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3MBtW7i.'3wv!pTy"rrT wgpw-i r-m"jrftfp'-j--iT- --'jifvmiyi&xtmiBV,-- niipmi i mn tiT,"ii''t".-mi'i iwnmnmn &y nter as tmiH Class Matter Oateaar II, IS89. at the Pest fflta at CMeae.HHiwls,iHMlr Aet af Marah 3rd, 1879 "INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE.' Cirteree'as Un4 Claia Matter Oetaker 11,1889, at Me Peat Office at CMeale, lllhwle, under Aet ef Merek 3rd, 1879 TWENTY-SECOND YEAB, NO. 3. CHICAGO, SATUHDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1010. "7vm"ciwtJ WHOLE NUMBER 1,000. t fr pm. i ft -rv ANOTHER STEAL Proposed Forest Preserve Is a Gigantic Job to Rob the Tax Payers of Cook County. Clever Real Estate Speculators Put Over a Good One on the Unsuspecting Public of Chicago. Worthless Land Along the Desplaines River and at Other Points Better Than a Gold Mine in the Rich Yukon Country. The Scrub Timber Land and Lots Tko biggest, fattest, Juiciest, steal that has been contemplated In Cook County slnco Its organisation Is tbo proposed "forest preserve" act. A number of real estate speculators aro at tbo bottom of It and tbey have been at work on the scheme for a long time. ' , Their plans aro all perfected. They cannot fall. Their proposition Is said to bo hid den away on the llttlo ballot and ap proved of by tho unthinking voters who make tho little ballot a farco by swallowing every bad proposition that It contains. Somo tlmo ago, it Is said, a fow real cstato sharks evolved a great plan. Thoy wero In need of now lands "rlpo for subdivision" so thoy hiked tbomsolves out to tho borders of tho Do8plalncu and to other points whoro thoy secured options on a lot of tho most useless real cstato to be found anywhere Somo of It was along river banks and was ornamonted with dwarf and stunted trees and other river bank growths. Other pieces wero In other sections of the county, "timbored with apologies for forests." Having secured these options the conspirators aro allegod to have Inter ested sundry people In their great battlo for a "forest preserve." By "forest preserve" thoy meant the sale of the land on which they had acquired options, to tho county at an enormous advanco In price. Rather a costly kind of preserves Then, when tho county had pur chased tho plats described as "forest preserve" the schemo was to subdivide the land adjoining it and sell It at high BrlccB to suckers looking for suburban lots convenient to public parks. It Is wonderful how a scheme like this catchostn in Chicago. It took like wild fire. "Tho forests must bo preserved." Tho cry- caught tho woman's clubs and tho" dally newspapers domlnatuM by woman's clubs. Mcanwhtlo tho conspirators laughed in tholr sleeves. Thoy had everybody interested and tho haul would bo a big one. Well, tho schomo Is up to tho peoplo and tho follows behind It nro suro thoy cannot loso. Thero's millions in It. Millions from tho taxpayers and millions from those who will buy tho "beautiful lots adjacent to tho forest preservo" after tho schemo Is ap proved on election day. And it will bo approved, becauso there is too much monoy in it to fall. If this community was smaller than It is, such a steal as tbo "forest pre serve" would bring on some lynchlngs. As It Is, the grafters who aro at the bottom of it have easy sailing, be cause they are lost sight of In the bustle of two millions, Government by so-called millionaire clubs must cease In Chicago It we are to have government by the people. At the meeting of the finance com mittee of the Democratic county com mittee Monday, a special sub-committee was named to do the active work of collecting campaign funds. Will Be Sold at High Prices to the County Adjoining It to Home Seekers. John W. Eckhart, chairman of tho general finance committee, is also chairmun of the sub-commltteo and tho members are: Charles J. Voplca, Ed ward F. Dunne, F. O. Hoyne, E. N. Hurley, John F. Barrett, James J. Townsend, Roger C. Sullivan, Harry Dublo, W. H. Rehm, John Garibaldi, Hans Dluse, C. F. Qunther, Arthur F. Evans J. J. Bryant, Joseph Donnera bergcr, Oscar F. Mayor, W. J. Fortune and Potcr Relnberg. Vote against tho "forest preservo" grab on tbo llttlo ballot. It Is a schemo of real cstato sharks to soil tholr scrub timber land In Cook County to 'the peoplo at exorbitant prices. As you can seo by