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s5s4t..-,.jLvrL' BiT 'J Inter Second Claw Matter October 11, 18SJ, at the Poet Office at Chicago, llllnola, undar Act of March 3rd, 1879. INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINQS, NEUTRAL IN NONE. Entered aa Second Claea Matter October JM, 1889, at the Poit Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 3rd, 1879. fltTOfflf WHOLE TT-THIBD NO. 4G. CHICAGO, aATDKDe.tr. AUGUST 17, 1912. 1,191. !?!v!???!'5S$P BBBaaiBBBBBIMata. OUT The "Con'' Democracy Is Going to Make All the Money that it Can Out of Wilson's Campaign. Plans to Take Home Rule Away from Chicago and to Milk All Utilities Itself by Commission. "Only Interested in Securing a State Legislature that Will Build Up Its Graft .and Give Corporations Something for Their Money. .The Boldest and 'Most Barefaced Piece of Jobbery Ever Attempted by Alleged Leaders of a Big Political Party in Illinois. The Utilities Democracy, generally known to the community as the "Con" 'Democracy, le not bothering much about politics Juat now. It has re ceived all 'of the advertising It wants and has achieved a great reputation tor political Influence, and that's all it has beea looking for. It will now let Wilson, Lewis, Dunne and Hoyne and the rest of the boys In the campaign take care of themselves. The Utilities Democracy Is Inter ested In the Legislature. But not for the election of a Demo crat!c United States Senator. It has evolved and Is working upon a scheme for a Public Service Com- mission In Illinois, which will take out of the hands of the Mayor and Cltj( Council of Chicago all power over subways, gas companies, telephone companies, railroad companies, trac tlon companies, electrlo companies and all other public utilities. This Commission will have the power to "x rates and to do virtually as It pleases. The Utilities Democracy Is hard at work on It. The scheme will have to be fought bitterly or Chicago will be left without home rule. 'Tat Cosocraey represents a gang constantly seeking special privileges from the government. It Is In no way allied to the people .or tkelr desires. In Illinois the Conocracy Is trading o every strong man on the ticket for legislative support for Its utilities scheme. This scheme contemplates the es tablishment by the next Legislature of a state commission which will take from the mayor and City Coun cil of Chicago the right to fix gas' rates, -subway rates, electrlo light rates, telephone rates, electric power rates, railroad rates, freight rates, street car rates, passenger rates. In fact, the aim of the conspirators Is to deprive the city of Chicago and the people of home rule. The proposed commission will have almost despotlo power and will be so organised as to give the Conocratlo bosses everything they want. To the end that this utilities N scheme may be carried through the Con men are willing to sacrifice the Democratic candidate for president, the Democratic candidate for Govern or, the Democratic candidate for United estates Senator and the Dem ocratic candidate for States Attorney In Cook county. The gang Is already at work along this line, You will sot have much trouble In finding this out. -The word has-been passed. The influences are at 'Work. With James A. Pugh claiming the north shore as his exclusive right for a harbor site and his alleged "side partaer," 'the Honorable .Andrew Mo Ansa, of stomach bitters fame, get ting, a. big slice of ..North Union street from the city for oae hundred dollars a year, people are ooameaelng to ad; veeate "giving this brace of daeks the 'City jltaU. ilf nerve entitles men to. anything, ithls.couale should have the earth. 'Pngh claims the lake front where the city, wants. to build. a.harhor. Jlo, Ansa already has a good thing. The city gives him 116x108x42 feet of Xerth Ualom stmt at the latersectloa FOR of West Erie street, for $100 a year. It is worth $10,000 a year. What do you think of that? The Honorable McAnsh deserves a monument. He Invented a stomach bitters that was not only a nerve re storer, but a nerve builder. Every man who ever approached the Mc Ansh bitters, even by proxy, expects a slice of the earth for nothing. i A "Con" Democratic organization which opposes Dunne for Governor and Maclay Hoyne for States Attor ney ought to disband before It Is lynched. Judging from theMcXnsh case, this City Compensation Bureau, must do a land-office business. Investigate the city Bureau of Compensation. There must be some thing doing there. Giving up a street like Union street, at Erie street, for $100 a year means something. The McAnsh grab of Union street for $100 a year means very much. In vestigate that Bureau of Compensa tion at the City Hall and find out who is to blame. Is the State Highway Commission working for the Barber Asphalt Com pany T We understand. that before a certain gentleman became connected with the commission that the Barber Asphalt Company had fourteen men working through Illinois pointing out where asphalt roads were needed. They have cut this number down to four, we understand. The commission possibly does the work for them. More broken men are mentioned in the sporting columns of a big dally than many would suppose. All that some dead-beats have to do to get advertising Is to buy a speeder, a racer, or something in that line, and they can get more praise for nothing than solid business men could get for a fortune. The local Democratic bosses are so busy framing up a "utilities" grab from the next Legislature that they have forgotten all about Wilson, the man they claim to 'nave "put over" whon they couldn't help It. . Vote for Maclay Hoyne and help bust the ring. The Conocracy may fool Governor Wilson some of the time and many' of the