MORE LAND FOR THE I. C. LAND HOG
One trouble with Chicago office-holders is' that they don't take
pains enough to find oiit what the people want.
If the newspapers clamor for something that the mayor and the
council want, that seems to settle it. It is taken for granted that the
people want anything the politicians and the press want them to
The deal between the city and the Illinois Central is a case in
point. The politicians, the mayor, the Illinois Central and Big
Business are in an awful hurry to pull off a deal involving many
millions of dollars worth of property on the lake, from Grant park
clear to 51st street.
Objection has been made by some citizens that the city will
give the Illinois Central some seventeen millions the best of thefdeal.
But the powers thatvbe? for some reason or other, are trying to
hush up the objections and railroad the deal through.
What's the hurry?
Why not wait a minute, give the people a chance to find out
all about it and decide what THEY want.
Big Business isn't the whole town. Neither is Carter Harrison.
Nor Andy Lawrence. Nor the council.
The evident hurry in this deal looks suspicious. There is
1 enough involved to warrant taking plenty of time to discuss every
phase of the deal.
There's no sense in giving millions to the Illinois Central for
no other reason than to get a lake front location for the Field
Museum. That's like one of Andy Carnegie's libraries, anyhow
a monument to one man's greed.
Like many another so-called merchant prince, Marshal Field
was materially aided in piling up a princely fortune by the starva
tion wages paid his employes.
And Chicago will go ahead whether that monument is built on,
the lake front or down at Gary, Indiana.
Anyhow, don't be in too big a hurry to give more public prop
erty to such a land hog as the Illinois Central railroad. Wait a
minute. Take it easy. Think it over. Let's "be dead sure we're
right before we go ahead.
"My wife," writes "And Old
Reader," "has not failed to kiss
me every time I returned home
the last 20 years. Can you beat
that for loving faithfulness?"1 If
that's what ails her, old man,
she's all right, but thcreare wives)
who keep that up just to find out
if hubby has been again sampling
things that cheer, but do not inebriate.
If the scenery doesn't suit you,
donit grumble. Hike.
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