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rfSf V-t "C iv ", V'"' W,f 1sJt 7. ,.t& -v tj iV ttfMcr "INDEPfcNOENT IN ALL THINGS. NEUTRAL IN NONE." VOLUME XXXW NO. 8 OHIOAGO, 8AT!THIAY, NOVEMBER 2-1, 10. TWELVE PAGE8. WHOLE NUMBER 893. 9 wr " S KING OF TAX DODGERS. The Pullman Company Beats Everything Else in the United States in This Respect. It Keeps Chicago Out of Two Mil lions of Dollars Every Year. The People of Chicago Demand that This Concern Pay Them Their Just Dues. John C. lllchlicrg delighted tbo poo pie of Illinois when ho npicurcd be fore tlm Statu Ilourd of L'quallzatlou nml showed up tbo tux-dodglug Full iiiim Coinputiy. According to Attorney Hlchborg's figures, tlio company muMt pity u tax of $2,;ilO,likS In round llgurcs, whore (18 liiHt year tlio total paid by tho com pany amounted to only :iJS,u:ii!. lu the hearing Attorney Hlchbcrg wan sec oiuk'd by Maxwell IMgnr. who Iiiim made an exhaustive investigation Into tlio subject of tho Pullman company taxes, and It wiih evident at tlio open ing of tlio session that It Ik .thi pur loso of tho loprosentutlvos of tho city to draw Uro from tho other side. Sir. Itlchlierg wim careful In bin state iiioutH and iiKxertiil, that ho would ho ready at tho proper tluio to answer tbo attornoyH for tho corporation. 8. M. Ha rues, clmlrninn of tho capital-stock committee, mid at the out ot that tho committee would take Is sue with tho contention of the city and hold that the tnxeii paid on prop erty of tho company assessed In other states should ho deducted In comput ing tho amount to bo levied tioii In Illinois. Ill his argument Attorney Hlchbcrg ilil: "Wo contend that tho Pullman company should bo assessed ou It capital stock at market vnluo mt of April 2, 1IHMI. Tho coriKiratlon'H shares of Htoek at a market value of about $240 inako 11 total of $177,000,000. This amount In subject to deduction of all tangible property of tho company n Shi wed lu Cook ounty. I take tho position that tho proierty of tho com pany assessed lu other state should not bo deducted. Tho rolling stock of tbo company belongs hero lu IIIIiioIm .am an such Ih Htibject to taxation. ''You gentlemen will probably bold tUi.t tills will amount to double taxa tion. 1 contend that It Is permissible to ax tho sharcH of capital stock of a man who liven lu another State. You levy ou tho tangible property aud also on tho shares of stock. This Is tbo law, gentlemen, nml there In no way of getting around It If you want to live up to tbo law." lu tho course of his argument Mr. Rlclibcrg showed that tho Pullman company differs from other Industrial corporations lu that It has no subsid iary concerns In other States. "Tuke, for Instance, tbo big packing companion lu Chicago," mild tho at torney, "They linvo subsidiary branches organized under tbo laws of other States. Tho Pullman company has jiono of these and tbo capital stock valuo represents all tho property whether situated lu Illinois or else whore. What wo are dealing with Is tbo capital stock of a corporation operating under u special charter ob tained lu J Si !il. It has been a prosper "ous concern, nover missing a dividend. Whatever tho capital stock Is It Is not subject to any deductions. They must produco facts nud llgurcs showing why there should bo any' deductions. If these facts are presented I deslro on behalf of tho city to m heard. "A great deal has been said nbout tho surplus of tho company, which un til recently amounted to something llko ?27,000,000. Tho local board turned this surplus prottosltlou over to you goutlemen. A few days ago n stock dividend was declared In Chicago, In crouslug tho capital stock from ?74, 000,000 to $101,000,000. No stockholder pnjd a dollar for this increaso and It may bo considered ns a cash dividend. It Is qulto Immaterial what tbo local assessors do If tho board of equaliza tion gets at tbo facts. This will cud tax dodging." " Carter II. Harrison can lioat both tlio Independence Leaguo nnd tho Ho publicans In tho Bprlng. Tho Hide penlonco Leaguo reached high water mark this fall with 40,000 votes. Hur llson cnu glvo thorn 40,000 