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The Journal Is unable to give
space In this Issue to all the com
munlcatlons It has received upon the
"gate question." Those that have
been crowded out will appear during
the coming week.
Next Sunday's Journal will devote
another page to this subject and
those who care to express opinions
should address the "Gates" editor of
The Journal not later than
"Gates, or no gates," -was he question propounded to streetcar patrons
Friday night. Journal reporters i boarded streetcars and asked passengers to
express their opinion by marking a ballot similar to the one printed on- this page.
Streetcar patrons at junction points and who could be conveniently approached
between the hours of 5 and 8 o'clock were also canvassed.
Retain the gates, Abolish the gates,
536. 720.
Majority of those opposed to gates, 184.
It is not claimed that this is a fair test of the question. There was little
time for explanations or considerations. The vote was taken at a time when
people of all classes were hurrying home for supper. The cars were crowded,
people were getting on and off at frequent stops. To some, the question was
presented for the first time and they were uncertain, evidently.. Others refused
to vote on the score that they did not understand the proposition- Perhaps,
constant submission to whatever the streetcar management chooses to do had
made it beyond comprehension that any one should will differently.
"What's the vote for?" va asked any number of times.
"To get an expression of public opinion," would generally be answered.
"What's the good of that?"in astonishment. "D'ye suppose the street-
car company will pay any attention to that?"
''Maybe it willthat is wh at The Journal proposes to find out.''
The form of the ballot, too, ay have deceived some. A better test will be
made during the coming week thru the ballot that will be printed in
Journal daily, and by a canvass of public and office buildings. People will
have time to think the matter over and vote with deliberation. Communica-
tions to the editor of The Journal will also be published.
Those who have not given the matter any thought should understand that
the issue is this:
The Journal maintains that the streetcar gates, that prevent^people
from getting on or off cars except when the conductor chooses, constitutes a
nuisance and that they waste a great deal of time in the aggregate. Further-
more, that they are unnecessary, that the people of Minneapolis are just as
capable to take care of themselves as those of other cities of its size that the
company's claim that the gates afford protection from damage suits for alleged
injuries from accidents that are hard to defend is the company's own affair and
not the public's.
The street railway management contends that the gates do not delay and
that they prevent accidents.
People who ride on the cars regularly are the best jugdes of the merits of
the controversy. The communications printed on this page voice the argu-
ments pro and con, and they reveal the character of the annoyances to which the
public is subjected.
Take Off the GatesSave Time.
To the Editor of The Journal
I heartily concur In the proposed reform
of hurry up and get off your car as a
time saver at the same time abolish the
gate nuisance.
This city is no longer a country vil
lage, and public service corporations
should be the first to recognize this fact.
I am not convinced that accidents are
avoided by the use of gates on cars, as
I have been caught more than once by
the premature closing of the same, while
my wife was caught and tumbled along
the street at least a hundred feetof
which she has a very distinct recollection
and only by the merest chance was bodily
injury averted.
By all means, take off the gatessave
timeand make this one move toward
accommodating the streetcar public.
C. J. Keeler.
Nov. 28, 1905.
The Gates Are Absurd.
To the Editor of The Journal:
I have often wondered how long it
would be until some steps were taken
to force the street railway company to
remove the absurd gates. Minneapolis
people are long-suffering. In Chicago S
the gates would remain on the cars about I
three and a quarter minutes. Really,
we are made the laughing stock of the
The "'carT were ""shorter and the" "traffic
much lighter then than now. If no time
to Diversey avenue, nearly four miles,
in less time than it takes to get from
Washington avenue to Knox and Doug
las, less than half the distance?
If the company posts notices in its cars
that they shall not be left or entered
while in motion, damage suits arising
from so doing will have no standing
before the court. People must look out
for themselves in carrying their affairs
in large centers of population. Occa
sional injuries to individuals are a pait
of the price exacted by modern indus
trial conditions and one of the most im
portant factors in the modern city is
rapid transit that you can see somewhere
else than in the company's name or on
the conductor's badge, and satisfactory
service in point of speed can never be
given until the gates are scrap iron.
H. N. Owen.
Minneapolis, Nov. 27.
More Cars the Remedy.
To the Editor of The Journal:
Anent the gate questionit seems
some desire them retained and, of course,
the company saves on damage suits and
Is not likely to discard them. What
seems an imperative need, however, is
more cars. Let them continue the
but now that they don't claim lack _p
StreetCarPatrons Express Opin-
ions Pro and Con on Subject
of Gates on CarsResult
of Canvass by Report
ers of Passengers.
power, let the people insist upon a bet
ter schedule.
