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NORTHWEST BUSINESS MEN
FIGHT RAILWAY FOR STREET
A horrible stench came from a big,
black, windowless building standing
at 52d av. and the StPaul railroad
tracks and was wafted lay the wind
down on a group of men who were
talking excitedly and pointing at the
railroad embankment When it
reached them they coughed and
sputtered. Some looked sick. All
chewed on cigars in an effort to dull
their sense of smell.
"Ugh!" exclaimed one of the men.
"What is that?"
"That is from the Northwestern
Malting Co.," answered another.
"Smells rotten, doesn't it? Well, we
have tried for years to get the health
department to take action here and
they have done nothing. You should
smell the plant in summer. Thou
sands of people have been made
deathly sick from it in one night"
The group comprised committee of
Northwest Side business men and
property owners who were endeav
oring to show a committee from the
board of local improvements and Aid.
Michaelson how the St-Paul railroad
has tried to take a hundred yards of
52d av., which they had enclosed
with a spur of railroad track jutting
from the main line.
The board and the aldermen would
make no promises. They cut the in
terview as short as possible and hur
ried to a waiting automobile, which
quickly carried them away from the
stench of old malt
Standing beside a rusty water plug,
proving that at one time the city did
have a street surveyed there, the men
continued to talk.
Fifty-second av. is right where the
Cragin freight yards of the St. Paul
line begin. From 51st to 64th the
railroad has blocked everything. . A
long trestle work bridge runs across
the yards at 64th av. All of the bus
iness men on the Northwest Side are
afraid of it
"Twenty ears ago, when the St ,
I Paul had to elevate its tracks at this
point, they promised to build a sub
way. They did not do this," ex
claimed H. K. Thornbush, 3504 W.
North av., one of the committee.
"They have prevented the develop
ment of the whole Northwest Side.
We want the 52d st car line to run
from Lake St., where it ends now,
to the Milwaukee av. line. This will
give us transportation for hundreds
of acres of vacant land which soon or
later will be crowded with people. We
also want the Humboldt park "L" to
come out this way and develop us."
Thornbush's voice rose as he made
this last assertion. A freight train
"Look at that engine's smoke now,
will you. Nice and white, isn't it?
look at 'those others'ibis arm in-,
eluded 10 belchingjocomotiyes in the
yards. "You should see them at night
when their engineers aren't so care-
iui auuui uieir amoKe consumers.
Then is the time their smoke eats the
paint, from our houses and kills our
"Yes, these are just a few of the
improvements for which we are
fighting to make this Northwest Side
a cleaner and healthier place to live
in," said Alexander Beifeld, a real es
tate man. "Fifty-second av. is a half
section line and the car line, which
now. runs to Lake st, should come
this far. We are going to do all we
can to get these improvements."
WOMAN ON TRIAL, CHARGED
WITH MURDTR OF HUSBAND
Providence, Jan. 10. Mrs. Eliza
beth Mohr went on trial in the su
perior court here today charged with
instigating midnight assassination of
her husband, a Providence surgeon,
and an attack on Miss Emily Burger,
his pretty girl employe.
Dr. Mohr's widow, cultured and
pretty, mother of the slain physi
cian's two children, is a co-defendant
With Henry Spellman and Cecil Vic
tor Brown, negro youths, in Rhode
Island's most sensational murder, ,