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W.l.i LV V :. VOLUME XXVI. LOEFFLEin GRAFT! The Notorious Gbicago City Clerk Is Charged with "Lobbying' for Tel ephone Tunnel Ordinance. Recalls Peculiar Incident When Important Amendments Were Said to Be Omit- ted from Records. Grand Jury May, Be Called on to Inves tigate the Conduct of This Office. Illinois Telephone and Telegraph Company Constructs Enormous Tunnel Under Fran chise to Lay Wires. Seeks Supplemental Ordinance Increasing Scope of Power If Passed, State's Attorney May Investigate. Once au'iilii The Eagle assorts that It Is tin" duty of the Grand Jury, with the assistance of the State's Attorney, to Investigate the conduct of the City Clerk' otllce. ThW time the Investigation could lie commenced (with prospects of Imme diate beneficial results for the public), with the now celebrated telephone tunnel deal. ThU deal (not to line it stronger term) I one of the niont extraoiilluary In the history of the Chicago City Council even in the most picturesque days of that body. Of this however, mure anon. The Uncle llfnt desires to call attention to the part played liy the City Clerk's otllce In connection with the affair In question. It will he remembered that several weeks ago jhero was a groat ado over the fact that some very Important amendments to the company's ordi nance were barely referred to In the records Instead of being printed lu full, and when questioned about the matter City Clerk Wlllo" I.oelller jiertly re plied that he did not consider It neces sary to IncorjMirate every trllle lu the Council records, or words to that effect, Tint KiiL'le at that time said the Clerk'H otllce should be Investigated and pointed out that the action of this department of the city's public service lu connection with this extraordinary deal has been exceedingly peculiar. Now, however,' the charge hits been openly made that City Clerk "Hlllle" Loelller himself Is actually engaged lu lobbying for the pnssago of a new or dinance which will give to this private corporation the right to own, occupy and operate the enormous space under the streets of Chicago which It has seized and converted Into tunnels to the exclusion of the public nnd the tax payers who constructed ami who own the streets; a gift of such eitormops value that the question naturallyarlses, What can be the Intluence which ope rates to the favorable consideration of our City Fathers of such a proposition, and to Induce the City Clerk to lobby for ItV 1'pnn till Plnt The Knglo de sires to quote from the Chicago Ameri can. It says lu Its morning edition of .Time :i: "The American would especially warn the Aldermen In this connection to beware of City Clerk I.oelller, who Is one (tf the most active' and effective workers for this ordinance. '.Mr, T.oeff ler, It must be admitted, Is u very affa ble and accommodating individual. Ills good will Is often a very good thing t" have by ono who Is much about the City Hall. Hut 'Mr. Loelller has a way of getting Innocent nnd obliging Alder men to support measures that later cniiMt them trouble. "Therefore, when 'Mr. I.oelller, In stead of taking you up Into a high mountain, takes you oil' Into n dark corner of the City Hall and proceeds to tell you what n line tliliiK It would bo If you would only be accommodating mid vote for this ordinance, you will wivo yourself much future embarrass ment by saying to him promptly: 'Oct thee behind me, Loelller.' " Again The Daglo suggests that the Grand Jury Investigate the conduct of the City Clerk's otllce, and find nut, nmong other things, by what right nn otllcer of tho City Council, and ox-olll- do rending clerk of tlwt body, under- takes to lobby for the passage of a pending measure. It could also Inquire If the City Clerk himself ever calls the roll of the City Council on the passage of the Import ant ordinances, anil If so, whether he would consider It proper to call the roll on one for which he has lobbied? Fur ther, It might be well to tlnd out wheth er the Council record Is ever read or simply continued lu a perfunctory man ner on motion of some Alderman. An Inquiry along these Hues would un doubtedly be highly Interesting. The history or the Illinois Telephone and Telegraph enterprise, from the passage of the original ordinance up to date, Is also a most peculiar one, and would, we helleVe, prove not only In teresting, but productive of heiietleial1 results tor the taxpayers of Chicago If properly ami thoroughly Investigated by the Inquisitorial body of Cook County. In its original form It was, as our contemporary, the American, says, a simple franchise to put lu a competing telephone system. When, some mouths after the pass age of the so-called Illinois Telephone and Telegraph ordinance, mysterious looking structures appeared upon the sidewalks and wagon loads of rubble crushed stone and similar nmtcrhil be gan to be dally poured down dark slmlts opening Into caverns under the streets, the public bgan to wonder whiit was up. Tons upon tons of this stuff were poured down Into these cav ernous openings ilny after day, until people began to ask each other If the city or homebody else was constructing an' underground boulevard