April 8, 1916

Edwards Calls on Jost and Is Greeted as Old Friend.


Comptroller-Elect Also Drops In for Chat With Matthew Flynn.

Mayor-Elect Edwards made an official call on Mayor Jost at the city hall yesterday afternoon. Mayor Jost was engaged when his successor called, but he suspended business to give him welcome. The two men talked pleasantly together like old friends. They are not strangers, Edwards having served in the upper house during Mayor Jost's first term of office.

"I was shown every courtesy by Mayor Jost," said Mr. Edwards later. "He offered to lend me every assistance to see that I get started off right in the office."

With Mr. Edwards was Eugene H. Blake, newly elected city comptroller. Unlike Mayor Jost and Mr. Edwards, Mr. Blake and M. A. Flynn, present comptroller, never had met.

"But I know you," said Mr. Blake to Mr. Flynn. "That is, I have seen you about town for years, but never knew who you were."

"I can say the same thing for you," replied Mr. Flynn. "I also have known you through others, but never had the pleasure of meeting you."

Flynn told his successor he would be busy finishing up his work as a member of the board of appeals the rest of the week, but if Mr. Blake would call at the city hall the first of next week the two would get down to business and endeavor to acquaint Mr. Blake with his office as much as possible before he assumed charge on April 17.

Outside the mayor's office there was a gathering of sad-faced and weak-voiced Shannonites. Those who knew Mayor-elect Edwards personally greeted him. Among these was Harry Sandler, alderman from the Sixth ward, one of the two Democrats on the city ticket, who survived the typhoon of last Tuesday.

"Mr. Sandler," said Mr. Edwards, "it is my purpose to conduct a straight business administration of this city's affairs and I trust I may have your assistance in doing this thing."

"All right, Mr. Mayor," replied Sandler.

Sandler is in such a hopeless minority in the lower house, however, that he may not be of much assistance. In that body there will be twelve Republicans, two Democrats and two bolting, or Pendergast Democrats. The last two are expected to vote with the majority all the time, which leaves Sandler with but one party colleague.