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Entered at Second Class Matter Oetober 11. 1883, at the Poet
Office at Chicago, llllnole, under Act of March 3, 1879.
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Entered at Second Clate Matter October 11, 1889, at the Poet
Office at Chlcaoo, llllnol, under Act of March 3, 1879.
TWENTY-EIGHTH YEAIt, NO. 15.
CHICAGO, SA.TUHDAY, JANUAHY 6, 1917.
Sixteen Paget. tlSSri WHOLE NUMBER 1,420
(Big Stir Up
The city hall is llllcd with rumors
of approaching changes among offi
cials. William Durkhardt, deputy commis
sioner of public works, Is said to bo
slated (or city purchasing agont. Vir
tus C. Hohni, the present head of tho
department of supplies, Is scheduled
for retirement, according to political
prophets. Tho Job of purchasing agent
pays $G,000 a year, while tho deputy
commissioner of public works draws
Tho repeated report of tho retire
ment of Percy D. Coffin from tho pres
idency of tho civil sorvlco commis
sion at $6,000 a year, is said to hlngo
upon his ability to get a Job from Gov-crnor-olcct
Coffin, Rohm, Stocker and Keith aro
supposed to have been selected by
Tho $8,000 Job of Pollco Chief Heal
oy is to go to Schuottlor, tho first dep
uty. This latter placo is undor civil
service. Still another department head
Is involved in the situation. Mrs. Lou
ise Osborn Howe. The flnnnra oomralt
too has votd tu abolish her depart
ment public welfaro as one means
j of roduclng the corporate expense this
If Mr. Burklmrdt is promotod thero
ylll bo two 5,000 a year jobs in tho
. department of public works. It is un-
dorstood that Frank I. Bennett, who
'succeeded William It. Moorhouso ten
days ago, has been promlsod u "froo
hand" In administering tho affairs of
tho department, which may mean that
Bennett can select his deputy and havo
a volco In fixing tho requirements of
tho man to bo solccted for tho now
superintendent of streets.
This vacancy comes through tho
election of August W. Miller us clerk
of. tho Circuit court. Tho two liamos
most frequently mentioned for super
lnondcnt of streets aro Felix Mitchell
and William J. Qalligan, both assist
For tho posslblo Collin vacancy thero
Is a rumor that tho mayor will listen
to tho Civil Sorvlco Reform Associa
tion. Prominent members of It havo
boon asked to proparo tho questions
of a civil sorvlco examination for sec
retary of tho merit board, from which
Mr. Swanson has retired because of
It is reported that If Mayor Thomp
son personally selects a now doputy
commissioner of public works It Is gos
siped that Jos. J. Ellas has a chance for
tho place. He is a formor county com
misslonor and at present a momber of
tho board of local improvements. This
placo pays $4,000, while being deputy
commissioner would give him $1,000
Thero aro rumors that tho depart
mont of public service is to bo abol
lshod to reduce corporate oxponso. Tho
idoa is to retain tho traction and tol
ephono supervisors, but to got rid of
tho remainder of tho department and
tho overhoad expense. John P. Garner
is tho commissioner at $0,000 a year,
Meanwhile tho samo crowd that han
dled tho stuff during the Harrison reg
ime aro dragging off tho pudding in
tho local Improvement and public
Tho jobs in tho moro Important of
tho county offices making changes
County rocorflor 2
Circuit court clerk 58
Superior court clerk 43
John Kjellandor, clork of tho Supo
rlor court, was the only ono of tho
plum distributors who was working
In tho open. Ho named fourteen
nlacos which ho had filled.
"I'm going slow, and most of thoso
named have been in before and aro
experienced," said Mr. Kjellandor. "I
Insist that tho men recommended to
th,e places be efficient, stay on tholr
jobs seven hours a day and treat tho
lawyers and the public with cour
tesy." Thosq already placed In ofllco, with
their wards and positions, are:
Leonard A. Brundago, 24th. chief
Urf Ml Weekly Circulation Among
Peefle tf Influence and Standing
in the City Hall and Many
in the County Offices
James French, 23d, principal clerk.
Emit A. W. Johnson, 20th, cashier.
Ferd W. Schorer, 24th, process
Uonry C. Schwartz, 29th, mlnuto
Herman D. Schwartz, Oth, vault
Jacob Iluchmann, 29th, mlnuto
Otto Q. Pusch, 32d, mlnuto clerk.
Miss Mary E. Furlong, country
John Pattco, 3d, mlnuto clerk.
Itlchard Hammer, 23d, vault clork,
William Albrecht, 33d, minute clork.
John B, Prlco, 8th, head chancery
Henry Harman, 8th, execution
In tho recorder's ofllco about 40 per
cent of tho employes cannot be
changed on account of tho skilled
work they do. In clerks' offices aro
moro who cannot bo removed, espe
cially In the Circuit court, where the
Juvonllo court has many permanent
omploycs. Similar conditions in tho
assessors' offices bring tho number
of spoils Jobs down to twenty-five.
