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Entered as Second Class Matter October 11, 1889, at the Post Office of Publication, Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 3, 1879. 179 W. Washington St., Chicago, III. TIIIliTY-TIIIIU) YEAB, nn emocratie Organization of Against Any Plan to Lengthen Term of Mayor of Chicago Big Pressure Brought On Con Con Body to Knock Out Scheme to Stretch Out Mayor's Term The provision in the new Constitu tion which would automatically ex tend Mayor Thompson's term from the spring to the fall of 1923 is being fought hard by the Democrats. Chairman Martin J. O'Brien of the Democratic Managing Committee, who is a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, is fighting it hard in obedience to iron clad instructions from the organization. The Democrats are head, heels and gizzard into the mayoralty fight now. They act as if they had a sure thing and the followers of the fifteen can didates for mayor will brook no de lay. They all want their man elected in April, 1923, and are sure that he will be. FRAUDS AND DEAD BEATS AND THE BUSINESS WORLD The city is full of confidence men doing business as builders, loan .sharks, stock dealers, etc. The loan .sharks outnumber tle rest and while they pay no debts themselves are mer ciless towards the poor creatures who fall into thei; hands. These crooks are taking the places of the old time deadbeats. Speaking of the latter an Associated Press dispatch from Cleve land, Ohio, dated June 13, says: Per sons who never pay their bills, gen erally referred to as "deadbeats," are rapidly disappearing, according to delegates of the Retail Credit Men's National association, in tenth annual convention here. "The female of the deadbeat' species used to be more deadly than the male," Mrs. Perne Zimmerman, credit manager of a South Bend (Ind.) dry goods store, said. "The increasing number of women in business, educa tion in the nation-wide value of prompt payment and credit ratings are eliminating the thoughtless wom an buyers. "Neither men nor women buy lux uries as they did during the war and in the after-the-war flurry," George A. Lawn of Memphis, Tenn., past presi dent of the association, said. "It is a combinataion of education and co-operation that is eliminating the bill jumper." Street cleaning is to be done by autos if the city is satisfied with a "test" program with 66 trailers and 8 trucks bought for the purpose. The test trucks and trailers will be used in the 23d and 24th wards where the street-cleaning work is heaviest. At the end of sixty days, it will be evi dent according to Aid. Clark, what the merits and faults of the new system will be. The City Council did not act very courteously on Monday when Mayor Thompson appointed Dr. John Dill Robertson, former city health com missioner, to fill one of the three exist ing vacancies on the Board of Edu cation. The mayor also named two others to fill the remaining two va cancies. They are Mrs, Dorothy Gins berg, 833 Lafayette parkway and Mrs. Johanna Gregg, 4235 Carroll avenue. Bathhouse John, alderman from the First Ward favors Fatty Arbuckle films in Chicago. Many of the alder men do not. No smoking allowed by steamboats around Chicago. This does not abol ish smoking aboard of them by pas sengers. Frank A. Chambers, chief (FOUNDED 1889 I Largest Weekly Circulation Among ' People cv Influence and Standing o Subscription Per Year in $2 smoke inspector for the city health department, hopes to have a smoke less water front for Chicago this sum mer. All steamers now carry one bunker of high grade smokless coal for use near the city, Mr. Chambers said. Well, the city now owns another street. On Monday last Judge Ryner ended litigation over the ownership of Stony Island avenue from Ninety fifth street to Lake Calumet, which has been pending in the courts for many years, when he rendered a de c'sion ruling that the property has been public property for more than fifty years and is owned by the city. Louis J. Behan on Monday was ap pointed master in chancery of the Superior court and assigned to the courtroom of Judge Charles M. Foell. He succeeds Francis Hamlin, de ceased. Mr. Behan was until a week ago master in 'chancery in the Circuit court. He was appointed by the late Chief Justice Fred A. Smith of Cir cuit court. Notwithstanding a tough and notori ous school board there has been an increase of nearly 15 per cent in the number of graduates this year from both the elementary and high schools according to Peter A. Mortenson, sup erintendent of schools. The Forest Preserve Commission has reappointed Chief Attorney John D. Weiner, Chief Forester Ransom Kennicott, Controller Joseph L. Gill, Chief Engineer Emmett J. Flavin, Sec retary William J. Gormley, Treasurer Oscar F. Mayer, Henry P. Krausz, as chief of the real estate department, and more than 150 other employes, at trie same salaries they received for last year. CARLSON MAKING A GOOD RECORD, WILL INSTALL 15,000 NEW LIGHTS George E. Carlson, the new Com missioner of Gas and Electricity, is making a fine record in the brief time he has been in office. He say that by Jan. 1, 1923, Chicago will have 15,000 new street lights, illuminating 300 miles now in darkness, and an nounced that bids on the $2,000,000 contract for installing the lights will be asked for within the next three weeks. At present the city has 1,134 miles of unlighted streets, 1,378 lighted by electricity and 376 lighted by gas and gasoline lamps. "Engineers are making rapid strides in preparing specifications and data necessary for an advertisement for bids," Mr. Carlson said. "I expect to receive at least fifteen bona fide bids from various parts of the