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at Chicago, minora, under Act of March 3rd, 1879.
tered aa Second Claae Matter October 11, IMt, at the eet
Office at Chicago, llllnela, under Act of March art leT.
The Democratic Candidate for Governor
Will Be Elected in November by a
. Great Big Majority.
A Leading German American Newspaper Advocates
His Cause and Says that Deneen's Associates
Are "Dry" Sympathisers.
The Opposition to Deneen in the Republican Party Is Very
Great and Thousands of Republicans Will
Vote for the Democrat.
The Political Campaign Is Warming Up and All Parties Are Working
Hard to Get Out a Big Vote Next Month.
Edward F. Dunne will bo elected
govornor of Illinois on the tilth of
November without any doubt.
The people are Hocking to, his sup
port in all parts of the state and
nothing can beat him.
Governor Doneen has made many
enemies in his own party and thou
sands of Republicans will voto for
Judge Dunne because they believe
him to he tho best man for the of
fice. A. Chicago Oonnnn paper, tho
Abendpost, printed an editorial urging
till "wets," or llborals, to voto against
Charles 8. Deneen for Governor be
came of his "dry" associates, and
especially for his afllllatlon with I-aw-rence
T. Sherman, whom tho paper de
nounces as a "spiteful fanatic."
"Governor Deneen," tho editorial
said, "is personally very liberal in his
views bat he has not tho backbones
to stud by his political convictions.
Furthermore, wo may be 'thankful' to
htm that the unsophisticated 'poison
mike,' Lawrence Y. Sherman, was put
up for United States Senator.
"Under such circumstances it
should be no difficult matter for lib
eral Republicans to voto for Dunne."
Tht energotlo opposition of the
wots" to Sherman may go very far
toward giving the Democrats control
of tht legislature, and the "wet" and
"dry" Issue is sure to be raised in'
many downstato districts.
The "wets" fight on Sherman dates
back t the .time when he was presi
dent of the State Senate, aa Lleuten
aat Governor. The "wets" had put
through three of tholr bills, one per
mitting home rule for tho open Sun
day and the othor two for mollifying
greatly the local option law. The
Senate was about to pqbb thorn, also,
when Sherman, so the "wets" charge,
neatly" and effectively killed thorn
with his little gavel.
"Shaman," says tho Abendpost,
"now has the unspeakable 'freshness'
to try far seat in tho United States
Tae committee of one hundred
pitches into Harry Gibbons, because
he haa cared positions for a numbor
or bis friends. This will help Mr. Gib
bons aad not hurt him in the least,
l'eopla admire a man who sticks to
his friends and takes caro of them
whea la haa a chance to do so. ,
October 10 wll bo a Democratic
holiday in Chicago and tho hatchet
will be burled by all factions.
A demand that Governor Deneen
oxplain his 1243,000 "fee grab" while
state's attorney of Cook County and
arraignment for his failure to drive
jack-potlsm out of tho state legisla
ture or to g)vo a reasonable explana
tion for the increased cost of operat
ing tho state government, marked the
address of Judge Edward F. Dunne at
llellvlllo, III.
While the city permits thousands of
iioodIo to let tholr buildings go un
numbered, the removal of all old
house numbers, which make two num
bers on many buildings, is ordered in
un ordinance prepared by Commls
sloner or Public Works McOann. If
passed by tho council the ordtiinnco
will give owners and ogonts thirty
days In which to romovo tho old num
bers. Finos are provided for failure
to do so and tho pollco nro to enforce
the measure. Tho new numbering
ordinance applying to tho outlying
districts has been in effect for three
years and for a yoar and a half in tho
downtown district.
"Peoplo aro accustomed to tho new
numbering system by this tlmo and
the old numbers, making two widely
divergent numbers on many buildings,
only causo confusion," said Mr. McOann.
