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congestion and the lax administration
"We are daily; facing a peril" which
looms above and overshadpws our
past two experiences, k is apparent
that we have not been taught the
lesson that congestion jsTcrujiinal."
Deuther blames the present situ
ation on the real estate men, wno,
with the newspapers, have conspired
to increase the property values in the
loop to the detriment of the rest of
the city. He told how Mayor Busse
stated that "the mayor who puts a.
subway over on the people of Chicago
will be the most hated man in the his
tory of the city."
"Mayor Busse knew what he was
talking about He realized that -the
'present state of affairs could not
last," continued Deuther. "Already
many business firms are moving their
offices out of the loop. Some of the
new office buildings are half vacant,
but that does not, lower the rents. The
United States government realizes
the situation. They will build the
new postoffice on the West Side, The
city hall and county building have
already been found to be too small
for the needs of the city and county.
They will be the next to move. The
Federal building will be next
"This clay and water will make the
subway unsafe. This 'mush' moves.
If the subway were not built on cais
sons it would assume the appearance
of a snake. Why, when they were
digging down to bed rock for the cais
sons of the Steger and Conway build
ings they were obliged to freez the
water with ammonia apparatus be
fore Wasting. When they blasted the
shock could be felt from one build
ing to the other, and they were blocks
"Didn't the Chicago rive break into
the tunnels of the Illinois Tunnel Co.
two years ago and frighten the loop
property owners out of their wits?
Hundreds of big buildings were im
periled them. "What would it be with
"Chicago does not need a subway," r
said Alderman,.Eugene JJlock,' f dnrier
charman of thev transportation cbm
"mittee. "Our committee found that
the transportation facilities- could be
Increased 25 per cent with the ex
penditure of a little money by the
street car company.- I was fighting
to get them .to do this. That is why
I an) now chairman of the small
"The present committee is not
forcing this issue. I was removed be
cause I would not work in harmony
with the street car company. It has
been my contention that the only
way to work in harmony with a pub
lir service corporation is to get an
ax and chop them down until you are
big enough to fight them. It would
be against the interests of the future
Chicago to build a subway at 'this
SIX DIE WHEN N. Y. SUBWAY
CAVES IN; HUNDREDS HURT
New York, Sept. 22. 200 persons
were dropped 30 feet into a great gap
in 7th av. today when the new sub
way under construction caved in for
an entire block between 23d and 24th
sts., carrying down a crowded 7th av.
surface car, which was flattened out
like a mushroom.
Six were killed and upward of 200
injured. Collapse of street followed
dynamite blast touched off in new
subway under course of construc
tion. Big brewery truck went down in
crash. Many persons were hurled
from sidewalks, tumbling into great
trench and every-one who was in the
street itself was engulfed."
The street car was jammed with
persons enroute to work. Perhaps
half the passengers were women.
A Second Cave In .
South of 23d street another slight
cave-in occurred as the crowd surged
in about the scene. None injured.
Perhaps mother didn't raise her
boy to be a soldier but what's father
saying about it?