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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Aid. Littler's four-page typewritten
statement goes into the old story of
- how the L C. in 1912 asked the city
council to endorse a land contract
between the I. C. and the South Park
board. The city council smelled
something wrong about the contract
and wouldn't O. K. it. Therefore the
U. S. war dep't refused to grant the
South Park board a permit to
dredge, fill in and change shore lines.
"The war dep't took the stand, and
I think rightly," says Littler, "that
no permit would issue until the city
council, as the elected representa
tives of the people, joined in the ap
Wherein Littler goes straight
against John Barton Payne, Walter
Fisher and other lawyers, who say
the sec'y of war ought to grant the
permit for construction in spite of
the city council.
Further, says Littler:
"The ordinance was completed
last March and ratified by the entire
committee, South Park commission
ers, Chicago Plan com'n and Chica
go Railway Terminal com'n. It was
sent to the Illinois Central Railroad
Co. in following out the suggestion
of Judge Payne for approval. '
"The railroad company replied
they could not accept the ordinance;
they could not have their hands tied
in the work of developing land ac
quired under the contract; that with
in the next few months they would
k have plans for their new station and
other development work ready and
would submit same to city council.
"The ordinance was not submitted
to the city council for passage be
cause of the belief of the committee
that if the ordinance should be
passed without acceptance on the
part of the Illinois Central Railroad
Co. it would be possible for the
Sout Park com'rs to take the record
to the war dep't and secure its per
mit for park development work,
which would in effect give the Illinois
Central Railroad Co. what it Is seek- J
ing without being bound by any re
strictions in the ordinance.
"As chairman of the committee on
harbors, wharves and bridges, I wish
to state that no one appreciates the
need of parks and bathing beaches
more than I. But I refuse to allow
this consideration or the activities of
Judge Payne, Mr. Wacker and other
gentlemen' of prominence in our
community to stampede me or to
blind me to the-nuisance caused by
the operation of the Illinois Central
railroad along our lake frfont or to
swerve me from my duty, as 1 see
it, to do all I can to minimize this
nuisance and get from the Illinois
Central at this time and in my
opinion this is the only possible time
concessions in operation that are
absolutely necessary from the public
"It is time that the Illinois Central
Railroad Co. and its friends are
made to understand that the railroad
is not of greater importance than
the public."
Petrograd, Aug. 14. Last for
midable Austro-German barrier to
Lemberg has been broken and Teu
tonic forces are making general re
treat on 90-mile front in direction of
Galician capital.
On front east and southeast of
Lemberg it is estimated Austfo
Germans have lost 75,000, or half
their effectives.
Rome. Gen. Cadorna's forces
pierced another strong line of Aus
trian entrenchments east of Naulo
gem height, south of Goritz, and are
continuing to press enemy on Carso
Paris. French trdops followed up
their successes north of Somme with
advance south of river. Southeast
of Mtrees, French detachments cap-i
lured several trenches between Fay
and road to Beniecourt, widening positions.

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