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"kiZk UPS! 4 . "INDCPKNDENT IN ALL THINGS. NEUTRAL IN NONE." NINETEENTH YEAR, NO. 2. OHIO AGO, 8ATURDAY. (MTOHEli 12, Ltt07,-TWELVE PAOE8. si!EE"cS85r WHOLE NUMBER 939. tf Ifi v - - - -,r - . , .. . , -rt,! siiFfM-HAsMwrtli'fI.vyvr. fi", : ARMOUR'S JEW MOVE. It Is to Get 4 an Ordinance Through Third Parties for His Subway t. QnLiomec Wvllwlllvwi Aldermen, Watch This Thing Closely, as It Gives Away a Billion. All of Underground Chicago Is Asked For What Will City Get in Return? The Public It in No Humor to Be Trifled with in a Matter of Such Grave Import. The Greatest Franchise Ever Asked For in the World Is This Now One. One billion dollars' worth or under ground Chicago I what the subway pystcm owned ly Armour, is now cool ly asking the city council to iflvo up without u. cent or comiHnsiitloti. The public Is watching thin mutter with Jealous eyes, anil wot" betide the alderman who will vote uwny the peo ple's rights. Not daring to race the mulc them selves, the Hubway crowil has nHked, through tlilnl pintles, the granting or this stujicndous franchise. It will take all or tlm legal cunulng of the Honorable Sammy Meltoberts to get this thing through ir the alder men Ktunil as iat iih some or them say that they will. Armour, the principal owner or tin? subway, Iiiih an awful gall to ask the city or Chicago for any favor. Ho Id reputed to be worth $:U)0,000, (MX). Ami yet he only pays taxes on one lirth of $2l!0,ui,0 his pergonal property assessment. A list of Home of the cnriMiratlnti represented by Sammy Mcltolicrts will lie round In another part of thin p.ipor. The Hiibway crowd are not asking for much. Oh, mil All they want Ih permission to lsm tunuelH through every street and Into every limine In the city ror the purpose of furnishing beat, light and refrigera tion, delivering coal, bundles, etc., etc., Inking tho place or all the teaming In terests mid of a hundred other Inter est. And what do they offer, In return? Nothing. Armour, who has put $7,000,000 Into that stupendous combination or tunnols, the Chicago underground subway, luw got to do a lot of scratching to get his wish out. Tho "tunnel," as at present consti tuted and run, Is a burial place for tho money of numbers of honest poople who have Invested In its bonds at one time or another. It has boon a huge dlsapilutuiont. Tho boro that people thought would do to run trains of cars through, has been found to be lucapablo of fulfilling tlm contract It now has for currying the United States malls. Inquiry develops tlio fact that tho government Is not at all satisfied witu the service performed by the tunnel us a carrier, as It Is away behind on ita contract for handling the mulls. Nut Armour Iiiih n stupendous scheme on lmud for making something out of the tunnel, and, incidentally, making something for Armour. In tlie coun-o of n fow weeks u new company will bo given a franchise for furnishing steam, heat and power, and this comiMiiy will uso the tunnel In carrying out Its great work. The propaganda Is now ut work. There Is a great deal of talk already, In quarters friendly to Armour, about tho "city lieiiutlful" and about tho aw ful state of affairs brought around by tho smoko nuisance and the hauling of eoal about the streets. This will till lead up to tho now con com which will furnish hoot, steam and imwor wltltout hauling, or widely distributing dirt or smoke. The tunnols will tap every big con earn using coal or power, and will do the job for them with ne.it lie and dispatch. A frunchlH) will 1)0 (illicitly granted, based upon the cost of Installing u plant, digging trenches, etc. Hut tho concern will bo owned by the tunnel company, and tho pipes will ho laid In tho now subway. Mr. Konyou, wlw has been running the Stock Yards nt South Onuilm, Is coming to Chicago to manage Mr. Ar mour's tunnel. Mo ought to do it-well. There are a good many iwlnts In common be tween handling cattle In South Omaha and handling Koplc In Chicago espe cially us the voting entile have been dehorned here. Tito tunnel, which was originally conceived lu sin and born in Iniquity, was wrung from the willing hands of an aldermaiile ring. In the tlrst place, as a grant for a telephone conduit. Then, after several mile of It had been built and Its slzo was n subject of surprise to people who thought of It as it telephone tills;, the City Council amended the grant so as to glvo tho tunnel company the right to haul par eels and packages. It has been stated rather authorita tively that the liore Is not its big as It might be, but