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CVAi; $ffiS$tMfa'W'tx iiHI .a. .. - . .i i Class Matter stefttr II. fflta at CMsags, HHmto, wtfsr Att sf TWENTIETH YEAR, NO. BUSSE WANTS TRUTH. i : The Mt?yor Trying to Avoid Interference in Engineer and Traction Company Squabbles, lis Determined that Investigation Will Go On Despite Engineer Traction "Truce." The Illinois Central City Council in an Attempted Grab. Alderman Mclnerney Scores the Tough Railroad in an Able Speech. He Incidentally Pays His Respects to the New War Secretary, Mr. Jake ' . Dickinson. Muyor llusso menus business In the thorough Investigation lit' lm4 Htarti'd on tlu charge Mint lliu Chicago City mill Chicago Hallways Companies Imvo lieeu cheating the city, out of thou namN of dollars by receiving rebates on ears ami other material purchased by them. The-m rebates wore not re ported to the Chicago authorities anil Implied tin- kceplng'of a double set of books by the traction people. In an Interview uhii the subject, Mayor Huse Haiti: "t am trying to -avoid Interfering In the squabbles Imj twecn the Hoard of -Sitis'rvlsliig Engi neers and either or both of the trac tion companies, but I will nay that the uuilltliiK Investigation will no on In dependently of any trucu that may Iks arranged by tho conipank'H ami the board. If tho audit shows anything wrong. I will tako whatever action may be warranted bjMho facts at reiwrted to niu by the accountant!). Before I discuss the question of grand Jury action, I will have to boo the accountants' report. I want to oni phnslze the fact that at present 1 have no iroor that anything Is wrong.nml I Iiojhj the books will show that tho V.Uy has obfulned Its rightful benefit -from the discounts, or so-called rebates, received by (ho companies on tho sup plies purchased for tho rehabilitation work. I started thoJuqulry In good faith. Nothing will be covered up by nie. ! am after tho facts and 1 In tend to get ut'them." Investigation of tho special discounts which' the Chicago City Hallway5 Com IMiny has received ou Its vast purchases of rehabilitation material, started by .Mayor Husse In tho otllco of tho city's 8iiM'rvlslng Traction Kiigliicei-s, tin earthed a startling situation In local traction affairs. Ono phase of It brought prominently to tho fore Is that the relations, betweeu tho CIiIciiko Itallways Company and tho board, which have not been amicable from the tlrst, now are strained to tho break lug point. Charges and counter charges tlew fast and thick betweeu the board rooms on the tenth tloor of the Ilorlaud block mid those of the Railways Company on the sixth. Won J. Arnold, chairman or the board, declared that It hndeon Mlaiitly been forced to compel the com pany to follow the ordinance In tho rehabilitation work. Henry A. Itlalr, chairman of the directors of tho com. pany. retorted that the board was the talk of the country In forcing fancy work at ruinous figures. An assertion that Thomas K. Mitten, president of tho Chicago X'lty Hall way, received $270,000 for Ills part in pushing the tractlou ordinances through two years ago was made In u formal statement sent out by ottlclals of the "Chicago Itallways Company. The state ment came from James B. Hogarth, who unexpectedly has Jumped to a conspicuous position In the present In vestigation, it was provoked by tho turning up in the office of the super vising engineers of a f 12,000 voucher paid to Mr. Hogarth Oct. 4, 1007, by the Chicago City Railway Company. Mr, Hogarth declared that the f 18,000 was lu lieu of 135,000 which lie would have received in three and one-half years, which was yet to run on his fire year contract when he left the goutta IMt. at Um Past MmM Sri. ItTt 24 Badly Beaten in the side company. He declared that six mouths prior to that he received $2, WO, whlcji was bis share of Mr. Mit ten's $270,000, and much less than had been promised lilm when bo came here from Denver at Mr. Milieu's sollcltu tlou. The, figures which are said by those In touch with traction affairs to be the primary cause of the differences be tween the HtiHrvlslng hoard and the railway company aro a comparison of certain operating Items for the year ending Jau. Ill, 1008. They aro ah fol lows : Chicago Chicago Hallways. City. General expenses $182,000 13,000 Damages 8no,000 400,000 Miscellaneous legal ... 87,000 7,000 Mr. Arnold protested against these figures' at the tlmn and his present In vestigation Is concerned with them. "Hie discrepancies lu the items nro due to different method of bookkeep ing betweeu the companies," declared Mr. Bhjlr this morning. 