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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 22, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 28

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PROSECUTOR REKER, IN LASHING STREET CAR
BOSSES, CALLS THEM "PICKPOCKETS"
"The pickpocket who sticks his
fingers inter your coat and gets away
with your money or-your watch is a
better patriot than the street railway
millionaire who defies the laws of the
government which has given street
cars the right to run on our city
streets."
George L. Reker, assistant corpo
ration counsel, made this statement
to a Day Book reporter yesterday
after a jury speech in Judge Heap's
court, in which Reker said the car
companies are a worse influence in
Chicago than pickpockets or anar
chists. Over 300 cases in which the Chi
cago City Railway Co. and the Chi
cago Railways C6. have broken the
city ordinances on car service are in
Reker's charge. It will take months
to try them. The companies are call
ing for jury trials in all the cases.
They have been convicted in every
case tried so far. They were fined
$300 on eight charges yesterday and
?1,050 in 21 suits Wednesday. Found
guilty, the companies take the cases
to the higher courts. Nobody knows
when the fines will be paid or wheth
er the higher courts win back up the
Chicago juries.
"If the street railway companies
would spend more money for service
and spend less money for lawyers
they would be showing some appre
ciation to the community which has
turned its streets over to them," said
Reker to the jury.
"When the evidence is brought out
showing how these corporations
break the law and laugh at the law,
their lawyers and managers cloud the
air with false explanations and false
issues. They resemble a fish that
swims in the Pacific ocean. When
attacked this fish doesn't fight. He
spouts out streams of black ink that
color the water so he makes his es
cape. "Lucy Parsons and Tlmma Gold
man in their most inflammatory
speeches do not produce the exas
peration and the unrest among the
people which is caused by the Chica
go street railways. The open and
avowed anarchists are at least hon
est enough to say they have no use
for the American flag.
"But the street railway company,
pretending to love the flag, picks the
pockets of the public and refuses to
obey some of the simplest and most
necessary provisions of its franchise
agreement with the people of the
city."
The franchise ordinances which the
companies are breaking are those
calling for signs on cars, proper ven
tilation and no overcrowding Of pas
sengers. "I mean just what I say," Reker
stated to a reporter. "The street
railways of Chicago are controlled by
million-dollar pickpockets and thirty
cent patriots. They have no sense of
public service or genuine patriotism.
They ride in limousiness and touring
cars on the boulevards and if they
know anything about the discomfort
and the outright indecency prevail
ing on all rush-hour cars they give
no sign of it"
HELLO GIRLS OUST MEN ''
Washington, Jan. 22 Soprano
"hellos" will supplant bass in all city
offices, the city commissioners having
ousted all men at the private switch
boards and appointed women operators.
At the State university museum in
Lincoln. Neb., is the body of a duck
that has turned largely into soap.
This is the first known specimen of
the kind. Dr. Wolcott explains the
phenomenon by saying that the duck
was fat and that the water, alkali and
hot sun simply made soap of that por
tion of the duck that was susceptible
of being bo transf ormed,)
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