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Marshall Field & Co. What lines en
tering the loop dont actually touch
this point come within a block or two
of it, the map showed.
"One of the great causes of the op
position to the through-routing of the
North and South Side 'L' lines was
the fact that this woukT bring one of
the lines away from Wabash avenue,"
he said. "The service of the 'L' lines
could be improved 100 per cent by
through-routing and a few connect
ing links. The service of the surface
lines could be increased for more
than this by just through-routing."
"The unification ordinance of 1907
provided that 21 through routes
should be established to lessen the
number of twists, turns and cross
ings in the loop district This would
have lessened congestion and im
proved the service to a wonderful ex
tent But the street car companies
established 22 through routes and
continue'd to loop and switch back
their cars in the loop district
"Take, for instance, the lines com
ing up Madison street and the lines
coming in from Clark and Wells
streets. They interloop and have five
crossings and ten turns. Through
route them and there would be one
turn and no crossings, but then they
would be a few blocks from State
street and objections would be raised.
"Street cars go 9 miles an hour,
'L' roads 14 and steam roads 24.
600,000,000 rode in street cars last
year, 164,000,000 in L' trains and
41,500,000 in steam roads. What a
saving of time would be if the steam
roads carried the 600,000,000."
Hooker gave four reasons why Chi
cago did not have better transporta
tion. These are State street inter
ests, the "crowding for profits" policy
r the companies, the negligence of
the city council to enforce the law
and given the city better service and
the parking of pleasure vehicles in
The crowd laughed when he
flashed a clipping taken from the
Chicago Examiner, which read: "Au- ,
1 tomobile Men Approve Subways for
"Why shouldn't they?" he asked.
"Especially when this will allow
them to park their autos on down
"A subway is unnecessary. Let us
improve the service we already have.
I have toured the subways of every
large city in the world and I say
from first hand experience that none
of them are satisfactory or healthful
to the population of the cities they
Aid. Merriam and Kimball of the
Seventh ward reported to the Forum
what they were doing in the council,
what the council was doing to the
people and what improvements are
going on in the ward. Each talked
half an hour. The subway commis
sion, the municipal pier, the park .
consolidation bill, elections, L C. im
provements, the non-inflammable
film ordinance, the smoke com'n re
port and still other things were dis
cussed. The Open Forum is a non-dues-paying
organization which meets
monthly to discuss ward and city af
fairs. It was sponsored by Aid. Mer
riam. o o
MACHINISTS TO STRIKE '
Fifteen hundred machinists em
ployed by the Standard Steel Car Co.,
E,. Hammond, Ind., will go on strike
hrla few days if the demands present
ed today are not met The men want
an 8-hour day and the standard union
machinists' rate. The plant is mak
ing war orders.
TELEGRAPH BRIEFS m
Washington. Austrian govern- W
ment has notified state department,
it is understood, that after full in
vestigation it has been unable to de
termine how British steamer Persia
Leith, Scotland. The steamer Tra
quair has been sunk by a submarine.
Her crew was saved. Shipping reg
isters list no ship of the above name.