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What Do Tou Get Out- of
'f'That Street Car 55 Per Cent?
. Not long ago the newspapers
,were telling us how smart we
were when -we climbed into bed
Swith'the street railway compan
ies. The people were told they had
made a bully business deal when
tfiey got 55 per 'cent of the net
profits, although, they didn't say
much about what a bully chance
tile traction sharps had -to juggle
tile books and teach figures to do
"some tall lying.
' Anyhow, we turned our streets
'over to the big financiers and
taxpayers keep on keeping those
"streets-in 'shape for the gas, elec
tric and street railway companies.
'What do the people get as
THEIR share of this wonderful
Here's what they-got:
They are packed, jammed,
Yammed, crammed, crushed, hus
tled and cussed . into the street
clrs like so many sardines in a
They are hustled off at transfer
stations to wait in the heat, cold,
dust, rain, wind and puddles for
And when the car does come,
it is already so overcrowded that
men, women and children risk life
and limb trying to get aboard,
r , More cars mean more help.
More help means more expense.
'And' that means less -profits for
the people in this unholy business
alliance. For we're partners, you
know. That's what they tell us
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ride on street" cars.
- They never get their fingers in
any. of this net profit. It doesn't
lower car fares. It may cut down
the taxes of the people who ride
to and from work in automobiles.
Low fares wotild do some good
for the people who ride on cars.
More cars and some comfort in
riding, would help some, too.
And we could .forget that 55
per cent because we never got our
fingers on it anyhow.
The suWay steal, ' the loop
scandal, protected crime, build
ing graft and innumerable other
crimes against the people all
these are an open book -to the
Yet, about all we get out of
them is an occasional- spasm of
virtuous indignation when the
public protest is too loud and the
stink of graft and corruption t6o
Then they go after the little
criminals, kick up a fussy noise
and hope the people will hurry
up arid forget. ""
All of -which means" that the
people of "Chicago will get what
tfiey want only when they go
after it themselves.
All' they'll get from govern
ment by a newspaper trust will
be a handout. For the'trust mem
bers must get theirs first.
h A merchant' prince who pays
salesgirls only $6 a week, will
have a tough time of it breaking