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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 20, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 9

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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
A Newspaper Mayor. Just watch
the loop press now and you will see
them at work trying to put over a
mayor who will toady to and take
orders from the newspaper bosses.
Note this from The News: "Chi
cago's earnest citizens are showing
the right spirit in preparing to- make
a united fight for better municipal
government."
So far as the News is concerned,
"Chicago's earnest citizens" are al
ways those citizens who do just what
Lawson wants them to do; and
"showing the right spirit" means
showing a spirit to take orders from
newspaper bosses.
The people of Chicago have been
fed on that bunk long enough to be
able to smell it ten miles off.
The department stores and loop
interests generally want a mayor now
who will blow that street railway
fund on a loop subway that wouldn't
be worth a nickel's worth of dog meat
to anybody outside of the loop.
When the loop press says "Hep,"
watch your step.
Car Magnates Scared. There's a
reason for that furious fight' on an
appropriation in the city budget for
municipally-owned autobuses, or, as
they call them In San Francisco, jit
ney" buses.
The reason is that this- is the first
thing the city has ever threatened
to do that disturbed the street rail
way hogs even a little bit
Street railway owners are never
seriously disturbed by a newspaper
campaign for better service. They
know it will soon die down and that
they can get away with the same old
rotten service again as soon as public
clamor turns to something else.
They expect periodical campaigns
in the interest of straphangers; and
they know that the effect is only tem
porary. They know that the average
member of council only. fighta for the
straphangers so long as the people
keep pounding at the councilmen;
and the people soon tire of any ex
citement. But the jitney bus is different It
would take several hundreds of mil
lions to buy the street railway sys
tem for the -city, and the millions
won't be forthcoming in this genera
tion or the next The, millenium is
still a long way off. Yet the auto
bus can be started with even less
than $100,000, and that means actual
competition with the street railways.
Street railway experts know that
jitney buses are being operated in
London, Paris, Los Angeles and San
Francisco, at a profit, and that the
patronage is rapidly increasing.
They know that if Chicago starts in
to operate a few the people will take
to them so rapidly that more will be
put on as the demand grows.
The city-owned' autobus isn't like
a newspaper campaign,. It isn't like
one loud howl from straphangers
that soon dies down. The bos 'will
haul people and more buses will haul
more people. And more people mean
more nickels that won't find their
way into the till of the Marshall Field
estate.
It may mean the gradual develop
ment of a street railway system, con
sisting entirely of autobuses that can
run without a franchise and with
out millions of watered bonds and
stock.
Come on with your jitney bus. I,
for one, am tired of straphanging.
And I'm tired of privately-owned
street railways.
NEUTRALITY EXCEPTIONS
Cousins German.
Greek Fire.
Russia Leather.
Japanned Tinware.
English Bulldogs.
Turkish Rugs.
Hungarian Rhapsodies.
Belgian Blocks.
French Mustard.
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