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- - --j -y-. rxMtaaJWtw. ' mgi-i ii i , i wnr. - , , "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS. NEUTRAL IN NONEi" VOLUME XXXI. CHICAGO, SATURDAY, JANUARY 21. 11)05. TWELVE PAGES. NUMBER 797. ) LINE UP JOR BATTLE, Republicans Make Their First Move--Harlan Assured Nominee for Mayor in Next Campaign. Party Leaders United for Him with Great Campaign Manager in Charge. James Reddick, the Able and Efficient Chair man of County Central Committee, Will Conduct His Fight. Democrats Meantime Gat Busy and Some Sensational Developments Are Looked i for in Near Future. Prentiss and Dunne Both Boomed on Demo cratic Side Others May Be Heard a from Later. Willi tlic opening of tills ywirV ses Moil of tlic State Legislature the pub lie witnesses the sumo old game of browbeating' mid badgering the useful corporations and business Institutions of iliv State of Illinois. Tho usual grist jf "regulators" linn been tossed Into the liopHr of thu House and Semite mills. Most, If not nil, of those measures linve fatnlllar features, and are greeted with n smile by the public, which has Brown to recognize them ns old no qiiulntnncps. ly way oft Illustration wu may mention that one f our dally contemporaries eoutalued, among other things, the second day nfter I ho open ing of the session, the 1'ollowltitt head line regarding the doings of the solons ut Sprluglleld: "ItiiillvalK are busy; reform propa ganda lilts Legislature hard: scores of hills attacking eorporatlous Introduc ed," ete ete. It certainly would appear from the current news from Sprlngflold that there Is an unusual number of tilmblo manipulators of the old-fashioned 'rcKulntor" schemes, as well as cranks of the reform order, down there this time, mill that If there were not a check rein -on them the legitimate busi ness Interests of Illinois mlKht be ruinously affected by this same session of the Loglslujure. Fortunately, how ever, the State or Illinois has. as usual, mi able and level-headed chief execu tive In the gubernatorial chair. Perhaps never In tho history of tho State lias there been u Legislature In session, coincident, with a municipal election In Chicago, whoso doings hud do Important a bearing upon such elec tion as those of the present Legislature are likely io hnvo upon the coming mayoralty campaign In this city. Questions of vital Interest to the city are now pending beforo the Legisla ture, the most Important of which, of course, Is tho proposed charter amend ment, On this subject, by the way, a new and Interesting question has arisen, namely, whether or not tho course of procedure adopted for tho proposed amendment of tho charter Is legal. We have often expressed some doubts upon this point In these col minis, and now come, the Journalistic wiseacres of the dallies, stirred Into disquietude by professors of the law, to say that those who had misgivings upon this Subject were not so far wrong after all. Indeed, some of these formers and foment era of "public reform" are already growing slightly hysterical and showing decided symp toms of being In the condition of the famous statesman who dldu't know "whcie ho wuh at," The Tribune in Its edition ofWed nesday" Inst said editorially, nfter In quiring whether or not ho proposed charter amendment would bo valid: "Henry Scholleld. professor of constltu tloual law and of thu law of municipal corporations, In tho law school of Northwestern university, argues that there uro three dlltlcultles growing out of three different views of tho naturo uf the amendment." These three dllllcnHles, stated briefly from tho opinion of Prof. Scholleld, are: First, that tho amendment would operate to create In tho case of Chicago n State within a State; second, that under n recognized legal maxim tho amendment would bo destroyed from the point of view of tho general good, of the State, an being trivial and lucou- sequential, and llnnlly, that the amend ments proposed, projected and likely to bo enacted, would change at least three articles of the constitution simul taneously, a most ilagrant violation of the constitution Itself. To put Prof, ""Schotlcld's views nntl the Tribune's Jeremiad In a nutshell, the movement to amend the charter on the present Hues jippenrs to be uncon stitutional. If this conclusion should save tin people of Chicago from tur moil mid disorder, the taxpayers and property owners from spoliation, and the city from the clutches of fads and faddists, the law-abiding citizens of Chicago will feel renewed assuraneo of safety In the fact that there Is still a constitution of the State of Illinois. Will the uneducated youth of Chi igo pay hoed to this fact: The an nual appropriation for the public schools voted at the last meeting of the Public School Hoard amounted to $10.:trU,l-l.". If there are any unedu cated children In Chicago perhaps thosn responsible for them might very piopcrly Inquire what Is the matter. Ceorge Duddleston Is one of the best and must conscientious men ever appointed to a membership, on