Image from page 192 of "Chicago" (1917)
Publisher: Boston New York : Houghton Mifflin Co.
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or, marveling at the sightof Chicago by night. Around me dimanchor-lights were glimmering over thewater; while the steam of locomotives,curling upward in fantastic clouds, veiledthe huge buildings before me in alluringmystery. Far above the glare of MichiganAvenue, their roofs and pinnacles were 86 The South Side outlined against the citys radiance. Somewere in darkness, others rimmed withlight; here and there an electric signflashed its brilliant hues; into the wavesbeyond reached the Municipal Pier, itsgraceful towers and slender form ablazewith innumerable lamps. Under the spell of the scene I pictureda little garrison retreating in despair alonga desert shore barely a century ago; thentried to realize that yonder broad stretchof parkland had been made before myeyes, and that I had seen one row ofbuildings on this water front destroyedby fire, and still another demolished tomake way for these mighty structureslooming in the night. Where the Lake Shore Drive begins V. The North Side
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-r.---^ VTHE NORTH SIDE CHICAGO appeared raw and bare toMiss Harriet Martiheau when shevisited it exactly eighty years ago: yet sheconfessed that she had never seen a busierplace. It was enjoying at the time a boomin land values which a panic was soon todispel, and storekeepers hailed her, as shepassed their doors, with ofFers of farms andbuilding-sites. The streets, moreover, werefilled with speculators who crowded abouta scarlet-coated negro on a white horsewhenever he waved a red flag and shoutedthe time and place of the next sale of lotsalong the proposed course of the Illinoisand Michigan Canal. Though the city numbered less thanfive thousand inhabitants then, the Eng-lish authoress acknowledges that there was 91 Chicago some allowable pride in the place aboutits society, her astonishment at havingfound an assemblage of educated, re-fined, and wealthy persons living on theedge of a wild prairie being shared, Iventure to say, by many an Eastern vis-itor to the Chicago of the prese
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