looking at it yoursolf, thore is but a singlo exit or entrnnco to tho great Marshall Field Building on Adams strcot. Thero is no enlranco or exit on olthor Fifth avenuo or Franklin street. Tho enor mous number of peoplo who are in this building at ono tlmo, often num bering moro than all down town thea ters could hold at once; tho dreadful crush on Adams street at noon and at closing tlmo, havo caused comment for years. Tho Building Commission er has never been greatly exercised over It. Raymond Robins and tho rest of tho boys aro out for tho recall and tho referendum, Georgo Schilling, Louts Post and all the boosters' have returned from their summer homos to sacrillco their personal comfort for tho public good In this great cam paign. The most barefaced robbery over attempted in Cook County Is the pro posed "forest preservo" steal. A lot of real estato speculators havo bought up a lot of worthless land with poor trees on it and proposo soiling it to tho pooplo at an Immonso profit, Tho biggest graft scheme Is the "forest preservo" act which will bo shoved through at tho polls on tho llttlo ballot. It will mako a lot of owners of worthless land along tho Desplaines nnd at other places rich, but will nover help tho people. It will rob tho tnxpayor without giving him anything in return. Candidates for trustees of tho Uni versity of Illinois, of tho Democratic, Socialist and Prohibition parties may havo tholr names certified by Sec retary of Stato Roso and bo placed on tho ballots. Tho secretary of stato announced this ruling on Monday. The three parties named, failed to file the names of the candidates with the secretary of state In tbo time required by law, President or Alderman, ''which? Walter Fisher Is said to be up a stump on the question Judging from the following dispatch to the Chicago Journal: Washington, Oct. 6. Tho Chicago papers of Wednesday reached here today. In one of them it was noticed that Walter L. Fisher expected to be a candidate for Mayor of Chicago In the spring, to succeed Fred A. Busse. In another paper the statement was made that Mr. Fisher was a candidate to succeed the late Melville W. Fuller as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. According to confidential advices received In this city both of these reports aro unfounded. It Is undor stood hero that Mr. Fisher expects r& to be a candidate for the presidency of the United States, to succeed Mr. Tatt, and, falling in that ambition, that he may enter the raco as candi date for Alderman of the Twenty-first ward, At Springfield on Monday, five suits brought five years ago. to recover from sureties on bonds of state trea-' surers who were alleged to have ille- VJiaBMIaBBnBBBKPJnlBBBBWBnBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBT' TV gaily taken fees while In office, were stricken from the docket of the Cir cuit Court by Judge O. W. Thompson for want of prosecution. Tho suits involved the question of the right of stato treasurers to retain fees given In payment of municipal bonds. Attor ney General Stead said he was not willing to have tho suits dismissed and that ho would tako steps to have them reinstated on tho docket. Ex-King Manuel Is reported to bo on his way here to report tho world's baseball series for ono of the dallies. Watch tho "forest preservo" advo cates. Forflst preserve graft Is arousing tho whole county and Chicago cannot afford to bo behind tho times. The Plnchot-Balllnger matter is of national Interest. Upon receipt of a commis sion's report condemning the method of conducting the business of the stato forest preserves of New York, tho forest commissioner and his lead ing assistants resigned. Gov. Hughes promptly accepted their resignations. Extravoganco and graft plainly showed In the transactions of the commissioner's office Ovor CO of tho 85 Republican candi dates for city, county and state offices In Cook County, Joined In a love feast at tho Hamilton Club. Judges Jesse Holdom, Lewis Rlnn ker, and John R. Newcomer comment ed on the plank in tho county plat form which doprecatcs tho participa tion of Judges In politics. Judge Charles S. Cutting disagreed with tho platform. "Politics, properly Interpreted," he said, "means 'a coro for tho public Interests,' and In this sonso It Is proper and highly advisable that a judgo should tako an