that it Is big enough for tho latent power, boat and N steam scheme, and tho result will bo another franchise. There lias lieen Fd much underground work In the past that when tho Armour Interests get ready to Invest lu the ojieu air, It will bo pretty costly to breathe In Chicago. UMwwhUu tho public will watch tho City Council with Jealous eyes to seo bow much more It Is going to glvo Mr. Armour for nothing. Sammy Mcllohcrts. president or the Chicago Subways, etc., etc., must think the Aldermen are pretty dull If he thinks that they cannot eo through that latest third party scheme. Alderman Arthur It. McCold, who brills from the same ward as Mini II. Young, has Introduced an order lu the city council forfeiting the frnnchlso of the Armour Tunnel Company. The Ar mour Tunnel Company is obliged un der Its franchise to have 20,000 tele phones lit wnl'u by July 1, 1008. It Is understood that the Chicago Tele phone Conipai y made the Tunnel Coin puny nn offer for the telephones now in service, with offer win declined. Mr. McCold's frli.iiN say that be Is not try ing to force them to accept this price, but the fact that he conies from the same ward as I. Inn Young Is what causes th talk around the city hall. Tn.vdmjgers li.ivo an awful iipito to ask favors of tho city of Chicago. The ! D, Armour estnto Is misessort at $100,000 mid the Marshall Field es tate at $13,000,000. Nothing like hav ing good men to look after your taxes, dead or alive. Tho tight against washing the meat which tho people eat, In Altered sow ouo at the stockyards. Is not maklnti much headway. Alderman Ilerllhy of the Council Health Committee has been making u hard battle against tin outrage. Two week ago the committee recom mended for passage an ordinance pro hibiting the use of water from the Chi cago river or any of Its tributaries. This seemed u reasonable prohibition to most or the members or (lie commit tee, as the Chicago river Is mostly sew age. Alderman Ilerllhy called It up for adoption Monday night, The big packing llrius are building a water plant at the stockyard. Thy began It soon nfter their water rent was raised from l to 7 cents per l.tMKi gallons, a year and a hall' ago. Thev Intend to take (he water from Hubtily creek. Alderman Ilerllhy had no sooner moved the adoption of the ordinance prohibiting the use or river water than Alderman IViwney was up with a motion to rercr It back to the commit tee on health for "further Investiga tion." Ho said tho stockyards people claim that by llltratlou they can make the water tit for stock ami cleansing purposes. Alderman Melnerney of the Thir tieth Ward seconded the motion to scud the ordinance back. "I don't believe they can make It lit ror use," he said, "but ir they do It will lie one or the greatest feats of science. They should be given the chnnco lu the Interest of wlence, If for no other reuMin." "I am told that the plant Is already ompletcd and the water Is being used by their people. Is that trueV" asked Alderman Coulou. "Not yet, but Nssibly soon," said Al derman Melnerney. "It has lieen before the comiultteo and these people were there. Why should it go back? From To.OOO.OOO to 100,000,000 gallons are being uschI dally, and It Isn't right," protested Al derman Ilerllhy, but he had to let It go back to the committee. "I think they should have taken care or It when It was there before," was his last word. Lorlnier's tight for the charter, high taxes ami prohibition will settle ids hash In the Sixth District next year. Why Is it that every (Iraud -lury has so mnuy representatives from the Stockyards on Its membership? Lnrlnvr's attempt to cram the op provdui charter down tho throats of thu people will bo bitterly resented ou the West Side. Watch tho subway crowd. The defeat of Lorlmcr is a foregone conclusion. Tho price of milk will bo higher by Novomber 1 tl'uu It has ever been lu ' 'aaaaaaaaK3PLKr -"l0sLLLLLLLLLLK-wi ' lSSSSSSSSSSSPB'r7n'vSSSSSSSSB. A " ?.