, MARCH 8, i 302. TWELVE PAGES. NUMBER 618. VOLUME XXV. : K TOO MUCH "CON" GAME The People of Chicago Are Getting Sick and Tired of This Trac tion Buncombe. The Mayor's Gallery Plays Are Now Un derstood by the Humblest of Our Citizens. No Hope in Sight for Patrons of Lines Until Harrison Gets Through. The Interests terests of of The "Referendum"' Idea a on the Voters to Please Mayor. Instead of being a perpetual Issue of solvation for tln present city ndinlnls trillion, llio miction problem has as sumcd ii plume which threatens to jiot alone put mi end to It. but to also bring to a termination the political ambitions of lis chief executive. Tor years Mayor Harrison Iiiim Ihvii llirowlnu bouquets tit himself on no- fount of his attitude toward tliu mil lion iiuestlon, and liy a system of dem ngoguory 1mm managed to make the .people lielleve that his policy was the. 'only one that eouhl ever settle the much-vexed question to the complete bonollt and entire satisfaction of all the lcople. Not only did the policy of the nilntln Istratlon through all those years a pol icy of delay for imlltlcul purposes blind the people to the real Issues at stake, but It seemed to have exerted over tliu majority of tho newspapers of this city n sort of hypnotic Jnlluenco, which kept all or them trnttlntr along In his train, and most of them tooting Ills horn. Tho Kaglo Is proud to be In a position to claim that It has been the llrst to see tliroitKli llm shallow pretense of It nil. It loin: ago recognized the fact, and openly professed the belief that the present city administration was never anything belter from tho point of view of principle than a mere roiir-Hushlng gallery play. It would seem now, from all Indica tions, that tho public and the press have been at last awakened to tho true inwardness of tho policy of tho city ad ministration In relation to this burning public iiuestlon the iiuestlon of the hour In Chicago. They have, It would appear, at last "tumbled' to tho fact that the sole purpose, aim and object of tho policy 1ms been tho creation of enough political gas to keep the Hani son political balloon niloat, and "to hades with everything else." Time and again In tills column tho dally press organs of tho administra tion, and tho taxpayers generally, have been warned that It would all lead to both tho taxpayers and tho city govern ment ultimately Hading themselves In tho ditch. Our predliitlons, . apparently, have been vmillcd, and It Is a melancholy Mitlsfnctloii'to note that tho people and tho press both have, at Inst had tliu scales drop from their eyes and are now nolo to perceive tho truth and Justice of everything that lias bivn contended for by Tho Kaglo In this regard. AlwayH demagogic, cunning and ova slve, over ready to dodgo tho political responsibilities which properly fall ilpon his own shoulders, as the result of his administration, tho Mayor lias ls?en successful until recently In escap ing tho general criticism warranted by tho failures and shortcomings so plainly obsorvnblo In our city govern ment. Ho has simply ovorreached himself 3n trying to dodgo tho eousnro that nat urally followed In 'tho wnko of tho du plorahlo condition Into which tho city bus fallen during his regime. With what may bo properly and fair ly characterized ns cool offrontory, Mayor Harrison tho other day endeav ored to throw upon tho ofllcluls of our taxing board the bin mo for tho fact that tho city to-dny Is In n yery bad stato financially, nnd that municipal govern - inent has almost ceased to exist Is, In the Public and the Capital Are Alike Sacrificed. Huge the Joke fact, 11 title better than a theory or an Idea In our midst. Hecauso Messrs. Ijpham, West and Meaeham of the County Hoard of Re view refused to come forward and make pledges concerning the taxation of properly In this county In the future, upon which his administration might be enabled to borrow siitllcleut addi tional f mills to keep the pay rolls as fat and Juicy as they havu been In the past, Mayor Harrison has seen tit to make a personal attack upon those gentlemen, and has made an elaborate attempt to prove them responsible for the woeful ell'ivis of the present city admlulst ration. In this liliilt the Mayor has been very promptly called. The Incident has also served to show Mayor Harrison's hand to tint public, ami to disillusion his newspaper or gans, more thoroughly than anything which has occurred slnco his election to tho Mayoralty. For Illustration. The Kaglo makes the following quotation from the editorial columns of the Chicago Itecord-Herald of Feb. 28: ".Nothing could be moro petulant, silly ami unjust than Mayor Harrison's characterization of tho members