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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 15, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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In the surface line cars of the city
of Chicago appears an ad, now and
then, to the effect that "Suggestions
For The Betterment Of Street Car
Service Are Earnestly Solicited."
On behalf of people who live in
Austin, Oak Park, Forest Park and
points west, who use the Madison
street car line for homeward jour
neys, The Day Book wishes to make
one of these suggestions, which, if
carried out by the car company, will
be greatly appreciated by West Side
patrons of the car company.
Austinites, Oak Parkers, Forest
Parkers and Maywoodites are up in
arms against the rotten street car
service rendered on the Madison
street car line during the rush hour
around supper time.
Folks who pay 5 cents to ride to
the city limits west naturally expect
to be carried to the city limits. But
they are not. As conditions now
stand, hundreds are forced to get off
the car blocks, some times a half a
mile from their destination, and
walk the balance of the way. And
this because of rank management
out at the end of the Madison street
car line.
Wednesday evening between the
hours of 6 and 6:45 there were 48
cars lined up at the end of the line.
This necessarily meant the parking
of cars down as far as Central av.,
which is a half mile from the cixy
limits. Hundreds of people were
forced to lose close to a half hour
waiting for their car to move to its
destination or else get off and walk
to the end of the line. Tuesday night
when the big rain and slop storm
was in full sway, the same thing
happened. In fact, it happens every
night around 6 o'clock.
Women with babies, cripples and
aged folks are the hardest hit. Yet
everybody who is not carried to the
$nd of the. Hn,e on, schedule time is.
a victim of the car company's loose
Wednesday night several Austin
ites, Oak Parkers and Forest Parkers
were interviewed on the question.
"Why should people who live west
be forced to put up with this condi
tion?" said M. C. Kennedy, 136 S
Mayfield. "Every night I am forced
to walk several blocks to my home.
When we pay 5 cents, to the conduct
or we should be carried to the end
of the line if we wish to go that far."
Joe Lamont of Forest Park com
plains that he invariably misses his
regular Oak Park car connection be
cause he has to get off and walk from
three to six blocks.
E. W. -DeHerder, 620 S. Humphrey
av., Oak Park, objects to being cheat
ed out of a half-mile ride when ho
has paid for it. "It's a swindle, pure
and simple, mostly simple," he said.
R: Brokoski of Melrose Park says
he i&. only one of many who have a
strong complaint to make against
being cheated by the car company.
"It's a dirty, rotten shame to make
ladies and men walk when they are
tired out from their day's work," said
L. W. Blodgett, 526 S. Taylor, Oak
Park, "especially when they have
handed over a nickel to ride."
Even the young girls are complain
ing. Miss M. Goroton of Oak Park
voiced the sentiment of-the younger
crowd. "Being made to trudge
through snow, rain, slop and icy
pavements is beyond a joke. It's
small business on the part of the car
"I get stung every night," said M.
F. Dougherty, 14 N. Austin. "If I'm
late for supper it's the car company's
Mrs. C. Tauber who lives east of
40th av., but is often a visitor out in
Austin, said she'd hate to live out
where the folks were handed such a
raw deal as the car company was
hainding out to people who live in.

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