In tbo spring and win with ease. Wheii ho tan lu IMI'J John I. Altgold (Milled (, 000 votes as an Independent Democrat aud tho Republicans bad an exception ally strong ticket lu the Held, yet Har rison was an easy winner. Chicago people who gave freely to tho San Francisco relief fund will he delighted to know that Homebody has U'cu drawing Interest ou ?J!.i2!t2 of the money given by them, right hero lu Chicago, for tho pan six mouths. Not 0110 cent of this great sum lias been paid to any of tbo sufferers. llesldes thin sum of almost 100,000, an additional sum of about $15u,0oo bus been lying lu bank hero to tho credit of tbo Kan rrauclsco ltcllef and Ited Cross funds. Tbo whole fund collected In Chi cago, which amounted to tKll,000, wan divided Into three parts, us follows, It developed today: ExjK'iiiled by local fomnilt- tee for supplies purchased hero nud forwarded to Hau Francisco $230,000.00 Placed lu First National Ihyik to credit of San Francisco ltcllef and lied Cross funds, n coriwra- tlou, J, l), Phelan, chair man .100,000.00 (.More (linn half of tills fund bad boon drawn.) Held lu I'lrst National Hank, subject to order of Chicago committee, John (I. Sheild, chairman 00,720.82 Tho Indictment of Mayor Schmltz of Sail Francisco aud tbo thrcutcued scandal over tho alleged theft by him of part of tho money sent for tho re lief of the sufferers, may have an ef fect upon tho action of tbo committee, when It meets. That none of tho money .contributed by Chlcagoaus to tho relief fund nud turned oior tbo the committee hero has gone astray In certain, owing to the care with which tho committee handled It, as explained by David It. Forgau, vice president of the First Na tional hank aud treasurer of the lo cal relief fund. "The money was bold by tbo com mittee here," said Mr. Forgnu, "until tho San Francisco committee, of which Mr. I'lielan Is chairman, authorized us to expend part of It for supplies, which wan done, ami account of these expen ditures wan carefully kept and Is now being audited for report to the com mittee and tho public, "The second part of tho fund, $:i00, 000, was tinned over to the credit of tho Sail Francisco relief aud Ked Cross fund. "Tlio third division of tho fund, $00, 720.S2, In still hero subject to tbo local committee's orders." Harrison can beat any of them In tho spring, or all of them, for that matter. Tbo ticket will be n short one aud tbo people nuior overlook tho uaiiio of Harrison. Tho Cty Council, has had a bard time settling tlio illbonrd ordinance, tho wide tiro ordluauco and tho cold storago ordinance. Hut It tluds It easy now to bottle tho traction question. iiy J Frank Craudon appears to Jmvo a great deal of Inllueuco with tbo Illinois Stnto Hoard of Equalization, Ho rep resents tbo Pullman company and, It Is said, tho Chicago & Northwestern Hall way, Any others? Tho City Hall Is regarded as nn olllco building by somo of tho super annuated Individuals who hold Jobs In It, Thoro aro n number of employes o or thoro who give their business or professional calling after tholr names, In tho city directory, with their place I of busluess as room such a number : '".a -i JBF . ' ,' m: ''' ' I'. ' ' t' mF' v Msm SJ' && v. . t B . .!-JrfSBV awS''- ,iK.: '"'ri ''jhBBBBBBbV BBBBBkV. vBBBbHb.' BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBW 'i"H;7BHVBHHlHBM. sflBBBBBBlBBBBBBBBBBSK. r,'i P BBBBBBBBBBBH BSSSSSBBBBBBBBBw,u vL'v IBBBBBBBB. ffBBBHkBBBBBIBWViV'BBBBBBm. yBHBSBBBBBBBBBaBVBBBBBBBm A ': IBSHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBi m Ib1bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb rflfliBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBy WIBBBBBBBBBBBB PWBBBBBBBBBBBHJsTBBBBBBm ' tvfmbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbl 'JsBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBHk. !