29 The Closing Hour
It is indeed an inspiring sight to witness the departure of the great army of men and women employed in this merchandise institution at the close of the day’s work. At half past five the streams of humani,ty pour out of the several buildings, and the sidewalks, street cars and elevated trains are soon congested with a jolly mass of homeward bound humanity. All the street car lines and the elevated railway companies make special provision for handling the more than 9,000 people who work here day in and day out. During the rush hours in the morning, special cars and special trains are run to the plant; and in the rush hours of the evening, special cars and special trains are awaiting this great concourse of people. The picture shown herewith gives you but a glimpse East on Harvard Street in front of the Administration and the Printing Buildings. Less than 40 per cent of our people find their employment in the Administration and Printing Buildings, so that this picture does not give you an adequate idea of the great crowds of people to be found on the streets at closing time. You ought to stand in the Pergola in the Sunken Garden to get a full view of the number of people employed here. No camera’s lens could possibly catch the full scope of this scene of life and animation between 5:30 and 6:00 p. m.