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Y-iJI & p&nt&Zrilto" l-7.7yrt'-ij( V aw -' '.v fl? 1. r y-v ""V-' -'- "- Cf Entered ai Second Clait Matter October 11, 1889, at the Pott Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act or March 3, 1878. INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL IN NONE. Entered m Second Clasi Matter October 11, 1889, nt the orrico at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 3, 1879. Pott TWBNTYrFOUTtTII YEAH, !NO. 37. CHICAGO, SATUBDAY, JUNE 14, 1013. W$al WIIOIiE NTTMBEK 1,LJJ 1, T IaXjDv- iMhmP 5E-I-a g-ljKr r 6 fA? Y WORSE THAN WAR The Annual Slaughter of Chicago People by Automobiles Is Arousing Public Sentiment Upon the Subject. Coroner Hoffman This Cause Human Life Is Held Far Too Cheap Who Do The Streets Are Mo Longer Safe, as the Reckless Drivers Appear to Have Things All Their Own Way at Present. Tho daughter of Chicago people by automobiles Is attracting widespread attention and causing a great deal of comment. An uprising that will crystalllzo In rigid laws governing automoblllsts was predicted by Coroner Hoffman unless somothlng Is dono to put an end to the taking of human life. The number of deaths In automobile acci dents so far this year Is more than 100 per cent greater than for tho cor responding live months last year. The coroner declared that he can recall only ono caso whero any ono has been convicted In connection with an automoMlo killing. Ho was moved to his sensational prediction when ho reached his ofllco one day last week and learned of tho death that day of Harry Smith, a union painter. "This appears to bo a particularly bad case," said tho coroner. "From what I learn Smith was run down and killed by an automobile at South State and 13th streets. Tho chauf feur and bis passengers abandoned their machine and escaped on foot. It the facts aro as reported I will In struct my assistants to do everything possible to bring about the conviction of the driver. Unfortunately the laws of Illinois aro such that convictions aro rare and hard to get. Unless ac tion is taken to stop this slaughter something is going to break loose. The people will exercise their power before long." Mr. Hoffman gave orders that a personal-report be made to him of every caso where a person Ib killed by an automobile. His deputies were In structed to get him out of bed at night in order that he might assume personal charge of the cases. Records of the coroner's office show forty-four deathB In automobile acci dents In tho first five months of 1013. Last year In tho same period the num ber of deaths was only twenty. The coroner pointed out that In 1905 there were only live automobile deaths tho entire year: Following Is tho record of automo bile deaths by months: . 1912. 1913 January 3 February 2 March 4 April 2 May 9 G 9 G 10 13 Coroner Hoffman further predicted that unless action was taken to regu late the powerful electric searchlights used on the front of automobiles they would sooner or later be the causo of many accidents and much loss of life. "There should be a law requiring drivers to turn off their electric searchlights when passing other cars," he 'said. "From personal ex perience I know that these lights are blinding. Ono feature of the situa tion that Impresses me Is the killing of children, I want to be fair, how ever, and I will say that tho public Is equally responsible with tho automo bile drivers for tho slaughter. The police should arrest every boy or girl found hitching on behind wagons and automobiles or roller skating In the streets. I wish bIbo that some law could be devised which would prevent any one crossing streets except at in tersections." Speaking at the twentieth annual convention of the International Asso ciation ot Chiefs of Police, now meet Ins In Washington, D. O., William A. Predicts a Public Uprising from and the Passing of More Stringent Laws. as They Please in All Laws. Plnkorton of Chicago, head of the Illn korton National Detective Agency, warmly defended the parole law and the indetermlnato sentence and gave arrays of statistics showing that the law had worked satisfactorily and with greater Justice In Illinois slnco Its enactment than tho old law. "I believe,'" ho said, "that all polit ical Influence should bo eradicated from tho conduct of all penal Insti tutions, and moro