country." Commissioner Carlson asserted that although upwards of a hundred dele gations have called on him demanding changes in his original plan of dis tributing the new lamps, few have been made. Mayor Thompson says lie wants a new school board with a clean slate. He is not going to get all the resigna tions he asks for. Trustee Hart F. Hanson, Francis Croarkin and J. Lewis Coath have not forwarded their resignations. On the contrary, Trustee Mrs. Pauline Struwing followed the earlier action of Trustee Dr. Sadie Bay Adair by writing to the mayor that she has decided to withdraw her resignation. This, however, is discretionary with the mayor, attorneys for the city as serted. He has the resignations, but has not notified the council of their acceptance. The mayor, it was said, may aban don his housecleaning because of the XO. Rate, Advance. fo) Cook County "obstructionists." The city council plans to adjourn June 28 for the sum mer. "Unless some change takes place before that time he will hand back the resignations and tell the old board to fight its battles out; that he re fuses longer to be responsible for Popular County its acts or actions," his associates added. "The mayor feels that he does not want to ask representative business men to accept an appointment if they are to be forced to endure the battling of the few who won't quit. The load then will be on the obstructionists' shoulders, not the mayor's. They will have to answer to the parents and the public." Among other things, when it is ap pointed, the new Board of Education will be asked to authorize construe tion of twenty new schools at an esti mated cost of $37,000,000 and also that building operations be started as soon as possible, according to Peter A. Mor tenson, superintendent of schools. The Illinois Bell Telephone officials will adopt the automatic system in 1923, it is announced. INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS, NEUTRAL CHICAGO, SATURDAY , JUXE TEACHERS DEMAND INVESTIGATION BY STATE'S ATTORNEY The Chicago Teachers Federation has addressed a letter to the state's attorney as follows: "The Hon. Robert E. Crowe, State's Attorney of Cook County Dear Sir. The following resolution adopted unanimously by the Chicago Teachers federation at its meeting Saturday, June 10, 1922, is'nerewith transmitted in accordance with instructions con tained therein: "Resolved, That the Chicago Teach ers' federation reiterates its position taken on May 13, 1922, demanding that the investigation of the administra tion of school funds be not closed till the conditions revealed by the in vestigation are cleaned up; and that this matter be referred to the board of managers with instruction to notify tbe state's attorney's office, the mayor and the city council. Respectfully submitted, FRANCES E. HARDEN. "Corresponding Secretary. MARY M. ABBE, President." Recorder of Deeds Joseph F. Haas had a fine report for last month, show ing a big increase for the month of May over the corresponding period of last year. Mr. Haas' monthly report shows real estate transfers increased FRANK S. RIGHEIMER. Judge Who Is Making a Good Public 1,283 in number and $3,018,855 in stated consideration. Trust deeds and mortgages filed last month were 7,327, as compared with 5,436 in May of last year; their stated consideration last month was $46,090,243, as compared with $40,367,653. Both transfers and incumbrances showed an increase un der the Torrens system. SCHOOL BOARD DOES ONE GOOD ACT The Board of Education voted sal ary increases to 10,000 teachers and principals of Chicago schools, totaling $4,250,000 annually, at its meeting on Wednesday. The "business man" in public office often lands in the penitentiary. Published 17, 1922. IN NONE. Traffic Police Service in Down Town Chicago the Poorest of Any Big City in the World Pedestrians Permitted to Block Passage of Vehicles And Pet Parkers to ltoost All Day Long Many pedestrians imagine that the streets belong to them at all times. They do not. Pedestrians have as much right in the streets as autos or other vehicles. But they are subject to the same restrictions as autos or other vehicles. Thev must cross the streets at the Record. proper time, indicated by the crossing policeman's whistle. They must await their turn just the same as motor vehicles await their turn to cross. They should be arrested for trying to cross at the wrong time just the same as if they were driving a motor car and violated the rules. Chicago's police force in the loop is the poorest traffic squad in the world taking it as a whole. Many of its members cannot be beaten anywhere for courtesy, fair ness and attention to duty. State street is a disgrace. We mean the crossings. In no other city in the world are smart Aleck pedestrians permitted to crowd into the street and tie up traffic. When an auto tries to get through these crowds in obedience to the policeman's whistle, the mob of pedes trians look at the man or woman driv Weekly. SINGLE COPY TEN CENTS. ing it as if they wanted to hang them. Some of them defy the motors to drive through at the proper time. The cure for this would be to load up patrol wagons with all pedestrians who violate the traffic laws and give them good fines first and jail sen tences afterwards. This would help loop traffic amaz ingly. We do not know whether many of the traffic cops take bribes for letting favored parties park in the loop as long as they wish to. We do know that many traffic cops put the screws on many people who do not violate the law intentionally. We were glad to see the Chicago Tribune take up this subject the other day and tell the truth about the pow erful influence of the coin of the realm on loop parking. A Tribune