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- c f.grr- "-- . im "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINQ& NEUTRAL IN NONE. - V m t VOLUME XXV11. HE WOULD BE A BOSS. Mayor Harrison, Being Desirous of Another Term on tbe Payroll, Lays Plans Accordingly. Displays Overweening Desire for Municipal Ownership and Undertakes to Organ ize the House Minority. Efforts to Create Another Campaign Issue for 'Next Spring, However, Come to Naught. Characterized by Old Time Party Leaders as Unique Combination of Egotism and Gall. Meantime the City Council Is Preparing to Force the Issue and Relieve, the Traveling Public. During tho pant week" Mayor Hurrl soli' developed!! n('W symptom of the politic:! 1 aberration from which he hits boon suffering uf Into. - Continually, during the past font' ,v on IV, at least. laboring under the hal lucination that he was born to lit a buss, that he Is In fact u wort of pock el edition Napoleon of politics, In a word, "a man of destiny," ho has, nevertheless, until very recently, never undertaken to rule and shape tho pol icy of tho party throughout thu Statu, of Illinois. In his llrst attempt In tjds tlircctloii lii met .with u most disastrous ri'viwc. This was on tho memorable occasion when ho leveled his lance at John 1. Hopkins In tho lists at Sprlugllold whero the prize to ho contended for was tho chairmanship of tho Demo cratic State Committee. As ovorylmdy Knows, Harrison found out on that oc casion that his lance was a toothpick. Hut ho has evidently forgotten his un horsing liy Hopkins, Flushed hy the little temporary suceoss which he oh tallied locally in tho County Central Coiniiilttio through the loyalty of bridge tenders, "privilege" peddlers and others Misoeptlhlo to the peculiar iutlueuco of pay roll and public pap, Chicago's Mayoretto has onco again mounted his hobby and galloped out Into tho Held of Illlhols polities. Ills appearance there has been welcomed with a broad grin from one end of tho State to tln other, and In no place throughout Illinois has It elicited more mirth than right here In Cutler's huino Cook County. Carter wants to mime the leader of the Democratic minority In the Housu or Itepreseiitatlves. All the signs aio that ho has about as much chance of doing that as ho has of re-election next spring, and that Is very por Indeed, Ills Hi m t step was to hold out an olive blanch to lion. Clarence S. Har row, but that proved a dismal failure. .Mr. Harrow courteously but piomptly and tlriuly refused to became the tall lo the llanlsiiii kite. Not even the cunningly placed little bait of municipal ownership could in duce that gentleman to rub elbows with 'the Payroll Hrlgade and Us prin cipal Juck-lu-olllce. Now .Mr. Harrison Is trying to thrust his personality Into the organization of the Democratic minority in thu Legis lature hrough tho medium of one Howies of Juliet, Poor ltowles! In his frantic effort to push himself to the front as a littlo tin boss down ut Springfield, by means of Howies' candidacy for thu minority leadership, Harrison has actually had tho audacity to Issue an Invitation to tho Democratic Cook County members-elect to meet him (Harrison) in confeienco for dis cussing tho subject in question. Fol lowing Is tho text of the Invitation: "Denr Sir: Municipal ownership, tho referendum and several kindred matters of vital Interest to the city of Chicago will come before the Legisla ture about to conveno nt Springfield. In view of tills It (s of great Importance that tho minority should organize In such u manner as to bring about the best possrhte results In regard to the measures referred to. I would llko to discuss the situation with you and would he pleased to see you at1 my olllce .Monday, Wednesday or Fjldny, of next week." The foregoing was written under date of Dec. -7. It Is stated on goad authority that Just two members called on Mayor Harrison Monday and sug gested that Inasmuch as the Demo cratic members would decide tho mi nority leadership proposition It might be well for the members to act Inde pendently of outside Influences, So much for chapter one of Carter's lenewed efforts to be the party borax. The second feature Is the supreme gall of the Mnyorotle In this regard. Old-tlmo political leaders are struck us much with tho Impudence of the thing as with the fatuity of the man In thus bringing upon himself tho In evitable ridicule and odium which must assuredly overtake this effort lo make of himself tho dictator of the Democratic minority in SprlugUeld. In stead of leaving It to the regulatlyelect cd representatives of the party In cau cus. The Impudence of this attempted dictation from the outside by a two by four "statesman" of tho caliber of Harrison would be miltlclcut to excite Indignation if It were not for Its hull orousness. Call It undoubtedly Is and undiluted gall tit that. , livery Democrat In Chicago knows that Harrison did absolutely nothing to help elect