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ntsrts at Second Cists Msttsr Oetobsr 11,1 in, at the Pott
Oflks at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March , 1S79.
Inttrtd at Second data Matter October 11. lies, at tho Pest
Office at Chicago, minole. undor Act of March a, lt7t.
Wcffl WHOLE NUMBER 1,247,
The "Doc Cook" County Democracy, Cele-
brating Discovery of North Pole by
Its Patron, Boasts the Governor.
Resents the Action of the Governor in Bobbing
the City Hall of Its Public Utility
Roger C. Sullivan, the Popular Democratic Leader, is Strongly
Talked Of for. United States Senator by
the Democrats.
Allen Bill Sherman, Short Term Senator, is Anxious to Secure the
Appointment of a Man on the Utilities Commission.
Tho Doc Cook County Democracy
celebrated the Doc's discovery of tho
North Polo in fitting style last Sat
urday. at Brand's Park. A number of
city employes and other public men
were present. rThe speakers violently
. denounced Governor Dunne for taking
tho public utilities graft away from
Chicago aldermen. '
dovernor Dunno Is an honest and
an ablo mnh'and his choice of a pub
He utilities commission Is expected to
be all that the public have been
hoping for In that line. An honest
and upright utilities commission de
void of any "highest bidder" sus
picion, will be a big Improvement
over present conditions, where Chi
cago people are sold out either on
account of tho threats of a Trust fed
Press or on account of financial in
ducements more easily Imagined than
Roger C. Sullivan, the popular Dem
ocratic leader, is being boomed by
his friends for United States Senator.
His election, if he makes the race, is
freely 'predicted on all sides. When
Mr. Sullivan was seen he would not
deny that he Is under heavy pressure
fnm frionrt. tn set in the Senatorial
battle that Is to be the big Issue In
the campaign next year. The predic
tion' was made that tho Sullivan can
didacy will be a reality at the state
fair roundup next month.
"Your friends are insisting they In
tend to run you for Senator," Mr.
Sullivan was told In bis office.
The first reply was a broad smile;
one that made the interviewer feel
the subject was one that the inter
viewed liked to hear.
"Now, boys, isn't It a little too
early to start a Senatorshlp story?"
replied the biscuit magnate. "Let me
see, when do they hold the pri
maries?" When he was Informed that under
tho amendment the primary law
fixed tho date for next September
ho had more to say.
"Some of my friends have been
talking or a possible candidacy on my
part and I have told them it Is too
early; It Is true some of them appear
Insistent and you never can tell what
may happen In the space of a year."
Organization Democrats, classified
hh the "regulars," are saying that Mr.
Sullivan Is the recognized Democratic
stato and national leader In Illinois
nml contend ho measures to the
standard of men that should repre
sent the stato in tho upper branch of
congress. Thoy add that the stato
needs at Washington a man of his
experlonco and business training.
"Some of us thought Mr. Sullivan
should have entered tho Senatorial
fight at Springfield when tho dead
lock was on," said a close friend of
tho formor Democratic national com
mitteeman. "He would not listen to
that, taking the ground that under
tho primary law he should not be
como a candidate before the Legis
lature. "Under the new system of the elec
tion of Senators by direct vote the
way is open for a Sullivan candidacy
uud Influential leaders In the party
nro going to mako him run. He has
the brains, ability and training to
represent the state as it should be
represented at Washington."
Under tho direct election system
and that of primary nomination
politicians say geographical lines
have been wiped out and the fact
that Chicago has a Senator In James
Hamilton Lewis will not be a bar to
the Sullivan movement. The contest
to be decided at the pplls In Novem
ber, 1914, will beJorjineBcat.held by,
L Y." Sherman, Republican, wlio Is
considered to have a good chancb for
ronomlnatlbn by the Republicans.
Democrats who' are urging Mr. Sul
livan to get In the running declare
they are sangulno of party successes
In the "off year" election next year.
They figure' tho Senatorial battlo will
be a three cornered affair and a
repetition of the Governorship con
test among . tho Republican, Demo
cratic and Progressive party nomi
nees, with tho Democrats pulling
down the plum because of the di
vision in the old time Republican fol
lowing. "Regulars" out In the' state control
the organized Democracy and the
Sullivan 'boomers say he will be able
to come to Chicago with more votes
than any other Cook county man and
that he will hold his own In Cook
county territory.
Politicians were prepared to predict
a warm campaign tor the approach
ing "off year" battle.
The people demand referendum
vote on the Question of telephone
Former Mayor John P. Hopkins,
who made the South American and
European tour with Roger C. Sul
livan, talks entertainingly of the trip
and the Impressions It made upon
him as a Chicagoan.
The former city executive, in sing
ing the praises of Chicago, calculates
that the life of greater Chicago
should date back not longer than
twenty-four years ago and that Its
development considered within this
period Is something to marvel at and
to make him sanguine for the future
of the city.
