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THE OHIOAQO BO-LiES.
PEOPLE DEMAND ACTION Traction Question Must Be Settled at Once and All Stumbling Blocks Must Go. VOICE OF THE PEOPLE. Correspondence from Many Headers of the Chicago Eagle on Subjects of Public Interest ' Personal Aims and Ambitions Must No Longer Be Made Paramount to Public Welfare. Political, Municipal, Economic, Social and Other Questions Treated from Various Points of View. City Council Flans Practical Work for Much Needed Reform Frowns on Political Jockeying;. Municipal Ownership Pretensions Will Serve to Prolong a Threadbare Campaign Issue. Up-to-Date Intramural Transit the Question of the Hour Nothing Else Goes. Ohlengo demands the settlement of the traction incitlnii. mill thitt It In' made now. With the exception of the Immediate personal following of the Mayor among tin Aldermen, whoso loyalty to that Individual Is of I lie solllsh kind which has no thought or coiishlern Ion of the public weal In It. the City Council a a body Is ready to comply with the popular ilonmnd. There are only two stumbling Mocks hi the way of tliu Council, that can fKtssltily pievent this long-delayed mid very reasonable demand of the peo ple. Those stumbling blocks are Carter II. Hnuison as Mayor, ami the stupid outcry for municipal ownership. Mayor llarrl-on knows well that without the so-called traction Nunc he 4s tost as a political entity or a pay roll possibility, and so he has linked iil.s fate with the municipal ownership Tad, and telles thereon for his politi cal salvation. Strangely enough, however, munici pal ownership refuses to consort with IfnrrUonlsm. Is-onuso Its ehninplons four that Ilairlsoulsm U not synony mous with lldellty. The Inunedlate settlement of the traction question. It would seem. U wiposslblo until such time as tin; City tf Chicago gets rhl or carter 11, inir rihon as Mayor. Fortunately for the travelling public of Chicago thU Is now within the re Slon not only of possibility hut or prob ability. Harrison's own party has lined up pilnst li tin. ami for re-nomination It tookH as If he will have, nothing better w stronger in the Democratic con vention than a few employes of the city-creatures of the payroll. Should be, by any unl'orsoon force of clicuuistauccs, or manipulation of the prerogatives of high otllco. succeed In winning out a reiiouilnatlou-(a pos nihility which the tingle donlos)-ho will be defeated at the polls for re election. The tingle taken pleasure In contem plation or the fact that It has taken wune part In brlnglug about the con ditions which render the re-election of Carter II. IlarrUou Impossible, and It desires to go on record In this regard eight here. One of the most deplorable inlsfor- cunrs of UarrlsoiiUm In Chicago Is the fact that it has proved to be one of the worst obstacles to the settlement of tho traction question. The egotism of Harrison has made the people's coin fort, convenience and well-being sub servient as well as secondary to It self. It made no difference, to the Huril wn adnilnUtratlon what the results of the Indefinite postponement of the true tlou question meant so long as It meant it pcipctual campaign cry at election time. After sl. years of bitter experience not only the Democratic p.trty and Its Ifuilfii.. but the great body of the citi zens have at last been nwiikdiod to the true situation, and as a icsiill Haul viulsiii Is doiinicd. Hven the section which, through Mi ess and stoim anil even up to the liri'M'iit day has stood by an hh-ii. Is gppoM'd to IlarrUou. Itefcrellce l licit' made to the fol lowing of William .leanings liryan, and Its present loader and apostle In Chicago -llmi. clarence S. Harrow. The tingle im nexorof that follow ing, hut It ha be. u always ready to fcivo It.s trlluit- of ailmlratloii to such loyal adherents of what ihey believed to be a principle as the great majority of these men were and pmwil theiu msIvcs to be. Harrison, a.s tho people well rcinoiu her, was a followor of tiie five .-liver idea mi long as that constituted it royal road to the payroll. He Is no longer ho .since that Idea h.is fallen Into pop ular disfavor, and nn no longer bo made a campaign Umh- or gallery (day. Hut he lias wrapped his tentaclo around the municipal ownership Idea now, as a political life buoy for tho M-lf Mime ri-.iMiiH th.it Induced him to embrace and hang on so long to the free Hvor fad, This tluio tho people are on to Har rison. Municipal ownership Is a public do tildcradum. but It Is one of Uio future. Tho people .f Chicago l..it e swung Not around to tho region of the practical In politics and the admonition of the au thor or the "I'salni or Lire." "Act. act In the living present" will be their motto In the next spring campaign. This Is why the voters or Chicago are determined to walk over prostrate Ilarrlsoiilsm, dUmaycil ami defeated payrolllsm, routed payroll brigades, ami demolished batalllons of rat Hun keys, to the realization