-' .7. xm Km ' " F . i1H"-Lm &?, City Hall. Among the gang In a fel low who toes an a physician, but who graduated from a newspaper otllce Into a payroll position. Iletweeu drinks ho In too proud to tell people he Is a city employe, so ho llgurcs lu the directory as n physician with his olllce lu the City Hall. Now that Levy Mayer him bought the lot ou which It stands, people are askliig what the press agents' union will do if tbo Colonial theater goes out of existence. It was formerly tho Iroquois, where (100 people lost their lives. The Iroquois Company, by the way, has lieen discharged from bank ruptcy In Now .lorsoy aud tbo widows ami orphans It made lu Chicago will get nothing. Tho Municipal Ownership dream of Chicago Is out. It didn't last long. .T. I'lei'iKint Morgan has dictated his traction terms and tho "oxiiorts" who mm been lending Chicago by the iiom will now swallow them. Was there ever a greater fano than tlio tracilou agitation has been In Chi cago' The people of Chicago will havo noth ing to say about the settlement of tho traction question. New York capital ists havo done tho settling for them and Mayor Dunne. Walt Fisher, bis traction lawyer, aud tbo Aldermen will swallow tbo dose. Tho last conference was held at Now York on Tuesday and everything In fixed. w. tint ley, counsel for the Chicago Union Trac tion Interests, refused to g!u details, but nuouuuced that dellulte Instruc tions wero recehod by him ns to the terms and conditions which his princi pals would stand for In tho settlement of all tho vltalquestlons raised between tho companies nud tho transportation committee of tho Council. Ho would not forecast possible results. John M. Harlan, counsel of tho recolvershlp court, Hkowlso rofu-od to glo an opin ion ns to futuro developments. Among thoso who took part lu tho discussions wero Charles Steele of J, V. Morgan & Co., counsel; John T. Wilson, Chairman John A. Spoor and President Thomas i:. Mitten, nil rep resenting tho Chicago City Hallway; L. C. Krautoff and Oeorgo W. Wicker sham, trustees under tho agreement botweeu tlio Chicago Union Traction and Its subsidiary companies; It, H. Covin nnd bis counsel, Julian T, Du- vies, representing tbo Chicago Union Traction Company nnd Its holdings of i.. .xMM."&zMEm-&Mmmjmmaml7mrtL-br'i ngftv. , t ' .hfomPtu' -w-'w?fflw?, vtfff WwW&txih m .,.. - -.. 1 ''. i . UN '' i , . ,- ' T JSK -T. . -i d ! MM 4 9 x&xiM' -r . fcT" 'x -m. jsr" '-'''-'BVffTfBWVlBlBBBHHBJSBHBBSP' -'-' - rwi V , ... i , . ,, a JOHN J. MITCHELL, President Illinois Trust and Saving Bank. North and West Chicago stocks, and W. W. (iiirley, counsel for tho Chicago Union Traction Company. The wlde-tlre ordinance h dead. Tho tearing up of newly asphalted streets should be stopRd. If there Isn't a big scandal lu the City Hall before till telephone busi ness Is .settled, o will mins our guess. Tho proposition to open tho now Municipal Court lu u log cabin lu Tacksou Park In favored by the dally piess. if It In such a curiosity why overlook the monkey house in Lincoln I'arkV dead. Oh. this Is a Hue City Council, espe cially on traction qiiestlous. Talk about gray wolves! Tho peo ple, at least, knew what they wore doing. How smoothly the traction question has been settled, without letting tbo people know anythliu nliout It. James J. Ciray lias made n splendid olllclnl record during his brief term an Clerk of tho Circuit Court. Ho ban not only turned ocr nil tbo fees of tho olllce, but he lias made the law yers believe that the lourt Hies are not tbulr private property. The settlement of tlio traction ques tion wan very much "on tho quiet." The department stoics cot what they wanted from the City Council. With tweiity-elglu Jmigcs of tho new Municipal Court replacing ilfty-two Justices of tho 1'tMie, U. L. Abbey, sei rotary of tho Chicago liar Associa tion, declares there will bo n statu of congestion in connection with litiga tion that will result In disaster. "In my opinion tho twenty-eight Judges will bo face to faco with at leat 17o,x0 cases a year," said Mr. Abbey. "They will not be able to rush these cases through, as was dono un der tho old system, becauso ono of tho bonetlts promised Is moro careful con sideration of tho Interests of litigants. Tho Munition Is so gruvo for attor neys and litigants that action should bo taken Immediately. Practically It menus that tho next legislature