ELECTRIFICATION OF RAILROADS WOULD
MAKE CHICAGO MUCH HEALTHIER
Chicago wanted the railroads to
electrify; the people were tired of
coughing up soot and dirt from their
lungs; they were sore. So the coun
cil started hot after theHsmoking rail
roads that was in 1913.
But big business, alias the Associ
ation of Commerce, stepped in and
said: "Let us investigate and report
on this electrification problem." And
the railroads generously offered to
pay a half million for expenses of the
investigation. The council agreed to
The association finally came
through with the report a month or
so ago. It was elegant, ponderous
and said that although electrification
was a good thing Chicago could wait
for it The railroads didn't cause
much of the smoke nuisance, was its
tip, and if they did they- couldn't af
ford to electrify at present
The railroad paid the half million
and were satisfied; the Association of
Commerce tendered the report first
to the trust press, then to the coun
cil, and everything was serene.
Everything was beautiful until
Smoke Inspector Reid broke loose
with a review and opinion of the
Ass'n of Commerce report yesterday.
He used figures which the report
of big business, paid for by the rail
roads, used, and be got different re
sults. He says the railroads can
electrify at least they can start
something at a small cost
He then says that:
The investigation of the Ass'n of
Commerce proves the railroads con
tribute to the pollution of Chicago's
There are others belching smoke
into Chicago's air, but that doesn't
excuse the railroads.
Electrification will decrease the
amount of soot in Chicago.
Either total or partial electrifica
tion is practicable by the railroads.
cheaper to operate, will be more re
liable and safe.
Electrification will add to cleanli
ness and healthfulness of the city.
Operation under electricity will
make the city more beautiful and
permit a freer growth of vegetation.
Then Reid goes on to show that
during the ten years wliich it would
take the railroads to electrify the
cost wil be less than 3 per cent of
their income per year.
He shows that the City Railways
Co., "although this company has to
take care of a large over-capitalization,"
can still afford to donate to
the city almost 8 per cent of its in
come. Then he winds up with:
"Now will the railroads make this
small annual expenditure in order to
make the city cleaner, healthier,
more attractive, and a more fitting
place to live in for themselves, their
children and others, as well as to
reap the financial benefits of well-invested
capital, or will they keep fos
tering dirt and filth and remain a
nuisance until compelled to divesf
themselves from it?"
HEARST LIKES HIMSELF
Is William Randolph Hearst going
to make his order abolishing whisky
ads from his papers an annual affair,
or have his advertising managers
been disobeying his orders?
About a year ago William sent
around a telegram to discontinue all
whisky adds. This was done. A few
days ago he repeated this perform
ance and since that time his sheets
have been crowded with interviews .
from notoriety-seeking "Drys" prais
ing him for his action. This is the
second time this has happened. "Hur
rah for me!"
Highland Park city com'n to vote
next meeting on abolishment of cor-
Railroads under electricity will be 1 poration counseL '
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