a Democratic Legislature In last fall's election. In fact, us every politician in Cook County knows, lie managed through the medium of his silk-Htocklug campaign committee to inject Into the county campaign a to tally foreign question; namely, the traction question? as "the paramount .Issue," ami this was taken ns an ex cuse by Harrison's campaign commit tee to oppose the election of good Democratic candidates fur tho Legis lature In a number of districts. Harri son's 'paramount Issue" was used by his sllk-stoeklug committee of outsid ers as an opportunity for Joining hands with Ceorgo !:. ('(do's Legislative League and other Impudent Intermed dling and unauthorized bodies to light to u finish throughout tho campaign and at the polls legislative candidates whose Democracy was well approved. And tills Is the little tin .Napoleon of politics who now has the gall lo un dertake to dictate tho chairmanship of the Democratic minority In the Housu of Heprosoutatlvos, and tints to vir tually constitute himself tho leader there. Tho ego, of course, sticks out all over tho whole scheme. It Is "I, Carter Harrison," from llrst to last, but It Is some satisfaction to know that it will menu tho extinguishment of thu most colossally Impudent little Hgo that over stuck Its nose up over tho surface of u stream of Demo cratic politics In ih Stato of Illinois. It Is worth while quoting nu Hem of news. In tills connection published by mtr esteemed contemporary, tho Chi cago Chronicle, in Its Issue of Dec. !I0: "A story Is atloat that Mayor Hnrrl son ha been told by some of his couu- selors that ids scheme to call in mem- I bers of the Legislature was HI nd I vised, as ho would be taking up gra CHICAGO, SATURDAY, JANUAllY 3, 1903 MR. HENRY E. WEAVER, Tho Great Coal Merchant, Who Recently Nobly Rewarded w tultously a tight which he would lose to a moral certainty. One of these friends Is said to have told the Mayor that he could not control llvo'iucmhcrs of the House In Cook County. In this connection Ittls reported that Mayor Harrison did not send out till the Invi tations he Intended sending and Is now seeking to drop the minority light." So it would seem us If once more Chicago's mlsllt Mayor hud missed his lines hi the little play of "he would be a boss." Only elglity-slx days more of Harri son as Mayor. There should be no dlllieulty about what to dowlth the picture of "Our Carter" which adorns the walls of the Democratic headquarters. There should be no room there for anybody but Democrats, and It Is long since HI. Sinner consojl to be that. Ho now rep resents uotlilug but the Organized Ap petite al the City Hall, and his follow ing consists merely of a payroll bri gade, otherwise known as the 1'nlted Order of Migrates. (.'a iter's picture lias never beenii "thing of beauty," and It certainly Is mil a Joy forever. Therefore, Mr. Hurke, our ad vice is to turn Carter's picture to the wall. Later on the Democracy of Chi cago will turn Curler himself down, If they over get an opportunity of doing so ut the polls. The friends of Graeme. Stewart and .1. M. Harlan will be active this wek In the mayoralty canvass, Harlan headquarters will ho opened this morn ing at '-!-." Deal born street, and It Is expected that Stewart's downtown headquarters will bo established early In tho week. With nil of tho North Side ltepubllcan clubs In line for Stew art wltli resolutions of Indorsement, It Is expected that his boom will be can led Into the string of Northwest Side wards, before the week Is ended. The esteemed Journal says the fate Of the picture of Harrison over at hcnlqimrtciH, as well as the picture Itself, Is hanging In the balance. This Is more than can be sahl for Harrison himself. Ho has boon "weighed In the balauco and found wanting." The gossips have Walter S. Itogle and Charles V, Gunther In tho running lor the. Democratic nomination for Mayor. Mr. Itoglo is president of tho Tildeu Delnocraey, and tho City Treas urer Is being urged for tho nomination on account of his having polled sever al thousand more votes than Mr, Hnrrl ton at tho last mayoralty election. Tho speakership contest was at n standstill lost week. Bprlngtield Is now tho storm ceuter In this regard. . Only olglit.r-.tdx days more of Hurrl sou us Mayor. If the street car corporations had an extension of their franehlsu grants they would Immediately Improve the service which they provide for tho publlcv With their franchises about expiring and with a hostile Mayor threatening their corporate existence It cannot be expected that they will make large Investments from which no returns may come. Mayor Harrison's fantastic dreams of municipal ownership can wait. There is no hurry. If they wero rea sonable dreams they could not bo real ized In half a century, but the people cannot wait for improvement In tho street car service. It is an Immediate necessity. Harrison stands In tho way to stop It. Harrison Is exploiting u theory n