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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 11, 1912, Image 6

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of those who do not pay women a
living wage.
"Many of them sit in clubs im
mune from police supervision;
here they can drink all they want,
and demand to know-why I do
not close up the poor man's sa-
loon.
"So long as reformers sit in
their clubs and theorize and do
not practice what they preach, so
long shall I refuse to pay atten
tion to them. If they think they
can do better than I, let them get
out and do something.
"Ministers notoriety seekers
with nothing but uncharity in
their hearts; newspaper scoun
drels, some of them ex-convicts,
, are assailing1 me. I intend to
make public a statement on this
subject.".
Before the mayor had finished
the faces of the aldermen were
studies ; and those of the reform
ers who had crowded to the hear
ing in the hope of "getting some
thing on Gaynor" were long and
despondent.
But the common people, who
crowded the committee room,
cheered until Alderman Curran,
chairman of the meeting, got mad
and threatened to clear the room.
All of the above part of the
mayor's testimony was suppress
ed by the big" New York news
papers and by the Associated
Press.
Some of the questions asked
Gaynor were foolish. Buckner
asked him if he had tried to make
Commissioner Waldo tthe real
head of the police department.
"I haven't tried," shouted Gay
nor. "I have made him the real
head. Gentlemen, you are weary
ing me exceedingly by the fool
ishness of your questions."
At another time Gaynor listed
the things he had done toward re
forming the p61ice department
under four heads.
"First," he said, "I have done
away with police violence and
club-using.
"Second, I have stopped police-
men degrading themselves ' by
consorting with immoral women
to get evidence.
"Third, I have enforced the
civil service rules, so that neither
Murphy, nor anyone else can in
fluence appointments.
"Fourth, I have -done away
with graft in connection with the
salooh laws. It used to amount
to $3,000,000 a year.
"There are other things I have
done. . When I became mayor it
used to cost a police lieutenant
from $15,000 to $17,000 to buy a
promotion to a captaincy. I have
done away with that. Policemen
do not now go into saloons and
lay a dollar on .the bar for beer
and get $49,95 change. They used
to."
"I hope you do Hot think I am
badgering you," said Buckner. ,
"Oh, I was young once,myselt,j
said the mayor. "I am making,alr
lowances.
"Have you no -other way of
keeping in touch with conditions
besides letters and records and
talks with the police commission
er?" asked Bucknen
"I have yet to learn," said Gay
nor, "that there is any other;
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