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NIGHT BLAZE CLEANS OUT BIG
Boston, Jan. 14. One fireman was
rkilled, two men -were seriously in
jured and damage estimated at $150,
;000 was caused by a spectacular fire
which early today destroyed the Ba
con department store, 2175 Washing
ton street, and a building adjoining.
While the wind blew a gale and the
thermometer registered 10 below, 75
families were rushed into the streets
in their, night clothes when the
sparks were carried nearly a mile
and caused forty roof fires.
HE )iAS A REMEDY FOR THE
SMOKE PROPOSITION IN CARS
Editor Day Book:
"Motorman's" letter, published re J
cently in The Day Book, aroused my
sympathy, but he has not suggested
the right remedy. The hint conveyed
to the public is, to stop smoking on
the cars. Similarly, on crowded cars
men are told to resign their seats to
women. This I have done for years,
but never without a mental protest.
What right has the company to in
crease its dividends by packing peo
ple like pigs in- a box? It is the duty
of the management to provide
enough cars to let every passenger
It is not our duty to help this mil
lionaire company increase its profits
by riding" to our work standing. Sim
ilarly, it is not our business to de
prive ourselves of the only little lux
ury known to many of us a smoke
in order to enable the company to
crowd their cars more. "Motorman"
will find that, in both these cases, the
responsibility, rests on the manage
ment of the street railway company.
Here is the just remedy: The mo
torman's space should be for himself
alone. The passengers' portion of
the car should be divided into two
parts, separated by glass doors. The
rearialf should be for smokers, who
number nearly half of all the passen
gers carried. Non-smokers should jjet
"on and oL in front, where an auto-.
matic machine should provide each
passenger with a transfer, in return
for his nickel-in-the-slot. Passengers
without the right change should get
on in the rear. Thus the motorman
has no-emoke, the ladies and others
in front get no smoke, and the smok
ers are seated, not herded like cattle.
A similar system is in operation
over nearly half of Europe, where, in
most countries, each car is allowed
by law to carry only the number of
passengers which the car can seat.
If London, with over seven million
population, can enforce this law, we
also can enforce it.
Dr. Rudolph Bismarck von Liebich.
AFTER FUNKHOUSER FOR NOT
SETTLING FOR $14,774
Major M. L. C. Punkhouser, sec
ond deputy superintendent of police,
was cited by Municipal Judge New
comer to appear before him Febru
ary 6 and explain his failure to pay a
debt of $14,774 to the Concordia Fire
Insurance Company of Milwaukee.
A verdict for this amount was re
turned against Major Funkhouser
and George W. Montgomery, of the
nartnership firm of Montgomery and
Funkhouser in favor of the insurance
company by Judge Martin in the Mu
nicipal Court November 13, 1913.
After the suit Mr. Montgomery died
and the court returned a verdict
against Major Funkhouser alone.
"This matter has been revived for
political purposes," said Major Funk
houser. "These people know right
well I didn't have a cent at the time
this judgment was issued. They
v 1 have never been able to
satisfy the judgment since."
Auto bandits robbed Harry But
tingham, 2426 Indiana av. $61 and
George Rugan, Glenn View, 111.,
struck by auto truck. Fatally injured.
A. B. Nichols, 70, Grand Rapids,
Mich., lost $75 on street car. Pickpockets.