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STREET CAR COMPANIES IN
Whenever the street car campanies
want something from the city coun
cil or the mayor they make a prom
ise. Then they break the promise
and leave the city holding the bag.
How the people are buncoed out of
good street car service by this, sort
of trickery was brought out again be
fore the council local transportation
v committee yesterday.
Leonard Busby, head of the Chi
cago Surface Lines, presiednt of the
Chicago City Rys., told the alder
men: "The city council order for exten
sions for the year 1914 is a dead let
ter. I must so regard it and I can
not follow out its provisions."
Nothing rotten about this until you
That a solemn, written pledge was
made by the three big main street
car companies in 1907 ordinances.
The promise was then and there writ
ten down that 23 miles of extensions
would be built each year by the com
panies. There were no erceptions to
the promise and no conditions. It
was recognized that as Chicago is
growing it needs more than 23 miles
of new tracks a year.
Yes, it is true Busby gave the com
mittee yesterday a promise that 25
miles of extensions will be built this
year. But before Busby agreed to
this, he stated it clearly as an under
stood condition that the 'companies
sholl not obey the council order of
last year for 23 miles of extension.
The Chicago Surface Lines, of
which Busby is the managing head,
are owned by financial interests of
which Morgan and Rockefeller banks
are the heaviest holders. The local
men who watch the game for these
interests are Samuel Insull, Henry
Blair, Harrison B. Riley and John J.
Mitchell, sitting on all boards of
directors of Chicago car companies.
(They act for the big eastern bankers
and financiers who say- how much
money shall be spent in Chicago lor
better car service and how much,
shall be passed along in dividends to
Aid. Eugene Block, former chair
man transportation committee and
taken off that committee because of
the way he fought the companies,
"Why did the companies fail to
obey the order of 1914. to build 23
miles of extension? It was not for
lack of funds. Both the Chicago
Rys. Co. and the Chicago City Rys.
Co. paid large dividends last year.
"The unemployment problem was
more serious than at any time in
years. Yet the dividends earned by
the car companies were as fat and
comfortable as usual. If the com
panies have civic pride and com
munity spirit, as they so frequently
boast, why did they not build exten
sions and give jobs to the unemploy
ed? They were pledged by the 1907
ordinance to do so.
"Mr. Busby's declaration yesterday
that the 1914 council order for ex
tensions is a dead letter practically
means that the 1907 ordinances are a
dead letter so far as the companies
Henry Blair, president Chicago
Rys. Co., called on Mayor Thompson
yesterday. Sam Insull is to call in a
few days. The mayor says before he
starts any strong action with the big
traction men he wants to talk it over
with them in a get-together-for-Chi-cago
spirit The mayor is getting all
kinds of promises of co-operation.
EMMA GOLDMAN LECTURES
Emma Goldman, anarchist lectur
er and author, will wind up her week
of lectures at the Pine Arts theater
with the following subjects:
May 15, 8:15 p. m., "The Interme
diate Sex." A study of homosexuality.
May 16, 8:15 p. m., "The Limitation
of Offspring." A discussion of how
and why small families are desirable.