throughout the city. Nobody seemed to know, and nobody seemed to care very much. It finally leaked out that the myste rious work was being carried out by the Illinois Telephone and Telegraph Com pany, under a simple franchise which allowed the company to Install a tele phone system and nothing more, Then It was discovered that the com pany, Instead of putting lu a conduit hiilllclent to convey Its wires to Its cus tomers had constructed an enormous system of tunnels large enough almost to run a street car service through. Some enterprising Aldermen discov ered the scope anil extent of the work that was being carried on under tho guise of a simple telephone ordinance ami raised a hud and cry over It. Hut somehow It has all been smothered up or smoothed over1 so that the pub lie has apparently been hypnotized Into acquiescence into tho appropria tion of nn enormous amount of the space under the streets of the city and the construction of u tremendous subway system of Incalculable value, not one word about which was men tioned In the ordinance or franchise iiuiler which the work Is being done, Not only has all this been accom plished, hut on top of the whole thing It Is now coolly proposed lo pass sm other ordinance authorizing the Illi nois Telephone and Telegraph Com pany to utilize this subway system, couHtriiuled without authority of law, for the transportation of parcels, freight, and other matters by menus of pneumatic tubes nnd other con- 1BCM... ,It l .uropoMd. . tllAt : CHICAGO, SATURDAY, JUNE 7,. i 902. press systems through them will be provided for and even' the United States malls, It Is alleged, may be de livered through them, so by virtue of the supplementary ordinance, If It should pass, this institution which be gan operations as u telephone com pany will wind up as an express com pany, a freight line, a branch of the I'uljcd States malls, ami heaven knows what not, and this Is the ordinance for which, It Is charged, our precious City Clerk Is now engaged In lobby ing. " Hut there Is no doubt that this time there will be "something doing" If the telephone tunnel outrage Is perpetra ted. This time the lira ml Jury should and will be appealed to. ami If Stale's Attorney Dcuccii displays anything like his usual perspicacity, keenness and desire to subserve the ends otv Jus tice, some city olllcials may find It highly unpleasant. The 1 1 ia ml Jury should begin with the City Clerk's otllce. It should go into the manner hi which the general business of that otllce Is being con ducted, ami particularly the manner lu which the Council records are being kept. The recent peculiar Incident In connection with the passage of cer tain Important amendments to the or dinance in question, should also be gone into, ami the failure of the rec ords to piopcrly set out lu full these vitally Important amendments should be carefully Investigated. Then the members of the City Council could be Investigated. The full history or this extraordinary deal would make ex ceedingly Interesting rending from start to llulsli for the public, It Is to be Imped that the (irnml Jury will not full to take the matter up at once, and It Is hoped, above all, that the conduct of tho City Clerk's olllce will bo In vestigated llrst. In the Loelller column of one of our contemporaries occurs the following strange and unintelligible Item of ncwu concerning tho complaint which has been made regarding the alleged Inter ference of the police In the Second Ward primaries; Mayor Ilurlson remarked: "I have hont the list of men who they said were on the payrolls and doing nothing but play politics to Commissioner Hlockl, with Instructions they must be told to confine their politics to hours they aro not working for the clly. "Ah for O'Hrleu, ho Is,, ns they said, a good otllcer, and when the opportu nity comes I will uuiko him a captain regardless of politics." It Is refreshing to hear the Mayor discussing his orders to tho men "who do nothing hut play politics" to "confine their polities to hours whou they nro not working for tho city." According to tho complaint discussed by thp mat ter, that would be all tho time. What "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS. NEUTRAL Bt m Vtsw HON. ALEXANDER. REVELL. The Great Merchant Who Would Make a Fine Mnor. Hut net less Interesting and extraor dinary Is the Mayor's declaration that he "will make a captain out or Police Lieutenant O'Hrleu." While we have no doubt Lieutenant O'Hrleu j's deserv ing of promotion, The Kagle cannot help asking Mayor Harrison where does the Civil Service Commission come In, and how about Chief O'Neill; won't he be consulted at all III the matter? Hut perhaps the Mayor only forgot himself for a fleeting moment and simply let the cat out of the bag con ccrnlng these police promotions. President Powers and Secretin y Hurke, of the County Democracy, ex pressed the determination at the time the new departure lu the jiollcy of the club was decided upon to make of the County Democracy the great and most powerful political organization lu the West. That they have come pretty near accomplishing this object the nu merical Htrength. the condition of or ganization ami the standing