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THE PUBLIC FORUM
OPEN LETTER TO HON. ED
WARD F. DUNNE. You are writing
a series of articles for the press on
subways. I have just finished read
ing your first effort. It contains
nothing new that I can see.
True, there has been and is now
a wide clamor for traction subways,
but mostly by persons who seem to
have no comprehension in the mat
ter. You refer to New York, Boston,
London. All those cities have sub
ways and needed them badly. They
were all built for a proper purpose
to carry people speedily over long
distance, but not in a single instance
to disperse congestion. Not one of
these cities had the awful conges
tion that Chicago suffers from. They
have no insurmountable barriers
such as exist here. You must know,
governor, that the natural direction
for expansion in Chicago is south
ward. You must also know that in
that direction lies our greatest bar
rier against natural expansion the
18 steam railways,, with their exten
sive traffic, covering nearly all space
between State street and the river,
keeping nearly all streets closed and
preventing any sane business man
with a clean business from locating
anywhere in that vast territory be
tween Van Buren and 22d sts.
Now please ask yourself seriously
this question: If those roads were
removed to more remote quarters
and the 400 or more acres of space
thrown open to business expansion,
would there then be any need of sub
ways? If you are the man of judg
ment I take you to be, you will an
swer: "No, there will nbt be any need
for subway building."
Well, then, why not pursue such a
course restrict railway traffic in
that quarter, compel them to move
and give the city business center a
chance to grow.
It is the most feasible, logical, prac
tical a3. It promises immediate
successful results. It will save hun
dreds of millions of dollars to the
city. It will, when the district is de
veloped for business expansion,
yield hundreds of millions of dollars
in tax money to the city. It will en
rich the present land owners, the
railways, billions of dollars by the
process of selling their land holdings
to business men for legitimate busi
ness expansion, and it will give the
growth of the city an impetus, a
boom, such aa no other factor has
or can in a hundred years.
Subways? Bosh! Such abortions
will only create more congestion and
bring no relief to anybody.
When a private citizen finds his
living quarters too contracted, too
congested, he expands if he is wise;
he does not burrow underground,
like the rat or gopher. We should
profit by that example and do things
in a sane, business-like way. Alfred
THE ANTI-WAR MEETINGS
Day after day the capitalist press
tries to stir up a frenzy for war.
"Freedom of the seas," they scream.
Profit first and humanity second is
what they mean.
They try to make us believe that
there is an enthusiasm for war. I
never had much confidence in them,
so I attended the anti-war meeting
last Friday evening at Hod Carriers'
hall, which was held under the au
spices of the Cook County Socialist
party. A mighty "no" reverberated
through five halls jammed with work
ers. Hundreds could not get in.
Thus our war advocates were an
swered. Speakers from every coun
try voiced the unity of the workers
and denounced the war spirit The
papers were mum about the meeting.
They had no answer.
The meetings will be continued un
til the jingoes are silenced. Students'
Anti-Military leagues are being
formed to root out the war fever in
the high schools. Their first mass
meeting will be at Bowen hall, Hull