the Hoard of Education. He Is a man of honest business methods, and he be lieves In applying to the affairs of the taxpayers the same methods that have made honorable success In business life the. world over. If the city government would re spond as faithfully to the legitimate requirements of tho traction compa nies as the latter do to those of the people as far as they can, Chicago wouldhave llrst-class intramural trans It. At the last meeting of the City Council mf'ordlnance was passed for the Issuance of transfers from tho lilies of the Chicago City Hallway Com pany to those of the Chicago Union Traction Company. If the city car ries out Its portion of the conditions and responsibilities of this ordinance as faithfully and thoroughly as the railway companies will theirs, the peo ple will enjoy a boon. Tin Northwestern Klevated exten sion ordinance was passed by tho City Council at Its last meeting. This Is as It should be. The extension In ques tion was demanded by the people, It i will be a public beuellt. and the de laying of It was a public outrage. Mayor Harrison's veto record will be a 'tribute to his' well-earned fame as an honest and Incorruptible chief executive. John f. Fotzor, the managing re ceiver of tho Union Traction Com pany, Is doing splendid work for tho public. While tho service of tho North and West Side roads Is necessarily mid unavoidably defective mid unsatisfac tory at present, Mr. ret.er, with the aid of his elllcleut colleagues, has been doing all that can bo done under a heavy handicap to glvo tho public good transportation sorvrce. Improvement of tho cablo lines ope rated by tho traction receivers on tho North and Wost Sides In couiplkutuo with tho doinauds of tho public and plans of what should bo tho settle- WgBgffim tHBBERlWXiMJfi ; 'T - 4 ( Chairman ment with the city were dWcussed at the llrst harmony couierence and luncheon of tho different receivers, of ficials, lawyers and managers of the Chicago Union Traction and Its under lying companies, over which Judge (Irosscup presided Tuesday. What tho riding public wants from the traction compnnles Is good service, and that more than anything else now concerns us," said Hecelver Joint C. I'Ytzer. "The Improvement of the ser vice Is the aim of Judge Orosscup and the receivers and Its discussion at the ttrst harmony meeting of those most In terested will undoubtedly have a most iM'iiellclal effect for the public." One of tho things accomplished dur ing the past eight years was an hon est City Council of Chicago. It wasn't exactly a miracle, but, then, what would you call It? Judge Tuley Is u great Jurist and notwithstanding tho uometlmo disas trous effects of bad example, he al ways propounds good precepts. Old. King Cole has been deftly placed In the scuttle by the Legislature. Many a poor Janitor's wlfo and child will be glad of this. Old-timers who saw the lire In the county building the other day looked on with some concern. They liiyl an Idea of what the old pile contained, and wished from their hearts that It would nut burn down, for the records therein preserved are of priceless value to the people of Chicago, Yet nine out of every ten of the enlightened public or the city or the present day stood on the curb and expressed the hope It would burn to lis foundation. Was tho historic Vanderbllt wrong, after all? The entire public. Is pleased at the appointment of Hon. Fred W. I'pliaiu to the piesldency of the County Hoard of Hovlew. Ho has proven himself a most capable mid upright public otll clal. lie Is universally recognized as ono of Chicago's most successful busi ness men, and many who know and admire him predict for him still higher political honors, Reports from Springlleld are to the effect that there Is a slump in thu charter sentiment. To tho uninitiated citizen the ques tion frequently occurs, Why do so many of our Ktuto legislature slates men want to get to bo chairmen of a "good" committee, and again what Is it "good" committee. A gentleman by tho iimno of Pen darvls Is slated and probably at this time landed for tho Job of chairman ?ji2L3aKB.&aMtiti&m; ' 'KAfitEM. ' t- mmmamL j it , mam'ij' t . i r - anaHHKwv - v BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBx jAdA BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBV BBBBBBM ";'BBBBBBBBBBBBB JBBBBBBBBBBx 4!BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBL fc?Vv??si5Vi?l!r'!iBBBBBBBBBp?Mw- 5"i:',''fr,JA'"-iiSS'11 JAMES REDDICK, of the Republican County Central on the Committee on State Appropria tions. Another eminent Itepubllcau was supposed to be In line for this place, but the Sprlngtleld correspond ents placed his fate In the same cate gory with that of Stoessel. He sur rendered. lleujamlii M. Mitchell of Cook Is a good and honest 'representative of the people. Ills bill making proper provi sion for the location of nil hangings Is a good one, and should bo passed. Candidate Harlan's speech of accept ance of the Itepubllcau nomination for Mayor, while a little previous, was nevertheless very much to the