Every day in Manhattan hundreds of Interborough Rapid Transit subways charge through the warm odorous gloom underneath the streets. Uptown they soar to daylight on elevated tracks, downtown they dip beneath the east river to Brooklyn. I. R. T. advertisements say that 1,000,000 people ride them daily. Each ride costs a nickel. I. R. T. potentates have long claimed that the nickel fare is not enough to meet expenses.

They wanted a 7¢ fare. So sure were they that a 7¢ fare would some day become effective that last week they had in readiness...

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