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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 21, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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by the records of the police depart
ment Some one in authority knew of
these dangerous conditions and yet
nothing whatever was done to pro
vide even elementary measures of
safety. The statement that after a
rope is provided bathers will be ar
rested who venture beyond is laugh
able in the face of the ghastly horror
that is stirring political derelicts to
action. It is a wonderful show of ac
tivity in-its determination to keep the
barn locked after the horse is stolen.
What about the frightfully danger
ous condition of the low breakwater
that extends into the lake at this
place, visited by thousands of anglers
every week. Two rows of piles driv
en some six feet apart and protrud
ing blocks of stone Men and boys
are constantly risking their lives in
fishing off this insecure and slippery
structure. I have visited this place
several times and on each occasion
saw men and boys slip and fall into
the water, which is, on either side,
from six to fifteen feet deep.
Must more lives be lost at thisl
place before sleepy and negligent of
ficials will provide some measures of
safety? Cannot the proper authori
ties be compelled to take action be
fore damage is done? The Lincoln
park board is amply provided with
funds. A few hundred dollars' worth
of lumber can make this spot safe
and afford healthful enjoyment for
thousands each week.
A short distance beyond a path,
representing thousands of dollars in
value, is provided for horseback ride
ers. This drive is graded and watched
carefully, although its patrons can
be counted on your fingers, while
just below thousands of people are
deprived of proper bathing facilities,
life protection and proper means of
comfort Are we taxed to furnish
space and comfort for a handful of
equestrians and. deny it to thousands
to whom a little fresh air and a
plunge in the lake is a physical bless-
How long are we to tolerate this
Turkish or Chinese method of ad
ministration before it is replaced with
a real American system which we are
supposed to get and for which we
pay? L. Romanski.
THE TELEPHONE TANGLE. If
the city council possessed more
knowledge, or more desire to attain
knowledge, the Automatic telephone
tangle could be straightened out with
benefit to the citizens of Chicago, and
the experience of Chicago would later
become a beacon light for the world.
The struggle for the possession of
the automatic by the telephone trust
is not for the actual tangible pro
perty involved, but for the purpose
of establishing a monopoly of the
telephone business here in Chicago
and elsewhere.
Perhaps some of the members of
the council know what a monopoly
is. When it comes to practical mat
ters immediately involving their own
business they are quick to see the
monopoly element and to fight or em
brace it as their interests may direct
But when it comes to the publicl in
terest they are often blind. They can
give away the streets or alleys of the
city without a sting from their
consciences, and they can also con
sider the giving away of the interests
of Chicago's citizens in the telephone
business with as little mental effort
as they would to expend a nickel to
relieve the wants of a beggar.
The probability is that most of our
troubles come from ignorance. Ig
norance of the facts of individual and
of social life brings poverty and sick
ness and crime that affects us all,
and the council should be condemned
for ignorance and stupidity rather
than for cupidity.
The telephone is a natural mo
nopoly. It admits of no effective com
petition. The monopoly gives such
abundant opportunities for extortion
in rates and bad service, such exorba
tant returns for small investment
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