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Pat’s Tavern by Thomas J. Cranewere paid ten or fifteen cents per errand. The streets and alleys and vacant lots and school playgrounds swarmed with kids from the apartment buildings and houses.They played all of the childhood games such as baseball, hop scotch, yo-yos, marbles, and games using a pocket knife. There were shootouts, but they took place with a cap gun, water gun, pop-gun and even a pea shooter. Once and a while a slingshot was used. For the more daring, I even knew those who rode the streetcars unquestioned carryinga .22 caliber rifle to the city dumps at 103rd and Stony Island to shoot rats. There were street gangs and most of them met in apartment building basements. The primary purpose of the gang was to limit the female members to dating among themselves. Except for the rare tournament, most baseball games were played on the fly without any adult supervision and the players, themselves, were the referees. If a kid was not picked to play, he usually sat on the sidelines until someone had to go home for dinner. If a fight broke out, it was settled with fists and no knives or guns. If any kid never came out to play, he or she was either mentality or physically handicapped or studying or their parents kept them inside for whatever reason. If any university students, as a major university was located nearby, came into our neighborhood, they were looked upon as aliens. The only dogs were usually mixed breed that some kids owned and most wandered loose. The only fighting dogs were in the South. The alleys had vegetable trucks, ice trucks, milk wagons and scrap (rags and old iron) trucks passing through all day long. Comic books were the rage.11

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