fod-un untried experiment in this country. In the meantime every pub lie Interest relating to passenger trans portation Is suffering. Tho public health Is endangered. Some ilentns have occurred because he obstructs Improvement In the cars and In the managenient of the traction Hues. The Council should act and give the people necessary relief. If the May or's plans aio of any valuu the fact can be tested b) time and experience, but the necessity for Improved street car transportation Is here now at the present time, and It cannot wall. The pressing needs of the people should be nnswcied at once, if theru N delay, which the Mayor demands, It should not be In the Improvement of pieseiit conditions, but it should be In the attempts to experiment with Ids wildcat scheme of municipal owner ship ami revolution, Only elghty-sK days inoie of Harri son as Mayor. If Cutter llanlsoii had his way a municipal heating plant would be the sole method of keeping Chicago warm to-day. If the socialists were In command of the municipal heating plant they could switch off the homes of their political opponents and leave the Inmates to fiiee to death as tho alternative to persisting In opposition to socialism. Carter Harrison's political wisdom Is belter suited to bedlam than to Chi cago, but It were pitiful to permit even the tenantry of bedlam to bo depen dent mi socialism for thu necessaries of existence. To municipalize all public utilities is to hedlainlzo a municipality. An uninformed writer In an eastern muguzlno furnished an article on tho subject, "How tho City Government of - TWELVE PAGES. Thrco Life 8avers. Chicago Was Ilegonoruted," Tho arti cle was of unnecessary length. Thu author of tho work on "Snakes in Ireland" completed his task In a single sentence: "There are no snakes In Ireland." The author of tho essay on the regen eration of thu city government of Chi cago could have been equally senten tious. He could hnvo remarked: "Tho city government of Chicago has not been regenerated." llh' article would have been more Miluablo and more truthful. Chroni cle. The attendance nt the Jackson day banquet of over 3.0 of tho tlower of tho Democracy of Chicago Is already assured. That the Mayor will be a candidate Is taken for granted by his friends and political advisers. Inter Ocean. These aro about all by whom it 1 taken for granted, however, and, of course, with thu pay roll brigade, "the wish Is father to the thought." The 1. O. says: "They (Harrison's friends) predict that theie will bo no opposition to lilui at thu primaries or In thu convention, and declare tint the Tlldenltes and tho faction led by Me (illlen, Iturko and others will abandon tho proposed light on Harrison before the primaries come on. It has been known that some of the Tlldenlto lead ers tavor ajlowlng Harrison to have the nomination without opposition. It I on this fact, probably, that the liar ltsou people biibu their prediction that there will be no light at the primaries," Well, well! So tho Democratic organ isation of Chicago, after combining for a dellnlte purpose, Is going to emulate the example of tho famous Duke of York by metaphorically "marching up tin' hill and thou marching down iiMiln" I" order lo fulllll the' "predic tions of Harrison's friends." , Hon. Luther Lulllu Mills Is tho latest candidate mentioned for Senator Ma son's toga. Hon. l-'rauk O. Louden Is another prominently discussed dark horse lor tho United States senatorslilp, Mr. I.owdeu would grace tho olllce, To a man up a tree, howover, It does look Just now us If the Aurora man had the pole. It must not bo forgotten, though, that Hon. William 13. Mason is still in tho ring, Stranger things havo happened than Victory perching ou tho banner of tho rotund statesman from Chicago utter all. BOOMS AND BOOMLETS Candidates for Municipal Office Crop Dp Plentifully on Boib Sides of the Political Fence. Some, Whose Hopes Blossomed Too Early, Already in the Sere and Yellow Leaf. City Hall Satraps Announoe Intention of "Capturing and Wrecking" Big Guns of the Party. "Flunky" Torce at the Primaries Seems to Be Only Hope of Harrisonism Now. Harlan and Stewart on the Retrograde Movement on Re publican Side General Political Gossip. The spring campaign has been open ed ut an unusually early period for Chi cago, and with a. rim by both parties rarely experienced In this city. Already candidates for the mayoralty have been trotted out on both sides, and some political prophets ami knowing ones have gone to the extent even of presenting probable slates. As Is usual hi all candidacies of this kind sprung at such an early period, the untimely booms hare already be gun to fade and die. Till I Just us all old-time political campaigners piedlcted, und the condi tion referred to Is particularly noticeable in tho case of the two leading Hopub llcan mayoralty candidates who so re cently tilled the public eye to the ex clusion of all others. Three weeks ago Messrs. John