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tWbnty-fourth YEAR, HO. 23.
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Popular Democratic Leader Sees the New
Year Dawn with His Friends Con-
trolling Most of the Offices.
Bank and File
h aa To
The Rosenthal Cadets of the Municipal Voters' League
Are Anxious to Have the Party Label Taken
Off of Local Ballots.
Colonel James Hamilton Lewis Calls Upon President Wilson and
Urges the Appointment of an Illinois Man to the Cabinet.
Roger C. Sullivan, tho popular Dem
ocratic National and Stato Leader in
Illinois, begins tho now year with a
majority of nil tho Democrats elected
by the people with him.
HIb followers and friends now con
trol tho majority of tho Democratic
members of tho Stato Legislature and
hc following local oftlcos:
Board of County Commissioners,
Trustees Sanitary District,
Board of Review,
Board of Assessors,
County Clerk,
City Clerk,
Superior Court Clork,
Circuit Court Clerk,
Recorder of Deeds,
Criminal Court Clerk,
And the City Treasurer and Bailiff
of the Municipal Court are very
friendly to him.
It looks liko a happy now year for
Roger C. Sullivan, and he deserves
one, for ha treats his frlonds woll.
The Rosenthal Cadets, M. V. L.,
nave decided to take the party label
off of all candidates for aldermen
next spring. ,
I Col. James Hamilton Lewis was tne
leuest of President-Elect Wilson on
Monday. Before seeing Gov. Wilson,
Col. Lewis aald:
"First, I shall press in his consider
itlon the right of Illinois to a place
n.hla cabinet Illinois, with its great
interests, representing all the middle
west, should, no 'more be left out of
theablnet'than it should be left out
j of the union.
I "The neit thing I shall urge on the
president-elect Is the use of all his In
flftace in' securing a Democrat on
T TTnltMd Hiatal bench at Chlcaao.
Icago" la i the only district in the
'ilted States with a distinct partisan
eral.jBdtctary. As the nominee for
Senate I shall fight for one of
ese places for a Democrat. As to
!e man, I shall leave that to be
ought' forward by the party organl-
ationatsuraorted by the bar of the
On the senatorsblp, Mr. LewlB said:
"I shall be elected. All the factions
!of the party are for me as the pri
mary nominee, and If the contests
now pending ,ln the Legislature are
- justly decided we shall have two Dem
ocrats United States senators."
In Mayor 'Harrison's annual review
made public last Monday an optlmls
tlcvlewof the outlook for the ad
vancement of Chicago is taken.
Although" expressing deep regret
'.hat the. city's revenues have been
mrtalledVln' such a way that many
)t the rooet'llmportant municipal proj
ects have been held up, he foresees
success fer'thera a)L
"In spiteof''the events that have
t tampered tab progress of many of the
nost Important plaps for civic better
ment," ruas'Jhe. first paragraph, "Chi
cago lookback on the year that has
closed wHk! much satisfaction, and
torward'tsftaainew year' with several
definite'' Hopes" and ambitions, and
with good i prospect to have them re
alised." The flrstlproject he emphasised as
one of prevabtllty Is the merger of
i the elevated' and street car com-
1 panles.
Vi una conniBiign wiw power 10 n
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rates and compensation for franchises
of the Party
SUisvurn Kv Rollit Hvar '
for public utility corporations of tho
entlro stato will bo recommended in
the majority report to bo submitted
by the Joint legislative Investigating
This wob announced by Sonator
John Dalloy of Peoria, chairman of
tho Investigating body. Senator
Dnlley said ho is drafting n bill em
bodying the recommendation.
Senator Edward J. Qlackln of Chi
cago, a Henrst-Harrlson Democrat,
will submit n minority report, signed
probably by four of tho ton members
of tho committee.
The minority report will accord
with tho vlows. expressed before the
Investigating committee by Mayor
Harrison, who, hold that Chicago
should novo "homo rule" In dealing
with public utility questions.
