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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 03, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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should be attached in such manner
that boats docking cannot injure
them, G. J. U.
THE DIFFERENCE. In making a
fuss over the loss of lives account
should always be taken df-their finan
cial rating.
According to a well known author
ity, who owns properties in almost
every state in the union, an ordinary
working person is worth approxi
mately one ten-thousandth of a cap
italist of standing. Thus a more or
less rough estimate of the value of
the Eastland pleasure seekers' lives
would average the fifteen one-hundredth
that of a single such capitalist
Think of it all of these excursionists
taken together are of less value than
one-fifth of a real financier! So how
can we justify the blaming of officials
responsible for this alleged disaster
for either trying to take sides against
an investigation or for the natural al
ternative of blaming each other?
And now try to imagine the utter
calamity to the natipn if a Rocke
feller should by some unhappy cir
cumstance be deprived of life. Fig
ure it out yourself. J. J.
SURFACE LINES. Do you know,
Mr. Citizen, that the C. S. L. claim
they have in their employ one of the
best experts in the country to work
on their time tables. But the man
who fills that position is handicapped,
the same as a trust-reporter is handi
capped. He has got to deliver the
goods the company demands.
Just stop and think a moment, Mr.
Citizen, what a splendid service we
could demand of that expert if the
railways were under municipal
ownership.
The time table we are now work
ing under calls for an inadequate
service for the public. No end of
complaints are made against the men
who are compelled to carry out this
service.
The public is bewildered. It does
not know who to blame. When pep-
pie board a car they are jerked on
like cattle and when they arrive at
their destination the conductor po
litely requests them to "step lively."
Why is all this rush and confusion?
Are the crews responsible or the com
pany for this wild, disorderly tran
sit? I will leave it to you to decide.
On one hand we have the trainmen
who carry out the services called for
on the time table. They are obliged
to keep their cars on schedule at all
times. They have a very difficult task
in this. Some of the runs have two
minutes strut others follow with 8
to 10 minutes strut Then the third
crew follows the 10-minute crew with
a 3-minute strut. This schedule dis
order makes the crew with the 10
minute schedule carry a double load.
In order to be on time be is forced
to pass up passengers and be very
lively in the operation of his car.
Above all this there exists a run
ning time that ought not to be al
lowed on a public thoroughfare. On
the other hand, we have the com
pany, which is interested at all times
in keeping down the operating ex
pense. In order to do the same they keep,
continually cutting the running time.
In cutting the running time they take -more
cars from the street This is
the service you have got to put up
with, Mr. Citizen. Which means a
saving to the company of thousands
of dollars annually. The C. S. L. are
there for operating the service for
personal greed and not for a public
service. Courteous Conductor.
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AFTER THE VACATION
Our coin is gone and we must work
To earn another batch.
While in their native pools still lurk,
The fish we didn't catch!
A deficit in Italy's trade balance ia
accounted for in part by the loss of
$150,000,000 a year formerly spent
in the country and $20,000,000 usual.
ly sent home from the United States jfe
by laborers. yV,
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