generally of the County Democracy to-day, com pared with what It was six mouths ago, Is proof enough. If proof were needed. Hoth of these gentlemen are known to be men of their words lu polities. When they say they aro about to do something In the Hue of political agita tion or organization, they generally know Just what they are talking about ami Invariably go about bringing out results In the right way, Everybody who knew anything about men ami affairs lu the local political Held knew thai It was no Idle boast which was then uttered by Messrs. Powers ami Hurke, ami this year's pic nic will demonstrate beyond a doubt that they hnvo succeeded lu converting the famous marching club Into a polit ical organization that must be reckoned with hi all future Democratic cam paigns In (Mileage, Cook County and the state or Illinois. Mayor Harrison has ordered his ad visory committee to recommend but three names for the various ntllccs to be filled by the Democratic County Convention, Probably that Is the num ber that has done business with his Side Partner Loelller. Harrison Is said to he a stockholder lu the telephone monopoly. Watch him! Ono of the mysteries of the Clly Hall Is the manner lu which all ordinances aimed at llm telephone monopoly are "smothered hi committee.!' The mys tery will soon he solved, Uvery member of tho Legislature elected this year should be pledged to put an end to the telephono extortion. Tho strlko mny ho settled, hut the peoplo will Bottlo Harrison next spring, IN NONE' TWELVE PAGES. tf ucdny will llulsh his olllelal career ami it ought to. The telephono nionomly owns a mil' Jorlty of the Aldermen. Mark them! Of course Mayor Harrison had to take Ills side partner, "Hilly" Loelller, with lit lit to settle the strike. When the distinguished visiting ora tors take the platform to address the County Democracy they will witness the rare sight of a great political or ganization kept togetht'r mid maintain ed not by the cohesive power of public plunder, not by a lively sense of politi cal favors to come, nor for the pur poses or spoils or payroll, but for the purposeof Inducing all the voters or the Democratic party to take a hand hi the selection of delegates to the convention which shall name the party's candi dates for otllce, and thus not only "giv ing the people a chance," but actually forcing the people to take a hand lu the nomination of the party's candidates for the puhlle olllces ami tho handling of the affairs or county nnd of State. Such a sight is indeed rare, and will, we believe, be duly appreciated by the distinguished gentlemen who will ad dress the stalwart Democracy of Cook County on this Important and auspi cious occasion. With u great llourlsh of trumpets the Kxeeittlve Committee of tho general Advisory Committee of "silk stock lugs" met the other day and adopted u platform for the Democratic county convention which meets on June 1 1. There Is only one way by which this "suggestive" platform should be al lowed to come before the convention, and that Is lu the regular parliamen tary way, through the hands of a reg ularly .elected delegation and sifter wauls through the Committee on Iteso liitlous, to which It should ho referred. There sire some suggestions contained lu flu; "platform" which would no doubt have been offered hi the conven tion hail the Advisory Committee nover met and "fulminated," and there Is also some buncombe which should Hud lis way to (he waste basket hi the Com mittee ou Resolutions. The "tlndlngrt" of the Advisory Com mittee are. however, more fully dis cussed clbcwhcie in this edition of The L'ugle. If tho Democratic party wants to adopt a really popular plank In Its plat form one that will catch votes by the thousand, let It declare In convention assembled against tho conventli cau cus, ami let tho convention act up to It. A Democratic convention without a preliminary "caucus'' will bo u unlquo as well as a welcomo Innovation IiiCook County polities. Tho County Democ racy should demand tho ulo!!tlou or caucus dictation next Sunday, nnd sit Its annual plonlo In tho name of all tho BLOW ATJROSPERITY. Attack by Newspapers and Demagogs Strikes at the Packing Industry, Which Made Chicago. If Successful Will Only Result in Throwing . Hundreds of Thousands Out of Employment. The Public Will Gain Nothing- but Higher Prices and Miserably Inadequate Meat Supplies. Scarcity of Corn and Hay and Not Pack ers' Combine Cause of Present Increase. Teamsters' Union Trouble Now Fortunately Settled Through Arbitration and Satisfac- tory Concessions All Around. What between the federal pvens iiieut authorities and the newspapers there seems to bo a well-defined policy to destroy the jjreat (Kicking hnlustrles of Chicago. The newspapers and the denuiKogues who are engaged lu utilising the pack ers Just now nro doing the country (and particularly this city) more harm than all the rest of Its enemies put to gether. The ninln hue and cry raised against the great Industries which have made Chicago what It Is. Is the high price for me.itx. Now, any fair, unbiased Judge of tho situation will admit that the packers are not primarily responsible- for this. High prices for corn and cereals