M. Harlan and Graeme Stewart wero "the men in tho gap."' Tho passage way to tho mayoralty nomination was tilled by these two stalwarts, nnd nobody else seemed to hare even a look In. hut In tho short space of time which has Intervened between their respective booms ami the present day, Mr. Harlan's budding hopes have been seized by a "killing frost," and even Mr. Stewart's ripened blossoms of hopo havo been subject to "an eager and a nipping air." There has been, so to speak, it sub sidence, and those who have steered the bark of mnchlno politics for any considerable time In the troubled wa ters of Cook County know that on tho crest of almost any ware, from now on, some now aspirant may appear who may leave both thu much touted candidates far In the rear in the race for the prize. There are reasons which many shrewd Uepubllcnns point to why n coinpionilse candidate as between tho two mentioned should ho chosen. It is claimed that Mr. Harlan no longer pos sesses the wonderful personal popular ity he once had. It Is pointed out that he llrst destroyed his political. Identity as an Independent Uepubllean hy en tering the last campaign as a patty orator In tho service of the ltepubllcan machine, and ho folhrned this up by becoming u candidate for tho party nomination "at tho hands of tho peo ple" at the same time distinctly limit ing and defying tho party organization. It Is further claimed that Mr. Harlan's unwise and uncalled for attacks upon Thomas II, llnrrett, the Democratic candidate for Sheriff,, has cost Mr. Harlan the support of every Itepuhll can member of thu Hoard of Trade, an Institution which Mr. Harlan, In tho course of tho hist campaign, violently attacked In thu effort to render Mr. Uarrett unpopular hi tho eyes of the voter. On the other hand the argument Is nitidu that .Mr. Stewart has never been In Intimate and friendly relations with tho powers that bo in tho ltepubllcan organization of Cook County, nnd Is not now very llrnily intrenched In their good graces. Howovor nil this inny bo, there has come a most noticenblo lull In thu breevto that blow tho candidacy of theso two gcutlomcn so far nnd sol promaturely Into tho open sea of the I NUMBER 691. mayoralty campaign, and many look for their disappearance entirely beyond the horizon before the real race has been well begun. It Is this condition which leads many veteran and experienced political lead ers on the ltepubllcan sldo to keep their eyes on such men as Judge Theo doro Urontiino, Fred W. Uplmm, Will iam Halu Thompson, John M. Smyth and half a dozen other equally prom inent nnd popular Uepubllcnns, any one of whom would make a tremen dously strong candidate and an Ideal Mayor of Chicago. Perhaps the most prominent feature on tho Democratic sldo Is the wonder fill popularity or Charles V. Gunther. tho present City Treasurer, and of Judge John harton Payne, the able Jurist who shares with Mr. Gunther the conlldence ami esteem of tho rank and tile of tho Democratic parly of Cook County. Hardly less Interesting Is the effort of Carter II. Harrison to renew his connection with tho pay roll, and tho frantic efforts of his henchmen to aid him in thu oiidearor. One feature of tho situation was the following from one of the pay-roll brigade, published hi one of Harrison's dally organs, dur ing the week: " 'Dismantle and wreck tho big guns!' "This order went out from the Harri son camp to-day, whero the Mayor's lieutenants were found busy planning a tight for lilm at the primaries after the announcement Saturday that tho llurke-Ihirrett-Hopklns forces would light tho Mayor to the last ditch If ho tries to bo renominated." "Dismantle and wreck tho big l-uiis" Is good. Of course tho "big guns" will remain Idle and permit themselves to be "dismantled ami wrecked." Kverybody knows who N meant by "the big guns." It Is such Democrats us Itoger C. Sullivan, Thomas Gillian, Robert I J. Iluike, John P. Hopkins Thomas II. Itarrett, John Metilllen. John Powers, ami otheis of similar cal iber, and the men who are to dis mantle and wreck them me tho bridge tenders, the street foremen, the priv ilege parasites, and all the lost of tlie political anlmaletill which come un der the general appellation of the jmj roll brigade. This Is leally amusing, especially when one considers the manner In which the public Is being hand fed ou Mich uhMird political hash. Only eighty-six days more of Harri son us Mayor. "It was announced yesterday," says the Tribune, "that Domoeiats anxious to attend the banquet In colnhr.itlon of Jackson day must procure tickets of George Premium secretary of the Democratic State Committee. This was to further eniphnslzo tho fact that the affair is In the hands of the mill Harrison people, us .Mr, llreniiau Is tho right-hand man of John P. Hopkins," Tho Tribune says this is meant as an other slap ut tho Mayor, Wo think not. What's the use of slapping a political dead duck? ij. i nv ilt!tof& iijrt iiH