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A TALE OF TEN JITNEYS AND THE' "KANSAS
GUY THAT HANDED THEM OUT
This is only a story of ten jitneys
Dr four bits and any real guy knows
that four bits ain't nothing to make
a fuss over, but-behind those four
bits there is a curioiis intermingling
of the stinginess of a big corporation
and the big heart of a fellow called
On Monday night the Metropolitan
elevated railroad had a wreck at St
Louis av. on the Garfield Park "L"
line, and as a result thereof they
stopped the trains running to Garfield
At Racine and Halsted a bunch of
girls who work in factories for low
wages got on the train on their way
home and down at the ticket window
they pushed through the only jitney
they possessed, because a pile of
working girls in Chicago are in luck
when they have even one lone jitney
to ride home on.
At Marshfield av. the news was
broken to the girls that no Garfield
park trains were running and that
they should go downstairs and get
their jitney back. Downstairs piled
the girls and there they were given a
nice green ticket which would if
trains had been running have en
titled them to ride to Garfield park,
but in the absence of such trains
served nicely as souvenirs.
Ten of the girls filed out on the
street at Paulina and Van Buren, be
lieving that the little tickets were to
be used on the street cars, only to find
that such was not the case.
Some of the girls, hungry, weary
and penniless, began to cry, and it is
here that "Kansas" entered the tale
in the breezy way for which the genu
ine Kansas has gained a reputation.
"Kansas," just an alias for J. A.
Friedman, driver of a Daily News wa
gon, brought his trusty steed to a halt
on the corner to deliver his bunch of
papers and he gave the "once-over"
to the crying girls.
"Why the weeps?" he asked, swag
gering to hide the fact that he was
being soft-hearted. "Have you lost
your dog or did somebody get your
Two of the girls explained with the
tears still undried in their eyes.
Then "Kansas" did what makes
the contrast between the big corpora
tion and his big heart He brusquely
commanded two of the weeping girls
to climb into his chariot and thus
gave them two jitneys' worth -of ride
and he reached down in his pocket
and drew forth eight other jitneys,
and he passed them around.
And so through the big heart of
"Kansas" ten hungry penniless girls
INVESTIGATE POLICEMEN AT
Seven policemen and an investi
gator from "Maje" Funkhouser's of
fice will tell the civil service commis
sion about the dance which was held
in Central hall, 22d and Wabash av.,
Hallowe'en night. Mrs. L. B. Buz-,
zell, investigator for the morals,
commission, has told one story of it. .
White and blacks of both sexes
dancing together at a ball given by
a negro club, women dressed as
men, vulgar, suggestive and immoral
dancing, are part of the claims made
by the investigator.
She says that the seven policemen
and Isaac Buckowski, Funkhouser
man, stood by and watched the spec
tacle without interfering. They an-"
swer that the dance was not im
proper. The civil service commission '
Three hundred years ago In Eng-"
land glass windows, which were only"
to be found in the houses of the"
wealthy, were regarded' as so pre
cious that when people left their
houses for a time they used to take
out the windows and put them caie