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MURDERING PEOPLE FOR TRACTiSn DOLLARS
Administration and Newspapers Should Compel ' Decent
Service on Present Lines Before Talking SuVw ay.
By N. D. Cochran, Editor of The -Day Book.
1 It's a cinch theres. something rotten in both, the proposed
merger of the street railways, surface and elevated and in the pro
posed subway as Veil. . 'y
Of course all the long-winded editorials are based on what- the
people of Chicago want and what they ought to have. vThatVwhat
you think on reading the editorials. But what they really advocate
is what the'publisher of each particplar paper wants the people of
Chicago to want ; and we have no means of knowing each publisher's
connection with" the railways. '
I have at least one good reason for, thinking that'neither the:
newspapers nor the city administration is bothering about what the
people of Chicago really want.
For what they really want is something
the newspapers and the city 'administration
can easily get for them without issuing a dol
lar's worth of bonds. -
5?hey-want better service on the ' street
railways we now have. . ' v '
If Mayor Harrison will personally investigate all 'of-the; surface
and elevated lines running to and from the loop district; He'will find
that the peoplexwho ride on street cars are being'treated like-cattle
treated "with less consideration than the four-leggedttle out at the
stockyards are treated. . ; '
If four-legged cattle were packed in cattle cars like men, women
and children are packed in street cars, the humane society would
kick,.up a rough house about it. '
If Mayor Harrison would visit some 'of 'the. transfer points
duringthe-rush hours, and see. men, Women andcHild'ren' standing in
.snow, mud, slush-or water, waiting for a car, -arid then standing
there at times until several cars have passed Before they get on one,
he would, see how he could help them by makingTthe street railways
put on more cars. " ' -
They .may talk all they please -about the congestion in the in
fernal loop, but that. won't prevent running more cars and giving the
people better service. ' ,
There is only one reason why the people are treated like cattle
and that is because the fewer cars the companies run and still get alt
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