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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 20, 1911, Image 1

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500 SO. PEORIA ST. 398. . TEL. &ONROE 353
Vol. 1, ftfo. 72 . , Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 20,4911 , One Cent
Special Privilege Has Had the Inside Track from the
Tim&of the Toll-Gate and the Wayside Inn Up to the
l Time of Elevated Railways, and It Will Be on the
- - Job When Subways Come. ' " ' " ' ' " ,
Transportation in and abou.Chicago has been the foundation ai
.more than one big -fortune. ! -. , '
, "When" Chicago was, young in years',, toll stations were the
proper, caper for, the easy-money grafters. 5
Wayside inns that," in the days of the stage coaches had an
'arrangement or" agreement with the stage coach drivers did a thrir
mg business .wih, the guests brought to their very doors. , v
- When the. country road with its stage-coach gaveway to the
'city street with its horse car, the lesson of special privilege had been
thoroughly mastered. , j
i. It was recognized that if country foil-gate and way-side, inn
trade" monopoly could W continued under the new order of things,
it noeant big money for this interested. , - . n
The end of any, transportation line having been proven through '
practical experience, to possess .the greatest monopolistic ad
" Vantages lots .in and around Chicago's central street car terminal
were' eagerly grabbed up. ' ,t .
Wealth having"alwaysplayed an influential part in ..shaping
the development of a community, it was but natural that such.powe
as it"wielded in the, moulding of Chicago, would be used to advance
its personal interest and,- maintain- any special advantages it enr
, joyed. m'mm , f ,
w Having starte'd stores in the down-town, districf, because that
was. wnere the streetcars unloaded .their p'assengers, no "move, to
change the route,,so asto carry the passengers through the down
town district, or by -their stores, could expect to meet their ap
proval. ' " ".' '
.. To insure theperpetuation 4of their special privileges, these big
stores brought pressure to bear,upon-the transportation companies
to give them "hat they wanted.

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