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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 29, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 6

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is the one that takes the daily plunge.
They are willing to go a little bit
more than half way, realizing the
handicap o having several thousand
bathers surge down on a beach of a
sudden. It is easy to see that they
must double up in the lockers in or
der to give everybody .a chance to
dip in the lake. But every bather
who hands over his or her quarter
feels that he or she is entitled to a
towel.
A needle and thread are badly
needed at North Shore beach. Four
men out of five who had a couple of
lockers together had to send a boy
back to change their bathing suits
after they had taken off their clothes.
The suits had holes in them. You'd
get arrested if you went out on the
beach with any one of those four
suits. The writer saw them.
The South Side beaches seem to be
going along nicely, with only the
crowding complaint. That is almost
to be expected anywhere when tne
beach rush has been so great this
season. Jackson park beach, Chi
cago Beach hotel beach, as well as
the numerous other South Siders,
are catering to capacity daily. Lin
coln park and Diversey on the North
Side are also packed.
All the complaints made against
any of the beaches are minor ones.
They would be easy to overcome and
the mob of bathers would sure appre
ciate it if they were taken care of.
A very friendly feeling exists at all
beaches and it is a good thing to
promote. Get out the needle and
thread where it is needed and buy
more-towels. Then watch the kicks
drop.
Residents of the South Side have
asked repeatedly why all other sec
tions of the city have been provided
with bathing beaches, while needs
in this regard from Fifty-first street
north have been neglected.
The claim is made that there Is
plenty of beach line in that section,
but no municipal help offered. Resi
dents of the home sections and I
workers at the stockyards, the big
central manufacturing district and
other centers a short distance from
the lake are f6rced to take a long
car ride in order to take a plunge.
The riparian rights from Grant
park to Jackson park are controlled
uy the South Park com'n. The board
claims, and has been sustained by
the courts, that it has undisputed ac
cess to the water's edge. This was
obtained through a deal with the Il
linois Central some yearsago.
Yet the South Park com'n is pow
erless, its members claim, to make
any move which is not approved by
the city council. Failure of the city
council to act upon an ordinance
which has been buried in the ar
chives of the council committee on
harbors is charged by them with re
sponsibility for this admittedly de
plorable situation.
In support of the claim that the
park board appreciates fully the ne
cessity for properly equipped bathing
facilities the commissioners cite the
fact that they are now maintaining
four beaches. These are at Twenty
fifth St., Thirty-eighth St., Sixty-third
st and Ninety-ninth st
Life guards are doing good work
since the first series of drownings.
Very good care is being exercised. A
few of the more daring risk their
lives in going out too far, but the
majority of the bathers are safe in
the hands of experienced life guards.
A fev? bathers, especially parenta
who take their children out for a dip,
have suggested that it would be a
good idea to rope off a space for ca
noes and rowboats to run through
when leaving the beach for deeper
water. At present some of the boats
run carelessly through the crowds
and several youngsters have been hit
ty them. '
All told, Chicago's beaches are the
main drawing card in the city this
summer. Thouasnds are taking ad-
vantage and thousands are having a
great time.
More power to the beaches.

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