"People forget that this great city
we live in Is only a comparatively
few years old, and they should, con
sider this when comparing It with
London, that is 1,000 years old," says
Mr. Hopkins. "I don't forgot that, for
I was chairman of the annexation
commltteo back In 1889 that added to
Chicago Hyde Park, the town of Lake,
Lake Vlow, Jefferson and practically
all of Cicero. This means that
twenty-four years ago about 80 per
cont of tho Chicago of today was
addod to tho city. Why, at that time
tho newspapers referred to me as the
'swamp statesman' because tho ter
ritory I favored annexing wus nothing
but swamp land.
"Look at It today. Hydo Park,
Lake View and tho rest of the ton
rltory, presenting tho most beautiful
residential sections in the world.
Talk about the old world?. Why,
nowhere have thoy tho boule
vards to compare with Chicago's.
Thero Is nothing like our small park
system In Europe places whero all
may go and have the facilities of
bathing pools and gymnasiums for
exercise. There was little I saw
abroad that we have not at home and
much we have that others have not.
"The cost of living" struck Mr. Hop
kins at this point. "Yes, the cost of
living Is higher here than In the old
world cities, Why? Because we live
better. We eat more and a better
quality of food. Tho children aro bet
ter clothed and better fed. We mako
moro money here and we spend more
money. The poor In the old world
have not tho luxuries that our poor
have here. You can see some of tho
b4st.plctr.rc ehows horo for 5 cents.
In Europe the same character of en
tertainment costs from 25 to 30 cents,
and is boyond the reach of the poor."
The old cities exco), in the opinion
of Mr. Hopkins, In one thing, and that
is, in tho road building. Ho points
Popular Governor of Illinois Who
out that this comes with years of de
velopment and growth.
"To pave Chicago's streets as Lon
don Is paved today would mean tho
confiscation of property," said Mr.
Hopkins, "If the effort was confined
to a period of twenty-four years, from
which I date the Chicago of toduy,
That street building Is coming and
Chicago one day will be the best
paved city In the world."
Mr, Hopkins does not agree with
Mri Sullivan and Fred W. Upham on
the Berlin Idea of a city manager to
govern the physical administration
of the city, Instead of placing this
responsibility in the mayor.
"Elect a mayor who has tho busi
ness tact and executive ability to
admlnster the affairs of tho city, I
say, and center all your responsibility
in the mayor and make htm alono re
sponsible to the peoplo for his stew
ardship." In boosting for Chicago Mr. Hop
kins said tliat no ono should lose
sight of the sanitary district channel,
which Chicago built at a cost of more
than $50,000,000 to glvo puro water.
The former mayor appeared to have
been more Impressed with Moscow in
Russia than any city ho visited. "It
Is a most Interesting city and ono
could put in months there before see
ing all the things of Interest," said
Mr. Hopkins. Ho declared Brazil,
Argentina and Uruguay to be great
Allen BUI Sherman, tho short term
United States Senator from Illinois,
would llko to nnmo n member of tho
new Illinois UtllltlcH Commission.
Whon one thinks of tho Utilities and
Corporation Acts that Sherman voted
for In tho Legislature, his gall ap
pears simply monumental.
Tho Democrats cannot win next
year with a ticket of dogcatchers
running for County Commissioner
ships. Now that "Doc" Evans Tribune
column Is paying so much attention
to human pneumatics, the idea occurs
to us, that If he gave the same
amount of space to healing sick auto
mobiles, ho would cut In on the
popularity of his fellow Trlb. attrac
tion, "Doc" 'Yak..
Coroner Hoffman .suggests Alder
man Bellfus for a place on a commit
tee of Public Safety. The Coroner
comes In contact with a number of
peoplo who have ceased to act rashly.
The neglected 'condition of the
grave of Eugene Field In Qraceland
Cemetery reminds one that It would
take a search warran .and somo time
to. find monuments to Wilbur K.
Storey, Joseph Medlll and other great
Chicago editors,- who have passed
Tho Medical Department of tho
Chicago Tribuno, presided over by
Was Denounced by "Doc Cook" Democracy
from Aldermen.
"Doc" Evans, Is a lino Imitation of
tho medical columns of the London
dallleB, don't you know. Its answers
to sick correspondents often remind
ono of the famouB Iowa doctor who
was called to attend a man with a
broken arm. "My friends," said tho
Doc, "thero Is no doubt about this
man having a broken arm. But if he
could only throw a fit I could help
him. I'm hell on fits."
Telephone service Is getting worse.
Installation of Water Meters in Every
Flat to Be Asked of the City
Council This Fall.
This Will Double the Price of Living and Will
Force the Raising of Bents in
The People Will Then Have to Pay for Water Like They
Do for Gas and a Leaky Meter Costs
Scheme Has Been Hatching a Long Time and the Public Will Now
Have to Put Up More for Living Than Ever.
The water meter graft Is Lobbing
Its head up again.
It Is proposed to tax every lot la
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 waa devoted to
wards building pumping stations at
the lake end of every section Una in
for Taking Utilities Graft Away
Chicago there would be no water fam
ine anywhere.
