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HUMAN BEINGS AND DUMB BEASTS
One thing that ails Chicago is that the powers that be are
'dealing too much in futures.
The newspapers are howling with all their might for a sub
way system, and paying nd attention at all to rotten transportation
conditions that could be remedied NOW.
While these learned editors are telling us all about what we
ougnt to have some day in the dim and distant future, people are
being packed into street cars TODAY in a manner that is actually,
In order to grind out the last! possible nickel and to hold on to
all of it they can, traction managers are running too few cars on the
surface and elevated lines.
It is a daily occurrence in the morning to see a crowded cat
stop at a crowded transfer point, and then go ahead without taking
one-tenth of the waiting crowd aboard simply because there is no
room. ' J ,
And mep, women, boys and girls stand in the street hoping
there will be a chance to get on the next car.
The seats are crowded, the aisles are jammed and the vesti
bules ate packed with people. Packed so tight there isn't room to
move and car after car has meen and boys, and sometimes women
and girls, standing on the reap step, hanging onto the hand rails. '
In short, the people of Chicago are treated with less j considera
tion than cattle at the stockyards. ' '
Even Big Business wouldn't dare pack cattle in a cattle car as
the street car company packs human beings in street cars.
The law would step in and interfere, if self-interest and greed
didn't prompt the owners of the cattle to save animal life.
An animal brings cash m the market a human being doesn t.
If they make animals sick, or let them die it costs money.
But nobody owns people. So they receive less humane con
sideration than cattle. j
What the people want is 'relief. Not tomorrow, or next year,
or after they are dead. They want it today NOW.
We'll all ride in the subway when it is built unless we have au
tomobiles. But why not do something now
Why not make the traction magnates put on enough cars to
haul people to and from their work as -human beings, and not as
dumb beasts? '
The newspapers can help the p'eople NOW if they are free,
and not afraid of the capital that owns the cars.