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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 11, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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MARSHALL FIELD & CO. USE CITY LAND FOR
STORE PURPOSES WHAT'S IT WORTH?
Marshall Field & Co. have fitted up
a jestroom and lounging place for
the general public and customers of
the store in the sub-street space un
der Washington sL between Holden
st. and Wabash av.
Aid. John C. Kennedy is making
an inquiry for business men of the
27th ward on whether this restroom
space which the city gives free to
the Field store isn't worth some cash
compensation to the city. ,
"The Field store is keeping its
promise to the city that this sub
street space would not be used for
selling goods," said Kennedy. "I be
lieve, however, that any authority on
real estate would agree that by em
ploying public land free of charge for
restroom space the richest retail
store in "Chicago is saving a certain
amount of restroom space at some
other point in its establishment
"Whether the actual amount of
cash rental saved to the Field store
through this device is large or small
should be determined by the city
through a council committee or the
bureau of compensation.
"Business men in my ward say it
was a narrow vote in the city coun
cil by which the Field tunnel ordin
ance was passed in 1912 and if at
that time the managers of the Field
store had honestly told the council
committee they were planning to. use
the sub-street space' f or'restroom and'
phone booths, making it an attract
ive adjunct to the store, it wouldn't
have been quite as easy to pass the
ordinance.
"All statements of Marshall Field
& Co. at that time were that the
sub-street space would be used only
as a passageway, no goods were to
be sold and the public land granted
them was not to be appropriated to
Field store uses.
"There isn't any large amount in
volved in this special privilege. It's a
.case, however, where a powerful
commercial establishment is seeking
to encroach on public rights. It's a
violation of the intent of the contract
ordinance and sums of cash should
be fixed on for payment by the Field
store in exchange for this special
privilege."
The way the elevated roads 'boost
business for loop department stores
will be up in council traction discus
sions this fall. Besides having
guards call off the names of State
street stores, the "L" roads are now
publishing in The Elevated News un
der head of "Advice to Shoppers" the
names of big State street stores
next to "L" station exits.
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LONDON BLAMES CHICAGO PIT
FOR JUMP IN BREAD
London, Aug. 11. Under the head
ing "Gambling in Bread," the Daily
Express declares that the new rise in
the price of bread which will go into
effect Monday is due to manipulation
in Chicago.
"Circumstances," it says, "appear
to have conspired to enable the Chi
cago wheat market to indulge in one
of its periodical gambles for the pur
pose of putting up the price of bread.
"While it is not believed Chicago
can do anything like create a corner
in bread, there is a strong impression
that operators in the Chicago pit are
forcing prices as high as the market
will let them go."
DEATH LIST IN WEST VIRGINIA
FLOOD PLACED AT 75
Charleston, W. Va., Aug. 11. The
death list in Wednesday's flood dis
aster will be at least 75, according
to reports from rescue parties.
Twenty-five more bodies have
been recovered.
Many of the militiamen and thoso
accompanying them reported that
they have been unable to reach many
towns washed out. They are buildi
ing new roads to get to them,
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