of tho Hoard or Ilevlew us 'three little tin gods who are to Mimic for the des perato llnanclal straits of tho city.' "The present llmuiclnl straits of the city are in nowise chargeable to the Hoard of Hovlow or to tho Hoard of Assessors or to tho now rovenuo law. They are the Joint results or the consti tutional limitation upon the borrowing capacity of the municipality, nearly thirty years of Inadequate and corrupt assessments, the Supremo Court unlit lion t Ion or hcctlou ID of the new reve nue law, the absurd distribution of the fuiulH derived from taxation, and last, but not least, Mayor Harrison's own refusal to ucgotlato a business settle ment of the traction problem that could' yield moro than ?:-MHM,000 a year to tho city treasury." This Is nothing but the simple, truth, and The Kaglo Is glnd to sco that tho esteemed Heconl-Herald, even at this Into date, has been awakened to the true fuels In this case. That tho tlmo for successful posing on the part of Mayor Harrison as the people's only guide, philosopher and riiend has passed inny bo Judged rrom tho following extract from the same article: "It Is about tlmo the citizen of Chi cago opened their eyes to tho enormous llnnniial cost of Mnyor Hnrrlson's demagogne-ln-llie-manger attltudo on this question. Twenty per cent on tho gross receipts of tho traction compa nies of Chicago would menn ns much to tho rovenuo of tho city ns $150,000,- 000 added to tho assessed valtto of tho real and personal property of Chicago. And yet tho Mnyor blocks ovory effort to a settlement of tho question nnd trios to shift tho blnmo ror tho city's fluan clal straits to other shoulders." This, or something tantamount to It, hns been said tlmo and again in tho columns of Tho Chicago Kaglo. Tho conclusion front all of which Is almost Irresistible that Mayor Harrison has boon procrastinating and dillydallying with this traction problem with an eye to his own political alms and ambitions, 1 to such an extent as to finally giro tbo peoplo n truo lino on him. ,. ',';,'': visages : .'pgac asr"-.-' the . ' Wm1 THV &f&z&fr?L w rKi ir jmmmem xit HON. MURRAY F. TULEY. The Honored Chancellor of tho Circuit Court, Who Celebrated His Seventy fifth Birthday on Tuesday, and Who Was Banquetted by tho Bar Association on Thursday. Or course this paper does not now nor has It ever held that a public otll clnl has no right to entertain political ambitious tor the future from tho mo ment ot his election, or to utlllxo In a legitimate way his position In the fur therance of such ambition. Hut wo do say that It Is deplorablo that the needs of tho public In ques tions of vital Importance should be overlooked or disregarded for the sub serving of the purely seltlsh Individual considerations of professional politi cians. We thererore agree henrtlly with our contemporary that It Is about tlmo the eyes of tho taxpayers and voters or this city were opened to the ileum gogule policy or this city administra tion, mid It trusts the Itecord-IIerald will uld In tho operation. When this conies to pass the peoplo will niuko short work or tho Harrison regime. Since Harrison put l.iudblom, Kin iiutl Powell over the Chicago I'lre le partineut It has been going to the dogs. Nothing has been heard of the pro posed water meter deal since the ordl nance ror the creation or u water de partment, and the plnclng of City Hn glneer I'rlcsou nt the bend of It, bus been knocked out. Perhaps the fact that tho City Kngl neer seems to have lost Interest lu the proposition to enforce the general In stallation of water meters since The Kaglo fully exposed the danger to pub lic health and the other mischievous possibilities Involved In It, has some thing to do with this. And then ngaln, It may be on account of tho fact that tho Water llureau Is not to bo converted Into a department with a largely Increased Held of opera tions before It. At any rate, whatever may bo the cause, It Is a matter for congratulation that this inensuro bus been apparently pigeonholed. It Is possible, though, thnt It may make Its appearance nt any tlmo In tho future, nnd It therefore be hooves tho public to keep n closo watch upon It. iMennwhllo, Tho Kaglo cannot refrain from expressing Its gratification at the sudden death of tho ordlnanco for tho creation of n'now department In tho city government. This paper hns frequently pointed out thnt tho present city administration Is tho most bureau-ridden ono that has ever bungled the ulVnlrs of this munic ipality. We have been peteiiil by bureaus, commissions, nnd the like until the tax payers are at u los to know who Is in charge or the city administration any way. It Is u good ililug tlmt the llrst step toward putting