or their de mauds and the establishment or u mu nicipal administration which will mean something done Instead or dry rot ami an army or 18.ni mi do-nothing papHiickers and precinct pluggers as the only evidences or a city govern ment In Chicago. Immediate action on traction fran chise matters U looked for In the City Hall, and the tiiistorn tluaiieial Inter ests also apparently are expecting an early and satisfactory settlement. The Committee on Local Transporta tion Is going ahead with the program otifllncd by Chairman llcnnctt after the Arnold report came out, and will endeavor to present to the Council or dinances which can be passed per haps over the veto of the Mayor. Mr. Harrison still sticks, to his old position that nothing should be done until af ter the Legislature has passed a mu nicipal ownership act. It has developed that the Committee on Local Transportation and the street car companies probably will get to gether In support or an act framed on the lines suggested by Alderman .lack son, If such mi act Is presented at Sprluglleld. It was announced on good authority that the companies would help to pass an act granting the city the authority to own and operate street car Hues, providing something like an understanding could be had as to the terms of franchises ami what the city would be willing to do In the way of paying for the roads. As the only way In which these ques tions could be determined would be by the passage of franchise ordinances while the Legislature Is In session, so the two propositions can be acted on In Springllchl and Chicago at the same time, one of the reasons why haste Is being urged by the members or the Committee on Local Transportation Is evident. As has already been stated, ami as the repot t above quoted shows, Mayor Harrison still sticks for delay, tivorybody knows why. The tingle Is glad to be able to say all Indications point to the speed. removal of Hani sou, his payroll brigade, and his per ennial campaign Ismio from the path id' municipal progress In the near fu ture. Meantime tho traction question must be settled at once, and that, too, whether Harrison like- It or not. due of the most peculiar tea lures of the Munition s the attitude of Mayor IIiiitImiu's "Charlie Hoy" Corporation Cotm-cl In the premises, Mr. Walker seems to be afraid to aid tln Council in preparing an eiultable oidluiiuce on (he traction iuctluu; for some reason or other, lie seems to look askance and with some degree of trep idation upon the reasonable demand of the body which tool; pint In appoint ing him to the olllce which he holds. According to the report In the Tri bune: Coiporutloii Counsel Walker has been asked by members of the Com mittee on I.VnI Transportation if he would act with the committee in framing ordinance".. Speaking of the matter he said: "'As Corporation Counsel I suppose I am obliged to give any committee of the Council any legal assistance It might ask, whether I agreed with Its Idea, or not. In the case of a single Aldeiumii it might bo dlllorent.' " Whether I agreed with Its Ideas or nut l good. There are no Ideas about It i-ccpt one and that Is that the Coiiin i asks Its legal representative to draw up a legal Instrument along cer tain lines. That Is the only Idea there Is to It, and at this the Coiporatlou Counsel falters and grows balky. Well, the Idea! Hut listen in the Mn.wircttc-thc lit tle man of destiny, with the single platform plank: "The Corpora I hut Counsel should not act In such u capacity unless or dered by the City Council," said the Mayor arterwnrds. Well. well. How careful the Mayor ette Is about his Corporation Counsel and his doings. How he docs hate to see his solitary plunk llont away froln Mm. There Is no dearth of excellent avail able Judicial timber either on the Dem ocratle or Itepiibllcan side, and next .lime's Judicial conventions should be able to place llawless tickets In tho Held. Among one of the strongest men the Democrats could name would he lion. Daniel ,T. McMahoii, the present excellent attorney of the Hoard or tid iicatlou. He would make a most ca pable Judge. .ludge Lambert Tree In his recent brochure In the Tribune took occasion to say thiitr"lii tlie caucuses and nom inating conventions for tho selection of Cook County Judges men are often proposed and nominated, too, not with reference to their legal requirements or standing at the bar, but because they are. strong with some class or sect or nationality or, because they come from some ward where for one cause or another they are deemed to have the friendship of tho "workers." Does .ludge Tree mean this to apply to the Judicial tickets nominated by both parties lasf year? If so. It cer tainly looks very lunch llku a left handed compliment to a number or tho most distinguished of tho honor able gentleman's professional col leagues. Again tho gentleman says: "Let It be spoken plainly would It he surpris ing If the bar was already beginning to distrust some of the judges who have crept upon the bench In the re peated and rapid Increase In their num bers'.