The fantastic freaks who aro run
ning tho Northwestern L havo hit up
on a new plan for annoying patrons
of, the road. Thlrty-slx perpendicular
Iron bars havo boon painted whlto
'and placed In position along tho
"end seats" of many cars. They are
to be placed in all of them. TheBo
bars mako It Impossible for a woman
with a child In her arms to sit down,
or onco sitting down for them to get
up again. Thoy aro very uncomforta
ble and havo a prlson-llko look, thor
oughly In keeping with tho manage
ment of this mismanaged road.
If campaign committees would burn
oft tho mugs of some of tholr candi
dates .before photographing, they
would do less harm to fences and tele
graph poles upon which the likenesses
are nailed.
Deneen Is losing ground dally.
Judge Dunne will get an Immense Re
publican vote.
Arthur W. Charles, Democratic
stato chairman, says reports from 50
counties show Judge Dunno will re
celvo within 9,000 votes of tho com
bined strength or Funk and Deneen.
He would have been nearer right it
ho said that the Judgo would receive
25,000 moro votes than Deneen and
Funk combined.
Cleveland, 0., Oct. l.-r-Munlclpal
ownership and operation of a tele
phone Bystem is contemplated in a
resolution adopted unanimously by
the City Council. It calls upon Mayor
Baker and Director of Public Servlco
Sprlngborn to Investigate tho ques
tion of public ownership and opera
tion of ono or both or the local tele
phono systems,
The city always gets after peoplo
who try to obey the law, Cltlzons who
placed new numbers on their houses
are to be prosecuted for not remov
ing tho old ones. But people who
never put up olthor old or new num
bers nro to bo loft severely alone.
Suit for Injunction and accounting
was filed In Superior court by David
J, Evans, a minority stockholder In
the Northwestern Elevated Railroad
company, attacking the "U' lino. mer
ger and demanding the return of $5,
000,000 profit he 'alleges the pro
moters received from tho purchase of
$20,000,000 of bonds to tho par value
or $25,000,000 Issued by tho Northwest
ern road after the merger trustees had
ucqulred moBt of the stock. Evans
declaros that the bonds are worth par,
Hecuml by moro than tho faco value
In railroad "property, and then attaoks
tho elevatod morger and the proposed
elevated-surfuco combine. Directors
and trustees of the various Interested
companies and trusts and the com
panies themselves aro named as de
fendants. Two Judges' ha v5boeU "nnggod" out
of tho speeders' court by Influential
persons who sought to have tho lines
of their friends reduced. They havo
been approached In their clubs, In
public places, bothered by persons
who haunted their offices, forced to
eat In private, and harassed until tho
position became such a strain thoy
asked transfers, The two are Munlcl
pal Judgo Hugh R. Stewart and It. F.
Charges made by Frank Funk, Pro
gressive nominee for governor, that
Governor Deneen Is collecting a "slush
fund" from state civil servlco em
ployes, caused u sonsatlon In political
Senutor Funk makes tho following
detailed allegations:
That nlno mon detailed as live
stock Inspectors In tho stock yards by
tho Stato Llvo Stock Commission
havo boon assessed $50 each, and
that tholr pay checks, usually Usuod
on tho fifth of tho month, wcro ad
vanced so that tho assessment could
bo collected September 30.
That a $C0O assessment hns been
levied against Dr. A. T. Peters, head
of the biological laboratory In Spring
field, whose Hulary is $1,000 n year.
That employes of the stato grain in
spection department are being
assessed $50 each.
Senator Funk's charges aro de
clared by Progressive party leaders
to demand an immediate answer from
the governor.
Canned Dunk for campaign use Is
being handed out by the tireless pay
rotl supporters of Deneen. It Is es
pecially Intended to bo shot Insldo tho
Bweatbands of small sized Stetson
We must say that L. Y. Sherman Is
a dandy to talk of for United States
Henntor. He ought to be and will bo
Judge Klckham scanlnn resigned as
an arbitrator of tho street car trou
bles, much to tho regret of nearly
Efforts will be made to havo Judgo
Scanlan reconsider his resignation.
Friends of tho Jurist said that the
Judgo was determined not to be a
member of tho arbitration board be-'
cause ho was not pleased with tho ac
tions of H. II. Fleming, representing
the traction companies.
