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VOL..3, NO. 112 Chicago, Monday, Feb. 9, 1914 ONE CENT
Conductor Compares Private and Public-Owned Cor
, poration Service Washington May Take Over All
' N Its Lines To Show Other Cities How "Peo
ple's Street Car Line" Is Done Good
Hours a Feature in 'Frisco.
San Francisco, Cal., Feb. 9.
George H. Benker, conductor 32 on
car 23 of the Geary Street Municipal
Road, stopped after he had passed a
crossing to let an old lady off.
"Ever see them stop like that for
a passenger on the United Railroads'
line?" he asked. "Not much! They
can't keep up their headway if they
do. Yet you notice wo do."
The United Railroads is the cor
poration which, before the municipal
ly built, 'municipally owned Geary
Street Road came to compete, had a
strangle-hold on the street car traffic
"This municipal railroad is suc
cessful," continued Benker, "because
it is ruu on the 'square deal' plan-
square deal to the public.and a square
deal to the employes."
While he spoke a lady stood by the
cash box searching her purse for her
fare. She seemed embarrassed. "I I
haven't a bit of change," she faltered.
"Could you change five dollars?"
"Why certainly," answered the
The lady was surprised. "They
wouldn't have done that without an
argument on the United Railroads
cars," she said: "There's a different
spirit on this line."
"Yes," said Benker. "They're satis
fied here. The hours are better, the
pay is better, the people are better,
the service is better, and everybody
"Nearly all who work here are old
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