A number of lines have a fifteen-min
ute service, which is not a satisfactory
service except to those who are always
willing to take anything handed them.
As The Journal has often shown,
this city has not the time schedule such
cities as Detroit, Indianapolis and other
places have. Is it not time for the
council to take up this matter in a way
which suggests free and independent
action, giving the people decent service
or do they fear the company cannot af
ford It? Louis H. Hainlin.
Minneapolis, Nov. 28.
"May the Gates Go Soon."
country by being penned like sheep in ground there would be no need of the
the cars until his royal highness of a
motorman sees fit to open the gates and
allow us freedom.
Then, too, isn't it conducive to pleas
fair, baseball and football games that the sands of people that ride in the cars,
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asininit of the gate idea shines in its am sure I the insists on i
full splendor. There may be plenty of i noring public sentiment, let's tear the
cars available, but no one can enter them I gates off and raise money to pay fines
until they are brought to a certain point of those who may be prosecuted. I am
and the gates opened, so there is a wild no anarchist, but let us follow the ex-
rush that is totally needless if the crowd
could go out and fill the cars as they
This condition is perhaps due as much
to thick-headed management as to the
presence of the gates. A to the gates
not causing delay, everyone knows bet
ter. The company says it tested it
on the Interurban line ten years ago.
Is lost why'is it that you can go from *^i* j
State and Randolph streets in Chicago
To the Editor of The Journal:
In response to your request for opin
ions on streetcar gates, I desire to say
that I am most heartily in sympathy
with your effort to have them abolished.
Using, as I am obliged to, four transfers
each day, I do not think that I exagger
ate when I say that I lose on an average
of several hours each week, due to the
said gates.
I could pile up numerous particularly
exasperating instances, but what is the
use? You have had the same sort of
experiences yourself May the gates go,
and soon. Yours very truly.
E B. Johnson.
Minneapolis, Nov. 29, 1905.
Our Cars Are Clumsy.
To the Editor of The Journal:
That was a good headline in last Sun
day's Journal "The Streetcar Company
Needs to Get a Gait On, Not Gates." I
am not a resident of your city. I am a
traveling man with a business that com
a th
system in these two towns, but
carse are slow and clumsy and the
infernal nuisance,
that they prevent accident
now constructed, but if
y we
re broader and nearer the
If they are such a wonderful life-sav
ing invention, why is it that the other
cities that are on the outlook for im
ant smiles to be forced to trot along thru provements do not adopt them? I ha.e "a t.the gates are, used ohlold
several inches of mud or slush a hun- i visited fourteen cities this year and have
dred feet or more after a car that is not found them anywhere except in Min
moving but little faster than a walk
and could be boarded with no more risk
than going upstairs. I don't e\en feet
like thirty cents doing it. Two high a
valuation, a cent with a hole in it, comes
nearer my opinion of myself.
Then, to stand at the gate and see the
car you want to transfer to just ready to
start and within easy reach if you could
but get off and catch it.
It is handling crowds at the state
neapolis and St. Paul. I don't see how
you people stand for them.
Commercial Traveler.
St Paul, Nov. 28.
Tear the Gates Off.
To the Editor of The Journal
You are right. The gates are an abom
ination and a nuisance. The aggregate
loss of time daily they occasion amounts
to several hundred hours to the thou-
ample of Jerome in making unto our
selves a law if we cannot get results
otherwise. Minneapolitan.
Nov. 29.
How to Do It.
hypnotized. They'll
To the Editohri of The Journals:
What'ost the use?h Lowry and Goodrich
la cX_of
long as thev
accidents. The place to start the agi
tation is over in St. Paul, where the peo
ple don't give the street car company the
Remember what the St. Paul city coun
cil did to the street
vcar company in the
matter of the gross earnings tax and
those extensions. Let the St. Paul peo
ple make the company take the gates
off and then it will have to be done in
Minneapolis, for the people here will in
sist On having whatever-St. Paul has.
That is one point on which they will fight
for their rights. Merrlam Park
Nov. 28.
Open the Gates Sooner.
To the Editor of The Journal:
Answering your question in a recent
issue with reference to gates on street
cars, I Would say that I believe if the
present agitation results in the removal
of these gates it will take away one of
the finest point of protection 'afforded
by any street railway company in the
United States, and will haye more to do
with demoralizing the system than any
thing else -that- might be suggested!