Thero aro sovoral hundred temporary
six week jobs in both assessors' and
reviewers' offices when tho rush sea
son Is on.
Tho now board of assessors hold
Its first mooting on Now Year's day.
In accordanco with tho statuto requir
ing tho election of officers on tho llrst
day of ovory year tho llvo members
of tho board mot for tho purpose of
organizing tho body for tho coming
Michael K. Sheridan, lone Demo
cratic momber, was elected presi
dent, and William II. Webor secre
tary. Qcorgo K. Schmidt, elected n
mombor on Nov. 7, took office, suc
ceeding Frank W. Koraloskl.
Tho other members of tho board
aro Adam Wolf and Charles Rlngor.
Charlos Krutchkoff was named by tho
mombers as chief clerk of tho board,
succeeding James A. iong.
Many pcoplo aro wondering why
Michael K, Shorldnn, tho only dem
ocratic member, was inadri presldont
of tho board at tho mooting Monday.
Tho law specifies that tho momber
with tho shortest term to sorvo shall
bo prosldent. ,It lay betweon Mr.
Sheridan and Charles A. Itlnger, just
elected, each of whom has two years
ahead of him. Adam Wolff tossed a
coin. "Tails!" shouted Mr. Sheridan;
tails it was, and ho will bo president
of, tho next two years. William II.
Webor was .chosen secretary.
A banquet to Mlchaol L. Igoe and
Honry W. Frooman, both of whom re
signed as assistant district attorneys,
was given by associates in tho district
nttornoy's ofllco at tho Great Northorn
hotol last Saturday night.
Mr. Clyno acted as toastmaster. Mr.
Igoo, who was recontly rooloctod to
tho stato legislature, and Mr. Freeman
will havo offices in tho Chicago Title
and Trust building.
SCULLY'S JjOOD WORK
Judgo Thomas F. Scully of tho
County Court is doing good work
towards bringing about election re
form. Tho committee named by him
to formulato a plan to bo presented to
tho legislature for primary and elec
tion law revision is composed of good
men. It Is asserted tho committee,
which has at Its head Attorney S. S.
Gregory, will recommend revision In
tho primary and election laws that
will moan a saving of from $500,000
to $1,000,000 a year.
In tho primary amendments some
radical steps are suggested to shorten
tho ballot. For elections a constitu
tional amendment is essential to any
material shortening of tho ballot.
The primary act is created by tho
legislature solely and It is within tho
authority of the general assembly to
say what officers shall be nominated
by direct primary and what nomina
tions may he made by convention.
In preliminary suggestions it has
been argued that candidates for these
offices might bo nominated In con
ventions rather than by direct vote:
Direct primary champions who fa
vor a short ballot fear this will bo u
step backward. They say tho thing
to do Is to abolish theso as elective
offlcos and mako them appointive,
thoroby not only shortening tho pri
mary tho election day ballot as
well. Roger C. Sullivan, who is an
influential mombor of Judgo Scully's
committee says that all savo one of
tho clerkships in tho county should
Judgo Scully plans to push with all
tho power at his command tho con-
tral registration Idoa, whoroby tho
election board offico will bo an all
year round registration place. This
schomo ulso comprehonds a precinct
polling registration just boforo an
election each year.
Going up! Now it's tho olovatoi
startors and operators In tho omploy
of Cook County who want their sal
aries raised. Thoy ask for $25 a
month lucreaso. Tboy get $90 now.
This follows the demand of tho bail
iffs for a raise from $125 to $150 a
month. They are backed by tho Chi
cago Elevator Conductors and Start
era' Union. Theso employes operate
elovators in tho County Building, the
jail, the Criminal Court Building,
Oak Forest and the County Hospital.
JOBS IN STATE
Edward J. Brundngc, attornoy gen
eral elect, distributed a few Now
Year's felicitations In tho shapo of
good Jobs In the state's legal depart
ment: Tho following appointments wero
William C. Moody, assistant In tho
Chicago offico of the inherltanco tax
attorney. Moody was formerly an as
sistant corporation counsel.
Clarcnco N. Hoard, assistant in the
C. W. Mlddlekauff, Frccport, assist
ant hi the Sprlngflold office.
James 1). Sonrcy, Carllnvlllc, assist
ant In tho Springfield office.
William F. Weiss, Waukegan, as
sistant in tho Chicago inherltanco
In retiring from tho Hoard of Review
on Monday, Thomas J. Wobb speaking,
said: "Out of tho abundance of expe
rience and study of the question, tho
greatest thing tho noxt legislature
can do is to roviso tho entlro
revenue system of Illinois.
