LETTERS TO EDITOR
KEELEY AND SKYSCRAPERS
Editor Day Book: In a Herald
editorial Mr. Keeley favors the build
ing of skyscrapers. He has been so
considerate of the public by making
his type larger that he thinks he can
In favoring such monstrosities as
skyscrapers the public will soon be
walking 6n top of each other and I
hope Mr. Keeley will be walking on
the bottom. Most any fifth grade
school boy knows more about correct
city planning than Mr. Keeley. He fig
ures that loop stores will advertise
in his paper and therefore benefit his
In doing this he is destroying the
city beautiful plan and the happiness
of our future generations. Which is
the best, having the ordinance re
pealed or the city beautiful plan car
ried out. Julius S. Neale,
1307 Dearborn St.
ARE BANKS AFTER LORIMER?
Editor Day Book: I notice in your
comments some speculation as 'to the
causes of the Lorimer bank failure.
I do not live in Chicago or in Illi
nois, therefore have no interest in the
affair beyond some sympathy for the
"under dog," who, in this case, seems
to be Mr. Lorimer, and Whom I
imagine is no better or no worse than
those who are persecuting him.
You may or may not be interested
in what I will attempt to relate as
I remember it.
Shortly after "the Lorimer case"
began to attract attention some years
ago I happened to be dining at King's
restaurant one evening. A gentle
man came in and was seated at the
same table and in conversation he
told me that the bankers of Chicago'
were angry at Mr. Lorimer for start
ing the new bank, and that they-had
started in to "get" Lorimer and would
never let up until they succeeded in
downing Lorimer. He said: Tou
may think that the opposition to
Lorimer is caused by political ene
mies, but you are wrong; it's the
bankers." He said: "I make this as
a prediction. Now watch it and see
if I am not correct."
This gentleman exchanged cards
with me and invited me to come over
to the office of the, Chicago Examiner
and visit him. Several months later
I read in the Chicago Record-Herald
that "Senator Lorimer's bank has
been refused clearing house privi
leges." I thought of the prediction.
Some time later I read, in the Chi
cago Tribune, "The bank has
been threatened with withdrawal of
clearing house privileges unless it
discontinues clearing checks from
the Lorimer bank through its own
Again I thought of the prediction.
A few days ago I heard the rumor
about the failure of the Lorimer
banks and again thought of the pre
diction as about fulfilled.
Does it not appear to be about true
that my chance acquaintance knew
whereof he spoke? C. L. Brown, 68
W. Ohio St.
A PLEA FOR THE GIRL
Editor Day Book: In addition to
the splendid work that you are doing
for the boy, will you let me enter a
plea for the girl? The working girl
and woman, who is obliged to live in
a furnished room, a large rooming or
boarding .house is often not agree
able, and I find from a personal can
vass that 75 per cent of the semi
private houses, having rooms to rent,
on the South Side, do not want wo
men, "gentlemen preferred."
Of those that will admit women,
60 per cent refuse them the right to
entertain a gentleman.
These girls and women are respect
able working citizens, underfed, un
derpaid, homesick and lonesome, they
have not the money to go to even
the moving pictures, and they are
forbidden receiving their friend in the
only home they have, fheir room.
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