voters part of the time. But people who keep their eyea and ears open cannot be fooled all of the time. It la against human nature. That Bureau of Compensation at the City Hall needs looking Into bad ly. It is better than a gold mine for some people, it appears, .The .great 'bonansa given Andrew McAnsh, June 19, 1910, whereby ha secured lae property at Brie, Union streets at a rent of leas than $2 per week, only ran for two years, accord Ing to the ordinance. How has It renewed This rental should be) GRAFT made $10,000 a year in the Interest of taxpayers. The Door Mat Purlolners' Associa tion has quit grafting long enough to pass the word, to beat Hoyne for. State's-Attorney. Whenever you meet a tough Democrat you will get the tip. Stomach Bitters McAnsh seems to have hypnotised the city Bureau of Compensation or some one else. The Utilities Democracy, dealers in franchises and Federal jobs. Cut Dunne and Hoyne and see It work. The Conocracy has declared war on Dunne and -Maclay Hoyne. It has passed, the word to all members of the Door Mat Collectors' Union to out these honest men at the polls. Hon. Stomach Bitters McAnsh and Disturber III. Pugh are some pump kins while the city has anything' worth claiming. The Con Democracy of Illinois which only gave Wilson six .counties out of 102 in the state, at the prlmar- les, now professes to be stuck on Gov ernor Wilson. Whether he recipro cates the belated sentiment remains to be seen. The Conocracy Electric Company, which furnishes electric light to the denlsens of the Red Light district, Is said to charge and to receive very ex orbitant prices for Its service. It collects once a week, so as to have a sure thing, according to the funda mental principles of the Con De mocracy. The Conocracy nag no desire to elect and no Intention of electing a United States Senator In Illinois this fall. AH of its energies are being directed towards the election of a legislature which will take home rule away from Chicago nnd vest the con trol of gas, electric lights, railroads, telephones and other utilities In a state commission. Andrew McAnsh pays less than $2 a week to the elty for occupying the city property at Erie and Union streets, 116x108x42 feet In the choi cest manufacturing section of Chica go. His rent is only $101 per year. What do you think of that There Is a Bureau of Compensation for you I What official' connected with the State Highway Comlsston works for the Barber Asphalt Company? "Con" Democracy has become a business in Chicago. Its trade mark is a red flag. The old auction sign: "For Sale. Inquire Within." The conspiracy to down Judge Dunne in Illinois will not succeed. Some of the boys who expect Mg Jobs from President Wilson will get a roast from The Eagle, so that they will go on the President's platter well done. Chicago doesn't, want any telephone monopoly. Honorable -Andrei.- MoAaib,. author of the McAush bitters and several WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST, The Fearless Foe of Grafters. stub stunts, Is a good man. Anyone who don't believe It can find out by traveling north on Union St. Who Is passing tUe word along the line to cut Dunne and Hoyne? Maclay Hoyne will give the political highbinders a quietus. Governor Wilson must throw the Illinois grafters If he expects the votes of decent men. The Eagle will keep tab on the Illinois gang and If Wilson, Is elected, he will be given their records all right and the public will get them at the same time. The especial pet of the Newspaper 'Trust, the Bell Telephone, wants a monopoly of the 'phone business. How many aldermen are owned by the Newspaper Trust BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB assssssssssssssHMl ?' 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"iilg,i.H gVsHHflighHKT v Y-JgggggggggggB SBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB Jl tHHBiD '.I'Vggggggggl aSBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBsMfBSBV JbBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBbI bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbHbbbbbTC ALL FIGHT TRUST The Telephone Monopoly Is Abhorred by Nearly Everybody in jfche City of Chicago in Every Walk. Mayor and Alderman, Business Man and Customer, Lawyer and Doctor, Clergyman and Layman, All Demand Competition, In the Face of this Great Public Sentiment the Bell Monopoly Has the Nerve to Demand the Field for Itself. But the New Automatic Company It Making More Friends Every Day aad the Increasing Patronage It Is Steadily Receiving Speaks Volumes. The Automatic telephone operated by the Chicago Tunnel Company Is far more popular than the Trust phone. ( ' The figures prove It The figures of the Bell Company an misleading as to the number of tele- phones. While their count of phones is no doubt correct, It is misleading because most people think that this refers to subscribers. As a matter of fact, the number of telephones is less than 100,000 district subscribers, and that Includes their lines in suburban territory. They have been thirty-six years get ting 100,000 subscribers, whtle the, Chicago Tunnel Company have gotten 26,000 subscribers In less than two years. This shows that the public is with the new Automatic Company. No matter how people may have differed with Mayor Carter H. Har rison on side issues everybody regards him as an honest man. He has proven this fact over and over again. But' the telephone situation in Chicago has given another instance of the mayor's possession of this cardinal virtue. Ev erybody is familiar with the facts. For a long time the Telephone Monopoly - " has been lording it over the people of Chicago. It has been charging what It pleased for telephone service and has paid enormous ' dividends out of money