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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 29, 1913, Image 3',
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Newspapers get their advertising from loop merchants and play the
loop game. ""
The Big Business of Chicago is the cold-blooded business of converting
men, -"women and children into money and getting-that money into the hands
of as few people as possible.
They hedged in the loop with the elevated railways. They made the
people come into the loop to get from one end of town to another. They
want to tax the people all over the town to build subways for the benefifof
the loop and loop business.
. They are going to let the Pennsylvania railroad .help play the loop
vgame by building elevated freight tracks that will shut most of the -West
Side off from the loop, so that business will stay in the loop and go up in the
air instead of , spreading west.
Then they'll let the railroa'ds gobble up land that will keep business
from going south.
And in the meantime the Marshall Field estate keeps on buying land in
the loop land for more .stores, more office buildings, more skyscrapers;
more hotels, more buildings of all kinds to set 'traps for the people and
bring them and their money into the loop.
The people all over town are taxed for money to clean the streets, and
the first streets cleaned and kept clean are the streets in the loop. The fast
streets cleaned are the ones the people live on. . ,
The people all over town are taxed for millions to build boulevards for
automobiles and newspaper autos and wasjons; and nothing is done for the
men, women and children who ride on street cars because they can't afford
automobiles. ' ' " .
I stood on the top floor of a high building the other day and looked out
over the loop. As I thought of the kind of people all the great buildings
housed, and the tricks that were played upon the people in the offices of
the mighty in these buildings, the thought came to me: Here is hell.
Millions upon millions of watered bonds and stock have been issued in
the loop gas, electric, .street railway, telephone and other public .service
corporations have Issued them. Their franchises give them the right totax"
the people for the money to pay the interest on the watered bonds and stock.
A street car fare is a tax. It is paid to the conductor instead of to the
city or county treasurer. There is a water tax, a telephone tax, a gas tax,
an electric tax, a clothing tax, a food tax, a tax on everything we eat, wear,
drink or use. , j
Land values are high in the loop, and hence rentals are high. ,But the
people who buy In the loop pay all -the loop taxes, all the-loop rentals. , .
And street railways are operated to bring buyers into the. loop. , If it
were not for the water in street railway bonds and sto,ck Chicago p'eopJe
could ride for a three-cent fare and get Universal transfers and good ser-vice--just
as the people get this seryice in Cleveland for three cents.
' And they are' talking of "spending millions of the people's money to
build subways, when they"haven't yet learned to operate the cars they have
for the benefit of the people. r ...
Whattne people of Chicago should demand of the mayor and council
is decent street railway service NOW.
Make the companies make ( good their past promises before granting
them new privileges as the price for doing what they ought to have done
long ago. It's an old trick that getting a franchise by agreeing to do cer
tain things, and then refusing to do them unless additional privileges are