January 11, 2010
On Chicago: An Old Man's View
In 1890, Chicago was a mining camp, five stories high. It was owned by the gamblers. What I seem to remember most clearly of that all-night and wide-open time is that the minor courts were controlled by agents of crime. The poor man, unprotected by an alderman, was helpless when the vultures swooped down on him. No wonder we had anarchists.
George Ade (1866-1944)
Single Blessedness and Other Observations (1922)"Looking Back From Fifty"
My thanks to John A.Farrell
Photo credit: "Our Land, Our Literature," Ball State University
Note: In the weeks to come, I'm going to feature more of George Ade. If you have never read any of his essays or stories, this is a good time to start. He is very funny! Did I mention John T. McCutcheon did the illustrations for many of his books? That got your attention, didn't it!