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ECHOES FROM CHICAGO
jt A11 out; take the car behind;
j(M this is as far as we go," was the
order issued by Conductor No.
3436 at Division street to the 45
passengers in Halsted street car
No. 875, supposed to run to the
north terminal on Halsted street.
One of the passengers suggest
ed that the cfowd stick and com
pel the conductor to finish the
trip, but like most of the Chicago
people, the bunch seemed to be
so thoroughly broke to the trac
tion company's halter that they
grumblingly shuffled out of car
No. 875, and gave up their seats
for the privilege of standing in
the car behind.
It's the usual thing to switch
cars at some point along the line,
if several are running close to
gether and are not crammed to
theloors; the least crowded or
ders its passengers to change and
it goes back on the return trip,
while the jammed car with its
load of unfortunates staggers on
to the end of the route.
In this way the traction crowd
lowers the cost of transportation
by insuring jammed cars and
avoiding the cost of additional
help to man extras It's a great
scheme, but don't always suc
ceed. Still four miles from its des
tination, north-bound Fortieth
avenue car No. 1507, which bore
the sign "To the Cemetery," stop
ped at 7:30 o'clock the other even
ing at North avenue and the con
ductor, whose cap bore the num
ber 4326 announced that the trip
would not be completed because
the crew was late. Mrs. W. Cum
mings was the only passenger,
but by her determined stand she
compelled the conductor to finish
the trip. Mrs. Cummings lives at
4636 North Avers avenue. She
told the conductor she had paid
her fare to ride home and she
dared him to put her off the car.
After the conductor had tele
phoned to the car barns and been
ordered to go on he suddenly
rang the bell to go ahead. The
car was held twenty-five minutes.
That's the game, and if the
Halsted street car patrons could
and would muster up the spunk
displayed by Mrs. Cummings,
conductors would soon learn that
a public servant can't run things
to suit himself.
Toledo people got what they
were entitled to because they
weren't afraid to tell the Toledo
Big Con traction bunch where
they fit. Chicago people will'
continue to suffer until they do
tonight and 'Thurs
day with light!
snow. For Chicago
and vicinity: some
what colder; lowest
about 18 degreesc above zero;
moderate to brisk southerly shift
ing to northerly winds.
There are no blanks in life. You
always draw something.