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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 12, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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every local body that has ever tried
to regulate the companies has found
when it wants important infonnation
it has to be gotten in some way from
the outside of the company offices.
There is a good deal of guessing as
to why the Tribune, in its straphang
ers' crusade, never takes a whack at
the elevated companies. The news
writers, editorial writers and B. L. T.
of the Tribune are all the time slam
ming their slapsticks on the head of
President Busby of the Chicago sur
face lines. What everybody knows is
that conditions on the elevated lines
are just as rotten as on the surface
lines. Why doesn't the Tribune swat
Sam.Insull, head of the elevated com
panies, as hard as it swats Busby?
Is there any kind of a connection in
the fact that William G. Beale, at
torney for the elevated roads, is a
trustee of the Tribune.
It's been a good little sizzling cru
sade the Trib has made so far, but
it looks one-sided in its aim.
The star witness before the state
utilities commission yesterday was
E. A. Bannebach, 7612 Garrison av.
He is just a plain staphanger, but the
story he told brought out the fierce
phases of straphanging in Chicago
these days. He was interrupted with
questions at many places in his story.
It ran this way:
"I've been compelled to give up
many of the decencies of life be
cause of the transportation condi
tions oif the Northwestern elevated.
FOr one thing, I can't have my shoes
shined any more. I have to go to
work every day with my shoes dirty.
You see, I get tramped on all over
on the crowded cars. My feet suffer
"I have to wear a wornout over
coat that I would have discarded long
ago under ordinary conditions. I
have the buttons reinforced so as to
stand the extra strain of pushing and
mauling through the cars. No ordin
ary garment will survive what my
coats have to on the 'U cars. But
tons are torn off day after day. I
wish I could wear a decent coat, but
, I can't. I have seen women crushed,
their hair and clothes disordered,
riding on the Evanston elevated
trains. Scores of women have their
clothes ruined on those trains every
day. And it is not on the rush hour
trains, either. As soon as the rush
hour is over they take off cars
enough so as to keep the crowded
conditions going."
The commission heard three wit
nesses and then ordered the car com
panies to furnish information on 15
points, such as number of cars run
ning, schedules, seating capacity,
routes, repair crews. When the com
mission gets this information it will
be necessary to send out its own in
vestigators and checkers to find out
whether the information furnished is
reliable and complete. At least,
Indianapolis, lnd.f Jan. 12. When
the first court proceedings opened to
day in the biggest eleotion corrup
tion investigation ever attempted by
the United States government, the
assertions of United States District
Attorney Frank C. Dailey that he had
many voluntary confessions from
among the 114 indicted Terre Haute
citizens was quickly borne out On
the charge that they had conspired
to corrupt the recent election, eighty
men pleaded guilty.
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Any one who wishes to aid the
Women's Socialist league through
their benefit performance of "My
Lady's Dress" at the Blackstone thea
ter Friday night should purchase
tickets at the headquarters of tha
league, 803 W. Madison st.

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