"Thero Is no difficulty In arriving
at a fair basis of valuo upon real es
tate and Improvements. Tho wholo
trouble arises over personal prop
erty, and tho stato constitution,
as it existed, did not pormlt a classi
fication of personal property; but
happily, in the last election, tho legis-
FRANK O. LOWDEN,
Governor of Illinois.
laturo has been commissioned to frame
a now rovonuo measure.
"My exporlonco as a member of this
board would prompt mo to suggest
that there should be an oxomptlon In
personal property for taxation of tho
ordinary housohold goads, to tho ex
tent of tho debtor's oxomptlon of $400,
Tho artisan's tools, the musician's In
struments, tho ordinary farming Imple
ments and bank savings and bank bal
ances should also bo exempt.
"It the legislature gives us a new
form of a schedule so that tho ordi
nary citizens can All ono out It will bo
of untold bonoflt to tho state, for a
vast amount of property will bo added
to tho tax list. The present system
has abetted perjury and tax dodging
and placed an unfair load upon tho
conscientious and tho weak,"
Mr. Litzlnger was elected secretary
of tho board and Fred W. Dlockl pres
ident. Stephon D. Griffin was reap
pointed chief clerk.
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The New Governor of Illinois Takes Hold
at Springfield on Monday Amidst
Great Republican Rejoicing.
Tho Republicans aro going to havo
a gala tlmo when they tako posses
sion of tho state government next
Chairman Homer K. Calpln of tho
Republican County Commlttco has ar
ranged for a special train to carry
members of tho commlttco and their
friends to Sprlngflold for tho Inaugu
ral exercises. Tho train will leave
hero Sunday night, Jan. 7. It will bo
parked in tho Springfield railroad
yards, so sleeping and dining accom
modations will bo assured.
Tho party will Join with other clubs
from out in tho stato in tho inaugural
parade, which is to movo at 10:30 a.
m. Monday, Jan. 8, from tho Lcland
Hotel. The meeting place will be In
tho sun parlor of tho hotol, whoro
Governor-Elect Frank O. Lowdon and
Mrs. Lowden will Join tho parado and
go to tho executive mansion for Gov.
Dunne and Mrs. Dunne.
Tho business section of Springfield
will be traversed In the march to tho
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stato house. Representatives of tho
national guard will bo In tho lino. At
the capltol building tho Justices of tho
Supremo Court will load tho way to
tho hall of representatives, whoro tho
Inaugural oxerclsos aro to bo hold at
noon. Gov. Dunne and the othor re
tiring state officers will como noxt.
They will bo followed by Col. Lowdcn
and tho other newly elected stato
officers. Gov. Dunne will dollvor his
valedictory and Gov. Lowden his Inau
gural. In tho evening thero will ho
a rccoptlon at the exocutlvo mansion
from 7:30 to 11 o'clock.
A 1920 presidential boom for Gov.
Elect Frank Q. Lowden of Illinois,
contingent upon Charles E. Hughes
docllnlng to run again, was started by
Representative Rodonhurg of East St.
"Tho defeat of Charles E. Hughes
by tho narrowest margin In tho his
tory of political campaigns docs not
by any means remove him from tho
politics of tho future," Mr. Rodonborg
said. "If, however, Mr. Hughes should
docllno to havo his namo considered
ngaln, tho Republican party will havo
an abundance of excellent material
from which to mako Its selection four
"Among tho now material no ninn
possesses more promising possibili
ties than tho governor-elect of Illinois,
Frank O. Lowdcn.
"It Is my prediction that his rec
ord as governor will placo him In tho
very front rank of available presi
dential candidates for 1920."
Collector of Internal Revenue
Makes Annual Report to
Uncle Sam. '
Chicago drank moro beer, smoked
less expensive cigars and fowor cig
arettes, used moro distilled spirits and
less opium and moro snuff in 191G
than It did In 1915.
Theso interesting facts wero dis
closed by tho annual report of Julius
F. Smlctnnkn, collecjor of internal rev
enuo In Chicago.
Tho total collections for tho year
amounted to $20,195,033.1 1, an Increase
of $3,240,1SS.01 over 1915.
Tho government tax on boor col
lected for tho year reached tho big
total of $8,000,330, compared to a col
lection of $7.407,7SS.50 In 1915.
The amount that tho blowers paid
Into tho United States treasury was
almost equal to tho combined corpo
ration and Individual Incomo tax col
lections for tho year. Tho corporation
Incomo tax collected amounted to $1,
310,385.57 and tho Individual Incomo
tax to $4,300,414.98. Both corporation
and Individual Incomo taxes showed an
lucreaso of approximately $1,000,000
over last year.
Tho cigar revenues collected
amounted only to $034,003.01, com
pared to $041,181.13 n yenr ago, whllo
tho clgaretto revonuos decreased from
$5,G18.0l In 1915 to $3,201.05 thjs year.
