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WILL THE THEATER-TICKET SCALPING HOGS
CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH IT?
Some sort of a showdown in the
theater ticket scalping argument is
due to come in the. next fifteen days.
City Collector Forsberg has given
Chicago's playhouses that length of
time to come through with license
applications before closing their
Only two of the big theaters have
renewed their license under the new
anti-ticket scalping ordinance. They
are the Colonial and the Auditorium.
Chicago has been rotten in the
ticket-scalping game for years. Sev
eral times a war has been waged
against the public having to pay near
double price to see the big shows. But
the scalping has prospered and big
extra money has gone into the pock
ets of the ticket Shylocks.
For years it has been next to im
possible to get front section seats
without a pull or without plunking
down an extra 50 cents to some
scalper. When plays that are widely
advertised as big hits come to town
the public is often soaked as high as
$2.50 for $1.50 seats and up to $3 and
$4 for $2 seats.
A great many Chicago hotels do
ticket scalping openly and get away
with it There are any number of
little offices about town where thea-,
tergoers are notified by signs that
they can get theater tickets for seats
down in the front rows. And the pub
lic has been stung extra coin for the
privilege of sitting near the orchestra
pit Back in the rear rows seats can
be had at the regular price, if you're
lucky. Engagement of seats three or
four weeks in advance will get only
back seats, as a rule.
Out-of-towners stand a better
chance of getting good theater seats
than Chicagoans themselves. Folks
staying at hotels can go to the news
counter of a good many hotels and
get front seat for the night of the
,day they buy them. Extra money is
charged, of course. These same seats
could' not be bought by Chicagoans
three weeks in advance at the rigu
lar price marked on the ticket
Levy Mayer, attorney for the The
ater Managers' ass'n, holds that th"e
new ordinance which knocks out
ticket scalping is so broad that it is
illegal. On this point the ordinance
will be fought to a finish.
This finish, according to City Col
lector Forsberg, has got to come
within the next fifteen days.
Will the managers get away with
their game? Will Chicago have to
keep on paying extra coin for the.
right to see the big shows?
A great many other cities have
done away with ticket scalping. The
public, by standing -firm against pay
ing extra money, can put a stop to
this rotten graft in Chicago.
STREET CAR MEN PROTEST
Chi. Surface Lines have not -made
good promises made to the car men
The Surface Lines promised an 8
hour night service by Jan. 1. The
company has not granted this and
has not paid the switch sweepers the
back bonus awarded by arbitration.
The matter was discussed at a
meeting of the car men's union last
night and for a while it looked as
though there might be immediate
serious trouble. The men did not
like the breach of faith of the com
panies, but at the behest of Wm.
Quinlan and other leaders agreed to
wait until Feb. 1 to give the com
panies a final chance to fulfill its pro
Sir: Last night my wife heard a
noise below stairs, so she thought
She awakened me ; I listened. "There
is a man in tnis nousei i said,
aroused. "He's not in this room,
though!" she snapped. Now what
DID she mean? H. N. B.