especially from all boards of pardon or parole. The In determlnato scntonco and parolo law .cannot bo administered efllclcnlly in any prison controlled by partisan pol itics, for tho most Important part nt tho Indetermlnato sontonco and pa rolo law Is Its supervision. "In tho many years that I havo been In the dotectlvn servlco I havo made It a rule always to meet pa roled prisoners moro than half way and glvo them ovory encouragement possible to guldo them in tho right direction. In many Instances I havo gone out of my way to get them em ployment, first stating to their em ployers who and what they are, and even aiding them financially In an en deavor to bring tbem back to a clean and bottpr life. The' great trouble with men of this kind Is that, unless they havo friends who get them posi tions, evil associates aro liable to hunt them up and endeavor to load them astray "Theso men should be encouraged to do right and not dragged Into court without causo and their past lives ex posed and held up to ridicule. On the contrary, whenever opportunity pre sents Itself, It Is tho duty ot a police officer to use his best efforts to aid and assist them so long as they are doing right." Dancing In so-called respectable down town restaurants Is a disgrace to Chicago. Tho Cabaret Is arousing national attention. The tremendous growth of wealth, with Its consequent increase In tho numbor of "idle rich,' is producing a class ot criminals in this country almost faster than tho nolice can cone with It. according to I Representative Borland of Missouri, who addrossed the convention ot tho International Association of Chiefs ot Police, Mr. norland declared that the "idle rich" set a pernicious example In their search for amusement and aroused a desire of emulation In the minds of persons of small means. The result of such an oxample, he said, was to tempt poorer folk Into Indis cretions and crime to obtain money with which to gratify newly acquired tastes. The cabaret show ho declared to bo one of the main causes for the spread of tho social evil, There 1b still a little grass and some trees left in Lincoln Park. These will bo removed lu time to make room for more auto speedways. The water meter graft Is bobbing Its head up again. It is proposed to tax every lot In Chicago from $200 to $600 for water meters, besides the great expense It will entail upon all users of water. Chicago has an Immense water fund. If part of It was devoted to wards building pumping stations at the lake end of every section Una la Chicago there would be no water fam ine anywhere, It Is astonishing what man the by the, Joy Riders, Spite of water meter people can Influence to their, way of thinking. Somo men who ought to know bet ter aro talking for water meters. More than that the "high, pressure" sohemo Is up again. According to some advocates It will Famous Detective only cost thirty or forty millions ot dollars to Install meterB and a "high pressure" system. The poor will have to pay the cost. With half this sum additional pump ing stations could be built which would mors than supply the demand, A well known engineer who was ad- 2 y?P?ysHaB8llglHHHW HimHlilBHHnaaSraH lkkHLskkkHlkHiBHF4sS aaaaauaVlaalaaBHaaaaaa XJBVKiB3Ba3iiMSl9ft; naHaBGaHaaaaHaaaaaaKFroHa itgtGJHgHgtgtgtgtgtLgBr' HffijWtfHniW gtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtgtY- MiiJkEkiVW gtaagBaaaaaaLLH HMMil' JBaaaaaWBaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH aaaaaaaaaKCTiafaaaBaaaKaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHPHHaflalBHH LQaQgWgwX WkHkkKikkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkHIkkK ikkkkkkB'1 'kgkkkvkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkWLHkaBkf aaaaaaaaaaaB.' ? Bft 'aaaaaaav taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaVaaaHaV BBI vMaVi'aBmAaBmAaBmAVaBmALBKim BVaMaMgMaMm'v )bHIjV'' gtgtgtgtgtgSBaMaMaMaMaMaMBMHHHI aaaBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBM. USBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBr ilT A , ' nBMBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBS aSaVnSaaaVaaVii--f XaaaaHflaVaV BkkwKlkkHiLj&LiHHLH HiwikHkkH&kkkkkkkHR - ' "ikkkkkkkkkkaLV yHgBnzf3& gSaBaLB aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaBT E?TBiafiS BBlBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBMJIJJBr; tWSK&WKmmtmsmsX vocattng "high presure" and water meters said tho other day, according to dally papers, that one of the chief trouble's In Chicago was tho very high consumption of water, which averaged about 2,000 gallons per capita dally, caused largely by waste and under ground leakage from broken connec tions. As a remedy for waste ho recommended water meters. The test of tho water pressure made In the loop shows an Insufficient pressure, but ho said that the city was Install ing a large "number of water mains, none under eight Inches, and these would materially Improve the pres sure. The health or the city demands plenty of water for everybody. The lnstali-Ofl of meters would limit tt"? consumption of water and rats' e price ot living on the poor. . higher rates would have to be narged In the residence districts and tenants would have to pay the water rates after the landlords had paid an exorbitant rate for Installing water meters. This form of graft Is particularly objectionable to Chicago people. They will not stand for It. It hits everybody and It la unnecessary. Lincoln Park West I What a chance thoro Is here for a legislative investi gation. A Park Commissioner secured a big piece of land on North Park Avenue, facing Lincoln Park, He erected a great series ot apartments on the land. Then the park board paved the street out of tho park funds after first declaring it a boulevard. Then the namo was changed to Lin coln Park West, to further enhanco 'things. Why Is not North Clark Street called Lincoln Park Southwest, or North Avenue Lincoln Park South, or Lako View Avenue Lincoln Park Northwest? Is it because no Park Commissioner owns apartment build ings on them7 ) The parks are being rapidly turned Into roadways. The next campaign will be the big primary battle of 1914. The different leaders are already scurrying around WILLIAM A. PINKERTON, Who Addressed National Convention looking after their political fences, Watch out for surprises. Michigan avenue, with Its autoa parked in the middle, looks like a hay market in a small town. CHICAC0 SLAVES They Make the Richest Kind of Picking for the Greedy and Ever-Hungry Bell Telephone Trust. Aldermen Who Care More for Monopolies than They Do for the Voters Have a New Scheme. The Bell Telephone Monopoly Is to Be to Stifle All Competition in and Defy the People. By Getting the Approval of the City Council to Its Fine Little Scheme Permitting It to Buy Off Competition. The Dell Telcphono Trust is going to strengthen its strangle hold upon tho throat of Chicago by wiping out competition. A 'merger of tho two companies Into ono operating system Is contemplated, of Police Chiefs. and If realized will mean tho ond ot two separate lines within tho city. Tho combine, it is declared, will moan tho abolition ot tho automatic' system and the taking over of its subscribers by the Hell company. This was announced following an attempt to effect tho revision ot tho telephono ordinance which at present prohibits tho amalgamation ot tho Il linois company with any other locally operated concern. It has the aid ot several aldermen In this new move. Should tho Trust bo successful Chi cago will lie at Its mercy forover. Owing to tho hellnf that tho Instru ments and plant operated by tho au tomatic company could not bo used by tho purchasing company, rumor has It that tho purchase of tho or ganization Is mainly for tho purposu of overcoming competition and estab lishing u universal telephono system In Chicago. Uccauso of u clntiso In tho ordinance passed lu 1S9U, prohibiting tho snlo of tho company to any telephone cor poration operating In tho city, It Is impossible without legislation to ef fect tho sale, Tho stop to ovorcomo this obstaclo was takon when an amendment to tho present ordinance was presented to tho gas, oil and electric light commit tee of tho city council. Tho ordinance provides that if tho company makes any agreement "which would tend to mako competition Inoperative" tho franchise would ho forfeited. This clauso Is eliminated in tho proposed amendment. Alderman Charles E. Merrlam urged tho committee to pro ceed with caution in taking action. "In caso tho automatic company disposes of Its properties to tho Chi cago Telephono company," ho said, "tho latter concorn probably will add to its capitalization 15,000,000 or $0, 000,000, which amount would repre sent tho