It ia astonishing what men the
water meter people can Influence to
their way of thinking.
Some men who ought to know bet
ter are talking for water meters.
More than that the "high pressure"
scheme Is up again.
According to some advocates It will
only cost thirty or forty millions of
dollars to Install meters and a "high
pressure" system. The poor will have
to pay the cost.
With halt this. sum additional pump
ing stations could be built which
would more than' supply the demand.
A well known engineer who waa ad
vocating "high - presnre" and- water
meters said the other day, according
to dally papers, that one of the chief
troubles In Chicago waa the 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 he
recommended water meters. The test
of the water pressure made In the
loop shows an Insufficient pressure,
but ho said that the city waa Install
ing a large number of water mains,
none under eight Inches, and these
would materially Improve the pres
sure. The health ot the city demands
plenty of water for everybody.
Tho instaJ'Vn of meters would
limit ft"i consumption of water and
rals' tde price of living on the poor.
-ilgher rates would have to be
jnarged In the residence districts and
tenants would have to pay the water
rates after the landlords had paid an
exorbitant rate for Installing water
This form of graft ia particularly
objectionable to Chicago people. They
will not stand for It
It hits everybody and It ia unnecessary.
The water meter scheme has taken
The City Council will be asked to
sanction this outrage when It meets.
This means a water meter In every
flat and it means a general raise of
rcnta on tenants.
It also means a tremendous ex
pense to landlords.
The only beneficiaries will be the
makers ot water meters.
The City Water Department pro
poses to make 300,000 people In Chi
cago put In water meters.
With an Inexhaustible supply of
pure water right at Its door, Chicago
has the poorest water service of any
city In the world.
Many great cities go hundreds ot
miles for their drinking water and
carry It over mountain and vale In
costly aqueducts.
Chicago can have all that she wants
by using ordinary common sense, but
alio rofuses to take advantageof her
Tho water supply of Chicago has
been a fruitful source ot political
graft from the beginning.
Instead of using the earnings of
tho department to build up and en
large the water plant and Increase
the supply the surplus has been "bor
rowed" year after year by other city
funds, to Increase the pay and the op
portunities of political hirelings,
If the earnings of the Chicago Wa
ter department were properly ap
plied, there would be a pumping sta
tion at the lake end of every section
line In Chicago,
This would give an abundance ot
wafer for the homes, the lawns, the
streets, the offices, tho shops and
every place In Chicago where water
Is a necsslty.
There Is only one way out of the
chronic water difficulty In which Chi
cago finds Itself.
All this dreary drivel about "home
rule" must be dropped and the State
of Illinois asked to run our water sys
tem on a nou-partlsan and common
sense-principle. With a competent
board of engineers controlled by the
state and appointed by the governor!
running the Chicago water works,
the city would have an abundant sup
ply ot that life giving and life sustain
ing fluid.
Undor local control the Chicago wa
ter works system turns wholly on
graft and every cry for relief only
awakens the cupidity ot dealers In
water meters and other appliances for
circulating boodle whore It will do the
most good to boodlors and the most
harm to Chlcagoans.
Chicago gives to us people the poor
est water service of any city in tht
world for the money they pay for It
With an exhaustless body of fresh
water at her door Chicago is constant
ly talking about installing water
meters In every flat and In every home
to stop "waste." This Is in the faca
of the fact that the enormous surplus
In the water fund is constantly being
appropriated to meet other expensea
ot the city government Instead of
being used to extend and build up the
water system. Water meters In every
flat In Chicago would bring on a pes
tilence in this big city in a short time.
The fellows who are shouting for
water meters are grafters.
Every man who talks ot water
meters or water waste In the homes
of Chicago should be charged aa a
publlo enemy.
The people cannot have too muoh
To limit its use means pestilence
and disease.
New York goes 168 miles for fresh
water and the great aqueduct which
carrlea It to her people cost over
1500,000,000. It Is one ot the marvels
ot modern times and ranks alongside
of the Panama Canal aa one of the
winders ot the world.
Liverpool, England, is supplied with
fresh water by an aqueduct which
brings a supply from Wales and yot
thero Is no talk ot "wasto" over there.
Other European cities go oven farthor
for their supply of water.
But Chicago, with an abundance at
hand, la always howling about "waste."
Who Is behind this wator meter
graft anyway?
An enormous sum is diverted from
tho wator fund ovory year to supply
the wants ot othor city dopartmontB
as you can learn from tho recom
mendations of the finance commltteo
to the city council In tho printed
council reports,
If the water fund was properly used,
a pumping station could be built at
the lake end ot every section line In
the city.
It this was done you would hear
no more about "water waste" and the
necessity for meters In every house.
Now Is tho time when "eminent stu
dents of economics" will bo heard
from declaring that telephone monop
oly Is a public necessity,
With phono rates as high as ever
and taxes 75 por cont higher than
ever, Chicago has had all ot tho Al
dormanlo homo rulo that it wants.

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