For miles around not an empty hotel room could be found in Chicago. On 40 extra Pennsylvania Railroad trains 30,000 travelers were deposited at Union Station. New York Central brought in another 20,000, the Chicago & North Western 15,000. Air lines reported waiting lists. Automobiles were spotted from every state of the Union. At 11 o'clock Sunday night a wriggling, milling mob made State Street look like Saturday afternoon. It was Labor Day week-end and Chicago was playing host to its largest out-of-town crowd in history, estimated at 500,000 persons.

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