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tyiiix7 -' 1V"'' llf!? WtJr ' "WJfl" "W'lP'V- Cntert tcetnd Clau Matter October II, lit, at M Past Offlaa at CMeaie.lllliMlt.iMaer Aat or Mara 3raIS7t INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.' Enter aa SttMMl Claaa Mattar Oataaar II, ISl, at the Paat Offlaa at CMaaia, llllneta, wrter Aat af Mara 3rt, lt)7 ' TWENTIETH YEAR, NO. 46 CHICAGO, 8ATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 1909-TWELVE VAGES. VW"cSJ.?r WHOLE NUMBER 1,035 ,Ji ft H? r i 1 a. X !... i K ft u w 1 If !Mt m IfJi r '?, 1 ( u k "11 . 11 1 rK II THE M'CORMIGK CROWD Big Bunch of Multi-Millionaires Ought to Be Given the Whole City, for They Had the Gall to Ask Reviewers for Reductions and Got Them. Boosts Handed Them by Assessors Had Given the People Faith in Our Government, But the Taking Off of Over a Million Dollars Makei One Stop and Think. It Would Be Cheaper to Turn Over the Whole iy System' to This Crowd. We noticed by the Chicago Journal of Monday that -the International Har eater Company, aeveral tlmea at tacked In the tax sulta brought by the Illinois Tax Reform League and by Maxwell Edgar, applied to the board of review for a reduction of $1,298,500 In the assessment of some of Its larger real eatate holdings. The cases were taken under advisement pending the filing of complaints on the remainder of the company's property, Including the Deeiing works. The general coun sel, E. A. Bancroft, who appeared In the Interest of tha corporation, was told that no decision would be given until all the property could be con sidered together.. Attorney Bancroft also appeared for the children of Cyrus McCormlck, foimder of the harvester company, and demanded that their assessments 'be reducod. This plea was denied; an Increase was. entered In every case. It was aBked that the assessment of Mrs. Emmons Blaine be reduced from the assessor's figures of 1700,000 to 1650,000. The board of review made the amount $750,000. Cyrus H. McCorrolck, who paid last year on $855,000, asked that he be rafter thla year at not more than I860, 000. The board decided that he must pay on $1,000,000. Harold F. McCormlck paid on $650, 000 last year. He admitted the asses sors were right thla year In assessing .him at $665,000, but the board of re view made It $700,000. Wary Virginia McCormlck was given an Increase from $450,000 to $500,000, and Nettle F. McCormlck, who asked that the assessment of $865,000 be con firmed, will have to pay on $900,000. Attorney Bancroft held that the main office of the harvester company ought not to be assessed $200,000, as listed by the assessors. He said all the personal property and stocks and bonds there amounted to only $66,000. On the McCormlck works at Blue Island avenue and Twenty-second street he said that the $3,500,000 as sessment spread was beyond reason, and asked that It be reduced to $2,500, 000. He assonted to an assessment of $450,000 on the works at 85 Wallace streot. The assessment of $75,000 at 95 West Adams street, he urged, should be made $50,000, and that of $400,000 at 120th street and the Calu met river should be $337,000. On a small exhibit at the stock yarda a re duction from $2,500 to $1,000 was asked. Reviewer Roy O. West, who Is em ployed In the legal department of the harvester company, did not alt on the hoard during .the consideration of the cases affecting the corporation, nor did be pass on the complaints of any of the McCormlck heirs. It was Indicated by members of the board of review that the company It self would receive about the same 'treatment that was accorded to the belra of Its founder. We learned by the Chicago Dally News of Tuesday that reductions1 ag gregating $1,046,500 from the asses sors' figures of $8,927,500 as the per sonal property valuation of the Inter national Harvester Company In this county were made by the relewers, who fixed the company's personalty assessment at $7,881,000, This assess ment Is $563500 higher than It was last year, when the total was $7,317, 500. The reviewers also reduced the assessments on the personal property of Ave members of the McCormlck fam ily, Nettle F. McCormlck, Harold F. McCormlck, Mary V. McCormlck, Mrs. Emmons Blaine and Cyrus H. McCor mlck, to the extent of $370,000, cut ting the assessors' figures of $3,850,000 to $3,480,000. The latter also form an Increase of $10,000 over last year's assessment for these Ave members of the McCormlck family, who were as sessed by the reviewers then upon per sonalty valued at $3,470,000." What a rank lot of stiffs the Com mercial Associations and Commerco Associations of Chicago are. A prom inent city official of "Boston wrote to The Eagle JMjrlng that he desired "a copy of the "the plan of Chicago," got ten out by the Commerce Association of this city; that he had written to that body and had been Informed that the supply wbh exhausted. He there