My opinion is strongly in favor of the
gates. It is possible, however, that an
improvement might be made over the
presenet ^flethod by theJthenar
motorman open
ipstti gates whenever ca,me. to, a i tl^msely^
ii O
standstill. This would allow those peo
ple who are in such a terrible rush to get
off, without waiting for the car to come
to its regular stopping place.
Yours truly,
W. T. King.
Minneapolis, Nov. 27, 1905.
Call the Town "Calgoodrichville."
To the Editor of The Journal:
During a residence of over twenty
years in Minneapolis and a somewhat in
dustrious reading of the press, I have
come to the conclusion that the Twin
City Rapid Transit company is the pet
institution of the town. The leading cit
izens and the majority of councilmen act
on the supposition that it is lese majeste
to say or do anything that will annoy the
maangement. It is the proper thing to
bow low and applaud every move it
When the company demanded the ex
clusive use of the downtown streets and
somebody timorously suggested that the
city and citizens had a few rights, this
unique argument was advanced:
"It will cost the company a great deal
of money without adding a cent to our
receipts" THeo,, the council gave up
the streets and the company" ^generously
put in curves and laid the tracks with
out a penny of bonus from the city. I
notice that the receipts are increasing
ever since the company went to this ad
ditional expense. Let us hope that this
increase will in time repay it.
The statement was made soon after
the gates were added to the equipment
of the cars, without a cent of expense to
the citizens, that they were put on by
order of the guaranty or bonding com
pany, which for a certain premium each
year defends and pays all judgments ob
tained for injuries. The premium is
pels me to do a great deal of streetcar hte and smooth managers is out of order, anything of the kind used on the street-
riding in all the cities I visit You have To be sure, the gates are a nuisance and cars.
would not be tolerated in any city of They are a nuisance and time-consum-
100,000 inhabitants in the United States, ers, and I hope that The Journal
but let's not ask their removal. Let's
change the nan|e of Minneapolis to Cal
goodrichville. Jaykem.
Agitation Will Do Good.
To the Editor of The Journal:
I guess the gates are here to stay. The
streetcar company has so constructed
the people until they pay their fares,
and they are as much service for this
purpose as in "preventing accidents
So neither The Journal nor public
opinion will avail. At the same time, I
think The Journal is doing a public
service in agitating the question. The
company is continually parading its be
lief that it is giving better service than
other cities get, and this man convince
them that a good many people do not
agree with them.
The motormen and the conductors can
prevent a good
,compan,. 4.t "j^'gates occasion if thety wilel be more ac
/lews Section. THE MINNEAPOLIS%OURNAL, i'ews Section.
considerably smaller and the saving to' the opportunity to protest against them
the Twin City Rapid Transit company in the most emphatic way possible,
considerable. If this is true, it is in i They are an outrage, a nuisance and an
order for a concerted move on the part insult to the patient and long-suffering
of the patient and well-trained patrons
of the cars to call a halt on this, agita
tion for their removal.
Anything that adds one mite to the ex
penses of the company or interferes with Oregon and Washington and Minneapo-
the complacent smile of the genial, po- lis is the only city in which I have seen
commodating and no tak such a devil
ish delight in shutting the gates to pre
vent a man who is a trifle late from get
ting on the car. There is no question
that a reat deal of time is wasted, and if
the company is smart it will try to rem
edy the fault on its own account as well
as in behalf of its patrons.
Z. E. Smith.
Nov. 30.
Gates Cause the Delay.
To the Editor of The Journa1:
By all means remove the gates on
streetcar. We have the slowest system
in the country and we think it's all on
account of the gates
E. E. Sweltzer,
1729 Irving avenue S.
S E. Sweitzer, M. D.,
343 Andrus building.
C. S. Beal.
1822 Portland avenue.
W. S. Anderson,
Hampshire Arms.
Gates Themselves Cause Accidents.
To the Editor of The Tourn-1:
During the last three years that I
have been riding on the streetcars I have
found the-gates more of a nuisance than
useful. At one time I nearly had my
ribs crushed and several times I have
been taken from one to three blocks be
yond my destination. I have also seen
different people caught by'the gates. My
opinion is, off with them.
-Jv F. Linn.
Nov. .30, 1905. *o-Vr*
How the Street Car Men Bully Us.
