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Traction Question Must Be Settled at Once
and All Stumbling Blocks
Must Go.
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
Municipal Ownership Pretensions Will
Serve to Prolong a Threadbare
Campaign Issue.
Up-to-Date Intramural Transit the Question of
the Hour Nothing Else
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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,
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
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
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 Charles Werno will be re
nominated mid triumphantly re-elected
by tho citizens of the Twenty-third
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
Pointed Questions Asked Regarding the Trans
actions of Public Bodies and of
Political Leaders.
Gossip of the Oity and
Forms the Subject
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
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
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,
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'"
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.
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':"
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
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
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
. . .K.M ., M.

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