upon wrote to The Eagle, asking It to secure him one If possible. The Eagle called up the Chicago Associa tion of Commerce, and was told that there was nothing doing there as the "plan" In question was gotten out by the Commercial Club, but suggested that Burnham, the Architect, be called up, as that statesman was the author, etc. Burnhaui'a office was called and the gentlemanly clerk there said that B. the A. had nothing to do with It. "Call up Mr. Bennett on the eight eenth floor of the Railway Exchange Building." Mr. Bennett was duly called up and the polite young man there said that Mr. Bennett was down stairs talking with B. the A. but said that Mr. Bennett had nothing to do with It, anyhow, and that the In qulrer should call up Mr. Scott, of Carson, Plrle, Scott ft Company, who had charge of It. As the Inquirer was not sure whether Mr. Scott, of C, P., S. ft Co., was alive he discontinued the search and notified Boston to leave well enough alono. Llko the subways and everything else that these "pro. rooters" have touched, n little Inves tlgatlon will prove that wind alone Is the prize at stake. State's Attorney Wayman is proving himself to 'be the right man In the right place. It la gratifying to see a state's attorney In Chicago who fears naught and sticks to the right. We are glad to hear that eminent financier, Frank I. Bennett, talked of for Mayor, We are quite sure the peo ple will not forget him. Telephone Young would make quite an addition to the Board of Local Im provements. Tha present board baa not attracted enough attention, either from the people or the state's attor ney, Telephone would mako a fine lightning rod and many think that it would be sure to atrlke. We have not had a new chief of police for over two years, Klpley was the only man who lasted longer than that, and Monday's Tribune, In calling attention to the fact that the people knew but little of former chiefs, said ' that Klpley was still alive. So Is Its ' ' I ' V "Birthday" column, but people who like facts know different. Franklin MacVeagh, our distinguish ed fellow citizen, who did not vote because he, was afraid of being drawn on the Jury and whom Taft made Secretary of the Treasury, Imb been heard from. He wants to reduce the size of the paper money of the coun try. This Is probably to keep It away from tho gaze of the tax assessors. Bennett, Foremun and Young, tho boys that set the pace. Our choice for Chief of Police Is J. Ogden Armour, our old college chum, whose portrait appears upon page 2 of thla Issue. Mr. Armour Is entitled to the Job, primarily because of his Intense patriotism. He Is the man' who thoroughly canned the British. That la enough for us. The great firm of which he Is tho head furnished the British army with all of Its canned beef. This high feeding Is what en abled 400 Boers to lick 40,000 British without turning a hair. What more do you want? Besides that, as Judge Humphrey would Bay, he Is thorough ly immune and his known Intimacy with Dr. Evans of the Health Depart ment has thoroughly Pasteurized htm. Hall to the Chief! The "death strip" must go, , The new pennies with Lincoln's head on them are un-American and Improper. We do not think that Old Abe would ever care to see monarch ical countries Imitated by the placing of rulers' heads on the coinage. The Chlperfleld Committee Is nt work, and many of our "leading cltt zens" and "great Interests" are under Are. The committee has been Inform ed that public land was being claim ed by private parties In the following cases: Beach east of Lake Shore drive In Bvanston, between Lee and Main streets, 600 feet oh drive and 200 feet average width; claimed by Wesley Knox, of Chicago, and his relatives, named Judson and Cole; valued at $60,000. Beach east of Everett avenue, be tween Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth streets, Chicago, 850 feet from east to west and 1,000 feet on Everett avenue, claimed by C. B, Bhedd and John Q. Bhedd; valued at $160,000. Site of Chicago ft Northwestern Railway's present depot, t Including most of the land 'between Kingsbury and Wells streets between Kinzie street and Carroll avenue; valued at several millions of dollars, One block ocqupled by Northwestern Railroad Company between Ktnzle street and Carroll avenue west of '',"' ' ' - isaaaaaaaaaaaaaaKil . 