To the Editor of The Journal:
I see that Jerome, the English humor
ist, now traveling in this country, re
marks that Americans are the most pa
tient people in the worldthey allow
6g even to be. bullied^bj^such
mm 0
Gates'or No Gates?
Mark an Here
Mark an HeVe:
Cut ballot out. mark how you vote
and mail to the "Gates" editor of
The Journal.
public servants as policemen, railway
brakemen, and even" hotel waiters.
This is true. It is simply absurd the
way in which the conductors and moto
neers of Minneapolis streetcars disregard
the convenience of the passengers.- Few
of them will ever wait a second for a
man or woman who ia, running^ to catch
a car. They will hold passengers in the
car with their gates when they are wait
ing for the car ahead to start up. Pew
of them are obliging or polite-as a rule.
I like the gates if they are used for a
protection against accidents and "not sim
ply to gratify the spite^the streetcar em
ployees seem to have against all man
kind. Eighth Warder.
Nov. 29.
"Take Them Off Quick."
Toethe Editor of The Journal:
I congratulate you that you propose to
agitate the question of the removal of
the gates from our streetcars, and wish
you success. Those things are certainly
one of the greatest impositions placed on
the traveling public, interfering with per
sonal liberty of action. What can be
more conducive to, suppressed or ex
plosive profanity than to see the car for
which-you hold a transfer move quickly
away from the junction point while you
await the pleasure of a motorman to re
lease you from your prison, entailing in
some cases a wait of fifteen minutes.
Take off the gates and take them off
quick. Yours truly, R. D. Cone.
Nov. 29, 1905.
Large Platforms, Too.
To the Editor of The Journ-l:
Give us larger pl^tfo^ms and no gates
on the streetcars. T-D. E. Branham.
Nov. 30, 1905.
What Gates,Did to Him.
To the Editor of Th^{ffourn?l:
I heartily second ^fcur^ytews on "tak
ing off the~ga#|P' frorh''-fW~stjceetcara"
I" have an a^ditio'hs^^son ,1 or taking
them off. JkSs.hgrt Qgy^B^J got a se
vere punch tm^rlitmutoim sthe gates
while getting^ Otf a cais ^t^'^pgit prove
very disastrous for a very old ^person or
a delicate woman to1
get this kind of a
reception from the motoneer. "Off with
the gates." Observer.
Other Cities Don't Have Gates.
To the Editor of The Journal:
In last evening's issue of The Jour
nal you ask: "Do You Want Gates on
Streetcars?" My response is, indeed we
do not. And I am glad and thankful for
streetcar patrons of the progressive city
of Minneapolis
I have traveled, and have visited the
principal cities from Maine to California,
will not cease to agitate the matter, as
implied in your timely editorial in
Journal of the 23d inst., until the
streetcar company decides to treat the
generous and patient people of this city
as they are treated in other large cities
all over the land. I vote: "The gates
should come off." Respectfully yours,
R. Roberts.
Nov. 30, 1905.
Keep the Gates, Prevent Accidents.
To the Editor of The Journ*l:
Dispensing with streetcar gates means
"everyone pile on" regardless of the in
convenience occasioned and the results
which are sure to follow, such as sprained
ankles and other mishaps, as was the
case previous to the inovation of the
gates I think the system is about what
it should be, even if the process of wait
ing for the gates to open and shut seem
a trifle tedious to the "hurry-up" man.
It is a saving of life and limb and legal
complications. Frank G. O'Brien.
Limit the Number of Passengers^
To the Editor of The Journal:
Do we want gates on the streetcars?
You bet we do. They are good protec
tion for the, public. Without gates, if a
person was standing 6n the rear plat
form and he accidentally fell off and, and
said person would sue the streetcar com-
pany, I being on the jury, would find for
the plaintiff on account of negligence of
the streetcar company. Gates are also.
a good protection against the small boy
catching on or jumping off the car when
in motion. Now, of course, the street
'car company knows they would be up
against it if they had no gates, and an
accident happened, so they, at an ex
pense, took precaution and put on the
gates. If there are to be no gates on
the streetcars for the benent of those
that are in a hurry to get off, why pot
also take off the scfeens on the windows
so that visitors ridine can stick out their
heads and get a good look at the -city,
and now and then strike their heads on
a pole or passing vehicle.' If there is to
be any change made in the streetcars,
let the city council pass an ordinance
an enforce same) that no more than
sixty passengers are allowed to be on
the large cans at one time, so that the
people will not be handled like cattle,
and a person can get off the car without
tearing off buttons, etc. Yours respect
fully. H. C. Miller.