wrung from the' pockets of the people of this city. It has been fight ing the Illinois Tunnel Company be cause It has Installed an effective and useful competitive service. Backed by the trust press; the monopoly tried Its best to forfeit the Tunnel Company's franchise that it might continue on its career of unopposed aggrandizement As The Eagle haa repeatedly pointed out, the ruthless Telephone Trust has all along, through its hirelings, been abusing the honest mayor and honest aldermen because they did not sur render the whole telephone field to It. Mayor Harrison and his adminis tration have met the situation man fully and the people, will not forget them. The council committee on gas, oil and electrlo light, of which Alder man Cermak Is chairman, was asked by the Telephone Monopoly to forfeit the franchise of the Automatic com pany. The committee asked the cor poration counsel what Its powers would be In the premises In case the bluff of the monopoly hirelings was mado good In anyway. The "wrong number" monopoly had the gall to demand the forfeiture of the Automat ic company's franchise on the alleged ground that it did not have a sufficient number of subscribers on a given date. 'For this reason it asked the al dermen to give the Telephone Trust the right to continue Its exorbitant charges wlthout,any chance of compe tition or business opposition. The corporation counsel was not long in furnishing an opinion which has been hailed by the people of Chicago with delight It was hold in the opinion that the company bad acted In good faith; that it had the necessary number of sub scribers; that it was delayed In secur ing them bocaueo of inaction on the part of the city, and that the courts were alow to forfeit equities under such conditions, The opinion was written by Assistant Corporation Coun sel Craig and approved by Corporation Counsel Sexton. "We are of the opinion," reads the closing paragraph of the opinion, "that under the facts shown in tho report of the Everett Audit company and tho public utility Inspector in charge, the courts would not decree or Bustaln a forfeiture of tho company's right ac quired under the ordinance of Feb. 20, 1899, or a forfeiture of its plant and equipment for telephone pur poses." Mayor Harrison expressed himself as believing that better service could bo obtained from a dual telephone service than from a single one. "In every instance that I have been personally informed of," he said, "the two systems have been about as cheap to the consumer as one. Competition seems to produce bettor service. I really believe that better service can be expected from two companies than from one." The Telephone Trust has com menced a bitter and an uncalled for attack on the Mayor and honest alder men of the City of Chicago who are fighting for the people's rights against a heartless' monopoly, The Telophone Trust Is opposed to the honest, oapable and efficient serv ice that Mr. J. Ogden Armour and his colleagues are prepared to give to tho city with their automatic service. The Telephone Trust has Changed managers In Chicago and has decided to throw dirt upon honest men la the city government who oppose its dom ineering and extortionate methods. The Illinois Tunnel Company has fully compiled with the terms of its ordinance and yet the Grafters' Union Is not satisfied. It wants the Illinois Tunnel Com pany, which has expended over $5, 000,000,000 In instruments, wires and station equipments, to be forced to give up all of this to satisfy the Tele phone Trust. Any alderman who votes In favor of an Increaso of rates for the Tele phone Monopoly will be. boaten to a finish tho next time he runs for office. According to some accounts several men who are working for the mon opoly and Its franchise may not be residents of Chicago when the next election comes around. The Telephone Monopoly Is busy circulating "ugly rumors" about the Corporation Counsel, tho Mayor and the honest aldermen who are standing up for the people's rights. "Ugly rumors" is good. Aldermen who are anxious to learn the truth ought to Inquire Into the de tails of the passage of the telephone ordinance five years ago. "Ugly rumors"! Well, there are some pretty ugly rumors going tho rounds Just now, But the Mayor, Corporation Counsel and honest aldermen aro not the ones affected by them. A watchful eyo Is being kept on the situation by too many people to have It easily misunderstood. A now report has been ordered on the books and accounts of the Tele phono Trust. When tho aldormen get that report they ought to bo la a position to low er rates. If thoy raise them tboy will raise something hotter than this climate has been for the past fow weeks, Tho net earnings of the Telephone Trust Increased from $1,270,109 la 1900 to $23,095,389 In 1910. And yet the Trust wants to squeeze more money out of Chicago people. Tho Chicago Telophono Company, which Is sufforlng so much from want of funds, according to certain city "experts" that It will have to ralso telephone rates on tho people In order to exist, paid 8 per cent In dividends last year. Think of Itl Eight per cent on twenty-seven mil lion dollars! This Is the company that started with a capital stock of halt a million and now has a capital stock of twenty-seven millions. It pays 8 per cent annual dividend on twenty-seven millions and puts up a twenty-two story modern office building besides. The people of Chicago are such easy marks that the phone crowd want to get more out of them and asks for an Increase In rates at the hands of the City Council. And two "experts" agree- that this "poor" company Is losing money! In 1911 the Chicago Telephone Com- jfcfat?a4&f&w,'fcy4 Jifcfr.&fjl lAfMi ttilljJb&fe'tnfliSttWfcJlb'lJb 'V&fto'X,vtil! )!W .-