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Entered as Second Claea Matter October 11. 1889. at the Peat
Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 3rd, 1ST.
fflet at Chicago. Illinois, undsr Act of Mach 3rd, 1879.
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The Democracy of Illinois Looks with
Pleasure Upon the Prospect of Party
Unity Under the Governor.
Colonel James Hamilton Lewis Issues a Letter to
Members of the Legislature Setting
Canards at Best.
City Council Committee ' Adopts a Plan for the Complete
Reorganization of the Police Force of
the City of Chicago.
Returns from the Election Show that Dunne Received Nearly One
Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand of a Plurality in State.
Edward F. Dunno's plurality In the
raco for Governor of llllnolB was 122,
01C, according to complete returns.
He polled 446,278 votes. Denoen, Re
publican, Was second, with 324,262
Totes and Funk, Progressive, third
with 309,457. The total vote cast was
The vote outside of Cook County
was: Deneen, 217,166; Dunne, 285,
164, and Funk, 201,022.
The Cook, County vote was: De
neen, 107,096; Dunne, 161,112, and
Funk, 108,435.
Political marplots are already try
ing to injure the chances of Colonel
James Hamilton Lewis for the United
States Sonatorshlp by circulating 're
ports that he has withdrawn from tho
race In order to seek a diplomatic
post. Colonel Lewis was nominated
by the people at the Democratic pri
mary. Ho mado a manly and vigor
ous campaign through tho state and
now some low-down political adver
saries aro trying to sidetrack him.
They can't do it. Colonel Lewis has
made himself clear on that point.
In a letter to all the Democratic
members-elect of the new Assembly,
Senators and Representatives, Colonel
Lewis informed them that he is still
a candidate and that he expects to
be elected.
"I advise you," he wrote, "that all
this Is a carefully laid plan of skillful
men. There is no truth and there will,
be no truth that I concede for a mo
ment that I can be beaten In the next
Legislature for United States Sena
tor. It is not truo and it will not be
true that I will either seek or accept
In lieu of the position of United States
Senator a diplomatic post. It is not
true and It will not be true that I
have .abandoned the belief that the
next Legislature, will be Democratic
and that It can elect a United States
"I know the Democratic members
will not violate their pledges, and I
know of the patrlotio votes from other
sources which will give me a sufficient
number of votes to assure my election
upon the first ballot."
The council committee on police
reorganisation Is about ready to re
port to the city council. Under the
plan which it will recommend, the
chief will be made an executive head
and will be given more authority
along administrative Unes than at
present. The working forces will be
divided Into three sections, following
closely to the lines 'laid down In the
report of the civil service commis
sion at the end of tho recent up
heaval, wbioh followed the abolition
of the Inspectorships, and the dis
missal of more than a score of com
manding officers.
The work of the force will, be
divided Into three general seotlons.
One will have charge of the enforce-'
ment of laws and ordinances and will
consist of the uniformed men. This
division will be charged with respon
sibility for 'the , prevention of crjmo
and the apprehension of criminals.,
The regulation of traffic will also be
part of Its work. ' '
The second division will keen dhe
department .recoros. These will In
dude the. eBclency .records of the
men,, a record of complaints, mjsdeiby'
oltlisu, H 'final reports of the d
partment and department documents.
The third division will be the
secret servlco section, and will be
responsible to Its own Individual head.
It will have direct supervision of all
matters relating to public morals, will
handle vice, the sale of drugs, tho reg
ulation of saloons, cafes, dance halls,
paries and all places of amusement
The censorship of theatrical per
formances, moving pictures and pub
lic performances of all kinds will
come under Its jurisdiction.
Each of these divisions will be In
charge of a deputy commissioner, who
will, have a special staff of men under
his personal direction to assist him.
The lieutenant will be made the re
sponsible offlcor In each police station
and will havo direct control of the
uniformed mon and will be responsi
ble for tho proper performance of
their work.
