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THE DAY BOOK
N. D. COCHRAN
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
COO SO. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL
TV. ;.,. ... KdltorUl. Monroe 383
lelepnoneS Clrrnlatlen. Monroo 3824
SUBSCRIPTION By Carrier In Chicago.
30 cents a Month. By Mali. United
States and Canada. S3.00 a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1914, at the postofflce at Chicago,
I1L, under the Act of March 3, 1879.
CAR MEN AND THE PUBLIC
The Chicago Surface Lines have pub
lished an ad in the various papers in
which they congratulate the car men
on the arbitration award and ask for
co-operation between the men and
the public for a better feeling on the
part of the men toward both the pub
lic and the company. They also say:
"POUR-FIFTHS of the complaints
received by the company have to do
with the treatment of the public by
our employes complaints involving
the personal equation such as dis
courtesy, running by passengers,
starting too quickly, not waiting for
passengers at transfer points, etc.
"Every complaint of this nature
should now be eliminated. We shall
appeal to every man in the train serv
ice to co-operate with the manage
ment in every way possible to give
a better service than ever before, and
particularly to be mindful at all times
to extend to our passengers every
courtesy and consideration to which
they are entitled. We believe that
the great majority of our men will
respond loyally to this appeal."
So far as the men are concerned,
we, too, believe they will respond.
The award of higher wages and
better hours for the men will put
them in a better frame of mind to
ward the company; and we have no
doubt at 'all of their friendly feeling
toward a public that sympathized
with them, in their demands.
But there is also something for the
public to do. Often there are pas
sengers who get sore at conductors
and motormen who have to live up to
company rules and who do the best
they can under trying circumstances.
I have seen two cars standing at a
corner in the loop, waiting for the
traffic cop to whistle for them to go
ahead; and I have seen passengers
wait by the first car and get sore if
the second car didn't stop right at the
corner when the whistle blew. Even
when the motorman on the rear car .
signaled passengers to walk back and?
get on the car, some passengers
would not go back, but would stand'
still and expect the second car to
stop while the first car went ahead.
Now the motorman on the second
car had made his stop for the street
crossing anyhow, and had the pas
sengers walked the length of the car
they could have gotten. on and the
car could have gone ahead when the
first car got the signal. At times the ,
stopping again of the rear car to take.
Korfthe passengers who wouldn t walK
back forced the motorman to wait 101;.
This causes delay and enough of it
would throw the motorman off hist
The point I want to make is, thafc
passengers can do their part toward
saving time and improving service.
If the public will co-operate withj
the car men both will profit by it All!
we passengers need bear in mind is
that the conductors and motormen
are human beings; that they want to
do the square thing; that they don't
like to be scolded or abused, and thati
abuse by a passenger naturally irri-
tates either a conductor or motor
man. He's human and is quite apt to?
This is merely one illustration. Iff
is easy enough for all of us to HELR
the car men make good by doing!
OUR share. Let us remember that;
in order to keep the service regular
they have to make a round trip in a
given time. If they don't they ;