-' The tingle answers that It would bo surprising, and what Is more, It begs leave to say, with all due re spect to the distinguished Jurist, that It does not belluvo It. Wo have always entertained the highest respect for this great lawyer and citizen, and we can hardly believe he meant any such seri ous relied Ion upon the bench of Cook County as the words quoted would seem to Imply. We believe that most thinking people will agree with us, that It now behooves the Legislature, as a whole and Irrespective of parly, but as tho creation In great part of two party organl.atloiis, to resent this Implied aspersion on the noble Ju diciary of Conk County by passing the proposed aiueuilatory law, making It po-sllile to Increase lis membership, As a mutter or argument and logical conclusion, we would uslc the Tribune how It llgures out that the process ol' selection and election or our Judiciary, which ,lts correspondent complains ol could be remedied or Improved by re stricting the numerical membership of the bench V As stated before, ihcre never was a heller Held of excellent Judicial tim ber from which to select candidates than that which was at tho disposal or both parties In the last Judicial cam. pnlgii. The sanio material will bo at hand next year. On the Democratle side, for Instance, there Is Mr. Slgniund ZoMer, Hero Is a uiau lio-o uaiuo Is honored unit respected by both bench and bar In Chicago, ami whoso reputation as a great and successful lawyer Is na tional. Hon. William I'. Iliad;, who was unit of tho men honored by a nomination by tho Democratic Judicial convention last ; "Sato $ tiHHHHHBnHBBPt, -s HON. FRED A. BU8SE, Who Wo. Lmt Week Inilalled as. Slate Treasurer of tho year, Is a man who would bring honor as well as legal lore to the bench. Mr. Thomas M. Hoy lie Is another lawyer whoso name carries prestige and honor with It. He Is a man who, to put it mildly, Is as much Interested In the honor and Integrity of the bench of Cook County as any member of the Chicago bar. He Is a Chlcagoan from tho wonl go, a splendid lawyer, and would make a grand Judge. I Ion. Granville W. .It-owning, the dis tinguished and successful assistant cor poration counsel and able inhstcr In chancery, has a name and a record be yond reproach or even criticism. Ho Is it Democrat of the highest principle and his selection for u Judgeship would reflect honor upon the party and the nominating convention, The same may bo said of Hon. Miles .1. Dovine, ex-City Attorney, ralthful In the discharge of duty, capable In public otllce and In the practice of his profession, he would make an Ideal judge. On the Itepiibllcan side there Is at least as plentiful a supply or the very best material for Judicial honors. Among the very best of these Is Mr. tilmer K. I.eneh. one of the leading members of the bar. and a iiiau who In point or mental ami educational equip ment Is pre-eminently titled for Judi cial olllce. Mr. Klckhaiu Sciinlan Is another able Kepiibllcan lawyer strongly mcutlo.tcd for a Judicial nomination. Mr. V. C. Haley, the able attorney of the Drainage Hoard, Is among tho very best Democratic lawyers mentioned for a Judicial nomination. Morris St. V. Thomas was one of the ablest men who over tilled the olllce of Assistant Corporation Couu-el In this city. He Is a Democrat, and If nominated would he elected. Mr. Cyril It. .fundus of the law tlrin of Kahotit - .laiidus Is another of the leading members of the bar mentioned in connection with tho coming Judicial campaign as a probable nominee for tlie bench. l-'or wit. humor, logic and law, Don, .lames C, Donley Is pre-eminent among his colleagues on the magisterial bench, 'v Hon. Ihlwlu Iv. Walker Is one of tho rising young lawyers of Chicago. In his otlh-lal capacity as member of tho County Hoard ho has displayed gieat executive ns well as legal ability. He Is being urg'cd by .many Itcpnhll can leaders as a good man to uiiiue for a Judgeship next .lime. Mr. l-'rederlck DuIVy Is mining the ery best of the younger element of the Chicago bar, lie would make an excellent assistant corporation counsel. As the diis go by and tho spilug campaign approaches tho elmnces of ox-sUdornmn I.dwanl Muelhoufer grow stronger as tho possible nominee of tho Itepiibllcan patty for City Clerk. "Where, oh, whom Ik Willy the With blerV" Thus sings tho round robin those dieary wintry days. Hon. John J, McMaiiamau was one of tho most valuable adjuncts of thu machinery of the Juvenile court. Ills great legal kuowlcdgo as well as his constant attention to duty furnished State o( Illinois. splendid jtsslstuneo to .ludge Tuthlll. Mr. MeManamaii will resume these duties at the end or his term as a mem ber of the Legislature. Hon. Miles Kehoe Is one or the ablest and most popular or West Sldo Justices. If the Twenty-llrst Ward Hoptibll cans will only name Mr. Fletcher Dob yns for, Alderman against "Oiinery" rainier, they can defeat the psendo pilot of the gray wolf. Mr. Dobyns Is a university graduate, a lawyer and mi athlete. He would not .be a tliini my or a camp follower In the City Council. Hon. John l- Siuulskl sltouhl be ie nominated and re-elected to the City Council whether he wills It or not. He Is one of tho best Aldermen Chicago has ever had and cannot tie spared at this Juncture. Mr. .L .1. Vnndcrhllt, the popular South Side Republican, and business man, would If nominated by the Re publicans of Ills ward, be elected Al derman with ease. He Is u splendid citizen, honorable and Hiiccessrul busi ness man, and would make a first-class Alderman. Alderman Charles Werno will be re nominated mid triumphantly re-elected by tho citizens of the Twenty-third Ward. Alderman Henry Htiickarl would make a strong candidate for City Clerk on the Democratle ticket next spring. Hon. John Hartou I'ayne made a splendid address at the .lackson Day banquet. He Is among tho very strong est men thus far mentioned In connec tion with tho Democratic nomination for the Mayoralty. Hon. Charles (Sunt her, always loyal to his friends, and honest mid capable In public olllce, would make an excel lent Mayor, He Is one of the men most strongly inwed for the Demo cratle nomination next spring. ludge Prentiss Is another Democrat of excellent standing and undoubted ability who would make a great nice tor the Mayoralty on the Demociatle tlckcL-Hc has many Influential friends among tho leaders of the regular Dem ocratle ui'gaui.ntlnu. .Air. Chailes C. Hreyer, the popular and prosperous West Side business man, would make an honorable and re liable Alderman. Ho Is being strong ly urged for the olllce by fho leaders of his ward. Hon. tiniest Hummel will, If nil In dications do not fall, ho the next Deui-' ocratlc candidate for City Treasurer. t! cargo It. Walker, one of the ablest members of the Chicago bar, will bo the next Itepiibllcan nominee for Al derman In the Third Ward. All the leaders are with him. Tho nomination of Mr. Charle-i II, I'ltzncr, tho well-known druggist, for Alderman of tho Twelfth Waul on the Republican ticket now seems ussiired. Xo better mini could bo nanied. lion. II. A. tickhart would iiinku a great Mayor. Hon. sloliu Richardson Is one of Chi cago's mo&t popular magistrates, Citizeni from Many Parts .of Town Write of Hen and Events of the Day. Pointed Questions Asked Regarding the Trans actions of Public Bodies and of Political Leaders. Gossip of the Oity and Forms the Subject munications. To the tid I tor of the tingle: Dear Sir If I have read aright the synopsis of the proposed educational bill recommending radical changes hi legard to the olliclal conduct and man agement or our public school system, one or the propositions therein con tained Is that tlie general superinten dent shall have mil and exclusive Juris diction In the selection or all school hooks. This seems to me to be an evjraordl nary degree or power to vest hi any public servant. I do not believe that any such authority should be vested In any public olliclal. The people should have some rights In the matter, and when I say the people In this regard I mean more particularly the parents of children attending the public schools. tiven more striking Is this extraordi nary proposed Increase of power when It Is taken In connection with the ac companying proposition that tho term of the general superintendent shall be for live years and that he shall be. an "Irremovable" during such term of of fice. , Now. while I have nothing to say against our present general superin tendent, who 1 believe Is a good man and an able olliclal, It Is Just possible that at some future time a mistake might bo made by tho Hoard of educa tion, and some man selected for the place who might not he quite so broad' minded, liberal, capable or consclen-' tlous as the excellent gentleman who now occupies the olllce, ir such an uniortunnto circumstance should arise, just Imagine what this arbitrary power In regard to school books would mean. Hooks might bo placed In the hands of the school chil dren which might contain statements In total opposition to those of tint par ents of such children. For Instance, I mice found that n history was being studied by a child of mliio In which Cromwell was repre sented us a saint, In fad as the acme of human perfection, as a soldier, a cit izen, a patriot and a benefactor or man kind In general. Now, as I have been taught to hold very different views of this historical character. I naturally objected to my child being Imbued with such views as those mentioned. Would It not ho u terrible thing If tho parents of pupils attending the public schools 'found that their chil dren were being taught what they con sidered perversion of history und wero powerless to remedy tho matter except In one way, namely, the withdrawal of their children from the schools; be- cause the olliclal with the arbitrary Jurisdiction In thu