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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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pany -will control the system and fur
nish the power. Sam Insull un
doubtedly believes that manifest des
tiny points to Commonwealth Ed
ison. And it is probably-inthe cards that
this transportation system will evolve
so as to become a part of the street
railway transportation system, with
stub ends abolished and a marvelous
street railway and suburban system
operated on connected tracks from
one end of the city to the other.
I can see how wonders can be ac
complished by organization of the
transportation system, BUT
I can also see grave danger to the
people if they don't KEEP THE GOV
ERNMENT OP CHICAGO IN THEIR
OWN HANDS.
As my old friend Vic Lawson says:
"Intelligent supervision by official
representatives of the people must be
relied upon to secure good service at
fair rates."
But I don't see how we are going
to get intelligent supervision by offi
cial representatives of the people if
we have government by parties,
which, in turn, are controlled by po
litical machines and bosses too easily
influenced by the bosses of the UNI
FIED public utilities.
UNIFICATION of public utilities
means unification of politics, too, and
a bi-partisan machine controlled by
the UNIFIED utilities. The point is
that the UNIFICATION game doesn't
extend to the people themselves.
Under the party system they won't
act together as consumers of gas and
electricity, street car riders and tele
phone users. On the contrary, they
will be kept apart as Democrats. So
cialists, Republicans, Progressives,
Wets, Drys, Single Taxers, or some
thing else.
The working class is more deeply
interested in this governmental prob
lem than any other class, yet its
members cease to be workinemen
and women when they get into poli
tics, and split off with the parties into
all sorts of varieties of voters, wear-
T ing tags and labels and party uni
forms, with some ring in the nose as
the chief article of jewelry.
If the people were unified I'd say
amen to the unification of public util
ities and organization and economy
substituted for competition and waste
I might say peace substituted for
war but the game of the Hog Com
bine is going to be to unify politics
r at the same time they unify utilities,
to the end that they may control the
government that is to regulate and
control them.
I don't care how much citizens
split up into various kinds of parti
sans in national or even in state elec
tions, but there's no earthly sense in
it is cities. The tariff isn't a mu
nicipal issue. Neither is military and
naval preparedness. The biggest city
problem is a home problem, for it
has to do with the health of men,
women and children, and housing,
employment, recreation, education,
entertainment, comfort and happi
ness of all of the people gathered to
gether in a community. v
Is it possible for the people of Chi
cago to throw off party tags and
labels and own themselves and be
UNIFIED politically?
If they can't get out of the habit
of BELONGING to a party, is it pos
sible to get them into a Chicago party
whose aim shall be actual democracy
and self-government for the people of
Chicago?
Why don't supposedly free men and
women BELONG to themselves?
o o
BELIEVE WRECKED YACHT ONE
ESCAPED FROM NEWPORT
Galveston, Tex., March 18. Yacht
La Providencia, which has been
wrecked on Mexican coast with five
tons of ammunition aboard, is said
to answer in every detail description
of yacht clipse which escaped from
Norfolk some months ago with party
of interned Germans.
One of crew has been recognized
s former Villa officers who once
led -an -attack on Matanioras

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