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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
' BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Do We Need Subways? The busi
ness men's organizations outside the
loop have taken a stand against any
subway at all at this stage of the
Of course, you won't see much
about this stand in the big news
papers, for they play the loop game
all of the big advertisers are lo
cated in the loop.
No subway will relieve congestion
in the loop. Business interests in the
loop want congestion in the loop.
Congestion means crowds and
crowds in the loop mean business for
loop stores. Also high rentals for
And high rentals mean high cost
of living. Customers of loop stores
pay the high loop rentals. The
money comes out of. their pockets.
The surface and "L" cars carry
nearly all the people they can handle
into the loop now. So the loop wants
subways so more people can be haul
ed into the loop.
Any kind of subway dinky, com
prehensive or any old kind will cost
hundreds of millions finally. , Every
citizen will have to help pay the in
terest on the bonds whether he
owns his own home or rents.
That is, the entire population will
be taxed for the benefit of loop prop
erty and loop stores.
There is no sense in piling addi
tional millions of taxes on the al
ready heavily-burdened people of
Chicago. It is easily possible to
greatly improve the service on "L"
and surface lines as they now are,
without adding a dollar to the public
Freight traffic now materially in
terferes with rapid transit. Wagons
and trucks now use street car tracks
holding back the cars, delaying
transportation of passengers and
causing rotten service.
Boulevards are reserved for auto
mobiles and newspaper delivery autos
and wagons. This means rapid tran
sit for the few who are rich enough
to ride in autos instead of in street
Some way could be devised to keep
much of the freight off of the street
car tracks. It could be diverted to
streets where there .are no tracks.
Then surface cars could hurry along.
Chicago shouldn't attempt sub
ways until the people have a govern
ment that can get decent service out
of the transportation facilities we al
Chicago has plenty of room to
grow north, south and west. There
is no sense in trying to force the
growth up toward the sky in one
spot about a half mile square.
It shouldn't be necessary for peo
ple living several miles from the loop
to have to go there to buy what they
need. It would be better to have
good stores of all kind in neighbor
The Chicago loop is one of the big
gest con games in America.
Liability Insurance. Did YOU no
tice" that after a legal battle of nearly
three years the families of victims of.
the Triangle shirtwaist horror settled
on a basis of $75 each?
Harrison & Blanck, owner of the
factory, and Joseph E. Asch, owner
of the building where the girl were
burned to death where the doors
were locked so they couldn't escape
didn't pay the money. It was paid by
an employer's liability company.
Here's how that works: Owners
of factories pay for liability insur
ance. If their employes are injured
or killed the employeyrs don't have
to bother their heads about damage
suits. The insurance companies fight
the suits so as to get off as cheaply
Every trick a lawyer can employ
to cut down damage verdicts cuts
down expenses and runs up profits.
On a burned building, burned stock,
or any kind of property, the man who1
takes out the insurance fights the