Image from page 38 of "Chicago" (1917)
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ng woman beside me. Iadore Chicago, she exclaimed. It is thepulse of America. 3 Chicago For fifteen years that tribute to mynative city has been ringing in my ears;— and now when my task, is to write ofits life, both new and old, those wordsof Sarah Bernhardt come impulsively tomind as the best with which to character-ize its individuality among the cities ofthe world. A little upstart village, an Englishtraveler called Chicago at the time whenthe building of the Illinois and MichiganCanal was begun. Barely a decade afterthe first boat had passed through its locks,our city contained a hundred thousand en-ergetic souls; and now, just eighty yearssince the first spadeful of earth was turnedfor the digging of that momentous ditch, ithouses well considerably two million men,women, and children foregathered frompractically every land on earth. The new-est great City of the newest great Coun-try, it is the held in which industrial wars 4 State Street from the Van Buren Loop Station •fMY
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The River of the Portage are fought and civic experiments tested— the crucible in which a most dispro-portionate mixture of native and alienmanhood is fused into American citizen-ship. May not this municipality which hasgrown from a little upstart village to ahuge upstart city within the ken of someborn within its limits, who are still in theland of the living, be termed, without un-due bravado, The pulse of America ? To the stranger within her gates themost forbidding part of Chicago is the re-gion of dilapidated buildings and ill-pavedstreets adjoining the Rush Street Bridge.Yet this rookery is the part of our city bestentitled to be qualified as old, for here isthe seat of a history vying in age withalmost any in the land. Here, too, is themain reach of the river whence sprang thecitys greatness and from which it takes itsname. Once it flowed turbid into the lake; now 5 Chicago it runs lucid, albeit artificially, to the Mis-sissippi. Yet to the casual beholder it hasever been unp
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