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and let the people vote on the reposition along with the other plans sub
mitted by .you.
"Neighborhoods will vie -with each other for the subway, and-by is
suing bonds, principal and interest to be paid by special assessments
against adjoining land "which is benefited, this public demand could be fully
satisfied and as many branches built as are needed. ' The land owners would
get back this money through increased rents.
"The mayor of Chicago has a fine opportunity to become a great popu
lar leader, for most of the problems near to the city are city problems, and
no city needs such a leader more than the city of Chicago.
"Home rule of its public utilities would be restored to Chicago by the
adoption of a policy of municipal ownership."
These progressive women haven't stopped there, however. They have
started to work to prevent the gob- i
bong of the automatic telephone m a
Way that promises results
After seeing Alderman Sitts, chair
man of the gas, oil and electric light
committee, to whom they were re
ferred by the mayor, they started in.
Sitts parried with the women, say
ing that the committee was so busy
with other matters that it would be
impossible to state when the question
of permitting the merger of the tele
phone companies would be consid
sidered. The women then began a house to
house campaign to get signatures of
people now using the Bell telephone
who will agree to contract for the
automatic in the event of its pur
chase by the city. The action of the
women has given an awful jolt to the
moss-covered politicians who accuse
women of being impractical, for this
seems to be one of the most practi
cal ways to insure the ultimate pur
chase of the automatic that has been
The psychological effect of this
latest move of the women on the
aldermen is already apparent. -The
old guard who stood prepared to
shove the merger through the coun
cil are beginning to hesitate.
A new force has entered the politi
cal game in- Chicago. An army of
determined women stands watching
the movement of the aldermen. And
none of the councilmen are risking
the women's wrath.
The Woman's Party has really
done pioneer work in the fight. for
.municipal ownership. Long before
the power of the ballot was given
them they were in the fight. VBut the
administration were not afraid of
them then and their battle 'cry went
unheard. , .
Nearly twe years ago they center
ed their fight for municipal owner
ship of the automatic telephone.
Later .they co-operated with Harold
D. Stroud, organizer of thQ,Telephone
Users' Association,' who is making
the same fight
The Woman's Party has enlisted
the aid of oher societies and together
with these recruits and the Progres
sive Club and the Telephone Users'
Association should make it uncom
fortable for the members of the coun
cil who try to sacrifice the city's
rights by jamming the merger
through the council.
The Socialist Party of Cook county
also entered the fight forjmunicipal
ownership of the Automatic and all
other public utilities at a.pary con
ference held yesterday at 550 Wells
They demanded that the city take
oyer the expired franchise df the Illi
nois Tunnel Company and operate
the Automatic Telephone system.
A municipal platform was drawn
up demanding a charter convention
with proportional or minority repre
sentation and the establishment by
the city of depots for-the sale and
distribution of milk, fuel, ice, bread,
They opposed the extension of
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