Tho proposed extension of tho terms
of ofllco of aldermen and other city
officials to four years should be beat
en In the legislature. Tho object is to
remove these officials as far from tho
people ob possible.
ir tho "Recall" was part of tho Con
stitution, It would not mnko much dif
ference how long an official's term
was. Thoy could be recalled at any
tlmo. Until the Recall is adopted, the
shorter tho term of office the better
for tho people.
Denunciation of Governor Doneen
for his extravagance, duplicity and do
flanco of public Bontlment marked tho
address of Edward F. Dunne, Demo
cratic nomtneo for governor, In West
Chicago, Monday night. "Governor
l)eneen Is speaking In from fifteen to
twenty towns und cities each day
from tho 'rear platform of his $250-u-day
special train," he said; "but ho
fHGaLLKLi .wiH
LLLLH v'BTv1bbbH
Democratic Candidate for Governor of Illinois.
falls to explain who Is paying for
this special train. Tho voters of the
stato araj Interested In this."
Judge Dunno, In a speech at Pekin,
said: "Governor Deneen did not want
a direct primary law, but tho political
exlgoucles wero such that he could
not afford no legislation at all on tho
subject. It was much tho same with
civil servlco legislation. Ho Bhowed
his spoils uttltiulo by midnight ap
pointments Just boforo tho act wont
Into effect."
Tho Chicago Eaglo, In common with
all users of the telophone, is anxious
to sccuro better sorvlco and lower
rates and 1b fighting along that lino.
City Council Must Decide Very Soon
Whether Present High Telephone
Tariff Is to Be Maintained.
People Demand a Redaction and Point to Enormous
Telephone Dividends as Proof They
Pay Too Much.
First Meeting of the Aldermen Since the Summer Vacation
Was Held on Monday Night and Much Business
Was Transacted.
Proposed Legislative Bill Making the Terms of Aldermen, City Clerk
and City Treasurer Four Years Was Approved.
The City Council met for the first
tlmo Monday night after tho summer
vacation. Ono of the most important
matters to como beforo tho body this
winter will bo tho fixing of telephone
rates for tho next flvo years. Over
thrco hundred thousand peoplo aro
looking forward with Interest to tho
action of tho aldermen In tho matter.
Most peoplo think that tho present
rates are exorbitant and cannot un
derstand why rates In Chicago for
telophone servlco should bo so much
greater than tho rates charged by tho
samo company for service In outsldo
towns and cities. ,Tho second export
employed by tho city Is said to have
arrived at tho conclusion that tele
phono rates aro not too high hero.
This surprising conclusion Is not
shared In by a majority of tho people
of Chicago. Tho telophono trust, as
It Is cnllod, has attempted to stifle
tho public demand for lower rates.
It that sort of thing is not In lino
with a iloslro to boost rates, wo do
not know what Is. Tho company has
increased Its capital stock from $500,
000 to $2,700,000 and tho peoplo of
Chicago havo had to pay tho frolght.
In other words, tho mulntenauco of
high rates has been tho fcoiuro that
produced tho big dividends. Tho al
dermen will soon show the public
whether they favor the peoplo or tho
telephone company.
Considerable business was trans
acted at Monday night's Council meet
ing, of which tho following wcro tho
most notable features:
Three orders passed in effort to
lessen automobile accidents,
Order presented for an ordlnnnco
regulating privato banks.
Major urged legislation against un
muzzled dogs.
Ordinance passed for referendum
on Twelfth street bonds.
Washington street ordinance of
Marshall Field & Co. sent back to
Resolution passed directing that
payment of final voucher for now
city hall bo withheld.
Resolution passed for preparation
of bill giving city now tmrbor powers.
,"l!attlng averages" of aldermen re
ported by City Clerk.
Ordlnanco regulating cold storage
warehouses deferred.
Dill making terms of City Clerk,
City Treasurer and aldermen four
years approved.
Ordlnnnco presented requiring re
moval of old house numbers.