a stop to the bit reauocraey fad has been taken. t'lty olllclnls who neglect to enforce the autl-staudiug room theater ordin ance should be Indicted. rroinotlons In the Chicago Khv Ie purtiuciit are no lunger governed by merit, and based upon etlleleney mid courage. They are made In accord nine with the ability of the lire mini to use pen ami ink ami not on aecotim of his ublllty to tight lire. Harrison's "Civil Service reform" N killing the Chicago I'lre Department. No Chicago theater burned Inst week. Consequently no live- were lost. Whenever Corporation Counsel Walk er's Judgment Is culled Into requisition lu tin discussion of city tluuiices nnd the most effectual legal methods for getting out of piesent dllllciiltles, that oltlelnl's mind seenw to at once revert to the proposition of Increasing tn.Mi tiou on business enterprises. "When In doubt, lilt the business men." seems to be Mr Walker's unfail ing prescription for the sickly tliinn clnl condition of the city. The other day, when asked for uu opinion or suggestion on the subject, this profound legal adviser of the city administration said "t'nder charter rights Chicago has already Imposed licenses wherever It can, with the exception of. exacting a tax for the use of space under hide walks, Still, If the city goes after the occupants of subway space It will de rive no revenue from tho movement in time for this year's needs. That com pensation should bo obtained for the use of this space cannot bo denied. I know of a barber shop near the City Hull which Is wholly under the side walk and has nothing whotsoever to do with tho building. Kveu tho entrance Is mado through tho sidewalk. Tho owner of tho structure, however, gets about ?2,000 n year for tho uso of city property. Thero Is no doubt tho city could get $500,000 a year from this sourco of Income, but It will tako tlmo to get the thing moving. Many property-owners will refuse to pay and must he sued." Now this question of Imposing taxa tion for the uso of space under the side walks wns discussed by city olllclnls and thrashed out to a finish long before this extraordinary Corporation Coun sel ever turned his attention to city af fairs of any kind. It has been found to be both an un fair and Impracticable proposition, but of course young Mr. Walker Is not awaro of this fact. Hut what puy.sdes many people who have no knowledge of flic qunlity uud degree of the legal acumen of the Cor poration Counsel's olllce, Is, why the head of It never seems to strike upon some equitable and practical plan for aiding the city out of the iluauclal quagmire In which It now lluds Itself. The Kagle would suggest that Mr. Walker help In framing an ordinance governing the franchise extension mat ter. Hy doing this and Impressing upon the mind of the chief executive of the city the desirability of closing up the incident, lie would bo taking a long stop lu the direction of replenishing the city's treasury. Hut is there any use expecting any thing but gabble mid gnllery plays dur ing the present city admlnlstratlonV Tho next Chicago theater to burn will probably be filled with people. Kvory theater lu Chicago should throw out Its non-union pianos or for feit the custom and patronage of all friends of union labor. Non-union pianos must go. "Wabbly Wllllo" will now be la a position to help out his friends with tho civil service records. "Wabbly Willie" Loolller has wab bled his hist wabble, politically speak ing. Ilw has several other lines that ho Is wabbling around on, however. Mr. Charles If. Weber Is one of the best citizens and most popular Demo crats In the Twenty-sixth Ward. Ahlertnnn Thomas M. Hunter's noia Inatlon nnd election nro assured. Kx-Mayor Oeorgo 11. Swift would make an excellent County Treasurer. DEMOCRACY'S BOWER. The Sheet Anchor of the Party Is the New Political Committee lust Formed. It Will Go Into Every Ward and Organ ize in Every Precinct in Chicago. The County Democracy, Long the Vanguard of the Party, Will Manage It Hereafter. President Have Powers and 3ecretary Burke Completed the Work Lately Set Before Them, And the Will Result Is a Committee Do Credit to All Concerned. The Committee on Political Action of the County Democracy was made puIh lie Sunday last, and the llrst meeting called for the fallowing Friday. In announcing the llt, President Powers said tliu names of all Democrats hold ing appointive otllce had been left olf and that In wards where local factional tights existed members of both factions had been excluded. This was true so far as the appointive otllcers were concerned, ns well ns those mixed up In factional lights con lined to the wards. The committee, with some vacancies yet to lie