Nov. 80, 1905.
Car Wrecked, People Penned Up.
To the Editor of The Journal:
W have all thought things about the
gates but couldn't tell the streetcar com
pany what we thought. Thanks for the
opportunity you give You've the cor
rect Idea as to the function of a news
If you had had the experience I did
Monday evening, you'd give up a whole
issue to condemning the gates. Awful
blizzard that night, you remember. I
stood at Hennepin and Fourth in the
snow and sleet waiting for a Bryant ave
nue caranyone who ever waited for a
Bryant car can gujess how long I waited.
Still the car didn't come and I sought
refuge in the cigar store on the corner.
When the car came I dodged around the
corner Of it, but just then the gates were
closed. A a snail's pace the car moved
along and I trudged thru the slush at its
side. Three or four times before Fifth
street was reached the car stopped for
a moment, then continued about as fast
as a turtle could move. At any point in
the block a personeven a woman
could have stepped aboard without the
slightest danger. But no, I had to wait
the motorman's pleasure at the Fifth
street corner. There I entered, my
shoes and trousers covered with slush.
I could tell you of a score of other ex
periences equally exasperating, but I
want to give others room to register
their complaint. But I will ask this
question: Has everybody forgotten the
Central avenue wreck in which persons
were injured when the train struck a
car and everybody aboard was penned in,
unable to save themselves, as they might
have done had there been no gates?
You're right the gates should come off.
W. P. M.
Minneapolis, Nov. 30.
Take a Vote of Patrons.
To the Editor of The Journl:
Accepting your invitation for the ex
pression of opinion as to the need of the
time-consuming gates on our streetcars,
I desire to say that I cannot imagine any
businessman in this city desiring to re
tain them. I have been, numberless
times, so thoroly disgusted with the en
tirely unnecessary delay caused by them
that I have often thought I would take
along a sledge and by the exercise of a
little elbow grease save that time to
myself and others.
This, I suppose, would have caused an
We've been telling you for a number of years of our ability to save
you $50 to $150 on a piano. W can do it. And it is this saving that
has helped us i build up the biggest piano business in Minneapolis.
There are well defined reasons back of any permanent success. W car-
ry a splendid hue of pianos. Over 300 TO select from. Every one is
purchased for the spottest of spot cash. N other dealer in the North-
west buys this way. I means big discounts for us. You get them. Con-
sequently we say that we can save you $50 to $150 on a piano. You'll
say so, too, if you give us a call.} $10 down and $5* $6,~$7 and $10 a
month sends a piano to your home.
$! 36 Fifth St. S., Cor. Nicollet Ave.
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arrest, and this I feared might result in
my being condemned for asserting my
right, especially if brought before any
of the judges who have lately been firing
law at each other's heads, and one of
whom has just decided that the holder
of a transferproof of a fare having
been paidhas no rights which the street
car company is bound to respect.
Couldn't the Commercial club device
some means by which the streetcar pa
trons could express their opinion in the
matter on a given day? Yours for
Nov. 30, 1905.
Gates Should Be Required by Law.
To the Editor of The Journal:
Whether the gates on the streetcars
are desirable or not depends somewhat
on one's viewpoint.
To me it seems largely a question be
tween a minute's lost time and greatly
increased danger to every passenger en
tering or leaving a car. The safeguard
ing of life by the automatic opening of
the gates, it would seem, should com
mend their use not only here, but else
where, and for one, I would be glad of a
law that would compel their use on every
street railway in the country.
C. S. Wheeler.
Cars Open at Both Ends.
To the Editor of The Journal:
I am in favor of having the gates re
moved and the car opened at both ends.
One who rides four or six times on the
First avenue line. Victor JJ. Shillot.
Nov. 30, 1905.
A Boarding House Vote.
To the Editor of The Journal:
All in my house say remove the gates
from the streetcars.
Robert Allen, Voter,
J21ark Allen, Voter,
Mrs. Robert Allen,
Miss Ethel Allen, City Teacher,
Jennie Allen. Student,
Journal Will^Make Vote of
Newsp^pe headers, "Gates
or No Gates/9
Allen, Teacher,
Miss Marie Jones, Teacher,
Helga Nelson, Bookkeeper,
Two University Students.
Nov. 30, 1905.
Gates a Disgrace and Insult.