Othor collections wero: Opium,
$525.40 this year, against $2,905.30 in
1915; snuff, $499,310.92 this year,
against $472,499.21 last year, and dis
tilled spirits $039,093.38 this year,
against $452,5S9.04 last year.
TO WIDEN MICHIGAN AV.
Work on tho widening of Michigan
nvonuo will begin within six months
following tho announcement that tho
John S. Mlltor Intorosts had with
drawn their opposition to tho $10,000,
000 improvement. Philip J. McKenna,
attornoy for tho Miller Interests, has
Informed Judgo Pond of tho County
Court that no furthor opposition
would bo prosouted.
Hearings on assessments against
property owners and nwards to thorn
will begin at once, Thoso, It Is ho
Uoved, will occupy six months. After
that tho work of widening tho avenue
Coal has been delivered to public
schools In sufficient amounts to ward
off tho necessity of closing any
of thorn, according to Chief Englnoor
John Howott of tho board of educa
tion. "Wo havo caught up on dollvorlos
of coal In pretty good shapo," said
Mr. Howott, "and wo aro cortaln to
got through today and probably tho
rest of tho wook If tho mild woathor
continues. Not a slnglo school Is in
dnngor of bolng closed today,"
Tho principal troublo with tho coal
supply for tho schools was explained
to bo a lack of deliveries at tho con
tractors' yards by tho railroads.
Hlnton G. Clabnugh, chief of tho
Investigation bureau of tho federal de
partment of justice, sent letters today
to all coal dealers and oporntors In
Illinois for" tho purpose of gathorlng
nccurato Information on the amount
of coal sold In tho last year and tho
prollts of thoso who supplied It.
WATCHING THE TROUGH
Bar Association Job Hunters Are
Afraid Something May
Ono of tho first bills introduced in
tho 50th general assembly will bo tho
Chicago Bar association measuro pro
viding soparnto ballots for tho election
of all Judges of tho various courts in
tho primary and tho election propor.
John T. Richards Is chairman of tho
Chicago Dar Association commlttco
that drafted tho bill and It is to bo in
troduced by Representative William O.
This bill was boforo tho last gen
eral assembly and was lost In tho leg
islative grind. If this effort is suc
cessful It will do away with all doubt
about tho primary for ten Superior
court judges to bo elected noxt No
vember. Somo hold that undor tho
precsnt primary act they will havo to
be nominated In convention.
Undor tho Chicago Dar association
bill tho primary law for Municipal
Judges Is set with tho nldermanic con
tests tho last Tuesday In February
and tho Municipal Judges aro to bo
oloctcd In April Instead of In Novem
ber, Tho primary for Superior or Cir
cuit court Judges to bo elected In tho
Juno separato Judicial election also Is
set for tho second Tuesday In April.
For Judges who nro elected In Novem
ber, when tho genornl elections como,
tho primary Is set for tho first Wednes
day after tho second Tuesday In Sep
tember corresponding with tho regu
Tho names of candidates nro to ro
tate on tho ballots so that all will havo
nn equal showing.
Tho Chicago butter and egg board
hold Its annual oloctlon today, tho
regular ticket going through without
opposition. Tho now officers nro:
Presldont S. Edward Davis.
First vice-president C. J. Howmnn.
Second vlcc-n r o s I d o n t W. W.
Treasurer M. II. Elchengreon.
Secretary Thomas E. O'NolII.
Directors Josoph Uordon, Honry
Durhop, Jr., and T. W. Drennnn.
Nominating committee M. H. Elch
ongreon, Charles E. McNeill and O.
Sergeant at arms F. M. Hogglo.
Mr. Davis Is woll known In South
Wator streot, having nt ono tlmo
served as secretary of tho board. Ho
succeeds Chnrlos E. McNeill, who has
hold tho position for two terms.
HIGH STATEJAX RATE
Illinois Is confronted with tho high
est tax rnto In Its history. The stato
fnces n doflclt of $3,500,000 hecnuso
tho rato was fixed too low last year.
Stato Treasuror Andrew Russol, who
refused to sign the low rnto last year,
said today that nn 85 cent rato will
bo necessary to meet tho prosont situ
ation. Tho highest rato heretofore
was 70 cents on tho $100 valuation.
That was flxed In 1913.
In 1914 It was IS cents and In 1915
It wns placed at 55 cents. Thon Mr.
Russol protestod, assorting tho rnto
was too low and would result in n
doflclt in tho general fund.
A portrait of County Judgo Thomas
F. Scully, tho first judge of tho Roys'
court, and ono of tho founders of tho
Dig Brothers' association, was un
veiled In tho Boys' court, now pre
sided ovor by Judgo Hnrry Dolan.
Members of tho Big Brothers' asso
ciation presented tho picture
Largest Weekly CircuUttM
Petple of Influence and SUudiftf
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