tilled : First Ward-Charles F. fiunther, .las. K. Sebrce. Second Wnnl-P. .1. Cooke, lhnll Heckluger. Third Ward-Charles F. Cook, F. K. Olluger. Fourth Ward-lleury Stuclcart, .lohu McNeil. Fifth Ward-Martin Schinldlngor. Sixth Ward Adam Ortselt'eii, John F. Walters. Seventh Ward-Wllllam ltothiiinnn. .lohu P. MeCooity. Klghth Wurd-Patrlck I.oftus, F.rnst Hummel. Ninth Ward-.Iohn Heiiuett. William McCovcru. Tenth Ward-Joseph P. Mnhouey, .la cob Slitdelar. Kleventh Ward-Frank Weiiter, Kd ward F. Cullerton. Tweltth Ward Mlelmol 'limner, (ieorge Mlddendorf. Thirteenth Wnrd-.lohn H. Owens, Paul Shorllcke. Fourteenth Wnrd-M. .T. Mornti, .Ins. It. Pvne. Fifteenth Ward-John S. Ciiueo, l.uke Knlas. Seventeenth Ward-Cieoiw I.clnln- ger. Klghleenth Wind-John P. Oaz.olo, Thomas Duly. Nineteenth Ward-John P. Harding, Paul J. Moruiul, Twentieth Ward John K. Kehoe, Henry Houchler. Tweitty-llrst Ward Charles 12. Still well, Oscar F. iMayor. Twenty-second Ward Julius Solo mon, W. II. lo'mnn. Twenty-third Wnrd-Thos. J. Webb, Julius c. Schran. Twenty-fourth Ward-Henry F. Don ovan. Walter J. Gibbous. Twenty-lirth Ward-Wllllam J. Quin tan, IMwnrd Hageii. Twenty-sixth Wnrd-Mlelmel Fitz gerald, Joseph K, Flanagan. Twenty-seventh Ward-John A. King, Georgo F. Foster. Twenty-eighth Ward-Harry W. Arp, Peter S. Olson, Twonty-nlnth Ward-F. If. Hart. Thirtieth Ward-James Plumstend, Gustnvo Tntge. Thlrty-llrst Wnrd-IMward M. Car roll. Thirty-second Wnrd-W. H. Monk', John Suuderuinii. Thirty-third Ward-Frank K. David- son Thirty-fourth Word-Frank McCar thy, Jaines H. Daley. Thirty-fifth Wiml-Il. K. Cantwell, U. 11. Jampnlls. Country towns-Martin M. Grldley, Kvnnston: P. F. O'Connell, Palosj Jas. A. 'Pugh, New Trier; Frederick Itolber, I Desplalnes; Jesse K. Roberts, I.n 1 Grange Which In order to Increase the liitlucncu of the club ut primaries It wns decided ti offer prizes to the wind which brlims la the most new members lu the next sixty days. There In no question tis (o the wis Join of the course followed by Presi dent Powers nnd Secretary llurko lu avoiding nil olllco holders when select ing the list of Avnrd committeemen. This will produce Independence of ac tion uud Insure the new organization against fulling under tho domination of any Individual or clique on account of Job-holding and pay-roll considera tions. The KiikIp lias always nilvlsotl agnlnst placing olllce liotders In posi tions of control and liianngoiiioiit lu tliu party organization, ami It Is glad lu this lustnmtn see thnt principle adopted uud put Into execution. In leaving out both pintles to local factious in different wards, tliu organ izers of this new politico! organization huve inudi) a master stroku of policy in the direction of hnrumny, and one which Is bound to result la forcing fac tion lighters to discontinue their war fare against eauli other or become com pletely eliminated ns fnctors lu thcli respective localities. There Is no doubt that the work or adding to the membership of the gou oral organization through tho establish ment of brunches In tho various wards will add enormously to the power and Intluenco of the Democracy, ami this work, The F.ngle Is lail to learn, Is about to bo commenced right away. It may bo coiitldently expected, there fore, tlmt lout; before tho fall cam paign 1ms been stnrtuil under way, tho County Democracy will have a mem bership of from '-r.0O to 11,000 active, shrewd nnd careful pnrty workers. With such an army well drilled, not ing lmruioiilouhly nnti without any In dividual or clique t cruel: the patron age whip over their shoulders, bplciulld results may be expected lu the conduce of nil tho fut tiro cninpalgnu of the, party. The nomination of candidates will not be dictated on account of tho por soiial wish or whim of somebody who hns the parceling out of olllces ns re wards for slavish ncqulesconeo Jn their views and olmdlenco to their- behests. On the contrary, the very best men for the otllceH will bo selected-men whose htnndlng hi tho community will add dignity nnd strength to tho party ticket nnd ensure lis success. With such u lino of policy to guldo lis course, tho County Democracy will not only be nu Invincible organlntlon, but u distinct power for good In tbo field of politics. Chicago theater managers havo adopted n now scheme. They sell much of their "standing room" for tliu gnJ lories, thus ineieaslng the risk of hu man life. The snlo of "standing room" In Chi cago theaters must bo abolished. Dr. Mcl'atrlch will defeat ".Marty" Madden for the Heptibllciin Congres sional nomination to Congress in tbo First District. Tbo llepulillcnns nro wise in taking up tho doctor. Ho can be elected; "Marly" could not ho oloct cd Constable.