The recall election held yesterday had its origins in an interview published in the Los Angeles Examiner Sept. 27 last, in which Thomas Lee Woolwine, then city prosecutor, in a three-column statement, made numerous charges against Mayor A.C. Harper.
The principal of these was that Harper had protected vice, especially in the redlight district. He [Woolwine] demanded a Grand Jury investigation. . . .
Shortly afterward the Grand Jury was impaneled. Nearly 300 witnesses were examined, but no indictments were returned.
The report criticized Harper, however,f
|for visiting places of ill repute and engaging in orgies.
In the meantime, two newspapers of the city were printing anti-Harper articles daily and practically charging him with graft in the forming of three corporations.
Harper brought libel suits against the publisher of one of the papers, and members of his Police Commission followed his lead until the suits aggregated $650,000.
. . . on Jan. 20 the Municipal League called a meeting of citizens, admission being by invitation, and it was there voted almost unanimously to begin recall proceedings against Harper.
The petition . . . made of point of the fact that he had appointed Edward Kern, a former councilman, chief of police and political crony of Harpers, to . . . the Board of Public Works.
The recall people claimed that the $23 million Owens River aqueduct . . . would be in jeopardy. . . .
The . . . Examiner demanded an investigation of this remarkable situation, and a Grand Jury. . . is now in session.
Two indictments have been returned, one against Sam Schenk, former Police Commissioner under Harper.
With Harper out, the machine elements in both the Republican and Democratic parties threw their support to Fred C. Wheeler, Socialist candidate.