Nonpartisan . local elections aro
urged and the abolition of. municipal
and judicial primaries sought and a
general curtailment of primary and
election expenses demanded by the
bureau of public efficiency In a re
port made public Monday,
A statement showing the cost of pri
maries and elections to the taxpayer
haa increased from 1288,281.36 to
$942,877.64 in 1912 was prepared and
tables made giving the election ex
pense In detail. The number of pri
maries and elections now held aver
ago two each year for Ave yeara of a
six-year period, with one election In
the sixth year.
The cost of a city primary Is set
forth in tabular form, aa follows:
Pay of Judges and clerks (1,329
precincts at $25 each)....,,$33,22S
Rent of polling 'places (1,329
precincts at $7 each; with .
$200 added for 1st and 18th
wards) 9,603
Printing ballots 4,000
Cartage 2,000
Legal advertising 1,000
Total direct expenditures... $49,728
"The cost of a judicial primary
would be substantially the same for
the territory within Chicago as a city
primary $49,728," the report says.
The annual saving to taxpayers by
the abolition of primaries Is set down
at $68,304. Nomination of city offi
cers and judges by petition Is tho
alternative. It Is also proposed to
lessen the number of elections.
Our old friend, Stomach Bitters Mc
Ansb, who got such a good thing from
the city at Erie and Union streets,
now wants to reform the City Council,
It seems. The property Owners and
Taxpayers' Association of the Twenty
fifth ward, organized recently by Mc
Ansb, Is preparing to take an active
part In the election of a successor to
Alderman Charles M. Thomson next
April. Immediately after New Year's,
Mr. McAnsh plans to call the mem
bers together, At this meeting plans
will be discussed looking to the pro
tection of property owners, the equal
ising of taxation and the selection of
an alderman who will help the small
property owner aa well as the large,
County Judge John B. Owens' an
nual report shows his court to have
been one of the buslesMrlbunats in
the world during the year 1012. No
less Jhan 6,451 cases of various kinds
Were handled' by the court.
1 That 25 per cent more persons went
Insane In Cook county In 1912 than
Are With Him'
in 1911 is one of tho startling items
in tho report. Up to December G the
record for the year was 2,324 Insanity
Tho sum of $1,600,000 was collected
in 588 Inheritance tax cases which
camo before the court during tho
year. Support cases, brought In be
half of 755 infirm, aged and helpless
dependents, were heard, ar.d $05,
322.55 was collected and disbursed
through the County court under tho
direct supervision of Judge Owens.
Soventy-olght defendants wore sent
to tho county Jail for falling to obey
support orders entered In favor of do
pendent relatives. The number of
support cases heard was 3,752. '
Cases Involving objections to spe
cial assessment increased 300 per
cent, 1.350 cases being filed. As su-'
pervlsor of the election machinery,
Judge Owens devoted a great deal of
tlmo to the hearing of complaints,
a total of 359 being filed. Many elec
tion contests were heard and decided.
The most' suspicious thing about the
"non-partisan" alderraanjo proposition
Is the fact that It Is favored by the
Trust Press.
Chicago has 305,000 Bell telephones
and still exists. Fires nor pestilence
cannot keep Chicago -from growing.
Governor-elect Dunne was waited
upon by a delegation representing the
cities in' the Mississippi river power
zone and urged to Join Governor
elect Clark of Iowa In extending an
Invitation to President-elect Wllaon
to attend the opening of the new dam
across the "father of waters" at Keo
kuk. Tho Illinois side of tho dam Is at
Hamilton. Mr. Dunne Aold the dele
gation that he would not extend an
Invitation to the President-elect un
less the pfoject was great enough
to warrant its being viewed by the
nation's head.
The man Comerford, who denounces
the legislators occasionally Is men
tioned for the Job of attorney for the
State Insurance Department. Even re
formers like Jobs.
If "Homo Rule" In the matter of
public utilities means Phone Rule, the
people don't want It.
Non-partisan nominations for local
offices would be popular, all right.
The fellows who have grown rich
boosting phone rates In Chicago will
not have so many to follow their ex
amplo when the State fixes the rates.