observer, struggling slow ly through the loop and being con sistently reprimanded every time he attempted to pull in to the curb and stop, decided to experiment with the free and equal parking laws of Chi cago about 3 p. m. He found State, Washington and Wabash parked solid with the same cars he had observed standing in the same places for an hour or more, when the parking limit is 30 minutes. He at last discovered a tiny hole on the south side of Madi son street, about ZQ yards west of Wa bash, and backed into it: "You can't" began a uniformed doorman, hurrying toward the car. "That's enough." broke in the park er, extending a half dollar and easing the car back. "I've got to see a dent ist. How long can I get by here." "O, that's all right." returned the placated doorman. "Don't worry." Just leave your keys with me. We never have any trouble about how long cars are parked." In fifty minutes twenty overtime the experimenter returned. "Have any trouble about the park ing time?" he asked the starter. "Should say not," came the answer. "Remember this place." The next stop was made on the east side of state street about midway be tween Madison and Washington. "How about parking here, it's near ly 4 o'clock," he asked the starter, ex tending a tentative quarter. "All right," returned that worthy. pocketing the tip, " we can usually get by, but there's a hard boiled cop on this trick now. I used to be able to fix it for a cigar or a quarter. Now I need a couple of dollars. When I quit this job I'm goin' to get that cop. slip him some marked money or some thing. He's makin' it hard for me. If you're going to be around for a long time, why don't you pull around on Washington street. Nobody will bother you there at all, but they try to clear State street after 4 p. m." Another ride down Washington street discovered the same big cars parked in the same places they had occupied most of the afternoon. In some chauffeurs slept peacefully, en joying "equal parking rights." The parking law reads: "No vehicle may park between 6 a. m. and 7 p. m. for a longer period than thirty min utes within the zone bounded by the north line of Lake street, south line of Harrison street, east line of Wa bash avenue, and west line of Market street. No vehicle may park at all in the above district where street cars are operating between 7 a. m. and 10 a. m. and between 4 p. m. and 7 p. m. except long enough to load and un load." Circuit Judge Felix Stransky en tered an order quashing the record of the proceedings in the civil service commission against John J. Ryan, for mer captain of police, and also quash ing the order of discharge. The Republicans who control the Constitutional Convention want to hold all elections in the fall. Judge Joseph Sabath has been con fined to his home as the result of overwork on the bench. Having heard over 6,500 suits in two Entered as Second Class Matter October 11, 1SS9. at the Pjl Office at Chicago, Illinois, under Act of March 3, 1S79. WHO LIS NUMHEK 1701 years, Judge Sabath attributes his ill ness to concern over custody of chil dren involved in separations he was forced to legalize, as well as his nev er ceasing attempts to reconcile war ring couples. The following Chicago members are on the publicity committee which will direct the fight for the adoption of the new Constitution: David Shan ahan. Charles H. Hammill. William Ganscbow, K. H. Morris. Martin J. O'Brien, Abel Davis and Oscar Wolff, all of Chicago. More cops will be in clover soon because the purchase of fourteen new motor patrols, requested by the police department, was authorized. The to tal cost of the patrols will be $68,700. RESIGNED SCHOOL OFFICIALS ENTERTAIN SCHOOL EMPLOYES President Edwin S. Davis and Vice President Albert H. Severinghaus of the board, who have presented resig nations to Mayor Thompson, but are still acting in their official capacities, were the hosts of nearly a score of board of education employes at their summer homes at Fox Lake on Sun day. Department heads were in a ma jority. The guests left the entertain ment in good humor. Davis has been telling friends he still is president of the board, and certain observers ar inclined to think he will continue as president, regardless of the session Mayor Thompson held in his office recently with the school board at which the mayor asked for resigna tions of all the trustees. SAYS SCHOOL BOARD MEN CAN WITHDRAW RESIGNATIONS An attorney familiar with board of education procedure and the law ex pressed the off-hand opinion today that those trustees who presented their resignations to the mayor may legally withdraw them as two women members have done. By a ruling of the Supreme court, the mayor has no power to remove trustees once he has sent their names to the city council and the council has affirmed the ap pointments. The attorney gave as his belief that Dr. Sadie B. Adair and Mrs. Pauline Struwing were within their rights when they asked that their resigna tions be withdrawn. He does not think, he said, there is any provision under the law for the resignation of any trustee and there is likewise no provision, the attorney thinks, as to whom to present the resignation. Voters of German descent in Chi cago do not think any more of this school board for putting the teaching of German back in the public schools at a cost of five millions. They are as tired of bunk as everybody. If Ogden avenue is made wide enough when it is extended it will be a great help to Chicago and relieve the loop of much congestion. The street intersections should be made more roomy and traffic crossing it should be obliged to stop first as at a boulevard. 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