The Identification bureau will be
closely associated with the detective
bureau In conjunction with which It
works. At present tho headquarters
of those bureaus are more than a
mile apart.
A police ' administration building
separato and away from the city hall
is also recommended.
The report will bo submitted to tho
council committee on police by a sub
committee consisting of Aid. John A.
Rlchert, chairman; Aid. Eugene
Block and Aid. George F. Harding.
Other members of the general com
mittee are Aldermon Oelger, chair
man; Kenna, Mayer, Martin, Helwlg,
Vavricek, Beworsdorf, Czekala, Burns,
Mclnerney and Bradshaw.
The report was prepared after a
quietly conducted study of the de
partment by the sub-committee, which
inspected every police station In the
city and which, through the efficiency
division of the clvil-servlce commis
sion, made a complete check upon
the work of every police precinct in
the city. ,
Tho reorganisation will take effect,
according to the plans of the commit
tee, in time to permit the necessary
changes in the annual budget of tho
department and wlH become elective
Jan. 1, 1918.
Every time you go to the telephone
you feel like voting against a man
who favors the Phone Trust
With the approval of the council'
committee on judiciary an ordinance
providing for meetlngB of tho city
council In the afternoon Instead of at
night will be presented to that body!
at its noxt session.
At the last meeting Alderman A. J.
Cermak Introduced an ordinance toi
.ohange the meetings from 7:30 o'clqck
at night to 2 o'clook in the afternoon,
but failed to havo it passed. The mat
ter was referred to the judiciary com
mittee, which at Its meeting yesterday
reported favorably upon it.
The committee also voted to rec
ommend that the legislature pass a,
bill enabling the city to obtain title
to that pqrtion of tho Illinois and
Michigan Canal within the boundary
of the city. Jt Is desired to acquire
this .property so the canal basin may
be used for a subway or filled n and
psed as a boulevard.
Atyesman Jamas A. Kearns of the
(Tklrtyrprst ward announced that he1
kasibegun the study of the problem'
of traptlon noises with a view to
eventually perfecting an ordinance
that will eliminate the worst features
of the nuisance.
"I have had this matter under con
sideration for somo time," said Alder
man Kearns. "It seems to me thero
ought to be somo way of avoiding
such a clatter and bang as street cars
make. Every time one stops at a
crossing It lets out a. shriek that tin
gles the nerves of every woman and
many men within a block.
"We have witnessed miraculous
Improvements in transportation In tho
last decade and it Is not too much to
hope that as other obstacles, appar
ently as unsurmountable, havo been
overcome, so the one of norvo racking
noise may be mastered, if sufficient
and persistent attention is applied.
"I expect an engineer from Now
York who is thoroughly posted on
transportation equipment to visit me
within a short time and hopo to learn
much from him. Besides I Intend to
confer with street railway officials
and employes in order to gather all
the information possible.
Arguments in the suit by the three
elevated railroads to enjoin the city
from enforcing the ordinance for uni
versal transfers were concluded be
fore Judge Jesse A. Baldwin in the
Circuit Court The court ordered the
attorneys for tho city to prcparo
briefs and a decision is not expected
for somo time. Tho elevated railroads
contend that tho city had no power
to pass tho ordinance.
Francis Stuyvcsant Peabody of Chi
cago would raako a splendid Secre
tary of the Treasury. His eminent
qualifications for the placo and his
great popularity In tho Middle West
bespeak a cabinet position for him.
What bunk tho telephone trust Is
giving tho public! Owning tho telo
graph as well as the telephone sys
tems of tho country. It promises o
glvo pensions to Its (employes. Judg
ing from Its past, just before the cm
ploycs are old enough to got a pen
sion they will be discharged without
Clayton E. Crafts, one of tho sound
est lawyers In Illinois, is being talked
of for ono of the United States Judge
ships. His many friends, and they
nre legion, would be more than
pleased to see him named for the
Uarratt O'Hara will bo a credit to
the state as lieutenant governor and
his election is n great compliment to
his ability and energy.