purchaso prlco." People ot Chicago are especially soft picking, It seems. On page 362 ot tho council proceed ings for May 12, 1913, in tho telephone report, tho council commlttco states that tho Chicago company "IX COM MON WITH THE OTHRll BELL COMPANIES of tho United Statos" adopted in March, 1913, an employes' pension disability and insurance plan, which would cost tho company $120, 000 a year. On pago 8 of tho annual roport ot tho Bell Telephono system for 1913, tho statement Ib made that tho sur plus and reserves ot tho company havo increased from profits, $103,000, 000 in tho past flvo years, "ovon after sotting asldo $8,845,000 for tho benefit fund recently created for the em ployes." Chicago peoplo can road both ro ports and draw their own conclusions, whllo paying out their good money. Chicago people have boen sold out to the telephone trust by somo of the Chicago aldermen. This fact Is proved by tho Council records for the past year. An "expert" showed that about $900,000 should be divided among tel ephone users and ront payors In Chi cago. Then the Company pleaded that It was going to ralso tho salaries of Its employes and pension them. That would eat up most ot this sur plus. A number of the Aldermen be lieved thlt, or protended to bellovo It. Chicago people will get no phono reduction. And now comes mo tolophono trust I in Its annual report Just printed, and Given Permission This City ays that after deducting nearly nine millions of dollars from Its profits for the purpose of raising, salaries and pensions, It has a not profit ot nearly one hundred and three million dollars left. The Chicago Company Ib mere ly an underlying branch of this mon opoly and all the stuff that wo have been hoarlng at tho Council Commit too meetings has just been bo much rot, pure and simple Horo is what tho Telephone Trust says itself on this subject In Its print ed report: "During tho flvo year period be tween 1907 nnd 1912 tho assets of the Boll Companies havo Increased $311, 000,000, whllo tbp capital obligations and payables outstanding have In creased only a little over $199,000,000. The surplus and reserves havo In creased from $61,300,000 to $164,200, 000, or nearly $103,000,000, even after setting aside $8,846,090 for tho ben efit fund recently created for tho em ployes." The Phono Trust, under tho old or dinance furnished 1,200 calls for $6 per month on slngio lines. Under tho now ono It will furnish but 960 calls for $4 per month and tho excess at 6 cents a call will cost tho subscriber moro than ho has been paying In tho past. What a farce! Even It tho proposed roductlon of $500,000 was genuine, tho 400,000 Chi cago subscribers would got loss than 10 cents por month out ot It. The Telephone Trust will be fought by the people until it ceases to be a monopoly and until its charges are as reasonable as the government It self would charge for similar publle service. Peopto who Imagine that the pass ing ot an ordinance by tho City Coun cil will do away with a public demand for hotter conditions and lower rates In tho tolophono servlco aro mistaken. Tho tolophono Is a necessity to the peoplo and no ono knows this better than tho monopoly which controls It. Tho purchaso of newspapers or the purchase ot public officials will not help tho causo ot monopoly, Tho newspapors which support mo nopoly have loBt tholr influence with tho public, which fa Intelligent and possessed ot a good momory. Public officials who givo away the people's rights or show favors to tho telephono monopoly will not be for gotton. On tho contrary, tboy will bo prop erly brandod and will bo rotirod to prlvato life. The peoplo aro In no frame ot mind to bo trifled with. They aro showing this overy day and at ovory eloctlon. Tho man who sells them out to a trust may win the approbation ot somo mtlllonalre-ownod daily paper, but tho common citizen, who Is in sulted, neglected and overcharged by tho telophono sorvlce, will not forgot. Thoro Is ono thing that tho avorago voter has a knlfo up his sleovo for. That thing Is the public official who favors tho Telophono Trust. How nbout thoso gum and weighing machines on tho elovatod platforms? The city council ordered thorn off birt they aro still In evidence. Tho coming primary light will bo an Intorostlng ono. N ji&rfttAlAaMiftitotfc .v Hi ijutnfcmimmum &&$&fii,is(li.&jl iffiiLit;1!!