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Land on tho north branch of the river said to be occupied by North western Rallrond Company and Inter national Harvester works, of Indefinite extent and value. Our friends, advertisers and sub scribers will confer a favor by mail ing their new house numbers and addresses to The Chicago Eagle, 172 Washington street, at once. The new system -goes Into effect September 1 and we wish to avoid any confusion occasioned by the change. The Chicago public Is tired of street railroad bosslsm. Telephone Young Is talked of for chief of police! v Telephone Young Is talked of for member of the Board of Local Im provements! It Telephone Young, who was a shorthand teacher a few years ago, knew what many people have him Blated for be would not be so anxious to break Into public life again. Not Just now, anyway. Give us traction officials who know their business. John D. Riley, superintendent of the city map department, made an esti mate that 60 per cent of the property owners had already compiled with the city ordinance requiring the placing of new numbers on all houses by Sept. 1st. Little difficulty Is expected In com pelling the change and the number of stragglers who will have to be dealt with by the police will' probably not be large, No other city in the world would stand for the "death strip" between Chicago car tracks. Declaring that beer Is an Indis pensable part of their dally food, hundreds of men employed In the steel works and blast furnaces at Gary threaten to quit work unless the bev erage Is restored to them. Many al ready have done so and officials of the Indiana Steel Company face a labor famine. So serious has the situation become that when F, P. Deem, a Broadway business man, circulated a petition asking Mayor Knotts to permit the i delivery oi ueer iu (irivnio reamem-un ' he obtained 500 signatures from mer - delivery of beer to private residences chants and steel workers. Blind pigs had been running In Gary several months until clotted last week. When they were closed the trouble started. Arthur Josettl, ex-alderman of the Twenty-second Ward, Is a line example of the mistakes sometimes made by tho Municipal Voters' League. The latter organization endorsed Josettl, but the people of tho ward knew the man pretty well and elected Herman J. Bauler over him by a big majority. We hear that Josettl Is being talked of for a Job. This moves Tho Eagle to .talk about Josettl. The question Is, Will he have the nerve to run again for anything? A suggestion for'Thls Is my birth day" In an esteemed morning contem porary, which "prefers quality" to quantity In circulation," Isadora Ba tofsky, D685 Milwaukee avenue, Is 20 to-day. He is main bat holder for the Prairie Bums. When not upholding our national game, Isadora, true to his noble soul, helps mother by washing dldles for little Ike. He Is a great admirer of General Miles, the hero of Porto Rico. Advice to the Trlb. from a constant reader: The line o' type or two, Is tine summer food for puking Infanta, but for heaven's sake take It out be fore the men return from their vaca tions In the fall.. What public official, if any, stands In with the slot machine graft on the elevated roads? This graft Is becom ing a public scandal. "Weighing ma chines," that don't weigh; gum ma chines that take money and give up no gum. The whole of them, gum and weighing devices, should be torn oft and thrown In tho lake. This form of graft should be suppressed at once. Have we no great and rich lawyer In Chicago who can follow the example of Samuel J, Tllden towards Tweed and become Governor and President and Immortal In the memory of the people as a reward? The city Is being robbed regularly by Its street railway companies. Whaa the latter add a regular dose of Mur der to its other "shortcomings" It Is time to do something. 1 Meanwhile the traction graft, atolen from the city, haa been lost sight of. Our friends, advertisers and sub scribers will confer a favor by mail ing their new bouse numbers and addresses to The Chicago Eagle, 172 Washington street, at once. The new system goes Into effect September 1 and we wish to avoid any contusion I i ; 1 occasioned by the change, TO STARVE AND KILL This Seems to Be the Principal Object of the Street Railways of Chicago. The Magnates Will Only Grant Raise of One Cent an Hour, But Promise, if the Men Stick for Fifteen Years, to Give Them Seven. Meanwhile, These Tyranti Give the People of Chicago a Rotten Street Car Service, But 1 hey Promise to Closer Together Kill Tho management of the street car companies In Chicago Is rotten. The service Is the worst in the coun try. While the people of Chicago think they have some Improvement In trac tion matters, the smallest city In tho United States Is far ahead of them. The only real Improvement that the railroad magnates have Inaugurated 'Is a system which kills, malms and otherwise Injures human beings with greater facility that ever. The killing of seven and the maim ing of twenty-nine others only a few days ago Is a sample. Now they want to increase the speed of cars so that they can kill more. They treat tholr employes like (fogs. As a general thing they will not em ploy any but married men, so that they can have a tight grip on them. Then they give them wages that are almost at tho starvation point. When the 'men nsk for an lncreaso .made necessary by the greater cost of food and living, what do they do? They offer them an