'Vo charge certain excuses to general or legal which the other couiNiny charges to other accounts. Tho comparison Is not a fair one alone, as our, Jiverago ex pense compares favorably with thut of teh other company." For two htnirs the City Council wrangled over the Kensington and Kastem Hallway ordinance. Finally tho measure was defeated by ono vote, there Is'lng :tr yeas and 18 nays. Ac cording to the ruling of Mayor liussc. thirty-Mix votes, or a majority of the full membership of the Council, Is nee essary to carry tho measure. Hefore the Kensington ordinance was culled up, tho Council, having first re solved Itself Into a committee of the whole with Alderman Ileimett, chair man of the Finance Committee, lu the chair, considering the annual appro priation, and after raising the total amount to $.,rti7,77:i, an lucrcsVo of f ,7U7 over 'the budget as recommend ed by the Finance Committee, finally passed II. The only real dllllculty encountered 111 passing the budget was the question of Increasing patrolmen's salaries for December, Involving alsmt $(10,000, which, after being put through once, was afterwards rescinded when the Mayor, through Clmliiniin Hennetr, let It be known that he would veto the whole treasure unless the Finance Committee's recommendations U ,.t. gard to thoso salaries were carried out. The fight on tho floor against tho Kensington ordlnanru was led by Al deruian Mclnerney, who delivered lilm self of two caustic speeches In which lie denounced tho Illinois Central Rail road as 'an all hog corporation that' comes to the city with uncloan hands asking for favors, when It Is. a notori ous fact that It owes to tho State of Illinois $20,000,000." Alderman Stanley Kuius seconded the efforts of Alderman Melnomey In try ing to defeat the ordinance and was almost as violent' In his denunciation of the Illinois Central. 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"What coiiiH'iisatlnn does the rail road offer usV They promise 4o ele vate ther tracks at some future date a'nil agree to. give us a street .which the city already owns. "I happen Jo know that n represen tative of the Illinois Central has been calling up every alderman during the last, wcek, urging him to vote for the ordinance. "The Illinois Central owes the citi zens tif Illinois about fJO.mtO.QOO, and (lev. Peneen-lmd to get an appropria tion cf SHHUXK) to employ legal talent and accountants to collect this money which Is duo on an Ironclad contract In face of that I want to know how ninth wo can depend on I'resldent llarahnn's letters. "I believe that If the pass books of the iiillroails were Investigated you will Mud that they have granted more pnxc to aldermen for their .friends duriuir the last six mouths than In any previous year of their history. That may not lie bribery, but It Is suspic ious. 'Here Is an all hog corporation that bus grabbed the lake front, and now Ihey have Induced President Tuft to appoint (their general counsel t n pliuo In his cabinet to secure Immu nity from government Interference. Mr. Dickinson was not appointed be cause he was a Chlcagoau or a resident of Tennessee, nor because he Is an able man or a good lawyer, but simply to ki-cp the government from Interfering with the so-called rights of tho llll - nols Central." Just one big raise was made tenta tively, it doveloiwd later when an overwhelming majority of the alder men, on a yea and nay vote, decided to advance tho Chicago policemen s sal aries $ia,HI a mouth, as requested lu a motion made by Aid. Coughllu. The budget as recommended by tho finance committee impropriated salaries at $1,200 a year for (lie first grade pa trolmen, $1,000 a year for tho second grade men, and $000 for the third grade men, which entirely Ignored the Increase in puy according to the length of service which during the last two years It has been customary to- give them. Aid, Coughllu labored strenuously to give ttie'patrolmen the extra money for the month of i December! "It's Just a little tip for the men who guard our "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THIN01, NEUTRAL WASHINGTON PORTER, One of Chicago's Foremost and Public-Spirited Capitalists. city roni crime," ho argued. "It's Just a Christmas present of $1)1 for each man. and It Is such n little thing, only nlsiut TS,0u0 or $00,000, that I think wo ought to give It to them." Tho old question ofNlie aldermen In creasing their own salaries when the city was so Knr it could not afford to raise salaries of employes came up when Alderman Dover declared that bo could not vote against Increasing the IHillcemcu's salaries since he had voted to raise aldermen's salaries lot) per cent. Despite protests of Chairman lien net t and Alderman Snow, who was constituted tloor champion of the lluance committee's budget, and even lu the face of a protest (rum Mayor liussc, who upon request read the llg ures showing that the city contributes fJ'-M.OOO a year to' the polite (s'lislou fund and JjilTT.iHiO to the. firemen's pen sion, a total of .