must Municipal OwneililpTs be asked to authorize tho election of ten more Judges for Cook county courts and establish two additional brauches of tho Appellate Court. "Wo havo only twenty-six Judges now lu tho upper courts. Six of them are ou the Appellate Court bench, live In the Criminal Court, nud 11 ft ecu are trying civil cases, wltb tho assistance, iiaiidlH- nf tlir.iit nlfttililrt 1lllL'.tiL Ttllk melius" one brunch of tho present Ap ' pollute Court to nlno Judges, who cai u'''. wiien iney wore loin over aim not possibly keep up wltb tho work "' ''K"1'1 l,y our diplomatic represen Ono of the branches Is nlno months , tntlves abroad tlint tho old U. S. In- bell I ml lu Its work now aud tbo otbci over a year behind. "Tbo Municipal Court will bo literal ly swamiied. It must also be remem bered that tho now Judges will havo additional Jurisdiction to add to tbolr burdens." Evou tho Independence seems to havo dropped tbo question. Leaguo traction This In tho smoothest nourd of Al dermen wo ever bad when It comes to tracilou questions. immediate Municipal Ownership scorns to havo dwindled down to tbo widening of Hnlsted street. It in too bad tho Aldermon couldn't get their telephones for nothing. Hy tho way, what do they got under tho now traction deal? In tho meantime tho capitalist can laugh ut tlw Chicago public. Tho new street car comhlno will bo a greater monopoly than tho old ono ever was. It was gotten up by tho re formers, don't you know. Measures to establish all night po lice courts throughout tho city were brought to tho attention of Mayor Dunne, who will ask Chief Collins to confer with Chief Justice-elect Olson nnd see If all night courts would not Increase tho elllclcncy of tho police foive. ruder e.Ntlng law ono court In pioihlcd for nud tho plan Is to di vide tho city into districts, so that w hen a man In arrested ho can bo tak en Into court Immediately and tried. It In declared that a number of ar rests aro not mndo hccniKo of tho fact that policemen aro compelled to appear lu courts lu tho morning to prosecute tho charge against tbo dofendnnt. This necessitates them working overtlmo and could bo avoided If tho dofesdants wero brought to hearing Immediately DEEF TRUST WORMS. They Can Crawl Through American Pork Without Being Troubled by Micro scopes at All. Microbes, Not Microscopes, Are the Things the trust Makes Money From. European Governments Are Waking Up and Shutting Out This Style of Wormy Pork. The Covernment meat law, passed to oblige tho packers, In lieu of n law which would please tbo people, fools nobody. Senator Hovcrldge of Indiana, nn able and honest man, riddled tbo now meat law lu a great speech recently. lie declared that the law ought to be amended so as to mnko tbo pack ers and not tho Government pay for tlio Inspection, besides being vitally amended lu a number of other ways. In the meantime the people of tbo world are slowly discovering, despite tbo concealments of the subsidized American press, that tho present sys tem Is a delusion nud a snare. In tills connection, tbo following dispatch from Paris, France, explains Itself: "Paris, Nov. 20. Omission of tho microscopic examination of pork from tho new American meat inspection reg ulations lias resulted In a preliminary decision on tho part of the French customs authorities barring American bum, bacon, canned pork, etc. "After long diplomatic negotiations several yearn ago Franco agreed to admit American iwrk ou a government ccrtltlcuto that It had been examined microscopically and found sound. When tbo new regulations were submitted to tho authorities hero they ruled that they did not comply with tbo old agreement. "Ambassador McCormlck, under In structions from Washington, made en ergetic representations to tho foreign otllce, pointing out that while the mi croscopic examination bad been elimi nated the new meat Inspection was lion rigorous and moro elllclcut." Why should n foreign government belleo n word In favor of U. S. (iispee- "ptviioii wan mosi rigorous mm cm lent." Tlio elimination of tho microscopic tost for trichina or other Infection was u