Increase of one cent an hour. c. One cent an hour or ten cents for fen hours' work! The price of two beers with which to clothe wife and children. The high salaried fellows who have brought about this state of affairs deserve no sympathy from the public, and there is a general demand from the people for a change of manage ment on tne street car lines. One of the very worst features of the whole scheme Is the proposition of the magnates to run tho street cars faster than they do now. They prom ise the men nn Increase when the rate of speed Is over nine miles an hour. They are running eight miles an hour now, and killing a man, wom an or child a day as It Is. When they get to running over nine miles an hour this city will be an awful place to live In. The street car magnates of Chicago are the worst bunch of their kind In the world. The cars aio the poorest to be found anywhere. The tracks are so close together that tho space between them Is called the "death strip." The whole system Is a laughing stock except to subsidized editors and worse aldermen. It is almost Impossible for the men to support their families on the money they get for their labor. Wives of street car union officials explained their attitude toward their husbands' demands for higher wages in terms of butter, meat, flour, pota toes and the essentials of living. They declared mora money must come on pay day or else their husbands would have to undergo a more or less vege tarian diet. v Possibilities of more than two In the family were held to be out of con sideration on account of the present cost of living and the present wage scale, and as for old age It was point ed out that no motorman or conduc tor has been able to put by a cent dur ing the last four years, "There Is no question In my mind but what the demands of tho motor- Run the Cars Paster and So as Injure and More. men and conductors are Just," said Mrs. M. C. Buckley, wife of tho presi dent of the south side street car men's union. "The price of living Is much higher than It used to be, and It Is becoming Impossible for the men to get a decent living out of the wages they now receive. At the same time I, llko my husband, hope to see a strike avoided." Other wives and mothers also point ed out tho difficulty of managing households on present Incomes. "In Ave years the cost of living has Increased at least CO per cent and the demands of the street car em ployes are for less than 10 per cent Increase of what they aro now get ting," said Mrs. William Taber, wife of the financial secretary and business agent of Division No. 241 of the Chi cago Railways and Consolidated Em ployes' Union. "Do you suppose I have been able to save anything with wages as they are and the cost of living as It has been? Well, hardly. I would llko to see the wife Of any street car mnn who has managed to put by anything. ane would, indeed, ho a rare woman. "I don't know how many street car men are married, and I suppose those that aren't are In no great haste to take on the burden of supporting two under the present scale of wages. Those that are married surely have a task. "I understand that the street car companies are showing preference now to married men, especially those over 30 years of age. That Is significant, it seems to me. When butter is 33 cents a pound and potatoes 35 cents a peck and It takes mora than an hour's work for our husbands to get even so much as a pound of butter, do you understand why we can't live satisfactorily on 27 cents an hour? "I hope tho strike will not come, and I believe both Mr. Mitten and Mr. Roach will listen to the demands of our husbands. But we have got to live, and If striking Is the only way to get a decent living, then oiir men must strike." "My son Isn't married how could ho bo on the wages ho gets?" said Mrs. William Flemlnir. mnihni- nt Potor Fleming, another official of tho unicago Hauwnys and Consolidated Company Employes' Union, at her residence, 240 South 45th avenue. Mrs. Fleming then presented for In spection a bill for groceries she had Just received. "Here you are. I paid 33 cents for that pound ot butter, 35 cents for that sirloin steak, which Is less than a pound and a half, und 30 cents for this pock of rotten apples apples so rotten they're not fit for pigs to eat. How do you suppose we can eat them? "Pork ChODS are now 1R rnnfn n pound, when only a few years ago you could get them for 0 to 8 cents a pound. Lard costs 15 cents now, where It cost only 8 or 10 cents be fore. It Is the same way with flour and everything, Including coal and rent. ' "Why, It is no living at all. Talk about living, It Is hardly an exist ence. Ot course the Job Is steady, but It's too steady. That's the trouble. It Is mighty hard on a man's nerves to do that sort of work all day long. The present wages are an outrage, M . iJ&iJrft.s!&,V2lr tJiu4iA'.Jji.;Ji-"' 'i&-. t, j .1- i-u. adi..Lii. i .-.