Commissioner McGunn's report that
no bids woro received on garbage re
duction contract referred to flnanco
Mayor Harrison sent to the Council
a report by City Prosocutor Mclner
noy showing tho necessity of new leg
islation against unmuzzled dogs. Fig
ures show that in July 306 persons
wero bitten. The recommendation
was that a new ordlnanco bo passed
placing a higher fine as a penalty for
allowing a dog looso without a muzzlo,
or that tho legislature should be asked
to make tho offense punishable by a
Jail sentence. Ho suggested Impris
onment for not moro than ton days.
From a learned "Export's" reports
to tho City Council we learn that:
Telephone rates should be raised
because the Dell Telephone Company
owns the local telephone company.
Decause the Western Electrical
Company is also owned by the Bell
Telophono Company.
Because the local telephone com
pany Is obliged to buy all of Its equip
ment and necesarles from tho West
ern Electrical Company.
Because neither the Western Elec
trical Company or tho local telophone
company would have big enough prof
its to suit tho Boll Telephone, which
owns thorn, it Chicago people were
not pressed for a little moro coin and
tholr telophono rates raised.
Because the local telephono com
pany has Increased its capital stock
from tho original $500,000 to $27,000,
000 and $5,000,000 more In bonds.
Becauso tho stockholders would not
got big enough dividends on this lm
menso stock Issuo If the peoplo ot Chi
cago wero not squeezed.
Thercforo the telephone company
has tho norvo to ask tho City Council
to raise the rnterf on tho peoplo ot
Tho people ot Chicago aro to be
used as sorts by tho Telophono Mon
opoly and tho last drop Is to bo
squeezed out of them,
In tho meantlmo It would be well
for the aldermen to Inquire Into the
alleged relations, in tho past, ot cer
tain city officials with the above elec
trical company, tho twin of the local
telephone company, both being owned
by the Boll Monopoly.
Tho telephone gang want the coun
cil to ralso tho rates on all phones.
To abolish all flat phones and make
everybody tako measured aerviee.
To put a nickel In every phone be
foro connection is made
Flro Mnkshal Seyrorllch asserted
thnt aa practically one-half of the fire
and pollco alarms nro received by tele
phone, ho did not favor the general
Installation ot tho "pay-in-advance"
typo of telophono Instrument now be
ing placed in various parts ot tho city
by the telophono company.
Tho Chicago Telephono Company,
which 1b suffering so much from
want ot funds, according to certain
city "experts" that it will have to
ralso tolephono rates on the people
In order to oxlst, 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 ot hair a million
and now has a capital stock of twenty-seven
It pays 8 per cent annual dividend
on twenty-seven millions and puts up
a twenty-two story modem office
building bcsldeB.
The peoplo of Chicago are such
easy marks that tho phone crowd want
to got more out of them and asks for
an lncreaso in rates at the bands of
the City Council.
And two "experts" agree that this
"poor" company Is losing money I
In 1911 tho Chicago Telephone Com
pany paid 8 per cent In quarterly divi
dends ot 2 per cent March II, 2 per
cent, Juno 30; 2 per cont, September
30; 2 por cont, December 30, 1911.
Hero Is a nlco little nest egg of
$2,100,000 divided up among the stock
holders. When to this Is added the profits
paid tho "parent" Bell Telephone
Company, tho amount grabbed off tho
peoplo of Chicago is simply enormous.
Instead of raising telephone rates,
the City Council should lower them.
The Tolephono Trust is tho most
grinding of tho many trusts that exist
In tho United States.
It snuffs out competition by the
power of its money and the peoplo
aro llko so many serfs to bo used at
Its own beck and call.
Tho rising tldo ot Indignation will
novor subsldo until tho whole Tole
phono Trust and Its aides and abettors
aro punished.
What aro tho aldermen going to do
In the matter of telophono tariff re
duction? Possibility of a reduction of tole
phono rates Is remote This, it was
learned will bo tho report of Prof.
Edward W. Bomls, public utility ox
pert, who has boon busy on a telo
phono roport for a yoar. Tho roport
is being mado at tho instnnco of tho
council through tho gas, oil and elec
tric light committee,, which has kept
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