(10S,000, Alderman Coughllu's motion was carried. Having shown I heir g,Md Intentions by this vote, the same aldermen who advocated the Increase were alert to reconsider their action when Chairman Iteiinelt suggested at the cjose of the committee, session that Mayor Husse would be Inclined to veto the whole budget unless that imrt giving the pa trolman a "tip" was rescinded. Alder m t I'lighlm took the tloor to favor rescinding his former motion. "That puts an entirely different face on the matter," ho said. "Wo'd Iki tfvlng the pollco a present and yet M1' wouldnt get anything. 1 lit for taking back what wevo already done," he said. Alderman DInoii wanted to take buck every ralso that had been grant ed during the afternoon, but that met with too much objection, so the bud get anally was put through at f.H.,l BU7,77il. Instead of $22,528,00(1, as rec ouiiueudcd by tho tluanco committee. Alderman Powers was anxious to in sert a provision for $100,000 for vot ing mucblucs, although be said ho did not expect the money to be spent this year. Both Chairman Bennett and Al derman Snow raised objections. "If we mako any appropriation for voting machluos It will open tho way to letting contracts for $1,000,000 which will embarrass the city for some years," said Alderman Bennett. "It is conceded that It will cost $1,000,000 I to equip with voting machines, and as IN NONE.' 190D.-TWELVE PAGES. we cannot Increase our landed Indebt edness, they Would have to be paid for out of current revenues." Alderman Mclnerney wautttl to put the appropriation in with the provision that it should be spent only lu case the legislature gave the city the right to issue more Isaids, hut the majority favored leaving it out altogether. The most notable exception lo tho many motions which were made, prac tically all of which were Intended to Increase the budget, was a motion by Alderman Mclnerney, aimed at the f'ljini' appropriated for outside Judges. "Do you menu lo say that the twenty-eight municipal Judges can't do nil the work of the courts?" he nsked. "That item was put In at the re quest of the chief Justice of the muni cipal court." replied Chairman Dennett. "Well, I move to strike it out; let our own Judges get 'busy, declared Al derman Mclnerney, and his motion car rletl. Practically the only big salary raise, however, was that of city Klectrlclnn William C.irroll. The tliiauco commit tees budget gave him $.",000 a year, but Alderman Hums had this Increased to $l,r(H. At the suggestion or Alderman Hen uett nu Item of $T0,000 was Inserted In the budget to be appropriated from the traction fund, which Is to take the place of tho $30,000 appropriated last October for subways, but which was lied up by the mandamus proceedings brought against Treasurer Traeger be fore Judge Wliiiles. Aid. Ileimett secured the passage of an ordinance approving the recommen dation of the liunnco committee for a commission to bo appointed by tho Mayor lo arrange a system of regradlug salaries which the civil service com mission was unable In do. TheCoiiucll received a communication from Thomas Grlllln, u resident of tho Fifteenth Ward, protesting against tliu narrow space left between street car tracks, declaring that the deaths from crushing between cars due to tho nar row space to be "nothing but cold blooded murder." The mutter was referred to tho local transportation committee. What does Mr. Weston get $20,000 per year for bis traction work for tho city, Blnei tii did engineers become, so valuable? mUff WHOLE NUMBER 1,013 FUME FOR HARRISON. The Iroquois Fire Will Be Nothing to the Blaze that Will Greet Ex-Mayor. Traeger's Candidacy for the Mayor alty Has Inflamed Carter's Sup porters Very Much. The Battle Between the Two Will Be Full of Fire and Wild Charging. Harriion Will Pay No Attention to Cheap Aldermanic Friendi Who Are Running, Bui Will Open His Bazoo In the Judicial Fight Which Lasts Until June. HarrNoii ami Traeger aie arming for the fray. The Iroquois lire horror will lc Ihrashed over and over again. Tho ex-Mayor Is on his -way back from Callloiulai a red hot candidate for liN old Job. t He will not mix up hi the alderuianlu light, but ho will make things hum from the time of his arrival ou. I M ward Al. I.alillt Is eoiiilug back from Ireland to liven things, and Tom (.'a icy has already announced his Inten tion of ins'iilng headquarters and wheeling It up for Harrison. lu tho meanwhile the taxpayers will be getting busy digging up special as sestment receipts and looking up clip pings from the uewspaHrs telling alsmt frauds lu special assessments ami grafting paving contracts. Ou tho whole, Harrison's home-coming will ls a good thing, esteclally for the memories of voters who want an other crack at lilm, and who aro look ing up the records of the jNist. The Chicago American of Tuesday had the following alsmt his Ilugshlp: "'lmt fiii'iti- mm .if tin, ltilt'flMim a.'