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In .the meantime the owners and managers ride down to their offices
The only way to get service is for the peopled representatives to
This probably would be done if the Btreet railway companies didn't
control so many office-holders and newspapers.
Outside of the humSh-beings the street cars, kill by running over the,m,
doubtless they kill many more through, disease contracted on crowded cars
or through exposure on the street corners while waiting.
. Winter will soon be here. With it will come snow and slush and biting
winds. The streets downtown in the loop will be kept clean for the benefit
of strangers who come to Chicago to spend their money in the big stores.
But the streets outside the loop will be as dirty as usual. The transfer
corners where the people of Chicago have to stand to wait for street cars
will be filthy dirty as they always have been.
Thinly-clad women and girls and men and boys will stand in the snow
and slush, get wet feet, catch cold, get sick and possibly run into pneumonia
or, consumption waiting for cars.
Men, women and children will be packed into the poorly ventilated
cars, each breathing in the composite breath of all the others, and with it
all the disease germs, microbes, bacilli and other enemies of health and
And the tighter they are packed the more of them there are on each
car the more profitable the operation of street railways is for the owners
of the stock.
The fewer cars the company can handle' all the people with and get
all the nickels the more money the company makes.
All this can be remedie'd NOW. We wouldn't have to wait for sub
ways or more tracks of any kind if the interests of the people were protected
by the mayor and council.
i It isn't the fault of the conductors, the motormen, the bondholders or
the stockholders. It is the fault of the men who were elected to represent
the people and to run the city government for the benefit of the people.
There is protection for the people in laws and ordinances now on the
books. All that is necessary is'for the city government to use the power it
has for the benefifof the people -who ride on street cars.
The trouble is that the mayor and aldermen DO NOT REPRESENT
THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO WHO ELECTED THEM.-
They love the people when they are running for office and want votes.
They pay no attention to the people after they are in office. The owners
of street railway bonds and stocks have more influence than the people
One reason for this state of affairs is that the people elect an alder
man in one ward because he is a Democrat and another in some other ward
because he is a Republican. .
v Yet neither Democracy nor Republicanism has anything, to do with
street car service. You can't tell the difference between a Democrat and a
Republican once they are elected. The only difference, if there is any, is
their difference as MEN. . (
Another reason is that Chicago is governed by the loop and for the
loop. And the loop stands for property and money instead of for humanity.
Street car service and nearly everything else is manipulated to increase
the value of the real estate in the loop.
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