Take the muzzle off tho primary bal
lot and give every man a show for the
With a Stato Public Utilities Com
mission tho phono trust would be up
against It hard.
A number of badValdcrmen will be
retired In tho spring;
Anyono who Imagines that the Pro
gressive party Is dead In local politics
will bo bndly fooled. Tho Progressive
party has como to stay,
Dunno has his hands full, with tho
Donccn Democratic hold-ovors all
clamoring for better Jobs.
Let ub have a freo-for-nll raco for
local nominations.
Ono thing tho peoplo aro sick and
tired of is home. .vulo that favors
phono magnates.
Stato's Attorney Maclay Hoyne won
a temporary victory whon Judge Jesso
A. Baldwin rejectod as Insufficient
tho contest petition .filed In tho Clr-
Successful Democratic Leader.
cult Court by William A. Cunnea, So
cialist. Judge Baldwin granted Mr.
Cunnea ton days in which to file an
amended petition.
Mr. McAnsh, the patriot, who got a
big sllco of North Union street for
a little over 9100 a year, now wants
to reform the City -Council. It the
City Council records and those of the
City Bureau of Compensation are ex
amined, "the property owners and
taxpayers" will find much to Interest
Ous Miller, one time member of the
board of assessors, Is said to be con
templating resigning as lieutenant
colonel of the Second Infantry. Ous
was a good man in his day,
Automatic telephone service is
really the only service for a big city;
It Insures privacy and does away with
the "wrong number" nuisance and
other delays.
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Home Rule as We Have Had It Means
Phone Rule in Chicago and
Trust Wants It.
A State Commission Appointed by Governor Dunne
Would Quickly Put Telephone Bates
Down to Proper Figures.,
The Outside Towns Are Paying from
Tenth What Chicago People
for Phone Service.
A Stato Commission on Public Utilities Will
Give the Long Suffering Chicago Public a
The election of Governor Dunne has
given to tho peoplo of Chicago conll
donca in a Public Utilities Commis
sion, appointed by tho Stato that they
have never felt before.
A Public Utilities Commission ap
pointed by tho Oovcrnor would ourcly
glvo to tho peoplo of Chicago relief
from exorbitant and cxccsslvo tele
phone rates.
Every city and town in Illinois out
side of Chicago Is given tolcphono
rates which are meroly nominal com-
fl'iV. .
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pared with tho rates that Chicago peo
ple aro paying.
Tho loudest howlers for "home
rule" in Chicago today aro tho trust
nowspapers, tho ownore of which hold
big chunks of telephono ntock, and
fiundry other "reformers" who will
bear watching.
The City Council has not fulfilled its
duty to the public In this matter in
the paBt.
A State Commission would so ad
Just telephone rates that tho compar
ison' of charges for service in Chi
cago and in outside towns would not
arouse so much astonishment as It
does at present
Phone .Rule must got
The faot Is dawning' upon the pub
lic that 'the Phone Trust hangs on to
Its antique and out-of-date equipment
Just to' keep prices up. The older the
kind of Instrument In use the easier
It Is to pile up a lot of figures, prov
ing the great cost of maintenance,
and this great cost has to be added
to tho telcphono bill of tho subscriber.
Thq only reason why tho tclcpuouu
Trust will not uso tho automatic sys
tem Is because It can matte moro
money out of the public with Its anti
quated Bervico. Kngland has adopted
tho automatic service, and so has far
away .Auatralla and New Zealand.
The Trust 1b bo busy garnering
a great fortune from tho peoplo of
Chicago that all that It wants is a
number of friendly aldermen, and "the
peoplo bo d d."
