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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 27, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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FERRY REPORT SHOWS WHAT
"JITNEY BUSES" COULD DO
"Why the street car companies and
their newspapers are against the
motorbus lines for" Chicago strap
hangers is seen in the first report on
motor bus costs and routes for Chi
cago by Public Service Commissioner
Ferry.
On one route alone Perry shows
that 80 buses running from Diversey
blvd. to the Midway could make 640
trips a day, carrying 20,000 pas
sengers and taking away from the
traction companies $1,000 in nickels
a day.
The local transportation commit
tee will take up Ferry's report Thurs
day and discuss recommendations for
action.
A jitney bus system tq cost $718,
000 is suggested "by Ferry. He di
vides the expenses this way:
Eighty cars at $5,500 each. .$440,000
Sixteen reserve cars to re
place those under repair. . 88,000
Two garages each to have a
housing capacity' for 75
cars 150,000
To accessories, engineering
and contingencies 40,000
Total initial investment. $1,718,000
The buses would run on N. La
Salle st, Dearborn stt S. Wabash av.
and Calumet av.
Keeping the jitneys mainly on
streets where there are no car tracks,
there would be no congestion, Ferry
believes.
On streets running parallel to Hal
sted, Milwaukee av., Blue Island av.,
Ogden av., Madison st, the buses
can be run in such a way as to not
crowd the streets.
If 80 new buses were thrown into
the loop district this would add to the
congestion. But 80 buses scattered
over a stretch of several miles, on
streets where there are no street
cars or" tracks, would not crowd the
streets worse than now.
Besides, the. people riding in the
jitneys would be taken off the streets
now crowded and there would be par
tial relief of present congestion.
Seats for 30 people are in some of
the latest style of jitneys. Smaller
ones seat 20. For the wanner times
of the year the double-deck bus with
a circular stairs at the rear where the
passengers ajimh up are available.
The routing of double-deckers would
have to avoid passing under over
head bridges.
The 5-cent fare would be reduced
to passengers buying mileage books.
A bus route conenction South Chi
cago with Hegewisch running 8 or 9
buses would supply a much-needed
service now denied by the surface
lines, says Ferry.
N. Y. HAS NEW MYSTERY "ITS
ANOTHER HATCHET CASE
New York, Jan. 27. The bodies of
a man and a woman, both with heads
crushed, were found early today in
an apartment. A bloody hammer and
hatchet were found nearby. The
woman is Miss Marion J. Franklyn,
30 years old, a stenographer out of
work, whose home was in Wilkes
barre, Pa. The man is believed to be
John Christopher, 50. an engineer of
Union Course, L. L
The janitor, Joseph Kriegleder, and
his wife were arrested by tie police.
The woman, the police say, was too
intoxicated to talk coherently, but
they gather from her mutterings that
she believes her husband knows
something of the deaths. Miss Frank
lyn boarded with the Kriegleders.
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PROTEST MEETING
A mass meeting to protest against
police outrage in clubbing defenseless
unemployed men and women in Hull
House parade will "Be held tonight at
8 o'clock in Oak hall, 220 W. Oak st.
Addresses will be made by Lucy Par
sons, Rev. Irwin Tucker, Wm. Thurs
ton Brown, Vincent St. John and oth
ers on whether hungry men and
women have right to city streets.
Admission free.
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