- jWiW LLBHftsB! .Ik's "' i"visLLHk' ' V VfjaBBBaBBaHI h 4: BHFjl'.a .. r-9!IBBsssssssssssSI ALEXANDER H. REVELL, Wall Known Merchant and Progressive Citizen the history or UitcntM, Tills Is the work of the local milk trust. Here Is n chance for the govciimcut to get busy. Alixnmlcr II. Itevell. the great mer chant and public spirited citizen, has returned from his Imropcau trip and everybody Is clad to welcome him home. Mi;. Itevell It one or the men who always has Chicago's Interests at heart. He enjoyed liU trip abroad very much ami says that with the pos sible exception or I'arK no city In the old world outshines Chicago. He says that he Is not u candidate for (lover nor. With the city Insjn'etors withdrawn from the packing houses and Uie meat washed in river water, cancer, tuber culosis, typhoid and lumpy-Jaw are given a world-wide swing. The appointment of William A. Am berg to the .lury Commission ploHsus everybody. One of these days a (inind .lury will Investigate Stockyard iiuidltlous ami when it does It will not overlook the Chicago Health Department. The Idg milk dealer are no better than the small ones. The Health De partment should remember this. iirlmer, the "waterways" man, was naturally In faior of the ivohlblttoti charter. Congress should at oiico add to tho meat Inspection luw these threo pro visions : 1 Packers should lw obliged to bear all the expense attached to In spection. 2 I'aekors should be obliged to print date of canning ou tho lubols of till canned goods. !1 All .meat In transit should be In spected by the government. According to United States census llgures for nio.1, the lleef Industry uiiide n clear prollt lu that year nloiio of $10S,Oft7,!3. And It la remarka ble what ability ha been displayed by Chicago Assessors lu overlooking this fact. The Ileor Trust will bo n campaign Issuo next year. Tho Government has four-Hushed on this food trust, which Is the worst trust of all. Peoplo do not cut coal oil, but tbey do oat meat Coal oil Is cheap and meat Is dour. Is tho lleef Trust too poworful to prose cute, or is It to bo forovor Immune? Why do wo accept tainted money from Trusts for schools and hospitals as a compliment when the money la legally duo us from them and a groat deal more at that? And why do wo organize societies to solicit charity from these delinquent trust, when so cieties should bo organized to see that their taxes nro paid nirtt then tho peo ple would not lmvo to bo under obli gations to Trusts for charity. That will bo a great day for Chlcauo when steam, heat ami power will bo supplied to Chicago through tho new subway. And mnybo It won't bo a great day for somo other people! There wero no deaths from tippcudl cltls recorded In tho United State cemms of 1800. Over 0,000 deaths from appendicitis wore recorded la the Uulted States census of 1000. Tho lleet' Trust Is respouslhlo for this dis ease. Tho Loudon Lancet says that boric acid used in preserving meat causes the trouble. How have tho imcklug Interests man aged to got so many representatives ou grand Juries In tho imst? This Is a question that Is frequently asked. Mr. Armour's great sohoino for fur nishing heat, steam and power through tho now tunnels he has purchased, will do much towards making tho "cltv beautiful." Thirty years ago, according to the Chicago Health Department, the ma jority of the deaths In Chicago were among Infants. Now, thanks to the lleef Trust, .ho great majority of to paoplo who die are adults, the average age of the deceased having Increases! from Infancy la 1875 to St yean U 10001 There Is a urowlnc demand an tho part of the pooplo for tho indictment of tho Keof Trust by tho federal grand Jury. Tho last Indictment of this awful combine, which has raised the price of food on tho jieople, was n fa Hiiro, the Indictments being quashed becauso tho members of tho trust had given the government evidence against them selves. Since that tlmo now crimes against tlm Uulted Stales antl-tiust laws have been committed and the evidence of this fact Is easily obtainable. It Is fresh and convincing. Ily all means, indict; tho lleef Trust again, mid then when it is found guilty and lined between forty and ono hun dred millions of dollars, perhaps it will lmvo more respect for tho laws mid mnybo for tho peoplo. The Armour proposition to distribute Iowcr, heat and steam through tho new subway Is being widely discussed slnae tho details were published lu The Kajle. . DRY GOODS TAXES SHY. Of Course, in Shyness, Marshall Field & Company Lead All the Rest. Insured for Sixteen Millions and Assessed for Only Five Millions. The Public Spirit of This Wonderful Firm Excites the Admiration of the World. Willing: to Help Chicago by Taking All the Money the City Can Spend, But Unwilling, Apparently, to Pay a Just Share of Taxes to Help Chicago. In order to show the favoritism shown to Marshall Field V Company In the matter of personal proHrty a sessnietit. The Kugle subjoins u state ment of the personal tax asestneiit of that Unit mid that of other dry goods bouses, together with the Insur ance carried by each on their personal property. The reader will note the difference between the Field ase incut and the luuratice carried, and then llgtire out bow much taxation this 'public spirited" concern escapes; Marshall Field V Conipiiny Asses incut (S addresses), .ri.:i:.o.otH) ; ln.iu mice. $10,000,000. Carnal. I'lrle. Scott & Co. Assess ment, !?1.o:t,7Ul: Insurance. f-M.'o.ooo. Miimlcl llmthcrs AHMimnt, ?S0.", ooo: Insurance. i?l.n.Vi,ooo. Slegel, Cooper & Co. Assessment, $!mio,iko; Insurance. $1.o.'o,ooo. Itothsehlld & Co. -AsM'ssment, .IL'.", OOO; Insurance. $.".V..000. I minimi's -Assessment, $2.V,outi; in surance, ..".