active part In It. Parties aro essential to the efficient working of our form of government, and much good can bo dono through them. Wo do not desert our party when wo go on the bench." We aro In receipt of a red hot copy of Frank Fowler's Improvement Club -"r-rr GEORGE B. SWIFT, Former Mayor and Progressive Citizen. afA. News, a vast quantity of ink was wasted in shading George Schilling's whiskers which makes that handsome man look like a pirate and over shadows his otherwise able article on taxes a subject dear to the heart of every Socialist. Extend those loop platforms. That is tho only way to do away with the I conjestlon during tho rush hours. Mil nilflHWsiaaaataaiW ' JifcW . " ' -, 'fiiWilBBBBBlBBBBBBBBBBBBBBTaBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBr'' !.9BMflBBaiBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBVjBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBV.V nH&MIIIIIIIIIKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMQn, : BVSnaBBlBWiBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBW't' 'J.M,"i'S fl.'VSfc r W'75JaaCBBBBBBaPraL ''i li'Str)' W?l:BBBam: bbbbbbbbbbF -.JBBBBBBBBW '- aBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBVBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBak WATER The Question Is Can Water Meters in Every House Bring It Back to Chicago Heights? Manufacturer Answers the Letter of the Associa tion on That Point and Objects to Crushing the Taxpayers. The Knocking Out of the North Shore Electric Company Taken as a Strong Indication That the City Has Light Plans. City Council Water Committee Wants to Find Out Whether the Bock Strata Under the Town Is Water Bearing or Not. The following communication will explain Itself: Chicago Heights, Oct. 10. Editor Chicago Eagle: Tho water here la receding. Thero Is no doubt of that. Tho letter of tho Manufacturers' Association to tho Chicago Eagle, pub lished last week, clears up whatever 8m&v.i mZ2&7''.vi liVSVtfVi. ww,1g'i At.frzxxtjs ye H7iCiU'k" J'l" remaining doubt existed In my mind upon that point. After a long review of the heart rending situation the Manufacturers' Association takes a final fling at mo In which it says: "We would be very much pleased to havo your correspondent 'Manu facturer' point out wherein any part of this matter could havo boon ban died In a safer and more businesslike IS manner than it was handled by our mayor and city council. "Let us consider tho question of metering tbo city, to which your cor respondent takes such exception aud points to It as Indicating incompe tency nnd dishonesty of tho city of ficials. "As long ago as last January this association, through Its Board of Di rectors, recommended most strongly to tho city, giving somo ten categor ical reasons for this recommendation, that tho city Install meters In nil resi dences In Chicago Heights. Flgui about which thero could bo no ques tion, showed conclusively that this city Is pumplug at least a million gal lons overy twonty-four hours moro than is pumped by cities of corre sponding slzo whoro motors aro In stalled. Therefore, at least a million gallons overy twonty-four hours was being wasted over what was neces sary to stop tho wasteful uso of wa ter, as it was to provide, pumping fa cilities, an argument about which, wo bollove, thero can bo no question, and nftcr full and open discussion of tho ontlro matter for several months, de cided tov pass such an ordinance. Any business man or set of business men would havo dono exactly tho sumo for tho good of tho city. It was dono on sound business reasons and any cry of graft is absolutely absurd In that connection." As a Manufacturer, an employer of labor, a Chicago Heights taxpayer, and a man who boltoves in treating others as I would lllco to bo treated 'myself, I tako exception to tho state ment that "any business man or set of business men would havo dono ex actly tho same for tho good of tho city." On tho contrary thero aro many business men who would rovolt agnlnst a proposition so dishonest and so unfair. Tho peoplo who havo to pay for tho water motors In overy houso nro tho rosldcnta nnd tho tnxpnyors of Chi cngo Heights. Tho majority of tho mombors of tho Manufacturers' Association aro neither residents nor taxpayers in Chi cago Heights. Tho majority of tho mombors of tho Manufacturers' Association