In 1867, T. Ellwood Zell & Co. published A Guide to the City of Chicago: Its Public Buildings, Places of Amusement, Commercial, Benevolent, And Religious Institutions; Churches, Hotels, Railroads, Etc., Etc. Its 196 pages contains a short history of the city, descriptions of the principal places of interest, a number of beautiful engravings of public buildings, and many pages of fascinating advertisements.
At the very end of the book is some advice for those traveling to Chicago in 1867.
- 1. Purchase your ticket previous to entering the cars, thus saving yourself trouble
and a dime.
2. Check your baggage, thereby avoiding any anxiety or vexation.
3. Have regard for the rights of your fellow-travellers, thereby teaching them by example to respect yours.
4. The fact of any article being deposited in a seat is evidence of the seat having been taken.
5. Always show your ticket (without getting in a bad humor) whenever the conductor asks for it. Observe this rule, and it will pay.
6. Look out for your valise, carpet-bags, &c., (as professional thieves are always around,) especially when the cars stop at a dining station.
7. A gentleman or lady should not occupy more than one seat at a time.
8. Ladies without escort in traveling should be very particular with whom they become acquainted.
9. “If your lips would save from slips,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you spoak,
And how, and when, and where.”
10. Whenever you see a fellow overanxious for your comfort, and pushing himself forward, saying, “Are you traveling alone?” “Allow me to/’&c., &c., just say to him,
“Thank you, sir. I require no assistance.” By observing this rule, ladies will often save themselves and others trouble.
11. Never sit in a seat, in warm weather, with a man weighing 244 pounds.
12. Never give information without being asked, then you will not be contradicted.
13. Never let your valise, bag, coat, or any other article, occupy a seat when there is a rack for them. It looks bad for you to occupy a whole seat when there are passengers
standing without seats.
14. Never sit on the end of another person’s seat with your back turned, talking to an opposite party; it is disagreeable to the one whose seat you are thus obtruding yourself on.
15. Never sit beside a person who is hard of hearing, and has never travelled any; get away; there are too many questions to be answered.
16. Never make love in a railroad car; being too affectionate, people will talk.
17. All railroad tickets are GOOD UNTIL USED ; the condition “good for this day only” being of no value, according to judicial decisions.
Great Railway Station at Chicago-Departure of a Train
Appleton’s Journal, 1870