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Lower fares or municipal ownership is possible. The newspapers,,
therefore, sought to manufacture sentiment for a subway in compli-J
ance with the wishes of their great advertisers of State street, and
of the fraction and financial interests down-town. Not Qne im.
provement or business association of outer Chicago has ever advo
cated a subway. .
"The fight against the subway is to be a fton-political warfare..
The fight is to be on business grounds alone, with the mass of Chi
cago property owners and business men demandingthat their in
terests be not sacrificed and their pr,operty values (be depreciated
for the purpose of adding millions to property values of the so-called,
central (district. Against the outside interests will be ranged the
multi-millionaire property interests down-town, controlling the
traction companies by ownership on one hand and the daily news
papers by advertising patronage on the other."
A recent is'sue. of the Lakeview Times and News, published,
weekly, gives information that nobody finds in the big dailies. It?
refers to monthly meetings of the Greater Chicago Federation, and
says m part:
"The Federation have made the subway a study. To all out-.
lying bodies it was shown conclusively that the subway, as proposed
will not alter the present situation in their regard and also it will
not save any time in getting to and fro mthe down-town district.'
The Federation has mags ancl will show the routes proposed. One,,
things was brought out strongly, which is: The surface cars will
not enter the subway. They will remain as they are. Mayor Harri
son contemplates subways for elevated roads only. Further
more, the subways will not extend over one-half mile outside the
loop district. Thisis important, as many have believed they would
be exterided all over the city."
All this would seem to indicate that thq big dailies are deliber
ately suppressing all information concerning the subway scheme
that doesn't suit the purposes of the big advertisers in the loop
Neither the mayor nor council should permit "special privilege"
in the loop district to get away with any such game. of fooling the'
Before any step is taken officially toward appropriating money
or approving pjans, the people themselves should be-given full op
portunity to express their wishes.
' It isn't safe to go on what a subsidized trust, press says the peo-
pie want for what these publishers say the people want is merely
what their masters, tfye advertisers, want the people to want, j
Anyhow, not a dojlar of the peoples money should be spent on