barefaced and scandalous outrage. Hut tho Hoof Trust will stop at noth ing. According to tho Health Department Heport for tlio week ending November 17, 1000, tho food Inspectors lu tho "loop district" condemned nnd de stroyed 00,2:1" pounds of foodstuffs. Tho Inspectors of tho Union Stock yards condemned nnd destroyed 278, l.'il pounds of meat. Total eoudoiunntlons for tho week .i:iS,o(W pounds. This represents 070 separate condemnations. Tho Ilcef Trust has got things down pretty lino when It can bring tho chil dren from a public school to look at tho eights lu Its invt'ul plants. Tho prlco of meat Is irom two to flvo cents a pound higher In Chicago than It Is lu Now York, thanks to tlm Chi cago Ilcef Trust. Tho voting machine In ns big a nub sauce as tho big ballot. Only more so, What tho pooplo want nro moro eleu nous nun smaller imiiots. two or tin oo elections a year, If necessary, would result lu hotter olllclals. Tho now charter convention must havo been visiting tho Stockyards. It hasn't been heard fiom for some time. Tno City Council, at Its last moot ing, unanimously adopted the follow ing resolution Introduced by Alderman John Schcrmnnn ; "Whereas, One Peter Hnrtzon, an omployo of tho city of Chicago, In tbo capacity of Commissioner of Hulldlngs, has rocoutly mndo charges that there nro a lot of grafters among tho mem bers of tho City Council of tho city of Chicago, and that 'boodle' was used with the commlttco ou buildings In' commending tho pnssugo of tho ordl- nance pertaining to tho Marshall Field Co. building; "Hesolved, That tbo chairman of this Council appoint n commlttco of live members of this Council nud live citizens to Investigate tbo truth or tho falsehood of these charges aud report the result of such Investigation at Its earliest convenience." Itoturns canvassed by tho secretary of state show a total of S(I1,S05 votes cast lu the Stnto Nor. 0. John F. Smulskl, Itcpubllcan Stato Treasurer elect, received 411,000, and N. L. l'lo trowskl, Democrat, for tbo snruo otllce, 270,000. William 1 Allln, Prohibition 1st, lias n total of 8S,SoO, and Wilson L McDormut, Socialist, 30,037, for Treasurer. The proposition to autborlzo tho salo of certain Illinois and Michigan canal lands passed by a voto of 200,883 to 201,710. Thcro aro too few elections and too big a ballot lu consequence. Tho poo plo should have a bettor chauco to mako a choice. Tho traction Bchenio was well worked. Hats off to J. PlerKut Morgan. Ha settled tbo traction question. Tbo traction question Is settled. Lot us laugh. Tho present City Council baa done less for tho people than any City Council Chicago has over bad. And It has done moro for tho street car mag nates. Oh, my, hut this street car settle ment Is a flno thing for somebody I What n noblo lot of Stoughton bot tles tbo voters of Chicago are, any way! To think of tho wonderful en thusiasm they showed for Muulclpal Ownership two years ago and tbo won derful ludilTereuco they now show to tho loss of It. Tho settlement Is the best that over and not a gray wolf In with It at that I All they had to do was to show somo dally newspapers that they wore wrong, nnd tho traction question was settled easily euougli. Tho Hoard of KqunlUatlon may do as Mr. Crnndou asks It to do nud It may not. Hut It gonornlly docs, so that's tho cud of It. Over two bundled thousand dollars ficely ghen by tho people of Chicago to help tho sulTorois by ilio mid earth quake In tho city of Sim Francisco, aro still tied up in tho First National bunk of this city. Why? Tho voting machluo In a fad. A small ballot Is u necessity. Give us moro elections and smaller ballots. Acht, my lelbor Ilulstod streot! Something mut Lo done toward widening It or It will choke to death. Tho widening of Ilalstcd stroot In tho first step for u beautiful Chicago, and It should bo encouraged and pushed by tho people owning property on tho street who will bo especially benefited and by all tho pooplo of Chicago who havo nn Interest in tholr city. Illinois nover nan nn nmer repro seutntlvo In tho United States Souato thnu Albert J, Hopkins. u .. , mi t nyt ks'.