Evory effort is being mado by tho
Trust to cloud tho real situation and
get away with another schedulo of
high prices. Every subject except the
real one overcharge of telephono
rates is brought up by tho company's
agents at Council Commlttoo meet
ings. Tho rates should bo cut In half
to begin with, and tho company
should be obliged to Install automatic
secret service
The Chicago Telephone Company Is
bound by Its franchise to submit to
any ordor passed by the city council
regulating either Its charges or Its
equipment. Section 7 of tho ordi
nance granting tho franchise .says:
"Tho city council as one of thV con
ditions of the grant of the privileges
herein conferred upon the Chicago
Telephone Company hereby reserves
to itself the right from time to time
during the period of this grant, by
special ordinance .amendatory here
of, to hereafter establish, fix, pre
scribe, and regulate the rates, charges)
prices and toll or other compensa
tion or any limitations thereupon for
each and every kind of service, fa
cilities, and equipment which the Chi
cago Telephono Company furnishes
or supplies or may furnish or supply
In the city of Chicago under this or
dinance, and also the basis, method,
manner, and means of computing, ex
noting, imposing, paying, and collect
ing such rateB, charges, prices, and
tolls or other compensation of said
Chicago Telephone Coompany."
Elsewhere In the franchise, In sec
tion 5, is found this paragraph:
"Tho city council shall have the
right by ordinanco to regulate from
time to tlmo during the' term here
of in any manner each and every
kind of servlco which said Chi
cago Telephone Company may here
after deal In, furnish or supply In the
city ot Chicago under or by virtue
of this, grant"
In section 1G Is found this pro
vision: "But said Chicago Telephone Com
pany by the acceptance of this ordi
nance shall be understood as pre
cluded from In any manner attack
ing or questioning the power ot the
city of Chicago to exercise the author
ity, powers, privileges and rights
hereby reserved or granted, or any of
By section 17 the company agreed
that in the event of its default "In
the observance or performance" of
any of the agreements of the ordi
nance continuing three months after
written notice from the city the coun
cil can declare the grant "and all the
rights and privileges" ot the company
forfeited and at an end.
The Telophone Trust will be fought
by the people until It ceases to be a
mononolv and until its charms ara
as reasonable as the government It-
One Fifth to One
Are Paying
Equalize Matters and
Chance to Save.
self would chnrgo for similar public
Peoplo who Imaglno that the 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 telephono servlco are mistaken.
The telcphono Is a necessity to the
people and no ono knows this better
tliantho monopoly which contrplj It
Tho purcbaso of newspapers or the
purchnso of public officials will not
help tho causo ot monopoly.
The nowBpapcrs which support mo
nopoly have lost their Influence with
tho public, which is Intelligent and
possessed of a good memory.
Public officials who gtvo away the
people's rights or show favors to tho
telephono monopoly will not be for
gotten. On tho contrary, they will be prop
erly branded and will bo retired to
private llfo.
The peoplo aro In no framo of mind
to bo trifled with. They aro showing
this overy day and at every election.
Tho man who sells thorn out to a
trust may win the approbation ot
Bomo mllllonalre-owned dally paper,
but tho common citizen, who Is In
sulted, neglected and overcharged by
the telephone service, will not forget
Thero Is one thing that tho average
voter has a knife up his sleeve for.
That thing is the public official who
favors the Telephone Trust,
why a telophone In Chicago should
cost five times as much as one In a
country town is past finding oat
The Chicago letoiOiune Company,
which Is suffering so muck frost
want of funds, according to certain
city "experts" that It will have t
raise telephone rates on the people
in order to exist psld 8 per osat la
dividends last year.
Think of Itl
Eight per cent on twenty-seven mil
lion dollars I
This is the company that started
with a capital stock ot halt a million
and now has a capital stock ot twenty-seven
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 moneyl
In 1911 the Chicago Telephone Corn
pany paid 8 per cent In quarterly divi
dends of 2 per cent March II, I per
cent, Juno 30; 2 per cent, September
80; 2 per cent, December 30, 1911,
Here is a nice little nest egg of
!,1C0,000 divided up among the stock
holders. When to this Is added the profits'
paid the "parent" Bell Telephone
Company, the amount grabbed off the
people of Chicago Is simply enormous.
Instead ot raising telephone rates,
the City Council should lower them.
Voters should be given a chance to
solve the city transportation problem
at the coming spring election.
Will any alderman havq the hardi
hood to pledge the city to pay eight
per cent dividends on watered tele-
I phone stock?
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