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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 12, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 28',
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YEARS AGO MR. AND MRS. FOOLISH QUESTION
MOVED INTO OUR RAILROAD STATIONS
"Jenny," said the city editor to the
sob writer, "it is my opinion that the
railroad stations are the homes of
foolish questions. I therefore want
you to make the rounds and find out
the most foolish questions asked in
"Sometimes so-called foolish ques
tions aren't foolish at all," hezarded
the s. w. "I remember when I was
younger I asked the man at the in
formation window about a train and
he told me it would leave from gate
2. I inquired if that was the gate
with number 2 above it, and he asked
me if I would need a diagram. As a
matter of fact, as I haughtily inform
ed him, it was a perieotiy natural
question for me to ask because they
kept changing the numbers over the
tops 01 tne gates so that one
But the c. e. had turned his back
and walked away, so the s. w. went
out on the assignment Some hours
later she sought a telephone.
"Oh, it is the funniest thing imag
inable,' she laughed into the phone
as the c. e. called hello. "Positively
I have laughed until I am sick and
yet there is a perfectly good psy
chological reason for it You know
that if you try to remember some
thing that you are asked about, you
never can, and "
"Come across the rest of the staff
is working today," snapped the c e.
"That's what I'm trying to do.
You see I did as you told me went
around to the stations and asked the
different persons who are asked
foolish questions just what foolish
questions they are asked. Dear,
dear, it was too funny!
"You know they would say: 'Asked
foolish questions? I should say so.
We nre asked more foolish questions
a minute!' Then they would start to
ldugn and I would start to laugh and
we would both stand there laughing
until my sides actually ache, and
then they would stop and they would
think and wrinkle their foreheads
and pass their hands through their
hairs, and then we would both laugh
again, and then they would stop and
say: " 'But I honestly cannot think
of a single foolish question at this
"And I gave them all of the first
aids I could think of. You know psy
chology teaches "
The c. e. interrupted. "I did not
send you out for a treatise on psy
chology, but to get foolish questions.
Did you get any?"
"Oh, yes," answered the s. w. "Two
from the Northwestern with the
names of the tellers deleted by the-
censor, one tola me oi a woman
who wanted to know what time the
train' went to Beloit: what was the
ffare to Beloit; what time the train
got to Beloit, and finally, after he
had told her all of it: 'Does the train
stop at Beloit?'
"The other one said a woman
called up and asked what was the
fare to Michigan? He asked her
where in Michigan. She said, 'Oh,
just Michigan,' so he advised her to
call up the Eere Marquette boat line.
"Then in the LaSalle street sta
tion, I got these. Jos. Daepner, in
charge of the newsstand, told me of
a man who wanted to know if the
conductor would come out and get
him when the train was ready.
"H. G. Malm, in the information
bureau, told me of a man who asked
him what time a train would arrive
and he explained to him that the
train," which was No. 1, had been
connected with 13 and would get in
when No. 13 was due, but the man
couldn't seem to understand and
didn't seem to believe what he was
told, so Mr. Malm told him to go
look it up on the time board.
"In a few minutes the man came
back, with, fire in bis eye; . " XQ