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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 24, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Chicago has 2,800 miles of railroad
tracks inside city limits.
Tracks and terminals entirely cir
cle the loop.
They have forced up-the building
and kept the business district from
Steam roads, along with land spec
ulators, have enlaced Chicago with
a network of roads which constitute
the most remarkable example of
chaos ever produced by human ac
tivity. The big terminals and advertise
ments are paid for by the traveling
Street car passengers have doubled
in the past ten years.
Yet railroads have not used their
right-of-ways to develop local pas
senger service.
Steam roads of Berlin carry four
times as many passengers as Chi
cago. One person in every twenty rides
on steam roads in Chicago.
The terminals are like village
hitching posts. Chicago has out
grown them.
Now Chicago is the most outspread
city in the world.
Why not through-route the rail
roads. You could, with a very few miles
of subways, make rapid transit to
all portions of the city.
The L C. could run across the river
and on out to Evanston on the North
western tracks.
Bion J. Arnold himself proposed
such a remedy to the terminals com
mittee of the city council in 1914.
Nothing has been heard of it since.
Hooker's report suggests sa rail
road terminals board to take over the
property of all the roads in the city
and divide it pro-rata or have the
state public utility commission force
the roads to agree to through-routing-,
which would have to be preceded
by electrification. I
So Hooker's report tells Chicago
to emulate what Berlin, Vienna and
other European cities have done: j
To through-route the steam lines
with a few miles of subways to suit
Rome. Austrian troops, having fk
occupied Montenegrin seaport of Dul
cigno, are moving eastward to cut off
Montenegrin's retreat to Adriatic
from Scutari.
If Montenegrins escape Austrian
net and reach Adriatic they will be
transported to island of Corfu. Serbs
in Albania are being loaded upon
troop ships for Corfu. Within fort
night only Italian expeditionary
forces in Albania will dispute posses
sion of Eastern Adriatic coast with
Constantinople. Turkish troops
and Persian irregular troops occupied
Persian town of Kengavar, 55 miles
southwest of Hamadan, on January
16. Shakparkan also reported taken.
Petrograd. Russian torpedo boats
have sunk thirty-three Turkish sail
ing ships and destroyed seven at their
docks in raid along the Anatolian
Petrograd. Heavy fighting resum
ed along Stripa river in Galicia, and
along Bessarabian frontier.
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Berlin via Amsterdam, Jan. 24.
Supposedly secret diplomatic codes
of U. S. gov't are known to prac
tically every belligerent in Europe, it
was learned today. Col- N. M. House,
who is conferring with American am- Q
bassadors in Europe as confidential
agent of President Wilson,- will have
this fact impressed upon him before
he returns to Washington. 'Through
him state department will be asked
to change its cipher.
It is now impossible for any diplo
matic agent of the United States in
Europe to cable a message to Wash
ington with the certainty that it will
be transmitted without its contents
being known in Europe.

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