.. .. ... ...... ... .. chieftains, Is speeding back to Chicago from California to start Isxnuliig Car ter II. Harrison for the mayoralty two years, from now. Mr. Harrison Is not returning with the stock yards politician, Inning de elded to remain at least until April I. Carey will reach Chicago Thursday ami will give iMilltlcal advice, having seen the former .Mayor occasionally during the winter. The coast now Is the rendezvous for Chicago iHilltlclaus. Mr. Harrison lu a leller to a Chicago friend reports encountering In one group at the Hotel Augcliis, Pasadena, .Mr. Carey and Suis'iiuteudeni of Streets M. .1, Dohcrty, Contractor M. P. llyriies, John Corliell, John Itynn, Patrick Orlmes and Al Chnppelle, Preston Harrison said to-day that his hi ot her might stay In California mil II .May. Ho has comparatively little In terest in the aldermaiile campaign, no close friend of bis Mug lu any danger, but he will make It a hiIui to bo back lu time to help his particular friends lu the Judicial campaign. Carter Hf., tlieex-Mayor's eldest boy, Is reported as fully recovered from bis long Illness, and the former '.Mayor Is' coiillilent that It will not be necessary for lilm to spend another whiter lu Oil ll'oinla. Mr. Harrison upon' bis return to Chi cago will go Into the real estate busi ness with his brother, and will ls?glu building his fences for the great may oralty light of two years hence." Jake 'Dickinson, late general counsel for tho All Hog Illinois Central Hull road, which railroad is accused of hav ing stolen so much of the Lake Front from Chicago, has been used Incident ally to boost tho Harrison boom. Tho Iroquois Club, a llck-splttle po litical lunch organization, calling Itself Democratic, but composed of men who feel themselves honored when they nro recognized by Jtopublleuns, gave a "ban quet" In honor of Juke's apiolntinent us Secretary of War a Job, by tho way, which will have all to say nlwut Lake Front grabs, as tho War Depart ment coutrols tho lako shore, enters hJnmM Class Matter Ostesvr II, Itlt, at Mm Part OfflH at Wrtsais. HHmte, wr Aat af MaraM 3ra, 1179 Hit At this banquet HarrNon's name was much used. The Harrison candidacy for the may oralty two years hence was given u further bool by Stephen S. Gregory, who spoke to the toast of "Political In dependence." He ipoke of Mr, Harri son, who Is to return to Chicago alsmt April I, as the choice of tho common people, ami said that his home-coming will mark the end of tho bosslsm of Koger Sullivan. "Tho Democratic party lu Csk Coun ty tins' fallen on evil days," said Mr. Gregor.1. "This condition can no longer he endured. Sullivan must go, and we must have for our leaden such men as aro represented by our distinguished guest this evening men who are for the people and for tho country llrst and for tho party und the olllce seekers afterward. "Carter II. Harrison, who has twice Isx'ii our Mayor, Is such a man. Ho Is coming hack to Chicago, and I am told that ho Is willing to again make tho raw for Muyor. He Is Just such a uuiii iih Dickinson, and wo should glvo hint our united mipistrt to the end that gang ami boss rule shall cease lu Chicago." The spectacle of a fellow like Charles Page Ilryiiu holding tho Job of U. 8. Minister to Hrazll and then to Por tugal, for twelve years, is a sad re Ilea Ion ou the Itepubllcuus of Illinois. If I'resldent Tuft cannot And a better llllnolsnu than this lisping dude to rei rcscut our country abroad hu should look over the other forty-llvo .States lor a man. ' Watch tho traction gang closely. Tho members or It are figuring on skinning the city to n greater extent than ever. All classes of citizens are rallying to the support or Isaac X. Powell for City Treasurer. He Is a sure win ner. Why the Government should reim burse "Hill" Holdenweck for tho loss ol $17.'1.(XK) as sub-treasurer Is past llmllug out. When a chronic otllco holder or olllce seeker pulls all kinds of strings to get a Job paying .",000 a year for curing for ?i 10,000,000 ho does so with his eyes open and should stand the consequences, The Chicago City Hallway Company and the Chicago Itallways Company are talking of consolidating. This will beat the city out of 20 per cent more of Its lawful Income. How many Aldermen who could bare ly afford to hire desk-mom ten years ago nro now riding around lu .fi 1,000 autos? Xo man In Chicago is more entitled to an election to olllce than I. X. Pow ell. Ills clean, faithful and hardwork ing record as chief clerk of tho K lection Board has earned for him an election us city Treasurer, ami his certain vic tory ou April U will bo a popular ono from ouo end of Chicago to the other. .lako Dickinson's appointment as Secretary of War la absolutely the . r'4t. '