point. It does seem strange how it Is that whether we have a political machine or not, candidates must be nominated before the people have a chance. Per haps some of our great dallies could explain. City Sealer James A. Qiilini, while not committed to any candidate, states that the Democratic party cannot he successful unless It nominates a man whose candidacy will appeal to some body else than the ltoys who sleep In the parks In the summer time. In this remark the North Side statesman Is supposed to have leveled the shaft of his Invective against the municipal ownership advocates. Mayor Harrison Is not saying much about the mayoralty campaign Just now. He niaj be quite a factor In It before It is closed. Men who say.they would, IT elected Mayor, settle tlie traction question promptly, have not been studying that matter of late. It has, during the lapse of a Uw years, spread out. quad rupled Its Intricacies, and' receded from any position where a municipal olllclal could lay hands upon It, not to talk of settling It. ruder the eyes of the business men of Chicago and close at Its own head quarters, the County Hiilldlug, the lire department of Chicago sluwcd. the other day, what kind of metal it Is made of, A fearful lire that threatened the business Interests ofall, Chicago was promptly met and throttl'cd. Mar shal Campion Is a good chief and a great tiro lighter. ' John U. Wllkle, tho present able chief of the se'ciet service at Wash ington, Is mentioned for the olllco of Assistant Secrehiry' of the Treasury. No more popular or deserved appoint ment could bo made. Mr. Wllkle Is an old-tlmo Chlcagw uowspaper man f high inorlt, and. his father in that Held had a national reputation for great ability. All newspaperdum, particular- 'A' ' S 1', t .'I , "S Committee. ly In Chicago, and the State of lilt-iiol-. would feel proud and compli mented wo aro sure, through such a tiismictlou being conferred upon such a well known and respected member of the Fourth Kstate. s President llriuuiage and other coun ty olltcluls ore talking of pulling down the Court House and building a new s:i.(HHUHM one. Do they know that the present one cost $:mhm.oih)7 And surely In pulling It down they would not destroy the marble tablets upon which the names of those concerned In its erection were supposed to have ; been engraved for all time. Justice Henry Roth, the popular ami highly esteemed North Side Justice of the Peace, Is a credit to the magisterial bench of Cook County. The better Democratic party never had a representative In Its highest councils than Thomas Unban. If the Hi-iilntiitvil head of Socrates ' should fall from above the Washington i street entrance of the comity hulklinir and strike some wandering employe of tin. Mlii.rllT'M utile., mi tin ci-oivo. u-lint. , a concussion of brain there wriuhl be. Yes, Indeed. Anchor Ice threatened the water sup ply of Chicago last week, ami there was nobody to meet tho emergency but Providence. Scully Is now an Al derman, and running again at that. Justice Hurley Is now gunning for peddlers, alleged to bo accused of giv ing short weight mid measuie. Meas ured by his game, the "Judge" stacks up a noble Nlmrod. A policeman was put on trial last week for referring to a directory In rcu-ard to the location of some down town buildings. Wonder what the Civil Service Commissioners would do. Mayor Harrison held the traction question for eight years where the people llnnlly might have something to say about it, and the people would not be sorry If on their behalf ho settled It beforo he steps down and out. There are too many marrlago puz zles coming from tho marrlago license bureau of tho County Clerk's olllco. Tho man in charge should send tho peiiuy-ii-lluer away In some other di rection to Hud pabulum for tho greedy sensation seeker. There Is no doubt that tho County Democracy Is booming, nor Is there any doubt Its members will have some thing to say about tho nomination of tho noxt Democratic Mayoralty candidate. SAME OLD GAME 1$ ON. Opening of State Legislative Session Sees Usual Crop of Corporation ''Regulators." Grist of Bills Introduced by Many Solons Burning in the Cause of "Reform" Possesses So Many Familiar Features that the Public Greets It with a Smile. Doings of Illinois Legislature Again Likely to Have Important Bearing on Chicago's City Election. Charter Amendment May Strike a Snag Would Take Much from Municipal Campaign Thunder. Republicans and Democrats are lin ing up for the Mayoralty campaign of I HO.', which will undoubtedly be a historic one In the annals of Chicago. With the Republicans It Is only a question of nominating the balancuof, the ticket, for the head of it Is already chosen. Harlan Is the man. The North Side statesman will, un less all signs fall, be nominated by his party convention for the Mayoral ty by acclamation. Mr. Harlan. It would seem. N the logical candidate of his party this time. The traction problem Is the para mount question In this campaign, and the ex-Aldermau from the Twenty llrst Ward Is mi expert on that sub