Aldermen who believe In working
for the best interests of the people
will demand lower telephone rates,
The crop of aldermanlo aspirants
for next spring promises to be un
usually large.
Tho Way tho voters manipulated tho
big ballot on November 5 shows that
tho slzo of It had no terrors for them.
Tho Tclcphono Trust Is the most
grinding of tho many trusts that exist
In the United States. (
It snuffs out competition by ' the
power of Its money .and the people
are llko so many serfs to be used at
its own beck and call!
The rising tide of Indignation will
never subside until the whole Tele
phone Trust and its aides and abettors
aro punished.
When tho Ben monopoly was work
ing overtlmo to get tho city council
Talked of for Secretary of State.
to knock out tho Illinois Tunnol Tolo
phono Company's franchise Mayor
Harrison expressed himself as believ
ing that better service could bo ob
tained from a dual telephone service
than from a single one.
"In every Instance that I have been
personally informed of," ho said, "the
two systems have boon about as choap
to the consumer as one. Competition
seems to produce better service. I
really believe that better service can
be expected from two companies than
irom one."
The proposed extension of the terms
of office of aldermon and other city
officials to four years should be beat
en in the legislature. The object la to
remove these officials as far from the
people as possible,
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Telephone Trust, Which Controls Tele
graph, Telephone and Other Concerns of
the Country, Likes to Fool People.
While It Is Trying to Stifle Competition and Keep
Up High Bates It Will Pension
It Will Also Continue to Pension Its Stockholders with Fat
Eight per Cent Dividends by Raising Rates and
Killing Competition.
A Long Suffering Public Have Learned Through this Pension Announce
ment What An Awful Monopoly This Big Telephone Trust Is.
Tho Tclcphono Trust In order to
throw dust In tho eyes of the public
has announced that It has set aside
ton millions for pensions to Its cm
ployos In all tho companies that It
If the Telephono Trust can afford
to divido ten millions of dollars as
pensions to Its employes after paying
eight por cent dividends to Its stock
holders, then tho city council ought
to bo convinced that It can start a
big reduction In telephone rates.
All of theso millions como out of
the pockets of tho people and tho
victims of a monopoly are not apt to
feel their burdens lightened by honied
talk about pensions for employes.
Tho pcoplo demand relief from the
tolophono burdenB,
They will koop on demanding re
lief until they get it.
The head of the principal part of
the Chicago end of tho trust is quoted
in a dally paper as saying:
"The five Bell Telophone Com
panies, with headquartors in Chicago
the Chicago Telephone Company,
Central Union Telephone Company,
the Cleveland Telephono Company,
Michigan State Telephone Company
and Wisconsin Telephone Company
will adopt the pension, disability, ben-
etlts and Insurance plan In behalf of
their employes.
"Tho npproxttnato numbor of em
ployes in tho five companies operat
ing In tho llvo states of Illinois, Wis
consin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, is
The trust claims to havo over 300,
000 customers in Chicago nlono.
Why doesn't it do something for
its customers?
People will koop on asking why.
Competition and lower rates in tho
telephone Held are demanded by the
pcoplo of Chicago.
So strong is this feeling growing
among nil classes of tho community
that tho otTorta of tho tolophono trust
to stlllo competition and keep up
rates will fall tu tho long run.
What an nwful combination this
telephono trust Is.
It controls tho tolophono servlco in
every great city of tho couutry.
It controls tho Western Union
Telegraph Company.
It controls tho General Electric
It controls tho Western Electric
And It keeps up rates In ordor that
tho pcoplo may bo milked of great
dlvldonds for stockholders.
Tho Phono Trust wants tho City
Council to maintain its high rates.
Tho Telophono Trust will bo fought
by tho peoplo until it ceases to bo a
monopoly and until its charges aro
as rcasonablo as the government it
solf would chargo for similar public
Pcoplo who Imagine that tho pass
ing of an ordinance by tho City Coun
cil will do away with a public demand
for better conditions and lower rates
In the telophono sorvlco aro mistaken.