cause high prices for cattle. it Is a poor rulo that won't work both ways, and the wave of prosperity which has forced up the price of feed ing stuns also must naturally have thu effect of forcing up the price of pro ducts which rely upon such feeding stuffs. Hut thoro are causes other than tho prosperous times respouslblo for Jhe enormous Increase lu the price of corn. Continued drought during the past few years lu the corn and hay pro ducing districts have occasioned suoh scarcity lu both corn and hay as to make the feeding and fattening of cat tle for the market an exceedingly cost ly business. There has been much talk lu this connection, by tho way, about lemovlng the'tarlff on foreign meat sis a panacea for this condition. Serious thinkers claim that this would have directly the opposite effect. It would result In simply driving the native cat tle raiser out of business, because to bring hi ruinous foreign competition right on top of sin extraordinary scare ity lu cattle food stuffs could hae no other effect. This would leave the country at the mercy of tho foreign meat producers of other countries. Thus It can bo easily seen why the price of meat Is high Just now. It Is because tho price of cattle Is high. The reason the price of cuttle Is ho much higher than heretofore Is because it costs so much more to raise cattle. The reason It coits so much more to raKe cattle Is because food stuffs for cattle are m senice. Tho reason cattle food stuffs are scarce Is because of tho drought. Tho drought Is an act of Providence and there you are. Vet the great packing Industries are to be persecuted and harried because they hnvu been forced to combine for their own protection against conditions for which 1'rovldenco nlouo is pihiuiri lj responsible, Suppose they are not allowed to transact their business In their own way? What good will result there from? We 'confess we can see nothing but harm. The packers will not continue to do business at continual and heavy loss. They will go out of business, elthei temporarily or permanently. What would bo tho result? We would have thousands of heads of families thrown out of employment all over the eoimtty nnd right here In Chicago. Tho amount of employment thus do stioyed or done away with can hardly bo estimated, owing to tho lnnumerablo ramifications of tho business. Hufllco It to any tli NUMBER 061. work. .Meantime It is asked, what go'jsl would accrue to the general pub lic ir the packers went out of business? Nearly overybody of senso agrees lu the opinion that Instead of good, tho result would be simply disastrous. Wo would have to return to tho old crude, bsiek woods way of doing business. Eer butcher would have to do his own buy ing and slaughtering. Wo would hnvo small slaughter houses scattered all over the city, little places III equipped and more than likely to become dan gerous nuisances. Does anybody think that with their crude arrangements ucli places or markets could supply meat at as reasonable prices as If the great packing houses, with their vast plants and neemiiinodatlous, were han dling the supply. And as for the iptnl Ity of tho meats with which tho public would be supplied through lnnumerablo little combined butcher and slaughter, lug houses, the least wild on that point the better. Democrats talk of tho following law yers for Judicial candidates: IMwiird o. Drown, William l". Itlack, Donald I.. .Morrill, William I'leiaNs, D. fl. Itnui say, Clayton K. Crafts, Mellugh. Ceorgo H. Poster, John l .MeOoortv, Daniel .1. .MeMiihon, Austin O. Sexton, .M. I.. Tliiickaberry, Andrew .F. Itynii, Charles Worno, Kdgar ilrouxou Tol iiiaii, (iustnvo .1. Tatge, Miles ,r. Do vine, Jeremiah II. O'Connell, ltobert lledlleld, George Mills Itogers, William Howard 1'ltzgerald, !runvlllo W. Drowning, Sydney stein, .lames c. Dooley, M. A. l.a lluy, Simeon P. Sliope, II. Pcikluson, .Slginiind Zeis ler, John l. Waters, Morris St. V. Thomas, Of course the now smoke ordinance will be signed by Mayor Ilurilsou, If for no other reason, been use It caters to ono of his faddlsms-a nmlthilteltv of bureaus. To tho public, however, It wouki seem as If It really amounted to nothing more than that which it seeks to eradicate. The central Idea of the ordinance Is supervision of new build ings with a view to the general In stallation of siuoke-consuuilng plants. Tho Idea of abolishing thu smoke nuis ance produced by plants of buildings now elected, by superintending those of buildings now lu course of erection is amusing. As for tho "hiueaii," everybody knows that if tho present able anil painstaking smoke Inspector had not hud his stuff cut out by tho last ap propriation hill, something practical could bo done right along In tho direc tion of at least reducing the nuisance to a minimum. People who have done business with L. II. Miuisou "& Co." of the Hoard of Trade are requested to address, it inn The Kagle olllce. Mgmimd Zelsler's nomination for either the Circuit or Superior Court bench seems to he assured, lie would undoubtedly bo one of the strongest candidates ou the ticket, and it is al most certain that ho would bt elected. Did you over do any bii&lness with TT irn. ,...! tit S1 iw.d ai ii i -