ject, lie has debated It In the Coun cil and In the legislature and on the stump. He has very decided views upon It. They are his own: It remains for the election to tell whether they are also the people's. Mr. Harlan will have as his cam paign manager one of the ablest po- lltlcal leaders the Itepubllcau party or Cook County has ever produced, Mr. James Itcddlck. To him as the chairman of the Itepubllcau County Central Committee, Mr. Harlan, In his speech of acceptance to be the candi date of the overwhelming majority of the Republicans of Cook County, paid the rare tribute of designation as per sonal campaign manager In a prccou ventlon campaign. The fact In itself, however, means much, for It goes far to show that !'' '' Harlan will be tho W "'"f l"' organization nominee, mid ''' '"'W ' '' Political forlunw "" ' ' ot astute, ener Win and successful men who over guided tho affairs of his parly In tho ! city of Chicago. I Mr. Harlan lu making this move had no doubt in mind the work done by Mr. Kcddick In the last campaign, when Cook saw the most perfect or- ' gilnlzatlou and the most thorough campaign work lu Its political history; and thereby proved himself a shrewd i as well as an able man. On tho other hand, tho Democrats aro not Idle, and they, ton, aro doing tilings that will unquestionably pro-J duco most Interesting developments. Judge William Prentiss, an able law yer mid a public-spirited citizen, is the choice of tho iiirtst advanced ele ment of the municipal ownership Democrats, Some of tho Republican organs are talking of his being possi bly an Independent candidate lu case of failure to secure tho Democratic nomination. This, however, Is gener ally regarded as "policy" news, and the public will undoubtedly take, In the coming light, all of tho municipal campaign "news" with largo and nu merous grains of salt. Judge lMwurd l- Duiiiio has also been hnojucd, Judge .Murray K. Tuley iiemg uro cmei noosier in tins case. Judge Dunne Is, too, being boosted on tho municipal ownership theory, and Just now his boom Is receiving sup port also from another direction that may prove of much moiu alno In tho campaign. Unllko tho Republicans, however, the Democrats have not pinned their faith to any one man lu this cam paign. They have a largo Held of available candidates to, pick from, Hrucst Hummel, for, Instance, the present able, honest mid elllcleut C'hy Treasurer. Is the choice of hundreds of the party leaders. He Is a man pup ular with all sections of the party mid could unite it at his back. He Is right on all questions of Importance now before (he people. Then thtvo Is (Scot-go A. Trude, one of the most popular Democrats who ever sought tile suffrages of the people, and a man who could meet Mr. Harlan on even terms In more ways than one. Again, there Is Charles H. Wacker, one of Chicago's most popular citizens, a most able man of affairs, honored wherever his name Is known, ami whose great business ability, as well as personal Integrity, would commend Itself to' the people. Other men of equally good standing In the communi ty, such as James II. KckeN, states man and llrst-class citizen; John 1 tar ton Payne, and several others who no doubt will be named as the campaign progresses, have been mentioned, so that theie Is no doubt that tho Demo crats will oppose to the nominee of tho Republican party a focmau worthy of his steel. If It should turn out that the char ter amendment business should bo eliminated from the next city election It would steal away a wonderful amount of campaign thunder. The public Is getting on to tho char ter cranks. fiov. Deueen has a tight hold of tho legislative Hues. Ho can be depended upon to hold tho Interests of the Stato mid of the city of Chicago safe. It may be that the taxpayers of Chi cago will escape tho fangs of faddist and anarchists after all. John Mayuard Harlan agreed to be come a candidate for the Republican mayoralty nomination during the past week. Ho said ho wasn't coy about, tho matter. Wo believe him. William Halo Thompson Is tho lat est mayoralty possibility to step out. of John Mayuard Harlan's march to tho Republican nomination for chief executive. The dark horses aro rap Idly becoming uudlstlugulshable. After a holiday recess, the City Conn ell met and didn't do a thing to llutler. Of course, the Northwestern L ev tension ordinance has been passed. This time the Council will hardly al low Itself to bo scared at Its own ac tion by a hot air wind bag. What will tho city Council do with IlutlerV lion. James II. Cckels Is n man who, when he. speaks mi a question of pub lic policy, Is always listened to with Interest. This, h deservedly so, for .Mr. Kckels has ptoven himself, lu high ami responsible olllce, a statesman and a business man, both brilliant and re liable. Ho replied to certain state ments of John Mayuard Harlan rela tive to tho railroads centering lu Chi cago, on a notable occasion last week, In u manner that goes to prove that lu Mr. Lckcls Chicago has a citizen of &.'3AMt;h',,t. .A JHjty, EiStr'' s " -.'?.'