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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 21, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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cars, are the rule in New York now
just as before subways were built.
"It is a certainty if subways are
built in Chicago and don't work for
the relief of the straphangers the cry
then will be for more subways. It's
my guess at this time the traction
capitalists, hand in hand with the
State street stores, Commonwealth
Edison, and the Field estate, are mak
ing the entering wedge of a move
that will fool Chicago onc"e more if
it goes through.
"Voters of Chicago have over
whelmingly rejected a comprehen
sive, city-wide subway by referen
dum. If we begin with a so-called
downtown subway running from the
loop, to Division street .on the north,
Racine avenue on the west and, 19th
street on the south, we might as well
admit that overcrowding in a few
years will enable the traction inter
ests to call for extension of these
subways. Then we'll have city-wide
subways in a prairie city that ought
to have sunshine, transportation,
clean' and sanitary transportation."
It will cost about $2,500,000 a mile
to build the subways, thecoming re
port willvsay. After they are built
the proposition is the city shall rent
them to. the surface lines. If the pro
gram goes through the city's traction
fund of $18,000,000, derived from 55
per cent of surface line profits since
1907, will be gone. Also if subsoils
prove treacherous' here and there
with slips, slides and cave-ins, the
extra.cost will be on the city. In this
connection some alderman point to
io the Hotel Morrison, which spent
$300,000 moreNthan originally esti
mated for sinking caissons through
subsoils that slipped, slid and caved
in. The sinking of Randolphestreet,
at the corner of Wabash avenue,, next
to the Field store, another sudden
and unexpected trick of downtown
subsoils never explained, is also
pointed to as an' indication that some
miles of subway cost in Chicago may
prove millions of dollars more expen
sive than at first estimated,
Mayor Thompson yesterday issued
a warning of danger of building the
subway system too small. He ,said
New York no sooner got its subways
going than longer" trains, faster time
schedules and longer platforms for
waiting straphangers had to be
adopted. It didn't work at all like
experts said it would.
Aid. Capitain, chairman local
transportation committee, admits
subways are insanitary, that with
dust and lack df sunlight they don't
compare with elevated 1 lines. He
says, however, he's for a "downtown
subway" because it's the only way to
end congestion.
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WILSON DEMANDS ACTION OF
MEXICAN COMMISSION
Atlantic City, N. J., Nov. 21. A
final plan of border patrol and with
drawal of American punitive force
now In Mexico, backed "by Pres. Wil
son's approval, was to be presented
to Mexican members of American
Mexican commission 'todayj with
statement that administration at
Washington expects It to be accepted,
without further wrangling. The
plans are contingent upon several
concessions by Geo. Carranza, which
have not "been made public.
Understood Wilson expects to put
into operation plans of his own re
garding bandit operations in Mexico
unless suggestions of American com
mission are adopted.
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PREDICT ."SALOONLESS CITY"
' The Dry Chicago Federation is
confident that their dream of a "sa-1
loonless city" will be realized. Wil
liam Jennings Bryan, after four ad
dresses in the city yesterday, 'said he
would return at any time for a ten
days' campaign for the "drys." Ho
answered, the charge of the United
Societies that he had once voted
against prohibition in Nebraska by
admitting it and saying that his ex-
perience since then had caused Mn
to change -his mind, ' ,

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