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scheme of the company to use the streets of Chicago for the pur
- pose of transporting express.
It appears that the traction companies are opposed to the 5-cent
fare and insisted on including this express carrying provision in the
ordinance with the purpose of creating a division in the council so
that the ordinance might bfe delayed. ,
This situation is the outgrowth, of the ordinance of 19074
whereby the city can only deal with the traction companies by agree
ments. The city of Chicago is placed-at the mercy of the traction
This was the interpretation given to the provisions of the or
dinance of Aid. Emerson, of the Seventh ward, and others who op
posed the freight carrying provision.
"If the Chicago City Railways Company had the interests of
the common people at heart," said the alderman, "It would have
"given the people a 5-cent fare years ago. The Chicago Railways
Company is seeking a right-of-way for freight carrying purposes
and is misrepresenting things to the people."
It developed during the proceedings that the Railways Com
pany refused to accept in the agreement the right of the city to ter
minate the provision allowing the express carrying feature.
Immediately upon the failure of the ordinance Aid. Fisher rein
troduced the ordinance and it was referred to the transportation
The people of Chicago are in partnership wtih the traction
companies, one of those silent partnerships, where one partner does
all the shouting and gets what coin is coming in, and the other
partner keeps his mouth shut, furnishes the money to -keep business
running and is thankful if he gets out of the deal with a whole hide.
It's a great game for the traction interests, since it permits
them to say legally to the -people of the city of Chicago, "heads I
win, tails you lose."
Aid. Mclnerney's charge, that money changed hands in order
to put something over in the council to boost private interests, isn't
the first that has been made, and in a way it may explain why some
fory politicians are willing to spend more than the salary they get
in order to be elected.
The present method of transacting Chicago's business permits
the city council to give away people's property and rights regard
less of how the people may feel about it.
Though to the average person it would seem that an intelli
gent people capable of creating a city like .Chicago ought o have
brains to run its affairs themselves.
' If traction interests, loop interests, telephone, telegraphy elec
tric light and gas interests, and big business in ajl its varied forms,