Tho tolophono is a necessity to tho
peoplo and no ono knows this better
than tho monopoly which controls It.
Tho purchaso of newspapers or tho
purchase of public officials will uot
help tho ciuibo of monopoly.
Tho nowspapors which support mo
nopoly havo lost their Influence with
tho public, which Is Intelligent and
possessed of a good momory.
Public officials who glvo away tho
pooplo's rights or show favors to the
tolophono monopoly will not bo for
gotten, On tho contrary, they will bo prop
erly branded and will bo rotlrcd to
prlvnto life.
Tho peoplo aro In no fraroo of mind
to bo trifled with. Thoy are showing
this ovory day and at every election.
Tho man who sells thorn out to a
trust mny win the approbation of
somo mllllonalro-ownod dally paper,
but tho common citizen, who Is In
sulted, neglected and overcharged by
tho tolophone service, will not forgot.
Thoro is ono thing that tho avorago
voter has a kntfo up his sleeve for.
That thing Is the public official who
favors tho Telophono Trust.
Tho Tolophone Trust should bo dls-,
The Chicago Telephone Company,
which Is suffering so much from
want of funds, according to certain
pity "experts" that it will have to
raise telephone rates on the people
In order to exist, paid 8 per cent in
dividends last year.
Think of it I
Eight per cent on twonty-aeven mil
lion dollars!
This Is tho company that started
with a capital stock of half a million
and now has a capital stock of twen-ty-sovon
It pays 8 per cent annual dividend
on twenty-seven millions and puts up
a twenty-two story modern office
building besides.
Tho pcoplo of Chicago are such
easy marks that the phone crowd want
to get moro out of them and asks for
nn Increase In rates at the bands of
the City Council.
And two "experts" ngroo that this
"poor" company Is losing money I
In 1011 tho Chicago Telephono Cos
pany paid 8 per cont In quarterly divi
dends of 2 por cent March SI, 2 per
cent, Juno 30; 2 per cont, September
30; 2 por cont, December 80, 1911.
Hero Is a nlco llttlo nest egg of
$2,1C0,000 divided up among the stock
holders. When to this Is added the profit!
paid tho "parent" Boll Telophone
Company, the amount grabbed off the
people of Chicago Is simply enormous.
Instead of raising telephone rates,
the City Council should lower them.
Tho people want tho aldermen to
"ring off" tho Tolephouo Trust
It has had too firm a hold upon tho
pcoplo of Chicago and thoy domand
relief from Its clutches.
Its ear-drum destroying sorvlco, ac
companied as It Is by a regular fan
faro of "wrong numbers," lnattontivo
operators and slow responses to re
quests for telephonic connections are
matters of current comment
Tho prlco of tho servlco Is alto
gether too high and tho peoplo do
mand n reduction In ratcB.
As for competition tho vory thought
of stifling it makes the public indig
nant. Tho public knows that with
out competition tho tolophono monop
oly would bo unbearable
Tho telephone trust contomplatoe
another big public Improvement It
Is going to raise Us dividend.
Tho public is witching tho tolo
phono situation closely. It has boon
milked so long to keop up big divi
dends, that a reduction of rates ull
along tho lino ,1s domanded.
Tho not earnings of tho Tolephono
Trust Increasod from 14.270,509 In
1900 to $23,095,380 In 1810.
And yot tho Trust wants to squoeze
moro money out of Chicago people.
The campaign for cheaper tolophone
sorvlco has just begun. All tho "ex
perts" In tho world cannot stop It.
Who rules Chicago, tho aldermen or
the phono company?
What aro tho aldermen going to do
In tho matter of telephono tariff re
duction? The Chicago Eagle, in common with
all users of the tolephono, is anxious
to secure better service and lower
I rates and is fighting along that line,
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