( 10,1 MH.1, .lust compare the nssiv.siuetits of Mm other State street dry goods bouses with that of Marshall Field & Com pany Isn't there something rawer than March weather about the look of It? Alderman A. 1. McCold says that the railroads have stolen $ 10,000.0m worth of streets In Chicago, mid May or llus-v has appointed a committee wllh McCold tit tho head to Inventlgate the matter. "There Is not a railway In Chicago that lias not taken public lands," said Alderman McCold. "l know or one street that has hi-eii seized with the exception of sixteen feel. The North western railway Is one of the worst offenders, according to my Information. This thing lias been going on for years and I urn astounded at the extent of the scandal. It Involves more than $10,000,000, and this laud iuum be paid for or restored." Iirltuer never works to get anything for Itepubllciuis; the lough Democrat, with whom he Is allied, command all his time and attention. Armour and McIJoberts are mueti smarter than the Aldermen. Seo If they ure not. There must have been homethlng lu that charter, after all, or Lorlmer would not have supported It. Dr. A. D. Melvln, chlof of tho Ilu- roan of Animal Industry, in the course of nn address to tho chief meat lmpcc tors' convention nt-tlw stock yards last month, declared that It was surpris ing to note tho largo number of pack ers who Ignored the now national luw until tho railroads refusod their ship ments. "Inspection Jins lieen with drawn rrom rorty-slx establishments," said Dr. Melvln. "Of theso withdraw als twolve were for cause, principally on account of failure to maintain tho proper standard of sanitation, and sotno wero for using prohibited proser vutives. Most of tho establishments preferred to forfeit their Interstate trodo rathaff ltan stand loss from tho condemnation of animals and mont and bear the expense of complying with the sanitary requirements: This latter fact Mnphnslws the necessity for a thorough State or dty tnapecUeo." Primer's district will repudiate bliu next year. Congress should nt oaco add to the meat Inspection low those tlireo pro visions : 1 Packers should bo obliged to bear all the expense attached to lu sjioctlon. 2 Packers should he obliged to print dato of canning ou tho labels of all canned goods. it All meat In transit should be In Hccted by tlie, government Government for tho pnekem, by tho packers and of tho packers Is getting unpopular, San Francisco will not bo a circum stance to Chicago when tills town wakes up. This tax dodging issuo Is going to lead to great results. Kuropo is getting ou to the Itcof Trust tnetlKm-. Wo are surprised nt tho Swifts and Armours hesitating n mltiuto about luiudliig over millions In taxes. Just 2 cents a pound ou sparo ribs alono ad vanced In prlco at tho right time, would realize a fortuno in n day. Tho "city beautiful" talk makos a flue preface to tho steam, heat and Iiower scheme. The Oovorumunt should Indict and punish every member of tho lleef Trust. Head nbottt Armour & Company, Swift & Company, tho Chicago Sub ways and other tax dodgers ou pages L', :: and (. If that big Armour estate, estimated at ono tlmo nt $20,000,000 has been dis tributed In Chicago, tho result doos uot show on tho tax books. Can tho government afford to go Into n presidential campaign next year on its IJeof Trust record? Wo should say not. Tho Indictment of tho Tobacco Trust, tho conviction of tho Standard Oil Trust will not satisfy tho people. TUB l'TOPMJ DIJMAND SOMK NKW ACTION ON THU Til U ST THAT HAS UAISHD Till: 1UHCH OF FOOD TO MAKi: ITSULF ltlCHBIl. Bllher wo have a govcrnniomt or wo haven't a government. If wo lmvo n government It should show that It ex ists by administering Its lawn for tho hencflt of tho rich and poor alike. If wo have no government, tho sooner tho peoplo find out tho fact tho bettor, so that tboy can form n government. If a government exists merely to glvo po lice protection to packors and others when they havo quarrols with their employes; to exempt theso samo pack erf and others from payiug their Jiut tt-wV i .'! ilt1 & ) fX ., i , ,.) hV.