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LAND GRAB IN LAKE CALUMET WILL NOT STAY
DEAD SOME ORDINANCES AGAIN REVIVED
BY HENRY W. LEE
Two months ago five ordinances to
award several hundred acres of made
land and submerged land in Lake
Calumet -met with such hostile recep
tion in the city council that they were
hastily re-referred to the harbor
committee. After two perfunctory
meetings and a hasty visit to the lit
tle lake near Pullman, the ordinances
have again been approved by the new
committee without alteration. They
will probably come up for passage
next Monday week.
Under the pretense of furthering
an industrial harbor there this deal
would award to the Pullman Co. and
ojthers hundreds of acres of made
land stolen from Lake Calumet and
300 acres more of submerged land.
The total value of this land-grab is
upward of -$1,000,000.
j In exchange for this the city will
receive the riparian rights of the
shore owners, valued by Aid. Wallace
at $150,000; but it can use these
rights and any additional made land
for harbor terminal facilities only.
This means that factory property
will be cut off from access to the
harbor by a belt of city-owned made
land, the final result being to kill all
possibility of an industrial harbor.
It is charged that the Pullman Co.
and other railroad interests thus seek
to avoid possible competition bylboat
Chairman Littler states that the
' deal will' prevent the shore owners
from acquiring a large part of the
lake gradually by accretion. Littler
would prevent this by giving them
clear titte to this land now.
Over 2,000 local citizens have
signed a petition to the cduncil pro
testing against the land grants and
urging the completion of a practical
harbor at once.
v The jpro posed land-gab is in. line
with the Illinois Central lake front:
steal and the North Side pier con
tracts, where $300,000 was paid pri
vate parties for made land belonging
to the state. It appears that every
alleged effdrts to provide harbor fa
cilities for Chicago turns out to be
a land grab that will operate to de
feat the very harbor facilities which,
it is pretended are sought
The pending ordinances promise
to be one of the big "good things" of
the year. In evident preparation for
this an attorney for the Pullman Co.
was elected president of the Munic
ipal Voters' league, the practice of
"highbrowbeating" the aldermen be
ing cheaper than some other methods.
ALAS! ALL THE FUNNY DANCES
ARE SLATED FOR DISCARD
Oh where, oh where is the "Walking
Oh where is the ol' "Taxi Tip"?
What's become of the glide and ths
dance hall slide,
Oh where is the "Dipping the Dip"?
This is the touching little ballad
that dancers of Chicago will be sing
ing in the near future, according to.
.Chicago Ass'n of Dancing Masters
The kibosh was put on some of the
present popular dances during the
fourth annual banquet of the associ
ation at the Sherman hotel.' "Walk
ing the Dog" and ''The Taxi Tip" are
scheduled to go where the "Bunny
Hug," "Turkey Trot," "Angleworm
Wiggle" and "Lame Duck" went
Wherever that was.
And what will probably interest the
old folks is the prediction that the
quadrille, the minuet and the gavotte
are slated to come back into their
own. Dancing masters say it was a
mistake ever to sidetrack the old