To the Editor of The Journal:
I heartily indorse your editorial "Take
Off the Gates. The reasons are flag
rant and too frequent to enumerate. The
gates are a disgrace to the service and
an insult to the public. They ought to go
C. P. Silloway.
Just as Well as Not.
unwise to discard them entirely, as they
full it Is full, but not always crowded.
It certainly cannot be made any fuller
by using the gates, can It? Some think
so. Considerable time Is lost only be
cause the car cannot be operated until
the gates are closed. It is nevertheless
a fact, tho, th at the gates are doing some
good, but not a great deal, I don't think.
If they were, why don't every city have
gates' on their streetcars? Why was it
that we got along so nicely years ago
without the gates? Simply because there
didn't seem to be any use for them then.
They are introduced to us pretty well
now, when there is a "full house" on the
car. i
No unnecessary delays of any kind
would have to be made if the gates were
discarded, as there would generally only
be a slackup instead of a full stop, and
much time wojild be saved as a conse
quence. The motorman would also be
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CanvasstoBe Made
of Office Buildings.
To the Editor of The Journel:
As to whether the gates of the street
car* should be discarded or not, I would
like to express my, opinion regarding the rush, or they know they will be left, for
Inasmuch as the gates undoubtedly do
a great deal of good, it would not be
are very troublesome and annoying at there, and the conductor would not putt
times. This is especially the cas^ in the the bell to have tHem opened. I have
morning and evening, when -*S|i "working found that if the gates don't get^quite
people use the cars to get to their various closed you can hold them and open them
places of employment When a car is against the driver's wish. It roakeje tr
relieved of a very tiresome and arduous
I do not know hpw it is at present, but i
down in Chicago last November (with
a friend of mine) I saw that no gates
were used there on their streetcars or
on the elevated roads. They did not lose
any time, either, taking on and off pas
sengers. The frpnt and rear end were
both u&ed for taking on passengers. That
is a little different from Minneapolis. In
conclusion I will say that this is only an
opinion, and I believe the gates could be
discarded Just as well as not. Yours re
spectfully, A Constant Reader.
Nov. 30, 1905. V,*"4
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Children's high-grade wool gloves
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614 NIcbl^ET AVENUE.
Open the Gates Oftener. &
To the Editor of The Journ-1: i%
In order to be fair one must admit
that the streetcar gates prevent accidents
and are therefore a good thing both for
the streetcar company and the peoplle.
but, but at every transfer point said
gates should be opened on both sides of
the street, at least in every case where
the car stops before crossing the street.
The people should be given every pos
sible chance to catch their transfer ears,
and not be locked in while said cars pass
before their very noses. A small dose df
C. S. would do it.
J. H. Strasser.
Nov. 30, 1905.
More Obliging Motoneers.
To the Editor of The Journal: I
The subject' of streetcar gates has
been in my mind for a good while. It is
my opinion that the gates in a good many
ways are a good thing. The steps on tha
cars are high and often slippery, which
makes it hard for women and children to
get on and off.
Again, the driver will not start until
the gates are' closedanother good thing
in my mind. Having gates undoubtedly
does take time, but the American tries
to go too fast, anyway.
I should suggest a reform in another
way. That is to teach the motormen
and conductors to be more obliging. I
thinl! if the system would take more
pains to please the public, instead of run
i ning the cars on time regardless of
whether the cars are empty, and the
people left behind, the gates would not
be such a nuisance but to stand behind
locked gates and see the car on which
you wish to transfer pull out right under
your nose, makes you complain of the
gatesjnost horribly.
If you want to see what I mean, just
take a ride on the Lake street line. At
every intersection, as soon as the car is
stopped and the gates opened, there is
a general rush ladies _and gentlemen,
men, women and children, ail make a
the car must start on time, passengers
or no passengers.1
Many A time I have had the gates shut
right in my face, the car still Standing
driver mad, but you smile. 'W't
It doVt pay to treat the public tob
roughly anA this outbreak is just what 1
have been^i looking for for some time.
The policy of the company has got- to
change. Yours respectfully,
A. G. Johnson,
2216 Humboldt avenue S,
Minneapolis, Nov. 26, 1905.
Chicago News.
PatientDoctor, I frequently experience a hiss
ing sound in my ears. What would you advise
me to do?
DoctorWhat is jour occuoatlon?
PatientI'm an actor
DoctorThen I'd advise you to get some other
kind oi a iob.
Baltimore Herald.
WillieSay, pop, did you ever kill a bear?
PapaOh, yes I've killed a great many.
WillieThen I guess you'll be president some

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