ro eolved froo factory sltos upon which to build tholr factories. Tho residents and taxpayers had to pay cash for tho land on which their homes aro built and money for tho homes Into which tho Manufac turers' Association so kindly advised tho forcing of water meters. Tho manufacturers get flro and police- protection frco, becauso tho tax-paying victims of tho wator motor schomo put up tho monoy to glvo them protection. Do you consider It good business policy to blto tho hand that foods you? I doubt very much whothor my friend, Mr. M. H. Kilgallen, tho far sighted aud popular father of Chi cago Heights, will agree with a policy that will entail a heavy penalty upon ovory lot purchaser aud mako prop erty owners think twlco boforo thoy erect a building as an offering to water meter graft. Now, as to tho falluro of tho wator supply: Tho best answer that could be mado to tho letter of tho Chicago Heights Manufacturers' Association to tho Chicago Eaglo is to be found in tho GOING official records of tho City Council. Thoso records will provo whether my contentions about tho duty of tho city In tbo matter of tho water supply aro truo or not. Tho records will also tend to show tho reason that I. as well as others, have to fear failure of water supply. On October 3, 1010, Just a weok ago today, tho water commlttco of tho City Council reported to that body, In regular .session, that the well drill er at the pumping station had already gono dowu 300 feet and that It was deemed ndvlsablo to boro 200 or 300 feet further, to see If tho lower strata of rock wero water bearing, and recommended that tho Mayor and City Clerk sign a contract for tho work to bo done. Docs this look as though thero was an unlimited supply of wator undor Chicago Heights? Not to mo. It Is truo that it is a year since tho water first began to rcccdo in tho wells aud that as a result of tho alarm thereat, secret conferences wero hold between mombors of tho Manufactur ers' aud Land Associations and tho city authorities. But until I called attention to tho matter llttlo was dono publicly. Tho Chicago Heights Manufactur ers' Association In Its lcttor to The Uaglo says: "Such a report as this ono furnished by Alvord and BurdlcK, consulting engineers, is, wo Judgo, ex actly what your correspondent, sign ing himself "Manufacturer," Is rocom- mending that tho city should obtain. Wo did not know that thero wns any business man or manufacturer in Chi cago Holghts who was not awaro that such a report had been obtained. How over, ho may seo a copy of it by call ing at this office or at tho city hall." I havo seen tho thirty-two pago ro port and beg to say that tho longth of tho report nlono showed tho sorl ou8uoss of tho situation, if nothing olso did. Now what did this report for which' tho city paid $500, say? "It has been observed nt Chicago Heights, and Indeed throughout Illi nois nnd Wisconsin region, that tho static, or standing wator levels in tho wells has rcccdod moro or less from yenr to year." And again as follows: "Tho fact that theso wator Iovels aro receding docs not Indicate that tho sourco of tho supply la fulling. It Is not to ho holloved that tho static wator Iovels oro receding from falluro of sourco." And again as follows: "It la Important, therefore, in any per manent means for pumping ground water, that such means bo adaptablo to futnro changes in static wator Iov els, and that In any Installation It la wlso and propor to Install machinery having In. view not only present needs but probably futuro needs." And tho city nftor consulting with tho Manufacturers' and Land Associa tions, as aforesaid, decided upon Its present oxpcnslvo program of boating nround tho hush. And tho onglneors havo discovered nccordlng to tho City Council Com mlttoo on Wnlor, that water Is farther off than ovor and that at tor boring for 300 foot, thoy must go dowu 300 feet farther to seo if tho lower strata of rock woro water boarlng. If this does not boar out my con 'tent Ion about tho necessity of moro serious Investigations, I nm mistaken. But tho city has expended or decid ed to expend about $50,000 already for machinery, otc, aud has discov ered that It will havo to dig farther, vmsiimmA WlaatiiWliirtafc ?Vw '&A&ii!tQ&ii2i&l fflHaA - i WVAwU-'-s 1 ifi)!rlvmtV-W ill)A'fcW.ltniAJiJilM., ,.-WVuU.Mj-j . .