matter would not bo likely to bo Influenced by Individual remonstrances no matter how numer ous. Then, again, Is not the solo right of selection, which logically means pur chase of the books for nearly -100,0011 children every year, rathcia large business proposition to place In thu hands of one ojllcIulV With a man less scrupulously upright and with less ab solute Integrity than our present super intendent, It might lead to grave trou ble. This Is tho only criticism I have to offer to tho proposed cdiicMtlon.il bill at present, and I hope It will ho received In the spirit In which It Is offered. Yours sincerely, l'ARKNT. tidltor tingle: Dear Sir It Is quite noticeable that In a certain section of thu Chicago pres there Is a veiy strong and deter mined effort to have thu tunnels under the Chicago river not merely lowered, as was at llrst the cry, but removed al together. What Is the meaning of this? Is It because the proprietors of some of thu dallies ure Interested In other tunnel projects which might profit materially by the removal of thu liver tunnels? It is said there are quite a number ol schemes for great undergiouml tun nels and works of such a tremendous scopu that they would, If cariicd out, lie ablo fo handlo tho street car traffic as well as tho delivery of mnlU and freight by pneumatic tubes, etc., either now peuding lleforu tho City Council or In courso of preparation for Introduc tion In that body, Hut 1 would llku to nsk, and perhaps tho general public Is Interested In tho hinuo nuoritlott, What Is tho usu of do stioylug existing tunnels that others may bo constructed In their stend? Of course It may ho said thu latter are to bo constructed by, prlvato enterprise of the Country of Com- unit capital, but the public will have to "pay the piper" In the end. Is this a scheme to help "private enter prNe along'" NORTH SIDti WAOti WORICtiR. tiver.vbod.v knows how thu city an- ministration has harassed and fought thu summer guldens. Those are among the most pleasant , Institutions which the great Cerinan clement of our population brought with them to this country. Hut Harrison had no use for them. He has per sistently made war on them, and only the other day put the Mulshing touches to a bitter light which he has waged upon it popular Institution of the kltuU on the South Side. And yet the liquor dealers liberally supported Harrison In the past. So did many of the brewers. So did tho rank anil file or thu salooiinicn. This Is how Harrison always pays his friends and supporters. ro- No wonder the question Is being ask ed nil over. J'What did the brewers overdo to. Harrison that they are sub jected to such treatment':" M Hut thi Vpiivlllgcd" concerns In tho river wards are being allowed to run full blast. Tho I'aliner-llanison $1,000 llcenso fee ordinance. It Is pointed out, has been allowed to lie 111 the obscurity of some pigeonhole 111 the Committee on License. Hut It will bo brought out and put through If Mr. Harrison and Mr. rai nier are re-elected Mayor ami Alder men, respectively. What would follow next, Is asked. Many say blue laws. Thai, at least. Is wlint the great element Interested In the brewing busi ness believe. So It Is wltlr all liquor dealing in terests, Citizens, who believe in upholding personal liberty regard thu situation In thu same way. Only seventy-two days more of Hnr iiou ns Mayor. Firm Nniuo Changed The tlrin inline of Richard S. Thomp son tV Hro. has been changed to Thomp son Hrothers. I'uiler thu old style, Messrs. Richard S, and Charles W. Thompson merely represented Messrs. iCco. A. DIckcl iV Co., of Nashville, Teiin., In thu sale of the popular brand of Tennessee sour luashvwhlsky, known as "Old Cascade." Under tho new linn name, Thompson Hrothers, by a ten year contract, recently signed, aro niiiilo solo distributers of "Old cascade," in the cities of Chicago, Huffalo and Now York. Their ofllco for tho present Is room 110, .1" River street. After Feb. 15 they will be found by their friends In their elegant suite, Nos. I.MIM.IOI Trlb uiio Rulldlng. Chns. W. Thompson will devote his entlro tlino to thu executlvo ofllces in Chicago. After March 1 Richard S. Thompson will ho loented In New York City, nnd will bo kept busy looking after tho sales of "Old Cas cade," besides managing Thompson Hrothers' stable, to bo raced the senson of 11)0.1. Sidney Lucas, Chicago's ojd favorite, will bo tho star of tho stable,, and as tho old horse has had a long rest, and his Jogs aro sound ngnln, It Is safe to say that tho well-known col orsred, white and blue will bo seen many times ffist under tho who. As u racing tlrin Thompson Hrothers alwnys gavo the Chicago racing public a run for their moneys nnd In serving "Old Cascade" they claim there Isiioiiuliottcr made, and If tho ninny admirers of Sid ney Lucas will call foi-( this populur brand of Tennesson wh'lsky they will do Thompson Hrothers a good turn, nml will bo more than pleased with their purchase. . . .K.M ., M.